Increase Our Faith

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  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 17:5-6]

Let me start this blog with a simple question, “Why is faith important?” I’m sure everyone will have different responses to that question.  But with a simple question…I’ll pose a simple answer…because without faith, it’s impossible to please God.  Are you someone that’s pleases God today in your walk?

God doesn’t waste ministry on someone that doesn’t have great destiny!” If you’re taking the time to read this blog, then that means that you’re an individual who has great destiny.  It was the same with the disciples.  Jesus spent time and energy investing in their lives because he knew they would one day take his ministry around the world.  The story that follows in Luke 17 was a model of faith building for the disciples…and I believe for us too!

The key phrase in the scripture above is “you can say.” Some people miss out on that key phrase and focus too much on the mustard seed part of the scripture.  If you get stuck there then you’re only catching part of what Jesus was saying…it’s much bigger than that.  The disciples were asking for Jesus to increase their faith.  But Jesus was telling them to SPEAK their faith.  Are you speaking faith in your life today?  God is not moved by your emotion…but he is moved by your faith.  See…faith doesn’t want details…just obedience.

Jesus changed the World with 3 Statements:

  1. Mark 4:39 [Atmosphere]: He told the winds and the waves to stop.  He was saying…”i spoke an impossibility and you can do the same thing.”
  2. “Lazarus, come forth” [Death]: He allowed a dear friend of his to die to prove to everyone that he had power over death.
  3. “It is finished” [Relationship with God]: It was because of this that we now have access to God.

In Exodus 14:15, God tells Moses, “Why are you crying out to me?” Sometimes all you see is your red sea…but God sees the end result.  Have you’ve been in a place where you have been crying to God? He’s telling you today to speak to your Red Sea! Remember God is moved by your faith, not your emotions.  The situation will change! We just need to stop telling our God how big our mountain is and start telling our mountain how big our God is!

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3 comments

  1. This message came at a time of trials for me and of course my reactions were emotional, and I was crying to God, getting back into perspective, quite shockingly, because of your message I started telling my mountain how big my God is, and things changed! Thank you pastor Joe. The Word of God IS ALIVE.

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