It has been a year by faith since I started my blog. Some of the following story is from that very first blog called, CAN YOUR FAITH EVEN MOVE A SPOON? I am very humbled that the readership of this blog in the last year has grown from eight hundred the very first month into the hundreds of thousands over the last year. I say this not to brag, but to simply state that I cannot believe that there are that many people who would actually read what I write what the Lord lays on my heart. I have added to my very first blog about faith, as I share the story again. I thank you for all your support. I humbly thank all of you for sharing my stories with me.
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, there 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 was all me, it was I, I was trying to move the spoon. It was all about me.
Jesus replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Our Lord Jesus takes this occasion in the Word to show us the power of faith. He clearly shows us here that if we have faith as a grain of mustard-seed, we can do shall do wonders. The Lord is saying to us “If you have an active growing faith, not dead faith, flat faith, or dull faith, you will not be overwhelmed by the obstacles that confront you in life.”Faith is required, and this is revelation given to us by Christ to work miracles in his name, for His glory. We need to be restrained and reserved in our own abilities and of our own strength; but also understanding that it is displeasing to Christ, when we distrust the power derived from Him and granted by Him, which is giving to us as we exercise faith in His name.
If we can grasp the truth here in sincerity, and if we truly believe and can rely upon the power in Christ by faith committed to us, we shall say to this mountain, Remove. This is a powerful expression that says it all, and no more,” Nothing shall be impossible to you”. True, active faith can remove mountains, not of itself, but in the virtue of a divine power engaged by a divine promise, both which faith fastens upon.
“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, my 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 un-spiritual 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.
By faith: We are connecting to God and our power source.
By faith: Disasters in our life can and will change:
By faith: You and I are saved and given eternal life.
By faith: All blessings are given.
By faith: Any obstacle, pain sorrow, problem or mountain that is in the way of you living your life to its fullest will be removed and cast into the sea of blood that covers us all. It is that sea of blood by Christ Jesus in which we have our faith.
And by the way, in case you are interested, after all these years I still have not moved that spoon. But I have in faith moved mountains in my own life, and I am learning to trust Him more and more each day no matter what the circumstance, by faith.