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God Wants Whatever You’ve Got

Friday, January 01, 2016

God Wants Whatever You’ve Got
BY RICK WARREN — JANUARY 1, 2016


“‘Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?’ He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.” (John 6:5b-6 NIV)

Do you remember the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish? I think it’s amazing that out of 5,000 people, only one person brought a lunch. I’m thinking a lot of people were hiding a picnic basket under their robes because they didn’t want to share with anybody else. But one little boy offered the bread and fish that he packed for his lunch. He gave Jesus what little he had, and God used it not just to feed a lot of people but also to show them how much he cared and how powerful he is.

God always starts with what you have. You may not have much time. Your finances may not be worth much. You may not think you have much talent.

But you can give God everything in your life. Give him your heart. Give him your reputation. Give him your past, your present, and your future. It may not be much, but you can give him your five loaves and two fish.

In John 6:5-6 Jesus asks, “‘Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?’ He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do” (NIV).

Jesus wasn’t sweating how to feed 5,000 people. He already had in mind what he was going to do. He saw the need long before they did. And he had a plan.

You need to understand this truth today: God always has the answer before you even know the problem. God is not sweating your unsolvable problem. It’s not too late in the day for Jesus. He saw your problem long before you did. He knew it was coming, and he already had a plan for it. God knows the solution to your problem before you even recognize it’s a problem.

So why are you worrying? Just admit you have an unsolvable problem, and then give God everything you have.

Talk It Over

When you face an unsolvable problem, is your first reaction to look at your own resources or God’s promises? Why?
What does it mean to give God something?
Why do you think God wants us to surrender what we have before he works a miracle?
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    Judy, that is beautiful what you posted. I love it.
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    emoticon I appreciate this devotional writing from Rick Warren. As in the AA program and all of the "Anonymous" programs, the first step is accepting that you have a program that you can not handle alone. God, our Father, knows just what we need....but are we ready to accept it??? We have to first acknowledge that there IS a problem and that we need and ask our God for HIS help.

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change,
    To change the things I can
    And the wisdom to know the difference. Amen
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