Summary: We will in our life face circumstances where we need the Lord to work powerfully. In fact, He often leads us to situations where we will only get through with His work in and through us. What does He want us to do in those situations? Are there things
Preparing for a Miracle
Admit your need
Assess your resources
Assign your resources to God
Anticipate God’s multiplication
I am excited today.
We are beginning our “Paving the Way” series and focus which will be a time that I believe is going to be transformational to each one of us personally as well as in the church as a whole.
We are over the next few weeks going to be spending time focusing on
what we are about as individuals and as a church and
how God wants to work in us and through us to accomplish His will and bring fulfillment into our lives as we Pave the way for His gospel to continue to go forth in this community.
Before we get into that though, I want to recap a bit where we have been over the past month.
The Spirit – Fruit and Gifts
During the last month, we spoke about the fruit and gifts of the Spirit and how we use our gifts as part of the body because that is how our gifts are best used.
Our hands work best when attached to our arms and controlled by our brains.
Cut off from the rest of the body, they are not as valuable.
As we live life being part of the church, part of community that is when we are going to live and experience the fullness of life the Lord has designed us for.
Over these weeks leading up to Easter, we are going to be talking through how we as individuals can truly unite together as the body of Christ, grow deeper spiritually, and be a part of something that is bigger than any one of us individually, and accomplish what the Lord is calling us to do, that we would be unable to do on our own.
To do the things He is calling us to do, to reach out to more of this community with the gospel of His Son, is going to take an unbelievable work of God.
It is really going to take a miracle.
This morning we are going to be looking into God’s word at an awesome miracle of the Lord and see if there are ways He teaches us in His word that we might prepare ourselves the for the work He wants to do.
Are there things we can do to begin
Preparing for a Miracle
Now there are many people here today, and I am sure there are some if not most who are facing some issues and circumstances in your life that truly need God’s intervention, that truly needs a miracle of God.
Maybe you are facing a financial situation that you are completely overwhelmed by.
Maybe you are without a job, maybe the bank is calling demanding their money.
Maybe you are wondering how you are going to send your kids to college this year.
Maybe you are wondering how you are going to be able to eat this week.
Maybe you are facing a medical diagnosis you were fearing.
Do you need surgery? Do you need therapy? Is it cancer?
Maybe you are struggling through a relationship issue.
Is your spouse seeking a divorce? Has there been a rift in a relationship?
Do you need God to intervene? Do you need a miracle?
Well, I have good news for you. God is in the business of doing miracles. He wants to work in your life and He wants to glorify Himself through the work He does in and through you individually and as part of the church.
Turn with me to Mark 6:35-44
Today, we are going to take a look at a familiar story of one of the Miracles recorded in the Bible, the only miracle recorded in all 4 gospels.
It is the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000.
Let’s see if there are things we can learn to prepare for the Lord to do a miracle in our life and in our church.
Ok, just a little background.
Jesus is teaching the crowds late into the day and in
Mark 6:35-44 (p. 712) it reads,
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 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 eight months of a man’s wages! 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."