The end of world hunger…

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As I was reading this morning I found myself in Matthew, one of the most powerful books of the Bible where the Lord demonstrates his power again and again through all sorts of miracles. The Lord healed every sick person brought to Him, lepers, the blind, the mute, the Lord healed anything and everything because of his mighty power. Perhaps one of my favorite indications of the Lord’s power however is the breaking of bread. Did you know that the Lord Jesus Christ feed thousands with just a few loaves of bread and a few fish? Did you know that the Lord’s power extends over all things and that because of His power He was able to feed five thousand men with just a few loaves of bread! That’s not even counting the women and children!

Close your eyes and try to imagine, over five thousand people are following the Lord because they know He is power. They are following Him because He provides them peace and understanding. Night is approaching and the crowd of is hungry, they are far away from a place where they could buy food enough for this many. The disciples ask the Lord to send the people away so they may find food, and the gracious Lord provides as he always does: 13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. (Matthew Chapter 14 verse 13-18)

I want you to notice a few things, first Jesus Christ is the Son of God. God has power over all things and because of his Lordship Jesus Christ has power over all things! Jesus Christ did not want to send the people away! He knew his time was brief with them! Instead what did he do? He told the disciples to feed them! He took the very little they had, probably just enough for Jesus and them, he gave THANKS, Jesus Christ GAVE THANKS FOR VERY LITTLE and God increased the bread to feed over 5000! How powerful you are O’ Lord! You are mighty and eternal. He feed 5000 people with FIVE LOAVES OF BREAD! Was this some kind of magical bread? Where these some kind of secret fish that are extinct now? NO! These where FIVE LOAVES OF BREAD and 2 FISH! I don’t know about you but five loaves of bread would feed maybe 20-30 people. The Lord feed 5000…

So to my brothers and sisters in Christ I say this, to those who are hungry, feed them. To those who have nothing, share what you have. Do not worry about giving away your lunch even if that is all you will have to eat for today because the Lord will provide for you always! Remember that the Lord loves you and made you in his image, the Lord provides for all the animals, birds, and all those things that don’t worship the Lord, know how much more He loves you and how he will provide for you! Remember: 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]? (Matthew Chapter 6 verse 26-27 NIV)

Also never forget as a Christian you are required to provide for your brothers and sisters, even if you have to take the shirt of your own back to do so: 11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” (Luke Chapter 3 verse 11 NIV) So back to the subject for this post “The end of world hunger”, if every Christian truly obeyed the words of God hunger would be gone today. If every Christian truly provided for every brother and sister instead of worrying about every small thing in life the end of world hunger would happen over night. If we praise the Lord in all we do and truly give thanks we will be provided with more than we ever need!

So today praise the Lord and secretly do something to help someone in need. Secretly feed someone, don’t just sit at the light praying for the light to change, roll down your window and share as we are commanded to do so! Praise your heavenly Father and provide for your brothers and sisters. Remember your reward is not here on this earth but as you stand at judgment before the Father. Praise the Lord and I truly pray that we can all provide for our brothers and sisters so that we may glorify the Lord and show Him that we obey and his sacrifice is so much greater than any sacrifice we could ever make! Thank you Lord!

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The weeds among the crops…

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The harvest is plentiful and the weeds will be harvested and thrown in the fire. Only good crop will remain to be harvested for the Lord! In Matthew Jesus uses parables to help all understand his message, and yet in some cases not even the most devout priest of the law understood his message! As we read through today message I would pray the Lord would reveal his meaning to you and that he would allow me to share his word and his message I have been commanded to share. Praise you Father for truly you have revealed in your pleasure the kingdom of God to children that not even the most wise have seen!

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” (Matthew Chapter 13 verse 24-29 NIV)

It is funny how some can come and truly try to fake faith and worship of the Lord. They come and try to pretend that they have faith and that they believe, that if they come to church, that if the say the amens or the halleluiahs that they will be saved, but as Jesus demonstrates very clearly that the “weeds” will be harvested and burned in the fire! The Lord knows your heart, the Lord knows your deeds, the Lord knows your intentions, the Lord knows all things! Don’t try and fool yourself, truly search your soul and ask if you were standing before the Lord even now, and he knows every single thing about you and your life, would you be confident in saying “Lord I believed in you, I never denied you before men, I called on your name, and I lived a live to glorify your name”. If you cannot say that without confidence you would be best served on your knees praying to the Lord to please him and understand the things you must do to glorify the Lord.

Jesus goes on to explain his parable in Matthew: 37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear. (Matthew Chapter 13 verse 37-43 NIV)

This message is for those who are lost, do not fool yourself, the time draws nearer each day that you would no longer have the ability to call on the name of the Lord. Please understand that after you leave this life for the next that if you are not right and with the Lord that as you stand before the seat of judgment in heaven you will have no one to defend you. If you have been denying the grace of the Lord and trying to fight his hand at work in your life, fight no more, be at peace, allow the Lord to overcome and save you. Remember that the Lord’s yolk is easy, his burden is light: 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew Chapter 11 verse 28-30 NIV)

The Lord gives an open invitation friends, come to me, all who are weary and be weary no more! Are you tired friend? Are you sad? Angry? Frightened Jaded? Are you so ready for this all to be over? Seek the Lord and you will rest in his peace! The burden of this world is great, the hardships and trials you face are many, call on the name of Jesus Christ, Son of God, blessed redeemer and rest in his grace and power. If you are lost and “looking” for something look no further, the Lord is all good things. You are saved because of his gift, his gift is free and all you have to do is ask to receive it!

Praise you Father in Heaven for sending your Son to die so that we may all be saved! Lord we pray truly that we would be as the good crop at harvest, and that the weeds would be reborn from the grace of your Son Jesus Christ before harvest. If any reads this message and are lost father touch their heart and save them! For we know truly that it is not your will that a single soul would be lost! Praise you Father for your grace and power. Praise you Jesus Christ for laying down your life. We accept your yolk and know truly that you give us rest savior. Amen!

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Stop doubting, have faith, be free…

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It is so sad to me that throughout creation as God has revealed himself that so many have doubted his power and grace, so many have seen so many great miracles, so many have seen the power of God and while they cant explain the things they have seen, instead of glorying and worshiping God they try to explain when his power is revealed and pretend he does not exist. If you are on the fence or your heart is not yet hardened may you read this message and rejoice! Doubt is natural, but put your doubt to bed and praise the Lord as God and thank him for sending his only Son Jesus Christ so that you may have a relationship with him! How powerful is God?

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. (Genesis Chapter 1 verse 3-5 NIV) God is so powerful that he spoke the world, the universe, and all things into existence. His power is beyond understanding and when you try to imagine it your brain tries to tell you “that is is impossible” but remember that the Lord is ancient of ages, he was, is, and will be for all time the power and grace over all things. Throughout the old testament God presents his power to all people, think about the Jews as God prepared to bring them out of Egypt:

14 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is unyielding; he refuses to let the people go. 15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the river. Confront him on the bank of the Nile, and take in your hand the staff that was changed into a snake. 16 Then say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness. But until now you have not listened. 17 This is what the LORD says: By this you will know that I am the LORD: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood. 18 The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink; the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water.’” (Exodus Chapter 7 verse 14-17 NIV) God through Moses commanded the Pharaoh of Egypt to free Moses and the Jews, Pharaoh refused, God struck Egypt with repeated plagues and signs from Heaven that God alone was in charge and that He had power to send and take away through plagues, famines, and so much more. Time after time in Exodus God sends plagues against the Egyptians, and time and time again people have doubt even as the Lord allows Moses to tell them what will happen before it happens! Even as the Lord takes away the plagues as Moses prays for him to do so to demonstrate not only is God in charge of all things but that when his people call for peace it will come. And still people doubted God!

The bottom line is that God demonstrated and still demonstrates his power over all of the ages and people want to say “well I know that the Nile just turned to blood and that all this crazy stuff is happening you said would happen but it is just all a good guess, there is no God”. YOUR WRONG! There is a God, he is the Father of all men and women, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the father of Jesus Christ! We give you praise heavenly father for your power is unending and eternal.

So now we see that there are hundreds of examples in the old testament alone that show us not to doubt. God is willing to reveal himself to remind those who think they are in charge who is really in charge. But what about doubting that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? 20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.[e] For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.” (Matthew Chapter 11 verse 20-24 NIV) Jesus Christ performed hundreds of miracles, healed thousands, brought the dead back to life, fed thousands with just enough for a few, did things that where “impossible”. Even know the Lord provided hundreds and hundreds of signs that he was and is God, He was still ignored and ridiculed and ultimately murdered because of the people doubting!

Perhaps the greatest example of doubt is the story of Thomas, Thomas is called “doubting Thomas” because Jesus Christ appeared to the disciples after he rose from the dead and Thomas was not with them to see Jesus, instead of glorying the Lord and falling to his knees to worship God knowing that he brought Jesus Christ back from the dead He did not believe, he doubted, until:

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John Chapter 20 verse 26-28 NIV) Jesus Christ did rise from the dead! And He told him “put your finger here, see my hands” he told him to put his finger int he hole the nail had made through his hand! The Lord Jesus Christ is risen! He is alive! He died for your sins!

Some of you are saying even now, this proves nothing, well perhaps your heart is truly hardened even now, instead of calling on the name of the Lord you want to explain and doubt, instead how about you pray to God for a sign that you are wrong. How about you actually pray, you are to pray in secret, so what is the worse that could happen? You could find out you are full of sin and you are in need of Jesus Christ just like I am, just like all Christians are. None are worthy of the Lord, that is why the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is so precious! God gave us the way to praise and worship him! The last and greatest sacrifice so that we may live! Thank you Jesus! Thank you Lord! You truly are power! Father please touch those reading this message and remind them you are God, you are there, and just because they don’t believe doesn’t mean they wont bow before you and confess Jesus Christ is Lord, Son of God!

Amen.

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