12 November 2017 - With God Little Becomes Much - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online
Many people are afraid to let go because they think that they’ll drop into the abyss and there will be no one to catch them.
Don’t worry, when you let go, our Heavenly Father’s loving arms are outstretched and ready to catch you if you fall.
The Lord is speaking to Pastor Joseph Prince that it’s time to reach out to the young people - their hearts are a vacuum waiting to be filled by Jesus.
The fourth service in New Creation Church in Singapore may be converted into a youth service session.
Don't complain saying "This type of thing is for young people..." otherwise you'll grow old.
Pastor Joseph Prince has no problem with believers and even pastors having tattoos (from their past before they were saved).
He said for too long the devil has sent wolves in sheep’s clothing into the church.
It’s about time we have sheep in wolf’s clothing to go out into the world to get people saved.
He also added that he does not have a single tattoo on his body.
The Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes: Little becomes Much!
John 6:1-15 - Pastor Prince feels that the mountain where this incident happened is Mount Arbel.
This miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes is shared by all four synoptic gospels in the Bible - we need to study it as God is emphasizing on it.
The word “lad” can refer to a young boy or girl.
John’s account of this miracle is the only one that mentions the Passover Feast because John is the only one who refer to Jesus as the Lamb of God.
A feast is meant for us to enjoy - This miracle has the secret of us enjoying Jesus.
5 Lessons we can learn from this miracle:
- The testing of Philip - Jesus already knew what He would do. Philip was from Bethsaida, so he was a local. Whatever God tests, it happens at home first. This is the only place in the Bible where God asks for advice. Two hundred denarii is two hundred days worth of wages for an average worker at that time. Philips was more conscious of the vastness of need and internally he gave up. How could he speak the words “a little” in front of the God who flung the stars into the universe? Jesus didn’t care how big the problem was. With God, a little becomes much. God met Moses at the burning bush. Moses had left all his power and riches behind in Egypt. God asked Moses what he had in his hand - the simple shepherd’s rod. That rod became the rod of God which parted the Red Sea, fought forth water from the rock, etc. God will not ask you for what you don’t have, He will always work with what you have. When Elisha asked what the widow had, she responded a little jar of oil. With God, a little becomes much. The jar of oil never failed.
- Response of Andrew - Andrew is a leader. He could spot potential in the little boy. Andrew’s problem was that he focused on the littleness of the supply. Neither Philip nor Andrew had their eyes on Jesus. God’s supply is always greater than the need. The widow’s jar of oil kept supplying oil until there was no more vessels left to fill. God never stopped extended His mercy until Abraham stopped bargaining for the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah.
- Lesson we can learn from the little boy - Diminutive terms like “lad” and “small” used to show how God uses littleness of supply to become much.
- Orderly execution of the miracle - The multitudes sat in ranks of fifties and hundreds. Jesus looked to God and thanked Him for the little.
- Sufficiency of the Savior - The multitudes ate till they were filled. It was more than enough supply for them. The leftovers were gathered up in baskets - With God there is more than enough supply but there is also no waste. God does not forget what you give to Him. When you give, it comes back to you much more.
“After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” Then Jesus said, “Make the people 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 them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.” (John 6:1-15 NKJV)
Luke 9:10 - The place where the miracle happened belonged to the city Bethsaida, not that it was located there.
“And the apostles, when they had returned, told Him all that they had done. Then He took them and went aside privately into a deserted place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.” (Luke 9:10 NKJV)
John 1:40-41 - Andrew is always finding. He was a great leader.
“One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ).” (John 1:40-41 NKJV)
Jesus’ twelve disciples were all young people.
When Jesus paid the temple tax, it was just for Himself and Peter.
This means that the rest of the eleven disciples were not even twenty years old yet.
The economy of God is opposite to the way of the world
Mark 6:40 - The word “ranks” is the word for garden beds.
The Lord has wisdom and order in His miracles.
The groups were in multiples of 5.
“So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties.” (Mark 6:40 NKJV)
Exodus 13:18 - They were organized in groups of fifties - a multiple of 5. 5 is the number of grace.
“and God turneth round the people the way of the wilderness of the Red Sea, and by fifties have the sons of Israel gone up from the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 13:18 YLT98)
John 6:23 - God was so happy that Jesus gave thanks that He had the Holy Spirit mention this.
Giving thanks for what God has blessed us with is the secret to receiving God’s miracles.
“however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks—” (John 6:23 NKJV)
Mark 6:41 - The word “gave” is in the indefinite tense which means Jesus kept on giving to His disciples.
The food was put into wicker baskets and out before the multitudes, and when the baskets were empty, the disciples had to bring them back to Jesus to get more fresh supply.
They always found Jesus’ hands full.
We have to keep going back to Him for fresh supply.
When Jesus multiplied the loaves with 7 large baskets left over, the 7 baskets represents the 7 Gentile nations.
When Jesus multiplied the loaves with 12 baskets left over, the 12 baskets represents the 12 tribes of Israel.
“And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all.” (Mark 6:41 NKJV)
God doesn’t function by the economy of the world.
In God’s economy, to feed 4000 men, He used 7 loaves.
To feed 5000 men, He used 5 loaves.
When the problem is bigger, the easier it is for God.
The maths of the miracle: The loaves were increased in number when He broke them: Addition by division.
More loaves appeared again when the disciples took them from Jesus’ hands: Multiplication by subtraction.
When you serve the Lord on Sundays, you think it’s subtraction (of your money, time, energy, etc.) but the Lord is thinking “It’s addition and multiplication to you.”
Genesis 44:1 - We all have different thresholds of satiation. God wants to supply us with as much as we can handle.
“And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, “Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack.” (Genesis 44:1 NKJV)
If someone says to you that your sin is what is holding back God’s blessings, that is a lie from the pit of hell.
As a believer, your sins are already taken out of the way because of what Jesus did at the cross.
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