Summary: Feelings and figures will change, but faith will never change.
Faith, Feelings, or Figures
6 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of
2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did
on them that were diseased.
3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.
4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him,
he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for
them, that every one of them may take a little.
8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,
9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what
are they among so many?
10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the
place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the
disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes
as much as they would.
12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that
remain, that nothing be lost.
13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the
fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them
that had eaten.
There has been a lot of preaching and teaching on Faith. Many books on how to
have faith. We know of faith. We all have expericened faith. There has been faith
in the past. We remember moments of faith were God moved in our life. We
anticipate faith for the future > it will get better, it will be alright.
11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Now > right now > present time. Substance is something to stand on, firm footing
to plant your feet on.
Three times of people
Walk by faith
Walk by how they feel. Come when they feel like coming. I don't feel like doing
It has to add up. It has to make sense. We can look at one cicrumstance and look
at the other and say that's not going to be enough.
Phillip looks at the little boy's lunch and adds up the crowd and says we don't have
enough. Two hundred penny worth is not enough to buy them bread.
Other disciples (feelings)
They begin to look at the time and said the hour is late, everything is closing, we
better let them go. I feel like it's not the right time. I feel like this ain't the right
Operated on faith. 5 fishes and two loafs of bread. 5= grace + 2= 7 = completion.
Then they put it in the hands of Jesus. Now faith begin to operate. Some people
say blind faith, buth faith ain't blind, it sees things others can't see.
Feelings and figures will change, but faith will never change. Feelings and figures
will let you down, but faith will never let you down. How many times have we told
God we didn't feel like it? How many times have we told God that we don't have
the right figures?