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II Kings 4:42-44 ” A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. ‘Give it to the people to eat,’ Elisha said. ‘How can I set this before a hundred men?’ his servant asked. But Elisha answered, ‘Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the Lord says; They will eat and have some leftover.’ Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the Word of the Lord.”

This story of Elisha is a foreshadowing of Jesus feeding the 5,000 – ( the only story, other than the Resurrection, that is found in all 4 Gospels).  So it must have made quite an impact on the Disciples to witness a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish being multiplied into a huge meal for thousands.  Comparing both stories, we see doubt and skepticism on the part of the faithful…people who had observed many miracles, but couldn’t fathom this one.  We also see confidence and full trust in God that He would bless over and above.  In both cases, there wasn’t just enough, there was plenty to go around…there wasn’t the bare minimum, there was excess to spare.  For God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask, (Ephesians 3:20) and He desires to lavish His blessings on us…to the point of overflowing.

Luke 8:50 ” Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.’ “

Jairus was the President of the Jewish Synagogue in Capernaum, but at this moment in time all his power and authority meant nothing to him… for he had a little daughter dying.  He was desperate enough to actually plead with Jesus to come to his house and heal her.  But it would get worse.  While they were headed there, someone from Jairus’s household ran up to tell him his daughter had just died…but it would get worse.  When they got to the house the scene was utter chaos with people weeping, wailing and milling around.  That’s when Jesus took control of the situation…moving all the people out except for the parents, Peter, James, and John.  He then took a hold of the child’s hand and said, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”   And she did.   So what practical application can we take from this story?  When you’re going through tough times,  position strong people of faith around you…people that can believe for breakthrough and won’t give up or become discouraged.   It’s friends that will gather around you and pray when you may not have the strength or ability to.   Finally, realize it may get worse before it gets better.  But through it all Jesus is saying to you,  “Don’t be frightened, just trust in Me.”

John 9:1-2 ” As He went along, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked Him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ “

Jesus saw this blind beggar as an opportunity to heal a broken human being. But His disciples only saw him as a chance to debate the beggar’s situation…totally ignoring the man…they gathered around, talking about him rather than to him.  As Believers,  we love to talk about ministry work, out reach into the community, and other things we should be doing for the Lord.  We’ll debate, plan, and call together committees…always talking about but never actually getting around to doing.   The Lord is calling all of us to personal ministry…to rolling up our sleeves and ministering to that blind beggar sitting in front of us.  He wants us to stop just talking about it and start doing something.

Mark 8:1-4 ” During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to Him and said, ‘I have compassion for these people; they have already been with Me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.’ His disciples answered, ‘But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?’ “

His time on earth was getting short and Jesus wanted His disciples to understand their mission.  Everyday He had guided, demonstrated, and shown them what to do…to think outside the box of human nature.  For this wasn’t the first time Jesus had fed a crowd with only a few loaves and fish…but the disciples still didn’t get it.  The disciples had witnessed and actually helped distribute the food to that crowd…but when challenged to come up with a plan for this hungry group, they quickly reverted back to their humanness.  How many times have you sold yourself short by your limited vision of what God could do?  We need to be asking for God’s vision in our life, not ours…and we need to be thinking outside our “human” box and  seeking God’s unlimited and miraculous vision instead.

II Peter 1:16-18 ” We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received honor and glory from God the Father when the Voice came from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is My Son, whom I love.’ “

Peter, James, and John were with Jesus on the Mt. of Transfiguration when Elijah and Moses appeared and Jesus was for a time transfigured from an earthly form into a supernatural one.  True to form though, Peter started to babble, putting a foot into his mouth…when God interrupted him saying, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.  Listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5)  However, this mountain top experience changed Peter, James, and John forever. They were witnesses to the power and majesty, glory and honor of the Lord Jesus Christ…and this personal knowledge and experience changed who they were and how they shared the Gospel Message from that time on.

I Corinthians 15:3 ” For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…”

That life-changing encounter with Jesus was the start of your journey as a Believer.  You marveled at the grace, mercy, and loving kindness that was extended to you… a sinner that only deserved death.  You became a recipient of the greatest gift ever…the free gift of eternal life.  But for many of us we stop there, never sharing this Good News with others.  We instead hold tightly to this gift refusing to share…desiring to just keep it to ourselves.  But Paul tells us in this verse that first we are a receiver, but then we become a messenger… an ambassador for Christ, telling others about Him.  Paul goes on in I Corinthians 11:2, ” I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you.”   How can we keep such wonderful, life-changing news to ourselves? The Lord wants us to pass it on to others.  So today, tell someone how Jesus is working in your life.

Matthew 8:27 ” The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and waves obey Him?’ “

Jesus had just rebuked the  storm and now all was peaceful and calm on the Sea of Galilee.  With only a few words, the fierce winds and raging storm had ceased.  But why were His disciples so dumbfounded and astonished at what Jesus had done?   After all, they had been witnessing countless miracles as they traveled with him.  But like us,  when the storm hit their lives personally…they panicked.   When we’re hit broad-side and without warning with the storms of life…we panic.  We suddenly are battered by the winds of anxiety and will succumb under the waves of fear.  It’s then we need to reach out our hands to Jesus for help…for it tells us in Psalm 107:29,  ” He stilled the storm to a whisper, the waves of the sea were hushed.”   May the Lord of the universe calm the storm in your life today.