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09/05/2010 – “The Process of Receiving ” II – Little Becomes Much -B

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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

September 5, 2010
The Process of Receiving II
(Little Becomes Much -B)
 

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS
A
. I Peter 4:10, The Amplified Bible
1. A gift is different than 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. When you understand that you are talented and gifted by God, you also understand you cannot lose.
   c. God’s grace appropriates particular gifts that will give you the advantage in life.
2. Grace has many sides just as our lives have many sides.
3. Saving grace is only one side of grace.
• Additional definitions of grace:
   a. Classic definition: Grace is God’s advantage [abundant favor] given to believers to make spiritual progress
   1. Grace is the power given to the believer to overcome lack.
   2. Grace functions to overcome lack.
   3. Grace is the sufficiency of God that supplies needs and gives the believer power to overcome lack.
   4. Grace is God’s omnipotent power released in and upon the lives of believers to give us His ability.
     a. When you participate with the grace process, it will mark you; this is the function of the believer.
   5. Grace is God’s power which is best seen in human weaknesses and insufficiencies.  In other words, grace empowers humans to do exceeding abundantly. (Ephesians 3:20)
   6. Grace is sufficient to accomplish everything.
B. I Corinthians 3:10, The Amplified Bible
1. Grace is an endowment to perform your task [assignment] in life.
C. Galatians 2:21, The Amplified Bible
1. You can diminish the value of grace based on how it is treated. 
2. The grace of God can be frustrated if you do not participate with the system.

OPENING OBSERVATIONS
A.
 Every person has a part in the grace process.
B. For grace to function, you must walk worthy of your part in grace.
C. God functions through His representatives in the earth.

I. Little Becomes Much
A.
 St. John 6:1-14
1. Jesus already has a solution for whatever problem you may be experiencing. (verse 6)
2. The world’s system is designed to keep you limited; God’s system is unlimited. (verse 11)
3. Gaining concept of “sitting down” in verse 10:
   a. Sitting is symbolic of your submission to God’s system.
   b. Jesus feed the men that followed His instructions.
   c. When you pay your tithes and give your offerings in obedience to God instructions, you tap into God’s system of grace.
   d. Before there is a harvest, you must adhere to the process – 1) sit down, 2) distribution and 3) gather up the remains. (verses 11-13)
   e. That which is not enough becomes more than enough when submitted in obedience.
4. Gaining concept of the principle outline in verse 13 – God will only multiply [expand] what He is given.
   a. Jesus advantaged the poor boy by receiving his seed [barley loaves] and blessing them.
   b. Fragments of barley were multiplied because barley was given. 
   c. In other words, God can only expand the seed given Him; multiplying anything else is magic.
   d. You cannot receive that which you have not sown.  (ref. St. Luke 6:38)
B. The test of Phillip’s faith in giving (verse 4-6)
1. Phillip had insufficient faith because he was looking at what he had.  As long as you look at [depend and rely on] what you have, it will be insufficient.
2. Philip saw this as a hopeless situation.  He underestimated God’s power, intervention, strength and ability.  He did not trust the grace of God.
3. The number 200 in the Bible represents insufficiencies [not having enough].  
   a. Joshua 7:21 (insufficiency of money)
   b. II Samuel 14:26
   c. II Samuel 18:9 (insufficiency of hair)
   d. Judges 17:4, 18 (insufficiency of religion)
   e. Ezra 2:65 (insufficiency of external things in worship; God’s wants spirit and truth [St. John 4:24, St. John 17:17])
C. Jesus works a miracle through Andrew’s faith using a little boy. (verse 8)
D. Lessons for the lad in verse 9:
1. A financial miracle is impossible without your participation [the text gives no indication or idea that the lad struggled giving up his lunch].
2. There are no age restrictions to the giving principle.  In other words, you are never too young to participate in God’s financial system.
   a. You must change how you think in order to experience the kingdom of heaven system. (St. Matthew 18:3)
3. Jesus can do tremendous things with little. 
   a. Scriptural examples of little things that became much:
1. A baby [little Moses] changed the heart of Pharaoh’s daughter.
2. A rod in the hand of Moses delivered the people of Israel from Egyptian bondage.
3. A sling and one small stone in the hands of David brought down Goliath.
4. The efforts of a little maid in II Kings 5 heal Naaman of leprosy.
   b. God chooses to use small things to bring you out of negative situations. (I Corinthians 1:26-29)
4. The lad demonstrates the importance of availability.  The lad was used because he was there.
5. The lad shows the importance of preparation.
6. No one knows exactly what can happen when you give something to Jesus.

II. Jesus uses a crowd to show us His unlimited supply of resources (His grace can do anything).
A.
 There are no problems that God’s system cannot resolve.
B. Though nameless in the scripture, the lad had faith; he gave his lunch, stepped back and sat down. (verse 10)
C. Scriptural examples of sitting down, stepping back and waiting [quietly] for the harvest:
1. Psalm 23:2
   a. God will not work in a chaotic environment.
   b. In quietness, God can speak to you and you can hear.
2. Psalm 107:30
3. Isaiah 30:15
4. Psalm 4:4
5. Psalm 46:10

 

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