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12: Mustard Seeds

Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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We must understand the power of faith, because what we believe is what blooms in our lives. This 12-part series lays bare the operational law of faith and how it affects us every day.



When Jesus spoke about faith, the mustard seed was His symbol—“smallest of all seeds.” His disciples heard that God’s voice is a seed, hiding within, power of Life and Reproduction, “some 30, some 60, some hundredfold” (Matthew 13).

The mustard seed, picture of a living Word imparted into the heart of a listener and bearing with it the literal faith of God Himself, bypassing human inability to believe. Faith is a Seed planted, a particle of Heaven-Life ready to root and produce in the dark soil of a gutted heart (Luke 8).

Faith is not the exalting of a humanly-chosen fact, thrown at God to twist His arm of action.

This Seed is from a different Realm, far superior because it is LIFE—not mere thought. The Seed of God’s voice is cast upon us every day, by the abundance of His generosity. God joys to speak to His creation, and by His voice to impart the Living Potential of a speck that carries inside of it a dynamic, an explosion of fruit.

All it takes to have faith is an Open Ear by a Bowed Heart, plowed and harrowed and not distracted by lust for information.


Faith is imparted by God’s Voice to the lone believer. To hear is to obtain God. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word (voice) of God” (Rom. 10:17 NASB). That Word of God’s personal voice is unique because it is embryonic, not informative. It is a seed of God-reproduction, capable of its own fulfillment. Mary listened to the angel and wisely sought to understand those Divine Words.

For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.
Luke 1:37 AMP

Divine explanation gave her supernatural understanding. Her dependence was not on human deduction. By knowing God’s meaning, His way, she gave her self, her destiny and future to be taken over by the Seed of God in His personal Word to her. “Then Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said” (Lk. 1:38 AMP).

Profound receiving of the Word…giving herself to be pregnant with God’s Son. As sperm carries in it the life of the father, Seed-Word carries within, the Infinitesimal Life of Eternal Father. When He speaks, His life is in His words. Reproductive Life. God-Life. And the seed contains along with the Life, the faith of Very God for its birthing.


Luke 17:6 NASB
And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea;’ and it would obey you.”

Matthew 17:20 NASB
And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you.” (Emphasis mine)

AMP: If you have faith (that is living) like a mustard seed…

Jesus likened faith to a mustard seed. Faith must be Seed, not opinion. Faith is being impregnated with the Seed of God’s Creative Voice. “Let there be…and there was” (Gen. 1). Faith is meant to move mountains and uproot trees. “Mountain” here symbolizes the man-of-dust puffing himself large by piles of dirty self. The mountain is pride, obscuring God and taking His place by presumption.

Mulberry trees are a symbol of war with God’s enemy (1 Chron. 14:15). Trees with roots entangling earth’s humanity, obstacles of evil, standing in the way of God’s expansion. Faith is for the purpose of moving mountains of human pride and uprooting trees of evil interference. Faith like a mustard seed, living and powerful by God, seed of His Creative Voice.


If you abide in Me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you.
John 15:7 NASB

Prayer is answered, desire is fulfilled, when the Word of God’s Voice – private and secret to the quiet listener – is nurtured and harbored as a precious wonder. Given this believing remembrance, the Treasured Seed can sprout into appearance. Nothing can stop it.


Faith is a Divine Impartation for the increase of God, not self-promotion.

Jesus in the wilderness was tempted to use God’s Word and Power for the advancement of His human self.

  • “Show your magic” – turn stones into bread.
  • “Control humanity”- rule kingdoms.
  • “Force God to move” – jump from the parapet.

Control – matter, man and Maker – all for your own prominence. This is not Faith but perversion. God allows both to exist in His kingdom. The Word God speaks, constitutes a choice…and a test.

On three other occasions, Jesus mentioned the mustard seed of faith, an entirely different application.

Matthew 13:31-32 NASB
The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field and this is smaller than all other seeds; but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.

Mark 4:30-32 AMP
With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use to illustrate and explain it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all seeds upon the earth; yet after it is sown, it grows up and becomes the greatest of all garden herbs and puts out large branches; so that the birds of the air are able to make nest nests and dwell in its shade.

Luke 13:18-19 NASB
What is the kingdom of God like and to what shall I compare it?  It is like a mustard seed which a man took and threw into his own garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.
(Emphasis mine)

The Divine Seed is not meant to be planted in the earth for roots of worldly largeness. It is for changing the face and geography of humanity, for the conquering of enemy invasion. His Spoken Word is to be spoken, not buried. Given away for Him, not hoarded for self.

“Say to this mountain…”
“Say to the mulberry tree…”

Do you see the difference between planting in the earth and moving earth? His Word is for the increase of His kingdom, not mine…

These mustard seeds were all three planted in the earth for personal advancement, using God to build a human kingdom, magnificent and rooted deep in the dirt of vain ambition. Big rooted trees are “love of the world” more than heaven.

We are pilgrims, not residents. We are wheat continually harvested, not trees of permanence in massive stature. Common wheat, cut and served up to the world’s hunger for God. Jesus told us about “birds of the air.” Birds of the air are “the evil one” (Mt. 13:19). The Voice of God’s giving turned into self-promotion, gives shelter to the “evil one” who nests wherever self is king. That is his own nature of evil ambition.

The Word God speaks so freely to us, can be taken into two opposing spiritual realms. One is moving earth and trees out of God’s way. The other is growing monuments to self, mammoth trees to exclude Him and give home to His hater.

In the large tree of dirty planting, the evil one can hide in the darkness of its shade and the branches of its religiosity. God, by His gift of freedom, allows you do with His Word whatever you choose. The Word is to be planted only in the spiritual heart of clean honesty and then tossed into the air by proclamation. The Word is not meant to gain an impressive throne for self by burying it in earthliness.

Largeness is not itself wrong. But for whom does the largeness exist? For what purpose? Control or Divine dominion? Self or God? God allows His Precious Seed to be given to all. What we do with it is the crisis.

Tree and wood stand for common humanity. On a Tree He was nailed, hung to die, impaled on our fallen-ness. When we are cut from roots of worldliness and are dead by separation, then we can be formed into an ark of His Tabernacle Presence. A Carpenter He was, making use of dead lumber, honing and planing humanity into cradles for the Divine.

But please, no tree set deep in darkness, hiddenly anchored to what is cursed.

Copyright © 2000 Martha Blaney Kilpatrick, Faith Is

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