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).