The testing of our faith will result in blessings if we keep our eyes on Jesus!
1 Peter 1:7 scripture tells us that our faith will be proven or tested by fire and that in eternity it will be shown how much glory our lives brought to the Lord Jesus.
While we know that Satan is the tempter and originator of every evil what is not commonly known is that it is God who is the one that proves our faith in every trial that we encounter.
We can see this in John chapter 6 when Jesus had a large crowd expecting to be fed and he asked his disciple Phillip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these people may eat?”
Then the scriptures say that Jesus said this to PROVE him. In other words to test his faith.
So from this we can see that when we are up against an impossible situation the Lord Jesus may say to us, “Well, what are we going to do ?”
In other words, “Do you believe I am able? Are you going to have faith in me for this one?” Jesus asks.
Phillip looked at the situation and saw a whole bunch of people needing to eat and not enough money to buy anything.
That’s what we do when we come up against a situation that looks pretty hopeless. “Lord Jesus what are we going to do ?”
John tells us that Jesus knew all along what he was going to do but he asked Phillip the question in order to prove his faith. Do you really believe that I am the Messiah of Israel? Well, if you do then why are you doubting?
Then another disciple had a plan. Andrew says, “There is a boy here, which has five barley loaves, and two small fishes: BUT what are they among so many?”
In other words Andrew saw a solution but his vision was limited. We have the means BUT the problem is so big!
Here we have a disciple who can’t wrap his head around the problem because he does not trust in the Lord Jesus. Notice that Phillip’s solution was “If we only had more money!”
How many of us think that if we just had an increase in finances all our problems would go away?
Then we have another disciple who knows that Jesus is able to use what we have but he can’t see how that could possibly come about.
Jesus we know is able to supply our needs but our faith is small. We see a small loaf and a small fish. The problem is bigger than our small amount of faith.
What does Jesus do to fix the situation? He makes every one sit down and give thanks! Wait a minute! You mean we can do nothing? Just sit at Jesus’ feet and give thanks? Exactly!
When the problem is beyond our means then we just have to put our trust solely in the Lord Jesus!
After Jesus gave thanks he took the loaves and fishes and distributed it to the disciples. The disciples gave to the people.
When we put our trust in the Lord Jesus and continue to praise him and give thanks for the answer to our problems, as we sit at his feet in prayer seeking his face, putting our trust in him, then the Lord Jesus will come through for us. He will always makes a way where there seems to be no way.
Notice that as the disciples recieved their miracle they gave out from that miracle. It is important to give out of what God gives to us! The more you give to others the more blessings the Lord will give to you. It’s a continual flowing of divine provision.
Have you got a great testimony? A revelation? A financial break through? A compassionate heart for the lost? Whatever the Lord has multiplied to you when you give out to others just like recorded in John’s testimony you will have nothing lost on that day when you stand before the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact you will have so much left over that your store house will over flow.
After your faith is tested by fire and proven faithful with miracles occurring in your life, ultimately you will bring glory to Jesus Christ.
Those seeing your life of faith in the Messiah Jesus Christ will say, “Of a truth, this is a child of God! “
Are you in need of a miracle from Jesus today? Then sit at his feet and thank him ! Praise him for he is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that you ask or even think! Wait patiently on the Lord Jesus for he will take the impossible and turn it into a miracle!
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