Well, I guess I’ve proven my imperfection yet again.  The last two weeks have not been very bloggy!  Keep praying for me, everyone, that I will blog more consistently!

I’m going to start with a recap from this past Sunday, as we had some wonderful teaching from the Lord.  We met at the Sellers’s house and sat down to a lovely meal of Macaroni and Cheese, Marty Stew, and Les’s creole kitchen chicken surprise with awesome rice and trash.  We also have a new futon mattress.  Yay!

April gave a teaching on faith that really challenged the way that we pray.  The first part of this teaching is that we often try to make God too small.  We think that God exists within the universe and that He is a part of our reality.  The truth is that God is more real than we are.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. – Hebrews 11:1

The next part of the teaching is that there are two kinds of faith.  There is faith in God, which as Christians we necessarily have to have!  The other kind of faith is faith in our own faith.  Here is Matthew 17:14-21:

14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” 17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

20 He replied, “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.”

The problem the disciples were having was that they didn’t have the faith in God.  People use this verse today to berate themselves for their lack of faith.  (“I don’t even have faith the size of a mustard seed!”)  We have this much faith!  We have to have this much faith, otherwise we couldn’t believe in our own salvation.  What we need is more faith that we have that much faith!  Because we don’t have faith in our faith, we think we need to use just the right words when we pray or that we need to pray just long enough.  God didn’t intend us to struggle with how much faith we have.

1 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.

This man had “great faith.”  That means his faith was bigger than a mustard seed.  Do you believe that Jesus can do this?   Then you have great faith too!

Here’s another passage on faith:

20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”    22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly[f] I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”  – Mark 11:20-25

Jesus was teaching them more about the reality of God.  When Jesus cursed the fig tree, in God’s reality, that fig tree was already withered.  Apparently, it didn’t wither right away, since the disciples didn’t remark on it until the morning.  But Jesus knew what had already happened.  He believed that He had received it, and it was given to Him.  He told the disciples that God would answer them the same way.  This is why we need more faith in our faith and in God’s reality.

The last Scripture we looked at was James 5:14:

14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

This is pretty cut and dry.  (That’s what I like about the book of James.) Since we know that we have faith, we know that we can follow this Word and heal the sick members in our body!

Two of our members have been praying for healing from a disease for the past six months.  They told us on Sunday that God healed them last Friday.  Praise the Lord!

We sang praises together and talked some more about seeds and the mustard seed in Scripture.   Then we dispersed.  It was an awesome meeting!