Little Faith, Big God {Believing Better}

If you had to rate your faith on a scale of 1 to 10, how would your faith score? A “1” means your faith is hard to find. A “10” means your faith impacts everyone you encounter. If I am totally honest I would have to say it depends on the day.

If you had to describe your faith using adjectives, which ones would you use? I would love to say “strong, unwavering, passionate, and big.” And some days I could use those words to describe my faith. But there are other days. Days when I would have to say, “weak, shaky, dry, and small.”

Recently, God reminded me of something during my time with Him: The reality of my faith does not depend on feelings. My feelings fluctuate depending on my circumstances. Sometimes my faith feels weak because I’m battered by the world or I’ve yielded to temptation. But other times – like when I’ve witnessed God do something awesome – I feel like my faith can move mountains.

The truth is, the true quality of my faith depends on the Object of my faith. My faith may be small, but my God is infinitely big. My faith may be weak, but my God is stronger than I can comprehend. He is the Mountain-mover. Not me.

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Daily, I must remind myself that my faith does not depend on my feelings or my circumstances. Those things change constantly. My faith must be grounded in the Person of God. Who He is and what He does.

big faith will not make me believe better. But faith in our Big God will. I cannot live a Christ-like life by depending on a big faith. But I can faithfully follow Christ and please the Father when my faith rests in my Big God. 

Just how big is our God? He has all power. Scripture tells us He hung the moon and stars in the sky (Psalm 8:3). He marked off the heavens with the breadth of His hand and weighed the earth’s mountains on a scale (Isaiah 40:12). Nothing is too hard for Him (Jeremiah 32:17)!

God also has all authority. God not only has the power to do anything, He also has the right. He establishes kings and deposes them (Acts 17:25-27). He controls life, death, and eternity (Ephesians 1:20-22).

What matters most is not the size of our faith but the size of our God. It is not my faith that resists temptation, obeys God’s will, or moves mountains. It is the Object of my faith working in me.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  Eph 3:20-21, ESV

How would you describe your faith today? Now, how would you describe your God?

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For the month of December we are sharing posts and quotes to help us escape the Cycle of Try Harder, through Believing Better.

Read more Believing Better posts here.

Kathy Howard
Kathy Howard calls herself a “confused southerner.” Raised in Louisiana, she has moved with her engineer husband around the U.S. and Canada. She says “pop” instead of “Coke” and “you guys” as often as “ya’ll.” But those things are just superficial – she’s still a southern girl at heart! Kathy and her husband have three children, two son-in-laws, and one precious grandbaby. When the family gets together there are also four dogs in the mix. Kathy helps women live an unshakeable faith through her Bible teaching and writing. She encourages them to stand firm on our rock-solid God no matter the circumstances of life. Find out about her books and speaking ministry and get discipleship tools and leader helps at her website: www.kathyhoward.org.
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Comments

  1. “A big faith will not make me believe better. But faith in our Big God will.” So true! Unfortunately we are fed that “if we just have enough faith” everything will “work out for good.”

    It is a half truth. Thanks for this reminder that our faith needs to be centered on our Big God!

  2. Ahhh! Yes! Very well said!

  3. I am reading Luke this month with momstoolbox.com and today I read Luke 17. The verse I just read also reminded me of this post, “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.” Gives me such peace to know that the size or strength of my faith doesn’t determine what God is able to do through me. I must really need to hear this because God is finding multiple ways to get the message to me. Thank you for this post.

    • Amy, I love the way you said this: “the size or strength of my faith doesn’t determine what God is able to do through me.” So true! Thanks for reading and sharing with us today!

  4. we all love god and his in our heart

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    m a little boy but i love god

  6. his in every body s heart wen i dye i am going to love every body

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