Friends, we walk amid turbulent times. It is easy to become weary and discouraged. Friend, if you feel depleted, come home to the Father's house, linger (abide) in His presence, where we are continually refreshed. So often, issues in Christendom arise because we forget we are ambassadors of a heavenly Kingdom. The natural is tangible; we can forget our lives rest in the gracious supply of our supernatural God. Beloved, we are God's offspring; therefore, we walk daily in the miraculous because we arise each day in Christ.
Our passage of study is a beautiful revelation of how we abide in Christ. It reinforces two specific Kingdom realities. So grab your Bible, and let's dive into the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Friend, let's remember, the Bible doesn't repeat itself just to mince words. Key Bible tip: if it is repeated, the Spirit desires to deepen our understanding, which should cause us to consider the word carefully as we read. The miracle of the loaves and fishes is near to the Father's heart, and we know this because it is mentioned in each gospel account; therefore, decadent gems are provided for us to digest.
The passages can be found in Matthew 14v13-21, Mark 6v30-44, Luke 9v10-17, and John 6v1-15. Please, take time and soak in them. Here are five specific activities around this sign that will also provide further revelation when you have time.
(1) Jesus took it (loaves and fishes)
(2) Jesus blessed it
(3) Jesus broke it
(4) Jesus gave it to the disciples
(5) The disciples distributed it to the crowd.
Today, we are looking at one simple action: loaves and fish distribution. The miracle of multiplication happened in Jesus' hands, but the people experienced the miracle as Jesus gave the loaves and fishes to the disciples. Kingdom principle (1) our Heavenly Father is the Source of every blessing, and His goodness is received. His supply is endless and without expiration dates. God is the all-sufficient one and will not withhold any good thing from the upright.
Now, remember, there were only twelve disciples responsible for dispersing food to at least 5000 men🤷🏾♀️, not counting women and children. In Matthew and Luke's accounts, the people sat down in ranks of 50 to 100. As mentioned above, Jesus gave it to the disciples, and they gave it to the people. Don't miss that detail. God didn't have to use the disciples, but he chose to 😉. God is so good. He loves us so much that He delights in us taking part in what He is doing.
Okay, I don't know about you, but I can't fit enough in my hands to feed ten people in a single serving, let alone this crowd. Therefore, the disciples had to go back to the Lord and then back to the people, again and again, which makes the sign all the more miraculous. It could have been a one and done, but we discern here Kingdom principle (2) keep coming to Him; in this way, we abide.
Abiding in sweet communion with Jesus is our new way of life. It's the only way to walk in the abundant life, friends. Like the disciples, we also must come back to Him; live in union with Him, thereby being continuously filled by Him. There is no other way for children of God to live than to lean upon His breast and receive. He is our Source, and without Him, we can do nothing (John 15v5).
I know we know this, but if the disciples forgot it and they lived seeing Jesus face-to-face, it could be that we too can forget ~ it is none of us 🙈and ALL of Him🙌🏾. Case in point, remember when Jesus came down from the Mount of Transfiguration; he walked into a situation where the disciples could not cast a demon out from the young boy. What did Jesus tell them? “And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” (Mark 9v29). They could not because they forgot the Source🙈. Instead of praying and seeking Him, they were having a heated discussion with the scribes. We, too, can become distracted and forget to receive afresh. But beloved, I urge us to live from a place of His overflow.
I hope you feel the Father's tender embrace, His kindness and goodness at this moment, and His invitation for you to abide. I hope you are encouraged to meditate on the word of God and cling to fundamental Kingdom truths.
Until next time do the one thing needful🦋
“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.”Jeremiah 31v25.
“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might, he increases strength.” Isaiah 40v29.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:28-30.