Friday, July 29, 2005
Moved Any Mountains Lately?
More and more, it's all about faith. Think about how many times the words "faith" and "believe" are mentioned in the NT.
Sadly, think about how many times we sell God short when it comes to our faith. I, like you probably, have come across situations where I feel the result has already been decided. Someone has cancer and is told they have two months to live - well, they're gone. You meet a cussin' wife abuser and you figure his life can't be turned around. A totally hopeless situation in your life convinces you that it's really totally hopeless.
Ah, how foolish. "The blind man said, 'Rabbi, I want to see.' 'Go,' Jesus said, 'your faith has healed you.'" (Mark 10)
"I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." (Matt. 17)
"Then he said to him, 'Rise and go. Your faith has made you well.'" (Luke 17)
We give up and cave in too easily. The devil (the father of lies) is very good at convincing us that God's power has limits. Well, there are no limits. Earlier this year when Tatum was at her lowest point, I got a phone call from Stan Steadman, a prayer warrior friend of mine. I remember being totally defeated as I described how absolutely gloomy the prognosis was...how it seemed obvious that she was in her final hours. Stan refused to budge from optimistic faith. He kept saying things like, "God's not through with her." And, "Don't lose heart. He can overcome this."
And she got better.
And I learned to believe a little more.
Let's be like Stan and not put parameters around God's power. Let's have ridiculous faith.
Posted by Tim Perkins at 7/29/2005 09:46:00 PM