The Trust Principle

The Trust Principle

Words of Faith 7-5-18

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2018

Jeff.Hoy@faithfellowshipweb.com

Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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Luke 9

   [10]  When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, [11] but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. 

   [12] Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, "Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here." 

   [13] He replied, "You give them something to eat."

   They answered, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish--unless we go and buy food for all this crowd."  [14] (About five thousand men were there.)

   But he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each."  [15] The disciples did so, and everybody sat down.  [16] Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people.  [17] They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 

 

        What a day!  The people had flocked to see Jesus and they were hungry.  In the most basic of ways, Jesus fed all the people.  This was a wonderful miracle over nature to multiply a few loaves and fish so that all were fed and there were even leftovers for the disciples to munch on later.

        It is not difficult to be enthralled with this miraculous feeding of 15,000.  There was obviously something powerful at work here.  There are several principles of Kingdom Ministry that we can observe and learn at both a personal and corporate level.

        The first principle is simply trust.  We do well to ask from time to time-- What are we trusting in, our ability or God's?  God is never limited by the finance report or the need assessment.  God is never limited by our strength or overwhelmed by the task. That is so hard to remember.  One of the biggest mistakes in corporate ministry is to allow the finance report-- that is, the accounting of what we can humanly do together-- dictate what we will trust God to do.  

       Now don't misunderstand.  It is not that we shouldn't have finance reports.  In fact, a finance report is especially important because it tells us what God has already provided and what we still need to trust God for.  Without a finance report we would never know just how big our God is as He fills the gap between us and His vision.  Most of the time, the finance report is helpful in letting us know how much we are going to need to trust God.         

       A finance report may also tell us from time to time where we have failed.  A meager finance report or a swollen one can both be a sign of our corporate failure to be obedient.  Sometimes a gathering of believers will fail to faithfully return the tithe to the storehouse for God's work, and we can see that reflected in a finance report.

        We also sometimes fail by accumulating too much in our church or ministry bank accounts while failing to pass on God's provision into missions, ministries, and hurting people.  A finance report helps reveal this.  When churches have vast reserves that are not being used for the Lord they might do well to ask-- "What have we missed that God wanted us to do with this provision?" 

      It is the world's way to trust accumulated reserves; it is God's way for us to trust for daily bread.  Some operating reserves are responsible and prudent but large accumulations of God's resources typically show a failure to listen to God's vision. 

        Jesus did not even comment on the finance report of the disciples.  In terms of what God wants to do, the finance report is irrelevant.  It means nothing.  This is one of the hardest things for us to grasp either personally or corporately. The finance report shows what WE are capable of doing while God's Word shows what God is capable of doing. 

        God's Word includes a different finance report.  God's Word says that He owns everything-- the cattle on a thousand hills, the hills under the cattle and the gold and silver inside the hills.  Everything.  The resources of God are unlimited for His purposes.  God is never limited by our financial situation or assessments.  Faith is trusting in God to provide.

         We see the principle of trust at work throughout Scripture.  Abraham did not see the provision of God but He trusted and walked by faith.  Moses did not see the land promised by God but He led a nation into the wilderness where God provided water and manna.  Jesus said of salvation, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Mt. 19:26).  Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you" (Mt. 17:20). 

         Here is the question of the day.  Have you been trusting in your own ability or in God's ability?  Have you been listening for the call of God to personal ministry and discipleship?  Have you been afraid because the call of God is quite beyond you?  Has your church or ministry or mission been trusting more in the finance report of the ministry than in the finance report of God?

 

         Father, give me faith to walk in complete trust in You.  Help me to see Your greatness and ability to provide for the vision You put before Your people.  In Jesus' name.