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Miraculous God

In July I shared a post about Living in the Miraculous. Today is a follow up sermon from that same series from Gateway Church.

The feeding of 5,000 in the gospels is a perfect story when reflecting on the miracles of Jesus. If you have never heard it, you can read John 6 below, but there were 5,000 men who needed to be fed. Jesus performed a miracle by feeding all of them using 2 fish and 5 loaves.

Jesus soon saw a great crowd of people climbing the hill, looking for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Philip, 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, “It would take a small fortune 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 ordered. So all of them — the men alone numbered five thousand — sat down on the grassy slopes. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and passed them out to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate until they were full. “Now gather the leftovers,” Jesus told his disciples, “so that nothing is wasted.” John 6:5-12

In the above verses, Jesus tests Philip and Philip gets frustrated because he looks at the situation from a natural viewpoint. Isn’t that we so often do? Focus so much on our current circumstance that we completely miss what the Lord is trying to do. What can we take away from the story of the 5,000?

1. Look Beyond the Natural – God is the God of the impossible. The choice of how we perceive our circumstances is up to us and affects how we respond. Will you allow the fact that the circumstance seems impossible to shape your situation or the fact that you have a God who can make all things possible shape your situation? God wants us to view things through His perspective, not through our circumstances. Instead of letting the enemy remind you how impossible your situation is, remind him you have the God of the impossible on your side. Greater are the powers on your side than against you.

2. Bring What You Have –  God doesn’t ask us to bring Him what we don’t have, He asks us to come confidently with what we do have. He wants us to bring our inadequacies to Him. He uses the inadequate and extremely flawed people, which is every one of us. God doesn’t want to do miracles alone, but wants us to partner up with Him to experience the miraculous. None of us can accomplish in the natural what God wants us to accomplish in the supernatural through us. God takes what we do have and multiples it to be more than enough.

3. Choose to Obey – God asks for us to obey Him in order for us to participate with Him in the miraculous. When we obey Him we are stepping out in faith based on what He has said. Without obedience, it’s impossible to experience the miraculous. How often do we ask for something, but leave the door closed? Make sure you allow yourself to be in a position to receive what He has for you.

Don’t let your past disappointments you have experienced cause you to give up hope. Keep fixing your eyes on Him, look beyond your circumstances, bring what you have, and obey what He is telling you to do. The miraculous is waiting for you.

Living in the Miraculous - Nothing is impossible with God

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13 Comments
  • Evangeline
    Posted at 11:13h, 17 September Reply

    AMEN!

  • Mia @ MakeMeUpMia
    Posted at 11:25h, 17 September Reply

    Amen, all part of HIS plan! 🙂

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 13:26h, 17 September Reply

    Thank you for sharing! I really needed this today. It’s almost been a year since we conceived and lost our first baby, and six months since we lost the second baby. I’m growing so inpatient now waiting to conceive again, so I really need these reminders that God can do miracles.

  • Alexis
    Posted at 14:48h, 17 September Reply

    I just listened to a great sermon on the miracle of the feeding of the 5000 on Monday! It was SO good that I actually ended up taking notes while I was working/listening. Some of the main points — 1. Jesus always blesses the not enough (you can’t have a miracle if there isn’t a need). 2. The miracle is always in the breaking. 3. The POWER is in the broken pieces. I just love that. God wants to take our need, our lack, our brokeness and turn it into plenty and power!

  • Jojo
    Posted at 17:45h, 17 September Reply

    Miracles are unexplainable but beautiful.

  • Jaclyn
    Posted at 19:06h, 17 September Reply

    “In our weakness HE is strong!” I love this {and you, too, of course ;)]!!! Thank you!!! 🙂

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 08:34h, 18 September Reply

    it’s so important to try and find miracles in every day life – it’s cheesy, but i think of marriage that way, and babies too – it’s not science or chemistry or logic – it’s a true gift <3

  • Tania // Run To Radiance
    Posted at 10:37h, 18 September Reply

    Choosing to obey is always the hardest part. It always seems so simple- just believe!- but in reality even the faith to believe is a gift from the Lord!

  • Mel @ there is a higher hope
    Posted at 12:52h, 18 September Reply

    I ditto the AMEN!!! Love this post!

  • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    Posted at 14:15h, 18 September Reply

    This is delightful… I especially like the point of, “Bring what you have”. I’ve never fully considered the enormity and beauty of that.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

  • Sarah J
    Posted at 20:37h, 23 September Reply

    This is great! Such a good reminder!

  • Katie
    Posted at 09:28h, 26 September Reply

    I love #2! I so needed that. sometimes, I am so focused on what I don’t have that I don’t obey Him in bringing Him all that I do have, all that I am.

  • Em
    Posted at 07:41h, 27 September Reply

    You never fail to inspire and to point us all directly where we should be looking. Thank you, yet again.

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