Mustrd Seed Faith

 

MUSTARD SEED FAITH

By Carolyn Dale Newell

So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move;

and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20 NKJV

Do you ever feel like you’re with the disciples in the “O ye of little faith” club? When trouble comes, our faith often scampers away like my cat during a thunderstorm. Fear, worry and doubt begin to take over. Isn’t it comforting to knows Jesus said we only need small faith – faith the size of a mustard seed to move mountains?

“Mountain moving” was a familiar cliché for the Israelites which described the impossible trials we often face. Some health conditions are mountain moving. Some family problems are mountain moving. Some job issues are mountain moving. But all things are possible with God (Matt. 19:26).

The mustard seed was one of the tiniest seeds in Jesus’ day. However, it had one special characteristic. That myopic seed would grow into a huge plant, almost the size of a tree. Our faith is just like that seed. As we go through each trial, each battle, and each hurdle, our faith grows.

Jesus said, “Have faith in God (Mark 11:22). Faith is simply trusting God. Our loving Father wants only the best for us. His best. That isn’t always our idea of best, but His power and authority can move any mountain.

Imagine your faith is the cord on one of your small appliances. That cord is powerless without electricity, but once you plug it in, it has made the connection with the source of power.

That occurs when we pray. We are coming in contact with the ultimate power source, God.

Yes, our faith will grow just like that mustard seed. As it grows, we will see fear and doubt take flight. Where there is faith, fear, worry and doubt cannot exist.

Examine your faith today. Is it genuine? Do you have a personal relationship with God? Do you wholeheartedly believe He can move mountains? Now, act in faith. Live like you believe.

Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us faith, hearing our prayers, and answering according to Your will. Strengthen our faith so that we may trust You completely. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Matthew 17:14-21.

HIKING THE TRAIL

I love the acrostic for “faith” – “For All I Trust Him”. As a young Christian, I had trouble completely trusting God with my husband’s leukemia, but thanks to God that mountain moved. Is there something you are struggling with today? Please leave a comment. I would love to pray for you.

 

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Throwback Thursday: Ask & Receive

ASK AND RECEIVE

For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds,

And to him who knocks it will be opened.

Luke 11:10 NKJV

What are the results of persistent prayer? Jesus had finished giving the command to ask, seek, and knock. It was a lesson on boldly storming heaven with our prayer requests. This is a humbling process because asking is synonymous with begging. Seeking is action, and knocking is the repetitive persistent prayer.

When we ask, we will receive. When we seek, we will find, and when we knock, over and over, doors will be opened.

Jesus gave 3 examples of fathers giving good gifts to their sons. God is our heavenly Father, so He will give good gifts to us.

The first son asked for bread. The second son asked for a fish, and the third requested an egg. In each instance, Jesus explained that the fathers would give these sons what they requested they certainly would not give their sons things such as stones, serpents, or scorpions.

Jesus concluded, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13). The evil fathers He was speaking to included His disciples. We must remember that even though we are saved, we are evil when compared to God’s holiness.

If sinful men can give such good gifts, imagine what wonderful gifts God will give us! When we ask for comfort, God gives us the Comforter – the Holy Spirit. When we need help, He gives us the Helper. He does not only give us the gift, but the giver of the gift who is living in all Christians! We could not ask for anything more.

When you ask, you will receive. As we seek, we will find. Heavenly doors open with much knocking, and good gifts await those who ask.

MEMORY VERSE

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Rom. 8:28 NKJV

OPEN YOUR BIBLE

Read Luke 11:9-13.

THE NAMES OF GOD

Ruach Elohim – Spirit Of God

“When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.” 1 Sam. 10:10 NKJV

God knew we would need a Helper and a Comforter. Ruach Elohim is our guide. He sanctifies us. He helps us pray when we don’t know how we should pray. He is the giver of good gifts. Ask, seek, knock, and God will lavish us with His goodness.

WALKING THE WALK

Is there something you have not been asking for? Perhaps it is time to knock continually until the answer comes. How can you pray differently this week?

Heavenly Father,

You have so many good gifts waiting for us. We just need to ask. We need to seek, knocking and You will answer. Thank You for the many good gifts we have already received. Thank You for the ones You have planned for us. Thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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