A MIRACLE OF MULTIPLICATION IN OUR MINISTRY
The following message came out of an amazing miracle of multiplication that occured in our ministry in May 2011.
After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. 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.” One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten
Jesus took what was available and it multiplied to demonstrate that in Him there is always enough. Andrew discovered a boy who had 5 loaves and 2 fishes and Jesus got the disciples to tell the people to sit down in restful anticipation of the provision of God. No one worked for the multiplication it was a gift straight out of the heart of God. There were 5 loaves and 5 represents grace, The 2 fish represent unity which produced 12 baskets of leftovers. 12 represents divine government, What Jesus did that day was release Gods perfect grace in unity with the Father and it produced Governmental provision.
Jesus took five loaves and broke them into 12 pieces and the disciples distributed the rest to the 5000+ people.
The multiplication that was on Jesus from the Father was released through to the disciples and the multiplication went on because there were 12 baskets left over to demonstrate that when God provides there is more than enough.
Later in John 6 Jesus announces more than once that HE is the bread of life come down from the Father. First he demonstrated then he declared heavens truth. The people say to Jesus well Moses fed us Manna in the wilderness, Jesus said back to them Moses didn’t feed you but the Father in heaven fed you and now I AM come down from the Father as the bread of heaven, He who eats of me will never be hungry. If we are In Jesus we wont be hungry. Whatever the need or the hunger the answer is found in Jesus. Because he is the bread that comes from heaven to satisfy our hunger.
IN JESUS is the key phrase. In Jesus is a covenant term as in John 15 Jesus said I AM in the Father and the Father is in me and then invites us into Him in covenant relationship. further on in John 17 Jesus lays out the benefits of the covenant. “Father the glory that we now share together I want you to give to these also. That’s a huge wow right there. The glory of the Father he now wants to share with us. The glory of God is his goodness, as demonstrated to Moses when he asked to see the glory of God and then the goodness of God passed by as Moses was hid in the cleft of the rock. The rock being Christ, Moses saw the goodness of God when he was hid in the rock. The whole realm of who is holy and who isn’t in church life goes out the window when you look at this as being a covenant issue. Its not our holiness nor our righteousness, Its His (Jesus) We are hid in that rock.
If we are IN HIM then we are holy & righteous its got nothing to do with what you do but every thing to do with where you are. If you are in Him then you wont ever become any more holy than the day you gave your life to Jesus because its His holiness not yours. With this in mind he wants to bring multiplication to every aspect of our lives because this is the nature of bread from heaven, it just keeps multiplying till every one is fed. There is always enough in Jesus, enough food enough healing enough finance etc.Hid in that rock is our total provision.
Recently I taught this in a meeting where there was a huge poverty mentality the Lord wanted to demonstrate that there is always enough. Many ministries have always said that if you go to a particular area of NZ as an itinerant speaker you will very seldom cover your costs. I have found this to be true over a four year period. But for me its not about what we get but what we are to sow and what walls He wants us to break down. The Lord asked me to take on the mindset of lack in the region. I didn’t want the people to think I was just doing it to gain offerings for myself so I took up an offering for Israel that someone else would administer and sowed the time and any offering we may have got to the Lord.
The offering was taken and I asked two people to count it in front of the people it was $719 then I asked for it to be counted again after we prayed multiplication over it. It had become $791. The next day when they counted it again in the Church office it had become $851. the numbers are significant. I looked up the strongs numbers and this is what the Lord was saying about his demonstration.
719 meant “We will Break loose” 791 meant we shall embrace the covenant & 851 meant We will follow in obedience The final figure ended up being 1382 which means Proof.
Something was broken that night the walls came down and the lights went on about our provision being in Jesus so there was an embrace of covenant relationship and the Lord confirmed next day with follow on in obedience. We saw first hand what is available when we are hid IN Him.
Did I miss out by sowing our time & offering into the Israel offering? Not at all when I arrived home someone had sent me a cheque which covered our costs and a little bit more. It just keeps multiplying because He is our bread from heaven. When we are hid in the rock the goodness of God can manifest and men see His glory.
From this experience I felt the Lord wanted me to share with you his message that in Him there is always enough. The key is to step into Him and eat and drink of him.
The word of the Lord for NZ Australia & the nations – ” break loose, embrace the Covenant and follow in obedience” These few words have multiplication on them. Sow & keep sowing out of what you eat & drink of Him and it will multiply in ways you never expected.
IAN W JOHNSON
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