CONSISTENT, GROWING FAITH

Mark – God is On Our Side!
 
Mark 4 true faith
We have faith that our car will start when we turn the key. We have faith that water will come from the faucet when we turn it on. We have faith that the sun will rise from the east as the world continues to revolve around the sun. We have faith in every day occurrences, without even thinking about faith. Where does that faith come from? It comes from the experience of being able to rely on these things consistently.
 
What happens when one of those things fails us? Even when the water does not come out of the faucet we know there must be a solution to the problem and we seek to fix it. When the problem is solved, our faith in the faucet is restored. We go on about our day knowing we can get the water to flow once more.
 
mark-4-growing-faith.jpgIf we can have simple faith in things, why isn’t our faith in God, the Creator of all, greater still? Why isn’t our faith in God consistent, growing, knowing He is on our side continually? When troubles come in this imperfect world, does God leave the building? Absolutely not! He uses what evil or mere circumstance throws at us to teach and grow us…and our faith in Him.
 
He is always there with us. He knows what we need at just the right time we need it. He knows us well. He knows us by name! We can call on His Name and be heard 24/7. He never sleeps. He is always at work in our lives and in the lives of others. Experience tells us that He is ready with a solution before we know we have a problem! He is omnipotent. He is in control. He is God and we are not.
Mark 4, NLT
Parable of the Mustard Seed
 
Mark 4 seed of faith.jpg
30 Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? 31 It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, 32 but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.”
 
33 Jesus used many similar stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand. 34 In fact, in his public ministry he never taught without using parables; but afterward, when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them.
 
GOING DEEPER STILL…FAITH GROWS!
 
The second parable gave the disciples both warning and encouragement. The encouragement was that, from very small beginnings, the kingdom would eventually grow in size and in influence. While a mustard seed is not the smallest seed in the world, it was probably the smallest seed that the Jews sowed in their gardens. It was a traditional symbol of that which is tiny.
 
Our Lord began with twelve apostles. Later, there were as many as five hundred believers (1 Cor. 15:6). Peter won three thousand at Pentecost, and throughout the book of Acts, that number steadily increased (Acts 4:4; 5:14; 6:1, 7). In spite of the sins and weaknesses of the church, the message has been carried to other nations, and one day, saints from every nation shall worship before His throne (Rev. 5:9).
 
Mark 4 watered by faithBut the growth of the seed is only one part of the story; we must also account for the birds in the branches. In the parable of the sower and soils, the birds stood for Satan, who snatches the seed (Mark 4:15). If we are to be consistent in our interpretation, we must take this into consideration, for both parables were taught on the same day.
 
The growth of the kingdom will not result in the conversion of the world. In fact, some of the growth will give opportunity for Satan to get in and go to work! There was Judas in the disciple band, and Ananias and Sapphira were in fellowship with the Jerusalem church (Acts 5:1–11). Simon Magus was part of the church in Samaria (Acts 8:1–24), and Satan’s ministers boldly invaded the Corinthian church (2 Cor. 11:13–15). The bigger the net, the greater the possibility of catching both good and bad fish (Matt. 13:47–50).
 
CandleThrough faith in Jesus Christ, we become citizens of the heavenly nation, children in God’s family, and subjects of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. What a privilege it is to know the Lord Jesus Christ!
 
How consistent and reliable is our faith in Jesus Christ?
 
Is our faith growing?
 
When troubles come, do we call on His Name first?
 
Does our faith falter or stall when we don’t get our way?
 
What does Jesus have to do that He has not already done to secure our faith in Him?
 
Mark 4 grow your faithWhat is the “fix”? Turn your heart, mind and soul back to God completely. Don’t give him part of your life. Make Jesus your whole life! Repent of false faith that only holds up in the good times. Be redeemed and restored to faith in our God that knows no limits. Plant the seed of faith and let it grow a tree of faith that believes and assumes all is well without even thinking about it. Know God. Know Faith. He will not let you go. He is on our side!
 
Dear Heavenly Father, Lord and Savior,
Thank you for always being there to guide and direct our path in good times and challenging times. Thank you for redeeming us and restoring us. Thank you for loving us with heaping amounts of mercy and grace. Thank you for growing our faith. Yes, I believe. Always.
In Jesus Name, Amen
 
And I’m singing…It Is Well…
 
Grander earth has quaked before
Moved by the sound of His voice
Seas that are shaken and stirred
Can be calmed and broken for my regard
 
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And through it all, through it all
It is well
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And it is well with me
 
And far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see
And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea
 
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And through it all, through it all
It is well
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And it is well
It is well
 
So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name
So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name
So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name
The waves and wind still know His name
 
And it is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well
It is well with my soul
Oh it is well with my soul (’cause of who you are)
Oh it is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well
It is well with my soul
It is well
It is well with my soul
It is well
It is well with my soul
 
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And through it all, through it all
It is well Lord
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And it is well with me
 
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Kristene Elizabeth Dimarco / Horatio Gates Spafford / Phil Paul Bliss
It Is Well lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Bethel Music Publishing

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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