Yesterday was so much fun that we decided to do the same route, but go just a bit longer this morning. Jodi and I woke up and put in a nice, brisk 5 mile run this morning. We did the “Extended Fairlawn Loop”. She killed it!
This has been a big week for me. The latest Jeff Polen single was finally released on iTunes, and should soon be available everywhere that you stream or purchase digital music. “Great Things You Have Done” was recorded at Taylor’s Playground Recording Studio, featuring one of my daughters on the violin, one of my daughters on the ukulele, one of my daughters on the piano, and the whole family singing background vocals. I am super excited to have it officially released.
Daily Run: Jodi and I ran the 5.15 mile “Extended Fairlawn Loop” in 46 minutes and 21 seconds, which is an average pace of 9:00 per mile.
Daily Bible Reading: There is a peculiar piece of dialogue in Luke 17 that I believe is worth taking a closer look at.
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 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. Luke 17:5–6, ESV
Isn’t this interesting.
The apostles approached Jesus with a simple request for Him to increase their faith. Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever asked the LORD to increase your faith?
I sure have.
And what kind of response does the LORD give to the apostles? It is certainly not what they were expecting. He says, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could… and it would obey you.”
Do you see the progression? Do you see the connection?
The apostles ask for an increase in their faith. Jesus does not give them an increase in their faith, but rather, He essentially tells them that they already have enough faith to do incredible things.
He didn’t say, “I can see why you would want more faith. In fact, once you attain a certain high level of faith, you will be able to…”
He did say, “If you even have a small amount of faith, which you have already shown yourselves to possess, then you can…”
Friend, it is not about how much faith you have. It is simply about believing what even a small amount of faith can accomplish through the power of the Holy Spirit.
You don’t need more faith. You simply need to exercise the faith that you already possess.
Do you believe in yourself? Do you believe in Jesus? Do you believe that He believes in you?
It is possible that Jesus believes in you more than you do.