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Challenging Steps of Faith in Paul Karanick's Newly Released Book "Faith of a Mustard Seed"

Challenging Steps of Faith in Paul Karanick's Newly Released Book "Faith of a Mustard Seed"

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Paul and Christina experienced what it means to have the faith of a mustard seed. The term is used by Christ to explain the power that one can have if we just have a little faith.
Paul and Christina experienced what it means to have the faith of a mustard seed. The term is used by Christ to explain the power that one can have if we just have a little faith.

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Challenging Steps of Faith in Paul Karanick's Newly Released Book "Faith of aMustard Seed"
Paul and Christina experienced what it means to have the faith of a mustard seed. The term is used by Christ to explain the power that one can have if we just have a little faith.
Anaheim, CA, June 13, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Paul Karanick, co-founder and evangelist of XclaimedMinistries, has just announced the release of his first book: Faith of a Mustard Seed. The book covers thebeginning years of the ministry and the struggles that he and his family faced from the very start.Karanick says that God used this time to show him and his wife, Christina, how to have a stronger andmore effective faith in Christ. Karanick adds, “I felt that I had faith in God, but once I went through theexperiences that God placed before me, I realized that I had only a little faith. I wrote this book so thatothers can see that there are many levels of faith. I truly think we can all have a life led by faith ratherthan fear; hope rather than doubt.”Paul and Christina experienced what it means to have the faith of a mustard seed. The term is used byChrist to explain the power that one can have if we just have a little faith. Paul looks back on his life andministry to reveal how God strengthens our faith and forms us into an effective part of the body of Christ.Recalling the steps of how God led him, his family and ministry, Paul highlights how God equips theones He calls by:Calling all people to have faithConfirming that God is callingWalking through fearBuilding a stronger faithInfecting others with faithPaul uses his own life as an example of the faith process. These illustrations will prepare believers for thetypical steps involved in building a stronger faith relationship with Christ. Paul openly admits that he wasnot qualified to take on the task that God had placed upon him, but God would soon reveal to him that noone is truly qualified without the power of Christ. God reshaped Paul and led him into a ministry thatcontinuously depended upon faith.A true visionary and gifted in faith, he began to trust less in his own abilities and more upon God'sabilities. Knowing that without faith it is impossible to please God, Paul teaches of using faith to get asclose to God as you can. Paul's unshakeable faith became contagious within his ministry as life's worriesand fears were lessened due to the faith that God provides.Faith of a Mustard Seed is currently available on the Xclaimed Ministries website (www.xclaimed.org
 
)and also at barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com and books.google.com.Book Preview:It was a little after midnight when my thoughts finally woke me up in fear. I have two little girls and a
 
wife that I have to take care of and I can't even pay the utilities for our house. "God, how did I get here? Iput all my faith in You and now, I am awake in the middle of the night because of fear that my family isgoing to be out on the streets because I tried this crazy idea." I cried, and tossed and turned for about anhour because I could not sleep. I continued to pray and express my disappointment to God. What I did notrealize was that God was allowing me to experience a complete dependency upon Him. He was teachingme to pray more often, read and depend upon His Word. There are different levels of faith and He wasmoving me up to another level. God was training me to read with the intent of getting an answer. He wasestablishing a foundation for a fruitful relationship. As anyone could see I had faith, but it was very littlefaith. I often think God would use the words He spoke to the disciples, “You of little faith” to describeme. He was equipping me to have greater faith. I often think back to this particular time in my life andrealize that if God had just let the apartment building sell easily and all the funds had been provided bythe proceeds, I would have missed this great opportunity of getting to know a true and living God andhow much He truly cares for each of us more than we can imagine. After hours of tossing around and aface full of tears God finally put a strong conviction on my heart to go get my Bible. Well, it wasdownstairs and I really did not want to get up out of bed and go get the Bible. After realizing that I wasn'tgoing to be able to get back to sleep, I went down and got the Bible. As God has been showing me to do,I just opened it up and started reading. “And He said to His disciples, 'For this reason I say to you, do notworry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. For life ismore than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; theyhave no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life's span? If then you cannot do even a verylittle thing, why do you worry about other matters? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toilnor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God soclothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how muchmore will He clothe you?'” (Luke 12:22-28, NASB) It was astounding to hear God speak through HisWord, especially knowing that it was exactly what I needed to hear from Him. God was talking to me soclearly, as if He was in the room with me (I know He was). After reading these verses I was overwhelmedwith joy. He could not have been clearer in addressing the issues at hand. It reassured me that God wasreally with me in this mess. Amazingly enough, shortly after reading this scripture, I was able to go tosleep in peace. No more tears or sadness. The financial issues were still present, but now I knew that Godwas with me and that was enough assurance for me to be comfortable. I don't mind going through hardtimes, I only need to be assured that God is going with me through it all.

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