Here is a video and the notes from my teaching on Sunday July 10, 2011
T F If God wants you to do something He will make it easy.
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. James 1:3
They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. 2 Cor 8:2
A life of faith will always be a life of testing
…whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. James 1:2 NLT
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?” 6 He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. John 6:5-6
How to Fail the Faith Test
1) Avoid situations that test your faith.
…disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and it is getting late. 36 Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy themselves some food.” Mark 6:35-36
2) Decide to leave God out of it.
Jesus said, “You feed them”. “With what?” they asked. “It would take a small fortune to buy food for all this crowd!” Mark 6:37
We often think the answer is what we can do. Jesus says its faith.
3) Bring it to Jesus and then take it back.
Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. 9 “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” John 6:8-9
“Impossible!” they exclaimed. “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” Matt 14:17
Choose to Put It In the Hands of Jesus
14 For there were about 5,000 men there. Jesus replied, “Tell them to sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 So the people all sat down. 16 Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. 17 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers! Luke 14:17
1) Give it all to Jesus and trust Him till finished.
2) Jesus wants to make a Jesus impact to give glory to God.
When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. John 15:8
3) When people see Jesus, people are inspired.
When the people saw himdo this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!”John 6:14