Faith For What? – Part 4
“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.” Matthew 21:21
If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed
Faith is not just a noun describing a fixed entity. It is much more than a word denoting something we possess. While we do possess faith and it is a definable idea it is more accurately what we do based on what we believe. Faith is not faith if it stands alone as merely a thought or an idea or set of beliefs or merely an identifying moniker of our denominational sect.
Faith must have action to accompany it for it to be faith.
“But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18
“But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:20
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 2:26
Now these are not works to gain or insure our salvation. That work has been completed once and for all time by Jesus Christ our Lord. The works that give life to our faith are the things we do, the actions we take based on the assurance we have in the truth of God’s Word directing us to take those actions and do those things that He has prompted in our spirit as we walk out our lives moment by moment day by day. As the Just who live by faith, everything we do should have its impetus from the Word of God. In fact the Word makes this contrast very clear.
“But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.” Romans 14:23
The context of this passage is dealing with the matter of Christians eating food offered to idols or participating in anything that is showing worship to an idol when they find themselves in the company of people they are witnessing to of the grace of God and those people invite them to partake of their food which has seen offed to their God as worship.
Though the idol is powerless over the faith of the believer, if he or she participates in partaking of that food without faith without acknowledging that God alone is the source of their food, then that is sin.
Whatever is placed before us in such a situation, if we eat with faith in God as our source then our partaking is not sin.
We can share more about that later. For today’s study I want us focus on the action of faith as it concerns our daily living.
“Jesus said, If you have faith and do not doubt you will not only do… but also if you say…” Matthew 21:21 (see full passage above)
“So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
“So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” Luke 17:6
The common thread between all of these passages is the link between having faith and doing and saying something that affects as discernable change in the circumstance to which it is spoken.
If you have faith you will say, and it will obey.
That is the power of faith. And Jesus was moved by the fact that the disciples possessed so little of it that they feared or resigned themselves to their circumstance without the slightest challenge to change it by their faith.
In many ways we are just like them and even more so because we have the Holy Spirit now in us which they did not have at the time Jesus was teaching and demonstrating these principles of faith. We ought to be all the more faithful and bold to speak than they were because we have the Resurrection and the Word incarnate in us by the Holy Spirit to do even greater works than Jesus did.
This is His Word.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” John 14:12
Ought we not then to be about finding out how we can do the greater works rather than resigning ourselves to a faith posture of just letting situations and circumstance rule over us with little faith or expectation that we can do anything about them?
Yes, we can, we must and we will. It only takes a decision to believe and say what Jesus has said for us to believe and say, and do. And He will back us up in it every time.
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19
To have faith as a grain of mustard seed is to have faith as one who simply believes and says what he would have to come to pass of the will of God in any situation. The mustard seed is what we say. When we say it is planted in the atmosphere, in the good ground, the good soil of the Spirit realm and from that place it grows up to produce the desired fruit in the natural realm. Things that come into being in the natural realm began in the sprit realm by words that were spoken.
God called forth light out of darkness. All creation came about by the Word of God.
“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” Romans 4:17 KJV
“(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did…” Romans 4:17 NKJV
Faith as a grain of mustard seed calls things into being as though they already are and by the power of that tiny seed of faith they come to be.