In order to remain spiritually strong and spiritually healthy, we must EXERCISE our individual spiritual Faith muscle! It’s our responsibility to build our own Faith muscle! If our own Faith is weak, flabby, atrophic (wasting away, withering), or false, then it is our own fault – NOT God’s!
Jesus the Christ never taught us to climb our mountains. Then too, the Lord also never told believers to pray, in the “churchy” way, to God about their mountains, or to fast, in the “churchy” way, so that their mountains can be removed. Why not? Well, it simply is because prayer and fasting ONLY deal with unbelief, or the lack of confidence in God’s Word. The truth is that the Lord COMMANDS us to speak to (COMMAND) our mountains, in His name (authority)!
Human beings really cannot correctly measure the spiritual growth that is happening in every true believer. The reason why this spiritual growth cannot be correctly measured is because this kind of growth happens inwardly via the Holy Spirit’s mighty workings.
We often have problems with believing that God’s supernatural power and authority still work in believers living in these modern times. Indeed, this same unbelief is what kept the 12 disciples from healing the epileptic boy. Fasting and praying are Christ’s recommendations for casting out this kind of unbelief.