FAITH IS (3)

November 18

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for. HEBREWS 11:1 NKJV

Notice the words, “Now faith.” Thank God for the faith of our fathers, and the faith experiences of our own past. But to do what God’s calling you to do for Him today, you need “now faith.” Jesus said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move’ … and it will move” (Mt 17:20 NKJV). Your grandmother’s faith may have moved her mountain, but it’s going to take your faith to move “this

mountain.” We all have a “this mountain” in our life, and God is willing to move it. So what’s the problem? Unbelief. Even though Christ had given His disciples authority to heal the sick, they’d just been rendered powerless by a demon-possessed boy. So they asked Jesus, “Why could we not cast the spirits out of him?” (See Mt 17:19). Notice what He taught them that day:

(1) Start small, or you won’t start at all. Mustard-seed- sized faith, like all seeds, will grow into something bigger. Just start where you are; believe God for ordinary, everyday things. And when He honors your faith, acknowledge it, thank Him

for it and build on it.

 (2) Guard your mouth! “If you have faith … you will say tothis mountain, ‘Move’ … and it will move.” Your words release the life-giving force that’s in your faith, so correct and control what’s coming out of your mouth. Make sure it lines up with Scripture.

 (3) Sometimes you need a little

extra. Some mountains need a little extra prayer, or in the case of this boy, the power that comes through fasting. But if you’re willing to meet God’s conditions, you’ll see mountains moved in your life.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Ida Mae passed away and Bubba called 911.

The 911 operator told Bubba that she would send someone out right away.

“Where do you live?” asked the operator.

Bubba replied, “At the end of Eucalyptus Drive.”

The operator asked, “Can you spell that for me?”

After a long pause, Bubba said, “How ’bout I drag her over to Oak Street and you pick her up there? …