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, 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!”


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

  1. I have been avoiding making this maintenance budget the Lord asked me to make months ago….many months. I knew we didn’t have the income to meet the current debt much less save for long -term maintenance. I finally started doing it today. Then I received your email. This post gave me the confidence to see my shortfall so God can bless our business with the income to meet our current needs and our long-term maintenance.
    Thank you so much!

    1. Thank you Father for Jennifer and for her ears that hear your voice. We ask that you will give her keys and wisdom as she walks her journey with you. Provide for her and surprise her with blessings. Amen.
      Karen – Enliven Ministries team

  2. Thank you, Helen. It’s so encouraging & in line with what He is saying to me in our situation in this time.

  3. Elizabeth Merritt

    Thank you my Sister in Christ. You are a mighty woman of faith.
    I have been standing for marriage restoration for 2 1/2 years I have faith in God. I look to my Father who is able to work a miracle.. I have received many promises, humble my self to ask what am I missing , desperate to know. Lord has released my miracle in the Heavenly realm short fall in the earthly realm??? God bless you my sweet Sister.

    1. Lord, Thank you that you are the God of miracles and your promises are Yes and Amen. Thank you Lord that you are our restorer and our healer. We pray for a miracle in this marriage. Bring these two together again, as one. May their eyes be opened to the truth and ears hear your wisdom. Let their eyes focus on you and you work within them both. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
      Karen – Enliven Ministries team

  4. Hi. I received this email shortly after 2 am (GMT + 2), almost 2 hours ago. I’m on a bus ride. Shortly before first dozing off, I said in my mind, ‘Lord Im trusting you for this’. Before that, I was thinking of somethings I need but don’t have and then this email and I’m like wow! I’m handing over my shortfall to Jesus, I have a shortfall Jesus and I’m handing it over to you.

    1. That’s fantastic Emy!
      Lord, we ask that you will provide for these needs. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
      Karen – Enliven Ministries team

  5. This has so blessed me. I have recently being meditating on the story of Jesus feeding five thousand plus people from John 6. Its one of my go-to texts whenever I’m faced with so much, yet I have so little, compared to the need. My journey begins with THANKING GOD for what I have and listening, believing He will guide me to know how to have what I need.
    Thank you for this post. Its so timely and needed.
    May all you are seeking God for in this season be yours, in Jesus name.

    1. Great news Eyitayo!
      Thank you Lord for Eyitayo and for all that you are teaching him right now. Lord we ask that you will give him more keys and wisdom as you guide Him to know what he needs. Amen.
      Karen – Enliven Ministries team

  6. Yes! Very teaching. Thank you! Amen amen!!! Thanks for encouraging me to stay in faith according to God promises for my life. God always provides and knows best. I will always stand on faith in God. God bless you! Love you!

    1. Yes Joy! God always provides our needs and knows what’s best.
      Blessings,
      Karen – Enliven Ministries team

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