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On my own, I don’t see a difference between SMALL faith and the MUSTARD SEED faith, since they are both small. But when we look back to the Word of God, there’s a BIG, BIG difference.
First, let us look on what SMALL faith is. When Jesus and His disciples were on board in the Sea of Galilee, a fierce storm came and almost made their boat to sink, and Jesus, during that time, was…asleep. Yes, asleep. (Read Matthew 8:24). Then His disciples started to cry out, “Lord, save us!” (v. 25). But here’s what Jesus said to them:
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”
– Matthew 8:26a
SMALL faith means you are limiting God. Sometimes, because of the situations that we are in, we get discouraged and that’s the time, little by little, we lose our faith. When that comes, we need a hard hit in our heads. What I mean is we need to wake ourselves up that God cannot be shaken because of our situation, because God is always here to do miracles in our life. So why limit our faith?
And here’s what MUSTARD SEED faith is. I’d like to give you this Scripture that will say it all:
He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
– Luke 17:6
As what I’ve written a while ago, SMALL faith and MUSTARD SEED faith are both small, but when we look deeper, we will see the great difference between those.
We all know that a mustard seed is a very small seed, we can compare it to a mongo seed. When we plant a seed, it will take time and some tending for it to grow like a tree. The same thing also with this kind of faith, this kind of faith will make us grow to be like a tree that cannot be shaken when trials come in our life.
How about you, what kind of faith do you have today? Is it a SMALL faith? Or a MUSTARD SEED faith? Check your heart.
This short blog is not about our old “national anthem” entitled “One Way” by Hillsong United (Our new “national anthem” in LifeBox is Steve Fee’s “Rise And Sing”). But I’m going to explain to you what was really John 14:6 means. But first, I’d like to share to you that Scripture:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
– John 14:6
Have you ever heard the saying, “All roads lead to God”? Well, I have a simple illustration, let’s apply that thought in our everyday life: How can you make it to Baguio City if you’re going to take SLEX Southbound? See? The same also in God, even though we’ve done all the religious activities we can do just to be with God, I tell you my friends, ALL OF THOSE WILL FALL SHORT.
And the Bible is clear, JESUS CHRIST is only the way to heaven. And there’s no other way, folks! It’s only Him. And how can we get the key to Heaven? Simple, Accept Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior and live your life with Him, nothing more, nothing less.
We can say that we love God if we obey God’s Word. Yes, folks! It’s about our obedience on God. And here’s the question that we need to answer: What is it that God wants you to do? And how can you found that out? By holding on to His Word, and as you hold it, God has to reveal to you what you are called to do.
As we talk about obedience, I have three points to share:
- Bold obedience will face opposition. Let us all go back to the life of Peter and John. According to Acts 5:17-18, the Sadducees and the high priest got jealous to them because of their healing ministry, to the point that they brought the two to jail. The same in us, as we obey God, there’s always an opposition, whether we like it or not. Like for example, we will face more persecution from friends or family, or maybe you will going to face more intense temptations. But here’s a reminder for all of you, YOU ARE ON A WINNING SIDE! Do not let those oppositions hold you back, we have a big God! And here’s another reminder for all of us: If you are not ready for the opposition, you are not ready to obey God.
- Bold obedience often release God’s miracles. When Peter and John got imprisoned, as what was written on Acts 5:19, an angel of the Lord came down to set the two free from the prison. As we obey God boldly, we will also received the things what we are praying for. Just like what happened to me, for the span of my one year “sembreak”, God has to deal some things in me. And as I obey Him, He gave me what I’m praying for. And now, I’m studying once again for this sem.
- Bold obedience always requires FAITH. Let us go back to Peter and John. As what was written on Acts 5:20, God instructed them to preach the Word right away in the temple courts. Most of the time, we’re having a hard time on obeying God. But it takes a lot of faith for us to take that one step of obedience. And when we take that one step, we will meet God on that midst of uncertainty. How to have that faith to obey Him boldly, you need to go back to Him, soak yourself with His Word and spend time with Him.
Here’s the last point: When you obeyed God, don’t be surprised when you face opposition. However, do not be surprised also when He blessed you so much.
All of us will experience trials, whether we like it or not. Our common thing that we do when trials in life come, we are finding someone who will comfort and encourage us in the midst of these situations. That’s why we have friends, right? But hey, our friends are not here all the time. And the worst situation is some of them (Sometimes, ALL OF THEM) will leave you in the middle of nowhere when the time comes that you need them. I’ve been there also before. When I was in my one of the difficult situation in my life, I felt that all my friends left me, especially the person that I looked and treated as my best friend.
For some of you who are in this situation right now, you need a single hit on your head! WAKE UP! If you’re thinking right now that you are all alone now and all the people left you, you’re mistaken my friend! There’s one person who never left you for forsaken you all the time. And who’s that? That’s God. Really? I will share to you this Scripture and I hope that it will boost your faith:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; HE WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU”
– Deuteronomy 31:6
How can you be sure that God will never leave you nor forsake you? We all know that the Word of God is alive and the Word is God (John 1:1), but here’s the twist: That promise was written THREE TIMES. It was written first in Deuteronomy 31:6, that promise is also at Joshua 1:5, and in Hebrews 13:5. Why it was repeated three times? Just to show you how serious God is in His promise to you!
When I read that promise and when I knew that it was written three times, that changed my thinking and I said to God, “Thank You for not leaving me. Hold me now and never let me go.”
Friends, God is always be at your side. When all the people who you are holding on left you, He will never do it. Even though you left God, He will never leave you nor forsake you. I pray that when you read this article of mine, you will realize that only God will never leave your side when all your friends left you and I pray that you will be secured in God’s promise in your life.
Babies are cute, aren’t they? As cute as they are, we can see their innocence and joy in their eyes. But in our spiritual walk, if we still act like babies, man! It’s not cute anymore.
All of us must grow in our spiritual walk. But hey, why grow? Or should I say, MATURE IN YOUR WALK. It is because as we progress in our spiritual walk, trials and temptations are getting more intense. Our walk with God is like an online MMORPG game, you need to build yourself with experience points you’ve got when you leveled-up. How can you fight your enemies if you’re level 80 if your built is for level 50? I’m gonna share to you this Scripture that will say it all:
Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,
– Hebrews 6:1
As for myself, I need to be mature in my spiritual walk, Why? Because I need to. Because I need to grow. And when trials and temptations get more intense, I will stand in my ground and I will become more victorious over those.
But wait, there’s more! As we mature in our walk, let us not take away our childlike faith. Let us all exercise our faith, even in very small things. And here’s a Scripture that will say it all:
“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
– Mark 10:15
To wrap this up, I’d like to give to you this statement: HINDI NA KAYO BABY! It’s time for us to be mature in our walk, and yet, let our childlike faith remain.