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Can't You See?

  • 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 WEB

    The disciples forgot to bring bread on their trip and only had one loaf on the boat with them. When Jesus told them to beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Herod, they began to immediately look at their physical needs, and the lack of supplies which was their fault. Because of their oversight of not bringing bread, they assumed Jesus was scolding them.

    They were not blamed by Jesus for their oversight, but for their lack of faith in His provision. It it always like that. God speaks to us, and we immediately look at ourselves like a failure, 'we have let Him down' or 'we don't have enough for that.' Then He says 'Why don't you understand that I was not talking about that? Can't you see? Don't you remember what I have already done for you?'

    When God calls us to do something, we often look at what we have available on hand and then say 'We don't have enough' and that is completely irrelevant to His plan. Jesus had already taken five loaves of bread and fed five-thousand and there were twelve baskets of broken pieces left over. 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 and had forgotten that as they put God's kingdom first, their needs would be met just as the thousands had already 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).

    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?'

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

    Do not look at your immediate needs in fear and do not look at your failures. Focus on the kingdom of God and the things that 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 makes the impossible become part of our history.

    Prayer: Father, 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. Speak to me and through me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Stephanie Thomas
Stephanie Thomas Amen!
September 16, 2015
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen!
September 16, 2015
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Martin Snyder
Martin Snyder I have always thought that "they forgot to take bread" could mean that they forgot to eat breakfast before setting out for their daily fishing expedition, if they for got to take bread with them, how was it that they had that one loaf? It seems to me that someone brought bread for lunch, but they neglected to eat breakfast. That aside, I find it interesting that today's society say's, "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day." and Jesus warns them about the yeast of the Pharisees and Herod. Beer and bread are both made from grain and the addition of yeast to either changes the character of the substance. Don't be polluted by the fungus or bacteria of the world which can grow and ferment within you.
September 16, 2015
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Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith Awesome word. Praise God!   
September 16, 2015
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell Good word Dion, we are facing one of those shortages in intersesary prayer right now. You are right, the Kingdom is the answer!
September 16, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen!  
September 16, 2015
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Cindy Buice
Cindy Buice I love these disciples of Jesus. They are just like us.they were so human and not understanding the big picture. looking forward to meeting them in heaven and talking to them.  i
September 16, 2015
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!  God never leaves us wanting or needing more, he fulfills every desire, all we have to do is ask!  That is such a Blessing!  Amen!!  Amen!!  Amen!!
September 16, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen
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Retta Morgan
Retta Morgan Thank you pastor Dion , Oh how I need to hear this word this morning. God is great and greatly too be praised hallelujah !!!!!
September 16, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen, He is great and He is so worthy of all our Praises to Him.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! As we seek Him, Abba Father opens doors of opportunity and provision. We only need to seek Him in all things and He hears and provides!
September 16, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible Good, clear, teaching. Thank you.
September 16, 2015
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen!!!..Blessed to have read this this morning, definitely spoke to me. God has many ways in speaking to us and reminding us of His promises and words, thank you Father God  for your reminders of all you have already done for us and that you can do it again, thank you Father God for your love, mercy and grace fresh every day!..Amen
September 16, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen and amen. God is so good.
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Another timely message for me, as I tend to spend way too much useless time thinking of what I can no longer do (or no longer eat) I was just starting to fret over my monthly expenses before I read this devotional, too. I'm beginning to think my doctors should simply prescribe Pastor Todd's devotionals "prn" (as needed in medical terms) instead of my usual medications! THANK YOU! God bless you!
September 16, 2015
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Kealtis &quot;Key&quot; Austin
Kealtis "Key" Austin I really don't know what to say to this post.  It fits so many of us so greatly.  We profess our love and our beliefs, but the biggest question of all is "Can't you see?"  
September 16, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Thank you for sharing this wonderful message today. He always has enough for us, if we will put our trust in Him, not things of this world, but we must keep our eyes upon the spiritual and He will supply all of our needs.
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen!
September 16, 2015
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Shelby Casey
Shelby Casey Thank you Jesus for the many ways that you teach us and communicate with us through your story, in your word and once again using this wonderful ministry to deliver your message in so many wonderful ways. It came to me this morning in my prayer time, that God wants me to focus on what I have and not on what I don't.  He wants me to use the resources that I have now not only to enjoy life but to share it with others. It is not that He doesn't want me to ask for what I need but He wants me to take inventory first, focus on who He is and not what I am not and then ask for what I need. Wow we serve an amazing God. Thank you Pastor Dion, for your wife Silva and the wonderful people that make up this just great place on the web to be. I am so thankful I get to be a small, small drop in this big pond.
September 16, 2015
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Darlene Blackmon
Darlene Blackmon Thank you Father God that all you have provided and to have more faith of my shortcomings.   Thank you.
September 17, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  I may not have much in my bank account, but I do have a Jehovah Jireh.
September 17, 2015
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Natalie Carey
Natalie Careyedited: September 17, 2015 I just read this today and once again it applies to me. I am a chronic worrier. I am always worried about what will happen next. Do I have enough money to pay the bills? What will happen if I don't?  How will I find a new job? Will I be perceived as a failure as I attempt to interview and explain my lapse in employment.  It's difficult but you have to train your mind to stop all these negative thoughts. And then you need to focus on Jesus and realize that God will provide. It is terribly difficult. We talk to a God we can't see, hear or touch. We have to have a blind faith that God will provide. My mind sometimes fills with doubts such as am I a total nut to believe that there is a supreme being out there listening to me. The numbers of non-believers who write on line and proclaim that we better get used to the fact that this life is it, is very discouraging. We live in troubling times. That said I attend my church services, I say prayers, read the Bible, read Pastor Dion's wonderful newsletter everyday and learn to place my trust in Jesus. 
September 17, 2015
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Melchorita Fahey
Melchorita Fahey Amen and Amen! Hallelujah! Praise you Lord! Thank You Father God that You are my constant provider. Thank you once again Pastor Dion for your great message. God bless!
September 17, 2015
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Amen thank you Jesus,  and thank you Pastor Todd for this awesome message which was music to my spirit and my ears
September 17, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
September 18, 2015