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Summary: God don't want you to be helpless when you face mountains of Difficulty in your Life.

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God wants to give you Mountain Moving Faith

Mark 11:22-25

I have to confess this area of faith is sometimes difficult for me. Sometimes I seem to have a lot and other times it seems I have very little. I felt like we needed to set a date to get our new carpet and chairs, and so I said by last fall. But it didn’t happen. I was wrong, and it wasn’t God’s time. I knew we couldn’t afford to do it by then, but I wanted to stretch our faith by setting a goal. If God is in the goal you succeed and if not you don’t. But we haven’t given up, and it will happen in God’s time. Looking back I wonder if I really had faith for it, or just wanted it to happen. Do you ever struggle with faith like I do? God keeps bringing me back to the word when I need a faith lift. This is my favorite passage.

22 "Have faith in God," Jesus answered. 23 "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. "

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22 Jesus said to them, "Have faith in God! 23 I can guarantee this truth: This is what will be done for someone who doesn't doubt but believes what he says will happen: He can say to this mountain, 'Be uprooted and thrown into the sea,' and it will be done for him. 24 That's why I tell you to have faith that you have already received whatever you pray for, and it will be yours. 25 Whenever you pray, forgive anything you have against anyone. Then your Father in heaven will forgive your failures." God’s Word

1. He Gave You This Example to show you it is possible

A. He did it for the benefit of the disciples

B. He recorded it for us. 20 + years later

Transition: God wants to give you Mountain moving faith

2. He Gave You the Focus for this Faith (God)

-So often my lack of faith is because I’m looking at the problem and can’t even see a solution

-Or we look at our faith and say I don’t have it.

-or we look at our resources and say we can’t do it

Chorus

(E)Faith in God can move a mighty mountain,

(B7)Faith can calm the troubled (E)sea;

Faith can make a desert like a fountain,

(A)Faith can (F#m)bring the (B7)victo(E)ry.

Transition: God wants to give you Mountain moving faith

3. He Gave You a Promise to Claim

Transition: God wants to give you Mountain Moving Faith

4. He Gave You Authority to Speak for Him.

SPEAK to the mountain or problem/situation/circumstance and tell it to GO! We were created in the image of God with the ability to reason and speak. Use it. WHO CARES what other people think!

Several years ago I used to visit a nursing home near central El Paso. There was one ornery lady who would growl like a tiger. She was mean! It was clear that she was sick in her mind. Along with others, I would constantly pray for her deliverance. But she would push our hands away from her head as we prayed for her. Obviously she wasn't getting any better.


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