In the previous posts,, we learned of the Getites, the Doerites and the Sittites. All of these ‘ites’ had certain attributes which were worthy of note taking. Today, we explore one more ‘ite’ of the New Testament.
Even though we are speaking of this ‘ite’ last, it is only appropriate that we start off the year of 2018 with this new ‘ite’. This is an ‘ite’ that is truly blessed. For this new ‘ite’, we go again to John, Chapter 6. This is the story of Jesus multiplying the five Barley loaves and two small fish to feed five thousand men.
“And Jesus said, Make the men 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 to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.” -Joh 6:10-11 KJV
We find the next two verses fascinating.
“When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.“ -Joh 6:12-13 KJV
Jesus, desiring that nothing should be wasted, told the disciples to gather all of the left-over food. It turns out that the leftover food filled twelve Baskets! Let us understand that there were twelve Baskets of food left over and above the original five Barley loaves and two fishes and whatever food the five thousand men ate. Note, that the five thousand ate until they were full! To understand the next ‘ite’ that we find, we must take the time to understand that sometimes certain words in the Bible have another overlay of understanding. For example, it is a commonly accepted understanding in Christendom, that bread is representative of the Living Bread of Life which Jesus offers. Jesus tells us this by His own words…
“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” -Joh 6:35 KJV
Also, from the scriptures, we know that Jesus is the Word of God made manifest. Jesus, is literally the Word of God. Jesus is the Logos.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” -Joh 1:14 KJV
Another example is the fish. Fish is a type of meat. In Hebrews, it tells us that
“For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.“ -Heb 5:13-14 KJV
The implication here is that meat, or strong meat, is a type of epiphany or illumination in one’s spirit about the Truth of God’s Word. The scripture tells us that as we practice our discernment, we can tell the difference between good and evil. As we become more skilled in His Word and as we get stronger in our chewing the stronger meat of God’s Word, we begin to understand that there are Truths beyond the literal words on the page. The Holy Spirit will reveal these Truths as we meditate upon His Word.
With this new understanding, we could say that Jesus is showing us that our understanding of the Word of God (the Bread/ The Logos) is multiplied along with our illuminated understanding and epiphanies (the Meat / The Rhema). The resulting multiplication will be more than enough to feed you and anyone else that needs to eat or internalize the Word of God.
It is no coincidence that Jesus used natural examples of the bread and the meat and multiplied them. It begins to get even more exciting when we realize that we are simply vessels to be filled with God’s presence. The disciples gathered twelve Baskets of food. The twelve baskets are examples of natural vessels that contained the multiplied Bread and Meat. In case you have not noticed it already, it is also no coincidence that there were twelve baskets and twelve disciples. The twelve baskets are representative of the twelve disciples (the vessels) carrying The Lord’s presence. They handed out The Word (The Logos) and the Meat (The Rhema) to all who desire to be filled.
So, where are the next ‘ites’ you ask? They are right in front of us. They are exemplified by the twelve disciples who have followed after Christ wholeheartedly. Like those twelve disciples, we are to follow after the Lord wholeheartedly. We are also to go and make disciples of all men. (The Great Commission. See Mat 28:19-20)
The disciples being in unity with Christ to accomplish the Will of our Heavenly Father exemplified the abundant favor of God. God’s Favor is the Supernatural empowerment to accomplish the Will of God. The disciples, just like the baskets, were vessels that contained and passed along the unlimited Favor that was being handed down by Jesus. The natural food and spiritual food was being distributed through their hands. As the disciples handed out the loaves and fishes to people, likewise, we are to hand out God’s Grace, Favor and The Word to others who desire Christ. We distribute God’s Grace and Favor every time we pray, share a scripture or do something to show forth Gold’s love to someone else. As we do these things, we will begin to experience God’s Favor. To understand the importance of this, let us ask you a simple question…
‘Can water pass through a straw and the straw does not get wet?’
Of course it can’t! The straw must get wet as the result of passing the water along. Likewise, those who pass along God’s Favor by the sharing of His Word and Love to others will experience God’s Grace & Favor too! And as this Supernatural Favor flows through your hands to others, you will be blessed in return. When this becomes a lifestyle, there comes a continual flow of His Goodness that performs supernatural miracles on your behalf on a regular basis! The blessings and miracles can even begin to happen so regularly and at an increased rate so much so, that it may seem as if you are God’s favorite child. And you are! We need to realize that God has made this miracle of multiplication available to ALL who are willing to receive by Faith.
So, again, you ask, where are the next ‘ites’?
Let us formally introduce to you..
See, the ‘Favor-ites’ are those who understand how to receive the Grace of God and walk in His Favor on a daily basis. They are those that have learned how to flow with God’s Grace and His miracle working power doing the Will of our Heavenly, Father. They have learned that being God’s Favorite is not the just the event or status of receiving a single miracle but rather that His Grace is continuous. They are those that have learned that miracles are the result of a daily walk with the Lord. God’s Favor can show up for your behalf at any time. We are to expect it and to embrace it. We are to understand that God’s Favor will track you down!
The ‘Favor-ites’, like the disciples, have learned to follow after Christ wholeheartedly and pick up the Bread (The Word of God) and the Meat (The Rhema) and distribute it. The Favorites have learned to flow with God’s Grace and Favor and as a result, find their baskets overflowing with God’s miraculous power.
We challenge you to pray and ask the Lord for His Favor. Ask the Lord to give you a tangible touch of His Favor. And if you are bold enough, ask the Lord to make you His ‘Favor-ite’. Ask Him to give you the ‘eyes to see’ and recognize Godly ‘Favor’ when it starts to show up in your life. Like anything else in the Kingdom, it must be received by Faith. Receive it by faith today and start to look for the Favor of God to begin to show up your life.
Remember, the Favor of God, just like Salvation, is not based on your ability, the level of your personal skills or talents but rather, it is a gift. Favor is the gift of a supernatural advantage given by the Loving Kindness of God the Father, through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
“God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God. It’s not the result of anything you’ve done, so no one can brag about it. “ – Eph 2:8-9 GW
And when Favor shows up, don’t forget to stop and say ‘Thank You, Lord!”
May God’s Grace Abundantly Reign In Your Life!
-Apostle Ric & Prophetess Kathy Steele
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