In the old classic Christmas movie “Miracle on 34th Street,” we hear the quote “Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to.” Dictionary.com has as one of its seven definitions of faith as “belief that is not based on proof.”
When it comes to having faith in God, many of us who call ourselves Christians are very often found wanting in this area. Jesus Christ pointed out in Matthew 17:20
“… Truly I tell you, 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.”
It is easy to say “I have faith.” It is harder to truly have faith and to then see Him work as a result !
Faith in the Lord is built first by seeking a closer relationship with Him in every part of your life. Then, as your faith grows, you see him working according to His plan. You see this because you had the faith that He would handle things. When you see Him do this, your faith grows even more.
As a kid growing up, I noticed how the older generations seemed to have a trust and faith I didn’t have. I am now am reaching those ages, and I am learning to trust in Him more. I also find He’s even more a part of my life.
Maturing in our Christian faith, we can see His work more and more often. We can now trust that when He calls us to something that He will handle the details. Once you have seen this first hand, it works to strengthen your faith and trust in Him.
C.S. Lewis said “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
How can you see God working if you don’t have the faith?
2 Corinthians 5:7
For we live by faith, not by sight.
No matter the sacrifice, have faith in God. When He moves, trust and have faith that He will keep His promises. Then open your eyes and watch Him work! Continuous faith, coupled with prayer and study in the Word, increases the closeness of your relationship with Christ. The closer you draw to Him, the more you see Him work and then your faith strengthens. It is a cyclical pattern that can only work to get you closer to that place where you have the faith of a mustard seed!
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