John 6:7 “Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.”

There are different types of people in the world, and one of the most dangerous are the ones that knows how to discourage a man from his purpose. These folks have a thousand and one reason why your venture will not succeed.

Let me show us this scripture in the New International Version:

John 6:7 “Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”” (NIV)

Philip’s response to Jesus’ question was completely discouraging. His statement was enough to discourage Jesus from his quest to feed the hungry folks. Philip painted a picture of impossibility to Jesus.

He told Jesus that for each of those five thousand hungry men to have just a bite from a loaf of bread, it will take him working hard for about two hundred days and saving every dime. He was telling Jesus tactically to forget about mission. If Jesus would go and work for half a year before coming back to feed the men they would have all died.

If we check that account in Mark 6, the disciples were more direct:

Mark 6: 36 “Send them away that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat”

They told Jesus verbatim to send them away to go fend for themselves.

Friend, be careful whose voice you listen to when you’re on a mission! Don’t let a discouraging voice stop you from moving in the direction of your faith. Refuse to entertain a picture of impossibility in your mind. Don’t cooperate with the enemy to stop you!

Hear this:

1Corinthians 14:10 “There are it may be so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.”

There will always be different kinds of voices in your life, but you must know the significance of each. You should be able to read in-between the lines and decode the meaning of every statement made to you.

To be continued…

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