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Summary: Objective Sentence: Everyone can receive a miracle in their lives by understanding the principles that Jesus taught when feeding the five thousand.

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Feeding The Five Thousand

John 6:1-13

: Pastor Dan Turpin westcoastchurch.com

Objective Sentence: Everyone can receive a miracle in their lives by understanding the principles that Jesus taught when feeding the five thousand.

Introduction: Tommy Barnett: In the midst of impossible situations I have just kept saying, “There’s got to be a miracle in the house!” And God comes through—sometimes in ways I could never have imagined.

Pastor Dan: Somehow, Someway, by some set of supernatural circumstances and by some miracle means I am going to come out on top.

#1. Impossibilities test our ability to trust (Jn. 6:5-6 Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He

said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” 6 But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would

do)

A. C. S. Lewis: God, who foresaw your tribulation, has especially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.

1. Faith grows strong through the stress of endurance

a. Pastor Dan: Pressure reveals leaks (Plumbing)

b. James 1:2-5

c. Mary Case: No pressure no diamonds. Chinese Proverb: The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the man

perfected without trials.

d. Deut. 8:3 Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to

you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that

comes from the mouth of the Lord.

e. John of the Cross: In tribulation, immediately draw near to God with trust, and you will receive strength, enlightenment and

instruction.

f. Malachi 3:10 Bring in the tithes and prove me

g. Napoleon Bonaparte: Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.

2. Trials reveal the strength and weakness of character

(Romans 5:1-8 and not only that but we glory in tribulation)

a. John 6:6 Jesus said this to prove him

b. Isaac Newton: Trials are medicines which our gracious and wise Physician prescribes because we need them; and he

proportions the frequency and weight of them to what the case requires. Let us trust his skill and thank him for his

prescription.

c. Henry Ward Beecher: Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things

d. Psalms 139:2-4 Test me Oh God…

e. Author Unknown: A faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted

f. Ps. 66:10, 12 For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined. You have caused men to ride over

our heads; we went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to rich abundance

g. 1 Thess. 2:4 God tests our heart Gen. 22:1-17 Abraham

h. Watchman Nee: We must not allow difficulties to shut us out from God, but rather we must take advantage of them by

using trials to shut us in with Him.

#2. There is already a miracle in God’s mind for every need you have of Him (Jn. 6:6 This He said to test Him for He already knew

what he would do )

A. Oswald Chambers: 2 Peter 1:2-4 We are made partakers of the divine nature, receiving and sharing God’s nature through His


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