5 And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." 6 So 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. Luke 17:5-6
"It's very hard for me to trust in God. I just don't have much faith." I hear these words coming out of the mouths of Christians time and time again. Faith does not just magically occur. Far too often we wait in vain for faith to arrive on our doorstep. We tell ourselves that when faith arrives we'll trust in God. When faith arrives we will live victoriously. When faith arrives we will tackle the enemy fearlessly. When faith arrives we'll...
The problem is that is not the way faith works. We're not strolling along one day and wham, faith suddenly waylays us, jumps inside of us and now our faith is strong. Actually, the opposite is true. Faith usually starts out very tiny, like a mustard seed. We want to believe but do we dare to believe? In one brief moment we decide to take a risk and jump. We tightly close our eyes, take a deep breath and frantically remind God of what he has said. Then...we jump out of the boat.
We discover something amazing is taking place. We can walk on the water. We didn't think we could but we really wanted to be where Jesus is. We were scared but we realized we really had no choice but to take a leap of faith. The waves are high and dark. The wind is fierce and blowing water in our face. We can't see very well most of the time and often we cannot see at all. We don't see Jesus but we know he just has to be there somewhere. Sometimes we may catch a glimpse of him now and then. Sometimes we get a really good look at him. Other times, we can't see him at all. Then we remember God's promises. He will never leave us therefore he has to be out here somewhere regardless of what I see, feel or hear.
When we begin to take baby steps in faith, we are exercising our faith. When we exercise our bodies, we become stronger, healthier and build skill and endurance. The same thing happens when we exercise our faith. The only way to increase your faith is to exercise it and that means you have to be placed in situations where you will need to live by faith.
Yes, it is not easy and it can be pretty frightening to step out in faith. However, if you want to grow as a Follower of Christ, you must learn how to walk and live by faith. Dare to step out and your life will never be the same!
Let me relate something that happened to me. There was an 'old'- new boiler that we couldn't repair even from repeated visits from the plumber, my earthy parent was going to make the scene and demand his money back because the plumber couldn't figure out what was wrong and said we needed a new boiler. I went outside and told the Lord, Lord God you know how your reward those that do us hospitality?
My earthly parent took me to Golden Corral to eat a sumptious meal, and you know how refreshed it was. Please let us have a peaceful happy ending to this day, only because you are a good God...
Fast forward, I told the plumber what to replace and it seems we had a wonderful ending today. The boiler is working fine and there was no haggling over money. I so thankful that God anwswers prayers like he did for me and us today. May you be blessed. Amen.
Ok we have really stepped it up here. These blogs the last two days have been pure and sincere. It is easy to tell that we are now eating meat for dinner. The voice that our Lord has given you is being used wisely. I praise God for that. May He continue to allow you to feed us this meat.