Article : Jesus Feeds The Five Thousand

Matt. 14:13-23; Mark 6:31-46; Luke 9:7-17; John 6:1-15

A BOY’S LUNCH-BASKET is a very small thing compared with a great miracle. But in this story we shall see how a great miracle grew out of a boy’s lunch-basket. It all came about in this manner:

       The disciples whom Jesus sent to preach in the towns and cities of Galilee had returned joyfully, telling their Master about their success in healing the sick and in casting out the evil spirits just as they had seen him do. And now the fame of Jesus was increasing every day, and many more people from distant parts of the country were flocking to hear him.

       So urgent were the people who came to hear Jesus and to have their loved ones healed, that they pressed constantly upon him, and allowed no time for him to rest or even eat. Then Jesus called his twelve disciples aside from the multitude and said, “Come with me to a quiet place, for we must rest a while.”

       Taking a ship they sailed away from the multitude to the other side of the Sea, and went into a desert place near a mountain. But they did not find much time to rest even in this lonely spot, for soon they saw a great throng of people coming toward them.

       The multitude had followed from the other side of the Sea. Perhaps the disciples were disappointed because the people had found them again, but Jesus looked pityingly upon the great throng, and said of them, “They are like sheep that had no shepherd. They wander about here and there hunting for their own pasture-grounds.”

       In this great throng were five thousand men, who had come from different parts of Galilee. Some of them had brought their wives and children along, and other women had come, too. When they had started they did not know they would have to go so very far to find Jesus, and many of them had brought nothing to eat. One boy, however, had not forgotten his lunch-basket, and in his basket he carried five little loaves of barley bread and two small fishes.

       When the multitude came near, Jesus received them kindly and sat down to teach them again. He healed the sick ones whom they had brought to him, and taught them many things about the kingdom of heaven.

       After a while the day wore on and evening came. Still the people lingered near, seeming to forget they could find no food or shelter in the desert place. The disciples grew impatient with them and came to ask Jesus to send them away.

       “They have brought no food,” said the disciples, “and we can not supply food for them in this wilderness; therefore send them away that they may buy food in the towns and villages as they journey home.”

       But Jesus answered, “We must feed them before sending them away.” Then, turning to Philip he asked, “Where shall we find bread, that all these people may eat?”

       Philip looked at the great multitude and shook his head. “If we should buy two hundred pennyworth of bread,” he answered, “there would not be enough for each one to have a small piece.”

       While Jesus and the disciples were discussing what to do, the boy who had not forgotten to carry his lunch came near and heard their conversation. Then he showed his basket of food to one of the disciples, and he offered to give the food to Jesus. The disciples, who was Andrew, came and told Jesus what the boy had said.

       “How many loaves are there in the basket?” asked Jesus.

       Andrew said, “Only five and two small fishes. But what will that be among so many people?”

       Jesus replied, “Bring them to me.”

       Then he told his disciples to bid the people sit down in groups, in some fifty and in others a hundred, and wait for their evening meal. While they waited, he took the little loaves and the fishes and blessed them and broke them into small pieces. He filled a basket for each of the twelve disciples and sent them to pass the food among the hungry people. Then the disciples returned and again he filled their empty baskets.

       When all the people had eaten, he sent the disciples to gather up the scraps that had been left over, and they found twelve baskets full of scraps. And every one in the great multitude had eaten enough to satisfy his hunger. The boy who had brought the lunch-basket to Jesus had all that he could eat, and he shared his little lunch with every one in the great throng because he had let Jesus bless his offering.

       This unusual miracle caused much excitement among the people. They wanted Jesus to become their king instead of letting the Roman government rule them any longer. They believed that he could set them free from the rule of the Romans, whom they hated. They thought it would be wonderful to have a king rule them who could feed them by working miracles.

       But Jesus would not allow the people to take him for their king. Although he was a King, yet he had not come to earth to rule an earthly kingdom.

       He commanded his disciples to enter their ship at once and return to the other side of the Sea. And when they left him, then he dismissed the multitude and went alone upon the mountain near by to pray.

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DEVOTION : Tune In to the Spirit Grace – Gloria Copeland l@gracecopeland 12/10/2017

MEMORY VERSE :

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.

Titus 2:11-1

MESSAGE : 

Grace teaches us! The “Spirit of grace” instructs us from the inside. Let the Holy Spirit of God counsel you and teach you how to live in this present world.

If you listen to the voice of the world, you will be worldly minded, or carnally minded, which is death. But, if you tune in to the voice of the Spirit of grace, you can become spiritually minded. And, according to the Word, that is life and peace. So, when the Spirit of God speaks to you through that still, small voice inside your heart, listen and obey Him. His way works! Trust Him and remember that He’s got your well-being in mind.

Maybe He’s asking you to eliminate some activity that’s consuming too much of your time and attention. Or maybe He’s prompting you to get up a little earlier and spend more time in the Word and in prayer. Whatever it is He is telling you to do, if you’ll do it, you’ll be stronger in the grace of God, and consequently, in the blessing of God.

Don’t hesitate another moment. Do it! If you want a change, make a change.

Scripture Reading:

1 Corinthians 1:3-8

DEVOTION : Set Free – by Joyce Meyer l@joycemeyer 12/10/2017

MEMORY VERSE :

…He has sent me…to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound.

— Isaiah 61:1

MESSAGE : 

I am writing in Namibia, Africa, while preparing to go to a men’s prison here. I intend to share with them that they can be in prison and still be free, and that many people in the world, although not in prison, are still prisoners.

I was a prisoner for much of my life because I was filled with fear, guilt, shame, bitterness, and hatred, including self-hatred. I didn’t live behind iron bars, but I was definitely a prisoner to those tormenting emotions. If you or someone you know is bound by these things, you can be free. Jesus came to set us free and to help us see and enjoy the new life He offers—a life that is abundant and filled with great joy (see John 10:10).

I hope to encourage the men in prison today with the good news of the Gospel. I also hope to encourage you to know that as you continue in God’s Word, you will know the truth and it will make you free (see John 8:31–32). No matter what your circumstances are, if you are free in your heart and mind, then you are free indeed! Examine what is going on inside you and ask God to help you with any tormenting emotion that is holding you captive. If you are brokenhearted due to painful things in your past, Jesus will heal you and set you free!

Prayer: Father, I thank You that Jesus came to make us free, and I do want to be free in every area of my life. Please reveal areas that You want to work in, and help me cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He brings healing and freedom in my life.

DEVOTION : Prepare for Persecution – Gloria Copeland l@gloriacopeland 11/10/2017

MEMORY VERSE :

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

2 Timothy 3:12

MESSAGE :

Did you catch that? He said all who live godly lives are going to suffer persecution. Not just the super-saints, not just the missionaries in hostile lands—but all.

If you’re going to live for God, you’re going to run into persecution somewhere along the line. The devil’s going to make sure of it!

Now I’m not saying that to frighten you or to depress you. I’m saying it because I want you to be prepared.

When you’re wise to the strategies of the devil, it’s harder for him to use them successfully on you to confuse you and get you off track.

Second Corinthians 10:4 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” So stay armed and ready for Satan’s attack. Then, whenever and however it comes, it won’t bring your life to a halt or even slow you down.

That’s especially important right now because we’re living in the last days. The devil’s time is drawing short. He is desperate. He is going to do everything he can to stop the Church. But Jesus said the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church!

Remember the more we grow to be like Jesus and the more God’s glory is revealed through our lives, the bigger threat we are to Satan’s kingdom. Jesus said, “Rejoice and be glad at such a time, and exult and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is rich and great and strong and intense and abundant in heaven” (Luke 6:23, The Amplified Bible).

So, when persecution comes your way, and you know it will, rejoice and be glad. Take the Jesus cure and begin to leap and jump and praise God! There is no way persecution will hurt you if you do that. I’ve tried it and it works.

Scripture Reading:

Acts 6:1-15

DEVOTION : JESUS IS YOUR QUALIFICATION FOR GOD’S BLESSINGS – JOSEPH PRINCE l@josephprince 11/10/2017

MEMORY VERSE :

Deuteronomy 28:2

And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you…

MESSAGE :

God loves to bless you. He has even declared that “blessings shall come upon you and overtake you”. This means that you can’t run fast enough to escape them! When you turn one corner, there is a blessing waiting for you. When you turn another corner, you run smack into another blessing!

Now, you may think that you don’t qualify for God’s blessings because of the preceding verse which says that these blessings will come to pass only if you diligently obey God’s voice and keep all of His commandments. You know that no matter how hard you try, you just cannot keep all of God’s commandments. In fact, the Bible says that if you fail to keep just one commandment, you fail to keep all. (James 2:10)

My friend, I have good news for you: Jesus is the one who qualifies us for every single blessing because He has kept all of God’s commandments. When He died for us on the cross, He not only fulfilled all of God’s commandments, He also redeemed us from the curse of the law. (Galatians 3:13) Note that He did not redeem us from the blessings of the law, so the blessings are still ours today!

As you read the list of blessings in Deuteronomy 28, starting with “Blessed shall you be in the city…in the country…the fruit of your body…your basket…when you come in…when you go out…” (Deuteronomy 28:3–13), I believe that Jesus is saying to you, “Like the blessings? Then take them by faith!”

You may say, “But I don’t deserve them.” Yes, you don’t deserve them, but you still get them because of Jesus. That is God’s grace! The law says, “You must deserve the blessings.” But the law is no longer here. Grace is here. So take the blessings by grace through faith. Believe God for the blessings.

Today, it is no longer a question of how much or how well you have kept God’s commandments. It is a question of how much you can believe God for His blessings. All the promises of God in Christ are “Yes”, and because you are in Christ, you can say “Amen!” to His blessings! (2 Corinthians 1:20)

Thought For The Day

Jesus is the one who qualifies us for every single blessing because He has kept all of God’s commandments.

DEVOTION : Keep God First – by Joyce Meyer l@joycemeyer 11/10/2017

MEMORY VERSE :

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

— Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

MESSAGE :

It is good for all of us to occasionally examine our heart and make sure that we haven’t allowed anything or anyone to take the place that belongs only to God. We do not need to struggle for things, position, or power. All we need to do is seek God first, and He will add everything else that is right for us to have.

Ask yourself what most of your thoughts, conversation, time, and effort goes into, and if the answer is not God and His kingdom, then quickly make some adjustments. Possessions are enjoyable for all of us, but they have no life in them; therefore, they cannot give us life. Only God can do that. He is our life, and unless He stands first and has the preeminent position in our lives, we will eventually begin to sense deadness and have no lasting enjoyment in anything we do.

Always seek God’s face and not just His hand. Want Him more than you want what He can do for you. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (see Psalm 37:4).

Prayer: Father, I am sorry if I have put anything else before You. Forgive me and help me make the adjustments I need to make. You are more important than anything else in my life and I want all of my choices to reflect that truth.

DEVOTION : PRONOUNCE YOURSELF CLEAN! l@josephprince 10/10/2017

MEMORY VERSE : 

Matthew 8:3

Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

MESSAGE :

Most of us are familiar with the healing of the leper in Matthew 8. It is a beautiful account of God’s willingness to touch and heal the sick, no matter how unclean they may be. Whenever we doubt God’s willingness to heal us, we should listen to the words of Jesus again: “I am willing; be cleansed.” He is the same yesterday, today and forever!

Since the Bible is clear about God’s willingness to heal, why do we still have problems with our health? Why do we still experience symptoms in our bodies?

I believe that the answer is found in what Jesus told the leper to do next. He told him to go and show himself to the priest. (Matthew 8:4) This was the law then for lepers who were healed. (Leviticus 14:2–3) And he was to hear the priest pronounce the word “clean” over him. (Leviticus 14:7)

You see, as believers, when we received Jesus, His blood cleansed us from sin as well as sickness. (Isaiah 53:4–5) But we keep hearing people pronounce sin, sickness, poverty and death over us. We keep hearing people tell us that we are unclean, undeserving, poor, weak, and that it is only natural that we grow old and sickly, and die.

God is waiting for a priesthood that will rise up and pronounce His people clean!

“But Pastor Prince, where can I find such priests?”

Who are the priests today? You and I! In fact, we have more authority to pronounce good things than the Levitical priests of the Old Testament. They were just priests. But we are king-priests by the blood of Jesus! (Revelation 1:5–6) Where the word of the king is, there is power. (Ecclesiastes 8:4) And by the word of a priest, every controversy and every assault shall be settled. (Deuteronomy 21:5)

Beloved, God has cleansed you, so pronounce yourself clean! Right now, put your hand on your heart and pronounce good things over yourself. Say, “I pronounce myself clean, righteous, healed, whole and abundantly supplied by the blood of Jesus!” By your word as a king-priest, every assault against you shall be settled!

Thought For The Day

Because you are a king-priest by the blood of Jesus, you can pronounce good things over yourself and see them come to pass!

ARTICLE : THE NAGGING WIFE l@deofficial_heri

Love is a beautiful thing. It is good to be in love even the bible recommends that to us.

It says; “Love your neighbour as yourself” which means being in love is the greatest thing that can ever happen to any human on earth

There are diverse stages of love. To some people there is the happily ever after but to some, love has an ending points. There are reasons which may and may not be serial, leading to the terminal point of love.

Right now, I’m not about the stages of love but one of the reasons why some love instead of been watered to grow, dry up speedily. This is not pertaining to just marriage alone but it majorly occur in marriage

Many find themselves getting married to their first love who gives them less problem in marriage while some find themselves get married to those whom they met in 6month or most times less, which makes them in some ways strangers to each other before marriage.

One of the things that makes a home, a family or a marriage collapse is the nagging wife.

Many a time, most women and wives who nag don’t know that they nag until when the marriage gets affected. They majorly believe the man/ husband complains too much and is never satisfied or he just never listens to her.

Now, about the nagging wife, people say is it only ladies that nags but how about the men. YES!! Men nag but not to the level as ladies nag.

The bible in proverb 21 vs 19 reads that is better to stay in desert than to live in the same roof with a nagging wife.

Even the bible confirms that it is the wives who nag (SMILE).

In this world, there a lot of reasons why ladies NAG or why some ladies turn out to be a nagger;

First of all is dissatisfaction: Many wives nag because they are not satisfied with what they receive from their husbands. We can call this the covetousness of the wife which can be due to the influence of a friend or family members.

Also, some women nag because of some things they are supposed to let go of but make fuss out of little things. For example, the toothpaste in the bathroom or her husband’s cloth is not properly arranged after work.

Nagging is a bad behavior and that can destroy your family, your home and even you.

There is always a solution to every issue. So women, instead of nagging about everything, why not talk to JESUS to help you put things in place.

Nagging is not part of the fruit of the spirit, its better you stop it before it stops you. Also adopt a consciousness of living with the fruit of the Spirit.

GOD BLESS

Awoniyi Inioluwa

 

DEVOTION : The Deciding Witness – Kenneth Copeland l@kennethcopeland 04/10/2917

MEMORY VERSE :

In the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

Matthew 18:16

MESSAGE :

You’ve been there many times, standing in the valley of decision. Perched precariously between victory and defeat. On one side of you is the word of the world authored by Satan that says, for example, “You’re not going to get healed.” On the other side of you, the Word of God is saying, “My Word is yea and amen” and “By whose stripes, ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). Who will determine how it all turns out? You will. You’re the establishing witness.

I remember a fellow once who wanted me to pray for him. I said, “Now the Word says you’re healed.” He interrupted me and said, “Yeah, I know it says that, but I’ve got this terrible pain here….”

I looked him in the eye and said again, “The Word says, ‘By His stripes, you were healed.'”

“I know it,” he answered, “but I’ve got this terrible….”

I shook my head. “Listen, the Word says you’re healed!”

He turned beet red. “I know it says that, but I’ve got this….”

Finally, he stopped and stared at me. He didn’t realize it, but he’d allowed his physical symptoms to become his evidence. It was what he believed. No matter what the Word said, he believed the thing he could see and feel.

But when he got quiet, I said to him, “Look, you’re wanting me to agree with you and you’re mad because I won’t. But if I agree with you, you’re going to die. Now if you’ll agree with me and the Bible, we can get you healed.”

Suddenly he saw it. His eyes lit up. “Oh, praise God! I see what you mean. I agree with the Word of God!”

I put my hands on his head and God healed him instantly.

You see, when he finally decided to get in agreement with God, he could have received in his bedroom or driving down the road or anywhere else. He could have received any time he decided to become the establishing witness.

You pray and establish your witness. That’s your part. If you’ll do it, God will back you—and when He backs you, everything else either has to get in line or get out of the way.

You’re the deciding witness. What do you say?

Scripture Reading:

Matthew 18:15-20

You’ve been there many times, standing in the valley of decision. Perched precariously between victory and defeat. On one side of you is the word of the world authored by Satan that says, for example, “You’re not going to get healed.” On the other side of you, the Word of God is saying, “My Word is yea and amen” and “By whose stripes, ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). Who will determine how it all turns out? You will. You’re the establishing witness.

I remember a fellow once who wanted me to pray for him. I said, “Now the Word says you’re healed.” He interrupted me and said, “Yeah, I know it says that, but I’ve got this terrible pain here….”

I looked him in the eye and said again, “The Word says, ‘By His stripes, you were healed.'”

“I know it,” he answered, “but I’ve got this terrible….”

I shook my head. “Listen, the Word says you’re healed!”

He turned beet red. “I know it says that, but I’ve got this….”

Finally, he stopped and stared at me. He didn’t realize it, but he’d allowed his physical symptoms to become his evidence. It was what he believed. No matter what the Word said, he believed the thing he could see and feel.

But when he got quiet, I said to him, “Look, you’re wanting me to agree with you and you’re mad because I won’t. But if I agree with you, you’re going to die. Now if you’ll agree with me and the Bible, we can get you healed.”

Suddenly he saw it. His eyes lit up. “Oh, praise God! I see what you mean. I agree with the Word of God!”

I put my hands on his head and God healed him instantly.

You see, when he finally decided to get in agreement with God, he could have received in his bedroom or driving down the road or anywhere else. He could have received any time he decided to become the establishing witness.

You pray and establish your witness. That’s your part. If you’ll do it, God will back you—and when He backs you, everything else either has to get in line or get out of the way.

You’re the deciding witness. What do you say?

Scripture Reading:

Matthew 18:15-20

DEVOTION : Avoid Big Failures – Kenneth Copeland l@kenethcopeland 03/10/2017

MEMORY VERSE:

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness.

Ephesians 4:17-1

MESSAGE :

There’s a subtle strategy Satan uses to take control of our lives. The Bible calls it lasciviousness and it means “to have no restraint.”

Lasciviousness has been preached as being extreme immorality, but it doesn’t start out that way. It begins with just a few seemingly innocent thoughts. Then those thoughts grow and grow until they begin to produce serious sin.

One afternoon as a 9-year-old boy, for example, I just yielded to the desire to curse. I knew better, but I did it anyway. I had a relative who was so good at West Texas cussin’ that I thought he invented it. I was impressed and I wanted to try it.

When I let go of all restraint and began to say those curse words, something evil moved in on my thinking that seriously affected me for some 20 years. A law was set in motion. As a result, my flesh gradually became boss over my entire being.

Don’t let Satan use the strategy of lasciviousness on you. Make up your mind and heart today to obey God in the little things. Avoid big failures by walking in His Spirit one small step at a time. Major victories will eventually be yours.

Scripture Reading:
Ephesians 4:22-31

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