THE POWER OF ‘MUSTARD SEED-SIZED’ FAITH

THE POWER OF ‘MUSTARD SEED-SIZED’ FAITH

You have heard it said that faith can move mountains. Indeed, if the words of Jesus are anything to go by, faith can move more than mountains; it can even move mulberry trees. And you don’t really need a lot of faith; you just need your faith to be the size of a mustard seed.

But many have pointed out that faith is not the end. There is another part to the equation. Let me show you what they mean.

“And the Lord said, “If you have [confident, abiding] faith in God [even as small] as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree [which has very strong roots], ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea’; and [if the request was in agreement with the will of God] it would have obeyed you.” Luke 17:6 [AMP]

Caught that last bit? Yes, ‘if the request was in agreement with the will of God’. Here’s another example.

“…I assure you and most solemnly say to you, if you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and [if it is God’s will] it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 [AMP]

Saw that? Yes, ‘if it is God’s will’ it will move. Here’s one more.

“Jesus replied, “Have faith in God [constantly]. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!’ and does not doubt in his heart [in God’s unlimited power], but believes that what he says is going to take place, it will be done for him [in accordance with God’s will].” Mark 11:22-23 [AMP]

Yes, beloved. In order for your faith to work, it must be ‘in accordance with God’s will’. So here’s the elephant in the room. What is God’s will?

“He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:10-13

You know, God has willed many things, but of all the things that God has willed into existence, there is none more precious, none more comforting, none more deserving of joyful celebration than His will for us, and that is,

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

We often under estimate the extent of God’s love for us, seeing Him as a deity who operates at a transactional level. And when we do that, we miss out on the most wonderful part of our relationship with God – this,

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

So when we read that our requests must be in alignment with God’s will, we start to think that we need to ‘catch Him on a good day’, stroke His ego a little, before He grants our wishes.

But you see, beloved, that could not be further from the truth. In fact, when we compare them in terms of generosity, God makes Santa Claus look like scrooge; because the fact is, the moment we believed in Jesus and received Him into our lives, we became children of the God who loves us and wants to give us good things; and herein lies the power of our faith.

But first, what is faith?

“Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].” Hebrews 11:1 [AMP]

Faith is the title deed. Faith is the purchase receipt. Faith is the collection slip that allows you to cash in and collect on God’s promises. Faith is to God, what money is to man.

So from here, we see that faith is not the power that makes things work. Instead, faith is the key to unlocking the provision and protection of our Father,

“For by this [kind of] faith the men of old gained [divine] approval.” Hebrews 11:2 [AMP]

When we have faith in God, we are saying to Him that we trust Him, we are counting on Him, we are leaning on Him and depending on Him to deliver, and when we do that, God doesn’t disappoint. And that is why Jesus said,

“For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.” Mark 11:24 [AMP]

‘For this reason’ says Jesus. And what is the reason?

The man “…does not doubt in his heart [in God’s unlimited power], but believes that what he says is going to take place, it will be done for him [in accordance with God’s will].” Mark 11:23 [AMP]

If I gave you a check to day and told you that you could cash it anytime, would you doubt in your heart that you could? You would, wouldn’t you? But what if God gave you that check? And that is what faith is, your title deed, your order confirmation, your collection slip, that gives you the right to collect any and all the promises that God has ever had written down and recorded for us in the Bible.

And because “…I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

You can be rest assured that if it is good for you, “whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.” Mark 11:24 [AMP]

For it is not your faith that makes things happen, but the will of God which is activated by your faith.

But why does it have to be ‘in accordance with God’s will’?

Well, beloved, I hate to say this, but most of the time, we really don’t know better, do we? I mean, let’s face it, we make bad decisions.

Imagine if you are walking along the street and you pass this really good looking person, and you say, in faith, that you would like to have that person be your spouse; how many spouses would you already have right now? And how many families would you have broken? And how many children would be without parents? Here’s another one.

Two men went to God one day. One was an undertaker whose business was going under, pun not intended; and the other had a father who was in a critical condition, in fact ‘terminal’ was the word the doctors used. The undertaker asked for the man’s father to die, so that He could have one more sale and make the rent for the month. The other man asked for his father to be healed. Which should God help?

I know that these are rather silly and extreme examples. But the reality is, if the power of God was left to the whim and fancy of man, the world would be a horrible place to live in, wouldn’t it?

And that is why our faith must be aligned to God’s will for our lives before our prayers and petitions will be answered.

For “You call out to God for help and he helps—he’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.” 1 Peter 1:17 [MSG]

But as long as we remember that our Father loves us and wants only the best for us, as long as we remember that

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

Even if we are staring down a hopeless situation, we can have faith to know that because God loves us and is not here to condemn us, He will most certainly turn things around for us.

““For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”” Isaiah 55:8-9

So beloved, yes, faith can move mountains because it’s not your faith that is doing the moving, it is God’s will, spawn out of His love for you. Don’t worry about not having ‘enough’ faith, for ‘enough’ is not a word that our Father uses to measure us with. Instead, just believe and know that

“whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.” Mark 11:24 [AMP]

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