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It’s a Matter of Faith — Little Faith

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23 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with His disciples. 24 Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke Him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then He got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.

27 The disciples were amazed. “Who is this Man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey Him!” ~ Matthew 8:23-27 — NLT ~

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This is one of my favorite scripture passages. I love reading how Jesus arises in the midst of the storm and rebukes the wind and the waves, telling them, “Peace! Be still!” It blesses me to think that He cared enough about the disciples to calm the storm that was raging all about them, and it makes me wonder, does He love me enough to calm the storms in my life? Does He love you enough to calm the storms in your life?

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To believe in the possibility that Jesus loves me, knowing that He knows my every thought and every secret deed requires faith. And sometimes, I just don’t know if my faith is strong enough. Now, when it comes to believing that He loves you or someone else, I have great faith. When it comes to believing that God will step in and move on your behalf, I have no problem.

You see, it is easy to have faith in God for someone else, but it is another thing to have faith in God for yourself. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I love this story so much, because in it, I can see that I’m not that much different than the disciples who walked with Jesus everyday, and knew Him physically, as well as spiritually.

Although they knew Jesus intimately and actually saw Him work miracles, signs and wonders, their faith was still small. They had seen Him work wonders in the lives of others, but could He or would He work on their behalf? They were afraid to believe that He would, and sadly, I understand that fear.

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You see, it began when I was a child. I can remember not doing my homework and then praying for a blizzard, so that I could stay home from school and get my work done, and I really had great faith that He would come through for me, but He never did. I didn’t understand it. Why didn’t God answer my prayers, when He knew that my parents would beat me and curse me? Was it because I was so bad, and I just wasn’t worthy of His love? At the time, this was the only answer that made sense to me. After all, He knew the things that I had done, and even worse, He knew the things that I thought. Have you ever felt like that?

The sad thing is that we don’t always outgrow those childhood disappointments, and they can hinder us as we get older. I grew up believing that God helps others, (just as the disciples probably thought), but not someone like me, until the storms in life began to batter me. Have  you been battered by the storms in life? Have you longed for the Savior to rebuke the wind and the waves in your life?

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If so, we must do as the disciples did. They shamelessly cried out to Jesus, while He slept peacefully. As they wakened Him, the disciples shouted, “Teacher, don’t You care that we’re going to drown?” Isn’t that what we all want to know? My life is falling apart, and the storms keep on raging against me, and Jesus, do You really care about me?

Now, let’s look at how Jesus responded to His panicked disciples…

26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then He got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. ~ Matthew 8:26 — NLT ~

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The scriptures show no indication that Jesus was angry with His frightened disciples. Instead, He takes the time to answer them, before calming the wind and the waves. “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Now, pay attention! After telling them that they had little faith, Jesus still got up and rebuked the wind and the waves, thereby causing a great calm. Do you see that,  beloved reader? Even though their faith was small, He still answered their prayer, and calmed the storm.

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How does your faith measure? Is it little faith, or great faith? If it is just little faith, can you still believe that Jesus loves you, and that when you delight yourself in Him, He will give you the desires of your heart? Beloved readers, Jesus loves us far more than we know, and if you are willing to admit that you have little faith, and ask Him to increase your faith, He will! Remember the father of the demon possessed boy…

21 “How long has this been happening?” Jesus asked the boy’s father.

He replied, “Since he was a little boy. 22 The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.”

23 “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”

24 The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” ~ Mark 9:21-24 — NLT ~

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You know that Jesus saw the pain in that man’s eyes, and he heard it in the man’s voice as he cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Friends, I understand what that man was saying. “I believe, but help me Lord, because I believe for others, but not for me and mine. Lord, please help me overcome my unbelief!”

And Jesus’ response to this man’s plea? It was the same as His response to the disciples. Jesus heard the cry of his heart, and He healed the man’s son, thereby helping him to overcome his unbelief. For the disciples, He calmed the wind and the waves. He did it for their sake, to increase their little faith.

So, what do we do when our faith is little? We cry out to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith and…

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Hebrews 12:2 — NLT ~

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Do you see that? Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. The author of a book is the one who writes the book, creates the characters and endows them with their various abilities, and it is the same with the author of our faith. It is He who created each one of us, and it is He who gives us our various gifts and abilities. Therefore, if Jesus is the author of our faith, then He is the One who gave us our faith to start with, and it is He who finishes our faith. Therefore, if I cry out to Him to increase my faith, since that is His will for you and me, will He not honor that request? Of course He will.

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Do you have little faith? Then do as the father of the boy did, and do as I do. Ask Jesus to help you overcome your unbelief… And one more thing, when you read God’s word, read it out loud, so that you can hear the words as they are spoken. Memorize His word, so that you can speak it to yourself and to others…

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God~ Romans 10:17 — NKJV ~

If you want your little faith to grow, cry out to Jesus and speak and listen to God’s word, because faith comes from hearing the word of God. By crying out to Jesus, you are crying out to the Word of God, to increase your faith. And by reading and speaking His word out loud, you are speaking the words of the author and finisher of your faith — the One who is writing your existence and your faith, and by doing so, your little faith will grow… Amen.

© 2014
Cheryl A. Showers

Words of Jesus – Don’t Worry

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

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 “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life — whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to Him than they are.  Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not.

“And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t He more surely care for you? You have so little faith!

“So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:24-34 NLT)

Thank You Lord, for speaking this word into my heart right now, when I’m beginning to get anxious.

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God’s timing is always perfect. He’s stretching me, and can I tell you? It’s scary sometimes. You see, I need to apply for disability, and there’s no guarantee that I will be approved. I may be without health insurance by the end of this month, and my husband’s pension and his business are not enough for us to live on, even if we get all of our debts paid off.

My way of dealing with difficult situations is to try not to look too hard at them (as I secretly hope that it will go away), while my husband’s way of dealing with things is to worry and talk things into the ground… Truth be told, neither way is very helpful, but I guess the Lord put us together to sort of balance things out… Because he dwells on things, I am forced to deal with those things that I’d rather just ignore and pretend aren’t there, and because I don’t like to dwell on the unpleasant, I’m able to lighten my husband’s burden.

So here we are. Because I’ve not been making the income I used to receive, we have fallen behind on our debts. I don’t like that. I want to be honorable and pay my debts, but I’m not able to do so. My sister and her husband graciously offered to give my husband and me a gift that will help to wipe out most of our debts back in September. I was truly humbled by the kindness of their generous offer.

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I don’t know if any of you can relate to this, but I really was humbled by this offer. I had to let go of pride in order to accept their offer. Wow – pride is something that seems so right, and yet the Lord shows us over and over again just how wrong it really is. You see, I felt like a loser, because my husband and I don’t have a lot, but what we do have, we’ve worked for – until now. Now, I didn’t have to swallow my pride – I had to KILL my pride in order to accept their gift. You see, the Lord not only wants us to learn how to give graciously. He wants us to learn how to receive graciously.

At the time, she and her husband said they would give us this gift in a couple of weeks. Then, they told us they would give us the gift by the middle of November. That was last week. Now, I’ve got bill collectors calling and I told them that I would try to pay them by the end of the month, thinking that we would get the money by the middle of the month and we would be able to pay things off.

I haven’t allowed myself to think about things too much, but I’ll confess to you that I’m beginning to worry… So, I decide to go think about other things and continue writing about the Words of Jesus, and isn’t it just too funny that Jesus wants to talk to me about money and about worrying about what’s going to happen?

Is anyone else awed by how much He loves us? It’s no coincidence that this would be the   next scripture passage in this series of His words. He knew before the foundations of the earth were laid, that I would be sitting here trying not to worry and struggling, and so when He ordained me to begin this study, He planned that I would read His words about worrying and trusting in the Lord.

“So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life — whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing?” (Matthew 6:25 NLT) Yes Lord, life consists of far more than food and clothing. It consists of loving and being loved, of knowing You and walking with You, talking with You and trusting in You.

“Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to Him than they are.” (Matthew 6:26 NLT) Thank You Lord, for loving me and for valuing me. Yes, thank You because I mean more to you than birds, or any other animal or creature… Thank You for calling me Your beloved, for calling me the apple of Your eye, for saying that I am precious in Your sight. Thank You, because if You take care of these creatures, how much more You will take care of me?

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“And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t He more surely care for you? You have so little faith!” (Matthew 6:30 NLT) Yes You will care for me Daddy. If You take care of flowers that are only here for such a short time, You will surely take care of my needs…You will surely take care of my medical needs when I have no insurance to pay for them, because You are Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals me… And yes Lord, I confess to You that my faith is much weaker than I thought. Lord, help my unbelief!

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV) Lord, I choose to trust in You with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. I want to please You, to seek You and Your kingdom. I’m seeking Your righteousness. Lord, I don’t just want to seek what You can give me or do for me. I want to seek Your kingdom and Your righteousness first. I want to see Your face. Help me to keep my eyes fixed on You and not on my circumstances. Give me dove’s eyes Lord… I’m casting my cares on You, because You care for me, so I’ll trust You to take care of my needs.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34 NLT) Forgive me for worrying, Lord. You’re absolutely right. Tomorrow will bring its own worries. All I ask is that You help me deal with today’s trouble in Jesus’ name.

Father, thank You so much for Your holy word. Thank You for being an on-time God. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

© 2012
Cheryl A. Showers

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