A few years ago my Senior Pastor, W. Michael Martin, did a series of lessons about faith. He shared a powerful revelation and revealed how many sincere Christians have erroneously taught that God is pleased with just ‘a little faith’. That is not true. They misquote and misapply Matthew 17:20…
Matthew 17:20 (NKJV)
So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;[a] 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.
Many have taught if you have faith OF, but the bible says AS. It would take great faith for a seed as small as a mustard seed to grow into a great tree. So, Jesus is saying if you have GREAT faith you can move mountains…not little faith.
This is supported by the fact that Jesus constantly rebuked His disciples for having ‘little’ faith. (Matthew 6:30, Matthew 8:26, Matthew 17:20).
No where is the bible does God say He is pleased with little faith.
In teaching Psalm 27, Pastor Martin, recently shared that confidence, (like praise, prayer and worship) is a powerful weapon of spiritual warfare…
Psalm 27:3 (NKJV)
Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.
This is powerful revelation! Confidence… a weapon of warfare! It’s true.
Through these two great lessons, God revealed something else very powerful to me…
Great faith is visible and tangible. It’s confidence in God. Not arrogance. Arrogance is confidence in one’s self, but great faith is confidence in God. Lack of confidence in God, fear, insecurity, uncertainty, unfruitfulness and ineffectiveness are all signs doubt and ‘little faith’, just as in each situation where Jesus rebuked the disciples.
Remember how the apostle Paul asserts…
Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)
6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
So, be confident in the God of our salvation through our LORD and Savior, Yeshua, Christ Jesus…and move those mountains. Let your faith be seen.