Matthew 17:19, 20 - Mountain Moving Faith.

Matthew 17:19-20 (NIV) Then the disciples 
came to Jesus in private and asked, Why 
couldnt we drive it out? 20 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.  


   Jesus' disappointment with His disciples' 
inability to cast the demon out of the epileptic boy 
is readily felt in the words, "O faithless and 
perverse generation, how long shall I be with you?" 
(Matt. 17:17). 
   Later, in privacy the disciples asked 
Jesus, "Why could we not cast it out?" (v. 19). 
When Christ sent the disciples out (Matt. 
10:6-8), He explicitly commissioned them to do these 
kinds of miracles. Less than a year later, they 
failed where they had once succeeded. Christ's 
explanation for their failure was that their faith was 
deficient (v. 20). The deficiency did not consist in a 
lack of confidence; they were surprised that they 
could not cast out this demon. The problem 
probably lay in a failure to make God - rather than 
their own gifts - the object of their confidence. 
   True faith, even "faith as a mustard 
seed" (v. 20), by Christ's definition, always 
involves surrender to the will of God. What He was 
teaching here is nothing like positive-thinking 
psychology. He was saying that both the source and the 
object of all genuine faith - even the weak, 
mustard seed variety - is God. And "with God nothing 
will be impossible" (Luke 1:3). Here, Christ 
assumes the qualifying thought that is explicitly 
added by 1 John 5:14: what we ask for must be 
"according to His will." [MacArthur Daily Bible 2003] 


   Fasting is an attitude more than a 
ritual.  The one who is fasting for the right 
reasons is saying, My dependence upon God is more 
vital to me than even food and drink.  The 
disciples were unable to cast out this demon - or any 
other demon - so long as they were depending upon 
their own strength. 
   The disciples had lost sight of Jesus.  
They had spent the night grumbling because they 
were left behind at the foot of the mountain, and 
feeling jealous at the thought of what they might be 
missing.  There wasn't a demon in all of Satan's 
hosts that they could have overpowered in that 
   Which brings us once again to the 
day-by-day relationship with God.  It is through 
fellowship with Him, through prayer and the study of 
His Word, that we come to depend upon His power 
instead of upon our own. 
   For Jesus, nothing was more important 
than His communion with His Father.  He gained 
strength through the time He spent alone with God, 
just as we must do. 
   To have an attitude of fasting means that 
your private time with God is so important to 
you, and so high on your list of priorities, that 
if you ever are so pressed for time that you 
have to make a choice between physical food and 
spiritual food, you will always choose the spiritual 
food.  That is true fasting!  [The Answer is 
Prayer by Venden] 


   The Bible tells the story of a father who 
desperately wanted his son to be healed. Jesus disciples 
had tried and failed. When the Lord heard this, 
he asked for the boy to be brought to him. The 
father came to Jesus and pleaded, "If you can do 
anything, take pity on us and help us.' 
   "If you can?" Jesus replied. "Everything 
is possible for one who believes." 
   The boy's father exclaimed, "I do 
believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" 
   Immediately, Jesus healed the boy.
   Do you think the boy was healed because 
of the strength of the father's faith? No. 
Obviously, the father had little faith. He wanted to 
believe, but he had been disappointed so many limes 
that he had difficulty believing. Now the father 
had faith in the right person - Jesus Christ. 
The ultimate truth is this: faith is only as 
good as the one in whom it's invested. 
   Jesus said, "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" (Matthew 17:20). 
Nothing will be impossible for us, because nothing 
is impossible for God. Through God's power, our 
little faith can accomplish big things. 
   Do you have the faith to move mountains? 
Mountains are big. Sometimes we feel strong in our 
faith. Other times our faith feels pretty small. 
Here's the good news: It's not up to our faith to 
move mountains, because we have nothing to do 
with it. God does. He made the mountains, and 
only he moves them. At times, we can feel like 
its up to us to muster up the faith to make 
something big happen. If only I have faith, I'll get 
over this illness, or If only I have faith, I'll 
be able to tell that person about Jesus. But 
it's not about muster - it's about mustard. Jesus 
said nothing is impossible for the person who has 
the faith of a mustard seed. Invest your tiny 
faith in a big God. Then trust him and see what he 
does. He may not always move the way we hope, but 
he always moves in the way that's best for us. 
[Case For Christ For Kids by Les Strobel] 

According to this verse, having faith is 
critical to getting things accomplished.  Now, none 
of us probably needs to move mountains, but all 
of us need the kind of faith that could!  And 
to pray without faith is pointless.  So where 
do we get the mountain-moving faith that we 
need to be effective prayers?  Romans 10:17 tells 
us that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by 
the Word of God.  As we read the Word and bring 
it to bear upon our lives, we will grow in 
grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, which 
is faith-producing.  Then as we seek His will, 
in His way, in His time, which is all that we 
will want, our prayers will be answered - even to 
the moving of something as great as a mountain! 
[In His Time; Walk With Wisdom re vs. 20] 


Faith brings us into right relationship with 
God and gives God His opportunity. [My Utmost 
for His Highest by Oswald Chambers] 

Don't spend a lot of time describing your 
mountain to the Lord.  He knows what it is.  Instead, 
focus your attention on the mountain mover - his 
glory, power and faithfulness.  Then start walking 
in faith, following his leading, and watch that 
mountain step aside.  [Bill Hybels; Time With God 

Real religion is to draw strength from God 
in order to give it to others. Real religion 
involves both meeting God in the secret place and men 
in the market place. [Barclay Commentary] 




If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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