Monday, March 16, 2009
Jesus words have rang in my head for years, "if you have faith as small as a mustard seed..." (Matthew 17:20). As many are joining in the 21 Days of Faith initiative that began this past Sunday, we are seeking God with many requests. We are asking Him for souls to be saved, as well as personal miracles and breakthroughs in our lives. To believe God for these requires faith.
Although I have never claimed to be an expert on the subject of Faith, I find it interesting how often Jesus uses illustrations as He teaches involving agriculture and the process of growth. Even Paul talks about the growth of the Kingdom when he writes that one plants, and one waters, but the Lord gives the increase"(1 Cor. 3:7-8). Faith grows in us!
If nothing else, I believe God wants to BUILD OUR FAITH over the next 21 days. Through your prayers you are planting seeds, and through your fasting you are watering that seed. You see, it doesn't matter how large that see is to begin with, what matters is what you do with it once it is planted. This is why Faith and Patience are always closely connected.
So, as you fast and pray for the people and circumstances in your life, realize you are fertilizing Faith in your life. Let's watch God give the increase and grow our faith. Faith doesn't come quickly, but it is worth the cost!