Would you trust Jesus to provide for you when it seems impossible?

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John 6:5-11

5 Therefore, when Jesus looked up and noticed a huge crowd coming toward Him, He asked Philip, “Where will we buy bread so these people can eat?” 6 He asked this to test him, for He Himself knew what He was going to do. 7 Philip answered, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread wouldn’t be enough for each of them to have a little.” 8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “There’s a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish—but what are they for so many?” 10 Then Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, so they sat down. The men numbered about 5,000. 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and after giving thanks He distributed them to those who were seated—so also with the fish, as much as they wanted.

When you find yourself with the impending depletion of your basic needs, do not worry for He is testing you. Jesus is about to do something in your life that in the eyes of this world it would be impossible so that God may receive all the glory through your testimony. Your testimony will show that the Lord you serve is the True Living God and He helps those who are His and through that, He will bring people to Himself. A denarius was a day’s wage and not even 200 of that would have fed 5000 men. Jesus’ power has no limit and with 5 loaves and 2 fish which equals 7, being God’s number, the Sabbath/Rest (blessing), He fed the masses and took care of them. Jesus loves you and wants you to learn not to worry about anything but to know that He will never leave you nor forsake you. If you find yourself in a bad situation, continue to be faithful to the Lord, by reading His Word, doing what it says and giving Him thanks because He is a God that loves you and will see you through it.

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The Anchor that keeps you steady

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Romans 12:12

Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.

Hope can be illustrated in this way: A man was found to be in the middle of hurricane force winds. Even though everything around him is being destroyed, he has peace; Peace that leaves all those around him dumbfounded and with amazement. When we find ourselves in that storm we must throw the anchor to keep us from drifting or from heading in the wrong direction of despair just like a ship at sea. Jesus is our anchor, the hope that steadies our lives from being destroyed by the storms of life and from the enemies. Hebrews 6: 18-19 18 so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. With the anchor in our lives let us rejoice because in 1 John 4:4 it says, You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

When Moses went up the mountain to speak with God and afterward at the base of the mountain, when the people met him, his face shone with God’s glory. When we come out of our closets or bedrooms after praying to the Lord our minds are transformed to reflect more of God’s character. How do people see Christ in you? By loving your neighbors (friends or enemies) so that they may see God’s glory shine in you. Above all else, love the Truth and don’t let the world transform you into their version of truth (deception) but transform them through the Truth of God’s Word.

Anxiety

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Anxiety attacks your body’s health in weakening your immune system, being susceptible to viral infections. In the spiritual world it attacks your faith in Jesus by redirecting your focus away from the promises found in Scripture regarding deliverance. Satan’s dart of anxiety will poison your faith little by little which will start to die. Anxiety takes away from you any desire to do God’s will and eventually abandonment of the faith in the Lord will take place. Anxiety starves your faith from being put into practice, it starts to weaken and gets very fragile, in doing so any small attack from the enemy will destroy you.

God will not use you if you are consistently worrying, for it shows a lack of faith and trust in your part. Without faith no one can please God and anxiety is one of the strongest dart that the devil has to put you in a state of uselessness so that you cannot please God. To combat anxiety as Christians it is done by prayer, petitions and thanksgiving letting God know your situation that He may help you out of it.

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 12:25

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word cheers it up.

Psalms 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken

Jesus Wants To Rescue You

 

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Jesus is reaching out His hand to rescue

 

John 3:16-19

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

To explain the verses above I would like to do it with an illustration.
People live in boats floating on a vast ocean. The problem is that everyone’s boat has a small hole. Some are smaller than others and others are much bigger. Everyone without exception are going to sink and drown, some quicker than others. There is good news though. There is a big ship that’s going around through the vast ocean looking for people to rescue from their sinking boats. That ship is called “The Savior” and the Captain’s name is Jesus Christ. Every time the Captain came across a sinking boat, He quickly pulls up to it and stops. He gets out and goes to the side of the ship and stretches out His right hand to the person who is in the sinking boat to rescue them.

The most tragic thing is when they say no to the Captain and want to stay with their sinking boat. The question arises, Why? The answer is that they will have to leave ALL of their stuff in the boat. Some have lots of money, family, friends, cars, houses, jobs, gold and etc. They would rather go down with the boat than part ways with their life that’s on the boat. But those who reach out their hands to the Captain and get pulled up to the ship, they are transformed with renewed strength and great joy, so much so that they help the Captain by trying to convince those that they come across of their sinking boats to get on the ship with them. They tell them that on the massive ship are plenty of rooms, food, and comfort. They continue that the Captain is so loving that they see Him as a Father who truly cares for them.

At the end of the ship’s voyage after going to the four corners of the vast ocean, it will head for land to where the Captain has a beautiful place which He has made for those He has rescued. The place is like a beautiful city that’s built in the middle of a garden with gorgeous mountains all around.

If the Captain came to you today and reached out His hand to pull you in, would you grab it?

Don’t wait for you don’t know how long you will stay afloat.

Side note: This was an illustration that I gave my children yesterday on our Bible Study. My son told me to share it on WordPress. I pray that you get blessed and if you don’t know Christ yet on a personal level, I hope that you give Him a chance and get to know Jesus Christ because He loves you deeply.

Jesus Christ: The Protector of Our Souls

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Psalm 18:2

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

In Matthew 7:24-25 Jesus said that those who hear His Words and puts them into practice even though the waves and winds (spiritual attacks) beat on that house (you) it will not collapse (destroy your faith) because the Rock is Jesus and He will uphold you. The fortress is a wall that encompasses you and provides protection so that the enemy can’t get to you. Jesus protects you from Satan’s attacks which the fortress would be compared to the Full Armor of God found in Ephesians 6:10-18. How does the protection work? It works by first of all putting your trust and faith in Jesus as Lord and savior in what He did for you on the cross that He died for your sins and on the third day He rose from the grave. The second would be to read the Word of God every day and do what it says so that you would be in right standing with Jesus and He will protect you because you are living a life in obedience and doing His will. If you are in disobedience He will allow the enemy to attack you and defeat you so that you may repent of your sins and turn back to Him. No matter what happens in your life Jesus will always save you from your troubles and demonic assaults because Jesus promised to those who love Him and put their trust in Him that He will not allow hell itself to conquer you as found in:

Matthew 16:18

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the forces of Hades will not overpower it.

Keyword: Church

Church means the body of believers

1 John 5:18

We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.

Keywords: Born of God

Those who have been born of God, the Holy Spirit living inside of them, who are being protected by God because He has purchased them with His blood and they are His.