God Has A Plan

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God Has A Plan

John 6:1-14

Introduction:

  • Pray
  • Read the passage.           Great Account of this miracle, in all four Gospels.
  • [Verse 5-6] Jesus had a plan, and it worked out perfectly. He was never surprised.
  • Every choice that you have ever made, Jesus had a plan!
  • All too often, we devise our plan and ask God to bless it! (How’s that working for you?)
  • His disciples when presented the problem didn’t run with their own plans.
    • No collection was taken up.
    • No committees formed.
    • No polls taken.
    • No emotional out-burst.
    • No pity parties.
    • No blame directed at anyone.
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In this passage we find much about God’s plan!

Focus on what you have.

  • [Verse 5 & 7] Philip focused on what they have not!
    • His first thought was why it will not work!   
  • [Verse 9] Andrew exposed what they had, but quickly followed Philip with “not enough”.
    • Sometimes we begin correctly, but don’t exclude excuses.
  • [1Kings 17:8-16] Elijah works God’s plan, uses what she has, empty containers.
    • Her plan was to eat once more, then die. She had already given up before God’s plan showed up!          Don’t give up!
  • [2Kings 4:1-8] Elisha works God’s plan, uses her pot of oil.
    • She was desperate, but God had a plan. Emotions, Circumstances, and Your time clock will distract you from God’s plan.

Obey simple commands.

  • [Verse 10] Sit down.
    • [1Cor.14:40] “Let all things be done decently and in order.”
    • In other passages it says to put them in 100’s and 50’s.
    • The first thing in feeding 5000+ is to establish order.
    • If your plan involves disorder? Better re-establish who’s plan it is!
    • [1Cor.14:33] “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace,”
    • [1Kings19:9-13] Elijah found that God’s plan was found in a “still small voice”.
  • [Verse 11] Enlist others.
    • [Rom.14:7] “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.”
    • There are times when you need help!
    • More of a reason to be in church and building friendships with other Christians.
    • [Ecc.4:7-12] The reward of enlisting others. (Wise, Experienced, Godly counsel)
  • [Verse 12] Don’t waist anything.
    • God’s plan never includes waste.
    • Your material wealth, money, time, and your experience are supplied by God, and what you don’t use today may just be exactly what I needed next!

Give Thanks.

  • [Verse 11] Gave thanks before the miracle!  (Good or Bad)
    • [Eph.5:20] “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”
    • [1Thes.5:18]” In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
  • Other passages, He looked to Heaven.
    • That is the only place to look for God’s plan!
  • [Verse 13] “over and above” That is God’s plan, always better than yours.
    • [Eph.3:20] “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…”
  • [Verse 14] Others begin to see that it is God’s plan!
    • God’s plan blesses you in a way that others see the power of God in your life.

Conclusion:

Lost, You must have God’s plan for salvation

Saved, Review the plans you have working, are they yours or God’s?

Focus on what you have.

Obey simple commands.

Give Thanks.