Crumbs Can Make A Whole Loaf
Recently I lost a personal friend. It was not due to death,
or because of relocation, but because of pride, anger, and
bitterness on behalf of my friend. There were some minor
Scriptural differences, I guess you would call them minor, but I
don't mind those types of things unless they become doctrinal and
we had no doctrinal differences.
The Lord revealed something to me one day about this man and
why his life was going the way it was and why our friendship is
severed for now. As usual, I always take personal prophecies,
relating to others, personally. That is, I apply them to myself
as much as I do the person of whom the Lord is talking. One
misconception of New Testament prophets is that they just hear
from the Lord about an individual and then they are required to
talk to that person. this is untrue. Rarely does the Lord give
me permission to talk to an individual about their life and what
the Lord is showing me about them. Let me use an example before
I tell you what the Lord revealed to me about my friend.
A few years ago, a friend of mine, and his teenage son,
tried hiking to a mountain peak not far from Denver. They went
late in the fall, something not wise to do, and they did not
dress for winter because it was such a nice day. The walk up the
long trail took longer than they anticipated and on the way back,
it began to snow. Once the winter weather moved in, they quickly
became cold and decided to leave the path and cut across a valley
which they thought would save them time and lead them to a more
direct path to the place they had parked their car. They became
hopelessly lost. They began to wonder around in knee deep snow,
hoping they would recut their original trail, but soon realize
they were becoming even more lost. Additionally, the weather
finally my friend told his son that they best hunker down
and make the best of the night and pray that the storm did not
get any worse. They dug out a place in the snow to try and keep
their feet dry and where they could squat down and try their best
to stay out of the wind. Fortunately, during the night, the
storm stopped and the wind died down but it was bitterly cold.
When morning finally came, they discovered, even in broad
daylight, they were still lost. It took them a considerable time
to locate the road they had used when coming to the foot of the
mountain trail. By this time, his wife had alerted the
authorities and they had sent someone up to try and find them.
My friend spent about three weeks in the hospital because
his feet were severely frostbitten. He spend several sessions in
a hyperbaric chamber to save his feet. His son, who was about 18
years old at the time, was only in the hospital briefly and
suffered little effect from the cold. My friend still has some
discomfort in his feet today but otherwise he is well.
During his stay in the hospital, I called him several times.
We had not seen each other for probably two or three years
because his wife does not like me. I used to be her pastor and
spent many hours counseling with her and once, years later, had
to kick her out of my home because she was trying to disrupt the
bible study. she was notorious for this sort of behavior and has
literally disrupted church services by standing up and attempting
to take over the service as the pastor taught. Yes, she has some
deep seeded spiritual problems and some of it involves demonic
activity but that's a different story.
during my friend's stay in the hospital, his wife left him.
this, too, is also another one of her routine manipulatory
tricks. In this case, her husband was getting all the attention
and not her. so she moved out; leaving my friend all alone in
the hospital and he had no insurance. To say the least, he was
horribly discouraged but you don't have to be a prophet to figure
that one out.
One day, as we were talking, and we were having some very
good and very deep spiritual talks as he lay in his hospital bed,
the Lord told me that my friend would not be harmed by this
experience. The Lord, furthermore, told me to tell my friend
exactly what I had just heard. My friend knows me well enough to
know that, even though I hear something from the Lord, I don't
always speak it unless the Lord gives me permission. I told my
friend I had no idea if the Lord was speaking physically or
spiritually. Personally, I thought it was both. As I said, his
feet are ok now but he still has some discomfort do to the
this experience just described has happened to me dozens and
dozens of times over the years. I would guess, probably one out
of every fifty times, the Lord tells me to talk to the person.
So, as you can see, it isn't often. What do I do the rest of the
time? I pray about what god has revealed about that person in a
more focused way than I would be able to otherwise. Now back to
my original story.
As I said, I recently lost a friend. I have been trying to
help this friend for some time in his church but he has become
very angry, very bitter, and pride, though he doesn't recognize
it, has blocked his ability to bless his church. No, I have not
told him all of this and in fact have told him very little. Why?
Because he is not ready to receive it and in fact, what I know,
if all were told to him personally, would probably make him
worse. It is killing his church and it will kill him as well
eventually. As a prophet, I have learned, speaking to someone
before the Lord gives permission, can be dangerous and
destructive to that person. In this case, I spoke with the man
enough to discern his response and it was fiercely rebuffed.
A few days ago, out of spiritual frustration, I simply asked
the Lord why my friend was acting this way. Instantly, the Holy
Spirit answered my question. He told me that this man was only
asking the Lord for crumbs and so he was only getting crumbs.
The implication, therefore, is spiritually enormous and
The moment the Holy spirit spoke, my mind flashed to the
story of the Syrophenician woman: (See Matthew 15:22-28 and Mark
7:25-30). This woman, who was a Greek, tried to get Jesus to
heal her daughter who was possessed by a demon. Jesus was
ministering to Israel at this point of his ministry and said so.
She apparently wasn't willing to give up and must have been
continually bombarding our Lord's disciples because they came to
the Lord and asked Him to get rid of her.
The passage in Matthew's Gospel is quite interesting because
it says the woman came and worshiped our Lord. Look it up for
yourself. It means to kiss or to lick the skin as a dog licks
his master's hand. Here, in this part of the story, we are
talking about sincerity, at the least, and spiritual intimacy at
the most. I would suggest the woman came and threw herself at
our lord's feet and began kissing Him and begging for her
daughter's life. When Jesus said to her that it wasn't right to
give the bread of the children to others, she agreed but insisted
that even the dogs eat the crumbs the children drop. Jesus
granted her request and her daughter was healed from that very
My recent experience with my friend greatly convicted me
when the Lord showed all this to me. I, too, have been guilty of
asking God only for crumbs. Then when I get nothing but crumbs,
I complain it isn't enough. Each of us are guilty, in our own
way, of expecting the very least God can do and that is what we
are getting; the least He can do. He is willing to do His best,
His biggest, and His most if we will submit to Him by asking and
Have you given place to the devil by asking for crumbs when
god can do so much more for you? Repent, and begin asking for
all He has planned for your life. Ignore the accusatory clamor,
the inflammatory rejection, the judgmental comments, and the
spiritual threats which are coming against you. Kiss the Lord
with your prayers until freedom comes. do not allow the devil to
possess your inheritance. Cast Him out by expecting Jesus to
give you His best. If He did give His all on the cross, why
would He not do so now? Question the devil's ability to move
against you by acknowledging God and His Word.
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