Faith: Small Yet Powerful

 
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Psalm 23:1-4  (Easy to Read Bible)
The Lord is my shepherd.  I will always have everything I need.  He gives me green pastures to lie in.  He leads me by calm pools of water.  He restores my strength and leads me on right paths to show that he is good.   Even if I walk through a valley as dark as the grave, I will not be afraid of any danger, because you are with me.  Your rod and staff comfort me.
 

Take My Hand and Lead Me, Father - Verse 1

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Take My Hand and Lead Me, Father - Verse 3

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Luke 17:5-6 (Easy to Read Bible)
The apostles said to the Lord, "Give us more faith!"  
The Lord said, "If your faith is as big as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Dig yourself up and plant yourself in the ocean!'  And the tree will obey you.
 
Message by Yvonne Templeton - “Faith: Small but Powerful”

Faith is a Small Word

Faith is a small word compared to supercalifragalisticexpialidochis.  It only has five letters yet it is powerful and very meaningful to all Christians, if we exercise it.
Some of the songs that we sing about faith include:
  • Faith Is The Victory
  • Faith in God Can Move a Mighty Mountain
  • Faith of Our Fathers
  • Faith of Our Mothers
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • Plus other songs that we sing about Assurance and Faith

What Is Faith?

According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, faith is defined as:
  • Allegiance to duty or a person (loyalty)
  • Belief and trust and loyalty to God
  • Belief in the traditions/doctrines of a religion
  • Firm belief in something for which there is no proof
  • Complete trust
  • Something that is believed especially with strong conviction
According to the Word of God, faith is deemed a highly important word in:
  • Ephesians 2:8-9:  Saved by grace through faith
  • Romans 1:17:  Live by faith
  • Romans 4:13:  Receive righteousness by faith
  • Romans 5:1:  Justified in Christ by faith
  • Romans 5:2:  Access to God’s grace by faith
  • II Corinthians 1:24:  Stand firm in our belief by faith
  • Galatians 3:14:  Receive the promise of the Spirit by faith
  • I Timothy 1:4:  We do God’s work by faith
  • Galatians 5:5:  We wait for the return of Christ by faith
Hebrews 11:1-3:  Faith is stated as “being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.  Faith is the reason we remember great people who lived in the past.  It is by faith we understand that the whole world was made by God’s command so what we see was made by something that cannot be seen.”

Who Were Our Role Models of Faith from the Past?

Abel:  Hebrews 11:4:

  • Offered God a better sacrifice than Cain
  • Called a “good man” by God because of his faith; yet he died (Cain killed him) but through his faith he is still speaking
  • Enoch:  Hebrews 11:5:
  • Taken to heaven so he would not die
  • Scripture says that he was a man who truly pleased God

Noah:  Hebrews 11:7:

  • It was by faith that Noah heard God’s warnings about things he could not yet see (flood).  YET he obeyed God and built a large boat—an ark—to save his family.  Noah showed that the world was wrong and he became one of those who are made right with God through faith.

Abraham

  • Hebrews 11:8:  Abraham obeyed God’s call to go to another place God promised to give him.  It was by faith that he lived as a foreigner in the country God promised to give him.
  • Hebrews 11:11:  It was also by faith that Abraham became a father because he trusted God to do what he had promised…from him came many descendents as there are stars in the sky.

Moses:  Hebrews 11:24:

  • It was by faith that Moses when he grew up refused to be called the son of the King of Egypt’s daughter—it was by faith that he left Egypt and was not afraid of the king’s anger; it was by faith that Moses prepared the Passover and spread blood on the doors so death would not kill the firstborn sons of Israel; and it was by faith that the people of Israel crossed the Red Sea after the king reluctantly let them go.

There are other examples that Hebrews mentions but the scripture also tells us that all of these men pleased God by their faith and obedience (actions).

There were also many women of faith in the past that included Ruth, Naomi, Mary (Mother of Jesus), Queen Esther, Abigail, etc. which we will discuss at another time.

How Does Faith Affect Our Lives?

Hebrews 11:6 says that “without faith it is impossible to please God.  Anyone who comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who truly want to find Him.”  We need to live out our faith daily in our actions.

Faith Changes Us:

II Corinthians 5:17:  “If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation.  The old things have gone; everything is made new.”  We have a new birth and begin living in and by the Spirit of God in our lives.

Ask Ourselves:

Is God pleased with:
  • The places we choose for recreation?
  • The Books we read?
  • The shows we watch on TV?
  • The words we use?
  • The plans we have made for our future without praying first?
Just like the heroes of faith, our faith should be in God our Father, Jesus the Son, and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in and through us.
James 1:2-3:  “When you have many kinds  of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith and this will give you patience.”
Faith is where we please God, admit our dependence on Him, and continue to seek to rely upon Him and His grace.

Conclusion:

You may be asking, okay I want to be a person of greater faith, but how do I increase my faith:
First of all, Faith is a  muscle that needs to be used and faith is built by repetition of good deeds/actions that may not always provide immediate results; that which we do not see but God has promised. 
If that is the case, then we need to increase our faith by doing the following:
  1. Knowledge of God’s promises:  Reading His Word,, meditating on it, then following through by believing that He will help us to increase our faith in Him.
  2. Utilizing our gifts/talents in areas such as hospitality, listening, praying for someone, giving a word of kindness to those who are discouraged, encouraging and supporting others to use their gifts increase our faith to do good deeds.  Faith and good deeds go hand in hand.
  3. Developing our faith in Christ by changing our negative thinking to positive thinking and believing that all things are possible to them who believe; that He is a faith God who does hear and answers our prayer concerns for unsaved loved ones, those who are sick with an illness or disease, and those who need jobs and financial help.  God stretches our faith in every day situations.
WE NEED TO:
Listen to His still, small voice and believe by Faith that He will answer even when you don’t see the answer right away or even if you don’t in your lifetime see the answer.
REMEMBER:
God is in control of everything in our lives.  Sometimes we just have to step back, take a deep breath, and remembe

A Challenge for You to Think about this Week:

  1. What has Faith changed in your life?  Have we become a new creation in Him in every area of our lives?
  2. What are Faith’s evidence in your life?  Are we faith-evidenced role models?
  3. Is Faith growing in your life?  Do we believe that no matter what the circumstance that “all things work together for good to him who loves God” without doubting?
READ:
James 1:2-6:  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  BUT when he asks, he must BELIEVE