Mustard Seed Faith and the Promises of God by Janine Lindhorst
Bible study taught 1/25/13
Matthew 13:1-9 AMP That same day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting beside the sea. But such great crowds gathered about Him that He got into a boat and remained sitting there, while all the throng stood on the shore. And He told them many things in parables (stories by way of illustration and comparison), saying, A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil; and at once they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched, and because they had no root, they dried up and withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them out. Other seeds fell on good soil, and yielded grain—some a hundred times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some thirty. He who has ears [to hear], let him be listening and let him consider and perceive and comprehend by hearing.
Janine said, like us, some good, some shallow at different points of life we fall in different places.
Matthew 13:10-17 AMP Then the disciples came to Him and said, Why do You speak to them in parables? And He replied to them, To you it has been given to know the secrets and mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has [spiritual knowledge], to him will more be given and he will be furnished richly so that he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is the reason that I speak to them in parables: because having the power of seeing, they do not see; and having the power of hearing, they do not hear, nor do they grasp and understand. In them indeed is the process of fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah, which says: You shall indeed hear and hear but never grasp and understand; and you shall indeed look and look but never see and perceive. For this nation’s heart has grown gross (fat and dull), and their ears heavy and difficult of hearing, and their eyes they have tightly closed, lest they see and perceive with their eyes, and hear and comprehend the sense with their ears, and grasp and understand with their heart, and turn and I should heal them. But blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are your eyes because they do see, and your ears because they do hear. Truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous men [men who were upright and in right standing with God] yearned to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
That’s us now. We want to pray that the seeds planted in us grow in fertile ground, not shallow.
Matthew 17:14-21 AMP And when they approached the multitude, a man came up to Him, kneeling before Him and saying, Lord, do pity and have mercy on my son, for he has epilepsy (is moonstruck) and he suffers terribly; for frequently he falls into the fire and many times into the water. And I brought him to Your disciples, and they were not able to cure him. And Jesus answered, O you unbelieving (warped, wayward, rebellious) and thoroughly perverse generation! How long am I to remain with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to Me. And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus and asked privately, Why could we not drive it out? He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.
A little bit of faith goes a long way. A tiny scrap of true faith in God makes the impossible possible. There is no limit to the power of God.
A mustard seed is small, unique. It is used for medicine and culinary purposes. Poultices made with mustard have been used by the Romans and Greeks. The plant has been used as a toothbrush. It’s been used to treat scorpion bites.
The seed is small and grows in strength and power. Mustard seed grows into trees, not saplings, but great trees.
Mustard seeds cannot be genetically modified. Scientists have tried and failed.
Current scientific studies have shown that hybrid plants are not as strong as once thought. Scientists have made hybrid corn that is supposed to repel bugs. Sadly the corn is safe, but the roots attract other bugs that destroy the plant. We don’t have accurate scientific knowledge of the full effect of consuming hybrid plants.
Not only can the plant be used for beneficial purposes, some have used the plant to make a fatal mustard gas.
A mustard seed cannot be anything other than a mustard seed. It refuses all viruses. Using a mustard seed to describe faith is perfect, for that is the purest faith. It cannot be polluted by anything else.
Messing with a mustard seed produces a poisonous gas. When we take the faith of the Bible and mix it with new age theology it is deadly.
Mustard seeds love garbage. It grows best in places that are contaminated, infected areas. Sometimes when we don’t listen to God we are brought to our most contaminated, darkest places. Our faith often grows best in those dark moments. We are in the muck and the only lifeline we have is our faith. Mustard seeds redeem the garbage and the muck in our lives.
Mustard seeds need water – the water is the word. God compared His kingdom to a mustard seed because no one can change or introduce new DNA into a mustard seed. God’s kingdom is not invaded or changed or altered. God remains constant.
Revelation 21:27 But nothing that defiles or profanes or is unwashed shall ever enter it, nor anyone who commits abominations (unclean, detestable, morally repugnant things) or practices falsehood, but only those whose names are recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Nothing defiles God’s Kingdom. And only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will enter in.
No matter how much science tries, it can’t change or alter Jesus’ teachings.
Faith is like a mustard seed. Mustard seeds are afraid of nothing. They grow where other plants can’t. They aren’t eaten by bugs or infected by disease.
Our faith grows in difficult circumstances. We can be tested beyond endurance, but our faith can still grow. A virus (error or falsehood) can be injected into our faith and destroy it. We can become infected by doubt and unbelief. Doubt and unbelief opens doors to allow a crisis of faith.
Man’s wisdom can tempt us into deception and error. We saw that with the Garden of Eden when satan introduced doubt of God to Adam and Eve.
A mustard seed grows from a tiny seed to be big enough to grow branches. A mustard seed only takes out of the soil nutrients it needs to be a mustard seed; it leaves the rest.
We need to apply our faith to the promises of God. To build up our faith we read many Bible promises aloud.
1 Peter 1:3-9 NKJV Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:3-9 AMP Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, [Born anew] into an inheritance which is beyond the reach of change and decay [imperishable], unsullied and unfading, reserved in heaven for you, Who are being guarded (garrisoned) by God’s power through [your] faith [till you fully inherit that final] salvation that is ready to be revealed [for you] in the last time. [You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations, So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed. Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy. [At the same time] you receive the result (outcome, consummation) of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
We are born into an inheritance that is beyond the reach of change and decay.
Ephesians 6 describes the whole armor of God that is provided for us to withstand attacks of the enemy.
Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 AMP For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 AMP Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.
Isaiah 40:29-31 NKJV He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:29-31 AMP He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
Philippians 4:19 NKJV And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 AMP And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:37-39 AMP Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Proverbs 1:33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.”
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
When we left the Bible study we were so encouraged by all of these wonderful Scriptural promises.
Have a blessed day.