“Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.”
This message is for all Papa’s sons and daughters who are praying about some need in their lives. Some of you may be facing unexpected challenges right now, and the Holy Spirit is calling you to be still and know that God is able. He is inviting you to re-focus and see that nothing is impossible with our God.
This passage is about the feeding of the five thousand and how Jesus miraculously multiplied five small loaves and 2 little fish to feed a multitude, with 12 baskets of food left over. It is a miracle which reflects the generosity of our Father God, and how He loves to bless His kids exceedingly and abundantly more than they even asked for. He is the Lord who delights in the prosperity of His kids (Psalm 35:27).
Jesus and His disciples saw thousands of people walking up the mountain to receive His ministry, and he turned to Philip with a question. It is the same question that arises in our hearts every time there is a need that is beyond our means to meet: Where, when, how, who? Each time we are faced with a need, we are also faced with a choice. Do we trust the Lord, or do we try to fix things our way? Jesus asked Philip where they would get sufficient bread for the multitude of people, but we are told that He asked Philip this just to ‘test him’. Friend, every time there is a need in our lives, it is an opportunity for us to grow in our faith and in our walk with God. It is another wonderful opportunity to go on to a new level in the Holy Spirit school we have enrolled in! There is no punishment for failure, but great reward when we pass the ‘test’ and progress to higher ground. When needs arise, I feel that our Daddy God is standing by, watching with a smile on His face, and giving us every opportunity to trust Him and receive His perfect solution. Instead, we may grumble to others, feel sorry for ourselves, or choose the options which are within our reach, when He has something bigger and better.
Friend, there is nothing that could happen to you or me that could ever be a surprise to God. He knows every situation that could ever arise and He knows how to meet our needs. There are two things He would have us remember when we are faced with problems, as we continue on this path He has called us to walk:
1) Lift up your eyes. Take your eyes off the problem and fix them on Jesus. He is greater than the greatest need. His name is higher than the name of every infirmity, demonic power or problem situation in life. When we fix our eyes on Him, everything pales into insignificance! How do you do that? Re-focus through worship, through prayer, and by feeding substantially on the Word. You will begin to see your need from Heaven’s perspective instead of your human one. You will see God for all His awesome might and power, and that He truly is able.
2) Be assured that God knows your needs and knows exactly what to do. Jesus gave Philip an opportunity to walk out his faith and trust Him. He does the same for us every day. How do we do this? Instead of jumping into our own finite human solutions, we could look up to God and simply say “I trust You. Please show me the way.” Nothing pleases Abba more than our faith (Hebrews 11:6), and He is delighted when we humbly look to Him and yield to His will and His way, acknowledging that His way is far higher than ours.
Whatever need you are facing right now, I join my faith with yours and I stand in agreement with you that Abba knows what He will do, and has the best solution for you. In the mighty name of Jesus, I bind all doubt and unbelief and the spirit of fear, and call forth God’s supernatural provision into your life. I declare that what the enemy has stolen is being restored to you and that God’s best is being poured into your life, even as we agree right now, in the mighty name of Jesus. May you go on to higher ground in the power of the Holy Spirit and see great answers to your prayers as you believe God and trust Him, in Jesus’ name, Amen!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 19 August 2013