Daring Faith | 4 Steps to Get You Ready for a Miracle

Understanding How To Get Ready For Miracles In Your Life

James Greer
Oct 9, 2022    21m
In this message, Pastor James is going to share with you four simple steps that will help you create miracles in your life. These steps are based on the principles of Manifestation, which is a process that helps you create the life you want by using the power of your thoughts and emotions Video recorded at Pineville, Louisiana.

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James Greer: [00:00:00] And today I'll be teaching about the story that so many people are familiar with. It's Jesus feeding the 5,000. But what I want you to know is they're going to be some new insights that you probably, like me, have missed. The first part of the story is going to be Jesus is going to tell you how much we need to hear the Word. And the second part of the story is Jesus was teaching them how to apply the Word. And that's why I said, we named it four steps to get ready for a miracle. But it's really steps to applying to every problem that we have. The first thing that you have to have before you can have a miracle is you have to have an impossible situation. You have to have an impossible problem. If you don't have an impossible problem, you can't have a miracle. And if your problem is not impossible, if you can solve it, just go solve it. Amen? Just take care of it yourself. As we look at the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus didn't do the miracle just to say, hey, to show off. He teaches us some miracle that we could learn to apply it to our problems. One of the first things you got to do is when you have a problem, guess what you got to do?

James Greer: [00:01:20] You got to admit you've got a problem. And marriage is all the time. When I used to do counseling, they would come in and the wife would just start talking about all the problems, all the problems, all the problems. He say, I didn't even know we had a problem. So to get better yet, you have to admit that you have a problem if you're willing to fix the problem. Let's start out. Let’s look at Mark 6:34. And Jesus, when He came up, He saw a great multitude, and He was moved with compassion. Some other translation says He felt sorry for them. He had pity for them. The message said His heart was broken. Because they were like sheep, not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things. God, this was so enlightening to me. I probably preached this 50, 60, 70 times. I don't know. But I never saw this part. First of all, He came out and He saw it was a great crowd and they had all these problems. He had compassion, and the first thing He did was He began to teach them many things. I missed that part. I always go to the part where he fed the 5,000. Before He ever fed the 5,000, He said, What I need to do is I need to be teaching them many things. What He was saying, the biggest thing people need when I have problems and you have problems, we need the teachings of Jesus Christ. We need the principles of applying God’s Word to our problems. Oh, that is good, Brother James. Amen? If you didn't get that, you need to write that down. He was giving them principles to the problem before He ever fed them. Because if He fed them and they didn't have principle to the problems, He'd have just keep feeding them. But if they had principles to the problem, they could take care of feeding themselves.

James Greer: [00:03:11] Good. You say, Well, what did He teach them? Many things. He told them that He was the good Shepherd. Psalmist said, I'm the shepherd. You shall not want. Some of them had to find out He was the shepherd. He was their savior. Not many people, you know, there's over 5,000 people. They had all kinds of problems. I bet with 5,000 people, some of them had financial problems. Some of them, I guarantee, had marriage problems. Some had emotional problems. Some had physical problems. So He had to teach them many things. So what I think what Jesus was doing, He was teaching them many things on how to handle many problems. And He was saying, Listen, I want you to know there's some principles to apply to every problem. And He said, When I looked out there, I had pity on them. I felt sorry for them. And so what I want to do, what He's teaching us, He's teaching me and you how to handle our problems and teaching pastors how to deal with people that have problems.

James Greer: [00:04:25] The Bible says. Jesus answered and said, it’s written that man cannot live by bread alone but every word that preceded out of the mouth of God. And He began to teach him many things. There's way, way too many organizations, including the government, that want to give food and shelter, but they don't want to talk about God. Matter of fact, sometimes you talk about God in certain organizations, you'll get in trouble today. But on the other hand, if you would give of God’s Word, then you'd give food, then you give shelter, then you give love. There'd be transformation. See, in Romans 12:2, it says, Do not be conformed to this world, but be what? Transformed. How do you do it? By the renewing of your mind that you might prove what is a good, acceptable, perfect will of God. When you start being transformed, you then learn what's a good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. See, we don't need more manipulation. We need transformation. We need transformation, not just relocation. See, we see people trying to manipulate. We see people trying to relocate. But see, it's transformation that brings lasting change. And this is how you bring transformation. It's the right information, which is God’s Word, with consistent application over a longer period of time always equals transformation. God’s Word, which is the right information plus consistent application will equal transformation. I love this because it's the first time that I've ever seen it. This is the first time that I've seen that when you have problems, more than anything else, what you need is God’s Word and God's principles. God’s Word applied consistently. Listen. Consistently to your problem, and then you have the application. You’ll have the cure.

James Greer: [00:06:37] So the first thing you got to do is that you got to have an impossible situation and admit you've got a problem. The Bible goes on in verse 35. It says, When that day was far spent, His disciples came to him and said, This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. Now some of y'all are here today and you feel like you're just in a deserted, dry spot. But He didn't leave them there. The disciples said, Send them away, that they might go into a surrounding country and a village and buy for themselves bread for they have nothing to eat. But first of all, you can't buy what Jesus can give you. You can't buy it. It's not for sale. But I love how Jesus said this. But Jesus answered and said to them, You go give it to them. See, what He was teaching them is there's some things that you can't buy and there's some things that nobody else can give you. Se, one of the greatest problems when people have a problem, they think, if I had enough money, I'd be, or if I went to the right person, I could get it. And Jesus said, Hey, disciples, you can't give it to them and you don't have enough money. And then they said to him, Shall we go and buy? We only have 200 denarii worth of bread and to give to all these people to eat. And another translation said, that'd be a year's wages. That was a fortune. In other words, we can't do it. We got an impossible situation on our hands. Jesus said later on, I'll show you how to apply it.

James Greer: [00:08:21] It was only Jesus looked out and He said, Those without a shepherd. He said, I feel sorry for them. I pity them. My heart's broken. He said, number one, you got to have an impossible problem. Number two, you have to know the person who can really take care of the problem situation, possible situation. And that person is Jesus, not the disciples. See, when you got an impossible situation, first you look to the people. And Jesus said, okay, y'all go buy it. They said we can't do it. We don't have enough money. And so when you have an impossible situation, money can't handle it and people can't handle it. But Jesus can. Amen? So you got to know the only person who can take care of your impossible situation is Jesus. Not money, not people, not places, not things. Number three, number three. You got to know what the answer is to the impossible situation. The answer is Jesus said, I'm going to teach you many things. The answer is God says, I'm going to teach you many things. The answer is God’s Word applied in a consistent basis. The answer is God's principles apply to your problem over a long period of time brings about the miracle. The answer is that. But I'm going to focus on number four.

James Greer: [00:10:01] You have to take the right action steps. Jesus, He first taught them the Word. Amen? He said He taught him many things. Now Jesus is going to teach them how to apply the Word. Isn't it great that it's one thing to come and hear the Word preached? Amen? But it's another thing when you learn how to apply it to your life. It's one thing to come into church and hear the Word, and you should do that. It's another thing to be able to take the Word outside when you leave and apply it to your hurts and hang-ups. And that's what Jesus was trying to teach them. He was trying to teach them how to apply it. And Jesus said to them, How many loaves do you have? Go and see. And when they had found out, they said 5, and 2 fish. Well. 5 and 2 fish. That's not too many, is it? God wants you to learn how to take care of what He has for you to do. So I'm going to give you the insight. Whatever you give to God, He's able to give it back to you and then some. But remember this. If you give a little, you'll get little. A farmer who plants just a few seeds will get only a small crop. He who plants much will reap much. But now here's the next verse. It’s so important.

James Greer: [00:11:54] Everyone. Who's everyone? Everyone. He must make up his own mind as how much he should give. Everybody, you're going to have to make up your own mind what you're going to give. Don't force anyone to give more than he really wants to, for cheerful givers are the ones God gives prizes. In other words, God says, Listen, I want you to give what you want to give. Because God is able to make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more so that there will not only be enough for you own needs, but plenty left over to give joyful each other. Do you know what happened after Jesus fed the 5,000? There's plenty left over. Jesus fed the 5,000, and then there was more left over. But there was one thing they had to do. Y'all ready? You ready? Step number one. Challenge number one. You have to make up your mind what you want to put in the hands of Jesus. Make up your mind. Is it your finances? Is it your marriage? Is it your children? Is it your job? Is it your health? Is it your problem? The first thing you have to do is make up your mind what you want to put in the hands of Jesus. By the way, nobody else can do this for you. It said, And when they had taken the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to Heaven. Jesus did. He blessed it, and He broke the loaves and He gave it back to the disciples, set it before them, and the two fish, He divided among them. See, now first of all, they had to give it to Him. You had to make up your mind to do it. Okay? Second of all, you had to put it in His hands. Did you know it's not the same thing to make up your mind and then to do something? I can make up my mind, I want to be healthier. But till I do something, I don’t get any healthier.

James Greer: [00:13:55] I made up my mind a month ago that I'm going to start getting healthier, but I hadn't started eating any better. I made up my mind a month ago that I'm going to start losing weight, but I keep eating hamburgers and fries. I made up my mind. Now, come Monday, come Monday, I will take an action step. Come Monday, I'm going to start eating better. I'm going to eat fish. And I'm going to eat chicken. And I'm going to eat vegetables. And every weekend I'm going to eat whatever I want. I'm going to walk a little bit. I'm not going to do exercise a whole lot, but I'm going to walk a little bit. But see, it was one thing for me to make up my mind. It was the second thing to take action. See, the first thing you've got to do, you've got to make up your mind what do you want to put in the hands of Jesus? What is the greatest problem? Is it your family? Is it your finance? Your job? What is it that you want to put in the hands of Jesus? Make up your mind. Second of all, you got to do it. So if it's your health, that's what you've got to do. What if it's your finances? You can make up your mind, I want to put my finances in the hands of Jesus. That's just making up your mind. You've got to take an action step. You say, I got to get on a budget. I got to live within the budget. I got to start tithing. Jesus said, Yes, you should tithe, but you should not leave the more important things undone, like loving and caring. So in other words, you get on a budget, you live within the budget. If you have to get an older car, you get a smaller house. Whatever you do, you've got to leave room for Jesus to supernaturally provide for you. You got to take action steps. Philippians 4:19 said, My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches by Jesus Christ. How can He do that if you're always charging everything?

James Greer: [00:15:51] Oh, my goodness. Quiet now, baby. Oh, yeah. You want put your finances in the hands of Jesus? What do you got to do? Tithe the first 10%, get on a budget, and live within that budget. That's the action step. And you do that long enough, the miracle takes care of it. Third, if you make up your mind, number one, what you’re going to put in the hands of Jesus, number two, you put it in the hands of Jesus. All right? Take the action step. Number three, number three. Expect it to happen. Mark 6:42. So they all ate, and they were full. Man, when you really come in to the house of God and you get God’s Word and you take it in, you should be full. And they took up 12 baskets full of fragments and of the fish. There was more than they could eat.

James Greer: [00:16:49] Because of Luke 6:38, it tells us this. Give, and it will be given you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over. I'll put it into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you many times. As I get ready to close, sometimes on my tithe check, I write that on the bottom of it. I just say I hope somebody reads that as it goes through the bank. That’s a life verse. But see, after you've made up your mind what you're going to give and you put it in the hands of Jesus, you should just expect it. Jeremiah, God says, I know the plans that I have for you. God says, I have plans for good for you, not of evil, to give you a future and give you a hope. God's got good plans for you. And God wants you to have them. He wants you to wake up. You need to learn the power of expectation. I love it. I have this written in front of my Bible. You're not going to need to fight these battles. Position yourself. In other words, get ready. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem. God is with me. So you just get ready. Just see who's with you. Position yourself. Get to understand the power of expectation.

James Greer: [00:18:22] It goes on to say in another verse. It tells you this. As long as I sought the Lord, God made me to prosper. So you've been seeking the Lord. You put it into His hands. You committed it to him. You're going to follow through in action. Why wouldn't you expect Him to cause you to prosper? Beloved, I pray that you might prosper in all things, not some things, in all things, even be in good health. Just my soul prosper. Get the power of expectation in your life. Expect God to do what He says He'll do. Lord, listen carefully to the prayer of your servant. The prayer of your servant who loves to honor you. You ready? Give me your servant. Success today. Not someday. But today. And God says, Hey, I want you to understand the power expectation. To do that, there's a couple of things you have to know. You have to know the Good Shepherd. Jesus came. He saw the multitudes. He had compassion. And you need to know the Good Shepherd because you shall not want. If you're here today and you don't know Jesus Christ as your Hood Shepherd, that's the first thing you need to do when I give the invitation. You might be here and have an impossible problem. You're a good candidate for a miracle.

James Greer: [00:20:12] You have to know the only person that can really take care of your problem, and that person is Jesus Christ. Not other people, not other things. You got to know how to take what the answer is, and that's God’s Word and that's believing it. You got to know the action step, and that's to make up your own mind what you want to put in Jesus hands and be willing to take the action afterwards. So would you stand and let me pray with you and pray for you. Jesus, I thank you for your Word. I thank you for the power of your Word. I pray, God, that you would bless your Word today. I pray for those that need to make up their mind. Even right now, you press upon their heart what they need to put in your hands. God, not only make up their mind what they need to put in your hands, but have the peace as they leave it in your hands and the power to take the action where they can experience the miracle that you have awaiting them. Maybe it's to join the church, follow through in baptism. Maybe it’s to have somebody come and pray with them and for them. God, I just pray you have your will and your way in each individual life. I pray it in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

Recorded in Pineville, Louisiana.
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