“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “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
A mustard seed is small you guys. I mean like teeny tiny. It almost seems like it should be easy to have that kind of faith. Mustard seed faith isn’t very big faith. Sometimes, when things don’t go the way I want, it feels like my faith starts shrinking. Much like when my clothes don’t fit and I try to blame it on the dryer shrinking them. Sometimes, I feel like the challenges I face are bigger than my faith. But, that is just the mindset that the enemy would love for us to have.
Jesus says if we have faith even the size of a mustard seed, it could move a mountain. Now, in comparison, that mustard seed is bazillions times smaller than a mountain. So, my faith to challenge ratio is not the problem. I don’t need bigger faith for a bigger challenge. The problem is not always that my faith shrinks, but most of the time my doubt grows. Since mustard seed faith is so small, it leaves no room for doubt. When I am staring at a huge mountain, the doubt starts to creep in. My mind goes crazy trying to figure out how things are going to get better, when things are going to change, what do I need to do, how do I need to fix this and what are we going to do now!! Those questions are doubt questions. Doubting that God will work all things together for my good, doubting that He speaks to me, doubting that He sees me and doubting that He wants to fix it for me.
Doubt and faith can not co-exist. It is not about the quantity of our faith but the quality. Jesus said it is our job to speak to the mountain that is in our way because we believe Him. I want to be a believer, not a doubter! Faith and unbelief both come by what you are giving your time and attention to. I have a tendency to doubt more when I am giving my attention to negative people, the news, Facebook rants and so on. I tend to believe more when I am giving my attention to the Word of God, pastors I love and friends that encourage me.
Even Jesus was limited by an environment of unbelief. He couldn’t do miracles in His own home town because they didn’t believe. If you have something impossible and mountain moving you need to do; you need to surround yourself with believers and get the doubt out!
Establish an environment of faith in your life, quit focusing on how big your problem is and focus on believing Jesus!!