Our Spiritual Muscles
Exercising Faith Muscles – Part VI
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Key Verses: 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
Matthew’s Gospel tells of a father who brought his son to the disciples so that they could deliver him from his inner demons. However, the disciples were not able to deliver the boy from these demons. The father persisted by coming directly to Jesus, and Jesus spoke over the boy and delivered him from his demons.
Later, the disciples asked Jesus why they had failed to deliver the boy from his demons. Jesus’s answer probably surprised them:
“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 NLT)
If we go back to Matthew 17:17, we read Jesus’s initial reaction which makes it clear that they had no faith at all:
Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.”
Note the word “faithless”. After all that these disciples had witnessed, they still had no faith that everything was possible with God. We know that these disciples showed faith in some situations, but in this situation, their faith failed them.
To say that one has little faith does not fit into the biblical understanding of faith. Faith that is real is faith with no doubt. If there is a little doubt, then it is not a faith that moves mountains.
You would take it as a compliment if I said that “I have faith in you”. I am not sure if you would feel a lot better if I said “I have 80% confidence in you”.
Just as we hope that people have 100% faith in us, so our Lord wants and deserves us having 100% faith in His power over any situation.
Again, remember that there is a big difference between having 100% faith in God’s ability to do something and God’s willingness to do it.
In many situations, I have 100% faith in God’s power to do what I am asking, but I do not have that same confidence that it is in His. This is when I tell God “I know you can do it, but I trust your wisdom about whether you will do it”.
On the other hand, when I am praying about something that the Bible has promised such as asking for strength (Philippians 4:13), I know He can and will fulfill His promise.
Father, help me trust Your power in all the situations that I encounter. Help me trust Your wisdom to give the best answer in every situation. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.