Bring Them Here to Me

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Matthew 14:13-20

©2015 Frieda P. Smith

In looking at our text in the 14th Chapter of the Gospel According to Matthew, when Jesus was in the wilderness with approximately five thousand followers, the Bible tells us they began to run into a little problem. It was getting late and the people were getting hungry.

Unlike the times in which we are living, that would have been a major problem because there were no rest stops along the highway with vending machines or fast food places like McDonald’s, Sonic, or Burger King.

Jesus’ disciples approached Jesus with their solution to the dilemma, (verse 15) “…send the multitudes away, that they may go into the village and buy themselves food.”

Sounded like a plan, didn’t it? Made sense, didn’t it? The disciples knew there was a huge multitude of people, they had been there all day, they were getting hungry, it was getting late, and there was no food to feed them.

Can we keep it real? Am I the only one who usually goes to the Lord with several solutions to a problem before asking Him for one?  It just seems like I come up with some pretty intelligent ideas I am sure He will agree with, some of which I was sure He gave me in the first place!

However, Jesus answered His disciples and said, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

They answered and said to Jesus, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”

Can you imagine with me what His disciples must have been thinking? What do you mean ‘You give them something to eat? What in the world do you expect us to do with five loaves and two fish?’

Someone reading this right now is looking at your situation and saying the same thing. You are wondering what you are expected to do with the little that is in your possession, considering your great need. You have a multitude of bills but possess very little money. You have a multitude of problems but have access to very little assistance. You have a multitude of issues but have very little resources.

However, I have five little words that I want you to remember. Jesus uttered them to His disciples in verse 17: “BRING THEM HERE TO ME.”

Watch this…Jesus did not tell the disciples to bring the multitudes to Him. He wanted the loaves and fish.

In like manner, in this season Jesus does not want you to bring your bills and your issues and your drama and your problems. Jesus wants you to bring what you believe is not enough to handle it: He wants you to bring Him your deficiencies (whatever you have left). That is what He wants, because He wants to show you how He is going to bless you and those around you with it!!!

You see, we often believe we need more money in order to make it, a better job, a promotion, a new assignment, but what we really need is for the Lord to get His hands on whatever we have left, because He is able to take it, bless it, and do the impossible with it!

Let me see if I can make this live for you. I have been singing since I was eight years old; I entered the ministry and began preaching in 1995. I loved to share the gospel through singing and preaching and planted a church in 2004. In 2008, I started struggling with pulmonary issues and at this present moment, my medical situation has deteriorated to the point where I can only talk for brief periods of time before becoming winded. Therefore, until God heals me, I can no longer sing or preach as I want to.

My singing and preaching gifts have blessed me financially for years; however, as I am no longer able to do so or maintain employment due to my health, I am feeling the financial burden. Yet, while driving to New York on Thursday, I heard the Lord speak to me saying, “There is nothing wrong with your fingers. Bring them here to Me.”

Hence, I started this blog because I can still write! I can still communicate, still inspire, still motivate, and still uplift the people of God even though I cannot preach in this season! If you can read, I can still be a blessing to you!

As Jesus did in the wilderness, He is taking what I have left, blessing it, and feeding the multitudes with it!  By faith I did as I was instructed; He will perform that which seems impossible.

It is His desire to do the same for you!

So do not be discouraged in this season. Whatever you have left—regardless of how small it appears—bring it to Him! He will take it, bless it, and allow you to be a blessing to multitudes around you!  Listen to His Voice…

“Bring Them Here To Me…”

Get a Life: A Prayer Life!

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Greetings!  This is my very first blog.  I have been a minister since 1995 but due to pulmonary sarcoidosis I have been unable speak due to shortness of breath.  So, not to be defeated, I decided to use this medium to continue to share my inspirational messages with anyone out there who needs to hear a word of encouragement!  Hope you enjoy this one!

©2015 Frieda P Smith

Scripture Text: Matthew 21:22

Subject: “GET A LIFE!”
“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Some of us have spent years in prayer lines, on prayer calls, attending prayer conferences, eating at prayer breakfasts, but have left without having our prayers answered.

If we would get honest for a moment, we would admit in these times in which we are living, most of us find ourselves spending more and more time distracted by the things that interfere with our spiritual growth and development, and some of these distractions have even hindered our ability to get our prayers answered!

For example, when Jesus spoke these words to His disciples, He had their undivided attention. They hung unto His every word. They witnessed the miracles. They watched the demons flee. They saw the lame walk.

Interestingly, verse 12 reads, “Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those of sold doves. (13) And He said to them, ‘It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves’.”

I did not intend to stop here, but what in the world would Jesus do if He stopped in and visited our churches today? Very few of us attend church without our cell phones. There was once a time when God could get our undivided attention when we arrived in His House; those days are over! People are posting statuses on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, while the pastor is preaching or the minister is praying! They are no longer paying attention to the Word that is being preached or taught because they are too busy focusing on things that people are doing who are not in church! If Jesus stepped foot in our churches today, He would have a fit!

People of God, there are reasons why our prayers are not being answered…we need to Get a Life: A Prayer Life!

In our text, Jesus uttered eleven very powerful words in the presence of His disciples: “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Jesus said, “Whatever things you ask in prayer…” Come on, let’s be real. Many of us do not have a prayer life anymore. We spend more time online than we do in prayer. We spend more time playing games on our cell phones and tablets than we do in prayer, communicating with God our Father. Candy Crush and Words with Friends gets more time than God does. Get real and get delivered.

Secondly, Jesus said, “Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing…” Many of us pray, but we do not believe what we are praying for will come to pass. We don’t believe our marriages can be restored. We don’t believe our bodies will be healed. We don’t believe our children will be saved. We don’t believe our ministries will be fruitful. Truthfully, what is the point of praying if we do not believe our prayers will be answered?

But Glory to God, when we get a prayer life and believe God regardless of what it looks like, God will begin to move on our on faith! Faith moves God!

Finally, Jesus declared, “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Notice Jesus did not say, “you might receive”…Jesus didn’t say, “I’ll think about it.” No! Jesus in essence said, “If you get off your cell phone, get off Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and get a life…get on your knees…Get a prayer life and dare to ask for whatever things you desire, believing regardless of what it looks like; believing regardless of what the doctor said; believing regardless of what your situation looks like; believing in spite of what the judge said; you will receive!”

Anyone need a prayer answered? It is time to switch up! Get off the phone, get a prayer life, and watch God move!