Faith is a topic that many have struggled with for years. We have all heard the phrase "have faith as a mustard seed" but have you ever wondered what it means? A mustard seed is a tiny, yet powerful thing which can move mountains if planted in the right place.
The bible teaches us that is not about how much faith we have, but if our faith is authentic. The important thing is to have faith, and not just any kind of faith. It has to be the mustard seed type of faith that you have total confidence in it being successful even if all odds are against you.
Think of it as a muscle, in order for it to grow, you need to exercise it. You need to lift some weight if you want to grow some muscle. The same applies to faith, you need to exercise it, lift on some weight by remaining in faith despite the circumstances.
The Lord has given us a measure of faith (Romans12:3), and it's up to us to exercise it. Are you looking to grow the measure of faith you've been given? Here are some practical things you can do to increase your faith like a grain of mustard seed!
1. Base your confession on the Word of God
Your words are so powerful that they can either promote you or destroy you.
With your words, Jesus said to his disciples, Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20 NIV)
The King James translation says, 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 17:20)
2. Spend time in prayer everyday
Fellowship with the Holy Spirit through prayer, meditation and worship have the power to give us faith. Prayer is not just about asking for things but it's also a way of seeking God who can give you what you need even when your prayers aren't answered. It's believing in the midst of chaos.
It’s important to have a consistent prayer time because without it we can know about God but not have a personal relationship with God which is what makes us strong in faith.
Being steadfast in prayer is key to have faith as a mustard seed.
3. Listen to the Holy Spirit and be quick to do what He tells you
When you pray, bring a notebook with you so that you can record everything that the Lord has to say.
Trust in the Holy Spirit and have faith that He will lead you to where you need to be. This is a very important step for having mustard seed type of faith because it's one way we can have confidence when all odds are against us.
In prayer, you can expect the Holy Spirit to show you things you need to do as next steps. Be sure to not grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians:30), because it will only hinder our walk with Him, if we disobey what He tells us then that is when we have problems. Obey what He tells you to do.
It's important to have faith in the Holy Spirit, and have Him lead you to where you need to be.
4. Listen to faith filled teachings
It's important to have a consistent time for listening to faith-filled teachings.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (2 Corinthians 5:17). The more you listen faith filled teachings, the more your faith will grow like a mustard seed and the easier it will be to have faith in difficult situations.
For further study, read "The Faith of Abraham" (Hebrews 11:17-19) which is an example of someone who had this type of faith. You'll find that his faith was not just spoken but also acted out as well.
Take some time out of your day to listen or read what God has been speaking about on an issue that matters most in your life. The Holy Spirit will speak through these teachers He chooses specifically for you.
5. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness
Do not be concerned about little things that happen in life, rather present all your concerns to God. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
If you have a mustard seed type of faith, it will allow you to have an eternal perspective instead of living in the current situation which is where your worries lie. As we learn from Jesus Himself, seek first the Kingdom of God's righteousness (Matthew 6:33), then all those things will be added unto you.
The Kingdom of God is available and you have access to it anytime. The Kingdom of heaven is close enough to touch (Matthew 10:7).
Make it your priority to have a Kingdom of God perspective.
6. Forgive those who have sinned against you
Not forgiving someone will hinder our prayers. Forgiveness is a difficult thing to have because it means letting go of anger and resentment.
The Bible tells us, "when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too" (Mark 11:25). We need to let the past be gone so we can have faith as a mustard seed today.
It's important to have forgiveness in order not allow our sin and anger enter into us. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you forgive those who have sinned against you, and He will. You'll see that with His help, it will become much easier.
7. Stay connected to the power source
Jesus is our power source, when we spend time with Him, we allow the power to flow through us by faith. He said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).
It is thanks to Jesus in us that we can be fruitful and have the ability to do what's needed. So, stay connected to Jesus, your power source, and let Him help you reach your full potential.
8. Present every detail of your life
God is interested in every detail of our lives and wants to have a relationship with us. He wants to have His ways become our ways, and so we need to be open with Him about every detail of our lives.
He wants us to succeed in every area, and He will help us if we give him the opportunity.
The more you open up to Him and allow His Word to become part of you by spending time with Him, the more you'll receive revelation for your daily life and the more your faith will grow, just like a grain of mustard seed.
Learn to have faith as a mustard seed by presenting every detail of your life so that you can have peace in the midst of it all.
It's all worth it!
Faith is a difficult thing to have in today’s world. It takes a lot of time, effort and patience to develop faith as a mustard seed. But it can also be very powerful if you do the right things. When your mustard seed faith becomes strong enough, then it will start moving mountains for you.
We hope that these practical things outlined in this blog help you grow your faith like a grain of mustard seed.
You can also get our Mustard Seed Jewelry! These beautiful pieces come with a little mustard seed on them so they help remind us about how we need to work hard at developing this important quality in ourselves day by day until we achieve great success.