Mountain moving faith
13/02/2017 14:39:13 GMT Written by David Hathaway
The believer who has not yet moved a 'mountain', has not yet begun the real task of ministry; Jesus rebuked the disciples for their unbelief in Matthew 17 and 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.' I challenge you to begin to act in the power and authority of your faith. So many times I have had to face the impossible and seen God move in power, and I challenge you to begin to do it yourself!
I am reminded of an experience I had while in the prison in Czechoslovakia in 1972-3 for Bible smuggling. I was forbidden to have a Bible in the prison (it was only after nine months that I managed to smuggle one in), they gave me twelve books to read in English. This included six hundred pages of the history of the communist revolution in China. However, to my amazement, I found that one of the books was the story of Marco Polo who was born in Venice in the 13th century. Together with his father and uncle, he spent most of his life-time as a merchant adventurer in China. He became a favorite of the Emperor Kublai Khan. Travelling through China with him, they came to a village where they found a group of believers. The Emperor was going to have them put to death immediately, but then he said, "Your Bible says that if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can command a mountain to move - and it will move! I will prove that your God is dead and that the Bible is a lie. Outside this village is a mountain. I will come back in three days, and if it has not moved, I will put you to death." The first day the believers pleaded with God to move the mountain - but mountains don't move! The second day they chose a believer more 'holy' than themselves to plead with God. Still nothing happened. The third day, Kublai Khan return, "Before I kill you, I will give you one more chance, I want to see you pray," he said. This time the desperate believers COMMANDED the mountain in Jesus' Name - and it moved! This is an historical fact recorded by Marco Polo, and because of this miracle, Kublai Khan became a believer and sent Marco Polo back to Venice to bring missionaries to evangelise China!
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