This Series is directly tied to our family “fry guy”, Pastor Tico Alonso, a Spanish Minister with a heart big enough to encompass a multitude of folks, willing to reach out, helping others – AND – if you have “fries” at either McDonald’s or Bojangles, he can reach them too… He is SO much more than that to us, as is his entire family, our river together runs deep so to speak. The sermon he preached entitled “Increase Our Faith” from Luke 17:5-10 | KJV, provided a launching pad to explore what our Actions and Attitudes should be, a good measure of our level of Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
Luke 17:5-6 | King James Version
It was interesting to me that most folks have heard, what could possibly be the most famous of the stories, about having “faith as a grain of mustard seed” told us in Matthew 17:20 | KJV in relation to moving a mountain. There are three other places (in addition to Matthew 17:20) it is used in Bible directly, including: Matthew 13:31, Mark 4:31, and Luke 13:19 – totaling five (5) portions of Scripture overall.
What Need We Do?
Part of the challenge put forth were three (3) pieces supporting our “Increase” of Our Faith:
How Obedient Are We To the Word of God?
Let Us Be Doers of the Word of God
Help Us / Me Live The Word
These items are Actions & Attitudes which will reflect that our Faith has Increased in Him. With that being our challenge, there are four POWERFUL statements we need to consider:
Applying Our Faith
Grow Our Faith
Live Out Our Faith
To Do, To Live, My Faith
That kind of Faith, changes EVERY thing we do, EVERY thing we say, EVERY thing we think and EVERY other aspect of our lives.
What “thing” do we need to be moved in our lives, which will ONLY be moved by an Increase of Our FAITH? Will we choose to nurture and grow in Grace, allowing us to not only see, but to know it REALLY is ALL ABOUT HIM?
This Series presents ten (10) key actions we should consider seeking to accomplish, allow to change our behaviors and adopt in our lives going forth!
Actions & Attitude Items
Increase Our Faith
Blessed in His Deed
Shew Faith by My Works
All Things Are Possible
Rewarder of Them
Rule in Your Hearts
God Gave the Increase
God’s Word gives us the Instruction that we need to have in order to Increase Our Faith, that is if we understand that it requires action on our part, trusting our Heavenly Father to know best as to what He is orchestrating in our lives. Our Faith will increase as we Trust Him, Serve Him, Talk with Him, walk with Him — believing Him as we grow closer to Him, developing a relationship with Him unlike another other relationship we could cultivate otherwise. When another person says of you, “Your Faith is Strong…”, that is because they can see the “fruit” of that relationship. What would / do others say of your Faith? Do they want what you have? Are we willing to share our Faith with them? Those are questions we should be asking of ourselves – for it is a STRONG indicator of our Love for our Lord God and Saviour.
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