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And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to eat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
(Luke 17:6-8)
Jesus is saying here to treat your faith like a servant. If you want it to grow, which you do (the original statement was "Lord, increase our faith"), plant it and treat it like a servant. When it grows and produces the harvest, plant it again—don't give it a rest. Don't give it a break.

Your faith doesn't need a rest.

When it produces a harvest, plant it again. Every time you plant it, it will get stronger and stronger and stronger. It will have a bigger harvest.

Your Faith Doesn't Have Time to Rest
Don't give your faith a rest. I did that one time. I had really had to exercise my faith for finances at one time. Then I got to a point where I moved into a different position and was making pretty good money. I had a paycheck coming in every two weeks. I had enough to take care of my needs abundantly. I just knew it was going to be there and it was.

I took my faith off. I thought, my needs are met. I'm not concerned about it anymore. I just took my faith off and didn't exercise it for quite a while in the area of finances. I gave my faith a rest.

When God moved me on to a different position, I took a big cut in pay, in the natural. I hadn't exercised my faith in that area for a long time. When I got out there, my standard of living had increased so that my bills were bigger than my income.

I had to wake my faith up and get it out there operating to get my needs met. It took almost two months to get it operating again because it had been on an extended vacation.

Don't let your faith have a rest. Keep it exercised. Keep it operating. Use it all the time.

Treat Your Faith Like A Servant
If you had a servant, after he had completed one job you wouldn't let him come in and sit down and eat for six hours, would you? No. You would keep him busy all day. It's the same thing with your faith except your faith is not a natural servant—it's a supernatural servant and it doesn't need a break. All you have to do is just keep feeding it. If you'll keep feeding it, it'll keep working.

If you can see something you desire to see come to pass in your life, or you can see a problem out there in the future that looks bigger than you desire to run into when you get there, or if there is a problem facing you right now, take your faith and plant it with your mouth.

It doesn't matter how bad the situation looks, just believe that the Word of God is growing and producing. Keep it planted out there. Keep watering it with the Word. Keep it growing.

The Word of God is supernatural—it's incorruptible seed. It will grow and produce what it says it will produce.

Source: Does the Problem Look Bigger Than Your Faith? by Mark Brazee
Excerpt permission granted by Mark Brazee Ministries

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Mark Brazee
Web site: Mark Brazee Ministries - DOMATA School of Missions
 
For more than 30 years, Pastors Mark and Janet Brazee have traveled throughout the world sharing the Word of God and the Spirit of God. Together they've shared the powerful truths of faith and healing in more than 50 nations.
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