It so upsets me when I hear, “Well, they weren’t healed because they didn’t have enough faith.” Or, “Well, if they would’ve had more faith, the situation would have changed.” My question to all of those comments is, what about the power in the mustard seed of faith?
“..I tell you this: if you had even a faint spark of faith, even faith as tiny as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and because of your faith, the mountain would move. If you had just a sliver of faith, you would find nothing impossible.” – Matthew 17:20
The Lord I know doesn’t demand our faith to be perfect before He arrives on the scene. The Lord I know says to come to him with child like faith. Now I know we usually take that as face value..little kids have faith because, in general, they’ve never had a reason not to. But, is that the whole story here?
Have you ever seen a child’s faith level?
The best part about a child’s faith is that it’s raw and honest in how frail it is. On one hand a child will have total faith that as long as they’re holding your hand, they are safe from getting hurt crossing the road. But put a child on a bike with no training wheels for the first time, and that faith has instantly dwindled to but a mustard seed. You’re saying, “I won’t let go of the bike until you’re ready, I promise!” And the child is screaming, “Don’t let go, I JUST KNOW YOU’RE GONNA LET GOOOO!!! I’m gonna fall! I’m gonna get hurt! I can’t do this!” Yet, again, they do have a mustard seed of faith in that situation. Because they believe that as long as you are holding onto that bike, they will be ok.
He’s not asking for perfection, he’s asking for authenticity. He meets us where we are at. That means when our faith is tiny like a mustard seed, He is with us. And when our faith is so huge that it rushes like a mighty wind, He’s there too!
Don’t doubt the Holy Spirit power inside of you. As you begin to stretch and plump up your faith muscle, you’ll notice less of the mustard seed days, and more of the mighty wind of faith days. Regardless, you can move mountains! So get out there and start moving things!
Have a beautiful day!
You are blessed,
PS – Below is a devotional entry from Pastor Prince that I found very refreshing. Enjoy!
Done As You Have Believed
By Joseph Prince
13Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.
What are you expecting God to do for you today? Do you believe that God will respond according to your expectation? When Jairus, distraught at the sickness that was claiming his daughter’s life, fell at Jesus’ feet, he entreated Jesus to personally come to his house to lay His hands on his daughter so that she would be healed. (Mark 5:23)
But do you know that Jesus can heal at a distance? He didn’t need to go to Jairus’ house to heal his daughter. Still, Jesus went and didn’t even chide Jairus for his little faith. He met Jairus’ expectation — his little daughter was raised from the dead that day. (Mark 5:41–42)
Why do I say that Jairus had little faith? Because there was a Roman centurion who came to Jesus about his servant suffering at home. He recognized the power Jesus had and asked only that Jesus “speak a word, and my servant will be healed”. (Matthew 8:8) Jesus told him, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” True to the centurion’s expectation, his servant was healed that same hour.
My friend, there is no particular level your faith must reach before God gives you what you are asking for. Your faith does not initiate God’s giving. He has already given to you all things that pertain to life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3) His blessings are pressing on you already! Regardless of the level of faith you are at, He will respond. Jairus needed Jesus to go to his house to lay His hands on his daughter, and Jesus did. The centurion only needed Jesus to speak a word for his servant to be healed, and Jesus did. He met both their expectations.
My friend, don’t fix your eyes on how much or how little faith you have. Fix your eyes on the One who loves you, who has already given you what you need. When you come to Him, simply believe that He is waiting to meet your expectation. He will say to you, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.”