Faith is Binary

sermononmt.jpgThe exact meaning of the word FAITH should be crystal clear to every child of God. It is the pre-eminent quality of the human soul. So let’s roll up our sleeves and do a little work on what faith is and isn’t.

Jesus was impressed with two levels of faith: great faith and mustard seed faith.

Matthew 8:10
When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!

Matthew 15:28
Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

jesus_and_children011.jpg And… (mustard seed faith, a child-like faith)

Matthew 17:20
So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

I know it’s more complicated than this, but for now let’s compare faith to an on/off switch. It’s a binary system. Either you have it or you don’t. The AMOUNT of faith doesn’t matter; what matters is that you have it. Even a tiny fleck of it, like a mustard seed.

As a pastor, I encounter disappointed people who blame themselves when God doesn’t answer their prayers: “I didn’t have enough faith.” Nope. Not the case at all. Here’s the principle: If you have faith enough to pray, you have faith enough.

lightswitch.jpegWhy? Because the kind of faith that Jesus applauds is binary: either you have it or you don’t have it.

But why is mustard seed faith (tiny) enough? What is it about faith that makes even a smidgen of it enough?

And what about Jesus rebuking his disciples for their little faith?

Let’s save those questions for upcoming posts, okay?  One last verse to think about:

Philippians 3:9
and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;

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