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Matthew 15:36 And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

Do not limit yourself by what you see. If you let the little that you now see determine your expectations, then the little will stay little. However, if you choose to expect more, more will come.   

It was Jesus’ intent to feed the 4,000 men plus women and children who were following him for 3 days without having anything to eat according to Matthew 15. The problem that Jesus faced was that he had only 7 loaves and a few fishes to work with. He had two options: he could either have allowed himself to be limited by the little that he now saw; or, he could have let his expectation be defined by the future he wanted to see. Despite the doubt expressed by his disciples, what Jesus saw throughout was that the multitude was moments away from an abundance of bread and fish to feed all with leftovers. Because that was what he saw, his every action was to that end.

There were two things that the scripture recorded that Jesus did in order to bring about what he saw. First, he gave thanks. If your expectations are defined by the little you now see, the natural response will be to murmur and complain. Jesus expected the 7 loaves and few fishes to multiply. But, he knew that in order  to get you must first begin by being grateful for what you already have.  The second thing that Jesus did was to break the bread and distribute it to his disciples for them to distribute to the people. Although it looked crazy distributing the small amount of bread and fish, Jesus did it anyway as he expected it to multiply. What ensued was that the more the bread and fish were distributed, the more they multiplied.  So much so that when the disciples were finished distributing, 12 baskets were leftover. If Jesus had allowed his expectation to be guided by what he saw, the multiplication that was experienced would not have happened. 

It is commonplace for us to let our expectations be defined by what we see. It is self-sabotage as what you see is what you will receive. God taught Moses that principle in Genesis 13:15. Rather than let what you see define your expectation, like Jesus, choose to expect what you want to see or what God has promised.

Life Application:


Raise your expectation to see daily the future you want to see or what God has promised.

Prayer:


Prayer: Lord, I walk by faith and not by sight. I choose to believe what your word says rather than what my eyes see. I expect greatness. I expect healing. I expect your abundance. In Jesus name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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