A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

How can such a large tree (if indeed it is a tree) come from such a tiny seed?  We’re told that faith the size of a mustard seed is large as well.  I don’t know whether anyone wears these anymore – but my mom and dad gave me a necklace that held a single mustard seed.  It was my high school graduation and I was anxious about leaving all the things that were familiar.  That little mustard seed went with me to college and beyond.  It meant so much to have that reminder as my companion.

I am small – but HE is so big!  In this case, however… I believe the example of the mustard seed was used for a couple of different reasons:

  1. The Lord wants us to know that Heaven is so much – not only larger than we can possibly imagine – but also He wants us to rest assured that it is so much better than we’ve ever known down here on earth.  On one hand, we’re urged to share our faith everywhere we go – but on the other hand, we’re invited to bask in the greatness of what Heaven will be – a place like we’ve never known and cannot imagine because our finite minds are not able to imagine – but our hearts long for…
  2. The kingdom of heaven is at its fullest in Christ. That is why wherever Jesus went, the sick were healed, demons were cast out, and the dead were even raised. Because none of those things exist in the kingdom of heaven and Jesus walked in such a way that He brought heaven to earth. He passed this authority on to his disciples, telling them to do the same thing. And He wants us to have an abundant life, which would require complete surrender to Jesus and the Holy Spirit (which would mean that God’s domain/kingdom is expanding in us). So, we too, are called to expand Christ’s kingdom on earth preaching and teaching His wonderful Gospel – reminding others that His kingdom is at hand.  We don’t know the day nor the hour of His returning – but until that wonderful day, we can try to imagine our Heavenly home – but that’s all we can do – we can only imagine. Thank you so much for joining me for this week’s Bible study!  Have a blessed week in the Lord!  🙂
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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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MUSTARD SEED SIZE FAITH

I reluctantly admit I remember the 1965 ad! Why would that slogan stay in my mind all these years? Who knows? When it comes to faith in God, the same can be said… A LITTLE DAB ‘ILL DO YA!

All you need is faith the size of a tiny mustard seed to move big mountains!

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 ban 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. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 14:17-20

If there was ever an encouraging WORD for Christians, this is it! If we have the POWER of God’s Holy Spirit living in us, there is literally nothing we can’t do in His Name!

And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. – Luke 17:6

If it’s important enough to mention TWICE in scripture, then maybe we need to pay attention to it. ❤

THANKS LIVING DAY 26

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PRAYER OF THANKS FOR TEA

Have you ever felt stressed out? Stop laughing, I’m serious. It’s common knowledge that stress manifests itself physically. Migraine headaches, high blood pressure and even cardiac problems are all stress-related symptoms. We hear a lot these days about finding balance or finding our center.

I have an anchor. I have a rock. He is my main go-to source for peace and tranquility. He provides blessed assurance of protection in His Word, The Bible. His Name is Jesus and His Father is my Father too. I pray to God, through His Son, Jesus, Who died on a cross to save me from my sins. Prayer is speaking with God. It means I talk, but I also need to listen. God’s voice is not audible, and I’ve heard it described as a “still, small voice.” Some call it conscience. I call it God’s Holy Spirit speaking to me.

It takes faith – the size of a tiny mustard seed – allow God’s Holy Spirit to enter and abundant life begins. The stress at home becomes a soft answer, because The Bible tells us that a soft answer turns away wrath. The issues that seemed so large before become matters that are taken to God in prayer – and left with Him. The Bible tells us that we should not worry about anything, but pray about everything. Tell God your needs and be sure to thank Him for His answers.

I thank You God, for letting me come before You to be still and know that You are God. You are in control. That gives me peace.

Shalom. Peace be with you. Not the peace this world promises, but the peace of GOD. ❤