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Summary: Trust is key to living our lives in the power of Christ

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Living Trust

Matthew 17:14-20

One of the issues that we deal with on a daily basis is trust. Whether we admit it or not, we place our trust in a variety of things each day without thinking about it. We trust that the lights will come on when we flip a switch. We trust that the car will start when we turn the key. We trust that we will make it through the day when we get up in the morning. We place our trust in so many things and seldom do we really place our trust in God.

Trust is one of those areas that we often struggle in because of our past. Our past is filled with disappointments when people did not do as they promised. Our past is filled with hurt when people have done things and said things to hurt us. Our past is filled with pain from times when people betrayed us and broke our trust.

Many times broken hearts start with an issue of broken trust. Once our trust has been broken we struggle to trust people again. Our human mind often applies these human realities and pains to the person of God and we refuse to trust Him.

Jesus dealt with similar situations in His time on earth. He saw the reality of faith in His disciples and commented on the fact of faith. Even a little faith is able to accomplish great things for the Kingdom of Christ.

He replied, "Because you have so little faith. 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." Matthew 17:20

As the events leading to this unfolded, the disciples were attempting to drive out a demon from a possessed man. The disciples had seen Jesus drive out demons but they had failed. The disciples were obviously frustrated and confused because they were unable to do what Jesus was able to do. Jesus brings an important lesson on faith that would impact their lives.

When Jesus tells the disciples that their faith is so little; it is not because of unbelief. The issue was weak faith. There is a difference. It is possible to believe but to have a faith that needs exercised. The disciples were unsuccessful that day not because they did not believe but because their faith was too weak. Weak faith comes when we trust more in ourselves than we do in God.

The disciples saw the work of Jesus and believed that they could do it on their own. This same problem happens today when we try to do the work of the church in our own power and our own ability. Churches today need to place their full trust in Christ to see Him move in power. Our faith in Jesus can move mountains but we have to actually expect Jesus to do what we pray for. We have to trust that Jesus is going to work through His church in His way.

The mustard seed was the smallest of all growing seeds but it becomes one of the largest bushes. There was incredible power and potential in that seed. Even small faith, when exercised can accomplish great things. Small faith is better than no faith because small faith has the potential to grow larger and larger.


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