Faith is not believing that God exists--even the demons believe that--but it is believing that God is good toward us (James 2:19). "Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). Did you skip over the last phrase? That is to believe that God is good is an absolute requirement of faith.
If I said to my friend, "I believe in you." It wouldn't mean that I believe she exists but that I trust her and know I can rely on her. It is the same with God. We can rely on Him. By His own blood He has made you acceptable, lovable, and forgivable--He will never let you down. Knowing that at the deepest level of your being is faith. And you don't need much of it. God says that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed we can say to the mountains in our lives, "Move from here to there," and they will will move (Matthew 17:20).
A mustard seed is about the size of a sesame seed.
Mountains are BIG.
I realize I'm stating the obvious here. I tried to find a picture that conveyed the majesty of a mountain but no pictures can do it. Imagine trying to move a mountain with a shovel. How long would it take? Could you do it in a lifetime? Doubtful, that is, unless you count "Pinnacle Mountain" here in Arkansas. I have included a picture of Pinnacle in all it's "grandeur." Yep, that's it, the little bump way in the back. Now I love Arkansas with all my heart, but folks, I'm from Colorado and this is not a mountain. But I digress.
All we need is a tiny seed of faith in God's goodness and His desire to see our mountain (big or small) moved on our behalf. Doesn't that take a load off your shoulders? A mustard seed. We can speak to that obstacle and move it out of our lives. A mustard seed breathes the power of God into your life!
The last few blogs have been about the futility of our own power and the reliability of God's. We bring that power (the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead) into time and space with faith. And faith comes by hearing the Word of God. So put the Word around you. I'm suggesting you even get PostIt notes and put them in the places you see each day: the bathroom mirror; the refrigerator; the back door; your wallet. And begin the process of building your faith. Find Scriptures like:
Goodness and mercy are following me today! (Psalm 23:6)
I am more than a conqueror! (Romans 8:37)
I can do all things through Christ! (Philippians 4:13)
When I am weak, He is strong! (2 Corinthians 12:9)
God's favor is surrounding me like a shield! (Psalm 5:12)
and say them aloud. Allow these verses to breathe greater faith in God's good intentions into your soul, one tiny seed at a time, and begin moving the mountains in your life.
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