Mark 6:37-44 “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? 38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. 39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. 40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. 41 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. 42 And they did all eat, and were filled. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. 44 And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.”
Have you ever been overwhelmed by a situation? How did you handle it? What did you learn?
Notice Jesus didn’t answer the disciples’ question. He will never answer the voice of unbelief.
The woman with the issue of blood interrupted Jesus’ walk to heal Jairus’ daughter. She humbled herself and got down on her knees and crawled to Him. She pressed through and touched His garment and got healed.
Meanwhile, Jairus got the message, ‘His daughter has died, don’t bother the Master.’ He decided to not listen.
Shut the mouth of unbelief. Don’t listen to that. Shut the mouth of Zacharias, who said his wife couldn’t be pregnant (this was John the Baptizer’s mother and father).
How have you handled unbelief in others? In yourself?
Challenges can cause you to lose to faith. Demonstrate faith or become depressed. Demonstrate or take a detour. When you choose to demonstrate, the Holy Ghost will move and stuff you couldn’t do will happen.
There is a thin veil between the natural and the supernatural. You can be dancing (supernatural), but feel pain (natural). Will you keep dancing?
Mark 6:52 “because they had not understood [the miracle of] the loaves [how it revealed the power and deity of Jesus]; but [in fact] their heart was hardened [being oblivious and indifferent to His amazing works].” (AMP)
He is God in our plenty and in our want, in our confusion and in our clarity, when everything is going wrong and when everything is going right.
When you get into His presence, He is the same God, you are the one who changes.
Consider the miracle of the loaves!
How can you be more open to understanding the power and deity of Jesus? How does that change the way you perceive your circumstances?
Mark 4:35-37 “And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.”
It is not God’s will for you to be destroyed going to the next level, that other side. However, getting there, sometimes there is a great, intimidating storm, but don’t forget Jesus is on that boat.
Mark 4:38 “And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow…”
The boat was rocking, but Jesus was steady. In your storm, Jesus is steady. Jesus isn’t up and down, you are. Know and be the way Jesus is, Calm Trust. Jesus doesn’t get nervous in your vessel. Jesus is a very present help in a time of trouble.
Mark 4:38-39 “…and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”
When they woke Him up, He calmed the storm. In the challenge and the testing, God can be God and show you His power and glory, but He can’t if you won’t surrender control.
Rom 8:31 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
In the midst of craziness, how can you apply these Scriptures to your life? How do these Words change your perspective?
Mark 6:33-34 “And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. 34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.”
The people ran to Him. When you know Jesus, you want to run to Him. If you’re hungry, Jesus will fill you.
Mark 6:37-38 “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? 38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.”
Rebuke that unbelief in your life. If Jesus tells you to do something you can’t do in your own power, He will make it possible.
Mark 6:45-50 “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. 46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. 47 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. 48 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. 49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: 50 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.”
Jesus is steady on the waves. As long as you are with Him, everything is steady. Keep your focus on the supernatural. The natural will test you and scare you and challenge you and distract you, but choose instead to trust Jesus. He’s there, but He will walk right by unbelief. He will keep on walking until you say, ‘Lord, help my unbelief.’ See through God’s eyes. Then, He can come in and do a work.
There is a natural part of man that resists this, that can’t comprehend this. So, the first reaction is, ‘How?’
Mary, the mother of Jesus, when she was told that she would have Jesus, she said, ‘How can this be?’ or ‘How is this going to come into being?’ She didn’t ask in fear and unbelief, she was just wondering how the process would happen. This was different from Zacharias, who asked in unbelief and doubt. Mary got this promise and it came to pass.
Those promises you have from God will come to pass.
What are some promises God has given you? What has He called you to do that seems impossible?
Mary got the promise and got ready for the promise. She carried that promise for nine months. She waddled and changed. She started to have symptoms. Her back hurt and she probably had the munchies and maybe even got a little cranky, but she still had that promise.
Though you don’t feel like it, you’ve got a promise. Hang onto that loaf, that promise.
Mary began to write a song in her heart. Praise is birthed out of your testing, out of your pain, out of your wanting, out of your desires. If you’ve got a praise, it came out of pain.
Mary had a lot of explaining to do, but she held onto that promise from God and He sent an angel to Joseph to explain the promise too. Sometimes, you have to come to terms with the promise God has given you even though it hasn’t happened yet.
Have you had dreams and visions and a word spoken over you? Grab it and hold onto it. Someday, this WILL happen.
There is an end time anointing falling upon this earth. He is making His Spirit accessible anywhere and everywhere. He will use you in ways you never dreamed.
What hinders you from trusting God to fulfill those promises He made to you? What keeps you from trusting God to help you realize what He has called you to do? Will you choose to consider that loaf? Will you choose to hang onto His Word in spite of the storm?
This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Dave Gardner.
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