Summary: Many situations in life are but testing zones...Philip faced a test? Andrew faced a test? You will face situations that will test your faith.
FAILING THE TEST? HINDER MY MIRACLE? THIS IS BIGGER THAN I AM...
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
WILL MY OWN LIMITATIONS DEFINE WHAT GOD CAN DO?
Do I tend to focus on THE PROBLEMS and not GOD SOLUTIONS?
Are we so blind that the facts define our faith? Facts that can kill our faith?
We tend to accept our emotions as the defining factor--- WILL WE RELEASE A MIRACLE BY OUR VISION? WE MUST NEVER FORGET THERE IS A GOD FACTOR BEYOND OUR ABILITY TO DO AND SEE...
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Proverbs 29:18 (MSG) If people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.
Are we stumbling around in the darkness of DOUBT and UNBELIEF because we allow our emotions, feelings and problems to DEFINE WHAT THE GOD POSSIBILITIES ARE?
WILL THIS PROBLEM DEFINE US? ... THE TEST IS FIX THIS!!!
FIX IT!!! PHILIP: YOU ARE FACING A TEST! WE HAVE A PROBLEM? WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?
John 6:5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
THIS IS A BIG PROBLEM!!!
THIS PROBLEM IS SO BIG --- I CAN NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM...
WHERE CAN WE GO TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM?
We are in the middle of NO WHERE!
CAN WE BUY FOR 5,000 MEN and don't forget the women and the children?
Let us guess one woman and two kids... (???) 15,000 hungry mouths?
15,000 BIG MAC MEALS AT $6.69 EACH...
15,000 x $6.69= **** $100,350.00***
You know some hungry men and some hungry growing kids would not be satisfied with one Big Mac, FF. and a drink?
THIS PROBLEM REQUIRES A MIRACLE GREATER THAN WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO FIX~!!!!
THIS IS OVER A $100,000 PROBLEM...
THIS TEST --- THIS TEST
WE SELDOM HAVE THE ABILITY TO RECOGNIZE WE ARE BEING TESTED WHILE WE ARE BEING TESTED!
THE TRUTH? THERE IS A $100,000+ NEED HERE!!!!
PHILIP COULD NOT SEE A SOLUTION FOR THIS BIG $100,000+ PROBLEM...
THIS IS BIGGER THAN HIS DREAM OR VISION!!!
ALL PHILIP COULD SEE WAS A PROBLEM BIGGER THAN HIS ABILITY? OUR COLLLECTIVE ABILITY?
Are our problems bigger than our vision...
Can we stretch our faith
John 6:6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
WHY DO WE REFUSE TO SEE OUR PROBLEMS, TRIALS AND TESTS CAN HAVE A SOLUTION...
John 6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
WE TEND TO MAKE OUR PROBLEMS AND TESTS LARGER AND LARGER WITH DOUBT, WORRY, FEAR... WILL WE ALLOW THIS TEST TO HINDER OUR MIRACLES?
PHILIP SO EXCUSED THE VISION OF POSSIBILITIES THAT JESUS HAD TO TURN TO ANOTHER BELIEVER?
John 6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,
PHILIP KNEW WHAT A HUGE MIRACLE --- $100,000+ THIS WOULD BE---
He could see NO SOLUTION... His vision was distorted by human reasoning...
ANDREW SPEAKS ABOUT A DIVINE POSSIBILITY THEN BEFORE HIS MIRACLE HE CONCLUDES:
THIS CAN'T BE THE SOLUTION: WHAT ARE THEY AMONG SO MANY?
BARLEY --- WAS THE FOOD OF HORSES AND POOR PEOPLE...
5 BARLEY LOAVES BY TODAY'S STANDARDS WERE LIKE A SMALL BISCUIT...
EVEN THE BIBLE CALLS THE FISH===SMALL...
John 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
LET US GET PREPARED FOR OUR MIRACLE...
John 6:10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
WHILE THIS TESTING ZONE CALLS FOR OBEDIENCE --- SIT DOWN IN SMALL GROUPS...
THERE IS ANOTHER ELEMENT TO RELEASE THE VISION --- PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING!
John 6:11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
NEVER FORGET THE MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN DID NOT JUST EAT A LITTLE THEY WERE FULL --- AND THERE WAS 12 BASKETS FULL
John 6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. 13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.
THIS TEST WOULD HAVE BEEN A FAILURE IF WE WERE DEPENDENT UPON PHILIP AND ANDREW? THIS PROBLEM WAS BIGGER THAN THEIR VISION BECAUSE THE PROBLEM WAS BIGGER THAN THEIR FAITH...