Nothing but Your Faith; Nobody but God
In Matthew 17:20, Jesus tells his disciples if they had faith as a grain of mustard seed, they could say to this mountain be removed from here to there, and it would move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Some of us are and have been facing some impossible situations.
We have tried to make those lifestyle changes that would move us closer to God, but we can’t just seem to get there.
For every one step forward, there’s a challenge which tries to push you two steps back. If this is you, you are in a situation where the only thing between you and defeat, is your faith in God. Nothing but your faith, and nobody but God. Nothing but your faith can keep you seeing the glass half full instead of half empty.Nobody but God can give you the glass to put the water in.Our faith is the foundation of the fundamental element pertaining to our survival. You lose your faith, you’ve lost the battle. You lose your faith; you’ve lost your will to live, to win, and to stay in the battle.
Gideon, the youngest son of Joash, led the Israelites in one of their continuing battles against the Midianites. Gideon was chosen by God as Gideon was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the wheat from the Midianites. Judges 6:11 tells us an angel of the Lord came and sat under an oak tree at Ophrah. The angel of the Lord appeared unto Gideon and said, “A mighty hero the Lord is with you.”
Gideon replied, “Sir if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘the Lord brought us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”
Gideon goes on to doubt himself, doubt his ability, doubt what God was trying to do in him. Gideon says, “How can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family?
By this time, the Midianites had been attacking at will the Israelites for about 7 years. Given the length of time of the pressure, the stress, the duress, the press, Gideon has questioned God.
Sometimes, we allow the length of time we are in our situation and circumstance, to dull our senses as to who we are and whose we are. God was with us before we went into the challenge; God is with us in the midst of the challenge. God sees the potential in us even when we can’t even see the reason for going on. It is at this point that nothing but your faith and nobody but God can help. It is when the bad times seem like they’ll never end, that you’ve got to believe that nothing but your faith and nobody but God.
Despite his doubt, despite disbelief, Gideon needed a sign. God gave him a sign, and then God went on to show Gideon that in order to win, it’s nothing but your faith, and nobody but God. God took Gideon’s army from 32,000 to 300. In other words it doesn’t take a whole lot of folk to start a new life with new beginnings. It only takes one asking for a clean heart and a right spirit. Nothing but your faith, and nobody but God.
Scripture of the Day: “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, 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
Sometimes faith is all we have. We have to learn to trust God even when it feels like everything is caving in on us. All he wants is for as to not give up and cave in. All you need is within you.