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Day 5 – “Little Faiths”

Matthew 8:18-27

             One night when the disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee, a fierce storm caught them by surprise. Matthew’s description of the situation is vivid. He writes that a “furious storm (in Greek, a seismos, from which the word earthquake is derived) came up on the lake.” Further, “the waves swept over the boat” (literally, “the boat was hidden under the waves”).

            Where was Jesus during this crisis? He was asleep on a cushion in the stern. The frightened disciples woke him with a cry: “Lord, don’t you care that we are dying?”

            What did Jesus do? Did he try to calm them? Did he tell them to be strong, and assure them that everything would be alright? Not at all; he rebuked them.

            He said to them, “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” (KJV). “O ye of little faith” translates a noun in Greek, a moniker of sorts: “you little-faiths.”

            Jesus used this devastating nickname for his disciples on five occasions. Clearly, he expected his followers to have bold faith. He looked for it. He affirmed it, whenever and wherever he found it.

            It is important for us to understand that the storm at sea was not a test of the disciples’ skill as mariners, nor of their courage in the face of danger. It was a test of their faith, as are all our trials (see James 1:3).

            The next time you find yourself in a frightening situation – your children aren’t home on time and haven’t called; the doctor’s office asks you to schedule an appointment to discuss the test results; your boss informs you of the upcoming, and possibly permanent, lay-offs – don’t be a “little-faith”. Remember what is being tested. It is not your resourcefulness or courage; not your wisdom or even your spirituality – it’s your faith. Choose to trust God and move forward in obedience.  

 “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3)



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6 thoughts on “Day 5 – “Little Faiths”

  1. scythewieldor on said:

    Dear Bold Faith,
    The words “and move forward in obedience” define faith.
    The obedience of men is what gives substance to the invisible – though absolutely real – hope of salvation.
    An ark was the evidence that God promised salvation to Noah for his family. Departure from everything familiar was substance added to the hope that God would give Abram a land for his offspring.
    Apostle Paul says that some who profess to know the Lord deny Him by their works.

  2. My little faith is encouraged by the active faith of others. I wonder what things God is going to do through Christians in Branch County through Bold Faith? Individual embers burn brighter when they are pushed together. We are naturally emboldened when we come together as Christians, and I am praying for the Church of Branch County to make a bold move together this month and be an even brighter beacon of grace to the community.

    Trying to Be Bold,

  3. I have been praying for years for our family to become an unstoppable force for God! We have had very “messy lives” and people seem to be drawn to us that have”messy lives’ also. I have often prayed for God to stable our lives so that we can serve him fully. I have often tried to serve him fully, in my own live at my job or with friends but often tried not to ruffle the feathers at home or made it convinent for us. Because we have enough on our “plates.” I felt God stiring in my heart to be bolder in my ministry. I have applied for postions that would require me to but not my family. Those doors were all closed to me. I actually yelled at God out of frustration what do you want me to do with all this life experience and compassion. I have felt that I would burst at times. As I started this devotion last week(couldnt wait) I felt a strong excitement in my soul. Then Sunday a dear friend just came up and prayed with me about some of my weaknessess. This morning I woke up had my quite time and shower. God spoke so loud and clear it was if he was yelling to wake me up. He reveled so many truths about our family’s life and his mission for us. About why “The workers are few” in our chruches. About Jesus’s deciples lives being messy. About the good he is going to use all our “messy expierences” for. God also reveled that the less our family server the sicker we get in many ways. It was one of the greatest spirtual “thumps on the head” I can ever remember. I feel so excited I want to scream from the mountain tops and take off running. I cant remember feeling this passionate about anyting since I was in youth group about 25 years ago. I called my older kids to come over and we all talked about Lazurus, Disciples and confessed how we had let the enemy distract us with our messy lives from our greater calling. We all prayed and are excited where God might take this. “Broom Tree Ministries” were fellow brothers and sisters can come,rest and get shade out of the desert of this world. Blessings my fellow brothers and sisters. We will be praying that others will so blessed by bold faith and prayer!

  4. Karlene King on said:

    I am so grateful for the internet and the postings for the Bold Initiative. I have been caring for my mother for almost a year and haven’t been able to attend church during this time. The secretary at my church has been wonderful to send me bulletins and information about the goings on there and has helped me to be connected there. These devotionals will help me to be connected when I can return to church again and give me much food for thought. I pray that I can have bold faith even though I am limited in my outreach. Prayer is the best outreach I can have right now and prayers for a dear friend resulted in God’s answer for a heart condition she has had. She no longer has heart disease and has been told she has the heart of a 16 year old! Praise God for his goodness and that He is always near to hear and to answer.

    • Hi Karlene,
      Just wanted to let you know that you are not alone- today or any day. There are Christians all around who are your brothers and sisters in Christ. You may not know most of them, but they are family. I will be praying today for you and your mother today.

      – a brother in Christ

  5. Roland Stoy on said:

    Where are the men? Okay, I know you are out there. But out in the community I have been aware of 3 women wearing the bands at Taylor’s Books and More (I am sure they are at the Lamp Post), found a dear lady friend who goes to St. Paul wearing one and at the courthouse there were some 4-Hers and one of them was a young woman wearing the green band. She lit right up when we encountered, and the leader and other kids wondered what was going on. this was good. encountered a couple at a BCCADV benefit, and she (from Northview) was wearing one and her husband not. Encountered one man, who I know is not only a believer, but who has done bold faith missionary work and is a true prayer warrior, who said he did not need to wear something, that people should see his faith in how he lives. God forgive me if I was wrong, but my response was, that is not the point. Okay, the wristband is an outward thing, and they should know we a Christians by our love, and Lord help us do that, but are we not also showing the community that our doctrinal differences are not as important as that we love and serve Jesus?l

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