Devotion for September 13, 2023

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” (Romans 12:3)

It’s easy to give in to negative thoughts and fears about how things will turn out based on your past experiences. As Jesus pointed out, we live in a “faithless” generation (Matthew 17:17). That means you must constantly fight the defeatist attitude portrayed by the culture, the media, the educational system, the workplace — and sometimes your own friends. Unless you recognize this, it can wear you down by diluting your faith. That’s why you need to feed your faith daily on God’s Word.

Jesus said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move’ … and it will” (Matthew 17:20). Notice, Jesus isn’t referring to a mountain you encountered years ago. He said, “Say to this mountain.” He wants you to exercise your faith today! He said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed … nothing will be impossible for you” (v. 20, NKJV). A mustard seed is so tiny, it can get stuck between your teeth. But Jesus said although it’s “the least of all the seeds,” it grows into a tree big enough for the birds to nest in (see Matthew 13:32).

You say, “I don’t have any faith.” Yes, you do. Paul says, “God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” And when it’s activated, miracles happen. Even if you have only an ounce of faith left, you have what you need to prevail. But faith only works when it becomes the language you speak and the attitude you maintain. The Enemy doesn’t want you to know that, because when you do, you won’t just think about what’s happening, you will start thinking about what’s possible!

Prayer

Lord, increase my faith as I study and meditate on Your Word. Grant me Your love and mercy when I fail, and strengthen me when I repent my sin and return to Your ways. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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