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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, February 26, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
When Jesus asked Philip where they could buy a great amount of bread, Philip started assessing the probably cost. Jesus was testing Philip to strengthen his faith. Jesus wanted to teach him that financial resources are not the most important ones. We can limit what God does in us by assuming what is and is not possible. Is there some impossible task that you believe God wants you to do? Don’t let your estimate of what can’t be done keep you from taking on the task God can do the miraculous; trust him to provide the resources.
There is a lesson in the leftovers. God gives in abundance. He takes whatever we can offer him in time, ability, or resources and multiplies its effectiveness beyond our wildest expectations. If you take the first step in making yourself available to God, he will show you how greatly you can be used to advance the work of his Kingdom. (NLT)
John 6:1-14 – After this, Jesus crossed over the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. And a huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miracles as he healed the sick. Then Jesus went up into the hills and sat down with his disciples around him. (It was nearly time for the annual Passover celebration.) Jesus soon saw a great crowd of people climbing the hill, looking for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Philip, where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.
Philip replied, “It would take a small fortune to feed them!”
Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”
“Tell everyone to sit down.” Jesus ordered. So all of them—the men alone numbered five thousand—sat down on the grassy slopes. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and passed them out to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate until they were full. “Now gather the leftovers,” Jesus told his disciples, “so that nothing is wasted.” There were only five barley loaves to start with, but twelve baskets were filled with the pieces of bread the people did not eat!
When the people saw this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!” Jesus saw that they were ready to take him by force and make him king, so he went higher into the hills alone.
Terry Sexton’s (Tennessee) story is titled “HOW DO WE RESPOND?” Here is a portion of Terry’s story:
“. . . What about us? Do we look at our life’s struggles with a limited viewpoint as Philip did? Or do we view them based on what is possible when our heavenly Father gets involved?
“The next time we are faced with a problem or crisis, will we rely on our limited strength, knowledge, and capabilities? Or will we prayerfully involve our heavenly Father in the situation? When we offer our struggles to God, we can see that God’s incredible power brings us solutions we never thought possible.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – No problem is too big for God.
Prayer: Almighty God, help us always to look to you when problems arise, trusting you to do what we cannot. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE RELYING ONLY ON THEIR OWN POWER
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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