It can't be literal, can it?

Have you ever found yourself digging for the metaphorical meaning of different verses and commandments on what God says? It can’t be literal, can it? Everything in this life and everything God draws us to has levels to it. What you see at face value is not all that there is.

“Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21: 21-11(NIV)

There is usually a gap in time with what Jesus says will happen and when it shows up. In this verse, Jesus is challenging us to stretch the boundaries in what we believe is achievable. He wants us to understand that the mountain is not just a mountain. You and I live victim to what we experience. Our faith depends on what we see, what we feel, and what we experience and this verse is challenging us to live with a certain kind of faith that believes that God can and will literally move mountains. Would faith not be easier to understand if we stopped measuring it by the confines of the world that we live in?

We may live confined and live subject to the things of this world but we can leverage a God and His power that is not. With that bold truth, the dimensions of our life start to take on a new level.

1. The struggle is flesh and blood.

How many times has the struggle been YOU? What if the struggle you wake up to is not flesh and blood or genetics, but maybe there is another force that is keeping you from who you are meant to be.

Sometimes our greatest moments of influence are also are greatest moments of internal struggle. Not everything you feel is because you feel it. So what do you do when what you feel is not actually what you feel? You have to use the Bible as your avenue. You have to learn to do what the Bible says to do.

When you are living life with God, part of you has to die so that the best part of you can live. This isn’t about what you want, but what you were made for. Sometimes your greatest desires are not your greatest friends. Are you partnering with desires that are ruining your life or are you spiritually mature enough to realize that what you feel isn’t exactly what you feel?

2. Look up before you leap.

Have you ever moved without God’s authority on your life or on certain situations? We all leap. We are all victims of bad leaping.

Small things now equate to big things later. If you looked up before you leaped, you would stop the perpetual nature of more leaping. The more leaping you do without God’s influence will lead to more leaping that you are going to have to do. Make a habit of looking up before you leap.

Patience is better than pushing for something that is not ready yet. The more you push doesn’t make it ready. God has a plan over your life and it is perfect. Perfect plans also need perfect patience. Wait for it. God orders the steps of the righteous. Direct your life looking ahead of you and looking up.

3. Go back because you are different.

Have you ever felt like something you remember in life is not actually the way you remember it? Sometimes our experiences are not as good as we remember them. As you grow, what once was intimidating, is no longer.

Your past can not be changed; your past is confined to where it belongs. It can not get any bigger. It can not come with you. It’s not going to change. It is what it is. But the beautiful thing about that, is that you get to move on. You get to grow. You get to get bigger. You get to grow stronger. God in you will make you something that you weren’t. Therefore, if you are something that you weren’t back then, you can go back and visit things you once ran from and reclaim what is yours. You are not what you once were. You are not where you came from. You are different. Run accord to who you are, not who you were.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6: 10-12 (NIV).

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