Faith Of A Mustard Seed!!!

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Have A Wonderful and Blessed day!!! Faith Of A Mustard Seed!!!

Matthew 17:19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Matthew 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Luke 23:32 And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.
Luke 23:33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Luke 23:35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
Luke 23:36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
Luke 23:37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
Luke 23:38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Luke 23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
Luke 23:40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
Luke 23:41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
Luke 23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Should not those whom have God’s holy Word and His Spirit living inside of them have such a great faith that nothing is impossible for them to get through, or deal with? One would think so, but one can’t help but be influenced by the sifting sands of culture that is constantly bombarding God’s children with the message that truth is relative to the individual and self-seeking pleasure is the goal of living a fulfilled life! We study our Bible and try to emulate the example Christ gave us;

John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
However, our faith is weak because we see so few Christians able to fulfill God’s commands to keep their ways pure and holy.
1Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

If only we could find someone with the faith of Abraham whom was willing to sacrifice his own son or David whom stood before Goliath or Daniel whom in the face of the lion’s den refused to stop worshipping God or Peter and John whom in the face of death refused to stop speaking about Christ; then maybe we might become inspired to believe God can do anything, even remove our mountains of unbelief! Are we doomed then to give up in despair and chose the easy path of “I am saved I am all set” and Luke warmness?
We all will be held responsible for how we lived our life and we know as Christians we are to study the word, so if we need examples of strong faith we can find them in the word of God.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The Failure of Human Wisdom
Before we can truly understand the responses of either thief to the crucifixion of Christ, we need to understand how badly humanity failed our Savior. Before the creation of this world God knew he must send His Son Jesus to take away the sins of this world;
Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Revelation 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

When the appointed time arrived Jesus, whom shared in the very nature and was equal to God;
Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
He chose to take on the nature of the suffering servant of Isaiah 53. Jesus came to earth with the glorious message that entrance into the kingdom of God was not based on genealogy, nationalism, temple or Torah, not on baptism, not good works, not religion. Salvation is based on belief in His atoning sacrifice. The moment Christ announced God’s sovereignty those in positions of power and authority began to oppose Him. Despite His endless miracles;

John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
John 21:25 clearly demonstrated His rule over the physical and spiritual world,
Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Our courts unjustly sentenced Him to be crucified. The Jewish courts charged Him with blasphemy for calling God His Father and therefore equal to Him, and the Roman courts while finding Him innocent gave into the public pressure and had Him crucified. Truly human wisdom is foolishness in the sight of God;

1Corinthians 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

The Two Thieves

The Mocking Thief
Based on merely human wisdom it is easy to understand why one of the thieves mocked Jesus. Surely someone whom fed five thousand with just a few loaves and fish, casted out demons from two possessed men, healed the leper and paralytic, raised both Jairus’ daughter and Lazarus from the dead, and commanded the winds and sea to obey Him;
Mark 4:35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
Mark 4:36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
Mark 4:37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
Mark 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
Mar 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Mark 4:40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
The thief probably thought to himself are the Jews correct in rejecting Jesus as the Messiah, after all how could one claim to have defeated Rome when one is experiencing their “most cruel and horrifying method of execution? Furthermore, why would God’s own Son ever allow humanity to beat and mock Him when He could easily have called more than twelve legions of angels to fight for Him or with a single word eradicated them all;
Matthew 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Matthew 26:53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Matthew 26:54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

Nothing in Christ’s appearance that day attracted this thief’s soul to believe;
Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

So he the mocking thief joined the people and rulers and mocked Christ by asking Him to prove He was the Messiah by saving Himself and them as well.

The Believing Thief
Despite having witnessed the same events the second thief was miraculously able to see what not even God’s people saw, the Messiah! While he too was guilty of the same crimes as the other thief and initially mocked Christ, he had a change of heart. While one thief saw the beatings, mocking’s and crucifixion as signs of illegitimacy the other came to realize them as signs that the Suffering Servant was present and able to grant him eternity in paradise. How he came to understand the Person and work of Christ we simply do not know. He might have seen the humiliation and agony of the cross as the fulfilment of the prophecy in Isaiah that the Messiah would be “despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain” . Maybe in the face of Christ he saw not a pretender but the incarnate Son of God, a face shining with goodness, kindness and unrivalled tenderness to not leave His lost sheep without hope but to take the punishment of their sins upon Himself so that through His wounds they might be healed and have the means to be reconciled unto God;

Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Whatever the reasons makes no difference for the faith of this thief was so great that he rebuked the other criminal for mocking the sinless Lamb of God and then asked Jesus to show favor to him when His kingdom was realized and He was pronounced King of the living and the dead!”

The moment the crucified man trusted in a crucified Christ he was saved! Since many people question the validity of “eleventh hour conversions” lets take a moment and review the evidence of his salvation. One thief only wanted Jesus to eliminate his suffering and as a result had no “spirit of brokenness, or guilt, or penitence, or humility” but the other thief despite his bleak circumstances feared God, and acknowledged his sin, Christ’s righteousness and future rule over all of creation.
To the church of Rome Apostle Paul told them how they could be saved:
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
And in “anticipation of the restoration and resurrection” and casting his eternal destiny on “Jesus’ mercy and saving power” did not his heart ultimately declare Jesus as Lord? And to be granted a place in paradise with Christ is this not irrevocable proof that his conversion request was genuine and granted? The thief’s testimony in the face of seeing Jesus being mocked and crucified is truly one of the most profound declarations of faith and conversion found in all of God’s word!

Faith Today
Those who have God’s holy Word and the Spirit of God living inside of them have all they need to live holy lives amidst the fallen of this world. Our faith is weak not because we cannot find great men and women of faith to emulate but due to our desire to put our goals and dreams above God’s plan for our lives. Christians are not doomed to live a life of despair, mediocrity and lukewarmess but one that is vibrant, passionate and always pointing to He who can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.

Ephesians 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Ephesians 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Even though there was no hope of getting off the cross the thief had faith in Jesus and as a result that very day went to be with Him in Paradise! Faith is not dependent on our circumstances but on our belief that God is sovereign, and as such can mold, shape and enable us to follow the example Christ gave us! Do we have that kind of faith?

We all have the ability to grow our faith, and trust by the following:
Read the word of God
Daily Prayer
Fellowship with like-Minded Believers
Avoid Things of Darkness that drags us down
We must learn to be trusting in Jesus and not things of this world.

FAITH IS THE VICTORY
Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christian soldiers, rise,
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below
Let all our strength be hurled;
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world.
Faith is the victory!
Faith is the victory!
Oh, glorious victory,
That overcomes the world.
His banner over us is love,
Our sword the Word of God;
We tread the road the saints above
With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith, they like a whirlwind’s breath,
Swept on o’er every field;
The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.
On every hand the foe we find
Drawn up in dread array;
Let tents of ease be left behind,
And onward to the fray.
Salvation’s helmet on each head,
With truth all girt about,
The earth shall tremble ’neath our tread,
And echo with our shout.
To him that overcomes the foe,
White raiment shall be giv’n;
Before the angels he shall know
His name confessed in heav’n.
Then onward from the hills of light,
Our hearts with love aflame,
We’ll vanquish all the hosts of night,
In Jesus’ conqu’ring name.
Love and prayers
Cheryl

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