For the Kingdom of God to operate in its fullest manifestation, God simply asks us to act in faith. We each have a measure of faith and we need to use it for every event in our lives. When the disciples tried to cast a demon out without success, they asked Jesus what was wrong. He explained that they were lacking faith and went on to share with them the parable of the mustard seed. But it wasn’t because they needed the level of faith as small as a mustard seed, but they needed one as powerful as a grain of mustard seed, which though being so small, would grow to be large and bear much fruit. Jesus also explained that true faith is revealed by the words that come out of your mouth. This is why He highlighted that if they really believed, they could command a mountain to be moved from its place and be cast into the sea1.
In another parable, Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a grain of mustard seed, because though it is so little, it grows to be so large to the extent that birds can build their nests in it 2. In other words, what He’s saying is that true faith doesn’t focus on what you are, but in what you are called to one day be. Perhaps you feel as small as a mustard seed right now, but one day you’re going to become a mighty tree that provides shade for others in Jesus Name! Believe that you’ve been called to greatness in the Kingdom of God! There are some people that long to be the head of something small, when in reality they can form part of God’s grand plan of salvation.
A grain of mustard seed even believes that it’ll leap species altogether; it’ll no longer be a plant, but it will become a tree. Your faith has the ability to transform you into something better. Don’t see yourself as others see you or the way you think you are right now, but see yourself through the eyes of faith, as the happy and successful person God’s already designed you to be in Jesus’ Name. If you just believe like a grain of mustard seed does, then all things will be possible for you: wholeness, prosperity, salvation, etc. Many people actually sell themselves short thinking they’re unworthy of receiving a blessing, but the Kingdom of God works by faith, not by your works or by what you feel. Don’t be looking for the price to pay because Jesus has already paid it, and you’re more than a conqueror in every sense of the word. Just pray and believe it!
Throughout twelve years, the woman with the issue of blood must have developed so much faith that when she heard that Jesus was in town she says, “If I just so much as touch the hem of His garment, I know that I’ll be whole.” Faith comes by hearing and works by speaking! When we truly become men and women of faith, we’ll take all the much care of what we hear and what we say. In the Bible we see Paul preaching a word of faith, because it was vital in order to help new Christians overcome difficulties and persecution. The Bible says that the just shall live by THEIR faith. In other words, faith is vital to live and to get ahead in life day-in and day-out. We must nourish ourselves with that word of faith that helps us live and grow to press-on in life. Listen to the Word at all times because it’s designed to help you believe and carry out mighty exploits. The cycle of faith is hearing, praying and declaring what we believe3!
On one occasion Jesus approached a fig tree because He saw that its leaves were full and appeared to be fruitful, however upon closer inspection, it didn’t have any fruit4. This happens many times with Christians that just have leaves but no fruit. We must be careful to avoid being like those fig trees without figs, but rather to always bear witness to the faith we’ve embraced through our deeds and our words.
Jesus was quite clear about it; whatsoever we say shall come to pass. So if you really believe something then speak it in faith5. Every time we speak about the future as if it were already here, we show God our true level of faith. Be very carful with what you hear and from who you hear it because that’s the tipping point for what’s either given or taken away from you6. When you really have faith things are added unto you, but when you don’t, even what little you have shall be taken from you. Listen to the good things and disregard the negative ones that seek to steal your faith away. The future is filled with blessings for those that choose to hear in faith. Sure there’ll be challenges along the way and they’re designed to show forth the good things that you are believing for. However if you doubt it, you’ll cause those blessings to disappear. That’s why the Lord urges us to be listening at all times in faith!
There’s a phrase in the Lord’s Prayer: “Give us this day, our daily bread!”7 which has served as a pillar in my faith to ask Daddy God for the blessings I believe He has in store for me. The key is in reading it carefully because it doesn’t say to give us our daily bread, but to give us today, the bread designed for other days as well. When you begin to ask Him in this light, we show that we can believe Him today for our future abundance. Our daily blessings are already laid in store for you today!
Do you see the role that faith plays in what you hear? If we learn to understand the Word of God as God’s promises for our blessing, then there’s no doubt that we’ll receive it. However, if we don’t ask Him for discernment, even that which we believe is already ours will be taken away from us. God already knows what you’re thinking of and what you desire, but you’ll only get it by hearing and asking Him for it in faith! Just thank Him now for this powerful revelation.
In order to learn to hear correctly, I invite you to ask God with the following prayer: “Dear Lord, please cleanse my ears and my mouth to hear and speak your words of faith, and help me get the blessings you’ve already laid up for me and my family!”
1 Matthew 17:19-20 says, “Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
2 Matthew 13:31-32 says, “Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
3 Psalms 116:10-14 says, ”’I believed, therefore I spoke,I am greatly afflicted.’ I said in my haste,”All men are liars.” What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me? I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord, now in the presence of all His people.”
4 Mark 11:12-14 says, ”Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, ‘Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.’ And His disciples heard it.”
5 Mark 11:20-24 says, “Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, ‘Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.’ So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them’”
6 Luke 8:18 warns us, “Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.”
7 Matthew 6: 11 says, “Give us this day our daily bread.”