Mountain Moving Faith that will Move Us to the Mountain

Mountain Moving Faith that will Move Us to the Mountain

Faith can move a mountain…of problems in our life.
Faith can move a mountain…of stress and grief or strife.
Faith can move a mountain…of situations that are bad.
Faith can move a mountain…of things that make us sad.

However,

Faith may not move the mountain…unless God sees that it’s best.
Faith may not move the mountain…the mountain may be a test.
Faith may not move the mountain…if climbing makes us strong.
Faith may not move the mountain…if it leads us to His throne.

But faith will keep us holding on, no matter where we roam…and carry us to that Mountain…the one that we call “Home.”

Remember: God can and sometimes does turn the “mountains” in our lives into “molehills.” On the other hand, He sometimes uses the “mountains” in our lives to “mold us in His will.”

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. TRUST in God, and TRUST also in me. There is more than enough room in my FATHER’S HOME. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. (Jn. 14:1-3, NLT).

Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway

A related article: The Mountain May Not Move
https://waynesblogsite.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/mountain-may-not-move/

Mountain May Not Move

THE MOUNTAIN MAY NOT MOVE!

Sometimes it is not in God’s plan to “move” a “mountain” regardless of what we want, believe, and ask for. I know what Jesus said about the power of faith in Matthew 17:20: “…assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” But sometimes God knows that we need to consider the mountain. Sometimes He wants us to climb the mountain. Sometimes we may need to confront the mountain. Sometimes He wants us to conquer the mountain. And, yes, sometimes He may cast the mountain into the sea because of our faith. Faith (even a very small amount) can move a “mountain” in your life….if, and only if, God wants to move it.

Those who teach that we can somehow “short circuit” the sovereignty of God by some sort of “religious magical believing” are simply wrong about it. Even a casual reading of the Bible clearly reveals that God sometimes says “no” regardless of who is asking or how much they “believe God for it!” A lot of religious people seem to want to turn “Biblical faith” into some kind of “magic wand” or “glorified hocus pocus” by implying or stating that all you have to do to receive something you want is “believe God for it” and “bingo”….there it is! This is simply not true, as the Bible teaches expressly and as most believers have learned experimentally.

He (Jesus) went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, LET THIS CUP PASS from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matt. 26:39).

THREE TIMES I PLEADED with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:8-9, ESV).

Instead you ought to say, “IF THE LORD WILLS, we shall live and do this or that.” (James 4:15). Read that again: “If the Lord WILLS….we…do this or that.” Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway
https://waynesblogsite.wordpress.com/

Baptism in the New Testament

BAPTISM IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

1. Matthew 28-18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen

2. Mark 16:15-16 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

3. Acts 2:36-38 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

4. Acts 2:41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.

5. Acts 8:12-13 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. 13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.

6. Acts 8:35-39 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”
37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”
And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.

7. Acts 9:18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. Acts 22:16 And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’

8. Acts 10:48 Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.

9. Acts 16:14-15 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.

10. Acts 16:30-34 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

11. Acts 18:8 Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.

12. Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

13. Romans 6:3-6 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

14. Galatians 3:26-27 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

15. Colossians 2:12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

16. 1 Peter 3:21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Wayne Dunaway gandpministries.org

Just Do It!

JUST DO IT!

Introduction: John 2:1-11

A. Nike has made the statement “Just do it” famous. I have seen it on TV commercials. I have seen it on hats, shirts, shoes, and any number of other places.
B. The phrase has been used to promote exercise, diets, and other activities.
C. It is one of the most powerful statements I have seen, heard, read, or used.
D. “Just Do It” means that we are to act…to take action without giving it too much thought!
E. It may be OK to “look before you leap” in some areas, but in others, you need to “Just do it.”
F. And such is surely the case in our present study. The reading is John 2:1-11. Jesus and His disciples are at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. They run out of wine and Mary tells Jesus about it. Then Mary said to the servants: “Whatever He says to you, do it!”
G. We will observe exactly what she said in some detail to help us be better people and better examples as Christians.
H. In doing so we will notice four points:

1. Whatever
2. He Says
3. To You
4. Do It

I. We need to “do it” without question. We need to “do it” without explanation. We need to “do it” without reservation. We need to “do it” without hesitation. In other words: Just do it!

Body:

I. WHATEVER

A. Note first, she said “whatever.” Does not matter what it is…Just do it! During the time Jesus was on earth He told various ones to do some unusual things.

1. He told a blind man to “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (Jn. 9:7).
2. He told those at the tomb of Lazarus to “Take away the stone” (Jn. 11:39).
3. He told these servants at this wedding to “Fill the waterpots with water” (Jn. 2:7).

B. I sure that none of these understood why He told them to do what He told them to do.
C. But they did it anyway. They did it without hesitation. They did it without reservation. And they did it without conversation.
D. And guess what. The blind man could see. Lararus was raised. And the wedding guests had plenty of wine to drink.
E. Why? Because they all evidently knew the meaning of the phrase “Just do it!”
F. So when God tells us something to do today we need to do it. “Do it” whether we understand all about it or not. For example, He said for us to teach people the gospel and baptize them (Matt. 28:19). He said those who believe and are baptized will be saved (Mark 16:16). He said to pray for our leaders, do good to others,etc. “Whatever He says to you do it!”

II. HE SAYS

A. Note the next two words are whatever “He says.” Observe that Mary said, “Whatever HE says….”
B. It is not what others say. It is not what others believe. It is not what others think. It is what “He says!”
C. Do not let me, or anyone else, force you into a mold, system, or pattern of thought that we create for you. Always listen to Jesus.
D. This is why it is important to study the Bible for yourself as much as you can. Think for yourself. Don’t let people make a hypocrite out of you. In other words don’t let people make you act like something you are not or say things you do not really believe.
E. If you don’t see it yourself, don’t say it. If you don’t believe it, don’t teach it no matter what it is.
F. People have told me, because I did not agree with them on certain things, “Wayne, you just don’t believe the Bible!” But I do believe the Bible as I understand it. However I just don’t believe their interpretation of the Bible.”

III. TO YOU

A. It is whatever He says “to you” do it. Jesus does not say the same thing to everybody.
B. There are some things that apply to all of us, but not all things.
C. For example, He said on one occasion, “What I say to you I say to all, watch.” He says this to all of us.
D. But He did not tell His disciples or us to “fill the waterpots.” He said that to the servants at the wedding.
E. It was the “servants” who filled the waterpots. It was not the disciples. It was not His mother. It was not the other people at the wedding.
F. God said some things to the apostles that only applied to them.
G. He said some things to Elders and preachers that only apply to them.
E. He says some things to you that may only apply to you.

IV. Do it.

A. It is whatever He says to you “do it!” Don’t just think about it, do it! Don’t ask someone else about it, just do it.
B. If it doesn’t make sense, do it anyway! If you don’t understand it, just do it! If you cannot figure out why, just go ahead and do it!
C. They were blessed at the Wedding then…and you and I will be blessed by doing His bidding now.
D. Just do it! If not now, when? If not here, where?
E. Remember these verses:

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. (Matt. 7:24).

But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:25).

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. (Matt. 7:21)

His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” (Jn. 2:5).

F. Whatever. He says. To you. “Do it.” And He will see you “through it!” Read the following verse carefully from the Easy To Read version:

 I am sure that the good work God began in you will continue until he completes it on the day when Jesus Christ comes again. (Phil 1:6).

Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway
gandpministries.org