is a great force! Even as
forceful as love is, it cannot survive
without faith. If we lose
confidence and trust, love begins to
keep our faith in God healthy with a
relationship based on His word, prayer
and regular communication, our love
for God motivates us in all we do,
even how we think and interact with
personal relationships, faith is
necessary to keep them working.
If we lose faith in one another, we
will be suspicious and love will
Bible greatly stresses to have faith
in God. “But without faith, it
is impossible to please him: for he
that cometh to God must believe that
he is, and that he is a rewarder of
them that diligently seek him”
are to cultivate and grasp faith.
“Let us hold fast the profession of
our faith without wavering, (for he is
faithful that promised)” (Hebrews
fast, as in a death grip, not
releasing our hold under any
is what motivates us to act in love
and will produce “works.”
the body without the spirit is dead,
so faith without works is dead, also”
will illuminate the path for our
journey. It will guard against
stumbling in the darkness of doubt.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight”
(2 Corinthians 5:7).
the Lord said, If ye had faith as a
grain of mustard seed, ye might say
unto this sycamine tree, Be thou
plucked up by the root, and be thou
planted in the sea; and it should obey
you” (Luke 17:6).
“land” tree growing in the midst of
the sea? Preposterous and impossible!
After the lesson on faith and
instructing His disciples in the
importance of forgiveness (Luke
17:3-4), they requested that Jesus
“increase our faith.” If Jesus
thought it was important to have
unwavering faith, then it must be
essential. He continued to teach
the disciples by telling them that by
faith they could pluck up a tree by
its roots and plant it in the sea!
Notice that He didn’t say, dump it in
the sea, but “plant” it in the sea.
Now we know that it is unnatural for a
mulberry tree (as some translations
call it) to be growing in midst of
the sea; its nature is to grow on
land, its roots pulling nutrients and
moisture from the soil.
said the tree would “obey” the command
given by faith to change its natural
environment from land to sea where it
would be planted. Its very
nature would have to undergo a
complete transformation to grow in the
sea. While I believe in the
“literal” translation of the Bible, I
think Jesus was teaching about how
powerful our faith is. If it
would somehow magnify God to demand
that a tree be plucked up by its roots
and planted in the sea, then faith
could perform it. The important
point is that faith in God, in His
word, can change circumstances and
environments in amazing and
unbelievable ways. It can
transform us and change how we look at
life and motivate us to produce
phenomenal fruit. Faith can
change others with whom we interact in
miraculous ways to allow God’s will to
is faith? What should we know about
faith is the substance of things hoped
for, the evidence of things not seen”
(Hebrews 11:1). Evidence will
stand in court and clear or convict
one accused of a crime. Evidence
will convince scientists that a
medicine or medical procedure will
work to bring a cure for disease.
Substance is “the real content, solid
quality.” It is not esoteric,
but something we can grasp and
understand. So faith is the
“real thing” that may not have
happened yet, but based on evidence it
is hope realized before it is visible
and that gives it substance.
everyday life, we have faith that we
can accomplish something that we have
begun even before the end result is in
view. If we didn’t, we would
never begin in the first place.
While we may accomplish the goals we
set for ourselves by sheer will power
and diligence, the faith that the
Bible talks about means “faith in
God.” We can’t save ourselves by
our own ability; we can’t please God
by just doing good deeds; we have to
have that new nature of the new birth.
Faith in God will accomplish anything
that He has chosen us to do for Him.
as in daily living: My car will take
me where I need to go; I can do what I
am physically capable of doing and
have “faith” that I can do the same
thing tomorrow, etc. It’s
healthy to have confidence in
ourselves so we can function each day
in this world. Confidence in
myself will get me from here to there
to reach my goals. Remember the
story of the "Little Engine" who
puffed, "I think I can" until it did.
in God is a whole ‘nother’ matter.
Our faith in God means that we believe
Jesus came to earth as a baby; grew
into manhood and ministered for about
three years with His disciples; was
arrested, tried and murdered on a
cross; resurrected from the dead and
is now alive forevermore. All of
this was for our benefit. We
accept the “evidence” as truth as the
Bible records it, and that it was done
to accomplish our salvation.
Faith in the basic tenets of salvation
leads us to have faith that God is
interested in our daily lives and will
act in our behalf for our best
interest. Faith leads us to
believe that “God so loved the world”
(including us) and will hear and
answer our prayers when we pray for
His will to be done “on earth as it is
the “tree in the sea.” Some
things we face in our lives appear to
be as difficult as transplanting the
tree in the sea; but our faith
increases as we continue our faith
journey so that no matter what life
brings to us or where it takes us, we
can unequivocally trust God to be
involved and by faith we can “plant
the tree” wherever it needs to be for
our good and His glory.
further emphasized what faith can do
in another parable:
Jesus said unto them...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).
become so self-sufficient that we have
forgotten that we serve a powerful God
who is touched by our needs and moved
to action to help us.
have not an high priest which cannot
be touched with the feeling of our
infirmities; but was in all points
tempted like as we are, yet without
sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
Our Lord is serious about faith!
Without it, the heart can become evil
and lead us astray, away from God.
"Take heed, brethren, lest there be in
any of you an evil heart of unbelief,
in departing from the living God.
But exhort one another daily, while it
is called Today, lest any of you be
hardened through the deceitfulness of
sin" (Hebrews 3:12, 13).
Faith in God is a guard against being
deceived and having an "evil heart of
unbelief." Mutually encouraging
our "brothers and sisters in Christ"
will keep us loving one another and
productive for the Kingdom of God.
have a tree that needs to be plucked
up and planted in the sea? A
mountain that needs moving? Put
your faith to work and plant the tree
and move the mountain. You have
God’s power, authority and backing to
get it done! That
mustard-seed-size faith will flourish
when planted in God’s garden!
And never forget that God is "touched
with the feeling of our infirmities"!
Remembering that will feed your faith;
and without faith, it is impossible to