CAN YOUR FAITH EVEN MOVE A SPOON?……I remember as a young teenager, a very young believer, I learned if I had even the faith of a mustard seed I could move a mountain. Well mountains are pretty big so I decided to start with something smaller and try to exercise my faith. (Or so I thought).
So I started with a spoon. I decided I would pray and seek God to give me faith to move a spoon from one side of the table to the other. I would sit down at the table place the spoon across from me and pray for God to move the spoon over to me. I spent many, many hours on that useless endeavor, as I was (and still am) very determined when I set my mind to something. I never could move that spoon and spent many irritated days (a year or two) trying, constantly upset about it. Upset about what I saw in myself as my lack of faith.
It was not until later the Lord gave me a deeper understanding of faith. Having faith was not about moving a spoon across the table. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is understand how faith works in our lives. After all it is the assurance of the things we hope for, being the proof of things we do not see. What I finally learned , the biggest mistake that I had made, and what the Lord has since taught me , is at that time when it came to faith working in my life I was not looking at things as THEY were, I was looking at things as I was, therein was the problem. The Lord taught me that as the more I have walked with Him and the more I have worshiped Him, faith has grown in my life. The problem, at the time it was I, I was trying to move the spoon. It was all about me.
“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” If in all my praying and seeking, I do so from my own convictions and not by His Spirit, that faith is in my own foolishness, therefore, according to Scripture displeasing to God. In conviction, if I pray because heart is broken by carnal or fleshy needs or means, and I trust in that, it needs to be broken over again by His Spirit.If we rely on our own experience to be our reasons for having faith in Christ, it is a false reason, and you are really relying upon our own experience and not upon Christ: Believe this, if we rely upon our own feelings, and not on Christ, in any way whatsoever, our faith shall have no merit. Be careful not to trust in your own experience.
Sometimes the more spiritual we are, the more unspiritual we see ourselves to be; and the more repentant we are, the more unrepentant we actually discover ourselves to be. Let me tell you this; Jesus wants nothing special of you, nothing whatsoever, nothing you can do in yourself, and nothing you can just feel. He with His blood atonement is both the work and feeling. So no matter your situation; if you marriage is in shambles, if you are you are out of a job, or your children are hungry, or lost, no matter the situation. If you are feeling hopeless, even penniless, just as you are, with the feelings of being lost, forsaken, desolate, with no good feelings or hope at all, let go, and let your faith in Christ begin to work for you to your benefit….
Jesus comes to you, and in these words of mercy he says, “Him that cometh to me I will in no Wise cast out…Then your faith becomes alive.When I turn the knob on my door to the bedroom, I do not wonder if it will open, I know it will, I see it as it is, it has nothing to do with my abilities. All that makes it open is already there. So it is with faith, everything we need is to “open it” is already there, by not looking at what our situation or problem is, but by us being dependent upon Him; having our hope in Him. Faith working like that connects us to God. By faith: the universe was formed, By faith : humanity was saved. By faith: blessings are given. By faith: we have escaped death and been given eternal life.
Oh, and by the way, in case you’re interested, after all these years I still haven’t moved that spoon, but by faith I have moved mountains in my own life.