How Big Does Faith Have To Be?

Last week I shared that some folks are afraid to call on Jesus because they believe He accuses and condemns. Bible verses were selected to explain why that idea is the total opposite of God’s truth. It’s satan who is our accuser and Jesus is the One who saves us.

This week I want to share how having faith in Jesus not only helps us grow closer to Him and receive Him as our savior, but faith also gives us power in the middle of a storm-faith helps us to overcome.

Matthew 17:14-20 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

A mustard seed is about 1 to 2 millimetres in diameter. It’s small. But it can grow into a 20 foot bush. Like a mustard seed grows, so should our faith grow. The moment you loose faith means you now gain doubt. Doubt prevents any florishing growth or victory. Doubt grows more like a weed into unsteadiness, misgivings, rejection.

We need to nurture God’s seed of faith planted within us and not allow the weeds of satan’s doubt to take hold.

“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can…”

Luke 17:5-6 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

Again, Jesus used a mustard seed to as an example to encourage His disciples to have faith. Seeds can be scattered and grow anywhere. And the smallest amount of faith kin the power of Jesus can do great things for your life.

The poor are also chosen by God to be rich in faith.

James 2:5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?

God does not select Christians by wealth or popularity. Remember, faith in Christ is a richness worth more than anything the world can offer. So no matter your status in society, you are rich in faith when you know Christ.

Mark 6:4-6 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.

I love this story because it describes how those closest to Jesus did not see Him for who He really is. They knew Him as Mary’s son, the carpenter, so how could He be the savior they were waiting for?

That’s why it’s good to know Jesus.

Read the Gospels. Learn what He’s said and done. Jesus came to save us from our sin, and by faith in who He is we have life eternal. But it all starts with faith. When we receive faith from God, it’s like receiving an invitation to a party. We don’t know everything what will happen at the party, but because we have a relationship with the heavenly Host, Jesus, we can trust it will all be good.

To invite Jesus into your life and receive the power faith offers, pray this sinner’s prayer found at Gotquestions.com:

“God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”



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4 thoughts on “How Big Does Faith Have To Be?

    • I believe many folks have this same struggle. I encourage you to read one of my previous posts: Who Is The Real Accuser? https://debrapedrow.com/2020/02/06/who-is-the-real-accuser/
      It is satan, not Jesus, who points the finger at us shamefully. When we intimately know Jesus, trust Him, rely on Him, acknowledge Him in both good times and in bad–it is He who is our defender before God. He will tell God He knows us, we are forgiven, as a matter of fact it’s as if our sin was never committed. The commandments are given in order that we know what sin is, so that we know what is evil and try our best to avoid it. But once we fall down in sin, and “hello” we ALL do fall down, Jesus doesn’t kick us when we are down that’s what satan does. Jesus is The One we can truly count on to help us back up and get us walking correctly again. Have a blessed day in Jesus today!

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