Thursday, May 18, 2017
Trust and Willingness Are Key Ingredients To Faith
In review of Luke 17:6 it says, “The Lord said, ‘If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, “be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,” and it would obey you.”’
The genuineness of your faith, your willingness and loyalty to God plays a big part in what you ask for.
What this means to me:
The genuineness of my faith, and my willingness and loyalty to God plays a big part in my life. Jesus tells me that if I had faith as small as a mustard seed, I could tell tree’s, root and all, to plant themselves in the sea and they would.
In Luke 17 the disciples ask Jesus to show them how to increase their faith to forgive. Jesus tells them if they had faith even as small as a mustard seed, they could tell a tree to be uprooted and planted in the sea and it would obey them.
The disciples' request was for the faith needed to forgive as Jesus told them to the needed to. Jesus seemed to indicate that the amount of faith was not as important as its genuineness. Faith is a complete trust in and loyalty to God that results in a willingness to do his will. Faith is not something we use to put on a show for others. It is complete and humble obedience to God's will, readiness to do whatever he calls us to do. The amount of faith isn't as important as the right kind of faith, a faith in our all-powerful God.
A mustard seed is small, but it is alive and growing. Almost invisible at first, the seed will begin to develop, first under the ground and then visibly. Like a tiny seed, a small amount of genuine faith in God will take root and grow. Although each change will be gradual and imperceptible, soon this faith will have produced major results that will uproot and destroy competing loyalties. We don't need more faith; a tiny seed of faith is enough if it is alive and growing.
Because of the triumph of the Cross, I have been saved by the blood of Christ. Because of this great triumph, demons tremble when I mention Jesus’ name.
So when life knocks me to my knees, I’m in the best position to pray as I’ll be strategically aligned to reach out to the One who even the winds and waves obey. I can ask for a lot by simply asking God the Father to intervene on my behalf.
I shouldn’t be shy, I should just ask. Start talking about the power of the blood and watch as every demon in the country flees. The precious blood of Christ gives life to my prayer to the proclamations I claim based on the promises found in God’s Word. Without exception, the Word of God never returns void.
Today, I will consider what I am asking God for? What good thing will I proclaim in Jesus’ name? I can know that whatever I ask in faith believing, I can have, because of the precious blood that was shed for me on the Cross.
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