CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 3/21/2022

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 17: 19-20 Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?” “You didn’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I assure you, even if you had faith 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.”

How much faith do you have? Does your faith enable you to move the mountains in your life? Is your faith enough to help you overcome whatever life brings you? There is nothing in life that is beyond our ability to handle if we have faith in God. If we have absolute trust in Him, we will not lose heart, or hope. Faith shapes the way we think about life’s circumstances. If we lack faith we will be overpowered by life and live in defeat instead of victory. Faith draws us closer to God. When the tough times of life overwhelm us, faith makes the Lord more real and precious to us. The journey is often very difficult, but faith makes any journey possible.

Faith is rooted in relationship. A faith that is rooted solely in the brain is no real faith at all. Faith that will move the mountains is rooted in the heart where Jesus is. The more Jesus influences our lives, the more we trust Him in life. Jesus changes us from the inside out and that change enables faith to take root and govern our lives.

How much faith do you have? Is it enough to move the mountains out of the way in your life? Jesus said that just a little faith can make the impossible possible. There is no limit to the victories you can have over the obstacles in your life if you but believe in God’s ability and willingness to help you. Buckling underneath the heavy loads of life is simply a lack of faith in Him who can carry them for us. He is able to do immeasurably more than anything we ask for Him to do or for us to imagine Him capable of doing. Ask anything in the will of God and don’t doubt and He will do it for you.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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