By Patrick Hawthorne
For part 1, please click on: Faith…Firm Assurance or Wishful Thinking?
Have you ever been smacked upside the head with a word so good that you knew it was from God? He did that with me a couple of days ago after sending me on a four hour journey to hear a speaker at a men’s gathering. I would say it was a men’s luncheon but we men don’t do luncheons, we do get-ta-gethers or gatherings.
Anyway, I was listening to the speaker when he said something that made me go, “Hmmm.” The speaker, a good ole country boy from Texas, was addressing the group with some really sound Texas logic. He said, “Let me ask you this. Have you ever seen an avocado seed? Those things are pretty impressive as far as seeds go. Now, ya ever seen a mustard seed? They may be a hundredth the size of an avocado seed; they ain’t very impressive at all. Yet, the tree a mustard seed produces is three to four times bigger than an avocado tree. Now that’s impressive.”
Our Texas speaker went on to say that it is not the size of the seed that matters but the power inside of the seed. Jesus told us in Matthew 17:20, “”I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
What the Holy Spirit dropped into my spirit was that I have been looking at faith all wrong. I have been guilty of trying to compartmentalize my faith. By that, I mean, I was trying to have a bit of faith for this and trying to have a bit of faith for that…believing God for this and believing God for that. Now, there is not anything wrong with believing the Lord for certain things, but what the Lord was trying to get across to me is that my whole life should be a faith walk and not just bits and pieces. After all, how can I have faith to move mountains if in my daily walk I don’t have the faith to move mole hills?
To illustrate mountain moving faith, I would like for you to imagine the conversation between Abram (Abraham) and Sarai (Sarah) when God told Abram to leave his land for the land that He, the Lord, would give him.
“The Lord told me to go.”
“Don’t know. I’m just going.”
“What if you go the wrong way?”
“Don’t matter…The Lord told me to go and I’m going. If I get turned around, He will get me to where I need to go.”
“How do you know when you get there?”
“Don’t know…I reckon He will tell me to stop.”
That might seem very simplistic but so should walking a life of faith. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33) is all we should know. If we get that part down then all the individual things we were previously believing for will naturally fall into place and will be added unto us. Be blessed.