Monday, January 30, 2017

Jesus Truly Satisfies

In John chapter 6 we find Jesus and His disciples engaged in ministry beyond their physical means.  A crowd has gathered that numbers 5,000 men, and more, if you count the women and children.  They are in a desert place, and there is nowhere to get food.  The crowds will soon grow hungry, and the disciples have been tasked by their master to provide food for the multitude.  What are they to do?

"Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every on of them may have a little."  declares Philip.

"There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?"  offers Andrew.

The disciples are very well aware of the fact that the resources which they have available are not sufficient to meet the need that is being presented, and to tell you the truth, that isn't a bad thing.  The word tells us that His strength is made perfect in weakness according to II Corinthians 12:9.  The disciples recognized that material resources would not be enough to meet the need at hand.

Recognizing our own limitations is never a bad thing, when that recognition leads us to a greater dependence upon Jesus Christ.  The fact is, Jesus already knew what He was going to do.  He made the people sit down, took the limited resources that were available, blessed it, broke it, and distributing it to the people through His disciples, Jesus made it enough.  In fact, he made it MORE than enough.  When they gathered up the left overs, there were 12 baskets full of bread, which was a whole lot more than they had started with in the first place.

The things that the Lord asks His followers (us) to do, are often beyond the scope of their natural means.  It is only when we rely on the supernatural provision that comes only from the Lord, that we will be able to accomplish the fullness of what He intends for us to do.  So when the task at hand seems overwhelming, commit your limited resources to the Lord, and trust that according to His awesome power, he will make it more than sufficient for what He has called you to do.

For more thoughts on John chapters 5 and 6, click on the links below and enjoy the weekly messages from Calvary Chapel Southwest Metro in Burleson, Tx.

Do you want to be made well?

He will be with you in the storm.

Monday, January 16, 2017

John, Chapter 4

Continuing our study through the Gospel of John brings us to the fourth chapter, in which Jesus keeps a divine appointment with a Samaritan woman at Jacob's Well, instructs his disciples to pray that the lord of the harvest send workers into the field for the harvest is ready, ministers to an entire village of Samaritans who come to believe that He is the Messiah, and heals a nobleman's son from 20 miles away just by the power of His words.

From the first sign that Jesus performed we learned that salvation is through the Word, and from the sign of this miraculous healing we learn that Salvation is by faith!  Want to know more?  Listen in to the last couple weeks sermons by clicking on the lings below.

An Encounter With the Messiah

The Connection of Faith