When Faith Meets A Mountain Part 1

Have you ever come against what seemed to be a mountain standing in the way of your faith? These are things that seem almost insurmountable for us to overcome. In this post we are going to begin studying what should happen when our faith meets a mountain.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:2

The thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians is an exposition on the love of God. Paul tells us in verse two that it is not enough for us to have prophecy, revelation, knowledge, or even faith that can remove mountains. These all must be built on the love of God which fills our spirits.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
1 Corinthians 13:13

The King James version uses the word “charity” but this would be accurate translated as “love”. Notice that Paul tells us that love is the greatest when compared to faith or charity.

Love is the greatest but it works in conjunction with hope and faith. What one won’t do, the others will. Each one has a part to play in our lives.

In verse two Paul provides us with faith’s part. He said, “I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains.” When faith meets a mountain it will not be stopped! It will remove the mountain from our path enabling us to keep moving forward on the journey God has called us to walk.

38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Hebrews 10:38

We see here and in a number of other Scriptures that “the just shall live by faith”. If this is true then wouldn’t it be true that the faith which moves mountains is one and the same with the faith we are called to live by?

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:2

Notice that Paul said, “So that I could remove mountains.” Faith is the tool by which we remove the mountains from our lives. God enables us but will not do the work in our place.

We move mountains with our faith. Paul said he had the faith that enabled him to remove mountains.

Jesus also spoke about mountains with his disciples.

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Matthew 17:20

Jesus compared faith to a mustard seed. Seeds grow. Faith works like a seed. It must be planted and watered with the Word in order to work.

I have heard ministers talk about the size of a mustard seed. If it were sufficient for us to just have little faith then why did Peter sink when he had little faith (Matthew 14:12-33)?

And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
Matthew 8:26

We do start out with little faith but must then water it with the Word of God and allow it to grow. There are some who will tell us otherwise but notice that in the storm Jesus rebuked His disciples for having “little faith”. This is an acknowledgement that they had some faith but were still in danger of drowning!

Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
Matthew 21:21

Jesus told his disciples that they were to speak to the mountain. We remove the mountains from our lives with the words we speak.

We have seen several references to faith moving mountains. A mountain is something so large that it would seem to be immovable. It could be a challenge, test, or physical diagnosis. I was faced with a mountain several years ago with a malignant melanoma. A doctor told me that they could extend my life by six months with “aggressive” treatment. This was a mountain God enabled me to overcome with faith. It required me to feed on God’s Word for more than ten hours daily to grow my faith to the point of moving the mountain but it did move!

If you take a mountain and cast into the sea, it will sink. There wouldn’t be any evidence it ever existed. Jesus tells us that this is what we can do with our faith!

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