"If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say unto the mountain "move from here to there," and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." ~Matthew 17:20
Every Christian has the capacity to perform miracles! And, the quickest way to find out whether or not we are in the faith - is to see if we are showing the results that the Word of God promises us when we are in faith.
If we are not seeing the results (proper fruits) - then it must only be one of two reasons:
• We are not acting in accordance with what scriptures say
• What we believe is incorrect
The biggest misconception that most Christians have is that either they do not have any faith - or that they do not have enough faith to get the results that they need. Consequently they are always asking God to give them more faith - or they are engaged in some kind of activity that they believe will increase their faith (prayer, fasting, etc).
Both of these ideas are wrong
The Word of God teaches that faith is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal:5:22) and that upon accepting the Lord Jesus Christ - each one of us is given the measure of faith. (Rom:12:3)
Notice that we are not given 'a' measure of faith - but rather 'the' measure of faith.
"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." [Rom:12:3]
The disciples were also of the opinion that they needed more faith if they were going to do the miracles and complete the task that Jesus had instructed them to do. Yet, when they asked the Lord to increase their faith (Lk:17:5) the Lord neither increased it for them - nor did he tell them how to increase it themselves. Instead - He told them how to use the faith that was present.
"... verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall obey you; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." [Mt:17:20]
As with Christians today - the problem with the disciples was not that they didn't have enough faith, but rather that they didn't know how to use the faith they had. As we approach Easter, let us not reflect on our lack of faith (for surely none of us has perfect faith!) but focus instead on the faith we do have and use all that we have to give glory to our God and Savior. No matter how much or how little faith we have, what we have is enough to work miracles!
Your challenge this week is to create a project using this scripture or another verse that reminds us that even a little faith can move mountains. When uploading your project, please use keyword ODBDBVT70 and then hop over to Our Daily Bread Designs Forum and share it with us!
Here are a few more pictures of my project:
Supplies for this project
Cardstock: Bazzill – Grass Green, Coconut Swirl; American Crafts – Orange
Decorative Paper: Basic Grey
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs – Seed Packet, Faith Hope & Love
Inks, Stains, Paints & Colored Pencils: Memento – Rich Cocoa; Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Sno Cap
Dies, Punches & Embossing Folders: Spellbinders – Classic Ovals, Scalloped Ovals; Memory Box – Leaf Flourish
Accessories & Other Stuff: American Crafts Box; Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Type Charm, Chain, Jump Rings; Wild Orchid Gardenia Stem; Celebrate It – Ribbon; Petaloo Flowers