The Move Of God You’ve Been Praying For

The Church has recently been moving into a new season. Imperceptibly to many, but to others, such as the watchmen and prophets, it has been a clear call. A rally to arms. The Expectation of what is coming is almost too much to stand. Like a child eagerly waiting to open a gift, these people of God are anxiously awaiting the glorious move of the Lord that will sweep hearts, families, peoples and nations.

What an amazing time to be a saint in the Kingdom!  When the people of God begin to hear the call and answer it, the roar of His people will rise as never before. They will call for the hearts of God’s people to be transformed. They will call the prodigals out of the pig pens and back to the Father. They will cry out for the lost, blind and hardened hearts to come to the Cross. They will call for the return of Jesus!

Maybe you already know what is happening. Maybe you are already making preparations and working. This message is to those like you who need encouragement.

Maybe you were not aware that we were this close. Maybe you thought we had some years to go before we could expect the move we’ve all been praying for. This message is also for you. A trumpet call to get you off the couch, to get your head out of your smart phone.

So, what is happening? Or about to happen? What are we to do?
I gotta tell you that the answer has already been preached to you probably more times than you care to count. But you must hear it now. Please listen to what the Spirit of God is saying today to YOU.

The people. All people. Need to know and hear about Jesus and what He has done for them.

The call to us all is: Evangelize.
I’m not talking about the quiet life many of us have lived where we post some picture with scripture on Facebook and think we are reaching the world for Jesus. You must get out of your comfort zone and begin bringing in the harvest. If that strikes fear in your heart, then you have to get past it. Whatever you need to do, whether it’s repenting for walking in fear of rejection or being “too busy” or not knowing what to say- do what you need to do to get over this. Pray for massive doses of courage. But, today I am not here to tell you how to get to the place where you become obedient to the Call. Maybe another time.

This is it, folks. We are there. No more excuses. No more waiting until you see the floods of people running to the Cross. No more waiting until it becomes fashionable to be crazy for Jesus. The time is now.

The lost and unsaved people are out there- all over the place waiting for the inexpressibly unending love and forgiveness of the Father God. You are the messenger. You are the fisherman going out with Jesus in the boat into the deep water after having no success all night fishing. The catch is there waiting. The more fish you bring in, the more there are to help bring in more. The nets will be very full. We need the help.

 

Calibration Block 3-A,B, and C

It has taken me quite awhile to write part three of this message, I assure you it isn’t because I didn’t want to but this has been a very difficult and somewhat intimidating article to write.  As these articles progress it becomes clear the immensity and depth of our calling and what it means to truly examine ourselves with Christ as the measuring stick. Of course non of us will ever be Jesus, but as Christians we are all called to be like Him and if we are truly His then He is transforming us into His image from glory to glory. However sometimes I think many including myself(more often than I care to mention) forget what, and who glory is. Instead we choose to come up with our own definition of what is Christ-like rather than what truly is like Christ. The only real reason that this happens is because all to often we find another glory, something other than Jesus that captures our attention, our focus, and gains our adoration. It takes alot to care and nurture another glory and it is easy for a person to end up serving another master, and obeying the will of something that is in opposition to the will of God.  In this third part of the calibration block, the will of God is going to be the issue. The question that was posed at the end of part two of the calibration block was, what are the three reasons that Jesus gives that the people of Matthew 7: 21-23 were not allowed to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? These are the people who had prophesied in Jesus name, cast out demons, and in Jesus name had performed many miracles and yet they were not allowed into the Kingdom of Heaven by the very Jesus by whom they had done all these spiritual works. So in review, the three reasons are, 1) They were not doing the will of the Father(even if they were doing the things that are supposed to be done for God). 2) Jesus says He doesn’t even know them. and 3) they practiced lawlessness.  Since these three reasons cover so much space I decided to tackle them one at a time in three separate ‘sub articles’, and since I have had such a hard time writing this final part of the calibration block, I have decided to do this via video rather than write it. The video has it’s challenges but it is the first of many to come, so please click ‘play’ and see if the Word of God and the Spirit of God aren’t speaking the very same things to you.

I am going to add all three of the Calibration Part three videos to this one post so that all three will be stored together. So here is part 3-B. This video has it’s ‘hot spots’ all the way to the end. I really enjoyed this part.

Last but not least here is section C to part three, I hit a couple of side note rabbit trails on this one, but not too bad, and I always get right back to the point, there is some good stuff in this video that you don’t want to miss if you have been watching the series. As far as the rabbit trails, I will get better I promise.

Will they know you belong to Jesus?

Will the world know you belong to Jesus? Surely the sweet temperament we have, our prayer at meals and the fact we go to church every week tells people. Right? That is not what we see when we look to scripture. People should have no doubt if we are His disciple. We should stand out. Our lives should be without hypocrisy, an undimmed light, a constant pouring out of the words of Jesus. Is your life becoming of Christ? Do others raise an eyebrow at you and think you talk too much about righteous living, the Bible, Jesus and His soon return? If they do, you may be on the right track. If they don’t, it is time to check yourself.

Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ. [Phil 1:27]

What does it mean to have conduct that is worthy of the gospel?

Our conduct means our behavior, attitude, thoughts and actions- in short, our whole life. Therefore, our whole life has become a daily laying down of our own flesh, obeying and all that doing that entails. Understanding what our flesh is and learning how to put our flesh at the foot of the cross can be a long agonizing road. We must do so to the best of our ability as we ever increase in our understanding in how to do it.

When our conduct becomes worthy of the gospel, it is because it represents what Jesus did for us. He gave all. Jesus is the complete gospel. He is the Good News. Our whole life becomes worthy of the gospel of Christ when we endeavor to strip off the “old man”, to crucify our own ways and thoughts and become more like Jesus. We can only go through this ongoing process with His help.

The more we conduct ourselves worthy of the gospel, the more we will not look like the world around us. The changes that have been taking place cause us to say and do things that inevitably draw attention. We choose to embrace the cross rather than be ashamed of it.

Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. [Matthew 5:15-17]

This attention we invariably draw is usually either very negative or very positive. If we continue to lay our flesh down then we care less and less about what the world has to say about it. There certainly will be those excited about what God is doing in your life, but there will be plenty of people who will not “glorify the Father” when they see the light spoken of in this verse. As horrible as it may sound, they may even begin to hate you. That’s a good sign.

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. [John 13:35]

Would the world have known the gospel, if Jesus lived as you do? Ouch. Let’s each diligently seek the Lord to gain better understanding, revelation, on what Love is. The lessons on Love never seem to end, but they are critical in every way when it comes to knowing the Lord and reflecting Him to others.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. [John 10:26-28]

Jesus is telling us volumes in such a short sentence here. Right now we are just going to touch on a bit. If we belong to Jesus, we have relationship with Him. He knows us and we know Him. If we love Jesus: we follow Him, we obey His commandments (John 14:21). Jesus makes an important statement first: He says that if we belong to Him, we hear His voice. We should hear His voice.

How will the world know that we are His? By conducting ourselves worthy of the gospel, by our obedience to Jesus’ commandments, by the brightness of our light shining, by the way we love Jesus and one another, and because we look and sound like Him. Let’s put our focus to become more like Him and let the world know who Jesus is.

The calibration block (part 1)

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It has been some time since the Holy Spirit has revealed anything to me by way of a vision. Usually He deals with me through revelation of the Word of God (the Bible). I have spent most of my Christian life walking in the gift of teaching, and even though I have been used in the prophetic, and at times have been consumed by the prophetic, I have always loved the teaching. I especially love the kind of teaching that proves the Word of God to be exactly what it claims to be. I love to show people the scientific, the archaeological, and the Bible prophecy that proves that the Word of God is accurate and indisputable. I think however that I have loved teaching so much because it is safe, comfortable, and rewarding even when the message is challenging to the point of searing. Because when you are teaching you can usually point to a source of your teaching and ultimately the responsibility of your words lands on the origin of the message. For example if I am teaching the ten commandments and someone hates the fact that the ten commandments tells you that adultery is wrong. Then, even though I am teaching the Word,….it is God’s Word and not mine, even if I believe it so much that it is a part of my own DNA. And therefore that persons problem is with God and His Word and not me personally. So in that respect teaching seems so much more ‘safe’ than prophecy does. Because there is no way for me to prove to you the source of my prophetic revelation or word.

The one thing I can tell you when gauging whether what you have just heard is a true word of prophecy or a revelation by the Spirit is to look at the motivation of the word. Is the word expressing God’s desires? Is it a call for people to return to the Lord? Or to come into alignment with His Word? Is the word calling people to draw closer to the Lord by walking in His ways fulfilling His desires? Is it an encouragement to continue to do the things that please the Lord? Or a rebuke causing us to turn from sin that is destroying our communion with the Lord? Or is the ‘word’ a message that pets the flesh desiring to please men and not God? Causing people to become pleased with the speaker of the word, for the personal gain of the speaker. I say all of this because the first half of the calibration block message will not be as full of the Word as I am used to posting, even though the second half will be chopped full of the usual weight of scripture. So as you read this or any other message from someone speaking a prophetic word or revelation please always consider motivation as one of the discerning factors. Of course there is no replacement for discernment that comes from the Holy Spirit Himself, and if your spiritual ears have become attuned to His voice then He will guide you. As Jesus said to His disciples, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you. John 16:12-15

So I am going to begin this teaching by relaying something the Holy Spirit spoke to me back in 2003 that has changed the way I think and the way I teach ever since that time. In 2003 I was working the graveyard shift at a Titanium casting facility in Central Oregon. I worked in the straightening department where we would re-align the castings structurally according to specific blue print specifications. It is a very technical job as it has to be, because many of those castings are for aircraft that the lives of many people will depend on being structurally sound. So the specifications are very tight and the quality control very rigid. One of the tools we use to measure the castings with is a large rock table made of solid granite usually very thick, very large, very heavy, and, very precise. The surface of the table is usually within a flatness of at least .001 thousandths of an inch. So basically if you divided an inch up into a thousand equal pieces the entire surface of your table should be accurate within the tolerance of one of those little thousandths. The table has to be that flat as much of the measuring equipment used to evaluate the castings will be set up on the granite rock which will ensure an accurate reliable measuring of the castings.

I tell you about the table only to tell you that at break time I didn’t really want to go to the break room so I just sat back in my chair and put my feet up on the rock, it doesn’t hurt the rock, but wow what an expensive foot rest. As you can guess there is some significance as to what I am about to share and having my feet up resting on a rock of this kind. As I was was sitting there the Holy Spirit spoke something to me in that quiet moment. He asked me to identify all the different kinds of measuring equipment we had in that facility. Oh wow! there are so many different kinds of measuring tools it would have taken me all night to track them down. So I began to relay in my mind all of the different measuring tools we had in the building. Some of the tools are very cheap, inexpensive, easy to find tools, and some of the measuring tools are hundreds of thousands of dollars and very large requiring specifically trained operators to use them. And there are some measuring tools that get used constantly having to be replaced from time to time for wear and others that almost never see use for years, those tools usually have very specific purposes. But there is one thing all these tools have in common and it is what the Holy Spirit asked me about next.
After I had gone through countless different types of measuring tools(I still wasn’t done) the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “now calibrate them”.
For those of you not familiar with the process of calibration it is simple and it is the one thing that must happen to ALL measuring tools or they will not be valid, usable tools. To calibrate a measuring tool you must measure a very specific set of precision ground blocks with the tool that is requiring calibration. There are at least seven blocks in most sets of calibration blocks. The measuring equipment must be tuned in perfect alignment with the calibration blocks so that the equipment will measure accurately when it is use. If the tool for some reason cannot be calibrated it must be thrown away or repaired no matter how expensive it is because it is no longer a reliable tool of measurement as it is not in alignment with the calibration blocks.
Here’s the clincher and you don’t want to miss this, the calibration blocks are called ‘The master set’ and they are known as ‘the standard’. That’s when the Holy Spirit spoke to me concerning Jesus showing me that Jesus is the standard and the Master!
It was then that I realized that I was being shown that all of those measuring tools were like all of the people who are following Jesus. Some great, some small, some of great apparent value, and some some not considered very valuable, some were used all the time, some used hardly ever. Also The tools are of many different configurations just like Christians are all gifted uniquely and differently. However like the measuring equipment, unless we are in alignment with the Master or ‘The Standard’ we are good for nothing to the Lord any more no matter how great our giftings, or abilities, or influence.
In other words we must be in perfect alignment with Jesus Himself or we are not really, truly followers of His. As Jesus said in the book of John, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:5-7

The Word of God (The Bible) tells us who Jesus is. In the ‘Old Testament’ there was prophecy of the coming Messiah and a revealing of the heart of God Himself and what He calls righteousness. In the Gospels we read the stories of Jesus and we read His very own Words telling us who He is, what He wants us to be, and what we can expect if we follow Him. And even in the Book of Revelation we read Jesus Words to John as He is speaking to John the messages He had for the Christians of seven major Churches, words that still ring true to our Churches today concerning the desire of Christ for those that follow Him. We need to understand that Jesus was teaching us to be just like Him, obviously we are not Jesus, but He wants us to be like Him. We are to follow Him in every respect that He Himself taught us to. He didn’t teach a special Gospel that was only relevant to the people of His day on Earth and another Gospel for the ‘modern Church’. As Jesus said in Matthew 10:24 “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master.So there is no ‘advanced’ Gospel for those who become to great to follow the simplicity of the message that Jesus gave us to preach and the power He gave us to preach it with.

Peter understood this when he was in a boat rowing across the sea of Galilee during a storm. He and the Disciples all saw someone walking across the sea in the storm, they were so afraid of what they saw that they thought it was a ghost. That is when Jesus told them, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Peter, upon hearing this and knowing Jesus as closely as he did said to Jesus, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” Why would Peter think that if it was Jesus He would want Peter to do exactly what He was doing?
Now this is the one word answer that chokes me up every time. Jesus answered Peter and said, “Come”. What Jesus was doing was unheard of and unless it was recorded in the Bible we would have never believed that Jesus would have performed such a sign. But not only did He do it, but he was more than happy to call any disciple that dare do what they were supposed to do, and get out of their safe little boat and get into the scary water and follow Jesus while doing the absolute impossible. And why? Because Jesus did it, and He wants us to follow His words and His actions as true followers of Jesus Christ.

Chutes And Ladders – How to advance in a lose-a-turn world

 
 
How to advance in a lose-a-turn worldDo you ever wonder why there are so many people heavily burdened with pain and crisis all around you? People with the same types of problems they had five years ago? Something is wrong. Where is the freedom and victory that is supposed to be in the Church?
 
But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.” 2 Peter 2:22
Here is the deal. Each day we wake up it is a new day full of fresh challenges. Quizzes and tests, if you will. That should not be cause for alarm if we know the material, if we studied. We might know what the Bible has to say about this and that, IF we listened during a solid Bible preaching church service or IF we actually read the Word for ourselves, but we have not taken it to heart. We have not made the Word of the Lord and His instruction part of who we are, part of how we think. How can we pass the pop quiz if we have not learned the material?
 
“Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.” Exodus 20:20

Growing and learning from our mistakes and trials -knowing full well we will be tested again on the same issue but on a different level of difficulty- is what we are supposed to be doing. You must learn and grow. The same issue will always come up again to check you, but this time it will be wearing a different dress. If we are being thrown a test on the same basic level, for example lying about who was on the phone, we must consider that we are most likely still not passing the most rudimentary of tests. Ouch. We have been unfaithful in the small things, therefore how can we ever hope to “attain” the larger things? We can’t. As frustrating as it may sound, we will stay on square one until we pass. If you indeed pray for those larger things- things such as great faith, authority, discernment, to heal- you WILL be put through all the training and testing to get there. What about “Ask and it will be given to you”? Don’t be misled by common feel good quoting of scripture like that. People who chant those kinds of verses are lost in a Mayberry fantasy and will keep struggling with the same problems. Count on this: it will not be simply just given to you like a birthday gift you unwrap. It will be earned and learned step by step. That is how it will be given to you.Chutes & Ladders - how to advance in a lose-a-turn world

Are you finding yourself still on the same space of the game board drawing “lose a turn” or “go back 2 spaces”? The Israelites walked circles in the desert for forty years. This is a clear message we are usually too frustrated or angry to see.

Time to turn to the Lord. Run to the tower, the name of the Lord. Repent for doing things your way. Start doing things His way. Ask Him to forgive you. Ask Him to teach & train you. All in Jesus’ name.

I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You. 1 Chronicles 29:17

 

The Monkey Bar Effect

If we as Christians are going to make it in these last days, we are going to have to learn the ‘monkey bar’ effect,….that’s right, it may not sound like great spiritual teaching but it is true. So what is the monkey bar effect? Simple, it is reaching out and taking hold of the next thing God puts in front of you and then,…letting go of the thing you last had a hold of. We must not be afraid of ‘losing’ the things that God has revealed to us in past seasons, or losing experiences, or revelations. God is more than able to hold on to all of our belongings, and ‘stuff’ that He has given us. But, because we are human and so very limited often times we are not able to firmly get a hold of what God has next unless we put down yesterday,…I’m not talking about putting down our faith, I’m talking about putting yesterday behind us so that we can live in the now and today of what God has for us.

Part of the mistake of the Church for the last 2000 years is that as soon as God gave the Church ‘new’ revelation concerning Himself, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or His Word, we immediately went to work trying to categorize, contain, store, and hang on to, and house all that He revealed to us not realizing that the revelation could not be housed and live. It must be ‘lived in’. We must live in the now with God and let all that He has revealed to us become a part of who we are as a people and as a Church.

To illustrate this I want to go to Matthew 17:1-9 you can also refer to Mark 9:2-9 or Luke 9:28-36 for cross reference. Just a side note; but if you visit ZionFire much at all you will find that cross referencing anything you have found in the Bible is not just greatly encouraged here but also necessary to get a full grasp of what is not only being said but also to what is being expressed.

OK, Matthew 17:1-9 (first read the passage) Basically Jesus takes Peter, James, and John with Him up onto a mountain, and there He transfigures before them(He changes into a powerful spiritual form of Himself). And then Jesus is joined by Moses and Elijah also obviously in a greater form than they left this Earth in (I assume anyway), and Jesus is seen talking with them. Upon seeing this great sight of Jesus in a spiritual form along with Moses and Elijah the Disciples are so amazed, and awestruck the they feel that this is something that should be held on to and commemorated forever. You see,…they just had a new revelation of Jesus in a way they had never seen Him before! But they also had a revelation of Moses and Elijah, why you might ask is that important? Well, Moses is the author of the first five books of the Bible the section of the Bible known as the law(or the Pentateuch), and Elijah is probably the most notable of the Prophets, and even John the Baptist walked in the spirit and power of Elijah(Luke 1:17). So Jesus was seen speaking with Moses(the law) and Elijah (the Prophet) if you read Matthew 5:17 you will see why this is so important as Jesus said that He did not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets but rather to fulfill them(consider what Jesus was discussing with them in Luke 9:31 for more revelation). So to make a long story short, basically Peter, James, and John had a major spiritual(and physical) experience where Jesus(the Messiah), Moses(the Law), and Elijah(the Prophets) were all revealed to them in a powerful new and very real way right before their very eyes! This was probably a little overwhelming, I know as for myself I probably would have been very, very, done right there,…just done,…or undone however you want to look at it. What the three Disciples saw was amazing, so amazing that it caused them to make a very basic mistake, it is the same mistake the Church has been making for over 2000 years now.

What was their mistake? When the Disciples saw Jesus transfigured before them standing and talking with Moses and Elijah; Peter (speaking for the others as well) said, “Lord it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” So what was their mistake? Their mistake was that as soon as they had a new revelation of Jesus(and the Law and prophets) they wanted to put a building around that revelation in the place where they had it. They literally wanted to try to contain this new revelation and give this revelation(or revelators) a home. Isn’t that what we as a Church have done for 2000 years? As soon as God revealed Jesus, or His Word, or the Prophetic in a new way to us we immediately go to work trying to house that revelation into buildings, movements, and denominational sects. We are so sure that this revelation is the most of God that Heaven will ever reveal, and that if we don’t create a man made box to house this new glory then we will lose it forever. That’s when the war in the Church starts,…and I’m not even going to get into that today.

So after the Disciples make known to Jesus their desire to build the Tabernacles, something amazing happens. A bright cloud of Glory enveloped the Disciples and the voice of God spoke to them in the cloud and He said, “This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him!” OK,…I don’t need to say it,…but I would have been a little bit more than undone at this moment. What an awesome moment to receive direction from the very voice of God,…man what a day it was for these guys on the top of their mountain with Jesus! So what was it Jesus had to tell them that God wanted them to hear? The first thing He told them was to get up (a very important thing to do in the Spirit before moving), then Jesus led them back down the mountain, then He instructed them to tell no-one of the vision until He had risen from the dead,…why? Because Christ rising up,..not us rising is how the revelation is to be revealed to everyone else on Earth, which is important if we want them to see Jesus and not us,….are we humble enough to allow this?

I just want to take a quick recap to make everything clear. Jesus takes His closest Disciples to a high place(has He ever done that with you?) Then He reveals Himself in a new way before them, and they also have a new revelation of the Word and of the Prophets. Then the Disciples desire to build a house for all that Jesus has revealed to them(have you ever done this,..I have, and in a way I’m doing that right now). Then God interrupts the Disciples with clear direction from His very presence, though we may have not had it happen in such an amazing way, God will usually do this out of mercy to stop us from getting really stupid. The times that people were rebellious and did not listen to God things really did get stupid fast and the Church age has more than payed for those errors. Then the Disciples had to stand, and then walk down from their ‘top of the mountain’ experience with Jesus and were told not to reveal what had been revealed to them until Jesus had risen. That’s it in a nutshell.

Jesus is about to take many of us to a new ‘mountain top’ experience and there He will reveal Himself to us in a new way. Many will also have great revelation of the Word of God, and great revelation of Prophecy. This time,….forget the building, put down the hammer and nails because those are tools used for killing Jesus, not for doing His work. Leave the building projects to the Pharisees (believe me they know what to do with a hammer and nails). Wait until the Glory of God comes upon you and directs you as to what you should do with the new God given revelation. Then He,…not you,…will stand you up and take you back down(this will be hard after such a great high place experience), then when Jesus ‘stands up” we will move.

D.P.



Dusting Off Faith

How many sermons have we heard extolling the importance of faith? We groan, roll our eyes and hope we don’t fall asleep. What more could we honestly hear that would be different? The Bible has a lot to say about it and we never seem to really understand exactly what faith is, how to recognize it and how to measure it. Newer Christians, with zeal, pray for faith and may even look at Faith as the proverbial brass ring for Christians. They want it dearly. Many older Christians have patted these newbies on the back while politely smiling and nodding. Then, more mature Christians, bored, shrug off questions of their faith. Guess they figure “task accomplished”, they have enough.

Somewhere in our mind we have an intangible understanding of what faith is. Most simply, Faith is absence of doubt in the Lord. That translates into every area. We can have faith. We can show faith. We can be faithful. Be it noun or verb, the basic premise we all have is that faith is on a sliding scale. Measurable. The disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith. In response, Jesus said “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” [Luke 17] Jesus made a metaphorical reference to a very small seed in comparison to our faith and how such a small amount of faith could do amazing things. Jesus also similarly said “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” [Mark 11:23] Why does Jesus keep saying we can do tremendous things with our faith, even if it is small? [Read more...]