Faith That Moves Mountains

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. Hebrews 11:1-2 (The Message)

Faith pleases God. He is happy when we show our faith in Him. Trusting and believing in what God has promised He would do is an act of faith; it is an act of obedience.

Noah’s obedience to build the ark was an act of faith. He more than likely did not understand all that God had told him to do, but he obediently went forth with the plans and specifications that he had been instructed to carry out. How many of us would be able to do what Noah did without asking questions, like “Lord, did you really mean for me to do that?”, or Lord, “I’ve never built anything before, how am I supposed to know what to do?” Noah stepped out on faith and started on the task at hand.

By being obedient to God and leaving the only home he had known was an act of faith for Abraham. Because of this faith, he became the father of many nations.

God does not require that we have giant faith or faith as tall as the Empire State Building. His word says if  we have faith the size of a mustard seed we could move mountains. Mustard seeds are among the smallest of seeds (about 1mm in diameter) but when the seed grows, it grows one of the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree with big branches that birds can perch on (Mark 4:30-32).

All we need is this small amount of faith and anything can become possible. Small possibilities can grow into large opportunities.

Excerpt from: ”Water for the Thirsty Soul” by B. F. Gilder (Copyright 2012)

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Hope

“Let Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, in proportion to our waiting and hoping for You.” Psalm 33:22 (AMP)

Hope in Hebrew is yachal (phonetically pronounced yaw-chal’). It means to wait, to have hope, to wait expectantly. Waiting never seems to be the easiest thing for us to do. We live in an instant microwave society and expect we instant results for everything. We are a “I want mine and I want it now” society.  When we choose not to wait expectantly on the Lord, our hope becomes impaired.

Jesus is our reason for hoping and waiting. Hope in Him helps us to overcome any amount of doubt we have about our circumstances. When we hold to our hope and don’t let go, it is a supreme act of faith.

Reasons to have hope in God:

• God spoke and the world came into existence

• He is our Shepherd

• His eye is on all those who fear and revere Him

• He is our help and our shield

• He is faithful in everything

• He is strong and mighty

• He always in control

 I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1 (AMP)

Love (The Amplified Version)

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God’s love is powerful. It is the standard by which all love should be measured. Today I’m sharing 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 which some call the love chapter. I am sharing the Amplified version because I like the way it is broken down in an easy to understand way. Read, digest, contemplate, and read again. Tomorrow I will give you another dose of love from the prospective of The Message Bible version. Love, the greatest of all.

1 If I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

2 And if I have prophetic powers the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).

3 Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me), I gain nothing.

4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.

5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].

9 For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect).

10 But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded).

11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.

12 For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].

13 And so faith, hope, love abide [faith—conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope—joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love—true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.

30 Days Of…Day 27 – “Be Still”

 

Are  you one of those people who always rely on your own efforts? Does everything have to be done your way? Psalm 46:10-a says “Be still and know that I am God;…”.  To be still requires patience, faith and trust.

 

When we get in the way of God and get in a hurry we make choices that we later regret. We must learn to accept  God’s authority in every detail of our life. I’m not saying I have totally learned to be still and allow God to work, but what I am saying is when I  allow God to lead and guide my decision-making process, I find it not to be as cumbersome a process as when I am making the decision without thoughtful prayer.

So, the thought for today is to stop striving about everything in your life. Stop giving God deadlines for what you want to happen in your life and just “BE STILL” and let Him do the work. Put your confidence in Him and He will see you through every little detail.

30 Days Of…Day 22 – “Change”

 

Have you ever heard someone say “the only thing constant is change”? Change is taking place all the time be it in us, through us, or around us, it never stops. I haven’t always embraced change, but as I move into a new season of maturity, change seems to be the catalyst that keeps me going. Change has pushed me to move outside of my comfort zone. When I started changing, I decided to take a kick boxing class, to jog/walk in a 5K, an 8K, and a 10K. Change propelled me into going to a Christian writer’s conference by myself (driving to San Diego, California). Change gave me an idea to write a book (it’s not published yet, but I wrote it). Change makes me see opportunities I would never have seen before. Change is what pushes me to press towards the mark of the high calling that God has for me. I don’t always know what that mark is, but as long as my faith remains strong in God I can keep pressing so I can move up higher on the ladder of change.

 

When you are through changing, you are through. ~Bruce Barton

You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish. ~Author Unknown

Things do not change; we change. ~Henry David Thoreau

Our only security is our ability to change. ~John Lilly

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” Romans 12:2 (Amplified Bible)