Although the storm has not abated, something has happened in us. Something has happened to our soul and to our mind.In our anxiety we want God to change everything around us. "Give us this." "Dont let this happen." "Open up this door, now!"But we come to the point where we pray, "Oh, God, change me!"Prayer is the secret of power.
We enter with worry, we can come out in peace.“And the peace of God … will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”God’s peace, like a sentinel, by Christ’s intervention, guards and patrols before theheart’s door, preserving it from the intrusion of anxious fears and alarms.Gods peace guards us from anxiety, doubt, and worry.Phroureo (froo-reh-o) means “will guard” – is a military term used of soldiers on guardduty. The picture would have been familiar to the Philippians, since the Romans stationed troops in Philippi to protect their interests in that city.
Just as soldiers guard and protect a city, so Gods peace guards and protectsbelievers who confidently trust in Him.Get to know Steve Saint and allow God to write each chapter of your story.Go to YouTube -http://youtu.be/Baxry1jnG0wYouTube Video of Steve Saint, one week after his accident:http://youtu.be/HIXR9FDrfhg<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/HIXR9FDrfhg"frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>Psalm 94:1919 “When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.” Psalm 94:19Even if you think you don’t have very much to offer God, but you give Himeverything, it will be enough, more than enough!Even the smallest amount placed in His hands can be magnified and multipliedbeyond what we can imagine!
The Feeding of the 5,000, (Miracle of the Five Loaves and Two Fish), is the only miracle(apart from the resurrection) which is present in all four Gospels.John 6:5-135 “Therefore Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming toHim, said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?” 6 This Hewas saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do. 7 Philipanswered Him, “Two hundred denarii (8 months wages) worth of bread is notsufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little.” 8 One of His disciples, Andrew,Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loavesand two fish, but what are these for so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Have thepeople sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, innumber about five thousand. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks,He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as theywanted. 12 When they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftoverfragments so that nothing will be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and filled twelvebaskets with fragments from the five barley loaves which were left over by those whohad eaten.” John 6:5-13All 12 disciples failed the test- of seeing the power of Jesus to provide.Jehovah Jireh – My LORD shall provide.PRO - VISIONTheir faith failed but their obedience did not fail – “have the people sit down”.
God works through weak, fallible humans.Jesus delivered the food through the 12 disciples.God used Moses, the most humble guy on the face of the earth to deliver Israel frombondage in Egypt.He used Gideon, the youngest child in the least important family in Manasseh (Judges6:15) to deliver Israel from the Midianites.He used David, the unknown shepherd boy to kill Goliath and deliver Israel from thePhilistines.God uses the weak things of the world to shame the wise (I Cor 1:27).Everyone ate as much as they wanted that day.God always provides ample ( not only a taste as Phillip had said in v 7).
Jehovah Jireh – my LORD shall provide!PRO - VISIONNo waste as Prov 25:16 says:16 “Have you found honey? Eat only what you need, That you not have it in excessand vomit it.” Proverbs 25:16Twelve basketfuls leftover, Jesus takes care of His workers.The other Gospel writers tell us that the disciples advised the Lord Jesus – “lets sendthem away”.They wanted to be on the board of directors.They said, "Why dont You send the multitude away?" Our Lord answered,"Were not going to send them away. Were going to have them sit down and weregoing to feed them" (Luke 9:12-15).These men who had elected themselves to the board of directors found themselveswaiters, serving the crowd.And that is what they should have been doing all the time.
If you have fifteen thousand people to feed, that is certainly a liability.If you have five loaves and two fish and also the two hundred denarii (8 months ofwages), then these are your total assets.If a committee would have handed in a report that day with those assets and thoseliabilities, they would have said, "Theres nothing we can do about this."Someone has called a committee a group of people who individually can donothing, and collectively they can decide that nothing can be done.A committee is also a group of people who keep minutes but waste hours.So here is the committee report: to feed them would be impossible!But what we need in this equation is what is called the mathematics of a miracle!We need Jesus!If you have the five loaves plus the two fish plus Jesus, then weve got something!Without Him, you dont have anything at all.John 15:5 (vs) Phil 4:13Nothing (vs) Everything!When you add Jesus to the side of the assets, you have more than enough!In fact, you have twelve baskets of leftovers which means everyone had plenty.There were twelve baskets of sandwiches that werent even touched.Do you know what this means?
The grace He used would be the one that was used in every home: "Blessed Art Thou,O Lord, our God, Who causest to come forth bread from the earth.”We ought to give thanks to God for our food, for it is a mercy to have it, and we haveit from the hand of God, and must receive it with thanksgiving (1Tim4:4).1 Timothy 4:4-54 “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it isreceived with gratitude; 5 for it is sanctified by means of the word of God andprayer.” 1 Timothy 4:4-5When the people had eaten their fill, Jesus instructed His disciples to gather up theleftover fragments.Why the fragments?At Jewish feasts the regular practice was to leave something for the servants. Thatwhich was left was called the Peah; and no doubt the people left their usual part forthose who had served them with the meal.Of the fragments, twelve baskets were taken up.No doubt each of the disciples had his own basket.A basket was two gallons, bottle-shaped and no Jew ever traveled without his.Twice, The poet Juvenal (3: 14; 6: 542) talks of "the Jew with his basket and his truss ofhay." (The truss of hay was to use as a bed, for many of the Jews lived a gypsy life.)The Jew with his inseparable provision-basket was a notorious figure.He carried it partly because he was characteristically acquisitive, and partly becausehe needed to carry his own food if he was going to observe the Jewish rules ofcleanness and uncleanness.
From the fragments each of the disciples filled his own basket.“Qui panem contemnit in gravem incidit paupertatem”- was a usual saying amongthem: “He who despises bread falls into the depths of poverty”.Though Christ could command supplies whenever He pleased, yet He would havethe fragments gathered up.See how large the divine bounty is; it not only fills the cup, but makes it run over;bread enough, and to spare, in our Fathers house!The fragments filled twelve baskets, one for each disciple; they were thus repaid withinterest for their willingness to part with what they had for public service.2 Chronicles 31:1010 “Azariah, the chief priest of the house of Zadok, said to him, “Since thecontributions began to be brought into the house of the Lord, we have had enoughto eat with plenty left over, for the Lord has blessed His people, and this greatquantity is left over.” 2 Chronicles 31:10