John 6:5-12 “When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.”
Jesus can’t help Himself. He won’t let anything be wasted.
God is constantly working on things in your life that you are not even aware of. There are fragmented pieces that God has not forgotten. He has not left behind anything forgotten about.
Even though everyone was already full, there were fragments left over. Jesus wanted His disciples to get every crumb. The very nature of Jesus is that nothing be lost. This was such a great miracle, the people wanted to force Him to be their king.
There are times when Jesus does just give blessings, but He sometimes He asks what we are going to do with that Blessing?
2 Tim 2:26 “And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”
God is interested in preserving or recovering things, ‘coming to your senses’, recovering your mind.
There is a story about the miracles of Elisha in 2 Kings 6. A man borrowed an axe to do some work for the Lord in anticipation of the prophet. The head of the axe flew off and fell in the water. The man asked Elisha for help. He told Elisha where the axe head fell into the water.
The work that God had called him to do he was unable to do. He’s lost his ‘cutting edge’. There are people today trying to chop down trees with only the handle of an axe. Can God do anything? Can He help you to recover what you’ve lost?
God offers recovery. Recovery is part of the process. You know that you lose stuff. You struggle. You go through stuff. Do you know that in Scripture, recovery of all is part of the process. Whatever the devil stole from you, God wants to give it back to you!
It is God’s plan to recover every lost little piece of your life! God can rectify what was lost in your childhood as if you did have it. God has recovery and restoration as part of the process. It’s a common thing in the Kingdom of God. It is possible to ‘come back from behind’.
We see it in the sports world all the time. There are great ‘comebacks’ in all kinds of sports.
The greatest comeback is the one from sin! This comeback is a wonderful thing. Elvis made a comeback from movies and became a rock star. Samson made a comeback after losing his strength. Lazarus had a great comeback—from the dead! Jesus came back from the dead!
Comeback means to change your thinking and recover yourself from the snares of the devil. The prodigal snapped back. The prodigal didn’t lose his position. He was the son before his mistakes and he was still the son when he came back.
Change your thinking and you can change your feelings…
Expectation needs to be in you before you can do anything.
The man who lost the axe head had an expectation when he went to the prophet.
You need to have that same kind of expectation. You may have flown off the handle, you may have made some mistakes, but God wants to give you recovery.
It is God’s will to recover every little fragment that remains. Are you expecting to recover from this?
Raising the dead, feeding five thousand, causing iron to float (he got the axe head back!). In Scripture, there are miracles of recovery.
God breathed life into man in the Garden of Eden. Then, man lost his living soul status when he sinned. Jesus came on the scene.
Gal 4:4 “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,”
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
This isn’t talking about people who are lost. It’s about restoration of THAT which was lost—harmony, peace, joy, purity, love, righteousness, etc.
John 20:22 “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:”
Jesus went to the trouble to breathe on them.
Everything in the Bible is true. It’s all about recovering what you had in the first place. God wants to heal you physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially, etc.
Sometimes, we have no hope. Doctors may say, ‘There is no hope of recovery.’ But God wants to give you back everything.
1 Sam 30:1-18 tells a story of David. He went to the city of Ziklag. Their wives and children were kidnapped and taken as slaves. The mighty men of David sat down and wept until they could not weep any more. They talked about stoning David. Have you ever wept over your loss? Their leader suddenly became their enemy.
David encouraged himself in the Lord. He looked up at God and remembered what God could do. He is able to bring recovery of everything! Snap out of it and realize God is a recovery God!
1 Sam 30:8 “And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.”
God said you will recover ALL, not some, but ALL.
1 Sam 30:19 “And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.”
The devil has plundered your joy, your victory, your children into worldliness, God will bring it all back! All must be recovered!
Our hope isn’t in ourselves, but in a God who gathers all the fragments!
If crumbs matter to Him, what about the fragments of your life? The miracle wasn’t over when everyone was filled, there were still fragments to be gathered.
Pentecost is not afraid of problematic people. We’ve got a God who knows how to minister to them. He will teach you.
Jeremiah 18:4 “And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.”
This lump of clay didn’t work just right, but God worked with it a little more and made it again (born again—God will touch you again!) into another vessel that was good and pleasing.
Amos 3:12 “Thus saith the Lord; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch.”
If you will bring your fragments to Jesus, He will make them whole again. God will restore and recover for you everything!
Joel 1:3-4 “Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.”
Joel 2:25 “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.”
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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