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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, March 17, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
[When we give our resources to Him, that is when they are multiplied.]
Jesus multiplied five loaves and two fish to feed over 5,000 people. What he was originally given seemed insufficient, but in his hands it became more than enough. We often feel that our contribution to Jesus is meager, but he can use and multiply whatever we give him, whether it is talent, time, or treasure. It is when we give them to Jesus that our resources are multiplied. (NLT)
Matthew 14:13-21 – As soon as Jesus heard the news, he went off by himself in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed by land from many villages. A vast crowd was there as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and it is getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”
But Jesus replied, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.”
“Impossible!” they exclaimed. “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish!”
“Bring them here,” he said. Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. And he took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and asked God’s blessing on the food. Breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave some of the bread and fish to each disciple, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. About five thousand men had eaten from those five loaves, in addition to all the women and children!
Quoted verse: They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. –Matthew 14:20 (NIV)
“Story” – Deepika Emmanuel Sagar’s (Rajasthan, India) story is titled “MY LOAVES AND FISHES;” here is a portion of Deepika’s story:
“God has given me the gift of writing. I receive responses from readers telling how they were blessed by the messages I’ve written. I am amazed at how God makes sure that the messages span different parts of the world to reach the right person in need. God uses what little I have to offer – time and the willingness to serve – and multiplies it to feed many.
“We are each blessed with some gift from the Lord, but sometimes we don’t have the eyes to see it. God loves a cheerful giver. It’s not about how large our offering is. We only have to offer our loaves and fishes so that Jesus can satisfy a multitude. The grace and power of God help us to use our blessings to bless others . . .
“Whatever little we have to offer lovingly, God will take it to an altogether new level of blessing which is not possible through human efforts alone. When we share our loaves and fishes we will see the miracles happen!”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How does God want me to use my gifts today?
Prayer: Giver of every good gift, we willingly offer whatever we have to you so that we can be a blessing to many. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO SHARE MY GIFTS
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/