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08/29/2010 – “The Process of Receiving ” I – Little Becomes Much

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Psalm 65:11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.

UNDERSTANDING THE GRACE OF GOD FOR ABUNDANT LIVING

August 29, 2010
The Process of Receiving I
(Little Becomes Much)
 

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS
A.
 I Peter 4:10, The Amplified Bible
 1. Grace has many sides just as our lives have many sides.
 2. Saving grace is only one side of grace. (Ephesians 2:8)
 3. Grace is God’s abundant favor; God’s advantage.
 4. The life of the believer should be advantaged. 
   a. Advancement is temporary, at best, if achieved any other way than by the system of God’s grace.
   b. God’s system of advancement is firm and secure.
 5. A gift is different from a talent:
   a. A talent is received by way of your first birth [natural birth]; a gift is received at your second birth [salvation]
   b. God’s grace appropriates particular gifts that will give you the advantage in life.

B. I Corinthians 3:10, The Amplified Bible
1. Grace is an endowment to perform a task; an assignment for your life.
2. The grace of God is given to believers to add to the building of the body of Christ.
3. Grace is also given to build your life.

C. Galatians 2:21, The Amplified Bible
1. Grace responds based on how it is treated.
2. “Un-frustrated” grace is known or recognized by peace. (Colossians 3:15, The Amplified Bible)

A. 5 Expectations of Grace for Financial Freedom
1. Grace for debt reduction.
2. Grace for financial increases and promotions.
3. Grace for bonuses (you will also need a grace on your work ethics as well).
4. Grace for debt cancellation.
5. Grace for resourceful strategies for advancing in life (God will give you a plan that will totally revolutionized your life).

I. Exegesis of the  “feeding of the 5000” that is recorded in all 4 Gospels – St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke and St. John.
A. St. John 6:1-14
1. Verses 4 – 6:  The test of faith in giving
   a. God allows predicaments of resources to develop your faith.
   b. Jesus already has a solution for every situation you encounter.
2. Verses 7 – 8
   a. The world’s system is not designed to care for its citizens; the system of God fills completely.
   b. The number 200 in the Bible represents insufficiencies [not having enough]. 
   c. God’s system reveals more when you follow and surrender.
   d. Sometimes, what you see is not all there is. [Example: you only notice a particular car after you have purchased that model]
   e. God has ways to bring “you out”, only when you invest in the Kingdom.
   f. Other scriptural examples of insufficiencies in the Bible:
       1. Joshua 7:21 (insufficiency of money)
       2. II Samuel 14:26, II Samuel 18:9 (insufficiency of hair)
       3. Judges 17:4, 18 (insufficiency of religion)
       4. Ezra 2:65 (insufficiency of external things in worship – God’s wants spirit and truth [St. John 4:24, St. John 17:17])
   g. When we hear the voice of God’s “Andrew’s” [the man of God] obey.
3. Verses 10 – 12
   a. God becomes responsible for you when you follow His instructions.
   b. There is both an obvious and an unobvious difference between standing up and sitting down; to sit down means you have submitted your will.
   c. Jesus could have, but only fed those who followed His instructions.
   d. When you do things God’s way, He can take you from a little to being filled.
4. Verses 13 – 14
   a. Jesus multiplied what was given Him (barley for barley, dollars for dollars).
   b. God does not change the nature of what you give Him, He expands it.

B.
 Mark 6:32-40
1. Men or the world’s system want to send you away when you have needs; Jesus invites you to come. (verse 36)
2. When your finances are in a desert place [parch, dry, arid], Jesus teaches that God can meet your needs even in a dry place. (verse 37)

C.
 Luke 9:11-17
1. Jesus provides resources though in a desert place. (verse 12)
2. The process of little becoming much begins with the taking of something.  (verse 16)
3. All of your giving goes through a process; this is why receiving seem to take so long.

II.
 Lessons from Phillip in St. John 6:7
A. Phillip saw this situation as hopeless, but there are no hopeless situations with God.
1. Phillip saw what was in the crowd as insufficient [See section I-A:2(a-f)]
2. Phillip thought the situation was too big.
3. Sometimes we can limit God by assuming what we are in is impossible.  God has power and He knows how to involve Himself to bring “you out”.
4. Trust God to do the impossible when you obey the system of paying your tithes and giving your offerings.

III.
 Lessons from a poor lad in St. John 6:9
A. Why did Jesus take all that the boy had?
1. Barley is the food of the poor.
   a. Barley is so bad that it is only feed to livestock.
   b. Is your situation so bad, you feel you (people) should not have to live in such adverse conditions?
2. You must consistently give.    
3. You must give God what He asked for to see the miraculous.
4. When you give God all that you have, God becomes responsible for meeting your needs.
5. Giving to God may seem like a permanent lost but it’s only temporary when you tap into God’s system.
6. God was interested in the crowd of people seeing what He can do with a “little”.  In other words, your lifestyle should be a reflection, an advertisement of God’s supernatural ability.
7. God can transform even in a desert place.
8. Age does not make a difference to God.
9. The lad was available; you and your money must be available to God.

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