Although most believers understand that they are saved by faith, they are also bombarded with the teaching that faith is for receiving from God. This is true to a point, but prominent teachers have made faith an avenue for receiving prosperity (wealth) from God. And if believers are not prosperous they are made to believe they have no faith. Consequently, some give up on faith. The New Testament however, never promises wealth, but it does promise other things that believers might be missing out on.
According to Jesus in Mark 11:22 faith is in God and not in blessings. Furthermore, as written in 1 John 5:4 faith is for overcoming the world. “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And, this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” Or victory that overcomes the world is in God’s faith working within believers. Faith, first of all, is for salvation, then it operates as it should through obedience to God in serving Him. Look at Luke chapter seventeen.
Luke 17:5, The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, Be uprooted and planted in the sea, and it would obey you.”
When the disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith, He told them what faith like a mustard seed could do. Again as seen in the article “FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD” Part 3, faith is faith and there is no degrees of faith, for at salvation God pours out a standard measure of faith for everyone as seen in the article “DO BELIEVERS DEVELOP OR RECEIVE FAITH?” Part 1. Believers however, do operate in different degrees of faith. Here according to Jesus if believes operate in mustard seed sized faith they can remove mulberry trees to cast them into the sea. Now whether believers need to cast trees into the sea or not, Jesus used it to show what mustard seed faith can achieve. The follow verses reveal how believers can operate in more faith.
Luke 17:7 “Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, Come at once and recline at table? 8 Will he not rather say to him, Prepare supper for me and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink? 9 Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? 10 So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.”
A break down of this scripture next time.