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Faith like a mustard seed!

Scripture reading for January 23rd:  Matthew 17, Psalm 17, Prov. 17

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 17:17-20  “And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you?  How long am I to bear with you?  Bring him here to Me.”  And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly.  Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”  He said to them, “Because of your little faith.  For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”  

Jesus’ disciples were not able to heal a boy who had epilepsy.  He had demonstrated and taught the disciples how to act in faith.  He had given them authority over demonic power and to heal the sick and they had done this on other occasions.  But now they lacked faith.  He rebuked them directly concerning their “little faith”.  He encouraged them that a small amount of faith, like a mustard seed, was all that was needed to do what looked impossible.

Faith’s confession:  Lord thank You for putting up with me and my lack of faith.  Help me to grow the seed of faith in my heart and enable me to do the works You have prepared for me.  I accept Your rebukes.

Proverbs 17:3, 10 “The crucible is for silver and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.”  . . .”A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.”  

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Guard your heart!

Scripture reading for February 26th:  Luke 17

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 17:3-6  “So watch yourselves.  “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.  If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”  The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea’ and it will obey you.”

Forgiveness is difficult for us.  Pride often gets in the way and our desire to get even or to make the person who has wronged us feel our wrath.  Jesus warned His disciples to watch themselves for this trap of offence.  When He told them that they must forgive “seven times” in a single day if the offender repented, they shouted in exasperation: “Lord, increase our faith!”  Jesus simple told them that they had sufficient faith to forgive and to move great mountains if they would only apply it!  A very small amount of faith the size of a mustard seed could move a deeply rooted mulberry tree.

Observations for over-comers:  As Christ has forgiven us great offence, we must forgive others quickly by faith.  All vengeance belongs to God alone.  “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”  (Proverbs 4:23)

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Mountain-moving faith!

Scripture reading for January 25th:  Matthew 17

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Matthew 17:18-21  “Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from 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.  I tell you the truth, 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.”  

Jesus demonstrated the power of faith to his unbelieving disciples when He cast out the demon from the boy with severe seizures.   They had tried, but had failed and Jesus had severely rebuked them, calling them an ‘unbelieving and perverse generation’.  When they questioned Him as to why, He clearly told them it was a lack of faith!  Jesus was hard on them because He had given them authority to cast out demons when He called them to preach.  (Mark 3:14-15)  They had failed to use what was given to them to advance the kingdom of heaven and spoil Satan’s hold on the lost and hurting.  This  walk of faith is essential for over-comers in these last days.

Observation for over-comers:  All it takes, according to our Lord Jesus, is faith the size of a mustard seed and we can move mountains!   “You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.  With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.  .  .It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.”  (Psalm 18:28-29,32)

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