Kathy Bernard - Publisher

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Jesus says “if you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matt 17:20

It has been said it's not the size of our faith that makes the difference, but the size of the God that we put our faith in.  If there are mountains in your life that you want removed; fear, doubt, loneliness, concerns and worries do not look farther than your faith.  Jesus tells us in no uncertain terms that we can use His power to change our circumstances through belief in Him, without human interference except through prayer.  He tells us that there is nothing too big or so broken that He cannot restore but we have to first believe it can be done.

So much is written on Faith but little to really explain precisely what it is.  We know in vague terms it is an elusive premise since it involves what we cannot see.  It is based on a powerful belief in something that is not tangible to human comprehension and relies on something we cannot even hold in our hands.  There is no basis to explain it and yet it is the single most important truth that defies all logic.  It is born of the spirit and given freely to all who seek it.  It is a discernment that grows clearer to the believer with each step taken toward the cross.  It is that something that urges us to take a journey to the Promised Land.   It is a clarification, a verification of what the Apostles have written about and has been handed down to us through the Bible.  It is the recognition that Jesus died to give us sinners' salvation.  It is the knowledge that we have been touched by the Savior’s hand, had our souls charged by the power of God through the Holy Spirit and through that touch we gain our faith.

No matter how small our faith is, it is powerful enough to change any situation if we put focus on the possibilities; going beyond the condition.  We see success through the intervention of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, seasoned by our own measure of conviction based on faith.  If we rely on God’s abilities to alter our circumstances we can know and expect Him to come through for us.  It is our distinct dependence on God’s capabilities to handle all things of this earth as they pertain to us as believers that we can “move the “mountains” standing in our way.  Many times instead of asking God for his help we first see if we can get pass our mountains by ourselves, and when we are hopelessly muddled in a sea of tangles we offer it up to God for repair.  Only then does our faith become motivated.  And sometimes we still tie a string to the problem so we can continue working on it along with God.

Faith believes firmly and with supreme confidence; a childlike faith based on the promises of God through His Son.  Most of us face insurmountable problems in our lives that we cannot find answers for and these problems stand like sentries in our paths.   We don’t know what to do or how to find our way around them.  We become frozen in fear and those of us who are weak just simply give up.   Sometimes we stand in front of that “mountain” and weep in frustration.  We look at the problem and throw up our hands in despair and defeat.  This is the time, Catholic Christians, to lean back on our faith.   This is the time to test the strength and fiber of our belief in the Father.  This is the time to put into practice what we have declared ourselves to be on Sundays in church.  This is the time to call on the Almighty to come through for us.   This is our test of faith. 

Some of us say we have prayed about a situation and it goes unanswered.  We say sometimes our prayers do not bring the answer we seek.   We have whined and pleaded without success and in vain.  But it is not the power of prayer that is lacking; it is the faith of the one praying that is lacking.     We have prayed with strong incantations without realizing that many of our prayers are not backed up by the faith our heavenly Father requires of us as Christians. In order for us to show our faith, we expect the miracle first, not realizing miracles are born from faith.  But faith has to come first.

Faith motivates us.  It helps us size up our mountains and see the possibilities even though they loom large and block out the sunlight of all our hopes and dreams.  And try as we might we can’t seem to get past to the other side.  In resignation we fall to our knees at the sight of this barrier and pray long and loud to God to save us and work His Divine miracles.   In Luke 17:6—"The Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you."  In present day circumstances we might be inclined to doubt our power on this one.  None of us have seen this done before and we find ourselves skeptical as to its veracity.  Many of us feel the day of the miracle is over.  Well, it is over if we believe it is over.  But Christ asked us to share in a miracle by picking up a “chisel” and attacking our mountains like David of the Old Testament did when confronted with Goliath.  With a small slingshot and stone and a strong eye on his faith he removed his mountain with a single shot.  We can do the same with our problems with the powerful aid of the Heavenly Father.  

If you have a mountain in your life and it needs to be removed, get on your knees and ask God for help.  Prove your faith by believing God will give you the strength and knowledge to get it out of your way.  Start hammering away at that mountain, and watch it dwindle bit by bit to nothing.  With confidence in God He will bless and acknowledge your dependence on Him and give us the power to move the immovable.  The daunting sight of an enormous mountain can be a frightening thing and yes we get tired and weary with the tribulations of the world pressing us down but we must get those mountains to move.  But we can only get them to move by believing that we can.  Faith says don't give up.  We will win if we don't quit.  When we stop depending on our own efforts and ask God for His wisdom in overcoming the problem, it is then that He steps in and takes control.

When the mountains of loneliness come creeping into our lives, when the cold fingers of fear touches our hearts, we know we can only count on Jesus, our Savior, our Rescuer.  But through faith we can claim our promises of deliverance He made to us over 2,000 years ago.  Tell your mountain you are coming through.   Don't let it deter you on your way.  Don't give it a chance to make you weak with fear.  Don't let it stand in the way between you and where you want to go. Don't let it overrule and take you out of your seat of faith.  You may not know how God will come through or how He will handle your problems for your ways are not God's ways.   On this earth and as a child of the living God you have a right to pursue the things He gave you to enjoy.  Stand on His promises that He will always take care of you and be with you until the end of the world.  As heirs of God you have been given the keys of the Heavenly kingdom where you will enter in glory someday.  As sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father you can say right now and with great authority "nothing can stop me now" so "move over mountain, I am coming through!"

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