We flew out to visit family and friends in Tennessee for a few days but have not escaped the cold! I realized before we left that I had finally come to the end of my frenzy of house preparations and settling in. The holidays have come and gone and with it all the end-of-year drama. It is nice to be able to get up and have some choices with what to do with the day. However, I don’t know about you but after a few days of this leisure I begin to wiggle with inactivity (I watch my grandgirlies do this with great gusto.) Yet, one benefit of this time has been reading the Bible through, my New Year’s commitment. Because my heart is seeking to follow the path God has set before me, verses pop out as I read that give instructions on my daily walk. The disciples had to learn this, too. They were given the ability to perform amazing miracles while they traveled with Jesus. However, they came across a boy that they could not heal. But Jesus did. When they asked why they could not do it, Jesus answered, “You don’t have enough faith. I tell you the truth, 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.” (Matthew 17:20-21 NLT) What was different about this boy? What was different in them? It seems unfathomable that they did not have enough faith, especially since they watched Jesus every day and even had their own experiences of healing others. The difference is that we are human—the Enemy puts doubt in our hearts and minds. He is there to whisper that we are not good enough or this is too hard. Faith is defined as the belief in God based on spiritual understanding rather than proof. But God does not demand an impossible feat—we only have to have the faith of a tiny mustard seed. We don’t even have proof that this tiny seed will grow and produce anything. All we are asked to do is plant it—He will grow the tree. Do I have faith that God will give me opportunities to share His love even when the Enemy whispers you are crazy? I do…one step at a time.
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