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Faith as a Mustard Seed

shallow focus of sprout

For verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove, and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”Matthew 17:20


In the life and miracles of Jesus and all throughout the gospel retellings, we see the faith of persons being tested and stretched and proven. In the scripture focus, the disciples were trying to cast a demon out of a possessed child, but to no avail.

Jesus, upon returning from the Mount of Transfiguration, immediately rebuked the demon and it promptly left the child. The disciples, as you can imagine, were baffled as they were arduously rebuking the demon, but he would not budge. Why couldn’t they cast this devil out? Jesus’ response to them, “because of your unbelief”.  

Unbelief – the absence of faith

Hebrews 11:6 admonishes us that “without faith, it is impossible to please God, for he that cometh to God must believe that he is…” Oftentimes, we are going through rough circumstances, and though we pray earnestly for a breakthrough we are left without. We see no sign of deliverance and are left wondering why nothing seems to be happening.

In those moments, we ought to stop and do a faith check – do I really believe that God is able to bring life, bring victory to my dead/dying situation? According to John 14:14, “if you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it”. If we ask in faith, according to the will of God (this is a very important ingredient), He will not deny us. After all, He only has plans to prosper us and not to cause us harm.

Only through faith can we please God. So like the father who sought healing for his possessed son, let us cry out to God, “Lord I believe, help thou mine unbelief!” Think about a mustard seed, how small it is. Jesus is asking for that modicum of faith which will in turn spurn and flourish to wondrous heights. He promises to meet us where we are, we simply need to take the first step in faith.

“The Christian life must be a life of consistent, living faith. An unyielding trust, a firm reliance upon Christ, will bring peace and assurance to the soul” (The Sanctified Life).

Today, step out in faith and allow God to work wonders in your life.