Monday, October 24, 2011

The Great Multiplier

When you hang out with Jesus things tend to multiply.

Our Father God loves to not just meet our needs but provide for us beyond our expectations.

Many of you are aware of the story of the fishes and the loaves.
Matthew 14:13-21 recounts this story.

A multitude of people had followed Jesus and were hungy.
With a lunch of 5 loaves of bread and 2 small fish Jesus fed over 5000 people.
We know that there were 5000 men there without even counting the women and children.

Another example is Jesus' first miracle.

He turned water into wine for a wedding reception, multiplying the wine for that party.

Not only did He take plain water and turn into wine, but He turned it into Good wine!
The party goers exclaimed, "Usually the best wine is served first but you have saved the best for last!"

Why does God multiply things for us?

Is it because He loves us?
Remember John 3:16, "For God so LOVED the world that He sent His only Son so that whosoever believes in Him shall not parish but have ever lasting life."
But, that's not the only reason.

Is it because He promised us He would?
John 10:10 says, "The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy; but I AM come that they might have life, and that they might have it More Abundantly.
But, that's not the only reason.

A major reason that God multiplies things in our lives is to reveal Himself; to reveal the Truth of His Power to us.

Luke 5:1-11 recounts how James, John, and Peter became disciples of Christ.

They had been fishing all day and had caught nothing.
Jesus told them that they should move out of the shallow waters and drop their nets in the deep waters.
They protested.
After all, they were the experienced fishermen while Jesus was a carpenter.
Eventually, though, they agreed to try it.

What happened next revealed the power of God to them in a way they could understand.

When James, John, and Peter dropped their nets in the deep water they caught so many fish that other boats had to come over and help haul them in.

This so impressed Simon Peter that He fell to His knees and worshiped Jesus right there!

He and his two fishing partners left everything they knew and followed Jesus.

Because God showed His power to them by multiplying the fish so abundantly, they stopped being fishermen and became fishers of men.

The same God who showed His power to those disciples wants to show His power to you!

He wants to remind you that He still works miracles.
He still multiplies things today.

When you are sick God multiplies healing in your life.

When you can't make your income meet your expenses each month, yet somehow you make it through, God is multiplying your finances.

When you find yourself feeling hurt and unloved, God will multiply His presence in your life, comforting you by His Holy Spirit.

The greatest work of God multiplying something for our benefit occurred on Calvary.

He took one sacrifice, the Blood of His Son Jesus, and multiplied that atonement to cover your sins, my sins, and the sins of all who accept Him as their Savior.

That blood was multiplied to cover ALL the sins of the world!

That leaves the fishes and loaves looking small by comparison!

Allow God to work miraculously in your life today.

When you completely rely on Him you will be amazed how your faith multiplies.

Open your eyes and your heart with expectation and watch as God begins to multiply things in your life, showing you His Miraculous Power.

As Always Remember:

God Loves You!
God Created You!
God Accepts You!

Until Next Time,