August NewsletterPosted on August 19th, 2019.
The other day I was cutting a piece of fencing that was a bit too long. I did not hurt myself, in case you were thinking that. I cut off just a bit. So the top matches the other pieces, it took just a little bit….
Just the other day, Sally had fixed a casserole and said it might need just a little bit of salt. Well, it was good and yes it needed just a little bit of salt….
At our Granddaughter’s recent volleyball game she was in a great serving groove. One of her serves touched the net but still went over and could not be returned. We cheered like crazy. All it took was just that little bit of energy to get over the net. Sometimes it does take just a little bit….
Recently I heard a message delivered by T. D. Jakes, one of my past employers, entitled “Just a little bit,” based on Matthew 17:20.
In conversation with his disciples Jesus in that teaching moment said, “…Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” NIV
Jesus did not say the disciples needed faith the size of the mountain. Or that their faith had to equal the challenge they faced. But what was needed was just a little bit of faith – the size of a mustard seed.
One little seed will grow into a mustard tree. That tree will produce a harvest of seeds. There is no limit to how many seeds will be produced. Our little bit of faith, likewise, has no limits. The mountain you face cannot grow taller. It is all it is going to be. In contrast, your seed of faith has no limits. What God has put into our spirits is enough to overcome the mountain.
Also, the mustard tree grows in all types of conditions, all types of soils. It is resilient and can endure drought conditions. We as Christians live in all types of situations. We go through droughts, but by faith, we come through.
The mustard tree and the seed have many uses. The seeds produce mustard, the leaves can be eaten in the form of mustard greens. The seeds can be squeezed to produce an oil similar to diesel fuel. Even the remnants of the seed can be used as a pesticide.
Your faith, the size of a mustard seed, will be squeezed. We all are tested and sometimes question our faith. But when our faith is tested or squeezed it too will produce an anointing oil and a pesticide that will ward off those tiny gnats that buzz our spiritual being.
Jesus is saying, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed…nothing will be impossible for you.”
African Moons started with faith – the size of a mustard seed. That faith has seen God do miracles. Some may have doubted the vision but not you. You have believed with us.
Looking ahead to the next four months of 2019; we see the African Moons Golf Tournament, the Christmas in a Box project, the Phase II Dormitory project and the November Arusha trip for Shalom Center Orphanage, Government Schools and the Arusha Bible College graduation.
Tanzania for Jesus!
Joel & Sally