It is no secret the apostles at first had only a little faith (Matt 6:30; 8:26; 14:31). They thought they needed more faith, and so did I. I thought we needed more faith. But Jesus didn’t give them more faith; he just said to use what you have! You already have enough faith to see miracles
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. (Luke 17:5-6)
The disciples request was genuine; they wanted the faith necessary for such radical forgiveness. But Jesus didn’t directly answer their question because the amount of faith is not as important as its genuineness. What is faith? It is the total dependence on God and a willingness to do his will. Faith is not something we use to put on a show for others. It is complete and humble obedience to God’s will, readiness to do whatever he calls us to do. The amount of faith isn’t as important as the right kind of faith – faith in our all-powerful God!
I. What is faith? (Hebrews 11:1)
A. Firm conviction or persuasion, trust and trustworthiness
B. The most important thing about faith (Hebrews 11:6)
1. We all have some
2. Why don’t we use it? Maybe because we think we don’t have enough.
II. You Have Enough Faith
A. Do you believe God for your salvation?
B. (I Corinthians 10:13; Philippians 4:13) You have enough right now for what God wants you to do right now.
1. God gives us all a measure of faith (Romans 12:2-3).
2. My favorite definition of faith: Faith is trusting and believing in God
3. Faith can grow (Matthew 25, it is doin23; II Corinthians 10:15; II Thessalonians 1:3)
III. You Need Faith
A. This is the time to say “yes” to God!!
B. Faith is not just believing, it is dong (James 2:26)
Every time you trust God and step out in faith you will either be right (have success) or rescued (to try again).
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