He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you. Luke 17:6
When Jesus said if you have faith the size of a mustard seed he wasnít talking about something you could put your hands upon. He was using the mustard seed as a comparison to show that you donít need huge amount of faith to move mountains. At the same time he was not referring to an Inkling of faith which meant you would have to stretch your imagination to see it.
Jesus used the mustard seed as an example of what the kingdom of God was like. The mustard seed like all seeds have everything needed to produce a plant after its own kind. The seed sprouts and sends a shoot upward and then the leaf appears. In time the shoot becomes a stalk and blossoms and begins to produce fruit. When thinking of faith in this manner faith grows like the mustard seed.
The bible tells us that we are enticed by our evil desires and allow our desires to conceive. Like the mustard seed sin can begin only as a thought but it eventually grows into deeds of sin which will produce death as fruit.
On the other hand by placing our mind on the things of God and making every attempt to live according to the spirit our thought process changes. There has to be a renewal of the mind as the sin nature of man is at war with the child of God.
The bible tells how to obtain faith for our salvation but the process is the same for using our faith for other things.
Faith comes from hearing the word of God. At the same time the word of God must be taken to heart where it can be sown like a seed. You see, the heart of man is the soil where the word of God grows but the fruit of the heart is born through the deeds of the believer. Take special note where the devil snatches the seed from.
Jesus is telling us there is a process of seed growth and the first step is to plant the seed. The word of God is sown every time we hear the word of God. When we look at the parable of the sower we find the sower busy scattering his seed in his field. In this parable the seed fell on all kinds of soil where some of the seed was eaten by the birds, the soil conditions was harden by foot. Jesus also spoke of the seeds scattered among the thorns and other plants that robbed the seed of its nutrients. Then Jesus spoke of the soil that had the right conditions to produce the fruit desired of the farmer. God wants us to make those conditions suitable for the seed.
Matthew 13:19 tells us that the heart is the soil where God intended the seed to be planted. This makes sense when you consider the Kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom and that God is spirit, man is spirit and every gift and promise and words of Jesus Christ were spirit.
Being filled with the spirit allows God to fill your entire being so your cup overflows and spills outward. Allowing the spirit to permeate your heart is any method that takes the word of God to your heart. For the most part you can plant the word of God into your heart by choosing to hear it speak it and believe it. For the seed of Godís word to grow it has to be purposely planted in the heart and establish a means of keeping the word in the heart unto it sprouts.
Once the word of God sprouts you must begin to cultivate your faith. It means that you do something to get rid of doubt and bring everything into agreement with Godís word. In other words we must demolish every pretense that sets itself up against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5). Itís those fabrications and the fiery darts (lies) used by Satanís that cause unbelief.
Taking time to think (ponder) takes Godís word directly to the heart where like the mustard seed can grow. It is one truth after another that builds you faith and because his word is consistent throughout the bible it becomes a treasure of the heart.
The good things of Godís word can be stored in your heart for future use. It becomes the foundation on which you compel your life to stand upon and the same foundation shapes the ingredients to base your faith on.
Faith grows with use and faith is always has a crop ready to harvest. Just as faith is dead without works faith is worthless without a harvest. In other words you have to put your faith to work to have a harvest.
In the same way faith doesnít work well without trust. Both words are defined in similar fashion. However you can believe without ever seeing the desired outcome but trust is the peace of mind that knows that it will be done as promised. Itís being certain that it will be done without ever seeing its reality. That is what the patriots of faith were commended for; they died before they saw the promise of God.
Faith will produce fruit continuously when it is nourished and constantly fed. We need to consider that the fruit of faith was meant to be used on a constant basis. Through faith we were saved, healed and have our every need met. God said we were a needy people but faith without being tested lacks the substance of belief.
Is your trust in the God who does things in secret? Do you understand that the outcome of things not seen with your eyes is the very things we trust God for? Do we hope for things we already have? Isnít faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1).
We will not be healed by sight rather we are healed by the promise of God and the knowledge that he has the power to do what he has promised. The trust we need is to use the affected part we have asked God to heal. Then it is only natural to give God glory for healing you.