And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. (Mark 11:22-23 KJV)
This scripture is very interesting because it speaks of a level of faith that is attainable by everyone. Jesus made a point of saying to stop doubting when we pray. The moment we start doubting when we pray that is the moment our faith vanishes and our prayers become just empty words. Faith calls for an action on our part. As a matter of fact James 2:26 says ‚ÄúFor as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also‚ÄĚ.
I knew an extraordinary couple that lived in such agreement that their thoughts were inseparable. They were commonly known by most folks in that neck of the woods as Ma and Pa. As a matter of fact I do not think I ever knew their first names. They have both gone home to be with the Lord, but I think of them often. Pa was a very quiet deep thinking type of fellow who talked very little. Whereas Ma was very open and enjoyed talking. Not only were they extremely dedicated to each other, they were especially dedicated to the Lord. Their faith in the Lord always amazed me because it seemed that their prayers were answered quicker than most folks.
As a young stray teenager running around the countryside in the late ‚Äė40s and early ‚Äė50s I had the privilege of living with many people who wanted to be mom and dad to me. This was one of those couples who loved me for what I was, and through the eyes of faith saw potential in my scattered life. Perhaps my life is made up of bits and pieces of all those fine people who were willing to be my parents for a season.
I learned many things from all of them, but the thing I learned from Ma and Pa that would help me in later life was how to trust God and live by faith. I do not believe there is any greater lesson to learn than that of trusting God and living by faith.
One day I left Ma‚Äôs home as I had left all the other homes, but Ma never left me. She always considered me to be her boy and by faith she would never turn loose of what she felt God had given to her.
As the years passed I would see Ma less and less. I might show up every two or three years to check on her and Pa but that was about it. During one of those absences from Ma I came to know the Lord. It could have been because of Ma‚Äôs prayers and deep level of faith‚Ä¶not to mention her persistence that caused heaven to move on my behalf.
The moment I came to the Lord I was so on fire for God that I immediately went into the ministry as an evangelist and was getting people saved everywhere. One day I began to realize that maybe I had the Ma type of faith. Perhaps my inheritance from Ma was her faith and fire. Because Ma had something to do with my faith and fire, I am forever grateful.
I seldom saw Ma and Pa anymore because I lived several hours away from them. However, one day while going about my business in Houston, Texas‚ÄĒall of a sudden the Lord spoke to me and said, ‚ÄúMa needs you.‚ÄĚ I filled up my car and headed down the road to Ma‚Äôs house. A couple of hours later I pulled up in front of her modest little house and there she was waiting for me at the screen door. I got out of my car and said, ‚ÄúHi Ma, how are you doing?‚ÄĚ She did not respond by saying hi back, (as I expected). She only said, ‚ÄúWhat took you so long?‚ÄĚ Then she said, ‚ÄúWell come on in, and we will talk about that later.‚ÄĚ
The reason the Lord sent me to see Ma that day was because she was ministering to a lady who had a problem which Ma did not know how to handle. Ma stopped ministering to the lady and told her, ‚ÄúI do not know how to handle things like this but I have a boy who does.‚ÄĚ The lady asked, ‚ÄúWhere is he?‚ÄĚ Ma said, ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know but I will pray and the Lord will send him.‚ÄĚ The lady asked, ‚ÄúBut how does that work?‚ÄĚ Ma said, ‚ÄúGod hears me when I pray and John knows how to hear the Lord so he will come.‚ÄĚ Her simple faith filled prayer was ‚ÄúLord I need for You to send John, in Jesus name, amen!‚ÄĚ The lady said, ‚ÄúYou mean that is all there is to it?‚ÄĚ Ma said, ‚ÄúYep, that is all there is to it.‚ÄĚ After she prayed she walked over to the screen door and waited for me to show up. That is the epitome of faith.
Everyone should have a Ma in their life to teach them how to trust God and to live by faith. These types of mothers are rare and are sprinkled throughout the kingdom as salt.
I cannot thank you enough for allowing Ma in my life. Even though she has been with you many years I continue to learn from her home spun theology, which to me is more accurate than all the seminary training in the world. Ma truly did walk with you in the cool of the day as Adam did. She really did talk to you ‚Äúmouth to mouth‚ÄĚ as Moses did. I pray I will have the kind of impact on others that Ma had on my life. Lord, her ministry will never end because I carry her message of trusting in God and living by faith to people around the world. Ma‚Äôs faith was a true example of ‚Äúmountain-moving faith‚ÄĚ.
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