What can faith do?

“Impossible is not a word. It’s just a reason. For someone not to try.” – What Faith Can Do, by Kutless.

What do you count as impossible? Little doubts are a given when we take on a difficult task. The question is: do you allow the doubts to grow, or do you give them over to God?

The impossible is not impossible with God.

All He requires from us is that we move faithfully, step by tiny step, towards the goal that He has set before us. Let Him remove the impassable mountains; He will show us the way through the harrowing obstacles, He will keep us sure footed on the dizzying heights, and bring us to the place where, with Him, we can say we have surmounted the impossible.

Matthew 17:20 says: He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

So what does it mean when Jesus says that we will be able to move mountains of we have faith like a grain of mustard seed? Was He trying to make His audience feel unworthy, guilty that they did not have faith even as such a tiny seed? Of course not! Which means: He was encouraging them that even those with the smallest faith could, in Him, do mighty things.

The mountain will be different depending on the season we are in. In one season, it might be overcoming the fear of public speaking to share at your local youth group; in another season, it might be overcoming a fear of failure to take a go at a new career path. Sometimes we might feel that we simply can’t get through the day, but God is there beside us and He can take us through.

Mountains can be time pressures, illness, financial concerns, a breakdown in family relationships, a difficult work climate, or a dream that seems too big to ever achieve – and so we put them aside, giving up.

Do what you can see to do in the “physical” that will bring you a step closer to the top of your mountain: Write a letter of apology, speak loving words to your work mates, give of yourself, prepare a speech and say a prayer for peace, make time for a coffee with someone you want to build a bridge with, or start that dream project you’ve been putting off, too afraid to give it a go.

Whatever your mountain, remember that no matter how small your faith seems, it is enough with God. Let Him move the mountains. Trust Him to do the impossible. Meanwhile, keep walking step by step towards the “impossible” in your life.

The lyrics at the start are from one of my current favourite songs. The words remind me to give things a go. When I find myself praying “God this is TOO HARD!”, I remember:

“(With Jesus) impossible is not a word. It’s just a reason … not to try.”

Just try. Give it a go. Leave the rest up to God.


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