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This  is a word from Pastor Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for Friday Study Ministries:

The Test

"When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming towards Him, He asked Philip, '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 6:5).

How would you feel if Jesus asked such a question of you? What would your answer be?

Those of us who have been Christians for awhile have probably felt like God was allowing us to be put into impossible situations from time to time. Philip must have felt like we do when facing one of life's dilemmas.

He was sitting in front of a huge crowd out in the country. I can see Jesus turning to him, asking him where he intended to get food out in the middle of nowhere. You can almost hear the wheels turning in Philip's mind as he tried to figure out the answer to this problem. Many times when we face lifeís complexities, we try to figure them out on our own, rather than looking to God. I believe that Jesus tests us just like He did Philip. The Bible talks about how the trials and tests that we face can be used by God to strengthen and refine our faith. We will learn beyond a shadow of a doubt that if we put our trust in God, He has things worked out for our best. Just as He knew what He was going to do in that situation, He knows what we need in our everyday lives.

Are you going through a dark time in your life where you canít seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel? Donít be like Philip and merely try to figure out the situation; for relying solely on ourselves is the enemy of faith. Philip had his mind fixed on the circumstances at hand, instead of focusing on Jesus.

Whatever you are facing, instead of trying to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel, focus steadfastly on the light of the world. Just as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish that day, if you only trust God you will see this same multiplication of strength and grace in your life. You can pass the test that God has set before you with flying colors.

Thank you for reading this,
Pastor Timothy Burdick
Contact: Pastor Timothy Howard Burdick

Friday Study Ministries
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You can listen to Timothy on the telephone each week on Thursday evenings at 7 PM Arizona time for his Bible study, by dialing 218-936-7979 and entering access code number 139535.

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