“Jesus asked the boy’s father, ‘How long has he been like this?’ ‘From childhood,’ he answered. ‘It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.’ ‘If you can?’ said Jesus. ‘Everything is possible for one who believes.’ Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’”
– Mark 9:21-24
Yesterday we talked about faith being reliance on something in attitude and action. Today, I want to share something else that’s important to know about faith — it is a gift!
Faith cannot be manufactured or created, instead it’s something that’s imparted to you by God; think of it as a deposit in your heart. In the same manner you deposit a check that is worth a predetermined amount of money into your bank account, the Lord has funded your life with a deposit of faith in the quantity He sees fit. Just as you can’t create money out of thin air, you can’t drum up more faith; you simply act on what has been given to you. The good news, though, is that faith feeds on itself, so when you choose to move according to what you have (even if it’s just the size of a tiny seed), He multiplies it and does something greater!
Friend, like the story of the father with the demon possessed son in Mark 9, choose to exercise the faith that you do have, even if there is more unbelief than belief in your heart. That man had enough faith to ask Jesus to heal his son, even though he wasn’t entirely sure if He could. And guess what? Jesus was okay with that! It’s normal to have a little bit of doubt, as long as you have a little bit more belief to go with it. Don’t feel condemned for having questions and uncertainty, just don’t let them kill your faith. As a believer, you have been entrusted with a deposit in your spirit, and that assurance is all you need to move mountains and see great things unfold in your life!
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for depositing the perfect amount of faith in my spirit. I will choose to act on what you have given to me because I believe that you will do great things with it.
What can you do today to act on the faith that Jesus has deposited in your heart?