Mustard Seed Series (5)
I started a keen interest in exploring faith and it all started when I took a whole week of journaling on the topic. I called it the ” Mustard Seed Advice Series“.The series intended to understand and explore faith in bits and pieces and eventually put all the pieces of the puzzle together. Everything I blog about is truths revealed by Holy Spirit during journaling. When I start writing about it, the topic broadens and my understanding of it gets clearer.
At first, I started writing with some uncertainty, but the Holy Spirit took me a little further each time I write or journal about it. This realm of knowledge open up to me and I realized that there are levels of faith.
I took 3 lemon pits and placed them in a pot with potting soil, wrapped a plastic bag around it, left it at a sunny spot, and forgot about it. At a time least expected, I was rewarded with 3 beautiful baby trees. I realized that faith needs to work for us and that God rewards those who diligently seek him and come before him in faith for it is faith that pleases God.
Paul was preaching and a man who was crippled since birth listened to him. Paul looked at him intently and discerned a level of faith to be healed. Maybe his level of faith was because of listening to the words of Paul preaching, but it was qualifying for an act of healing.
So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.Romans 10:17
A Mustard Seed Doodle Study
I’ve seen that those who are bragging and talking the big talk are nowhere to be found when the scene of work appears. They disappear! Some lame excuses are being offered or they reappear when most of the work has been done.All talk and no action!
I do not see a difference between the first two groups as both can be classified as sin. Both “dead faith” and ” little faith” cannot please God. These are the ones who just cannot move along with the plan because they first want to see some evidence. Even if ” little faith “develops, it can be threatened or even wiped out by words of unbelief.
Why do people who already accepted Christ struggle with faith issues?
– Faith is stored up in the new man and some born-again believers still operate in the “old man”.Everything we need to succeed is stored in the new man( born again).
– Most people do not engage in the word of God. Even if they do they, do not have the insight and understanding for they do not lean upon the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Now, Peter and the other disciples all started with dead faith or little faith, but in their mentoring relationship with Jesus, their faith grew stronger. As their faith grew and went on to a higher level , Peter stood up and issued the first outpouring of salvation, and hereby a seed of faith was planted in the first believers.
The disciples had a special assignment to fulfill and therefore received a specific measure of faith to be successful and complete their kingdom assignment. This measure of the faith delivered life instead of death, healing over sickness and could even endure the hardships they experience and still enabled them to press on to win the prize.
Lastly, it’s up to each one of us to evaluate our level of faith by doing a self-evaluation. When I started to write about this topic I immediately started to measure and evaluate myself. We all start somewhere, but it matters where we’re going and how our faith is being developed.