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There was such a swirl of activity around Jesus, with so many people coming and going, that they were unable to even eat a meal. So Jesus said to his disciples, “Come, let’s take a break and find a secluded place where you can rest a while.” 32 They slipped away and left by sailboat for a deserted spot. 33 But many of the people saw them leaving and realized where they were headed, so they took off running along the shore. Then people from the surrounding towns joined them in the chase, and a large crowd got there ahead of them.

34 By the time Jesus came ashore, a massive crowd was waiting. At the sight of them, his heart was filled with compassion,[o] because they seemed like wandering sheep who had no shepherd.[p] So he taught them many things.

35 Late that afternoon, his disciples said, “It’s getting really late and we’re here in this remote place with nothing to eat. 36 You should send the crowds away so they can go into the surrounding villages and buy food for themselves.”

37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.”

“Are you sure?” they replied. “You really want us to go buy them supper? It would cost a small fortune[q] to feed all these thousands of hungry people.”

38 “How many loaves of bread do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” After they had looked around, they came back and said, “Five—plus a couple of fish.”

39 Then he instructed them to organize the crowd and have them sit down in groups on the grass. 40 So they had them sit down in groups[r] of hundreds and fifties. 41 Then Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, gazed into heaven, and gave thanks to God. He broke the bread and the two fish and distributed them to his disciples to serve the people—and the food was multiplied in front of their eyes42 Everyone had plenty to eat and was fully satisfied. 43 Then the twelve disciples picked up what remained, and each of them ended up with a basket full of leftovers! 44 Altogether, five thousand families[s] were fed that day! // Mark 6

When you look at your life and your today, your present circumstances, what do you see?

The disciples saw the need, the problem and saw their lack.  They forgot to have supernatural vision despite having just been out on amazing mission adventures, despise seeing Jesus again and again change the world with His mighty power.

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*** notes from church sunday morning, peter morton preaching @ the river

 

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Phil 1
God promises to complete the good things he has begun in us

Phil 1:3
This is my prayer
That your love may abound more and more
With understanding and insight

What is visible comes from something invisible

What enables us to do great things

What burns on the inside

Prayer life

Don’t seek to imitate the masters but seek what they sought

Its not about replicating the first church but going further.  The first church weren’t trying to be the first church, they just were

That your love will abound more and more

 

4 things im certain of:

1 The world needs revival
2 For the world to be revived the church must be revived – dead paramedics cant help dead people – dont be just theoretical pentecostal but be practicing pentecostals. The church will only get revived when we do the things we say we believe
3 the church only be revived of i am revived
4 revival needs room

The undeniable fire of revival is prayer, hearts on fire
Christianity is not meant to be heartless. Don’t do it without love.

Love – agape – love in action, has to have an action

Not our niceness would abound but that the action motivated by love would increase

agape love is "an intentional response to promote well-being when responding to that which has generated ill-being.”

Intentional
Blessing
Love

We are called to flow in supernatural love

Abound
Same word used for the leftovers in feeding the five thousand
Please say fish please say fish please say fish

When you give you will have more

God gives us impossible situations for his glory

How do we abound in love: in knowledge and all discernment

Knowledge
Col 1:9
God wants you to be filled with knowledge of God and his will
Because Gods abundance is found in his will
Eg Israelites following the cloud. No provision where the was no cloud
Follow God and run to him. Dont hold onto the old or go your own way

Gods will his bill. Hudson Taylor

Depth of insight:
Spiritual
Precise understanding of the way of God
Knowledge of his will – general
Depth – specifics of way

Do the will of God by the way of the Lord
His will, His way

Will: feed the people
Way: with five loaves and fishes

Why do we do it this way:
that you sense what is vital

Will: God will provide
Way: specific leading by God

He likes to get the glory so the way may look impossible but its in being in his will that provision happens

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That evening the disciples came to Jesus and said, “This place is like a desert, and it is already late. Let the crowds leave, so they can go to the villages and buy some food.” Jesus replied, “They don’t have to leave. Why don’t you give them something to eat?” But they said, “We have only five small loaves of bread and two fish.” Jesus asked his disciples to bring the food to him, and he told the crowd to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish. He looked up toward heaven and blessed the food. Then he broke the bread and handed it to his disciples, and they gave it to the people. After everyone had eaten all they wanted, Jesus’ disciples picked up twelve large baskets of leftovers. Matthew 14:15-20

 

did you note the word in verse 17 – ONLY

sometimes we think of ourselves as ONLY – or JUST – i’m just me, we self depreciate ourselves, we compare ourselves to other people and other people always come up looking better than we do.

in a way its okay to have that “i’m just me” perspective.  we are who we are.  we can do what we can do.

its a matter of having the RIGHT i’m just me attitude.

are you accepting of who you are in the context that God can do great things in you and through you and that he has called you and has a plan and a purpose for your life and that you are fearfully and wonderfully made?  are you assured of the love that God has for you and that he delights in you?

or are you negatively putting yourself down and viewing yourself as weaker and less talented and less important than you actually are?

the awesome thing is that God takes our ONLY and transforms it and uses it to demonstrate his love and power and grace and glory.

it was ONLY just some loaves and fishes.

ONLY a small boy with his lunch.

just as Jesus took the ONLY of the 5 loaves and 2 fishes and fed the great crowd.

God takes the ONLY of our lives and turns the ordinary into extraordinary!

also:

don’t let anyone else talk you down.  don’t let anyone else label you with ONLY….  the lunch may have seemed like ONLY a small thing to the disciples but to the boy who gave it up it was his whole lunch and important!  don’t let people put you down.

don’t underestimate yourself and what God can do through a life offered to him.

 

Ephesians 1:4 – For He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love.

I want you to focus on two points:

1) “He chose us.”

– God chose us to be his children. Yes, you and I. And regardless of our past, present or future, God chose US to be sons and daughters in him.

2) “Before the creation of the world.”

– You were chosen before the creation of the world itself! Before the moon, the sun, the stars and the sky. God thought of us first. And God chose YOU and I to be holy and blameless in his sight, to be adopted into his heavenly presence.

So the next time someone labels you something other than “God’s son or daughter,” direct them to Ephesians 1:4 and show them otherwise. You were chosen before creation itself.

The world can “say” all they want, but only God “knows” who you really are. You are His.

I am who The Great “I AM” says I am. Not who “they” say I am.

– Jarrid Wilson

 

the next time someone says you’re ONLY this or ONLY that remind them that the only and greatest thing you are is a son or daughter of the King of Kings!

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He replied, "You give them something to eat."They answered, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd." (About five thousand men were there.) But he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each." The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.   Luke 9:13-17

 

5 loaves and 2 fish. my life. all i can offer. Jesus blesses it and breaks it… and feeds the multitude.

i’m just so moved by this.

so challenged and so inspired and so encouraged.

all i can offer God can use.

all i can offer God will accept.

He took a boys simple lunch and multiplied it to feed over 20,000 people.

wow.

likewise, He takes my life, simple, humble, nothing flash, and can multiply it to demonstrate His love and grace to the world around me.

with Him and by Him i can accomplish more than i can ever imagine. 

with Him and by Him my life has purpose and worth.

today, be encouraged.  your life may seem small.  you may feel like there is nothing of eternal significance about your life.  but YOU are an offering used by God.  YOU are a jar of clay for the all surpassing power of God to shine through.  YOU are loaves and fishes for Jesus to bless and break and feed the multitudes.

and don’t you love it.

blest and broken.

Jesus blesses my life and the brokenness. 

Jesus blesses my life and transforms it.

EVERY circumstance and happenstance He can use and will use.

it tells a story.

it tells HIS story.

redemption. grace.  power.  love.  forgiveness. 

 

 

 

People often excuse themselves from the miraculous because they don’t have a lot to work with or offer God to work with. Maybe it’s their skills. A lack of resources. Or little experience.

Whatever the reason, what they don’t realize is that that in itself makes them a candidate for the power of God to flow through their lives. God has a history of using what little someone has to do great things only He can do.

God used a shepherd’s staff to part the Red Sea.
He used five loaves and two fish to feed thousands.
He even used an ass (Numbers 22, King James Version) to talk to someone and save their life.

One of the greatest strategies of the enemy is to get you to focus on what you don’t have, what you used to have, or what someone else has that you wish you had instead of looking in your house and asking the question, “God, what can you do through what I have?”

Here’s the profound truth you need to begin embracing today: All God needs to work miracles in your life is all you have. A God who created something out of nothing can also create something great out of little.

post by Steven FurtickYour Exceptional Exception

 

 

All things are possible with God

He is higher, greater, more awesome than we can wrap words around. There is no limit to His power and there is no limit to His love. He is out of time and eternal. He breathed out the stars and knows how many hairs we have on our head, His name is above every name and power and principality that ever was and ever is and ever will be. He is the undisputed champion of the world, king of kings and lord of lords, the beginning and the end.

The implication. God is mighty. He can do the job. He has the power.

 

 

Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]- Ephesians 3:20

lunch

5 loaves and 2 fish. my life. all i can offer. jesus blesses it and breaks it… and feeds the multitude.

i’m just so moved by this today.

so challenged and so inspired and so encouraged.

all i can offer God can use.

all i can offer God will accept.

He took a boys simple lunch and multiplied it to feed over 20,000 people.

wow.

likewise, He takes my life, simple, humble, nothing flash, and can multiply it to demonstrate His love and grace to the world around me.

with Him and by Him i can accomplish more than i can ever imagine. 

with Him and by Him my life has purpose and worth.

today, be encouraged.  your life may seem small.  you may feel like there is nothing of eternal significance about your life.  but YOU are an offering used by God.  YOU are a jar of clay for the all surpassing power of God to shine through.  YOU are loaves and fishes for Jesus to bless and break and feed the multitudes.

and dont you love it.

blest and broken.

Jesus blesses my life and the brokeness. 

Jesus blesses my life and transforms it.

EVERY circumstance and happenstance He can use and will use.

it tells a story.

it tells HIS story.

redemption. grace.  power.  love.  forgiveness. 

Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Feast was near.

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. John 6:1-6

God always has a plan.  Always has a provision.  Always makes the way.

Nothing is impossible for God.

All things are possible for God.

God has all the details of our lives and the world in hand.

Jesus asked the disciples to feed the crowd, but he already had in mind what he was going to do.  He was teaching the disciples a lesson in faith and the power of God.

Philip answered him, “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”  John 6:7-8

Jesus had a plan.  He already had it worked out, in the boys lunch box.  In times when Jesus is calling us to accomplish the impossible he isnt asking us to naturally accomplish what only HE can do.  He is asking us to align ourselves with him and his power and provision and plan.  It is not by our might or our power our our natural ability but by the power of the Holy Spirit that anything miraculous and supernatural can occur.  We do not possess the natural resources for miracles.  Jesus is the miracle worker.  He has a plan.

We can see this played out also in Ezra 1.

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing:

“This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:


” ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.  Anyone of his people among you—may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem. And the people of any place where survivors may now be living are to provide him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.’ “

Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem.  All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings.  Ezra 1:1-6

First we see the heart of Cyrus, a heathen king, being moved by God.

Then the people are moved to return and build in Jerusalem.

and the staying people are moved to give and provide for those going.

God had a plan.  A plan that may have seemed impossible on paper.  But all things are possible iwth God.  God moves the hearts of kings and stirs the spirits of people to do his will and carry out his plans.   He moves and prepares and provides.

We can be confident that if he calls that he will equip and empower and provide whatever we need, be it resource or wisdom or compassion or the right words or power.

That evening the disciples came to Jesus and said, “This place is like a desert, and it is already late. Let the crowds leave, so they can go to the villages and buy some food.”

Jesus replied, “They don’t have to leave. Why don’t you give them something to eat?”

But they said, “We have only five small loaves of bread and two fish.” Jesus asked his disciples to bring the food to him, and he told the crowd to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish. He looked up toward heaven and blessed the food. Then he broke the bread and handed it to his disciples, and they gave it to the people. After everyone had eaten all they wanted, Jesus’ disciples picked up twelve large baskets of leftovers.

Matthew 14:15-20

my thoughts on this passage, in particular v17 – ONLY

sometimes we think of ourselves as ONLY – or JUST – i’m just me, we self depreciate ourselves, we compare ourselves to other people and other people always come up looking better than we do.

in a way its okay to have that “i’m just me” perpsective.  we are who we are.  we can do what we can do.

its a matter of having the RIGHT i’m just me attitude.

are you accepting of who you are in the context that God can do great things in you and through you and that he has called you and has a plan and a purpose for your life and that you are fearfully and wonderfully made?  are you assured of the love that God has for you and that he delights in you?

or are you negatively putting yourself down and viewing yourself as weaker and less talented and less important than you acutally are?

the awesome thing is that God takes our ONLY and transforms it and uses it to demonstrate his love and power and grace and glory.

just as Jesus took the ONLY of the 5 loaves and 2 fishes and fed the great crowd.

God takes the ONLY of our lives and turns the ordinary into extraordinary!

also:

dont let anyone else talk you down.  dont let anyone else label you with ONLY….  the lunch may have seemed like ONLY a small thing to the disciples but to the boy who gave it up it was his whole lunch and imoprtant!  dont let people put you down.

dont underestimate yourself and what God can do through a life offered to him.

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