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The Blessed Life (Week 6) – The Principle of Multiplication

November 26, 2023

Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, “Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this remote place.” But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?” For there were about 5,000 men there. Luke 9:12-14 NLT

About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children! Matthew 14:21 NLT

Jesus replied, “Tell them to sit down in groups of about fifty each.” So the people all sat down. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers! Luke 9:14-17

When the day began to wear away. Luke 9:12 NKJV

But Jesus said, “You feed them.” Luke 9:13 NLT

Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces. Luke 9:16 NLT

he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. Luke 9:16 NLT

1. IT HAS TO BE BLESSED BEFORE IT CAN MULTIPLY

Now the law of Moses required that the priests, who are descendants of Levi, must collect a tithe from the rest of the people of Israel, who are also descendants of Abraham.  But Melchizedek, who was not a descendant of Levi, collected a tenth from Abraham. And Melchizedek placed a blessing upon Abraham, the one who had already received the promises of God.  And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed. Hebrews 7:5-7 NLT

2. IT HAS TO BE GIVEN AWAY TO MULTIPLY

Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right. Psalms 106:3 NIV

I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you… Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 NLT