Today, I want to reflect on Jesus’ statement recorded in Mark 4:40, which says:
” And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?’
This question of faith from Jesus might seem simple. Yet, it’s not. Although many of us might think, “Well, I do believe,” let’s examine what the Scriptures differentiate about faith.
Firstly, there’s the “Little faith,” as we know from Matthew 8:26:
” And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.”
Our little faith restrains us from such power, and it’s not just about calming the storms at sea. We can also rebuke the wrath of people/people with it, and “the lie will shut their mouth.
There’s a verse that refers to the measure of faith, which is one of the most known verses, found in Matthew 17:20:
“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.’
Nothing would be impossible for us. Again, it’s our faith that sets limits on our limitations. I must say, our problems can also grow into mountains within us, which we could overcome with that “mustard seed of faith.”
It’s always conditional – we could conquer, we could do, we could grow, and so on. But through the Bible, our Heavenly Father has provided us with good advice, just as Jesus Christ did during His earthly ministry.
James 2 provides an excellent practical guide for us if we start applying its teachings to our lives.
James 2:14-26 discusses faith without works being dead, highlighting the importance of actions that reflect our faith. It distinguishes between mere belief and active faith that is demonstrated through deeds.
’James 2:14 – 2:26
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.’
We must act according to our faith, as written in Hebrews 11:1:
‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’
You may believe in what the Bible says, but if you approach your task thinking that it didn’t work last time, then this belief that you’ve confessed with your mouth will soon become your reality.
‘Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.’
From this verse, understand that the fullness of our heart will eventually spill out of our mouth, revealing what we truly believe. And let it not be, ‘I do believe in the words of my Heavenly Father, but you know last time…’ The word ‘but’ acts like an eraser because it negates everything you said before it.
Remember this verse from Proverbs 4:23:
‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’
You see, if you place your faith in God, then keep it there, and when you go through the storms of life, do not look at your circumstances as Peter did, starting to sink in the sea, as written in Matthew 14:29-31:
’29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth [his] hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?’
If you keep your eyes on Jesus today, there is no circumstance that can overwhelm you because you have a Father who sustains you and a Lord full of love, who is Jesus Christ.
’25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?’
Let me share 3 Scriptures that help us better understand the importance of receiving Jesus and its inevitability.
Romans 10:8 – 10
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
If you’re reading this today and you want to be with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in eternity, know that this verse shows you how to do it. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. In the following sections, I will guide you through how to confess all of this before our Father and our Lord Jesus.
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. These are the words of Jesus.
You can be born again as the Bible teaches: you need to confess
your faith. After you have been born again, say this short but very important prayer
with your loved ones, relatives, friends, and all those who believe in Jesus Christ. Because to be born again, we must confess our faith. This is what the next section is about.
I believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
I believe that Jesus died for my sins,
according to the teachings of the Bible.
I believe that Jesus rose from the dead,
for my justification.
Please, Jesus, be my Lord!
Please, Jesus, be my Savior!
Please, Jesus, be my Healer!
Jesus, You are my Lord.
Jesus, You are my Savior.
Jesus, You are my Healer.
I am redeemed. I am born again in Christ.
His holy blood has cleansed me from all sins.
This is the truth, for the Word of God is truth.
Thank you, dear Jesus. Amen.
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
My service is not tied to a place, not located under a country or street name, and not hidden behind a phone number. I serve my Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, growing in Him day by day, being transformed from my old self to become like Christ.