Tossing Your Faith

I’m standing on the edge ready to jump
But as I go for the dive I hit so many bumps on the way
And the devil keeps saying there ain’t no way
But Jesus is saying jump it’s okay
I’m out here waiting for you
To reach all those other guys with you
You may only think it’s a few
But come and look at it from my view

I wrote that somewhere between January 22 and January 28, 2008. You do the math. What I wrote before this was about direction and after was about timing. This is not an announcement of any big changes as of yet, just that some have been on my mind. I also want to take a second to talk about taking steps of faith. As an encouragement to you as well as myself.

And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?” “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 17:14-20 ESV)

One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. (Luke 16:10 ESV) 

The Bible says that faith like a mustard seed can move a mountain. Why then do we try to increase our faith to match our problem? The size of our faith doesn’t matter, the placement does. We need to put our faith in the goodness of God and not in the problem going away. We have this miss conception that faith can even change sizes. It’s either in God or it’s not. Grow in the confidence of who God is. Big faith is putting your faith and trust in a big God. Quit trying to increase your faith to match your problem, compare your problem to the size of your God. If your problem seems too big, your god (whichever one you’re worshiping at the moment; other blog, other time) is too small. If you think your problem is bigger than what God is capable of you might ought to ask yourself, am I putting my problem in place of God? Last I checked God is bigger than the boogieman! (I dare you not to finish the song)

Still you might say you can’t do it, well you can’t. The Word says to be faithful in the little and He will trust you with much. David went after a giant with a stone in his hand and his faith in God. You could say, David held the stone(action/works) and God held David(faith). He wasn’t trying to crush Goliath with a mountain, he threw a stone and trusted God. Sometimes we get caught up in trying to move the mountain when God just wants us to throw a stone. Throw the stone, let God move the mountain. Your problem may end up being smaller than you think it is. God loves to use small solutions to solve big problems. If your solution is to big to glorify God, it may not be small enough. Your faithfulness will increase your capacity for larger problems, but God’s faithfulness will decrease your need for bigger solutions. It will become muscle memory. “How did I get through that last thing? Oh yeah, I trusted God.” God can’t get any bigger, what makes you think that there will ever be a problem He can’t handle?

Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God.[a] Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works. (James 2:18-26 NLT)
You can’t simply believe God is big and not be throwing your stones. Faith without action is dead. Peter could’ve believed he could walk out to Jesus, but if he hadn’t stepped out of the boat he never would have. People wonder why no one has walked on water since then, Jesus is not out on the water anymore. The point of that story was not that Jesus could walk on water. Jesus wants you to be close to Him and He is willing to let you do crazy miraculous things to get there. You will never have enough faith to walk on water if Jesus is not out there calling you to Him. If you’re wanting a miracle for anything other than glorifying God, you’re worshiping the miracle not the God of miracles. The point of glorifying God is to bring people close to Him, not close to a miracle. If you stay in the boat you will only be a witness to the miracle and never experience God.

Throwing stones should be simple. I find it funny that we are called to have a childlike faith. Do you remember ever going out to a lake as a kid? What would be one of the first things you would do? You’d go find rocks to throw in the lake. Then you would see who could throw the biggest rock and make the biggest splash. I don’t want you to think that God want you to keep throwing little tiny pebbles for the rest of your life. Find the biggest rock you can, chunk it in and make the biggest splash you can. God will see that splash and turn it into a tsunami, people will see that tsunami and not be able to deny that God moved. The goal is not to get as many people to see your splash, your splash really is pretty lame to look at without God. A tsunami is something to behold. Splashes have little to no effect outside of their immediate surrounding, yet a tsunami can change a nation in minutes. It can even change the terrain of a mountain side. Did you know that an iceberg flipping can cause a tsunami? In the right conditions it takes a very subtle change to cause tsunami size impact. What is the mountain you need moved? Does getting married seem impossible? Ask her out or say yes to the date(this make take a couple tosses). You know where to go but not how to get there? Ask for help from someone who’s been there. If where you are is not where Jesus is moving you, then it’s time to step on the water. Ride the wave, you may already be out on the water and God is waiting on you to toss the stone. If He says go then go, if He says stay then stay.

Father, may we not be people that try to impress others with our skill in moving mountains. But let us be your humble children out at your lake skipping rocks.

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