Faith is not denying the fact in what we see, but faith is focusing our eyes into the greater truth beyond what we see and get into what Jesus has done that made us free.
“Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” John 20:24-25 NKJV
In this world where we live in, we have been programmed to think that “to see is to believe”! I used to ponder on these words and thought … if we see it, then there is no need to believe! Why do we need faith when we’ve already seen it? If you want to travel to a distant place and you paid your fare and accommodation with outright cash, you really don’t need faith to travel. But if you want to travel and you don’t have the cash to pay for it, then you start praying and declaring that is it a DONE DEAL. You would ask God to reveal to you His ways and thoughts about it until you see it come to pass, that’s faith.
But in the process of believing, what we see with our naked eye and what we focus on, most of the time intimidates us. If we always look at our bank accounts that rarely brings faith into our hearts, the winds of doubts come breezing in. Just as Thomas said, unless I SEE and TOUCH Jesus I will not believe. Our physical senses always seem to dictate to be our truth but there is a superior truth of His Word that supercedes it. The progression in the Kingdom of God doesn’t deny our physical condition but faith takes us into a higher realm of revelation line upon line, precept upon precept, from faith to faith, from strength to strength, from glory to glory.
Our shortsightedness, “what we see is what we get”, indeed gets in the way. It is just but norm IN this world but we are not OF it. He made us peculiar, a people He called His own, a people He called blessed, prospered, victorious, more than conquerors, and favored, all because of the finished work of Jesus Christ. God said, come up higher for “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways. For as high as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV
Truly God has a million and one ways of bringing answers to what we are believing for. But what puts us into boundaries is the fact that we always equate our need with money. I’m not saying we don’t need money .. no no no .. we all do, and money is a great blessing, but we put limits to how our needs get met by one way only, money! We always say, ” I cannot travel because I don’t have money! How can I be healed when I don’t have money to pay for my hospital bills! I have a car but I am short of money to buy gas or maybe I don’t have a car!
Haven’t you noticed that in the multiplication of bread and fish for the multitudes, money wasn’t involved? A great lesson to be learned and experienced indeed awaits us when we come to an added knowledge of how God provides.
“When The day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.”
But He answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.”
And they said to Him, “Shall we go and buy TWO HUNDRED DINARII worth of bread and give them something to eat?” Mark 6:35-37 NKJV
Jesus said, give them something to eat and their response was equated to money in which they probably didn’t have or even if they have there was no place to buy food. Interesting! We put limitations around us when we only see how a situation gets solved with money.
“But He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.”
And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.” Mark 6:38 NKJV
Another treasure that is found in this story is that Jesus wasn’t looking for something they didn’t have but something they have! This makes us realize how we are not to be grouchy for what we don’t have but CONTINUALLY BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE.
“Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties.” Mark 6:39-40 NKJV
When Jesus asked His disciples to make the multitudes sit down, He positioned them to receive. Sitting down is a position of trust and rest, waiting upon the Lord on what is next. It is when our hearts are postured to receive what He is to say about our situation. Running around with so much noise in our minds won’t do the trick. But when we rest in the truth that ALL IS WELL because of His great love for us, that He sees us, that He hears us and that He is faithfully committed to our good, then peace overwhelms us and allows us to hear what He has to say.
“And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled.” Mark 6:41:42 NKJV
What Jesus had in His hands is what you and I have in our hands. But when He looked up to heaven and blessed the loaves, I believe He offered what was limited in His hands into the unlimited supply of heaven. The invisible connection between heaven and earth is our faith, tapping into the limitless realm of God’s kingdom. It has always been God’s greatest delight and pleasure to bring the limitless supply of heaven into the limited demand on earth just as Jesus taught His disciples to pray … “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) Yes, this is God’s will for us, that what He has in heaven is what He desires for us to have on earth and it takes faith and a renewed mind to be able to grasp such glorious truth.
Another precious nugget that is too good to be ignored is, if what we have in our hands isn’t enough, what are we prepared to do? In Mark 6:41 (AMPC), it says … “And taking the five loaves and two fish, He looked up to heaven and, PRAISING GOD, gave thanks and broke the loaves and KEPT ON GIVING them to the disciples to set before the people …). The secret of replenishment was when HE KEPT ON GIVING! Multiplication starts with what we have in our hands and activation starts when what we have leave our hands. A seed always positions us to a greater harvest, a harvest of a plantation.
When I meditated, thought, pondered, chewed and regurgitated these words of wisdom, I asked the Lord to show me how my needs were met without considering money as the solution. And yes, He opened my eyes to see.
When my car’s gas gauge was slowly getting into the red zone, someone blessed me and put gas into my tank without me having to consider money. It was a direct provision, gas to gas. Jesus is provision!
When I had a desire to travel to an exclusive-members only beach resort, someone texted me and brought me there, an all expenses paid trip. No money was involved. Jesus is travel!
When I had a swollen right foot with excruciating pain for two days, I cried out for healing knowing that it is one of the riches of our inheritance as His sons paid by the stripes of Jesus Christ. On the third day, the resurrection power hit me and totally healed my foot. Money wasn’t the solution. Jesus is healing!
When I thought that the cause of my swollen right foot was wearing the wrong shoes, God touched someone’s heart and blessed me with a pair of brand new shoes surprisingly. I didn’t have money in my hands but His limitless provision came.
Our God is the Great I AM. Jesus is I AM!
If we need healing, HE IS healing!
If we need wisdom, HE IS wisdom!
If we need provision, HE IS provision!
If we need love, HE IS love!
If we need favor, HE IS favor!
If we need joy, HE IS joy!
If we need peace, HE IS the Prince of PEACE!
Whatever need we have, HE IS!
Thank You, Jesus!