Do you believe I am able to do this?
Do you believe that I am able to do this? (Matthew 9:28)
The Gospels are filled with stories of the miracles Jesus did. He healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out devils, calmed an angry sea, made the lame to walk again, walked upon the water, fed thousands with just a few loaves and fish, and so much more. But the Bible is silent on the miracles He did not do, on what could have been. But we do know there was much. Matthew tells us as Jesus was leaving Bethlehem, "He did not perform many miracles there because of their unbelief." (13:58).
When the disciples could not cast out a demon, they came running to Christ panic-striken, "Why couldn't we cast him out?" Jesus simple response was, "Because of your unbelief." But then Jesus goes on to give us a precious promise, "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." (Matthew 17:20).
Many Christians believe that the "mountain" Jesus mentions here is symbolic of what ever trial or test they are facing. The "mountain" may be financial troubles, cancer, marital problems, and the list could go on and on. But I believe the "mountain" Jesus refers to is found back at the beginning of His statement: unbelief. You cannot cast out your problem, you cannot get an answer, you cannot get direction, and all because of your unbelief. Unbelief is the mountain standing in the way between you and victory. But when you say to this mountain - your unbelief - be gone, then nothing shall be impossible unto you, and "whatsoever things you ask, you shall receive." A little leaven corrupts the whole lump (Galatians 5:9), and the mountain of unbelief crumbles when the smallest amount of faith enters, even as small as a grain of mustard seed.
Are you limiting God through unbelief, doubt, or fear? Do you believe He is able? If so, you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain by placing your confidence in Him. You see, there is a mountain of difference between believing God can meet your need, and believing God will meet your need.