YOUR 5000 ARE COMING
So this is a story about wheat and bread and who you are and what is in your kit.
EINKORN is the name of an ancient wheat and means 'single grain'. Einkorn wheat is pure; it's not genetically modified and because it is highly nutritious, it keeps you very full. It also lacks the chromosomes that cause wheat intolerance. Bread way back then was almost a complete food.
Jesus is our Einkorn wheat, he's pure, no mixed DNA, and He is all that we need. John 6:35 SAYS 'I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall not thirst'. In John 6:51 it says, 'I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh'. We give out of the bread of life of who Jesus is in us. If He is in you and you are in Him and one with him, then that living bread is dwelling in you and waiting to be multiplied out. We don't need anything special to do that because it's already available IN HIM.
Now Jesus isn't way out there in the sky somewhere either, He is both seated next to His Father in heavenly places, but He is also one spirit with us. What He can do, you can do. What He has, you also have. We are created in the Father's image, so who He is, is in a sense who you are! If we can grab a hold of that revelation that WE ARE ONE WITH HIM, HE IN US AND WE IN HIM everything changes about our identity.
In Matthew 14:9-21 is the story of Jesus feeding the 5000. In verse 13 Jesus had just learnt from the disciples of John's beheading. It says Jesus was moved by compassion for the crowds THAT WERE IN FRONT OF HIM, he wasn't moved by His grief and walked away. Our emotions of course are quite valid, however in the days ahead we will see many in need, and we are to be moved by our spirit and not our flesh. Even when we have a bad day, it has nothing to do with our level of faith or how emotional we are feeling; we must learn to step into that place in the Spirit and operate from there. The disciples saw only empty stomachs, but Jesus saw lost souls and people in need.
In verse 16 Jesus said to them 'you give them something to eat'. Interestingly, the disciples seemed to have forgotten all the miracles they had seen Jesus do previously, and were not understanding that they were just as capable of multiplying the loaves and fishes as Jesus was. This is why growing in our identity, intimacy and sonship with Jesus is so important. Understanding WHO HE IS IN YOU! Our resources and who we are, are sufficient for the '5000' Father will be sending us to or bringing to us. We each have our own unique bread recipe and type of fish in our kit that is perfect for our 5000. Jesus took what they collected and took it to Jesus to bless (and multiply) it. Because Jesus is in us, that capacity to bless and multiply is already in us. Jesus was trying to teach the disciples they had the same ability to produce life in others as He had. In Him, our only source, we have an endless supply for our 5000. It does not run out (verse 20).
Your 5000 will look different to mine. This is why we cannot compare ourselves, our gifting/calling/purpose/assignment mix to anyone elses. Your recipe is unique. You have the perfect bread mix for your 5000. And Father will send them and lead you to them. Be sensitive daily to the nudges and hints of the Holy Spirit. Ask Him who, where, when, how for each day. Whether what you do is one on one, or with many, or is a ministry in the Spirit, it is all essential - this is the Body flowing together. When I ministered at the Kaipara Women's Conference in March of this year after this message, many of the women came for prayer to find out more about their 5000. Through word of knowledge Holy Spirit was telling me of their passions, giftings and what that currently looked like. Most of the women were already doing in some form or another what God had put in them, but those seeds are going to burst forth and multiply into more and bigger fruit. The biggest thing holding them back was lack of confidence in who they are and what they feel God has given them to do or was asking them to do. Father loves and rewards our hunger, humility, intimacy with Him and our obedience. That is what equips us for our 5000.
We don't have to change who we are. We don't have to be a polished performer following protocols and formats and strategies of man to reach our 5000. We just have to be ourselves and in relationship with Him. Our 5000 will be attracted to who you uniquely are, not some man-made image we have been taught. JUST BE YOURSELF, that is who they enjoy being with.
Let your light shine, love on people, you have the bread, water and new wine they need. You will meet many women at your well. If your gift is to give hospitality, listen and love, then just do that. If you love to lift people up our of despair and encourage them, then just do that. Whether you do it at home, in the supermarket, at work or in fellowship, they will be your 5000. You will soon learn to recognise them. You are my 5000 and the ones I minister encouragement and inner healing to on a one on one basis. I said at conference that my mercy gifting is not great, but I'm growing in that. I've learnt to understand my gifting/calling/purpose/assignment mix and to keep to that lane and not look at what others are doing. It doesn't matter what we consider a big or small thing we are doing, it still reverberates out to many.
For a long time we have been in transition like incubating chicken eggs about to hatch. We've felt like overdue mamas, stretched and tired from the waiting. But our birthing time is now and YOU ARE MORE THAN READY and YOU'RE GONNA HAVE SOME BEAUTIFUL BABIES!
Father says in 1 Peter 2:9, 'you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of the darkness into His marvellous light'.
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