Our pastor, H Alan Mushegan, is teaching a series on Faith at East West church on Sunday mornings. It is called Faith A – Z, so in the spirit of thinking about all I know about faith I wondered, Do you have “Mountain Moving Faith”?
If I asked you if you “had faith” how would you answer? Do you know what having faith is all about?
Faith is the confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing. But more than that it is belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.
The story I am going to relate here is absolutely true.
The preacher to whom this happened was “Happy” Tom Brooks, from S.C. If you think about his nickname “Happy” it could give us some clue as to why God answered his prayer! He had a lovely church and it was on a main highway, the problem was that there was a large hill in front of his church that blocked it from view of the highway, so people would drive right past it and never know it was there…makes you wonder if they didn’t have a big sign, doesn’t it? One Sunday, Rev. Brooks addressed his congregation and gave them Mark 11:23 Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you. This mountain, for instance: Just say, ‘Go jump in the lake’—no shuffling or shilly-shallying—and it’s as good as done. That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive—only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.”
He quoted the scripture, and then asked them to agree with him and command that mountain to be moved so that their church could be seen from the main road! Some of the people snickered at the idea and remembered that “Happy” had once climbed up a thorn tree when he got “happy” in the Spirit and then couldn’t get down. I personally think that if God had instructed him to climb that tree, He would have provided a ladder to get down! Back to the real point, Happy Tom believed that the mountain would be removed. That next week as he was walking in the tiny church parking lot, a man drove up in a big truck and asked to see the pastor. Happy Tom identified himself and the man told him that he was on a construction site that needed a lot of dirt and if he would be willing to sell them that mountain of dirt that his company would smooth it off and make the church a new paved parking lot! Talk about HAPPY! Not only was his mountain being removed, he was getting PAID for it and a new parking lot for the church in the bargain! WOW His faith paid dividends, didn’t it?
Do YOU believe?
Look at Matthew 7:7-11″Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?
I have seen so many up close first hand miracles that there is no one on earth that could convince me that God is not still performing them in this modern day and age! Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Now all you have to do is to pray and then get out there and command, whatever the mountain in your life is, to Get out of your way!