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Big Faith - Part One (#GrowDeep)
by Rey Diaz
Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017
If you’re anything like me, your faith journey is a roller coaster ride. Some days are better than others. Some days I feel like I have absolute confidence God is with me, for me, and working through me. Other days, I feel God is absent, silent and I’m all alone. I wish, pray for, and honestly yearn for a deep, unwavering, and steadfast faith in God no matter the circumstances. But so often the life creeps in and skews my view of God.

I want my faith, even if it’s just a mustard seed, to be strengthened. I want my faith to grow.

To grow big. 

A while back I was praying and journaling in our living room while my daughter played nearby. She saw me concentrating and asked what I was doing. I told her I was praying. Then she asked me why. And I just unloaded, unintentionally –

“I’m praying because I need God’s help. I need God to help us serve and care for orphans and vulnerable children in Guatemala, Honduras, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Kenya, and India. I need God to heal my coworker’s daughter. I need God to help with a challenging problem in Honduras I’m facing. I need God to heal you and mama. I need God to provide for Orphan Outreach….” I will stop there because it will just sound like I was complaining, which I kind of was doing. I went on and on.

My daughter just stared at me and said “dad you just need bigger faith.” So simple yet so true. I just need to trust God.

More that anything else God wants me to trust him. God wants to take you and me to a place of overwhelming faith where no matter what we face, we can say with absolute confidence “I trust you.”

-       You don’t always answer my prayers, but I trust you.

-       You don’t always make sense, but I trust you.

-       I don’t always understand you, but I trust you.

-       Life doesn’t always go my way, but I trust you.

Sermons come in all shapes and sizes. But if you listen closely, you’ll hear God saying the same thing in most sermons—“trust Me.”

In all the ways that you could respond to God, the most important thing that God is asking you to do is trust Him.

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Big Faith - faith like a child. My daughter is right. She has absolute trust and confidence in her parents. She is not stressed out or anxious about the future. She is not up at night wondering if we will listen to her prayers. She trusts her parents.

Is it any different than our relationship with our Heavenly Father? Jesus didn’t think so. In His Sermon on the Mount, He explains:

Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! “(Matthew 7:9-11)

God, our heavenly Father, wants us to grow our faith so that we trust Him. In fact, God is most honored through your living, active, death-defying, out-of-the-box faith. The bible is story of God trying to build into people an extraordinary, out of the box, over the top, ‘are you kidding me’, kind of confidence in Him.

That being the case, He's committed to growing it — BIG. To strengthening your faith.

(Rey continues his thoughts about big faith next Tuesday - be sure to read his powerful words of encouragement). 

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