A Grain of Mustard Seed
Luke 17:5-6
   And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith [belief]
   And the Lord said, If ye had faith [belief] as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

Matthew 13:31-32
   Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
   Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

   The mustard seed of the Bible lands is about 10 times smaller than the mustard seed in America and the west. It is a very tiny dark seed that is so small that if you were to get it in your eye you would hardly notice it. It truly is the "least of all seeds." The mustard plant that grows from this seed is also different from the western mustard plant. The Bible lands mustard plant grows into a tree the size of a fruit tree. To believe God is to act upon His Word. Belief is a small thing that produces great results just as the tiny mustard seed produces a great tree.
    The sycamine fig tree in the Bible lands is a tree with a tremendous root system that is deep and holds the tree tightly to the ground. Sometimes our own problems and needs may seem deep rooted and immovable. Yet, when we have belief in the word of God, "as a grain of mustard seed, " our deep rooted problems will be plucked up from the roots and cast into the sea. Nothing is impossible for God!

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