Even the Smallest Faith Moves Mountains:
"So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you." (Matthew 17:20)
Faith without a firm foundation is futile, and self reliance is a form of defiance. Unfortunately, these two scenarios are all too common in our modern day world. The truth is, there is only One Foundation, Christ the Lord, and apart from Him there is nothing.
"For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 3:11)
"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)
Faith is more than just a skill that we must practice. The concept of faith is more like that of a bank. Many people put their money into the bank, but not all bank accounts contain the same amount of money. However, all those who put their money into the bank share at least one thing in common. Do you know what that is? They're all trusting the bank to protect their money and keep it safe.
Same goes with faith. The deciding factor is not the quantity of our faith, but rather the object of our faith. Faith directed and dependent upon self is destined to depravity. Faith rooted in the Lord always ends in triumphant victory.
"looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2)
He is the One Who perfects our faith. This is where the quality of faith as opposed to quantity of faith comes into prominent importance again. It's the decision to petition, even in the middle of maelstrom, that channels the brutal battle away from our feebleness and onto His mighty resurrection power. Even when it's dark and we're afraid, God listens to our trembling supplications.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God" (Philippians 4:6)
God doesn't expect us to come to Him with a proper essay with perfect handwriting and scholarly words. God isn't waiting for you to prepare a speech that's bogged down by logic and analytical statistics. Not in the least! God simply wants to hear your voice intimately whisper, "Abba... I need You."
There's no formula to faith, but sometimes we feel that there may be and we're just unaware of how it goes. Sometimes we feel as though we ought to study for a faith exam, and in the midst of the pressure of day to day stresses and needs, it may seem like we're staring at questions to which we have no answers. "Oh Heavenly Father help us. We cannot find the conclusions to this life's confusions."
Or can we not find the conclusion? I propose that the conclusion is God. Must we know how every day will turn out? Or shall we say to God, "You're faithful. You're good. You won't leave me. You won't forsake me. You know my heart is Yours and Yours alone. I trust You to carry my desires in the loving care of Your mighty hands." Yes. God is the answer to all the questions that baffle us.
Faith is as simple as confessing, "I don't know what I'm supposed to do. God, can You show me the way? I'm lost and perplexed, but I know You can bring me through. I've got so many hopes, can You carry them for me?"
God loves a contrite yet faith oriented heart. What does it meant to be faith oriented? It means we take everything in our lives that we hold dear and lay it at His. He doesn't expect performance or perfection, just an honest and hopeful heart that is anchored in Him and not the world's logic.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Turn over you trust to the Lord, and He shan't forsake it. Take all your cares to Him, and watch Him carefully cradle them. Tell Him you want Him in every sphere of your life, and watch how He makes things happen. Worship the Lord and magnify His magnificence, and watch Him move mountains on your behalf.
He is good and His mercies fail not. Make a joyful sound! Hallelu Yah! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! The Author and Finisher of our faith! Hallelu Yah! Praise Him forevermore!
-The Introverted Evangelist
Photograph Taken By: Raphael