Today I spent time reading in Matthew 17 during my Time Alone With God (TAWG), and I was definitely convicted. In the section that stood out to me, the disciples were unable to drive out a demon because they lacked the faith that they could actually do it. Jesus tells them that if they had faith even as small as a mustard seed they could actually move mountains. Let’s take a closer look at this rather large section of scripture.
“When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. ‘Lord, have mercy on my son,’ he said. ‘He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.’ ‘You unbelieving and perverse generation,’ Jesus replied, ‘how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.’ Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, ‘Why couldn’t we drive it out?’ He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, 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.’” (Matthew 17:14-20 NIV)
Wow!!! As I said in the first paragraph, this whole section of scripture was massively convicting to me. I was visioning myself in the shoes of the disciples, but with the many life problems going on in my life right now. In that vision Jesus is saying to ME, “You unbelieving and perverse generation. How long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring YOUR PROBLEM to Me!” He takes all of the problems in my life and solves/fixes them at the snap of His fingers. I ask Him why I couldn’t solve/fix those life problems on my own. Jesus says, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, 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.’”
My struggles and problems in life require me to put more trust and faith in the name of Jesus. Reality is, there is POWER in the name of Jesus. If I will have trust in Jesus and have faith even as small as a mustard seed in Jesus, then I should have no stress or fear that Jesus will indeed come through in His good and perfect way/timing in my life problems or struggles. The Bible says that the Lord will never leave me or forsake me. He laid the foundations of Heaven and Earth! He knit me in my mothers womb! He knows the number of stars in the sky and hairs on my head! There is nothing that He can’t do! And, on top of that, He loves me and cares for me more then I love and care for myself. I need to always put my trust and faith in Him and His Word as He will NEVER fail me!
So, now for the big question... what area of your life are you lacking faith? What is the problem, worry, stress, that YOU ARE CHOOSING NOT to give to Jesus? Put yourself in the shoes of the disciples like I did, and hear what Jesus is ALSO SAYING TO YOU. Now FOCUS on Jesus (The Answer), and just watch that obstacle in your life go out of focus and dwindle down to nearly nothing. Trust and Faith in Jesus (The Ultimate Power) will show you how small and weak the problems that come into your life actually are. Let Jesus be your strength and your driving force in life as He IS The Answer/The Solution to every problem that creeps its way into your life!!!
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