Luke 17

Vs. 5,The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  Question: What helps us be able to call out to God?  Faith.  Yes, this very elusive word that has confounded many throughout generations.  The author of Hebrews gives us probably the best understanding of it, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)  It is faith that helps us to forgive each other (vs. 1-4).  It is faith that we obey God in all that we do (vs. 6-10).  It is faith that heals us physically, emotionally, and spiritually (vs. 11-19).  It is faith that gives us the hope that one day Jesus will indeed return (vs. 20-37)…and no, Dec. 21st, 2012 is not that day!

Regarding application…Exercise Your Faith.  Vs. 6, “He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”  Question: How do you exercise your faith?  I worked for Nike in Beaverton, OR for a few years and their slogan back in the day was, “Just do it”.  Essentially, that is what Jesus is telling us to do.  The disciples wanted more faith as most of us do too.  But Jesus would make it simple for us.  We can’t just sit on our rear ends and expect to be strong physically?  Likewise, the same principle lies with our faith.  Thankfully, it is not an unattainable faith that Jesus is demanding of us…it’s faith as small as a mustard seed.  Question: Isn’t that incredible?  Make today a day where you exercise your faith.  Perhaps you need to forgive someone.  Perhaps you need to be healed of a sickness (physical, emotional, spiritual).  Perhaps you need hope.  Turn to the Lord today and seek Him!  He lift your burdens and give you the spiritual food to have a day that is blessed for He has made it!