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PASTOR CHRIS


And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

(1 Corinthians 13:13)


One thing you must settle in your mind as a believer is that faith always works. Our opening scripture outlines faith, hope and love as three creative and abiding principles of the human spirit. That means they’re not unstable; they’re well founded and will always produce result; they never fail. Our study today, however, centres on the first of the three—faith! Jesus said in Matthew 17:20 “…If you have faith as a grain of a mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”


The Master never lied or exaggerated in His expressions. He spoke absolute truth. Therefore, if He said this, it must be true. Some Christians, however, would say they believe the words of Jesus above and yet cite instances where their faith didn’t work. The truth is, they really had no faith. It reminds of a similar experience the Lord Jesus had with His disciples, after the disciples had tried fruitlessly to cast out devils from a little boy. The father of the boy then besought Jesus saying, “Master, if you can do anything, please have compassion on us and help us” (Mark 9:22).  Summarily, Jesus cast the devil out of the little boy, and he was healed.

 

Afterwards, the disciples came to Him privately and asked, “Master why couldn’t we cast the devil out?” (Matthew 17:19). He answered them pointblank: “Because of your unbelief”; meaning, lack of faith. The disciples must have thought they had faith and believed they could cast the devil out, otherwise they wouldn’t have tried. But Jesus made them realize that the reason they couldn’t cast the devil out was their unbelief.

 

If you’re one of those who still wonder why your faith isn’t working, you might just be paddling the same boat of unbelief as the disciples when they tried fruitlessly to cast the devil out of that little boy. Real faith in God and His Word always works! So get back to the Word, build your faith strong and put it to work today.

 

PRAYER

 

Dear Father, thank you for the entrance of your Word has given me light and understanding, I’m glad to know that my faith in your Word will never fail; I therefore declare that my life is a celebration of unending victories as I put my faith to work, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Mark 11:22-23

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 24:36-51

 

Exodus 28

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan

 

Acts 7:16-30

 

Nehemiah 9-10

 

Discussion:

 

What are the ways we can increase our faith and make it strong?