Blessed and Broken Again and Again
- Psalms 23:1 (KJV)
- Luke 6:38 (KJV)
- Luke 9:13 (KJV)
- Luke 9:14 (KJV)
- Luke 9:15 (KJV)
- Luke 9:16 (KJV)
- Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)
Blessed and Broken Again and Again
(13) But He said to them, "You give them something to eat." And they said, "We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people." (14) For there were about five thousand men. Then He said to His disciples, "Make them sit down in groups of fifty." (15) And they did so, and made them all sit down. (16) Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude
Want to see God's power displayed exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ask or think? He is able to do just that. (Ephesians 3:20). Want to see blessings multiplied, pressed down, shaken together, and running over beyond that which we can measure? (Luke 6:38) He is able to do just that. Need your cup filled with blessed oil that runneth over?(Psalm 23). He is able to do just that. Want to see miracle after miracle performed in your life? He is able and willing to do just that.
On this particular day the multitudes needed Jesus to fill their need. They needed Him to provide nourishment and meet their spiritual hunger by filling their vessels with the "Bread of Life" and to also meet their natural hunger as well. Jesus did just that. There are some lessons for us in how He approached God the Father to meet these needs. 1) He didn't turn anyone away
2). He asked for peace and order AND the help of his disciples to do so. God will accept us and recognize us no matter what state we are in, but sometimes when WE are not at peace, and do not have order when we approach Him, we can not accept and recognize Him and what He is instructing us to do OR the miracle that He has performed because of all the chaos in us or around us.
3). Jesus looked to the people for what they had to offer up to God first. He could have easily spoke the words, "rain down manna from heaven", but Jesus chose to take what was available ( a small sacrifice) to offer back to God and therefore demonstrate that God can take whatever we have to offer (no matter how small) and multiply it and perform miracles in our lives. We just have to be willing to search our hearts and offer up the sacrifice. This leads to
4). Jesus took the offering, lifted it up to God and prayed over it and blessed it. He showed how grateful and thankful He was for what He had and gave it back to God. 5) He also demonstrated great Faith that something powerful and miraculous would happen. He was able to be so confident and faithful that God would perform a miracle because He knew God and He knew the mind of God. He and God were on one accord and He knew that God would do what He said He would do. We as believers can have this same type of Faith and confidence by knowing God and being on one accord with Him. How? Well Faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the Word of God. We must know the Word of God in order to be assured of His Promises.
6) Jesus broke the offering. We as believers must understand that sometimes in order to receive our blessings and see the multiplication of blessings in our livings, we must be broken! Sometimes it may be our character, undesirable behaviors, desirable behaviors, money, relationships; it could be anything. Whatever the case may be, sometimes something has to be broken, pulled apart, separated from us in order for God to take it and multiply it. During times of brokenness we have to remember God's Word, that all things work for the good of them that love Him and are called by His name and purpose. It may not feel good to be broken, it may not look good, but it will work for the good!
7) Finally, after there was order, after the sacrifice was offered back to God; then blessed and broken and the miracle was performed. The increase was passed out to the multitudes. When God blesses us and gives us increase we must give to others. We should give as it has been given to us. God will use the same measurement by which we give to others to bless us.
Lord, thank you for blessing me and breaking me again and again.
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