Mathew 17 Lesson

Faith

FAITH

Today’s focus verse is taken from the Gospel of Mathew. It is a thought-provoking scripture that becomes even more intriguing when you consider that Jesus spoke the words, Himself. Jesus said:

  • “If you have faiththe size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” – Mathew 17:20.

Jesus is saying that with even a small amount of faith, we can accomplish things that are far beyond our wildest thoughts or dreams.

In short, Jesus is saying there are no limits to God’s power.

DEFINING FAITH

Some would say that faith is hard to define. Others would say faith is straightforward and easily understood with a little bit of thought and reflection, and the help of God’s word.

Dictionary.com sites the following definitions (among others) for the word faith:

  1. Faith definition #1: Confidence or trust in a person or thing,
  2. Faith definition #2: Belief that is not based on proof.

Christianity.com defines faith as “putting your trust in God and having confidence that he will fulfill his promises.”

And most importantly, we need to consider what the Bible says about faith.

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT FAITH

Faith plays a critical role in our salvation. Therefore, it is imperative that we understand what faith means. 

As always, our source for better understanding is the Bible. Listed below are five verses all dealing with the subject of faith:

  1. “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” - Hebrews 11:6,
  2. “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen .” - Hebrews 11:1,
  3. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” - Ephesians 2:8-9,
  4. “Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.” - Galatians 2:16,
  5. “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” - 2 Corinthians 5:7.

HOW TO INCREASE OUR FAITH

Faith is necessary for salvation; the scriptures tell us that.  But do we understand how to obtain it?

Is it something we are born with, or is it something that we can actively seek and acquire?

The answer is found in the following scripture:

  • “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17.

What the Apostle Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans, is that reading the Bible will increase our faith. In other words, the more we read it, the stronger our faith will become.

Even Jesus studied scripture. He would often go to a quiet place to pray and study.

If Jesus believed this was important to do, so should we!

THERE ARE NO LIMITS TO WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH OUR FAITH

In Mathew 17:20, Jesus says that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, we will be able to do great things. A mustard small is a notoriously small see which measures 1-2 millimeters in size.

How can a small amount of faith “move mountains?” To answer that question, we need to remember that we are not talking about faith in ourselves, but faith in God. Our ability to do things is limited, but God’s is not.

With God, all things are possible! (Mathew 17:20)

QUALIFIERS

You may be asking yourself, “If God can do anything, how come He has not answered a particular prayer?”

There are two things to consider here:

  1. Just because God has not answered our prayer yet, it does not mean that He will never answer it. God does things on His timeframe, not ours,
  2. We need to ask ourselves if our motives are pure.  Are we asking God for something to satisfy our own desires or ambitions, or are we asking with the heart of a servant?  As Christians, we are to glorify God and serve others in everything that we do.  When we go to God in prayer, we need to ensure that our motives are pure. 

CONCLUSION

The Hebrew writer tells us that God rewards those that seek Him and is pleased when we put our faith in Him.

  • “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” - Hebrews 11:6.

Having faith in Jesus is a requirement to enter heaven. It is a matter of salvation.

Therefore, it is in our best interest to work on our faith by studying God’s word (Romans 10:17).

We will end today’s study with the following words from the Book of Proverbs:

  • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” - Proverbs 3:5-6.

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Johnee

When we put our faith in God and not ourselves we have not to worry

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