Friday, July 24, 2009

Faith as a mustard seed..

"And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it shall obey you." Luke 17:6

So many look at this scripture and bring forth the fact that the mustard seed is the smallest seed. It's true that faith starts small and God will always give us what we need to help it grow. However, did you also know that the mustard seed is a PURE seed? Faith can not be corrupted with worldly views. Faith can not be compromised with doubt. In order to grow, faith MUST be PURE!

I know that I must sound like a broken record. Some may be tired of hearing me talk about faith. However, God has laid such a burden on my heart to understand what it means to fully trust Him. I am not claiming to know it all. I just merely have a hunger to understand more. So when I come across those who completely misinterpret even the basic concept of the word. It bothers me! I become consumed with wanting to help people understand.
Everything God has to offer is received by faith. Therefore, the key to receiving God's blessings is fully understanding faith. Because of the compassion God places in my heart, I want to see EVERYONE blessed! Yet, so many miss out on God's blessings because they "think" they are truly believing... When in actuality they are being double minded.

One of my absolute biggest pet peeves is the phrase..."Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst." This has GOT to be the biggest oxymoron to ever cross the lips of a believer. Now, We go back to the definition of hope... "to expect with confidence." If you are EXPECTING the best... you are NOT going to be preparing for the worse. If you are EXPECTING a bright and sunny day... do you carry an umbrella with you all day long? If you are CONFIDENT that your brand new car will start.. do you call a friend and say... " I may need a jump start. Standby just in case." No because no one who is TRULY HOPING for the best EVER prepares for the worst.

Once again the biblical meaning of faith... "The substance of things hoped for. The evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1

Faith is EXPECTING a promise of God even when your eyes can't see it's outcome. EXPECTING something despite the circumstances.

If you are truly standing in faith for a miracle healing... you are not going to make funernal arrangements. If you are standing in faith for God to save your marriage... your not going to retain a lawyer.

A few years ago I read a story... A woman was a devoted Christian. She loved and served the Lord with all of her heart. Her husband, on the other hand, was running from the call God had on his life. He wanted nothing to do with her or her God. One day he told her their marriage was over and left... pledging to NEVER return. The woman knew that even though the bible does indeed give a couple of allowances for divorce, it is NEVER God's perfect will that a family be destroyed. So she prayed. She prayed daily and EXPECTED God to answer her prayer. Every night she went about her normal routine. She would cook dinner and set TWO places at the table. Then she would sit down and stare at the door... waiting for him to come home. After their normal dinner time had passed she would go ahead and eat without him. Then the next day she would do it all over again. Friends would come over for dinner and she would set and extra place. They would ask.. "Are you expecting someone else?" She always replied, "Yes.. my husband! God is bringing him home and I want to be prepared." Now the friends all knew that the husband wanted nothing to do with her. So they pitied her... thinking she was in some horrible state of denial. However, their unbelief didn't affect the woman's faith. She continued to trust God. For months, the woman was genuinely disappointed each time his seat remained empty. Then one night, as she sat down at the table and stared at the door, the knob finally began to turn. The husband to whom she hadn't spoken in months, walked nervously into the house. He was sure he was going to have to beg and plead for her forgiveness. Yet, the woman simply smiled and said.."Welcome home... Supper is ready." Together they ate. He later went on to have a flourished ministry for God.

Faith is Expecting! Faith is KNOWING without seeing. Faith is PREPARING FOR THE BEST because you are EXPECTING THE BEST. If this woman would have said.. "Well I'm believing that God is going to save my marriage... but I better call a lawyer 'Just in case' " She might have missed one of the greatest blessings of her life. She might have missed God's perfect will.

When the doctors made Serenity's future seem grim, my parents went out and bought her a diamond heart necklace. Now they didn't buy a tiny baby necklace. No.. they bought her an adult necklace. This necklace was a step of faith toward the bright healthy future, we knew God was going to give her. It remains put up until the day she's old enough to wear it.

A person who says... "I'm hoping for the best but preparing for the worst." is living a double standard. They are claiming to have a spiritual view but in reality are thinking carnally. They are being double minded. What does God's word say about the double minded?

"A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. "James 1:8

And an unstable man will surely fall!

That's why the Word also tells us to have faith as a child.
"Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein." Mark 10:15

A child does not reason things out. A child just BELIEVES. If you were to tell a child the sky is green. They would grow believing the sky was green until the day they were old enough to reason it out. A child never doubts the truth. A child's faith is PURE. Just as a child, we must be free from all doubt. Just as a mustard seed, our faith must be PURE!

"And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it shall obey you." Luke 17:6

Love in Christ,


Stephanie RN BSN (to be!) said...

What a fantastic post! This is something I've been working on in my spiritual life. I think in the past, I've prayed for things but not expected God to work in big ways. Now, I'm working on praying with an attitude of expectancy, knowing that God is perfectly able to go above and beyond my requests.