Five Loaves and Two Fishes
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- Talk about how the devil will try to discourage us by telling us we are not making a difference and that our work is insignificant and small. Discuss how little is much when God is in it and that He can take our smallest efforts of faith and increase them to far more than we could have ever imagined or hoped for.
- Read the text in John 6:1-12. Discuss how they went to Jesus for comfort and told Him all of their hearts after John the Baptist had been murdered and Jesus went away with them alone so that they could rest and be comforted. We can do the same with Jesus alone. He is our rest and comfort too. (Matthew 11:28-30)
- Discuss how Jesus asked the disciples how they would get bread. He was testing them to see if they were thinking in their own flesh or according to the Spirit. They had seen the miracles He had done yet they were still automatically thinking according to this flesh. We can do that too many times if we are not very careful. When we think according to our own understanding, we limit God and ourselves. When we live in unbelief and fear we can miss out on the many miracles and great work God wants to do in our lives. (Matthew 13:58) When we disobey God and live in fear of what others will think or in fear that we must take care of ourselves only, then we miss out on the abundance of God’s blessing and others can suffer because of our disobedience as well.
- Tell how no amount is to large or to small for God to use. He can use rich, poor, big, little, man, woman, boy, or girl. Little is much when God is in it. It doesn’t matter what our status in life is, what matters is are we surrendering our all to Christ! (Mark 12:41-44)