GROWING FAITH FROM
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 are 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 know that 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, and they used it to describe the impossible. We know that 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 small 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, our faith grows.
Jesus said, “Have faith in God (Mark 11:22). Faith is simply trusting God. The power is in God, not in our faith.
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 is what happens 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. We do not trust in our words, our prayers, or our faith itself. We are trusting in God Almighty who has power over everything.
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.
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.