Matthew – Fulfilled.
Do we pray for rain with an umbrella in one hand expecting it to come? That is faith. Do we pray for a loved one’s physical, mental, spiritual condition, then walk away and worry and fret? That is not so much faith. Do we take God seriously? Jesus is asking that same question of his novice apprentices as they are sent out to minister as He did among needy people.
Matthew 17, The Message
With a Mere Kernel of Faith
14-16 At the bottom of the mountain, they were met by a crowd of waiting people. As they approached, a man came out of the crowd and fell to his knees begging, “Master, have mercy on my son. He goes out of his mind and suffers terribly, falling into seizures. Frequently he is pitched into the fire, other times into the river. I brought him to your disciples, but they could do nothing for him.”
17-18 Jesus said, “What a generation! No sense of God! No focus to your lives! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring the boy here.” He ordered the afflicting demon out—and it was out, gone. From that moment on the boy was well.
19 When the disciples had Jesus off to themselves, they asked, “Why couldn’t we throw it out?”
20 “Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.”
22-23 As they were regrouping in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed to some people who want nothing to do with God. They will murder him—and three days later he will be raised alive.” The disciples felt terrible.
What do we learn?
–He is God and we are not.
–Our faith, in Jesus Name, can move mountains of despair, needs, obstructions, circumstances and the insides of our hearts and the hearts of others…IF we take God seriously, at His Word.
–NOTHING is too hard for God. SO, there is nothing we cannot tackle with Him.
–If we, like the disciples, can’t handle the faith for the small stuff, then how can we believe that in three days Jesus rose from the grave? SERIOUSLY, take God at His Word.
–SIMPLE TRUTH: The same power that lifted Jesus from death to life forever is the SAME power that is living in us! Turn it on and build the kind of faith that moves boulders and mountains!
In Jesus Name, Amen!
And I’m singing…
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse
All your money talents time and love
Consecrate them all upon the altar
While your Savior from above speaks sweetly
Trust Me try Me
(Trust Me yes then try Me prove Me)
Prove Me saith the Lord of hosts
And see if a blessing
I will not pour out on thee
When my wavering faith in trials falter
When His guiding hand I cannot see
Then in wondrous love and tender mercy
Through His Word He says to me My child just
I have yielded Him my life forever
All I am or have or hope to be
Naught on earth my hold on Him can sever
While I hear Him say to me My child just