Do I Have Faith As Small As a Mustard Seed?!?

IMG_0563I have read and been taught…without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). This scripture has made me afraid that I had to somehow muster enough faith to please God. How do I do this, how does this work if I can just believe enough then I will please Him. I also felt I had to muster enough faith to see miracles. Then, thankfully, God changed the way I saw things which means I repented (saw things differently-saw it God’s way).

This scripture lands in the beginning of the “faith chapter”. Boom!  I want to go back to something the Lord showed me in December of 2014 and He has been building on since. On December 10th last year the Lord wanted me to understand faith. The definition of faith is:

  • believe, trusts in, clings to, relies on.

What I discovered, as I went back to the Greek meanings and how the sentence was written (understand I am no English scholar here 😆), is this sentence is written in “passive voice”.  I think there is a reason why God does everything and this passive voice reminds us that everything we are able to do comes from Him. So the ability to even have the faith, as small as a mustard seed, was planted by Him (Matthew 17:20, remember this verse for later).  We need to remember that this letter was written to Hebrews. They were challenged with the fact that what they had experienced for 100’s of years was “I will, then God will”. The law was there for man to fulfill as had been promised by the Israelites at Mount Sinai. The law created a system, we as humans are very fond of, where we need to perform to receive from God. Paul was describing how simple faith, in God, has always brought righteousness, read all of Hebrews 11. He also points out that the Patriarchs were waiting for the better way, which we have now through Jesus. That our belief in Him, Who He is, makes us righteous in Him because of His divine exchange at the Cross. Another interesting point is English teachers do not like you to write sentences  in “passive voice” 😖..it makes them look like that, lol! The reason why is it makes the sentence unclear or it can be misinterpreted (See explanation here The Writing Center). The Lord had me write this verse into an “active voice” sentence, so I could better understand what He was expressing to me and freed me from fear in this area. Here is what it looks like:

“God has pleasure when we believe, trust in, cling to, rely on Him.”

Our faith, which is deposited into each of us by God, is as small as a mustard seed which in turn gives us the ability to believe in Jesus, in Who He is. All we have to do is repent and see that the Kingdom of Heaven is here in the person of Jesus. We repent meaning we see things differently then before. We see Jesus for Who He is, just like the thief on the Cross did. When we first believe, trust in, cling to and rely on Who Jesus is the seed is activated, and the Kingdom of heaven breaks forth in that individuals life. Nothing we do or don’t do qualifies or disqualifies us to accomplish these miracles because of the finished work of Jesus on the Cross; it is only Jesus through us in the form of the Holy Spirit that is able to do these things. It is only about Jesus and knowing Who He is.

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We must come to the belief (faith) or core value that the Holy Triune God never leaves us, never forsakes us, that NOTHING, absolutely nothing can separate us from the Love of the Father in heaven and cling to this truth about Who He is in us. This is the faith as small as a mustard seed that will grow the tree of the kingdom of heaven here on earth through you!!! Just the way God planned it. Everything outflows out of this truth. Greater faith isn’t attained by you it is completed by the Father in heaven as you just believe, trust in, cling to and rely on Him.  This is what brings Him pleasure, wow! Simple.

Author: BelovedGrace

Love Jesus, love my family and love life! Knowing Whose you are and who you are in Jesus. I quit being a law woman; so I could be God's woman. See Galatians 2:19-21 MSG

3 thoughts on “Do I Have Faith As Small As a Mustard Seed?!?”

  1. Darlene, you have simplified and explained this so well that even a child can understand! And isn’t this who we must become like in our faith to see and experience the Kingdom of God?

    Young children are naturally destitute of ambition, pride, and haughtiness (because they haven’t been corrupted by man’s words, rules, interruptions, laws and behaviors yet). Children are characteristically humble and teachable. They aren’t prone to jealousy, pride or hypocrisy.

    I would submit that if what we believe, have taken on and tried to live is too scary and difficult for a child to understand, grasp, believe, and live out, then it probably is not the gospel of Good News that Christ died to give us – rather it is man’s attempt to form us into his image, and to build his kingdom by keeping his rules and buying into his belief system.

    A child’s heart cannot even comprehend what it is to perform or be “good enough” to earn a parents love, care and approval. When my children were born there was NOTHING they could do to earn anything, because they were 100% dependent on me for everything. My love and care was not given in intervals dependent on their behavior. My love for them did not decrease with dirty diapers, sleepless nights, crying that seemed to never end. In fact, in the midst of all of this, my love continued to increase, and is ever increasing still, even as they approach adulthood. When they were born they were given 100% of who I was and all that I had to give. It is the very same when we are born into God’s family. He gives ALL of Himself FREELY and loves us unconditionally, from the very moment of our new birth, because that is WHO He IS. He does not dole out good gifts when I meet certain criteria or when I am in His good graces. He gave 100% of Himself to me and there is nothing I can do, or anyone else, to change that, or separate me from it.

    The Gospel really is simple to understand. It is not always easy to live out. At times it is incredibly difficult and painful to live out, because people have lost the childlike simplicity, truth and purity of His message. When we live and relate to one another outside of His simple truths and example, we hurt one another. We set up a standard (whether overt or covert) that says: when you align yourself and live up to my standards and belief system I will accept you and have fellowship with you. You must conform yourself to my image (my image = anything that does not line up with the Image of Christ) if you want my love and favor. Man, even the Lord didn’t/doesn’t do that!!! He loved/loves me, at my VERY WORST. If NOTHING can separate me from the love, favor, care and relationship of Christ, why do we let things (in the name of God)separate us from one another as believers? Much destruction happens “in the name of God.”

    John 15:12 – “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you”. Jesus is saying that in the very same way He loves us, we are to love one another. This is a commandment – not a suggestion! Think of every relationship you have now or have had and seriously ask yourself this….if the Lord chooses to love me in the very same way I am loving others in every relationship I have/had, would I truly feel loved, accepted, cared about and highly favored? Or would I feel the dread, uncertainty and insecurity of His conditional love and acceptance of me, given and withdrawn, here today and gone tomorrow, because my behavior did not live up to your belief system?

    I do not have to be like you to be loved and accepted by you! We are a body. Every part of our body is needed – different – necessary – to function wholly as the Lord intended. The Lord created our differences, our diversity. He created us this way ON PURPOSE! As long as Christ is our Lord and Savior NOTHING should separate and divide us! ALL of us are necessary, yet different. This is the beauty of the Body of Christ. When we fully understand, accept and appreciate that it is “not about us” it is about the whole body of Christ, with all of our intended and created differences, this is when we can embrace one another and the beauty of our differences, knowing that every single one of us is just as important and necessary as the other. This is what creates unity. This is where we become the answer to the last prayer of Christ:

    John 17:13 But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them [d]from [e]the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

    20 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may [f]believe that You sent Me.

    If the body of Christ got back to fully understanding, accepting, embracing and living out the clarity and simplicity of the gospel, The Good News, that even children understand, what healing and revival would take place – in the body of Christ and in our world.

    I have the faith to believe, to trust in, to rely on, to cling to…..if Jesus Christ is your Savior, we have the same faith, because it is He who put it in us. Just as I do not have to EARN anything the Lord has given and entrusted to me, let us not demand and require of one another what the Lord doesn’t, in order to be and feel truly loved, cared about, favored and accepted in the Beloved!

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