All You Need Is A Mustard Seed Faith

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I have seen few people worry about the level of their faith, they worry if the level of their faith is substantial enough to get results. Sometimes they think the reason they have not received responses to their prayers is because of the level of their faith. Personally, I don’t believe that is what Jesus teaches. He only qualified peoples faith based on their expressions of their beliefs at the point of their needs. He never told or taught anyone that they will not receive answers until they have great faith. Instead, He encouraged them to have a mustard seed faith. It is God’s power that works miracles and as long as the faith of a man focuses on the power of God, it will bring the results he so much desires.

The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you! Luke 17:6 (NLT)

From the above scriptures, the power of faith is likened to the mustard seed. The mustard seed was used as parables in all the synoptic gospels (Matthew 13:31-32; Mark 4;30-32; Luke 13:18-19). The common denominators in all the gospels where the seed was used, was used analogically for a situation with potential massive growth from small beginnings: This is why faith is compared to a mustard seed. We must know that faith in God progresses through steady and steadfast trust in the power of God to move mountains (challenges). Consequently, all faith in God is capable of getting results. It is faith in God that makes tremendous power available when you believe. In as much as your faith is not in self, man and things, but concentrates on God and God alone….. He is no respecter of persons, He only respects our faith and responds to it accordingly.

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” Mark 9:23(NLT)

Jesus often times would say,’only believe’. Whilst growing up spiritually,  I personally have struggled with the notion that people didn’t get results probably because they have small or little faith. Those times,  I keep blaming myself for not getting results in some areas of my life, thinking I didn’t possess enough faith. Because this was what I was made to believe as a doctrine. It made me feel as if I must reach a certain point to be able to convince God. Thereby made me see some categories of people better or more spiritual than me.

While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:35-36 (NIV)

Undoubtedly, faith is what pleases God. And when a man exercise faith couple with his right standing with God, God is provoked to react. I believe when your faith is void of doubt, fear and anxiety, and you hold on to what you believe God can do, for me that is likened to what Jesus called great faith: It is faith that persists with patience. Just like a Mustard seed, when planted, it grows and grows and become big.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews11: 6 (KJV)
My encouragement to you is, don’t worry about what level your faith is, but rather avoid anything like alternatives, worry, fear and doubt, to get in the way of your faith; those are the terminators of faith. If you walk right with God and your faith is in Him alone, I can tell you that you have what it takes to have your testimonies and breakthroughs.  Nevertheless, don’t forget to imbibe patience along with your faith. Because it is God that determines when it will happen.

We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. Hebrews 12:6 (NIV)

 

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Enjoyed reading your thoughts on FAITH. One of my favorite topics. In my bible, Hebrews 11:1, I have written in the margins “Faith is the practical expression of the confidence in God and His Word.” Confidence never enters a life at once, but grows with our experiences in the doing.

    Hebrews 11:1 (Amplified Bible): NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses).

  2. The only way to increase our faith is to know more about God and we know more about God by being immersed in His Word! I repeat the one from Mark 5 to myself whenever I feel fear creeping in… Don’t be afraid, just believe! POWERFUL reminder to look to Jesus and not at our surroundings. Thanks for all these important scriptures about the power and necessity of FAITH!

  3. You are very correct April. Faith activates the power of God and provoke His response whenever it is being demonstrated, even if they are as small as a mustard seed. Thanks for your comment, God bless.

  4. It is certainly tempting to give into fear these days. I need to remind myself throughout the day that “For THIS I have Jesus.” He does not provide us with peace, He IS our peace. Excellent post Richard!

  5. Thanks Erin, I appreciate your comment and prayers. I have gone through your web page, I really love it and love what God has been using you to do. May the grace of God continue to abound over you and ministry. Amen

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