I believe the Lord has a word of encouragement for those who are facing some kind of shortfall at this time.

You have a call from God, or a promise, but are faced with a limitation.
An impossibility.

Your Father is releasing a gift of faith to you, so you can look at that shortfall and declare, “My God is greater than you!”

The Day a Responsibility Led to a Crisis

A shortfall means there is a gap between what you need, and what you have.
There is a deficit.

Mark’s Gospel includes an interesting detail in the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand.

After telling the disciples they were responsible to feed the thousands of people gathered that day, Jesus said:

“How many loaves do you have?”
“Go and see.”
When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”
(Mark 6:38 NIV)

They didn’t just have a shortfall. They had a crisis!

It’s interesting that Jesus asked them to specifically count how many they had.

And—to report the number back to Him!

Of course, Jesus knew. But He wanted them to pay attention to how much they had on hand.
He was teaching them about faith and the works of God.

The Shortfall Presents a Challenge

Sometimes, in order to face the reality of what lies within us, we need to have tough conversations with God.

When Jesus commanded His disciples to feed the crowd, they pushed back at Him.
They resisted.

“That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?” (Mark 6:37, NIV)

Read between the lines: “That’s expensive—we don’t even have that kind of money—plus, it means we have to walk into the villages to shop—and we’re already exhausted!”

Yet Jesus said, “Go and see! How many do you have?”

Jesus wanted the disciples to be very clear about what they had to begin with.

To face that shortfall and the facts it presented.

Beginning with a deficit was not a challenge to Jesus.

  • In fact, the little, given into His hands, was the seed for the much

Those five loaves and two fish were the very means Jesus used to feed a multitude. He passed them back through the disciples’ hands.

And they did. Indeed. Feed a multitude.

A Key to Miracle-Working Faith: See With Both Eyes

Faith is the ability to see with two eyes—to perceive in two realms, the earth realm and the Kingdom realm, at once.

Sometimes we want to close our eyes to the facts. And yet faith can look squarely at the impossible, whilst seeing the miracle.

Faith is honesty.
It’s showing up to Jesus, the shortfall in hand, and offering what you have to Him.

Faith is not denial, it is not averting your gaze from the facts.

Faith is not turning aside, but a courageous and accurate summing up of the situation.

Whilst at the same time, perceiving Father’s intention.

Faith that Faced Facts

We read of Abraham,
“Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God…” (Rom 4:19-20 NIV)

Abraham’s example shows us that faith is not standing in denial of the facts. 

  • Facing the reality of his limitation caused Abraham to grow in faith and give glory to God

Today, your Father declares you brave.

So, if you’ve been tempted to deny the existence of your shortfall, don’t.
Instead, take a look. Count what you have.
See what you don’t have.

Now, feel the strength of the Holy Spirit pour into you.

That fact—your natural reality—does not contradict what God says.

  • It stands alongside, and then, submits to the Heavenly Order

So, hand over your shortfall to Jesus. And listen for His command.

Perhaps there is an action the Holy Spirit is alerting you to, that you need to take today.

As you move, hear the Lord saying, “Beloved! You have great faith and great is your reward!”

Is this prophetic teaching about faith meaningful to you? I’d love to hear from you. Let’s agree with each other in prayer for the miracle you need. Share it with us in the blog comments section below, or on Facebook or Instagram.

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100 thoughts on “God is Giving You Faith in the Face of Shortfall”

  1. Helen my sister in Christ,
    You are anointed. There’s something about you and your messages that warms my heart and ignites my faith. Please continue to do what you are doing. As Assisi said, “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle”. For those who are unaware, San Francisco is named after Francis of Assisi. It is the most compassionate city in USA.
    In the Light of Christ, blessings …

    1. Thank you Hilal. Oh what a beautiful view of San Francisco. God’s purpose and redemptive heart for the city. Release your mercy, Lord!

  2. I’m in a one room boarding house in need of a home for my self on a fixed income with the faith I have in God I know I have my own house and home and nothing missing soon as because I believe the prayer Jesus taught us on Earth as it is in heaven nothing Missing Amen

    1. My name is christina. Thank you for this word of God it has really encourage me this morning. This week has been a hard week for me I couldn’t pray even reading the Bible I was so destressed and it was like everything is falling apart. But I thank God for the word of encouragement this morning. I feel like am renewed in my spirit and rise up again and do the work of God. Thank you so much Hellen God bless you

  3. I Cynthia Johnson

    Thank you for a timely word!
    I will continue to stand on His Word and promises that He has in store for Us. Nothing will cause me to waver in my faith.
    God’s promises are yes and Amen. We’re in the lineage of a Royal Priesthood. We’re Kingdom Sons and Daughters.
    As I was reading this prophecy. The 2 fish and five loaves of bread are prophetic in nature. The #2 Double portion ( two
    edge ?? sword) , #5 Grace
    Jesus wanted the disciples to pay close attention to how much they had.So instructed them to Go and count them. Unbeknownst to them He was getting ready to perform a miracle of the “ Impossible”
    There is No God like “ Jehovah”

    1. Yes and amen! Lineage of a royal priesthood – that’s a “selah” right there. This is awesome Cynthia

  4. I am believing God for my promotion and the promotion of others on my team who have been awaiting breakthrough despite the presence of cronyism and the enemy trying to derail our advancement. I am standing on Proverbs 21:1 and I am believing God for the impossible.

    1. Heavenly Father, we thank you for Antanina and for the talents and wisdom that you have given. Thank you for placing Antanina in the right team, for such a time as this. We pray for doors of promotion and opportunity to become available, as Antanina stands and believes on your word. Amen.
      Karen – Enliven Ministries team

  5. This message is so timely , thank you so much. In just 25 mins back I went out the house and prayed God to enable me start earning from my gift of prophecy. I have no source of income yet have a family to take care of….
    So what do I have? Just a handful of people I prophecy to & for free.
    Right now after getting this message I am more encouraged that God really cares & I should just do my purpose & the rest shall be given into me.
    Thanks Helen & God bless you abundantly.

    1. Thank you Lord for Geoffrey and for his passionate heart for you God. We ask that you will provide his every need and provide a source of income, that he can support his family with. Amen.
      Karen – Enliven Ministries team

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