MUSTARD SEED FAITH Andy Hollifield 2-10-18
Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, 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.
Mark 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
Never before in my life have I understood so much how this father in Mark 9 must have felt. Knowing God could do it, wanting him to do it, but having been disappointed so many times by other people; and struggling to believe. I will be honest with you this today, this post may not help you that much. It may be for me to go back and read again from time to time just to increase my faith and help my unbelief. If I could take the time and had the words to tell you all that the Lord has done in the past 6-7 weeks concerning the little momma our ministry has been helping, you would probably think I was exaggerating a bit. I promise I wouldn’t be. He has done so many things and brought together so many people who didn’t even realize they were already connected in the life of this young lady. Even in my case after I met her, I found out that she knew some people that I also knew even though they didn’t know that I knew her. Are you confused yet? That’s why I am not going to try to explain all of it. You have probably heard the saying “it’s a small world;” well it truly is.
I had the privilege last night to go and eat supper with the family that took this lady in and of course, play with the baby. She is even going to have the baby to call me grandpa. That was her choice and not mine, although I am honored beyond words and will do my best to live up to such a prestigious title. Anyway, what no one else probably knows I am thinking when we are all together, is that each time I hold that baby, I look down at him and am reminded that those moments are just more confirmation of what the Lord wants me to do. I have mentioned before, and again to my board recently, that God has given us our first client before he gave us a place to put her. Given all of the circumstances, I can see now that the Lord put her in the best possible situation she could be in. Nevertheless, I have known since June of 2017 what I was supposed to be doing but I was just waiting on God to dump everything in my lap. That is kind of like sitting in church and saying “Ok Lord; bless me if you can.” He can, but with our lazy attitude, he won’t. I wrote recently about how the word “occupy” means to “carry on business or trade” and not to just sit around. Well, honest confession is good for the soul and like I said, I was just waiting on God to throw everything together with the Gideon Home For Unwed Mothers. In reality; if he was going to do it all, he wouldn’t need me to help him. But, since he put it on my heart to do and confirmed it last June, I have come to the conclusion that I better quit lolly-gagging and get on the stick because he has given me the privilige to have a part in the lives of these ladies and their babies.
As I was driving home last night, I was listening to Pastor Tony Evans from Dallas, Texas on the radio. He was preaching about how Jesus said to the disciples in one place, “O ye of “little” faith.” He went on to talk about how that it only takes mustard seed faith to move mountains so any thing less than a mountain ought to require less faith than a mustard seed yet the disciples still couldn’t cast out the devils in this case. He went on to say in Matthew 17:21 that “this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” That kind of tells me that not only does our faith have to be the size of a mustard seed but some things require a lot more prayer and effort in general to get them accomplished. Well, lesson learned! Little did I know on my way home last night that I would sit down to write my post and wind up looking at real estate listings for probably 2 hours. I got more and more excited the longer I looked! I even made a list of over a dozen places to go check out. I’ve not got a clue how this is all going to come to pass but I didn’t have a clue how I was going to be able to help that baby’s momma either and look how good God done that one! So now, I am looking at listings and going to start burning up the roads and just try to find the place that God has for us. I will give you fair warning, if you see me come to your church and hear me say “We have found a place,” that is code for “I am fixing to get in over my head.” That part isn’t weak faith. That will just be God giving you a chance to have even a bigger part of something incredible than you have had already. I am learning, even though I may be slow, that when God says “This is what I want you to do,” just dive in head over heels and do it.
I hope this has encouraged you somehow or another. I don’t expect anyone else to be as excited about it as me but then again, I have always been a big dreamer. This time though, it isn’t my dream. It is soon going to be God’s reality. Maybe the reason the Lord put this on my heart was to help me realize that I need my little faith to grow to the size of a mustard seed and I still need him to help my unbelief. I might as well admit it because he knows it anyway. Most of the time I am just anxious and trying not to get ahead of the Lord but other times I think “What in the world am I getting myself into?” If it was just me getting into it, I would be worried. But like an old saying says, “If he brings you to it, he will bring you through it.” Another saying says, “God will not lead you where his grace won’t keep you.” Speaking of grace I want to mention this: did you know that the term “mustard seed” is used 5 times in the bible? We know that 5 is the number of grace in the bible. Ephesians 2:8 says, By GRACE are ye saved through FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. “Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift (2 Corinthians 9:15).” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!