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Mustard Seeds Have Great Value!

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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,

Sarah

PS – Below is a devotional entry from Pastor Prince that I found very refreshing. Enjoy!

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Done As You Have Believed
By Joseph Prince

Matthew 8:13
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.”

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Pleasing Him, not Jim

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As we start another week, let us all determine to challenge ourselves even more! Starting today with our motivation for doing things. Because, if we aren’t doing things as unto The Lord, then we need not bother doing things at all.

As we focus on pleasing Him, His joy fills us, and overflows out to the world. That joy is like a blanket of Light beaming out from us, eliminating the darkness that once was.

Blessings,

Sarah
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Today’s devo selection:

Do you please God or man?
by Hariette Petersen

Why do you do what you do? Ever wonder what drives you? To serve those you serve? I have. As a mother, I evaluate the advice I give, the help I offer. As a wife, I consider the respect, honor and faithfulness I give my husband. As a friend, I analyze my trustworthiness, my generosity, my tolerance. As a writer, I constantly scrutinize–edit my words, check my spelling, perfect my grammar. Perhaps you are like me, only in another way. You analyze your every effort. You try to please a boss, a spouse, a child. You look to your neighbor’s newly mowed lawn and think you must get out there and mow yours. You see another planting geraniums and head to the nursery to purchase some roses. You listen to someone teach, or preach and feel you must measure up to that person. You hear someone’s testimony and think less or your own. You see others volunteering and serving and you chasten yourself for not doing more. Why?

“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10

Our aim must be higher than comparing ourselves to others. When we take stock in our own lives, we need to do so in light of Who we are trying to please. As servants of Christ, our only desire should be that of loving as He loved–because He first loved us. As we evaluate our work, our activity, our speech, our thoughts need rest only in our Lord’s pleasure. Are we living in holiness, in humility, in peace? Are we faithful to His call? Are we serving to gain notoriety, success, or popularity? Or are we doing what we do as a willing and cheerful sacrifice of praise for the righteousness we have in Christ, our risen Lord? God loved us while we were yet sinners. He gave His life that we might have His life within us. In Christ we have all we need to bring glory to Him. May we lay aside our need to please man, and live only to magnify Him and point others to Him.

Masquerading – A Waste of Time

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It seems so much attention is poured into how perfect we can look on the outside, meanwhile the inside rots.

The Lord doesn’t seem to place an ounce of value on outward appearance, in fact it’s quite the opposite. The Word says He looks past the outside, straight into the heart. It also says He was very unassuming, He didn’t stand out in a crowd due to his looks or wardrobe. It was His countenance that defined Him, His Spirit. He didnt want us focused on outward appearance.

So, it seems very clear He was trying to show us that joy, status, worth, popularity, love, security, etc, are not defined (in His Kingdom) by outward appearance. It’s the Spirit, what’s on the inside, that defines us.

If our focus is on pleasing the eye, the soul dies.

So, for today’s “growth”, I say we work on what’s on the inside. Let’s forget about trying to be the status symbol for success by the world’s standards. Let’s get rid of the lie that if we aren’t perfect on the outside, our life is a failure. Instead, let’s let our spirits shine so bright that everything else pales in comparison.

I’m reminded of Mother Teresa..she was nothing to look at by the world’s standard. It was her spirit that made her such a beautiful person that even the world took notice. It was the same for Jesus. The world took note of Him because of what He had on the inside..a light that shown so bright, nothing could dim or distract from it.

Blessings,

Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
By propheciesofrevelation
http://www.propheciesofrevelation.wordpress.com
1 Peter 3:1-9

A gentle and quiet spirit. . . is very precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:4

Our society idolizes the so-called “beautiful people” — popular entertainers and models whose youthful faces dominate the pages of the magazines at the supermarket checkout. But such attractiveness has nothing to do with the kind of beauty that delights the heart of God.

We tend to think of beauty in terms of something lovely that evokes a feeling of pleasure within us. But God wants us to place more value on what’s in a person’s heart than we do on superficial things (1 Peter 3:3-4).

As William Dyrness explains, something is lovely by God’s standards “if it displays the integrity that characterizes creation and that in turn reflects God’s own righteousness.” In other words, a truly beautiful person is one who serves God’s purposes.

Regardless of our outward appearance, then, all of us can be beautiful. By God’s transforming grace, we can have the beauty of holiness and integrity that mirrors the character of His Son. As we devote ourselves wholeheartedly to the fulfillment of the Lord’s purposes in our lives, we will develop the kind of God-honoring beauty that does not fade (Proverbs 31:30). That’s the only way to become one of the truly beautiful people. —vcg

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me, all His wonderful passion and purity; o Thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine, till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me. —orsborn

Beautiful people are those who mirror Christ.

by propheciesofrevelation
1 Peter 3:1-9

A gentle and quiet spirit. . . is very precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:4

Our society idolizes the so-called “beautiful people” — popular entertainers and models whose youthful faces dominate the pages of the magazines at the supermarket checkout. But such attractiveness has nothing to do with the kind of beauty that delights the heart of God.

We tend to think of beauty in terms of something lovely that evokes a feeling of pleasure within us. But God wants us to place more value on what’s in a person’s heart than we do on superficial things (1 Peter 3:3-4).

As William Dyrness explains, something is lovely by God’s standards “if it displays the integrity that characterizes creation and that in turn reflects God’s own righteousness.” In other words, a truly beautiful person is one who serves God’s purposes.

Regardless of our outward appearance, then, all of us can be beautiful. By God’s transforming grace, we can have the beauty of holiness and integrity that mirrors the character of His Son. As we devote ourselves wholeheartedly to the fulfillment of the Lord’s purposes in our lives, we will develop the kind of God-honoring beauty that does not fade (Proverbs 31:30). That’s the only way to become one of the truly beautiful people. —vcg

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me, all His wonderful passion and purity; o Thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine, till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me. —orsborn

Beautiful people are those who mirror Christ.

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