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Friday, April 16, 1999

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Acts 5:34-42
Psalm 27
John 6:1-15

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the battle of multiplications

Jesus "said to Philip, 'Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?' (He knew well what He intended to do but He asked this to test Philip's response.)" —John 6:5-6

Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish, and continues to multiply food, money, time, and energy for those who give Him their all. Satan reacts to this by doing some multiplying of his own. Satan multiplied Theudas' followers, and helped Judas the Galilean also build "up quite a following" (Acts 5:35-37). Satan loves to multiply the followers, financial support, and media coverage of people and projects opposed to God's kingdom. Look at the seemingly miraculous multiplication of Planned Parenthood's resources in this generation. It seems that Satan is better at multiplying than Jesus is. Of course, Satan has an advantage. He can multiply sin, and there is plenty of that for his use. But Jesus multiplies total commitment, which is rare. However, Satan's multiplications don't last, while Jesus' multiplication miracles endure.

Give Jesus the raw materials for a multiplication. Give Jesus everything, and He will multiply it to overcome Satan's culture of death with a new civilization of life and love.

Prayer:  Father, I repent of holding back and not giving my all to You.

Promise:  "If, on the other hand,  it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them without fighting God Himself." —Acts 5:39

Praise:  Sarah watched soap operas every day. She found a copy of One Bread, One Body in her church. She found a new peace, gave her life totally to Jesus, and turned off her TV.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, October 9, 1998

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 17, 1998