Really, a faith as small as a mustard seed can move a mountain? That’s what Matthew 17:20 seems to say! (Part 7 of 7)

Peak-Of-The-Matterhorn-MountainWe have an invitation from God

The truth probably is…your faith is larger than a mustard seed, Thank Goodness! No matter where, your diligence to follow God has not been in vain…but God is also inviting you to continue in your growth!

Matthew 17:20 (NIV) – He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, 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.”

In this series we argue that the answer to the question in the title of this article is NO! You may click here to read Part 6.

This series provided some arguments as to why Matthew 17:20 makes reference to the magnificent faith the mustard seed has, rather than to its smallish size. To move a mountain, one must have a strong faith, and God says it plainly. That kind of faith is completely devoid of doubt. The words small, or size (depending on the Bible translation) were added in the NIV and NASB versions of the Bible respectively. And it was argued in this series that these additions cause Jesus-Christ to contradict Himself right there in this verse, as well as elsewhere in His other teachings. The teachings from the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians confirms that moving mountains requires the greatest of faith, not the smallest. Many examples in the Bible – among whom Abraham’s belief for a son – clearly speak of people who had strong faith. These examples certainly sound like that the faith these men and women displayed were larger than a mustard seed. It was then argued that the implication of this erroneous teaching could be devastating.

The fact is that God does invite us to build a faith that is whole, complete, a completely free of doubt! The very fact that some can pray and believe today without a doubt for some situations is proof that those individuals have at least some faith. Also, today some are able to believe without a doubt for bigger things than the they did in the previous year. This is indication that their faith has grown! Our faith grows after each victory, and our faith grows when we spend time with God, because by doing such we get acquainted to His will and His abilities.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 – We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;

God is encouraging us to continue building our faith, by telling us what kind of miraculous feat we can achieve with it! Let’s strive to believe what God says, and nothing but what He says. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God, so let’s ask God to tell us where we can hear His Word. He will answer us!

Your faith is larger than a mustard seed. But believe God to bring your faith to much greater heights, so that you can remove mountains!


  1. I enjoyed the series. As I’ve alluded to, I’m pretty sure getting caught up on the mustard seed would have completely frustrated Jesus, similar to how he was earlier in the chapter. He just wanted them to believe. How much wasn’t the point, only believing. Their faith would grow with time and trials. He just wanted them to switch from off to on. Just believe! Just a little bit even. Jesus was and is always crystal clear. He would have rolled his eyes I think, if the disciples had got caught up on the seed and missed the main and only point, which was to believe. Strongs concordance is based on the KJV, in which I discovered apistia, as I’ve mentioned. At the time I had buried myself for years in NASB, and was also confused by the “little” contradiction. I think perhaps the guys kept switching off in regards to their faith. They’d believe one moment and lose it the next. Granted, they hadn’t been filed with the Holy Spirit, but Jesus was teaching all of them how to believe in Him. James learned it when he said let not a double minded man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord. He got it. I think I also get it. No one will ever convince me that Jesus is not faithful to every single word and promise he made. No matter what I see, I believe. I’m not boasting, but I finally got it, but it took a lot of trials and testing of my faith, which is more precious than gold. Decades of burying yourself in the word and insisting on believing in all circumstances will pay off. I still get tested, but I never quit. I NEVER second guess my circumstances. Where I waver is self doubt, which brings us right back to Jesus’ point here. On the water Peter doubted himself. He was a fisherman, and had lived on the water most of his life, I suspect. He stepped out in faith, then said to himself, what am I doing? The hardest part of faith is humility. To truly believe in his grace to use you, a daily unworthy vessel in your own esteem. It takes humility to glory in your weaknesses so that the power of Christ will dwell in you.

    Jesus is very clear. He’s alive, of course, and by his Holy Spirit is always right on the surface. Apparent. He will always give you a bite of truth when you approach and pray in all honesty. No personal filters or biases. Such as the sincere heart that emerges from us under extreme duress. David said it was good that he was afflicted. Be stubborn for God, I guess I’m saying.

    Ranting in his name!

  2. Kalen, I can’t believe I had missed this comment! What great insights on the very pratical aspect of Jesus teaching on faith when He used the musard seed. Not waivering in our faith is really the ultimate goal!

    I say amen indeed. We have to be stubborn for God, and this all the time. Let the world call us crazy where we seem out of logic in our reasoning, but let God reward us for our faith. Amen Kalen….Amen indeed.

    Thank you for posting such a thoughtful comment.

    God bless!

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