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Matthew 17:20
“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

The dialogue from the verse above comes after the disciples failed to cast a devil out of the lunatick son. When the disciples saw Jesus help this boy, they marveled at His ability to do what they could not do. Jesus told the disciples that the reason they could not do what He did was because they had not done what it takes to make this happen.

Every believer has within them the capability to see God perform great works through them. The difference between those who see God do great works and those who don’t is that those who see the great works are those who simply do what it takes to allow God to perform the great works through them. This generation is in need of believers who will do great works, but they will never see these great works unless the ingredients Jesus laid out are present in their lives. Let me point out to you four observations as to what it takes to see God perform great works through you.

First, there are always two elements present with every impossible act. The two choices every believer has to choose from is faith or unbelief. Every believer has faith, but wherever there is faith there is also unbelief. It was because the disciples chose to act upon the unbelief instead of their faith that caused them not to be able to see the great work of this boy healed from the devil. Unbelief always pulls you away from the faith that it takes to see God’s great works performed through your life. If you want God to do great works, you are going to have to act upon your faith.

Second, it’s not the size of the faith, but the action upon faith that allows God to do great works through the believer. God said that the believer only needs faith the size of a mustard seed. This is not a lot of faith, but you do have that amount of faith within you. If you are saved, you have enough faith for God to do great works through you. Don’t let your faith lay dormant. Too many believers act upon unbelief instead of faith because they feel the amount of faith they have is not enough faith. It is never the amount of faith you have that makes the great works of God possible, but it is the power of your God in whom your faith is placed that makes the great works possible.

Third, it is acting upon the impossibility that makes faith germane. Faith is irrelevant if you continue to do what you know you can do. It is when you look at the mountains of life and attempt to see them removed that makes your faith relevant. You can use the excuse that the great works can’t be done in this day as your reason to act upon unbelief, or you can use the belief that God is still capable of doing great works in this generation to stir you to act upon faith.

Fourth, faith, fasting and prayer are the ingredients for “this kind” of miracle. You can act on faith to see the great works done, but you will fail if you don’t bathe your faith in fasting and prayer. The disciples acted on their little faith, but unbelief prevailed because they didn’t bathe their faith in fasting and prayer. Unbelief will always prevail in your life if you don’t immerse your faith in fasting and prayer. If you are going to see God do great works through your life, you are going to need to act upon faith that is bathed in fasting and prayer.

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