Step out in faith


Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”
One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?
” [John 6: 7-9 NKJV]
And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.” [John 6: 11-14 NKJV]
Life has its realities. There’s no doubt about that. These are the challenges we face daily. Lack and insufficiency are the discomforts we have to contend with in the natural. There is however another dimension in which the believer is privileged. This is the realm of the supernatural. It is accessed by faith. Jesus operated in this realm to overturn his realities. When he needed food to feed a horde of people, his disciples presented him with two realities:
1) Even if they had two hundred pennies-worth of bread, it won’t be enough to provide a mouthful for each person.
2) They had a child with five loaves and two fishes, but what is that compared to the need?
When the disciples presented this reality to Jesus, they were in a way saying, “Lord, it will take a miracle to provide enough food to feed these many people.”
Little did they know that that was Jesus intention when he asked the question about feeding the crowd. He did not only feed them, but there was more than enough for another day.
What is your reality right now? Are you staring at an impossible situation? Jesus would say, “Good. You need a miracle!”
So what’s your response going to be? Step out in faith, and believe God for your miracle. He is more eager to meet your need than you are to receive it. It’s time to turn your faith on. Listen again to the scripture, “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’.” [John 6: 5-6 NKJV]
The problems we face are not a surprise to God. He had a plan to help you before the situation arose. But he needs you to step out in faith each time, even before you come to any crunch moment in your day. In fact, he wants you to expect a miracle every time you step out of bed into a new day- looking up to Jesus, the author, and finisher of your faith. This must be the daily routine. Today is a good a day as any to start practising.
Lord Jesus, I thank you for today. I don’t know what’s ahead of me, but I’m expecting the miracle you have planned for it. I receive it, and I give thanks for it. Lord, do it for your honour and glory. In your holy and precious name I pray. Amen.

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