What is the God Kind of Faith? How Can I Apply It To My Life?
Mustard Seed Faith
A mustard seed is a very small but powerful seed. The common mustard of Palestine is the Sinapis nigra. This garden herb sometimes grows to a considerable height, so as to be spoken of as "a tree," as compared with garden herbs. Mustard seeds of the various mustard plants are among the smallest of seeds. The seeds are about 3mm in diameter but can grow to a very tall height.
Jesus Christ spoke of the mustard seed in parables so that people could easily understand the Kingdom of God.
What is Faith?
The Bible explains faith in Hebrews 11:1 as follows:
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (King James Version)
Let's also look at another version of the Bible:
"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (New International Version, 1984)
Faith is described as "being sure" and "certain". Faith says "I have the thing I hope for now." It says assuredly and certainly I have it now and it exists now.
How Do I Apply Faith to My LIfe?
1) Be a born again believer.
Admit that you are a sinner and in need of a Savior. Repent of your sins, that is, turn from your sin. Then, confess and believe in Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. Romans 10:9 and 10 reads, "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
This takes faith. Hebrew 11:6 says, "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."
2) Allow the Bible to be the ultimate authority in your life.
The Psalmist in Psalms 119:89 says, "For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven." The Word must be the final authority in your life as it is in Heaven and on the earth.
3) Know that whatever it is that you desire from the Lord must line up with His Word.
Study of the Word of God is very important.
For example, if a person is a narcotics dealer, he cannot pray and ask God for more finances. God would never condone the illegal sale of narcotics. Your petition must be what God would want for you or someone else. That means you must know what His Word says about your situation.
4) Pray believing that you have received the thing that you ask for in faith.
Mark 11:24 says, "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."
Faith is more than just having the thought or belief of something in your mind. It is an action word. It involves doing something. In James 2:18, it reads, "But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do." (New International Version, 1989)
For example, a farmer may believe that crops will grow on his land but if he never plants the seeds, he will never have a crop. So, the farmer has faith by planting the seeds in the ground, watering them, weeding the soil and allowing the sun to shine on them. Then a crop will spring up.
Praying in faith is saying what God's Word says about the situation. The seed is the Word of God. Your heart is the ground for planting the seed of the Word. Then keep trusting in the Word of God by confessing (saying or speaking) the Word of God. Keep out doubt and unbelief. Nourish the Word by protecting it in your heart until it comes to pass in your life.
"Believe that you have received it and ye shall have it."
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