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An Encouraging Word




Give It To Him!

"There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?.... And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples … and likewise of the fishes as much as they would." John 6:9,11


Have you ever felt as if you did not have enough and you didn't know what to do? Jesus and His disciples faced a dilemma. There was a large crowd following Jesus and His disciples; however, there was no food to feed them. Three people in our scripture deal with the situation differently:


• Philip – He basically said the dilemma is “TOO GREAT”… (vs. 7)
• Andrew – He identified the boy with the 2 fish & 5 loaves of bread; however, he said it was "NOT ENOUGH." He is basically saying, "We need a miracle." (vs9)
• Jesus – He took the 2 fish and 5 barley loaves, blessed it, broke it, and showed us that it was “MORE THAN ENOUGH.”(vs.11)


How can there be three answers to the same problem? All three looked at the situation differently. Philip looked at the problem and Andrew looked at what they had, but didn't know it was the solution. Jesus looked at the 2 fish and 5 loaves and knew that when it was put in his hands, it would become the solution.


There is a principle that my Father often shares. “If what you have is not enough, it can never be your harvest, it must be your seed.” We see three points in our lesson:


• Jesus is waiting for us to give Him what we have. You cannot solve your situation by yourself.

• Jesus has power over that which seems dead. Bread comes from grain, which has the power of multiplication and reproduction within itself. But when it is made into bread, the grain is crushed, making it "dead" - no one ever multiplied wheat by planting flour. Jesus can bring life from death.

• Jesus wants it All. The miracle could only take place when the 2 fish and 5 loaves were put into the hands of Jesus. We can never receive what He has for us, until we give Him all that we have. Jesus always knows what to do.


When what you have is not enough, you must give it to Him. In His hands, it is always “MORE THAN ENOUGH”






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