Saturday, March 13, 2010
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Heb.11:1) and if you have faith the size of 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)
How BIG is your Mustard Seed? Is it bigger than your illness? Which is larger? Your electricity bill or your faith? Your child is in a gang, hanging with the wrong crowd and you don’t know what to do. Where is your mustard seed? Let me see which is bigger.
Out of work and no severance pay? Why are you hiding your mustard seed? Boss didn’t take their meds this morning? Mustard seed? What mustard seed? This mustard seed…the one that is minute and barely visible, but you know it’s there. Just like your faith huh?
We need to use the spiritual resources we have to get by all the pain staking issues we deal with on a daily basis. The number one spiritual resource we have is our FAITH. Faith in God, that no matter what, he has our best interest at heart. He loves us. He has the last say in everything, once you ask him. He wants to know, that you know, without a shadow of a doubt that he will bring you through. He is the “fat lady” we talk about when we say “it ain’t over until the fat lady sings.” If you use your mustard seed, no matter what the battle the enemy is waging against you, it ain’t over until God says it’s done! Like the song says, by Maurette Brown Clark, “keep praying, keep fasting, keep pressing, progressing, keep moving, it ain’t over NO, keep reading, interceding, keep believing, it ain’t over NO, keep trusting, keep trying, keep travailing, Why? It ain’t over, NO, keep living, keep giving, whatever it takes keep going, it ain’t over, NO. What the devil meant to take you out…God meant for your good. Cause it ain’t over.
S t r e c h your faith because the impossible is where God will work a miracle, but you got to use that mustard seed and watch the battles be won one at a time. Then that mustard seed begins to grow and so does your faith so that when the next fight comes, you are stronger because you have history with God.
Let me see that mustard seed. How big is it now?
Be encouraged and take a listen to “It Ain’t Over” by Maurette Brown Clark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXNhArf-MSk
Lyrics used in the body of this blog from: “It Ain’t Over” by Maurette Brown Clark
I just gave myself the biggest most warm and loving hug and was inspired to write this piece because so many of us don’t like who we are, because we are “to this or too that” , “not enough this or not enough that”. We have allowed others to label, demoralize, taunt and abuse us to the extent we hate and abuse ourselves. ENOUGH ALREADY! Love you for who God made you to be, respect yourself so you can respect others. When you love yourself, you will be surprised who will love you back.
I love the living, breathing creature God made me. Full of errors and flaws, but willing to be all God has called me to be. With God ALL things are possible, so those things that I need to work on I ask God for his guidance and direction. As it is Him I aim to please; not you, not me, but Him. Why? Because he loved me first before I even knew what love was. And guess what, he took me as his child…regardless of what my sins were/are and despite my weaknesses.
I love the woman I have become, and yes it does matter what man says about me to a degree because I am an ambassador of Christ and made in his image. But I don’t look for man’s approval of me anymore. I let His light shine for all men/women to see, I am prayerful it is pleasing in God’s eyesight. Good, bad or indifferent I am His and I LOVE ME.
“The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I am He who comes to deliver and save so that you (we) could have eternal life”, says the Lord. I’ll take eternal life thank you very much. That’s how much I LOVE ME. Yes, I plan on spending eternal life with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. So I LOVE God first, me second, my family third and then all other.
Love, peace and blessing to you. Love yourself as God loved you FIRST!