Matthew 17:20 ~ If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.
A small congregation in the foothills of the Great Smokies built a new sanctuary on a piece of land willed to them by a church member. Ten days before the new church was to open, the local building inspector informed the pastor that the parking lot was inadequate for the size of the building. Until the church doubled the size of the parking lot, they would not be able to use the new sanctuary.
Unfortunately, the church with its undersized parking lot had used every inch of their land except for the mountain against which it had been built. In order to build more parking spaces, they would have to literally move the mountain.
Undaunted, the pastor announced a special prayer meeting for all members who had "mountain-moving faith." Twenty-four of the congregation's three hundred members showed up for prayer. This small band of prayer warriors prayed for nearly three hours. At ten o'clock the pastor said the final "Amen." "We'll open next weekend as scheduled," he assured everyone. "God has never let us down before, and I believe He will be faithful this time too."
The next morning as the pastor was working in his study there came a loud knock at his door. He said, "come in!" A construction foreman walked in he removed his hard hat and said, "Excuse me, pastor. I'm from Acme Construction Company over in the next county. We're building a huge new shopping mall over there and we need some fill dirt. Would you be willing to sell us a chunk of that mountain behind your church? We'll pay you for the dirt we remove and pave all the exposed area free of charge, if we can have it right away. We can't do anything else until we get the dirt in and allow it to settle properly."
So it was, by faith, the little church was dedicated as originally planned the next weekend!
The challenge comes to each one of us - do we have "mountain-moving faith?" I pray that the LORD will remove our human-sized fears, replacing each fear with God-sized faith!
You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith. ~ Mary Manin Morrissey ~
Lord, Please Increase our Faith!