Monday, January 17, 2011

"Go Jump in the Lake!"

by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 1/17/11 – Genesis 42,43; Psalm 5; Luke 17 - “Go Jump in the Lake!”

S – Luke 17:5-6 – “The apostles came up and said to the Master, "Give us more faith." But the Master said, "You don't need more faith. There is no 'more' or 'less' in faith. If you have a bare kernel of faith, say the size of a poppy seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, 'Go jump in the lake,' and it would do it.” [from the MESSAGE Bible]

O – Jesus is stating that we already HAVE faith…and there is great power in the faith that we do have. The tree he speaks of not only bears much fruit all year, but if a branch of this tree is planted in the ground and watered, it will root itself and rapidly become a new tree. This tree has an amazing root structure; growing both deep and wide. And Jesus is saying that our faith can pluck this steadfast tree up by the roots and go where we declare.

A – Wow!! Why do we make this issue of faith so complicated? It is what He says it is. Period. It is powerful, and it is within God’s children. This goes with Matthew 17:20 – “With God nothing is impossible, all things are possible to him that believes.” So the problem does not lie with the circumstance, the problem does not lie with the promise, the problem it seems, lies within our exercise of faith! Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. day. I just read a quote by him that says “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”

P – Lord, today we believe what Your Word says. We HAVE faith. Today, let us take the first step, even when we don’t see the whole staircase… Today we choose to exercise our muscles of faith, that what may seem impossible, crashes into the reality of heaven’s infinite possibilities!

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