There Were Over 5,000

Happy Monday! May the goodness of the Lord overflow in your lives. May His love for you be felt throughout the day. Have a wonderful Monday and Valentines day. 

Bible Verse – Matthew 14:15-21 NLT
“15 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”
16 But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” 17 “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered.
18 “Bring them here,” he said. 19 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. 20 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. 21 About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children!”

This miracle is recorded in all four gospels. Jesus demonstrated to the disciples, that anything in the hands of Jesus will always create something greater and overflowing. There were 12 disciples and 12 baskets of leftovers – overflow.

This was also Jesus’ way of teaching the disciples to care for and feed the people, not just with food that doesn’t satisfy for long, but with spiritual food – 5,000 plus people heard the gospel message that day. 

Today, do you have something in your hands a gift or talent that God wants to use to further the kingdom or strengthen the faith of your brothers and sisters in Christ? _____

If so, will you allow the Lord to use you and watch Him perform miracles before your eyes? ______

Brothers and sisters, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior is coming back. Let us continue to feed His sheep.

Father God, you are merciful and worthy to be praised. You speak to us in the stillness of the day and minister to our hearts – thank you. Lord, you know everything we are going to encounter today and throughout the week. Therefore, Lord, we ask that your presence be with us – protect and guide us from the plots of the enemy and any distractions that would lure us from following you. We ask that you equip us and teach us how to minister/feed your sheep. Lord, everything we do we want to run through your hands first to ensure we are in alignment with your will and purpose for our lives. Lord, as you prepare our hearts to receive your instructions – remove anything in us that is not pleasing to you. Lord, continue to change and use us for your glory. Lord, bring healing to the sick, sight to the blind and restore lives back to you. Lord, may your miracles continue to be done and seen amongst us. Lord move in a mighty way, change hearts and lives. Cover us as we move in Your power to feed Your sheep. In Jesus name, amen. 

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