NEVER STOP THANKING

Mark 8:7 They had a few small fish as well, he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. 

This is one of the famous stories where Jesus feeds the multitudes with just a few loaves and fish. There were about 4,000 men besides their families and only seven loaves. Jesus requested the people to sit down on the ground because His disciples were going to start serving them.

Can you imagine if you were one of the crowd? How would you have responded? – with a cynical glance to your neighbor saying, "is manna or quail going to fall out from the sky as it did with Israel in the wilderness?" Well, on this day nothing fell from the sky but that was the first place that Jesus looked to. Jesus lifted his head and gave thanks for the seven loaves.

Thanksgiving is the powerful key to seeing a miracle in your life. 

There is nothing cynical or doubtful about being thankful. The cynical will look to the crowds and scoff saying, "it’s impossible to feed all these people!" The doubtful will look to the seven loaves and say "it’s not enough!"

There are some important principles here if you are interested in understanding how to access the miraculous in the Kingdom of God. 

First, you need to understand that although the problem might be big, God is bigger. You might be surrounded by thousands upon thousands of people, but all those crowds are actually dwarfed in comparison to the God that Jesus was thanking. He fed millions in the wilderness, so a few thousand is nothing!

Second, regardless of how little you have, offer it to the Lord. To give a little is better than giving nothing! Jesus singled out the poor widow who gave two coins to demonstrate this.

It’s important to bring and give out of whatever you have because God is in the business of multiplying. He turned the water into the finest quality wine. He turned the few loaves into meals for thousands. He paid for tax debts with a single fish which had gold coins in its mouth! With just one cast He hauled in a catch that required several boats!

In Mark 8:7 it says Jesus “gave thanks for them also”. He had given thanks for the seven loaves and was now giving thanks for the fish. Jesus isn’t teaching you how to have good manners, He is teaching you how to have a good miracle! It’s through the power of thankfulness.

Never stop thanking the Lord for what He has done and what He will do. 

Go ahead thank the Lord right now for the sleep you just had; for the clothes that you have; for the food, you will eat; for everything, He provides to meet your daily needs.

Pastor Wayne Simpson


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is a multiplying God but the power key is “Thankfulness”.