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Summary: It is not that God cannot do it without you, but there are times that He borrows from us to work His will and do His deeds. He will make you a deal that can't be beat.

When Jesus asks You for a Loan

Prov. 22:7

7 ¶ The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. {the lender: Heb. the man that lendeth} (KJV)

7 El rico se enseñoreará de los pobres; y el que toma prestado es siervo del que presta. (RVG04)

"On loan from God"---Rush Limbaugh

Pr. 19:17

17 ¶ He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. (KJV)

17 El que se compadece del pobre, a Jehová presta, y lo que ha dado, Él se lo volverá a pagar. (RVG04)

Borrowing and returning are commonplace in our society. Probably more the borrowing than the returning.

I have been a lot of places where someone wanted to borrow a dollar (or more), or so they said. The truth be known; they had no intention of paying it back.

We can blame it on our forgetter or we can admit that sometimes we are not real responsible.

Wouldn't it be nice to not need to borrow from someone else. There is a promise in the Word of God that leads me to believe that it is achievable.

Deut. 28:12,13

12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. (KJV)

12 Y Jehová te abrirá su buen depósito, el cielo, para dar lluvia a tu tierra en su tiempo, y para bendecir toda obra de tus manos. Y prestarás a muchas naciones, y tú no tomarás prestado. (RVG04)

13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: (KJV)

13 Y te pondrá Jehová por cabeza, y no por cola: y estarás encima solamente, y no estarás debajo; cuando obedecieres a los mandamientos de Jehová tu Dios, que yo te ordeno hoy, para que los guardes y cumplas. (RVG04)

-Of course, there are conditions that have to be met.

Anyway, we have Jesus as our prime example. There are 3 occasions in the New Testament when our Lord got something on loan. It would do us good to see how He handled the stewardship matter.

I. I need a Hamburger (A Taco for our Latino friends)

John 6:7-13

In this account, a great need arises. There are over 5,000 people who are hungry and Jesus has been teaching and preaching to them for a good while. The disciples assess the situation. No food amongst them, and just a small amount of money.

Their first reaction, according to the gospel of Matthew, was to send them on their way. That is the easy out. Well, let's just dismiss the service. I guess the Lord is done moving. We might as well go home.

They had the "give up" mentality, but Jesus wanted them to have a "give out" attitude.

So one young man had a sack lunch. It wasn't nearly enough for the whole multitude. Jesus said, "Son, may I borrow your lunch for a few moments" (Benners' translation)

A great lesson in faith and surrender is taught here.

Don't despise what you have to give to God, thinking that it is so small and insignificant.

A. Start with what you have.---- I was ministering at a "rehab center" in San Luis Potosí. We almost always took clothes and/or food items and then preached to them. On this particular day, I felt impressed to give the brother in charge some money. I looked in my wallet and all that I had was 20 pesos (less than 2 dollars) I told myself that it was such a small amount that it would be an insult to offer only 20 pesos to the director for the work of the ministry. I was impressed a second time by the Holy Spirit. Soon I was handing the paper bill to the brother with a word of apology for not bringing a larger offering. He was near tears telling me how he needed just enought gas to go to a business a few miles away where there was vegetables and tortillas to be donated to the rehab center. For less than half a gallon of gas, he could make it there and back.

B. Give it up to Jesus.

C. Do it His way.--No hay pero que valga.

The Lord didn't necessarily need the food to work the miracle. It was borrowed to make a great object lesson.

Our job is to distribute, His is to "manufacture".

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