The Light Washed Path

When God Uses Your Stuff

John 6:5 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?John 6:6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.  John 6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. John 6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him,John 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

John 6:10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.

John 6:11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.

John 6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

John 6:13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

Welcome To The Light-Washed Path

From yesterday’’s edition of the LWP, entitled What God Uses, we see that God never asks man for anything just to put him through a test that the Lord already knows the answer to. We also saw that whatever He asks of you, that He will actually take and use for a two-fold purpose

1. To further the plan of redemption through Christ, and,

2. To meet earthly needs.

And we MUST understand this one point: The reason God asks anything of us is BECAUSE we are in covenant with Him, and our obedience activates the covenant and releases opportunity for Him to meet our action with His blessed reaction.

Today I want to help you have confidence that when God asks you for anything you can expect a couple of things to result from your obedience in giving your stuff to Him.

First, God’’s Hand is a multiplying Hand. His is a Hand of healing and blessing. No death, curse or sickness can come into His Hand without being released from its bondage. The only exception is when God’’s Hand of Judgment moves specifically.

The Lord took the Lad’’s lunch and multiplied it to feed 5,000 men (not counting the women and children).

In 1 Kings 17:8-16 the Prophet Elijah asks a starving woman to use her last bit of batter to make him a cake so that by activating the covenant, the blessing of God could flow into her situation. Read the whole story, it’s rich.

When Moses doubted as to how he would be able to convince Pharaoh to obey him and wanted some assurance from God, the Lord asked Him to give Him his walking stick. The rest is history.

Jesus asks Peter, Andrew, James and John, after cleaning their nets from a night of fruitless fishing, to launch back out and try again. The rest is also history.

In Mark 10:17-30 a rich young man turns away, unwilling to surrender up his wealth and follow Jesus. He obviously assumes wrongly that Jesus is going to leave him in poverty. The disciples are amazed when Jesus comments that rich people have a hard time entering the Kingdom of God because they can’t let go of their wealth. Peter says, “”Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.” ” Amazingly, Jesus responds by telling the disciples that they can’’t out-give God. He will return back 100-fold what they have given up for His Gospel.

Meanwhile let’s return to the scene of Jesus’ luncheon with the multitude:

John 6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

John 6:13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

I have a feeling that young lad went home to his parents with a lot more than just an amazing story!

Stay On The Path!