Mathew 17. Forum Discussion

Mathew begins chapter 17 documenting the transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus went up on a high mountain with Peter, James and John and was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun and His garments became white as light. Peter was speaking to Jesus, and while he was still speaking, a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him!” That verse always makes me think of just how amazing it would be to hear God Himself say that He is well pleased with us.

Chapter 17 is one of my favorites for other reasons as well. It contains a scripture that has helped my faith a great deal. Let’s take a look at verses 20 and 21, “And He said to them, “For truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.  [But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”] The first thing I notice in this scripture is that Jesus says that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, we will be able to do great things. Or as Jesus puts it, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” Many times, since studying this scripture, I have been emboldened by the thought that if my motives are pure, and my faith is bigger than a tiny mustard seed, “Nothing will be impossible.” There are no qualifiers in that scripture. It says what it says, “Nothing will be impossible.” I do know that my faith is greater than a mustard seed and that gives me every confidence that I need to dream big and keep working for the Lord.

The second part of that passage says, “But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” For me personally, I have always heard a lot more about praying than I have about fasting. Scriptures like this one make it clear that both prayer AND fasting are important to God. Where I have added fasting to my prayer life, things have worked out for the better – because I am keeping with God’s commandments. Jesus instructs us in John 14:15, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” In keeping God’s commandments, we draw closer to God and gain the, “Peace that passes all understanding” that Paul writes about in Philippians 4:7. Amen

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A recurring theme is just how important faith (belief) is to Jesus.

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