Monday, February 9, 2009

Start with the Faith you Have

AMAZING GOD.... He never ceases to amaze me. In my inbox this morning, my Purpose Driven Life devotional. I'll be honest. I haven't been reading it a lot lately and had even considered unsubscribing from it. Then, today, I glanced at the first section and POW, God spoke to me about the situation I'm praying fervently about -- the kids in Kyrgyzstan and their families. I hope you can take the time to read this and soak it in like I did.

God is preparing to move some mountains!! Praise!!

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Start with the Faith You Have
by Rick Warren

[The boy’s father said,] “... If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!” Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.” No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!” Mark 9:22-24 (MSG)
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Is it possible to be filled with faith and doubt at the same time? Yes!

You can have faith that God wants you to do something and still be scared to death. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is going ahead and doing what you’re called to do in spite of your fear.

You have to begin with the faith you already have: it may be just a little, but you start there. A beautiful example of this is the story of the man who brought his sick son to Jesus in Mark 9. Jesus looked at the man and said, “I can heal your son. If you will believe, I will heal him.”
The father then makes a classic statement: “Lord, I do believe. Help me overcome my unbelief.”

Have you ever felt like that? “Lord, I have some faith. But I also have some doubts.” This man was filled with faith and doubt, yet despite his honest doubts, he went ahead and asked Jesus for a miracle. And he got his miracle – Jesus healed his son.

Mustard seed faith moves mountains. No matter how weak or how frail you think your faith is, it’s enough to get you through what you’re facing because your “little faith” is in a big God.

Matthew 17:20 says, “If you have faith as small as the mustard seed, nothing will be impossible to you.” That’s not a lot of faith; in fact, it’s just a little faith. But what else does that verse teach? “If you have faith as the mustard seed, you can say to the mountain, ‘Move’ and it will be moved.”

Mustard seed faith moves mountains. Don’t get this reversed; we tend to read this verse backward; we want it to say, “If you have faith like a mountain, you can move a mustard seed” – as if it takes enormous faith to do a very little task.

Everybody has faith. You had faith this morning when you ate your cereal – faith that your spouse didn’t put poison in your granola!

You had faith when you sat down in your computer chair – faith that it wouldn’t collapse.

Everybody has faith; the difference is what you put your faith in.

Sometimes people will tell me they don’t want to surrender to Jesus until all their questions are answered; they don’t want to make a commitment until every thing is understand.

God wants you start with the faith you have; and based on the example of the mustard seed, you don’t need a whole lot of faith to do great things for God. You just need a little.

So here’s a trustworthy equation:
Little Faith + Big God = Huge Results!

· You take your little faith; “Lord, I believe! Help me with my unbelief!”
· And you place your faith in our big God,
· And then he’ll show you how he works out huge results.

3 comments:

Shannon said...

Beautiful, Maria. Is sure needed this today! Over the last 8 months my faith has been continuously tested. I have often felt very guilty about that and wondered why I couldn't just surrender to it like others seem to do. Thanks for sharing this wonderful lesson! :)

Paige said...

Yes, I had the exact same experience! I hadn't been reading it too often, either, but for some reason, it was the first thing I read this morning. And, it put me in such a good place all day. You are a beautiful person for your thoughtfulness and prayer for those of us who are waiting. Maybe this is why things happened the way they did for you--so you could help us to see that miracles really do happen!

Ann said...

This was beautiful and I wanted to thank you yet again for sharing with us. I have all the faith in the world right now. I feel though like I am waiting and constantly watching for that moved mountain!