The Maker of Miracles
Mark 6:30 (NIV) 30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. 35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages[e]! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.” 39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.
Jesus Walks on the Water
45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified.
Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.
1. The Ingredients are always in our midst
Jesus can not multiply what we do not recognize
We look at the enormity and magnitude of the problem and we think bc we cant do everything, I’ll do nothing instead of the 1 thing that would activate something but Jesus says; “give me that one thing and I will be able to do miraculous things”
2. The uncounted boy brought the miracle
The bible says 5,000 men (how they counted back in the Biblical times), but if we count women and children it could have bene closer to 15,000 people there.
Jesus says, I might just be able to use that person that everyone has discounted and think they don’t count because then I will get glory for what has been done in their life.
Don’t devalue the smallness of the seed you have.
Matthew 19:26 (NIV)Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
3. Jesus thanked the “not enough”
Change your confession: Bless your “not enough” opposed to cursing it
Luke 6:44-45 44For each tree is known by its own fruit. Indeed, people do not gather figs from thornbushes, or grapes from brambles. 45The good man brings good things out of the good treasure of his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil treasure of his heart. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.
If you bring your “not enough” into the hands of a God who is “more than enough,” He will do a miracle.
4. The miracle of multiplication didn’t happen until he broke the bread.
The miracle, your blessing, is in the breaking.
God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.
The enemy tries to steal, kill and destroy your life, but he will weave all the brokenness together and work them out for your good
John 10:10 (NIV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Genesis 50:20 (NIV) You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
The devil on his best day, didn’t take you out on your worst day.
God can use every broken piece of your past; Your past can help someone’s future.
2 Corinthians 1:4 (MSG) He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.
5. Jesus told them to gather the 12 baskets full of leftover scraps and he immediately sent them into a storm
Not all storms are from the devil- sometimes God allows us to go into a storm to reveal in us, what is already inside of us or to reveal himself in a new way.
It’s not enough for you to know about His miracle and acts, you must know Him.
Why take the scraps? “take evidence of this miracle today into the storm tomorrow”
Remember: the same God that did that miracle on the mountain is the same God who will take you through this storm
Matthew 16:18 (KJV) And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Let’s never be a church, a person, that just knows the miracles of God but lets be intimately acquainted with the God of miracles.