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Miracles and Math

MIRACLES AND MATH

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”

John 6:5-7 NKJV

In school, we learned facts before we were tested. Not so as Christians, who learn from our tests.

Are you in a difficult season? Perhaps, a health crisis, and the doctors say no other treatments are available. Despite your prayers that prodigal or lost loved one appears more distant from God than ever. Defeat overwhelms you. We have all faced times of financial crunches.

Let’s unpack John’s account about feeding the five thousand and gain some understanding about Christ. If the Apostle Phillip was alive today, he might be a Wall Street mogul. Judas was the treasurer for the group, but Phillip might have been the man in charge of operating expenses. He was a man of reason, studying the facts, and drawing conclusions solely based on his figures. Miracles don’t add up on a calculator.

“No, Jesus, I have run the numbers, and there is absolutely no way we can purchase food for this multitude.” Phillip reasoned.

He did not realize what Jesus could do. Phillip had witnessed miracles. He watched Jesus turn water into wine. Weak faith fails to put God into the accounting process.

Ready to blow a hole in Phillip’s logic, Jesus questioned him. Jesus had not revealed His plan. Jesus already knew what Phillip would say, but this pop quiz taught Phillip something. It teaches us too.

Andrew arrives announcing there is food on the premises, but it is only five barley loaves and two fish. Jesus takes the miniscule portions, blesses and breaks them. The disciples distributed food to everyone in attendance with twelve baskets of leftovers remaining.

Phillip’s faith grew. He discovered all his figures and results were meaningless with Jesus.

Our faith grows when we read about this miracle. Faith increases when Jesus shows up in our tests.

When the doctors are shocked. When the prodigal returns. When that lost loved one is saved after years of prayer.

When facts fail, factor in Jesus.

Heavenly Father, You are still saving, still healing, still providing and still doing the impossible. Forgive us when we listen to man. Help us remember all things are possible with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 6:5-14.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Believe and expect. Do you believe God can? If not, prayerfully consider what causes your doubts. Read Mark 11:24 and expect your miracle.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell

 

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A Touch of Faith

 

A TOUCH OF FAITH

By Carolyn Dale Newell

For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”

Matthew 9:21 NKJV

For twelve years, she suffered with an unceasing flow of blood. Though not life-threatening, it was debilitating. Her anemic body, frail and thin, zapped her strength. Just getting through the day was exhausting.

She had no one to depend on. Her condition labeled her ceremonially unclean. A social outcast. No family or husband is mentioned. Was she abandoned?

She wasn’t a widow, and Jesus called her “daughter.” Her age might have been difficult to judge since Stress lined her face.

Doctors couldn’t help. Had they never discovered the root of the problem? Had she heard these familiar words: “Let’s try this”?

And when that treatment failed, she heard it again. At one time, she had been wealthy, but now, charlatans had robbed her. Well meaning physicians had depleted her funds also.

Yet, nothing worked. Nothing had helped. Too weak to work and isolated by society, she barely got by.

Discouragement shrouded her until one day, she heard Jesus was near. she had no doubts about her next step. If she could get close enough to touch His robe, healing would come.

She didn’t have to interfere with His busy day. An unclean woman could not approach a rabbi, but Jesus was more than a rabbi. He was the Son of God. She believed.

Faith not only believes; faith moves. With every ounce of life that remained, she willed herself to get to Jesus. No longer did she care about the ceremonial laws. She pressed on through the crowd. She pushed in between the people, and she stooped down.

Her long, skinny fingers found the hem of Jesus’ garment. She experienced the power of Christ. Not only did the flow of blood stop, but her youthful stamina returned.

What she did not expect was Jesus realized she had touched him. The touch of faith released the source of virtue.

Humbly she confessed she had been the one, and immediately, she testified to the power of Christ that had restored her health.

Jesus lovingly says, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” (Matt. 9:22b). His endearing words spoke comfort to her.

Friend, what trials burden you today? Do you believe Jesus is the healer of them all, whether they are physical, spiritual, emotional or mental? Now, move in faith. Faith is never stagnant. It presses on. So take that step today and experience Jesus for yourself.

Lord Jesus, we want to know You more, not just know about You. Lord, remove any roadblocks that prevent us from pressing on to experience You. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Mark 5:25-34.

HIKING THE TRAIL

We can know Jesus through His Word, prayer, meditation, worship, and fasting. Which areas can you spend more time on today?

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.