LOOKING INTO HEAVEN – THE FATHER’S BLESSING

Matt. 14:19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes.

Have you ever tried to do things on your own without the help of God? Actually that is probably a pretty silly question, all of us have. The problem we run into in doing the Lord’s work is this, our limited human resources could never possibly be enough. At the end of the day, only God can do the work of God. Human effort is never adequate. I have had to learn this lesson the hard way far too many times. One example of this is our production Beyond the Grave. In the early years of our ministry we tried again and again to produce dramas. We would work on them for months and use all of our available resources for one or two performances. Church people enjoyed them but the altar calls were meager at best. Then Beyond the Grave Happened. Our first performance was put together at the last minute but the results were shocking. The first performance led to another and another. Seventeen years have come and gone and Beyond the Grave continues. Many thousands have come to Christ, the results have been staggering. What was the difference between BTG and the earlier productions? The only explanation is the blessing of the Lord. Here is how Watchman Nee describes this phenomenon.

“Five loaves and two fishes proved more than sufficient to feed the five thousand people who followed Him to the desert because He blessed the food; but ten times that amount, or a hundred times, would have been insufficient without His blessing. No matter how many the gifts or how great the power we may be able to produce from our store, the need of the multitudes will not be met by these alone. The blessing of the Lord is the determining factor. When this truth breaks upon us we shall hand over what we have to Him- whether it is two loaves or a hundred – and shall acknowledge: “Lord, it is Thy blessing that matters.” Whether our loaves be few or many is of little consequence. If a man’s hunger is to be satisfied only one thing is needful. That one thing is the blessing of the Lord.”
So here we are; totally dependent on God. When we see it the striving and pressure stops. The blessing of the Lord is more than we could ever need. He is able to do incredibly above and beyond all we can ask or think.

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