John 6:5,7,8,9 – Jesus looked up then, and seeing that a vast multitude was coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that all these people may eat?”Philip, answered Him, Two hundred pennies worth of bread is not enough that everyone may receive even a little. Another of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a little boy here, who has with him five barley loaves, and two small fish; but what are they among so many people?”
Andrew like Philip got caught up in thinking about the problem instead of keeping his attention focused on Jesus.
Jesus didn’t even reply to Philip and Andrew. They hadn’t really listened to His question or grasped what He had been saying. So He didn’t have anything to say to them.
The next time God doesn’t seem to be answering my questions or addressing my concerns, maybe it’s because I haven’t been paying attention to His Word. Maybe it’s because I have been so busy thinking about and reacting to my problems that I’ve failed to listen to and act on what He has already said to me. If that is the case, He doesn’t have any grounds on which to communicate with me.
LIKE PHILIP I HAVE TO STOP SITTING AROUND THINKING ABOUT MY OWN PUNY ABILITY AND WHAT I CAN OR CANNOT DO.
I OPEN MY MOUTH AND CONFIRM THE PROMISE OF MY INHERITANCE IN CHRIST.
I LOOK TO THE UNLIMITED RESOURCES OF HEAVEN.
I THINK OUTSIDE MYSELF AND INSIDE THE WORD — AND LET JESUS BLESS THE WORLD THROUGH ME.
“Jesus said to Nathanael, ‘You will see greater things than these…I say to you, you will see the heavens opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.'”- John 1: 50,51.
Most Christians see the heavens closed. Few see with open vision either into the heavenly realms or into their own hearts.
The Kingdom is invisible and we have to learn to see differently. That’s why Paul said, “What you see is temporal, what you cannot see is eternal.”
The Lord is trying to engage us — He is trying to get us to reach into the invisible.
“Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” –Romans 13:14
When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” — Psalm 27:8
Seek His Face at the beginning of your day. This practice enables you to “put Him on” and “wear Him” throughout the day. Most people put on clothes soon after arising from bed. Similarly, the sooner you “put Him on” by communing with Him, the better prepared you are for whatever comes your way.
To “wear Him” is essentially to have His mind: to think His thoughts. Ask the Holy Spirit to control your thinking; be transformed by this renewal within you. Thus you are well equipped to face whatever people and situations He brings your way. Clothing your mind in Him is your best preparation for each day. This discipline brings Joy and Peace to you and those around you.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” – Colossians 3:12
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY