Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

A Charlotte Mason Christian Home School: Preschool – 5th Grade :)

Faith Like a Seed Can Move Mountains

on April 5, 2012

Our Little Lambs themes for April are chickens, farming, gardening, and along with all that agricultural fun, faith like a seed. So to get ready, we sharpen ourselves as moms by studying the topic of faith to better impart God’s Word to our little ones. And I would love to share some of these things with this entire blogging community of moms and grandmas as we are iron sharpening iron.

So do you ever wonder if God intends for your faith to be more powerful? More effective, more outreaching, more believing, changing more lives? My Pastor holds a group called Academy for those who want serious discipleship type of training, and the current series is called Powerful Christianity. Watching the videos online is where I derived most of what I have brought to share with you. I think it will help renew your mind too if your desire, like mine, is to be powerful.

Our Little Lambs memory verse this month goes like this:

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

That verse sounds like faith powerful enough to catch the attention of the world. I think most of us desire to be powerful Christians, rather than weak and powerless Christians unable to reach anyone for Christ. So the question is…..if we serve an all powerful God, why are we are not all powerful? Yah, but that is God. Well, were the apostles ever limited by disease, sickness, or death? No, but that was apostolic. Ok well, these miraculous signs will follow those who believe: they will cast out demons in my name, they will speak in new languages…….they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well. (Mark 16:17-18) Hmmmm.

Anything that flows from the All Powerful is powerful. If God is flowing out of us, we will be powerful. Power so powerful that sometimes not one word need be uttered; no preaching necessary. Hearts reached and changed simply by the power of God.

 Power or Philosophy?

The gospel is meant to carry power. We belittle it when it becomes only crafty, intellectual words. It takes the power of God to make the gospel real in someone’s life, you can’t intellectualize or emotionalize it into someone. If the Christian gospel preached is only philosophy (intellectual words), it holds no more power to change lives than the gospel of all other religions—religions built entirely on philosophy, and devoid of all power. That is why Paul said, “I didn’t come to you with persuasive words of mans wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith does not rest in the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” (1Cor. 2:4-5) Wow, did you hear that? The gospel must be demonstrated with power (like that of apostolic times), otherwise our faith rests in man, not God. Woah that is serious. Apostolic demonstration of power still occurs today in church bodies, but unfortunately, these places are rare gems. Honestly and sadly, churches everywhere are full of beautifully preached sermons but have little to no demonstration of power. With services devoid of the amazing life giving synergy of God’s active power, pastors must heavily rely on all they have—wise words. We are hungry for revival in the Bay Area and God’s glory. Revival and the manifested glory of God come through the power of God, not wise words.

 God’s Chooses the Weak

We cannot contain within our entity a system of wordly power: self serving ways, and then also have Christ’s power. The degree that we operate in the world’s system of power is the degree to which we are rendered spiritually powerless. The world’s system of power and God’s system of power, or God’s kingdom, are strikingly different.

What can we liken God’s kingdom to? Jesus could find no earthly power or government that would sufficiently symbolize the power of His kingdom. Instead he had to look to a tiny mustard seed. “It is like a grain of mustard seed,” He said, “which, when it is sown upon the earth, though it be less than all the seeds that are upon the earth, yet when it is sown, grows up, and becomes greater than all garden plants, and puts out great branches; so that the birds of the heaven can lodge under the shadow thereof.” (Mark 4:31-32)

The work of grace in people’s hearts is small in its beginning, small like a mustard seed. A word is spoken, a ray of light is shed into the soul, an influence is exerted that is the beginning of new life….but who can measure its results? When we share Jesus with others, by preaching, teaching, testifying, or discipling, we are obediently planting mustard seeds, seeds which may seem so insignificant in the beginning, but grow magnificently through the miraculous power of God.

As we keep sowing seeds in the hearts of others, God will use what seems so small to become mountain moving big. We can keep on doing what we know to do, obeying what God has recently shown us to do, and then we will see the power of God’s mustard seed system unfold in lives around us. Praying for the sick, praying for the broken, simply praying, and then seeing God use our growing faith to help move mighty mountains in people’s lives. With growing faith, things that used to appear impossible, will become possible.

Remember God’s ways are often backwards from our ways–small is big, and foolish is wise. ”God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. And base things of the world, and things which are despised, God has chosen, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are”……..”that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” ((1 Cor. 1:26-28; 1 Cor. 2:5).

 Make us weak in worldly things so that nothing will be impossible for us. Grow our faith to move bigger and bigger mountains.

As a side note…..Do You See God’s Masterful Arrangement of Themes in Little Lambs?

Our school themes, originally seeming unrelated to each other, I see now are building blocks, one resting on the understanding of another. February we studied love because nothing works except by love, even faith works only in the midst of love. March we studied the work of the Holy Spirit, our Helper, who endues us with power to be effective witnesses to an unbelieving world, and also the work of the cross, the origin of the power of our faith. Now we study faith, powerful faith that is. I see God ordering our plans!

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