[SW171] 01/31/2015 message notes by
Licensed Leader Susan J. Wynn ©2015
“The Seed of Faith”
The Lord wants to plant a seed in you today, He wants to rain on you today, He wants to show you the divine simplicity of faith.
Text to begin with — Ephesians 2:8
In Israel, the deserts are dry and desolate-looking. But once in a while, the great rains come, and the desert blooms. Seeds dropped during the last great rain, seeds that have laid dormant for years, suddenly produce a sea of flowers and grasses.
Faith is like that. It’s a seed. God plants it in you. It’s a gift from Him (Ephesians 2:8).
You want to understand faith, you want God to do what He says He will do. But the more voices you listen to, the more complicated it seems to be. I pray you will see its divine simplicity today.
It is by grace you are saved, through faith.
It is by grace you are healed, through faith.
It is by grace you are delivered, through faith.
Beloved, Jesus Christ has come to set the captives free (Isaiah 61, Luke 4:18-19). And He’s the same yesterday and today and forever. It all begins with the seed of faith deposited in you by God.
I am praying that God will plant a seed of faith in you, and that the great rains come to water it, as I tell you what He did in me.
#1 The seed
I had a hard time pinpointing when I received the seed of faith, but just this morning, the Lord showed me it was when I was a little child, maybe five years old. I remember my parents taking me to church. But then I strayed far away, and there was no rain, so the seed laid dormant for 40 years.
#2 The rain
My pastor gave our church board Tommy Tenney’s The God Chasers. I was sick with progressive MS. But the rain came, and the seed stirred. I got face-down on the floor and prayed, “God, I want to know you like that!”
Then there was the vision from Pastor Doc. He obeyed God and from the pulpit, spoke the vision God had given him (Romans 10:14-17). In that vision, I was healed. More rain! My face lit up, I couldn’t help but smile, the seed stirred more!
#3 The conviction and confession
Conviction of sin came next. When I saw it, I came to God humbly and contritely (Psalm 51:16-17).
— The Holy Spirit convicted me of sin, through the instructions God gave Pastor Doc (praying to God to see if I was right with Him, and receiving no answer).
— Pastor Doc obeyed and asked if I had any unforgiveness in my heart. Yes, toward first husband. I confessed my sin (Matthew 6:15), and asked God to take unforgiveness from my heart. I felt it lift off my shoulders as I prayed.
I was not right with God until I asked Him to take it from me. That’s why there was no answer to my first prayer.
— Pastor Doc obeyed again and showed me Hebrews 13:8 (more rain!), making me speak it out loud. The Holy Spirit convicted me that I was limiting God by saying healing is not for today, and I repented.
#4 The growing
Still more rain! I needed it in order to break ground and come into flower and sway in the breeze of the Holy Spirit!
Word — The scripture prescriptions assigned by Pastor Doc, at God’s direction.
Worship — Continuous, worship music from when I arose to when I went to bed.
Prayer — Lord, show me, teach me, put this Word in me so I know You, and so I believe You will heal me.
#5 The believing — acting on the seed of faith God gave to me
Here’s all it was (but it is much, when I think about it!) — I reached up in the night and asked Jesus to rescue me from drowning in a sea of doubt (Matthew 14:30, John 11:4 and 40, Isaiah 53:1).
#6 The seeing
Healed, then baptized in the Spirit, and growing, faith to faith, image to image, glory to glory (2Corinthians 3:18)!
#7 The purpose
That I would be a witness to the world, living proof that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, and that He loves me just as He loves His Son (John 17:21, 23)
Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). Seek Him, not what He can do.
Approach God humbly and contritely. Crouch down as low as you can go. Ask Him for a seed of faith.
Ask Him to show you if there is sin in your heart, and when He does, don’t shrink back. Just ask Him to remove it so you’re no longer separated from Him (Isaiah 59:1-2).
Be careful of preachers of faith. Some of them teach only part of the picture.
Ask God to put someone in your path who will show you the whole picture. He is faithful, and He will do it.
Obey what that one says to do. Submit. Pray, read, worship.
When Satan tries to strip everything away by sending a wave of doubt over you, that little plant of faith in you, grown from the seed that was a gift from God, will remain.
And He will answer and save you and heal you and fill you.