September 28, 2020
Remnant = what is left over, what remains.
“And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled.”
· So many times we focus on what we don’t have or what we have lost in our past.
· The enemy got Eve to look at what she didn’t have and that led to the first sin.
· The one thing Eve could not have, she wanted.
· The enemy has not changed his tactics from the beginning of time until today. He wants us to focus on what we don’t have and what we have lost so that we can’t see what God has for us.
· All God needs is a Remnant.
· God will never ask you to be faithful over what you don’t have.
· What do you have? Write it down and let God use it.
· Miracles are worked through the Remnant!
· There is a pattern of God saying, “show me what you have.”
· Psalms 126:5-6 – bringing His harvest with Him.
· God will take what remains and make change.
· God will always use the Remnant in our lives.
· When you hear the Word of God, it’s beneficial no matter your age.
“And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.”
· The miracle in feeding the 5,000 is not just the bread and fish, but the use of the little boy who wasn’t even counted in the 5,000! Only men were counted, not the women and children. God will use people who are not even counted.
· Reference story: Samuel anointing David.
· God looks on the heart and not the outward appearance of man/woman.
· God takes weak things to make strong things.
· I Samuel 9:21.
· We can all be discounted to greatness.
· Focusing on what you don’t have will cause you to get discouraged.
“And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.”
· God always causes His sheep to sit in green pastures.
· Psalms 23.
· To get to the mountain top, you have to go through the valley.
“And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.”
· When we experience loss, God brings order to our lives.
· We need order in our lives to bring out the best in what remains.
· The valley causes chaos, order brings the mountain top experience.
“And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.”
· If we are ever going to be successful, we must be thankful for what we have now.
· Give thanks for where you are and the places you have left behind.
· If you will be thankful for the not enough, God will bring you into a season of more than enough!
· God will use other people to bless and enrich your life.
“And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.”
· Jesus started with the Remnant and after feeding everyone, He still had a Remnant.
· Jesus chasing the boy was intentional. God never does anything that isn’t intentional.
· We serve a God that is a God of more than enough.
· Ephesians 3:20.
· He doesn’t just want our head above water, He wants us walking ON the water.
· God gave them more than what they needed.
“And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.”
· Jesus sent the twelve disciples away and then He went to pray.
· Jesus was numb from ministry.
· There is a burden in a blessing.
· Restoration needs to occur after a big victory.
“And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.”
· He told them to go to the other side.
· The storm told them they could not get to where Jesus said they were to go.
· Jesus at no point lost track of them.
· Jesus would have passed by them until they called to Him for help.
· Hebrews 11:1 – Jesus can’t bless you without faith.
· God will always position Himself to bless you but He is waiting on you to activate your faith.
· Sometimes as believers we just want God to do it because He knows, but it takes FAITH to activate His protection and blessing.
· Wind, darkness, and a storm stood between them but it never stopped God to get to them.
· Everything that had the disciples afraid was under Jesus’ feet – He was walking on the waves.
“But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:”
· Sometimes God will show up in ways we didn’t even see coming. He doesn’t always show up in a way that you easily recognize.
· They called out to Jesus based on His Word.
“For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.”
· Just hearing the Word comforts everything.
“And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.”
· God knew when they were going to face hard times.
· Because the disciples forgot the miracles of the past day, they didn’t have the faith to face the trials of today.
· In the boat was a Remnant of what God was able to do.
· The testimony of your life is about what you have come through. What has the Lord done in your life and you still have the remains?
· We must pull from the leftovers and the Remnant.
· When you apply the Word, your faith begins to apply miracles.
· The miracle is still in what remains.
· We are what is left for Him to do the work through!