Ever been in a situation where someone asks for something? Ever been in a situation where someone was in need of something? Ever had the thought, I don’t really have much to offer? Ever felt like I wish I had more to give? Imagine this… 5000 men and their wives and kids all in need of food and all you can find it 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. People come around asking if anyone has food to share. How would you respond? How would you feel? Would you give up your lunch? or dinner? to the people? What would be the intentions of your heart? What would keep you from doing? What would make you do it? Is it a spirit of generosity? Is it a spirit of selflessness? Is it because you believe God is able to provide for all your needs? Is it because you believe God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more that we could ever ask or imagine? Is it because you have the assurance of God?

Imaging being the boy…Imagine being the disciples…Imagine being the crowd…

Consider where you are at today. You may not have a lot to offer. You may have debt. You may have little. Are you willing to take that little and give it into God’s hands and allow Him to multiply it to make a difference around the world?

Consider this…

Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

(Mark 6.30-44; Luke 9.10-17; John 6.1-14)

13When Jesus heard the news about John, he left there in a boat and went to a lonely place by himself. The people heard about it, and so they left their towns and followed him by land. 14Jesus got out of the boat, and when he saw the large crowd, his heart was filled with pity for them, and he healed their sick. 15That evening his disciples came to him and said, “It is already very late, and this is a lonely place. Send the people away and let them go to the villages to buy food for themselves.” 16“They don’t have to leave,” answered Jesus. “You yourselves give them something to eat!” 17“All we have here are five loaves and two fish,” they replied. 18“Then bring them here to me,” Jesus said. 19He ordered the people to sit down on the grass; then he took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up to heaven, and gave thanks to God. He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20Everyone ate and had enough. Then the disciples took up twelve baskets full of what was left over. 21The number of men who ate was about five thousand, not counting the women and children.

– from Matthew 14 (GNT)

Remember the poor lady? (Check this out…)

Some don’t give out of fear, others give out of faith! It’s not a competition! It’s not a comparison with what others can give!

It’s a matter of the heart. What does your heart tell you to do? God prefers a cheerful giver!

Today’s reading bring me back to a day of decision. A day when I had to choose if I would step out in faith and trust God that He would bring me to the His next/new calling. It was the day I had to decide to get out of the boat! It was an amazing journey that God helped me to be set free from where I was at and be able to step out in faith and walk where I had never walked before that I may glorify Him!

Nothing is impossible with God! All things are possible for those who believe!

Let’s step today in alignment with the Holy Spirit that we may go where He wants us to go and we stay where He wants us to stay. Let’s live lives that will glorify God and allow the hope and the truth of Jesus Christ to bring salvation to the world around us.

I was faced with an interesting dilemma this week. I was faced with people pointing me at something that caused my stomach to be unsettled. It caused my mind to race as I wondered what I was to do. It caused me to ask questions like “how should I respond to them”, “what can I say to help share the truth”, “what should I do to draw them closer to the truth and away from the lies”, “what options are available to me”, “is there really a conflict that I need to resolve”, “is there something that I can do to share the truth and allow them to see and receive it”, and so much more.

One thought that came to mind was that there was a verse somewhere in the Bible that spoke to if they aren’t against us they are for us, or if they aren’t for us they are against us, or something like that and so the search began. This morning as I got started that is where I went, that is what I wanted to remember and I found it in Mark 9:38-41. But the search and questions continue. So when I first take a look I read:

38John said to him, “Teacher, we saw a man who was driving out demons in your name, and we told him to stop, because he doesn’t belong to our group.” 39“Do not try to stop him,” Jesus told them, “because no one who performs a miracle in my name will be able soon afterward to say evil things about me. 40  For whoever is not against us is for us. 41  I assure you that anyone who gives you a drink of water because you belong to me will certainly receive a reward.

– from Mark 9

But I couldn’t stop as my mind kept wondering and my mind kept asking do I need to be worried or stressed out because of it? My real concern is about wanting those I love to make it to heaven. My family and my friends and all the people that I meet. And if people are out of alignment what can I do? What can I say? Is there anything that would draw them closer to God?

So I kept searching and a few things that came up included discussions of God, Jesus, the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, Salvation, and the Bible. These are pretty core and pretty important topics. Who do you think God is? Do you even believe there is a GOD? Who do you say Jesus is? Do you believe that He is the son of God and is God? What is the Trinity? Do you believe that the three are one? The Holy Spirit? Who do you say He is? Do you believe that He is? How about salvation? Do you believe  you can be saved? Do you believe that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and that it’s exclusive? What do you believe the Bible is? Do you believe that it’s the Word of God? Do you believe it’s the inspired, inerrant word of God?

Faith is only as good as what you are putting your trust in. And as for me and my house, we put our trust in God! We believe that Jesus is the son of God who gave His life that we can be reconciled back to God! We believe that on the third day He rose again, defeating death and is now seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us. We believe that when Jesus left the earth, He sent the Holy Spirit to be our comforter and our guide for the rest of the time we are here on earth. It’s not Jesus+, it’s Jesus!

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What are you walking through each day carrying on your shoulders? What are you allowing to weigh you down? What would it take for you to hand it over? What would it take for you to partner and share the load? What is making you hold on so tightly that nobody else is able to step up or step in to help? Why are you living in such a way that it just gets heavier and heavier each day? What will it take for you to give it up to God so that He can help?

Today’s reading from Psalm speaks to this in the following way:

Confession and Forgiveness

1 Happy are those whose sins are forgiven, whose wrongs are pardoned.
2Happy is the one whom the Lord does not accuse of doing wrong and who is free from all deceit.
3When I did not confess my sins, I was worn out from crying all day long.
4Day and night you punished me, Lord; my strength was completely drained, as moisture is dried up by the summer heat.
5Then I confessed my sins to you; I did not conceal my wrongdoings. I decided to confess them to you, and you forgave all my sins.
6So all your loyal people should pray to you in times of need; when a great flood of trouble comes rushing in, it will not reach them.
7You are my hiding place; you will save me from trouble. I sing aloud of your salvation, because you protect me.
8The Lord says, “I will teach you the way you should go; I will instruct you and advise you.
9Don’t be stupid like a horse or a mule, which must be controlled with a bit and bridle to make it submit.”
10The wicked will have to suffer, but those who trust in the Lord are protected by his constant love.
11You that are righteous, be glad and rejoice because of what the Lord has done. You that obey him, shout for joy!

– from Psalm 32

Give up to God! Partner with Him! He tells us that His burden is light and His yoke is easy! So let’s stop trying to do it our own way and let’s start doing it His way! Let’s do it the way it was designed to be done! In this life we will all have to make choices. In this life we will all face trials, but God’s Word tells to consider it all joy for it works to complete us and it also tells us not to give up because Jesus has already overcome the world.