“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
—Matthew 17:20 NLT
The disciples had just asked Jesus why they couldn’t deliver a boy of a demon who had possessed him, and this was his answer. They just didn’t have enough faith. All they needed was faith as small as a mustard seed for nothing to be impossible. They could speak to the mountain in that boy’s life, and tell it to move.
Last night Dr. Benny Tate asked our church, “what is your it?” He used John 14:14 as his text. “Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (NLT)! What is your it? What is that one thing you want to move in your life? I would like to take a few of his points and introduce a mustard seed of faith.
You ask in prayer. You abide in His presence, and a mustard seed of faith is planted. That mustard seed germinates in moist earth and pushes through the soil to find light. Faith comes by hearing the Word again and again. Your faith germinates, and sprouts reaching for the light of His truth. That small seed begins to burst forth into a larger plant. Circumstances of life bring greater growth instead of defeat, and your faith grows when tested. Your mustard seed of faith has been strengthened by prayer, by abiding in His presence, and by the Word guiding you through life’s circumstances. Your mustard seed of faith is answered by a Savior who loves you more than His own life.
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field,” Jesus said in a parable. “It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches” (Matthew 13:31-32, NLT). The Kingdom of Heaven resides within your heart. It begins as a small mustard seed. It may begin small, but it doesn’t stay that way. With proper nourishment, it bursts forth changing your perspective from what your natural mind sees to what God sees. When faith anchors you, others are drawn to “nest” in your life—to grow in their own faith.
Do you have faith to hope in what your eyes can’t see, but what you want to believe in your heart is real? Hope springs eternal in the human heart! Jesus delivered the boy that day of his demon. He removed that mountain. He tells you that you can speak to your own mountain, and tell it to move. All it takes is a mustard seed.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher