Matthew 17:20 (KJV)
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, 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.
Wow, what a statement and Jesus himself said it! Aren’t you glad that he didn’t compare mountain moving faith to an avocado seed? I know I am. No smaller than the mustard seed is, how many of us have seen the mountains in our life removed out of our way? How many of us have some mole hills that are stumbling blocks to victory that have hindered our lives?
What is the definition of faith? This is what Merriam-Webster.com says faith is:
– strong belief or trust in someone or something
– belief in the existence of God : strong religious feelings or beliefs
– a system of religious beliefs
We use our faith every day of our lives without even unconsciously thinking about it. For examples, when we sit in a chair we don’t take the time to believe in it to hold us up, we just sit down. When we apply the brakes on our car we put our faith in the peddle we step on that it will stop or slow us down so we are safe from crashing. Millions of people everyday go to doctors and put their faith in another human being with their very lives and health. We even put our faith in a little pill to get rid of a headache, and we can’t even see the pain, but we know it is there because we feel it. Then why can’t we put our faith in the unseen God of all creation for our needs when He says He will meet them in His Word? If all it takes is faith the size of a mustard seed how terribly miniscule our faith must seem to Him when we pray and our needs are still not met.
Romans 12:3 (KJV) For I say to every man that is among you, through the grace given unto me, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Faith in God and His promises are like muscles. They must be exercised or will become weak and not function properly. When urgently needed for a miracle faith will be so weak that it will not be able to support the heaviness of the burden. Hearing the Word of God builds our faith. I would like to continue in this blog about the importance of having the Word of God in our Spirit to mix with our faith which gives us hope when we trust in the Lord. We all have a measure of faith as stated In Romans 12:3 and it is up to us to flex it and build on it.
Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: “expect with confidence” and “to cherish a desire with anticipation”. (Among its opposites are dejection, hopelessness and despair)
Trust is belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc
Faith, hope and trust go hand in hand. When we have a need we pray in faith to our God in the name of Jesus, put our faith in the Word, we place our hope in Him and trust His answer.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 13:12 (KJV) Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
When I was young I thought that it was boring and unimportant to commit scriptures to memory. Why, when I was so busy had so many other things to try and remember that seemed so much more important. After all, the Bible was sitting right there on the shelf if needed. God didn’t tell us this as a punishment or test. It is for our benefit to have the Word of God sequestered away in our hearts so the Holy Spirit has something to draw from when needed and our faith can activate it.
When we least expect it, we may be faced with a tragic need in an unlikely place and our Bible is at home on the dusty shelf. This has happened to me lots of times through the years. And just when I needed wisdom, help or direction, up and out of my spirit came a scripture that was there waiting for me when I needed it. What if one day the Bible is outlawed and Christians are not allowed to have one? You may think I am hanging out of a nut tree in saying such a thing, but if you haven’t been living in the back of a dark cave you can plainly see that our world is becoming more and more anti Jesus!
Psalm 119:11 (KJV) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
John 15:7 (KJV) If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
I would like to tell you another answer to prayer that God answered for us. Like my hubby likes to say we love to “brag on God” because He deserves praise and glory for His wonderful self!
This answer to prayer was for our need of dirt! Two years ago my husband and I decided we no longer wanted our swimming pool because we didn’t use it much and it was getting old and in need of some major, costly repairs. So, we decided to fill it in with dirt and plant grass in it. Well, calculations were made on the amount needed and inquiries were made regarding the cost of dirt, hauling, and dirt moving equipment. After we staggered around from the expensive prices we were given and regrouped, God reminded me of a testimony I had heard years ago on TV.
I remembered watching a Christian television show that was popular back in the 1980’s and a tiny, old nun was there giving her testimony of how God answered a prayer for her convent when they prayed and believed Him for it. In back of the convent was a humongous hole that needed filling in but they just didn’t have the funds to do it. She and the other nuns prayed and believed God to provide for them. She awoke one morning and looked out of her window to see a little, skinny, old man standing with his hands on his hips at the edge of the hole, looking down and spitting tobacco into it. She dressed and rushed out to see what he was doing and make sure he didn’t fall. When she walked up he said:
“I see you have a big hole here.” and spit.
“Yes, we do,” she replied.
“Well, I have a big hill on my farm I need to get rid of that will fit into your hole and I was wondering if I could bring it over here.
Isn’t that just like God? Isn’t He fabulous!
The Holy Spirit helped me to remember this testimony about the dirt from so many years past and we also knew God is no respecter of persons and He is the same yesterday, today and forever. I told this story to my hubby and we believed God would fill in our swimming hole! We prayed and agreed that God would help us find some free dirt!
One Sunday afternoon after having lunch with our son, Shad and my Mother, Shad decided to take us home a different route than he normally did. As we were nearing home there sitting on the side of a church being remodeled was a huge pile of dirt! I grabbed my hubby’s arm and told him to look, there was some dirt! We really got excited and he said he would go back and ask about it the next day.
Monday came and we prayed again, thanked God for His Word that said He would supply all of our needs and if we delighted ourselves in Him, He would give us the desires of our heart. We also prayed for favor before God and man and that the person he asked would be glad to get rid of the dirt. Jerry (my hubby) left to inquire about the dirt and came home grinning. He said the contractor said he would be happy for us to have that dirt because he was going to have to pay to have it hauled off anyway. Jerry told him our house was just down the street and round the corner and wouldn’t have to pay for a big hauling fee. He didn’t charge us the hauling fee, it was free along with the huge pile of dirt. The only cost to us was to rent a backhole. Jerry knew how to operate it so over the weekend we took pictures of the dirt pile, praised the Lord for His goodness and moved our free dirt.
We love to tell anyone who will listen our “dirt story” and praise God for His goodness. Like I said before there is nothing special or super spiritual about us. We love the Lord and are God’s kids looking to our Daddy God for help and direction. We put our faith, hope and trust in Him and He never lets us down.
Hebrews 11:1 (KIJV) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, yet the evidence of things not seen.