Preparing For Increase, Jan 27, 2008

Preparing For Increase
John 6:5-14

God operates logically, but His logic is above our logic. He operates in principles.

5 Princicples of increase:
1. You have to know that you have a need (v.5)
  Some people have a need, but don’t know it (even Christians)
  Some people simply don’t have a need – complacent, comfortable, don’t need change

2. God will test you before the increase comes (v.5-6)
  Increase isn’t automatic, before increase comes, there’s always a test
  What if I fail the test? No problem, you get to take it again

3. God works through partnerships (v.8-9)
  First is me and God – through prayer (James 4:2 “…You do not have, because you do not ask God”)
  James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”. God’s waiting on us to act first.
  We also need better partnerships in life

4. There has to be a plan to facilitate the increase (v.10-11, Luke 9:14-15)
  Sometimes God wants to bless us, but he can’t because we’re not ready for it. We tend to get what we’re ready for
  If God gives us what we’re not ready for, then it could actually hurt us
  We tend to act in a manner consistent with our self-concept (if we think we can’t, then we won’t)
  I need to change my “poor me” attitude

5. God hates waste (v.12)
  God doesn’t want anything in my past wasted, everything’s got a purpose
  I can use my past pain to help others in the same pain
  When bad things happen, don’t waste it, but find the purpose for it and use it to help others
  If I’m going to have new fruit in my life, I’m going to need to sow new seeds