Have you ever attempted to believe God for something and then not seen it manifest? I certainly have! Over time, I’ve learned that certain principles must be adhered to regardless of whether you are releasing faith for a financial or a physical miracle.
One of the devil’s main tactics will be to convince you that your situation is unique. You may hear a testimony of how God miraculously healed someone, and immediately the thought will come that He would not do that for you. Ideas like this do not come from God!
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (2 Corinthians 10:13)
Satan has not come up with any new tactics since the days that Jesus walked the earth. The same principles He taught the disciples will work for us today just as they did in their day.
Matthew 14 begins with the account of Herod arresting John the Baptist and then eventually beheading him. We will pick up the story in verse 13.
When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. (Matthew 14:13)
Jesus heard of His cousin John’s death and led His disciples into the desert for a time of rest. The people followed Him. He had meant for them to get some rest but instead spent the day ministering to the people.
And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. (Matthew 14:15)
The disciples realized that the people had not brought food with them at the end of the day. It was getting late, so the disciples asked Jesus to send the people to the nearby villages for food. We find our first key to the miraculous in His responses.
Jesus and His disciples had traveled across the lake by boat. The people had run around the body of water and were exhausted and the disciples knew it. They wanted Jesus to dismiss while the sun was still up, and the people were able to get to the nearby villages.
The disciples recognized the need. They did not turn to Jesus for the supply. I find His answer to be fascinating. He told them to feed the people!
It may sound strange, but we are the answer to the problems of this world. Most Christians do not recognize this. They struggle to meet their own needs and cannot fathom meeting someone else’s.
If you have been born again, you have the power of God living inside of you. You are the answer to the problems of this world!
Verse 15 is a passage of Scripture most people skip over. It is a key to the miraculous that requires us to take action and is found in Jesus’ direction for the disciples to feed the people.
The disciples saw the need and wanted to send the people to the villages in the area to find a way to meet it. How often have you or I done something similar with people who have approached us with a need?
I live in the United States. The conversation in society seems to focus on liberal views and conservative ones. If you boil everything down, today’s real problem is not Covid-19, rising crime rates, or even political views. These things stem from the fact that society has departed from a personal relationship with our creator.
Society’s lack of recognition for God has skewed her moral compass. People are focused on themselves and seemingly never satisfied with what they have. Today’s battle cry seems to be for more, and people are always looking for their shiny new car, television, or home. I believe you understand the picture I am trying to convey.
Jesus told His disciples to feed the people. They responded just as I imagine we would have. Can you picture Judas pulling his wallet out, trying to figure out where the money will come from to feed all the people surrounding him?
When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. (John 5:5 – 7)
Philip mentioned an amount of money that equated to about two hundred days’ wages, insufficient to feed the people surrounding Jesus and His disciples. He was looking at their resources and could not see a way to fill their needs.
The disciples were only looking at their natural resources and their own perceived lack. Most Christians do the same thing today. We have unlimited resources to draw from in the spiritual realm, but most of us will never tap into them.
You must learn your identity in the Spirit to walk in the miraculous. None of us will ever move beyond our natural limitations if we do not do this. Every Christian has capabilities beyond their natural abilities that flow out of the spiritual realm if they learn to tap into them.
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