And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” So the Lord said, ‘If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you.’ – Luke 17:5-6
When what we expect doesn’t come to pass, we question ourselves, is it because of something I have done, not done? Is my faith too small? Guilt and self-condemnation add to our doubts, along with discouragement and a hesitation to continue to hope.
Looking at ourselves and wondering if we have enough faith, are deserving or worthy, is having faith in ourselves: faith in our ability, our righteousness, our faith. It’s faith in Jesus, who He is and what He has done that helps us stand in our afflictions and find peace.
Our faith can be small as a mustard seed when it is in a big God! Because we believe in Him, not ourselves, we trust in the outcome of any situation. Father knows best. We abide in His love and forgiveness.
Our faith in Him leads us to rest in His care, in the assurance of what we do not see. With thanksgiving, we pray; and in peace, leave the results in His mighty hand. We do not look to gain more faith, but to know Him more. As we do, we pray, Lord, increase our faith, from glory to glory!
Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the waterpots with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. – John 2:6-7 NKJV
The waterpots needed to be filled to the brim. The servants couldn’t just fill the container halfway and see what would happen before doing the rest of the task. Also, it wasn’t just one gallon, but twenty or thirty! Not half-filled, but filled to the brim. To fill to the brim in our lives is to do whatever He leads us to do to the fullest.
It requires patience to walk into what God tells us to do when it involves long hours, continued faithfulness, and unseen results. Seeing the full picture would help us handle the process, but would not help us walk by faith. The full plan is unknown, but Christ is not. He clarifies the picture as more of the pieces of our lives’ puzzles come together.
We are to obey the Lord wholeheartedly regardless of the nature or size of the task, its appearance, or the cost to our comfort zone. Jesus gave His all for us and we give Him our all, with love and joy. With a spirit of excellence, we do all things for His glory. Filled with His Spirit, we obey and remain filled to the brim, from glory to glory!
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.- Romans 8:1 NKJV
No condemnation. None. Jesus took on our guilty sentence and paid the punishment for our sins. When the Spirit of God convicts us of yesterday’s errors, He does it with love and healing. He leads us to repent and move forward. When satan condemns us, he brings shame and condemnation, to hinder our progress, walk unforgiven, and bring regrets.
Regrets brings despair, sorrow, and hopelessness. We battle thoughts of defeat: if only I had not done that; if only I had handled that better; if only I had not missed that opportunity, if only … When we dwell on our pasts, we get stuck in places we no longer occupy. Recalling God’s faithfulness brings encouragement and empowerment. Receiving His forgiveness and forgiving ourselves produces freedom.
As a new creation in Christ Jesus, we walk free from condemnation. Our story of redemption replaces our history of regrets. By God’s grace, we make the most out of today. By His mercy, His blood covers new mistakes. When we stay present in our tasks and relationships, we find peace and rest. It might take time, but God carries us through the process with care and patience, from glory to glory!
His mother said to the servants, ‘Whatever He says to you, do it.’ – John 2:5
Obedience to what appears to be impossible paves the way for God’s supernatural interventions—His miracles, His glory. We see so many examples of it in the Bible: Moses parting the red sea; Joshua collapsing the walls of Jericho; Gideon triumphing with only only 300 men, and David defeating Goliath. We, too, join this lineage of faith, affirming that nothing is too hard for God.
It is difficult to obey God when we do not see the entire picture. Whatever He asks of us often cannot be done in the natural. Feelings of inadequacy, insecurity, and inferiority battle our steps of faith. The more impossible it sounds, the fiercer the internal battle. It takes great faith to obey His Word and do so quickly, no questions asked.
Steps of obedience to whatever He says to do calls for character transformation. It’s as we trust Him and who He is, more than ourselves, that we step forth, yielding to His presence and power. Our yes to the Lord strengthens our no to the things of the flesh. Let’s tell Him: Yes, Lord, to whatever your will is, from glory to glory!
Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.“ Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?” – John 21:21-23.
When Peter asked Jesus about John, Jesus answered Peter with a question and a direction, what is that to you? And you follow me. These apply to us as well. We should not preoccupy ourselves with what others are doing, but consider our own ways. As we follow the Lord, we stayed our eyes upon Him, not others.
Comparing ourselves with others can open the door for envy, discouragement, or pride. What we assume can lead us to make the wrong conclusion, build resentment and take our eyes off the Lord. The path of others might even look easier, or harder, than our own. When tempted to do so, we remember that we have not walked in other people’s shoes and cannot fully understand their journey.
Knowing what others go through now or in their future doesn’t help our motivation to pursue what God has for us. The more our focus is on the Lord, the less it is on ourselves or other people. It is Him we follow, Him we believe, Him we honor, praise, and glorify, from glory to glory!
But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she cries out after us.’ But He answered and said, ‘I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Lord, help me!’ – Mat. 15:23-25 NKJV
Rejected by the disciples, by the society of that day because she was a gentile, regarded with low esteem as a woman, receiving no answer from Jesus, she fell at His feet and worshiped Him! Not only did she worship Him, but she also cried out, “Lord, help me!” She didn’t give up. That’s never an option when we believe in the promises of God. Nothing could stop her, and nothing should stop us.
Faith in the Lord stirs up worship regardless of the circumstances. By faith, we press through rejection, offenses, and any opposition, with a heart of worship. Even when God seems to be silent. Lord, you are holy, mighty, faithful, and awesome. I love and worship you. Lord, I believe!
We war with our worship. Satan used to lead worship before his fall. He cannot dwell where we do what He no longer can do. Our adoration to the Lord lifts heaviness and burdens. Thoughts of defeat, hopelessness, and fear leaves. Worship flows on the wings of faith. Peace and joy overflows. Angels sing. We will not give up, but worship, from glory to glory!