He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"
He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
"Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me."
How many of us can tell a mountain to move and it obeys?
How do we get faith "the size of a mustard seed"? How do you measure the physical dimensions of faith? To put it in terms we Texans might understand, "Is the love for your wife the size of a beef fajita?"
More and more it seems we earthlings have it all backwards. Rather than believing for the sake of moving mountains, receiving larger paychecks, avoiding medical bills or acquiring new trinkets, we should just believe. We should live like we believe. We should think like we believe. Then, when the enemy puts a mountain in our path, we could tell it to move and get on with our walk.
How do we overcome our unbelief? Again, this is simple and it's not. We might be tempted to just repeat and meditate on "I believe in God. I believe in God..." That's fine, but we really need to live like we believe it, not just in what we do, but what we think, and not just when others are watching. Every week we have to remind the children that they shouldn't just behave when they are in our midst; that the real Judge is always watching and he knows our hearts (and thoughts). Oh, that I could live by this 24/7! These mountains might just have to find a new home.