You + God = the Majority

John 6:1 tells the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand with five barley loaves. Though in correct terminology, it was probably more like five thousand times three (more like 15,000) because the women and children weren’t counted.

As I was reading that, I was sort of having this wrestling in my heart for a few months. “Why would You, Jesus, do something completely counterintuitive to the way we would do it in the natural?” With a greater number of people, we’d start with a greater number of loaves. Jesus just completely flips that.

Then suddenly it was if I heard the Lord saying to me, “Brian, through this, what I am trying to demonstrate to you is often the less I start with, the more I intend on accomplishing.” That means you can never judge what God intends on releasing in and through your life based on your current limitations. You cannot restrict what He can do with you based on what you currently have.

Notice Jesus doesn’t take the five loaves and say, “I need a little bit more than that.” In other words, He’s not asking us to provide extraordinary resources in order for Him to provide extraordinary results. He shifts our little into such abundance that it feeds an entire multitude.

What I love about this story and so many other stories in scripture is that God continually chooses time and time again to use the weak things to confound the wise. Jesus takes what would have never qualified as usable and releases His glory. That’s still what He does in each and every one of us today.

“I believe the way God receives maximum glory is not when He takes something that’s great and makes it greater, but when people see the insignificance of what He started with is raised to significance by His Spirit and not by our power and might.”

Throughout the course of history, God consistently looks out among all of us, finds the least likely, the least qualified, the one no one else would consider, and says, “Yeah - bingo! That’s who I’m using.” That’s what I’ve seen in my life; that’s been my reality: The Holy Spirit taking my weakness, taking my inadequacy, and releasing His glory.

His ability is not limited by our inability. His power to produce increase is not limited by our insufficiency. Scripture actually says that the strength of God is perfected in weakness.

Action Point: I invite you to comment below about your own experience with God taking your little and shifting it into abundance. Share how His grace enabled you to become what He said. In what ways did you take steps to being full of the Holy Spirit’s presence and power?

We’re making this entire session available for free: watch the entirety of it on Global On Demand for more stories on the intense, radical, bizarre things I and others have seen God do—not because of our qualifications or because of our faith; just because of the power of the Holy Spirit, the grace of God. His perfection, not ours. Near the end of the video, I will also pray with you for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit for your life.

— Brian Starley

P.S. Join me for a time of refreshment going into the New Year at my Focus event January 2-4 in Mechanicsburg, PA. With me will be Ken Fish, Brian Blount, Justin Allen, as well as Kyle and Makayla Amoroso, and our Global Awakening associates. Through a time of prophetic ministry, we will cast a vision for the coming season and give specific words for 2020.→

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Brian Starley photographBrian’s deepest conviction is to make room for the presence of God, and to honor what He’s doing above all else. He desires to train others to abide in the place of deep intimacy with the Holy Spirit, and to equip the church for the operation of signs and wonders, in order that we may declare the fullness of the gospel with word and power. Brian is now an associate with Global Awakening, and you can learn more about him here →
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    Jean · 9 months ago
    Our 9yo son is the answer to a Hannah prayer my husband prayed when I was diagnosed with infertility. So we named him Samuel. Hes been diagnosed with GERD, chronic projectile vomiting leading to failure to thrive, a heart murmur, hypotonia, autism, adhd, speech and motor delays and a chromosomal deletion. Hes been regulary attacked with stomach viruses, respiratory infections, allergies, anxiety and sleep problems. The enemy attacked him even in my womb when I was given the wrong prescription and bled for 2 weeks but this "weak, slow, special needs" child has been like a rushing river to the sharp jagged edges of my rough character. By just being who he is, he has led me vry out for Jesus in my darkest moments and led our family on a journey to worship and praise our good Father as we have battled to own and walk in the truth that our Father loves our family. No matter what the world says of us or what the enemy schemes against us- He has made us victorious. Because of our son who is a blessing to our family, we can say with confidence- that our Lord makes beauty from ashes.
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    Sue · 9 months ago
    There was I time when I had to quit my job to go onto disability and I thought that I needed to be well again before God could use me but God told me - I can use you the way you are if you will let Me. The key is if I would let Him. That made a big difference in my life. I'm now the 24/7 care giver for my mom who has dementia and she often thinks that she has no value. I tell her that God can use her if she lets Him. We have people come into the house to help out and sit with her so I can go out. They see her read her Bible, they see the Christian shows she watches on TV. I have had them say that being in our home, has impacted their lives, that God has spoken to them through the sermons on the TV shows mom watches. Even someone with dementia can be used by God.
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    Moe Bacon · 9 months ago
    Thank you?
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    Dennis · 9 months ago
    I needed this today. I am feeling a bit discouraged. Looking forward to seeing you at the Relentless conference in a couple of weeks.
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    Susan · 9 months ago
    Brian, thank you for sharing and blessing us with fresh word from God! God bless you!
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    Lilly Duncan · 9 months ago
    I LOVE THIS!!! I needed this!!
    Thank you, Brian!
    Lilly- a CHCP online student