Sometime after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Feast was near.
When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to 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.
Philip answered him, “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.
I would love to begin my exposition on the virtuous wife with a sincere message a guy sent to his lady, and it reads, “Let me know how it feels to be loved genuinely, how it feels to be cared for. This one thing I desire so much. Oh rest!” I talk of trust in a marriage relationship and/ or one leading to marriage
Bible teaches that husbands should love their wives just as Christ loves the church… (Ephesians 5:25). Love grows rapidly, beautifully, and bountifully in the field of TRUST. Trust for a person develops and grows over time as a result of the actions of the individual. If, with a single accord, we can say this is true, then we can say that love is love only in a person who has shown exhibits of trust. A husband who confidently trusts, relies on, and believes in his wife is all because her actions and behaviours create and enrich his trust in her. In such a home, love always blooms. Let me quickly point out that a virtuous wife is a trust-worthy person, and someone who is not secretive.
My dear ladies, if there is anything worth doing to gain the trust of our partners, then it is doing everything with the genuineness of heart, and concealing nothing from them. My husband deserves to feel loved, and so should yours – (Titus 2:4). Eventhough the Bible explicitly tells husbands to love their wives, I see that love to be a two way thing – a reciprocity, a hand-go hand-come affair, a give and take affair. It is like the see-saw, it takes two – the perfect two, two of opposite biological orientation, not two of opposite sexual preference.
I have always said that love is between a man and a woman who is receiving and reciprocating the love that the man shows. Like the Bible says ‘we love Him because He first loved us; here we responded to His love He has for us… (1 John 4:19) Halleluyah! For your man to trust in you, which will in turn cause him to love you greatly, be genuine and conceal nothing from him. For the two were naked and they were not ashamed (Gen 2:25). Let your actions, words, visions, thoughts, and everything be naked unto him.
Oh what beauty for a husband to lay his head upon his wife’s thighs or within her breasts, and his heart safely trusts her, that she will do him no evil but good all the days of his life.
Be the tent that can be trusted safely.
By: Ameyaw Bernice Ama
At a very tender age I got to know that it is often and mostly the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. I am saying this at this time because I want to encourage someone today to have patience and wait on the Lord. Remember, patience is the soul of victory. Do not be discouraged at whatever you are doing that seem not to be producing the desired results, because even the late sea goer has his fish in the sea.
Put passion and pleasure behind whatever you do and you will realise that failure is not a ‘stop’ sign, but rather a ‘try again’ to begin once again strategically. For a fact, we stop at the destination and not mid-way. You can’t pitch your tent midway; going back too is an impossibility, for the reason that you can’t recoup whatever you have spent thus far. You have to endure and keep on fighting at all cost. Think of where you would have been today if your mum had not endured the pain to ‘push’ and had given up. Results come through pain, trying, and keeping on.
I tell you, you might not be there yet but you are destined for greatness. Today you are closer to your goal than you were yesterday, and farther than you will be tomorrow. Do I need to say also that the bridge between winning and losing is often ‘NOT QUITING’?
To the brain that sense is given, a good result is expected.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
This excerpt is taken from Jesus’ last speech to his disciples, before He was taken up to heaven, as an assurance of what will fall on their chosen path. Christianity, as we all are aware, is the faith that makes us disciples of Jesus Christ. Thus, the words uttered by Him above are truly not only words to His followers who saw Him in flesh, but also to we, disciples of His disciples’ disciples, who have seen Him in and continue to see Him in spirit.
The world will make us suffer and that is a fact we cannot deny. It is absolutely amazing that Jesus did not end His speech on the sufferings, trials and sorrows that will fall the way of his followers, but He went on and told us what to do. “…But take heart, because I have overcome the world” I must admit that this statement is the most encouraging I have read thus far. On this I want to encourage someone this week, all you need on your chosen path of faith is bravery and endurance like our saviour did on the cross, and your name shall be next to victory. Amen! Have a fruitful day.
Reference: 1 Corinthians 6:12, Ephesians 5:10-13
And the fruit of the Spirit is … self-control. According to john 15:4-5, we are the branches of the vine which is Christ: we can only bear fruits if we are connected to the vine. Likewise, self-control cannot be produced by only self-discipline but by the help of the Holy Spirit, for we can of our own do nothing.
When we bear this fruit, it will save us from the actions that leave us with guilt, shame, and regret. Self-control leads us not into sin. The wrong language, the sexual immorality, the wicked decisions and all other evil desires cannot surface in our lives as long as we bear this fruit. The constant reading of the word, praying fervently, productive fasting and commitment to the things of God is achievable with self-control.
According to the Apostle Paul, “All things are lawful for me but I will not be brought under the power of any.” This, I believe, is the mind-set of the one who upholds self-control. Bible says that the flesh is in constant warring against the Spirit. Therefore, for the Spirit to have an upper hand over the flesh, self-control powered by the Holy Spirit is very essential.
To make a change in life starts with the new mind-set we create. Beloved, let this be your mind-set,
“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any (NKJV).” – 1 Cor 6:12. Let the Holy Spirit work in you, remain connected to the vine and begin to produce the fruit of self-control. For it will save you from a great deal of regretful mistakes, and bring gladness to your heart as you remain committed to the heart-beat of God and His work.
And do not take credit for it when you constantly and bountifully produced the fruit of self-control. Let it not be your own boasting for you can of your own do nothing. What do we have that we did not receive of the Lord that we should boast? Everyone needs self-control. I show you an excellent way of walking in self-control. Bear in mind that self-control is a fruit of the Spirit. God richly bless you.
By: Ameyaw Bernice Ama
If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For He will order His angels to protect you wherever you go. They (the angels) will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honour them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
With these lovely provisions available for us to grab, let us endeavour this week, and the rest of our lives, to love, trust, and call on the Lord at all times. We are able to love, trust and call on Him, only if we make him our shelter and refuge. He is the ‘sayer’ and at the same time the doer. I love you Lord!