Thursday, September 22, 2016

September 22, 2016

"After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!” Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves." John 6:1-13

Thousands of men, women and children fed - fully fed - from a lowly lunch of five loaves and two small salted fish! How does that happen?

It happened because there was a great need that Jesus saw and then later His disciples recognized.

There is never a miracle in the absence of a need, a problem or a hurt. So, if you are in need you are a candidate for a miracle.

And it also happened because there was a great deed. When Jesus and the disciples needed food they found a lad with a lunch. But what would that small snack be among so many? The disciples asked that and the boy must have thought that but despite his doubts he donated his lunch.

The great need required a great deed, someone who would partner with Jesus. 

That's always how miracles are made.

When there was a great need and someone partnered with a great deed then Jesus worked the miracle - A GREAT FEED!

Are you facing a great need/problem/hurt?

Are you willing to trust Jesus in that painful area or circumstance?

Where can you partner with Him to allow Him to unleash His power and grace into your need?