Reports on what God is doing through Bible believing evangelical Christians in Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, India and Ecuador. Jesus said, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you" (John 15:7).
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Our Unlimited Resources in Christ
William Carey, the father of
the modern missionary movement said, “Expect great
things from God; attempt great things for God.”
Carey’s motto is similar to D.
L. Moody’s, who listened to the challenge of a
pastor who said, “The world has yet to see what God
will do through one man fully surrendered to Him.”
Moody’s response was, “By the grace of God I will be
In John 6:1-14 a great
challenge confronted Philip and Andrew. Multitudes
kept following Jesus because they were continually
seeing the signs that He was continually performing
on those who were sick (v. 2). Jesus went up on the
mountainside and seeing the great multitude
gathering asked His disciple Philip, “Where are we
to buy bread, that these may eat?” (v. 6). Unaware
that he was in the presence of the all-sufficient
Christ, he said, “We have a days wages worth of
bread, but that is not sufficient for everyone of
these to receive a little.”
John tells us that Jesus asked
this question to test Philip because Jesus already
had in mind what He was gong to do (v. 6).
Andrew spoke up and said,
“There is a lad here, who has five barley loaves,
and two fish; but what are these for so many
people?” (v. 9).
What would you have done if you
saw 5,000 hungry men gathering together? Would you
have rung your hands in despair? As you face
difficult, near impossible situations in your life,
what is your typical response? Do you take it to the
Lord? What do you trust in when you face the
challenges of life? Do you trust in your money,
intellect, people, and organizations? Do you fret
when they do not provide your needs?
Philip and Andrew left Christ
out of the picture. We do not have enough money, and
we do not know where we can get such an amount. Five
little barley loaves and two dried pickle fish is
all we have. “What are these for so many people?”
With Christ it is more than
enough. His desire is to bless us abundantly.
If anything was going to
happen, Philip and Andrew had to cast themselves
upon the Lord to provide. What are great needs that
stand before you in your ministry today? Do you see
the multitudes standing before you in dire need?
What will you do? How will you meet the challenge?
Have you run out of money meeting the challenge God
has placed before you? Are your resources down to
five pieces of bread and two pickled fish?
There is nothing that God
cannot do in your life if it is according to His
will that He has done in any other Christian's life
in church history. He is just as active today in His
church as He was in the New Testament times.
If He has placed something in
your life to test you He has done it in order that
you and others will bring honor and glory to His
Do you see yourself as
insignificant and inefficient? What are five pieces
of bread and two sardines in the hand of our
omnipotent God? Everything! Two sardines may be
useless to you, but not to God. If you will take
what you are and what you have and give it over to
the Lord to use as He pleases, you will find that it
is more than sufficient for the task He sets before
All that He asks of you is for
you to make yourself available to Him one day at a
time. Are you ready for the Master to expand your
horizons? Will you trust it to Him? Will you
surrender what He has given to you into His hands?
Will you surrender whatever is in your hands to the
Lord? All that He asks of you is to make yourself
available to Him just like the lad with the five
small barley loaves and the two fish.
Perhaps you are one of the
crowd and you stand in need today. Have you asked
God to supply that need? The apostle Paul lived by
the conviction, “My God shall supply all your needs
according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus”
(Philippians 4:19). Do you ask Him for everything in
which you stand in need? Jesus knows your situation
you are in right now. He is aware of your current
needs, and He is willing to supply all your needs
according to His abundant supply.
Jesus is the only bread that
satisfies men spiritually. But there must always be
a recognition of need before He can meet it.
Jesus Christ is all-sufficient.
He gives spiritual food in abundance.
Do you come to Jesus daily
expecting to be fed? A. W. Pink writes, “This is
what Jesus does to all His people. He comes to the
poor bankrupt believer, and, placing in his hand a
draft on the resources of heaven, says to him,
‘Write on it what you will.’ Such is our precious
Lord still. If we are straightened, it is not in
Him, but in ourselves. If we are poor and weak, or
tired and tempted, it is not that we cannot help
ourselves—it is because we do not. We have so little
faith in things unseen and eternal. We draw so
little on the resources of Christ. We come not to
Him with our spiritual wants—our empty vessels—and
draw from the ocean of His grace.”
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.
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