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We Have No Bread

  • They forgot to take bread; and they didn't have more than one loaf in the boat with them. He charged them, saying, "Take heed: beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod." They reasoned with one another, saying, "It's because we have no bread." Jesus, perceiving it, said to them, "Why do you reason that it's because you have no bread? Don't you perceive yet, neither understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, don't you see? Having ears, don't you hear? Don't you remember? When I broke the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" They told him, "Twelve." Mark 8:14'19 WEB.

    The disciples had forgotten to bring enough bread for their trip. They only had one loaf on the boat with them, and at least twelve disciples were there. When Jesus told them to beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Herod, they began to look at their physical needs immediately. Because of their oversight of not bringing bread, they probably looked down at their feet and assumed Jesus was scolding them.

    When they began to look at themselves and their failures, Jesus was grieved. He told them, "Why do you reason that it's because you have no bread? Don't you perceive yet, neither understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, don't you see? Having ears, don't you hear? Don't you remember?"

    Jesus didn't blame the disciples for the lack of provisions but for their lack of faith in His provision. It's always like that. God speaks to us, and we immediately begin to look at ourselves as a failure: "We have let Him down," or "We don't have enough for that." Then He says, "Why can't you understand that I wasn't talking about that? Can't you see? Don't you remember the things I've done for you?"

    When God calls us to do something, we often look at what we have available and then say, "We don't have enough." Yet, that is completely irrelevant to His plan, for His provision comes with His vision. Jesus had already taken five loaves of bread and fed five thousand, and twelve baskets of broken pieces remained. Another time, He had taken seven loaves of bread and fed four thousand, and there were seven baskets of broken pieces left over. One loaf was enough. There was no shortage of bread in that boat.

    The disciples were blinded by an immediate need. They had forgotten that as they put God's kingdom first, their needs would be met, just as the thousands had been fed. "Don't seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious. For the nations of the world seek after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek God's Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you" (Luke 12:29'31 WEB).

    After all their time with Jesus, the disciples still couldn't see past their immediate physical needs. They were yet blind, deaf, hardened, and insensitive to the Spirit of God, much like us. When they got to land, the next miracle that Jesus did was opening the eyes of a blind man (Mark 8:22).

    Don't look at your immediate needs in fear, and focus on your failures. Instead, focus on the kingdom of God, and the things you need will be added unto you. As you trust God and seek Him, He will take care of you. He will make a way where there is no way. He can make the impossible become part of our testimony.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please open my eyes and ears. Help me to see and hear what the Spirit says to the church. I want to be a part of what you are doing today. Please speak to me and through me. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord Jesus. 

December 17, 2023
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

God is so good, all the time. Amen

December 17, 2023
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

December 17, 2023
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

December 17, 2023
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen!

December 17, 2023
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen thank you sweet Jesus❣️

December 17, 2023
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Praise Jesus Christ for his love 

December 17, 2023
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen Thank you Father for providing for my needs

December 17, 2023
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen 

December 17, 2023
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

December 17, 2023
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone Have A Bless Sunday 

December 17, 2023
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

December 17, 2023
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

December 17, 2023
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

December 17, 2023
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

So encouraging. Thank you God. You are my hope for my daughter's situation. In the name of Jesus Amen

December 17, 2023
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen Lord. Refresh and restore me. 

December 18, 2023
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Heavenly Father, please open my eyes and ears. Help me to see and hear what the Spirit says to the church. I want to be a part of what you are doing today. Please speak to me and through me. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

 

Amen!! Wonderful Message today, thank you!

December 18, 2023