Stop Trying To Validate Yourself

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Back in the day there was this commercial for a haircare product called Bylcreem. (If you remember that it just shows how old we both are.) The slogan for this product was “a little dab will do ya”. The implication was with a little dab of Brylcreem it would totally transform your hair making you more attractive and confident. Basically, a little dab of Brylcreem could change the situation and the outcome. Whether or not that was true with Brylcreem, it’s definitely true of faith.

I was recently reading Matthew 17 and there was an incident there that stuck out to me. Here is the story. A man brings his son who is demon possessed to his disciples and they were unable to cast the demon out. The man realizing he’s getting nowhere with the disciples brings the boy to Jesus and he rebukes the demon and casts the demon out. Here is what happened next.

 Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?”

20 “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. – Matthew 17:19-20 (NLT)

I am sure the disciples were embarrassed. They failed in the moment of truth in the moment where it was time for them to shine, they fizzled out. What was shocking to me is the reason why Jesus said they failed, they didn’t have enough faith. Jesus tells them that faith the size of a mustard seed could have solved that problem and by default that means they didn’t even have that much. It must have hurt to hear that.

After reading this I asked myself this question which I am going to ask you. How big is your faith? By Jesus’ statement the key to unlocking God’s miraculous power in your life is faith. So again, the question I asked myself and I ask you is how big is your faith? I don’t ask this to chastise you or even to make you feel bad. I ask this because of the huge role faith plays in your life and your walk with Jesus. We can’t afford to miss this.

Here is why this is so important, because of the end of the verse…nothing would be impossible.  What Jesus is saying is that if you can get to the place of believing God, even if your faith is really small, nothing is impossible.

Here’s what I want you to do today. Begin to ask God for little faith. The change your situation requires may not require big faith, it just won’t change with no faith. If all you have is just a little bit of faith, then that is enough and with that little bit nothing would be impossible. I encourage you today to go to God with your little faith and watch what he will do. After all “a little dab will do ya” especially when God is in it.

Clarence Haynes

Clarence Haynes