Scripture Reference: James 5:17-18
“Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops”.
Just as a baby has all the muscles she will ever have at birth, as a new, born-again believer, you received all the faith you will ever need. We are each given a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). However, some have a larger faith (not necessarily more) because they have exercised, stretched, and strengthened what they were given. When the disciples failed to cast out a demon and asked Jesus the reason for their failure, He answered, “Because you have so little faith.” This was not the quantity of their faith but the quality – their faith needed more exercise. Jesus went on to say, “I tell you the truth, 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.”
Let’s consider two Bible verses. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17) and “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3). Do you have the faith to believe those two promises?
Hebrews chapter 11 is filled with men and women in the Bible who believed God, but perhaps my favorite New Testament walk down the Old Testament memory lane is in James 5:17-18. “Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” What’s so special about that passage? To me, it’s not that he prayed about the rain. It’s those three little words, “just like us.” He was just like us! He didn’t have more faith, but He had strong faith.
As we renew our minds with the Word of God and then put what we have learned into practice, our faith will grow stronger. James wrote, “Faith without works is useless” (James 2:20). In other words, if we simply say that we believe something in our minds, but do not appropriate or demonstrate it in our actions, it does not bring life to us or to those around us. As we exercise our faith, it grows stronger.
Exercise the faith you have been given. Find one promise in Scripture, confess it, believe it and make it yours. Then pick another, then another and another. Soon that mustard seed of faith will take root, shoot toward the sky, sprout branches and produce a bumper crop of fruit.
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