Jesus said that we can have what ever we want, if we have enough faith. And it doesnít take a whole lot, just faith the size of a mustard seed is enough to move a mountain. How do we get that faith?
Romans 10:17, ďConsequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.Ē
The word of Christ is the Bible. We read the bible and we will receive, and build faith.
When I first became a believer, I was on fire for God! I read the Bible every day, watched Christian shows, rented Christian movies, listened to Christian music and read all the books I could get my hands on. One day, our van broke down. Now we needed that van to get to our sign jobs and we relied on that van for our income. We werenít making a lot of money so the van not running was a very bad thing.
The first thing we did after trying to start the van was to pray. My husband and I said a long strong prayer. The next thing we did was walk around the van seven times, still praying, like Joshua did around the walls of Jericho. We must have looked silly out in the back alley of our apartment complex, walking around our van, hands in the air, but we didnít care. But to our dismay, the van didnít start.
The van eventually did get fixed but not in the supernatural way we had been hoping for. Iím still not sure what we did wrong, or should I say, what we didnít do right.
A couple of months ago, Mark and I studied some articles on how to make Mozzarella cheese. It sounded a bit complicated but we were up for the challenge. We got the items that we needed to make the cheese over a period of a week. Then we got a couple gallons of milk the day we were going to make our cheese. We mixed everything together, just as the recipe said to do, we brought the milk to the right temperature, we had bought a thermometer just for this occasion. We used the right kind of pot, the right kind of milk the right ingredients, we followed the instructions, every one of them. We waited we checked the milk and it still wasnít cheese, we failed! We never did find out what we did wrong but we havenít given up. We are planning to try again after doing more studying.
You know, the same goes with our faith. Walking around the van seven times and praying wasnít enough to get our van running, and Iím certain there are people that have tried to move a mountain with their faith, fail or not, I donít know. What I do know is that we should never stop trying. And what I also know is there are people that make cheese every day, for them it might seem simple. Mark and I just couldnít do it on our first try. Whether it is faith or cheese, or getting our van running, learning should not stop until we reach the finish line and win our prize of everlasting life with our Lord.