Jesus always says it best. Matthew 17:20 is a prime example of what faith can be. He says “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” (NLT) Wow! Nothing would be impossible. Let that sink in. Nothing. How small minded I become in my daily trials. If I let faith be my filter - fear, doubt, and worry would never be an issue. I fall short on my filter often. Thankfully, He is always with us. He always leads us towards Him.
One of my favorite stories is when I was six years old. I wanted to go to Disney World. I lived in Alaska at the time and Disney World was roughly 4,800 miles away. It was impossible. I knew it and my family told me so. My mom told me if I prayed and believed, God would answer my prayers - the answer may not be yes but he would answer. So I prayed every night for two years and God answered my prayers. I celebrated my 8th birthday in Disney World. He made the impossible possible because He wanted to bless the prayers of a little girl. Sometimes when my filter is off, I have to remind myself not to dream small; even if it is over 4,000 miles away or everyone says it's an impossible dream. He answers in His timing and in His way. Sometimes His answer is no, but even His no’s are because He has something greater.
I find that I rely too much on what I think I can or cannot do. “I can’t do ministry because I still struggle with depression.” Or “I can’t lead a small group because I don’t have the right words.” I make it about what I can do and not what HE can do. I love the story of Abraham and Sarah in the bible. God tells them they’re going to have as many descendants as the stars. His wife literally laughs at the idea. “The Lord said to Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Genesis 18:13,14 (NLT) Is anything too hard for the Lord? Did God not make the mountains? Would it not be easy for Him to say move and they move? In the same way, God made us. God uses who He wants, how He wants and not because we are the most qualified but because He chooses us.
I forget that my faith, much like Sarah, is not reliant on what I can or cannot do. My faith is reliant on my complete trust and confidence in God. Right now we are believing BIG things for Steps Church. We are in the middle of raising $15k in 15 days. God has answered our prayer and already provided so much in a big way, and we are continuing to believe that with God nothing is impossible! So let's take steps to make faith our filter today. Let's pray like a child who wants to go to Disney World. Let's stop thinking what can we can do, but instead what can GOD do. When we do those things...nothing is impossible.
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