A 40-Day Faith Challenge
Jesus tells us in Matthew 17:20, that faith the size of a tiny mustard seed is powerful. So, let's plant those seeds and reap the harvest.
The Seed: God's Word
Cleansing Rain: A Reflection on God's Word
A big part of the Christian faith is believing in God’s promises. We believe in the miracles, yet we struggle to believe His best promise of all, that all our sins are forgiven. We are tempted to think “But not my sin, my sin was too big, too egregious.” It’s hard to believe that Jesus paid the debt, and we do nothing but reap the reward.
This verse presents two common struggles of Christians.
We must confess our sins. We must admit our wrongdoings and acknowledge that we will always fall short of God’s perfect standard. And who wants to admit they’re wrong? We want to justify our sin so we can keep on doing it. Or we reason it’s not so bad and it’s not hurting anyone to minimize our guilt. We have all kinds of clever excuses.
On the other side of that, we sometimes struggle to believe in God’s faithfulness in forgiving our sins. We think our sin is too great for God’s mercy. We’ve gone too far down the wrong road to turn back.
Thankfully, Jesus’s death on the cross promises to pay the debt of all our sins- past, present, and future. We are saved- period the end. Our faith makes us righteous before our Holy God. But as with any good relationship, we should confess our sins because every sin is against and hurtful to God. We must be faithful in seeking His forgiveness through confession and continually seek to repent from behavior that is an affront to God’s goodness.
Taking Root: Questions to Help You Dig Deeper
SonShine: Shining the Light of Jesus
Daily Sprinkle: A Prayer to Say Throughout the Day
The peace Christians possess is deeply rooted in the assurance of God's goodness and His forgiveness. "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord." Acts 3:19
May we live life as forgiven people.