HUMAN TRADITION-A DESTROYER OF THE POWER OF GOD’S WORD

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 15:6 (KJV) “And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus, have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.”

Human traditions are beliefs and practices of a group of people, which is passed on from generation to generation. It is also defined as acceptable norms of a group of people normally passed on to subsequent generations. The Lord Jesus rightly revealed that these traditions render God`s word ineffective if allowed to get into its way. What does these traditions entail? Traditions include experiences of men, various believes with no specific references, yet has been accepted by a group of people over so many years. Some traditions held among Ghanaians about God are; “God is very slow at throwing the stone He picked”. It means God is slow at judging His offenders. Another tradition held by most people is that, God helps those who help themselves. The truth is God helps those who trust Him.

Please note that the focus of God’s word is to glorify Him, and to bring a transformation to men. God’s word glorifies God, and blesses men. Please note, anything that fails to glorify God, will not be a blessing to men. Every law of God always glorifies the Father, and also liberates men from some form of bondage. God’s word is described as the perfect law of liberty. “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”— James 1:25 Anyone who diligently sticks to the word will be liberated from all forms of bondages and will also be blessed. Now the main focus of human tradition is man and not God. Since the God factor is either eliminated or played down, it can’t also bless men.

Just consider the following tradition. SEEING IS BELIEVING. This statement gives no place to God. God is only related to on the grounds of faith. Faith believes what God has revealed in His word. Jesus said” blessed are those who have not seen yet have believed.”(John 21:29). If one would be functioning by seeing is believing then he would always be defeated. You can never be blessed, if you are relating to God’s word, with this kind of notion.

CONFESSION

I live by God’s word. I give no place to human traditions. The word of God prevails for me in all I do in Jesus’ name.

The Bible in one year.

 Colossians 2:8 (KJV). “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

Matthew 15:3 (KJV).“But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?”

WHEN FAITH IS HIGH

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 14:35 (KJV).  “And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased;”

The people of Gennesaret had heard so much about Jesus, and so were settled in their minds that, anytime Jesus had to come to their town, it would be a mass healing for them. These people raised their expectation for miracles through the testimonies of others. Some one’s testimony could be a key or a faith booster for another individual. Just as it is good and encouraging to listen to good news and reports about people, we should be very cautious about what we hear. “And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that. hear shall more be given.” — Mark 4:24. One could suffer and pay dearly about listening and believing the wrong things. The people of Gennesaret did not only hear about Jesus, they had taken time to raise their expectations about Him.

These people on the day and moment they met Jesus, they determined how they would be healed. “And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.” — Matthew 14:36 (KJV) These people came to the master and said, He should just allow them to touch Him. They just touched the hem of His garment and were made whole. This reveals you can determine when you are healed from whatever may be afflicting you. All you need is a sure faith in the Lord.

In Mark 5 :25-34 we read of a similar event, in which a woman who had an issue of blood, for twelve years, heard about Jesus. She also said, if only she should touch the hem of His garment, she shall be made whole. She managed to force her way through the press and touched His garment as she said, and lo and behold, she was made whole. Many people touched the master that moment, yet she touched Him with a real touch of faith. Dear child of God Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. You can always learn from the examples of others and approach him that way. You would have what they had.

CONFESSION

Jesus has never changed, He is the same yesterday, today and forever. As many approached Him and were not disappointed, I also approach Him in a same way and have the same results.

FURTHER STUDIES

Hebrews 13:7-8 (KJV). Remember them which have the r ule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

Mark 5:28-29 (KJV).  For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

THE CRY FOR MERCY

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 14:31 KJV” And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

God is a merciful God. Mercy is simply when God withholds what should have befallen us by virtue of our wrong actions and blesses us instead.  Apostle Peter acted on the word of the master in faith, yet he doubted and disbelieved the word, making him afraid, and ultimately losing his victory. In effect he broke God’s word through unbelief. His reward was for him to have sank into the water, yet the Lord overlook his sin of unbelief and saved him when he cried for MERCY.

The Lord Jesus has consistently responded to the cry for mercy. He is the one who has brought people who had no chance of significance to become men of great honour. “But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.”— Genesis 39:21 (KJV) Joseph, a complete stranger to the throne of Egypt became a prime minister by this act of mercy from God. Dear brother, most times our qualifications seriously fall below God’s standards, yet at the cry for mercy, He overlooks our imperfections to give us what we don’t deserve.

The cry for mercy is indeed very, very potent to completely change the game of life to one’s favour. When the Lord instructed Moses to build the ark for the temple of God, He asked him to create a mercy seat on the ark. Within the ark was the acts of rebellion of the people. These symbols of rebellion were, the tablet of the commandments, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the manna. The mercy seat prevented the father from beholding the sins of the people when the blood of the animal was put on it. “And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.”  — Exodus 25: (KJV)

Dear brother or sister it is time we come to terms with the great power of God’s mercy. Many of us have found ourselves unqualified because of so many wrongs we might have committed, and have judged ourselves, accepting that there is no good thing yet to happen to us. Please don’t judge yourself that way, call or cry for mercy and the Lord will switch His light of favor on you. When Peter. cried for mercy Jesus took hold of Him and He walked again with Jesus on the water into the ship. This time it was not his faith that sustained him, it was the faith of Jesus that kept him walking once again on the water. That is what the cry of mercy will do for you.

CONFESSION

God my father is a merciful God. He. always hears my cry for mercy. He responds with blessings of favor and He transforms my state to one of great honor.

FURTHER STUDIES

Deuteronomy 7:9 (KJV). “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to the a thousand years generations;”

1 Chronicles 16:34 (KJV). “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.”

WHEN FAITH IS CHALLENGED

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 14:30 (KJV). “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.”

Apostle Peter started walking on the water towards Jesus. He soon realized the waves were very boisterous. I believe he started to consider the fact that he was walking on water which was not normal, or possible. He begun to be afraid. Right at that instant he started sinking. What was happening here? He had been walking on the water because he responded from his heart to the word of the master, come. Faith was stirred up in him because of the word. His faith was challenged by the winds and the waves that was contrary to him. Apostle Peter gave in to unbelieve. The first sign of unbelieve is fear. He lost his faith as a result, and so he began to sink.

He cried unto the Lord to save him. The Lord stretched forth his hand and lifted him. He asked, why did you doubt. He then diagnosed his problem as being of little faith. What is little faith? In the parable of the Sower, the Lord described the seeds that fell on the Rocky grounds as not having deep roots, and so when the sun beat on it, it begun to die. Jesus said when affliction or challenge arise because of the word, they give up. Little faith is lack of depth in the Lord. One may not know he has little faith until adversity arise. The time to increase your faith is now, when no adversity has arisen. Give attention to hearing faith building messages. Spend time to meditate on scriptures that encourages your faith in God. Start a acting out your faith in various matters of life. By these actions you would be deepening your faith in God to face adverse situations.

In concluding, we learn that, faith in God will make everything possible. Faith can make us do that which is solely a reserve for only God to do. Faith in God would be tried.

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”— 1 Peter 1:7 (KJV). Always keep strengthening your faith, through feeding your faith, acting out your faith. The trying of your faith is to lift you higher., Maintain your ground and don’t give in to the threats of failure. You would remain a Victor and keep walking on the waters of this life

CONFESSION

My faith is deeply rooted in the Lord. I feed my faith with God’s word, and strengthen it through meditation and positive acts of obeying the word. I thank God for great exploits of faith.

FURTHER STUDIES

James 4:7 (KJV). “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

 Matthew 14:31 (KJV). “And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

WALKING ON WATER

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 14:29 (KJV) “And he said, Come.  And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.”

Apostle Peter after seeing the Lord walk on the water asked Jesus to ask him to come to him. The Lord immediately asked him to come. How on earth will the Lord respond that way? God is a supernatural God and would always want His children to relate to Him in that supernatural realm. (John 4:24). Apostle Peter walked on the water just as the Lord was doing. This establishes the truth that all things are possible to them that believe (Mark 9:23) Dear reader most of the lack of answers to prayers is all due to a lack of faith.

What made Peter walk on the water? When he believed Jesus’ word, ‘ come’ and acted on it, he instantly begun to do what the word said. Faith is always a product of the word of God. The power of God and miracles are not a special reserve for some peculiar people. If there should be any peculiarity, it is those who will be childlike enough to believe the word of God. This faith is not a product of a strong mental exercise, no, it is a product of the response of the heart to God’s word. So long as the word is accepted or believed and acted upon, that is true faith. True faith would always yield very positive results. Luke 1:45

Some may be asking, why is it that they believe, yet they do not have the result anticipated. Any believe that does not yield results is not of true faith. It may be of a mental accent. A mental accent is when an individual believes that God will do a thing yet does not act in line with what he believes God can do. That individual is only holding that confidence in his or her mind and not the heart. Faith in God is not an issue of the mind but the heart. “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth

confession is made unto salvation.” — Romans 10:10 (KJV). One believes with the heart. The heart is the center of one’s being. It is what the scripture calls the spirit of man. The next fact about a result yielding faith is that it always says something in line with what he believes. In Peter ‘s case, he said, if it is you, then ask me to come. He was saying in effect that, if you ask me to come then I will definitely walk on the water. We realize that Peter believed in Jesus and spoke in line of his faith, and then acted accordingly. All these culminated in the great results he received.

CONFESSION

Thank you, Lord, for your word that establishes faith in my heart. My heart is filled with a great reverence for you, and so I am quick to act on your word, to see great manifestation of your power.

FURTHER STUDIES

  Mark 9:23 (KJV). “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

Hebrews 11:1 (KJV). “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Luke 1:45 (KJV) “And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

THE LORD WILL ALWAYS COME THROUGH FOR YOU.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 14:24-25 (KJV).  “But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.”

When the disciples of the Lord were sailing to their destination, the Bible said the waves was against them and they were tossed by the winds. They were in a very critical state. The irony of this case is that, it was the Lord who asked them to go in the ship. In certain life challenges one may be in the will of God, doing what the word says, yet adversity may arise. It may be a life-threatening situation, yet never despair. This condition was definitely a satanic work that came to challenge the word the Lord gave to them. In the midst of all the troubles they were going through the Lord had seen it and decided to come to them and calm down that situation for them. The Lord came to them at the fourth watch. This was about 3 am. He will come irrespective of the moment.

The Lord came to them walking on the water, the very problem that was threatening their lives. Why didn’t the Lord pray for them at His moment of prayer, but had to come personally? He walked on the water to them because He was demonstrating the following points to them.

1.He would never leave them and us to face any crisis alone. He would always be present to see us through Heb 13:5

2.He demonstrated that He would always watch over His promise to perform it. Jer 1:12 NHEB “Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well; for I watch over my word to perform it.” The Lord asked them to go in a ship and had to make sure they got to the end of their journey

3. He also showed that he is master over every problem, as he walked over the water, which was their problem at that moment.

What must we do in moments of trial?

1.To be rest assured of His presence with you always. Matt 28:20

2. Never to be worried about any crises you may be going through. Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV)

 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

3. Ask him for answers or speak to the situation to submit to you in Jesus’ name and thank him for answering you. Mark 11:23

CONFESSION

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your ever abiding presence. Thank you, Lord, that, because you are in me, I overcome every challenge.

FURTHER STUDIES

 1 John 4:4 (KJV). “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

Hebrews 13:5 NHEB “Be free from the love of money, content with such things as you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

PRAYER OUR PRIORITY

KEY SCRIPTURE:  — Matthew 14:23 (KJV). “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.”

Prayer is every Christian’s priority. This means prayer is, first, vital and very important to the survival of a Christian’s life. The Lord taught that men ought always to pray, and not to faint Luke 18:1. The Lord was so consistent in His prayer life that, His disciples asked him to TEACH them to pray Luke 11:1. During this very incident He had gained so much, successes in feeding the multitude and healing the sick, yet He went to pray right after all these successes. Complacency was never to have a place in His affairs. There are certain men of God who go into parties and moments of relaxation right after so called ‘successes’. Our calling is about establishing the kingdom of God in the hearts of all men. There is no ultimate success until we have achieved this. There is no need for any of us to feel we have arrived, or achieved. “Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.”— Joshua 13:1 (KJV)Joshua had achieved so much, yet the Lord said there was much to cover.

Let’s consider some of the things prayer would do in our lives.

1. Prayer gives God the full right to interfere in men’s affairs. 1st Kings 18:42-46)

2. Prayer gives us an atmosphere of God’s presence which influences all our actions to please God (Luke 9:29).

3. Prayer brings God’s power to effect changes in difficult moments (Acts 12:1-12).

4 Prayer opens up our spiritual nature to the things of the Spirit. 1 Corinth 14:4.

5. Prayer builds you up spiritually and strengthens your faith Jude 1:20.

6.Prayer gives access to the formation of Christ like nature in men (Gal 4:19).

7.Prayer stirs up revival fires and miraculous power (Acts 4:24-34).

8 Prayer will raise labourers for the harvest (Luke 10:2) 9. Prayer helps in effective ministry of the word Acts 6:4.

10.Prayer will increase in us supernatural capacity so that temptations would not overwhelm us. Matthew 26:41

11.Prayer is the means by which we trample upon serpents and scorpions, so we would not be affected by their assaults. Luke 10:19.

12.Prayer brings the instruction of the Spirit. Acts 13:2

There are so many benefits of prayer, that space would not permit me to do so now.

Every Christian must be so dedicated to prayer and resist anything that would keep him or her from praying. The following are some of the things that keep some Christians from praying

1.Lack of understanding of the great benefits of prayer

2. Ineffective prayers that has not brought answers get people discouraged to keep praying

3.Laziness to pray.

4Worrying over challenging issues

5.Lack of a plan for prayer

6. Complacency about perceived victories.

7. Carnal programs like Television programs, Football game periods, Frequent gathering with friends to discuss non scriptural matters

8. Gluttony or over eating

Dear child of God, you can’t amount to anything great for God without a consistent violent prayer life. Kick out everything or anybody that keeps you from praying.

CONFESSION

I pray because God answers my prayers, I pray because prayer changes me, I pray because prayer brings revival, I pray because prayer unites me to God.

FURTHER STUDIES

  Acts 6:4 (KJV). “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”

Luke 18:1 (KJV). “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”

OTHERS FIRST

KEY SCRIPTURE: “And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.”

The Lord Jesus fed the multitude of over five thousand men with just five loaves and two fishes. He gathered    his disciples who left in a ship before the master. The Lord had to wait till the whole multitude had left before he finally left to pray. He could have gone, and left the multitudes to their fate, yet He did not do so. Every single individual was His concern. He esteemed others better than himself “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”   — Philippians 2:3 (KJV). There was nothing selfish about Him. This was a crowd of over five thousand, and the Lord was very patient with them all. Remember He had been deeply reflecting over John the Baptist death, yet he could easily put the whole thing behind him, and show complete love for the great crowd, even to the point of having to wait till everyone left.

The Lord by this event teaches us a great example. We ought to be one another’s keeper and be patient with one another. Every leader must not act as it pleases him or her. In John 21:15-18, the Lord after His resurrection appeared to the disciples at a beach, after they had all gone fishing. The Lord asked Peter on three occasions, if he loved Him. On each of them, after Peter had responded, Lord you know I love you, he said feed my lambs or my sheep. What is the Lord expressing here? He is saying that by expressing true love for the flock of God, then we really love Him. The flock of God are His great concern. When any man in the name of leading the people of God manipulates them, and uses them to obtain what he is longing for, then he is really hurting the Lord. Every pastor must sincerely love the flock of God.

Apostle Peter taking a clue from the lesson the Lord taught him said the following, “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;” -1 Peter 5:2 (KJV), As much as Christian leaders must truly love the flock, each one of us must love one another, with a true brotherly love. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”- John 13:34 (KJV).  He added that in this way will all men know that we are His disciples. Love works no ill to his neighbour for love is the fulfilling of the law. Our Lord truly showed real love towards all. He demonstrated His love for all humanity by giving His life to die for us

CONFESSION

The Lord has shed His love in my heart. I see one another as Christ representative, and love them as I would love the Lord himself.

FURTHER STUDIES

 John 15:13 (KJV). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

 John 15:12 (KJV). “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”

JESUS CARES

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 14:16 (KJV). “But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.”

The multitude who came after Jesus, stayed with him late into the night listening to the master. They were apparently hungry, yet the serious part of their problem was that, it was late as well as a desert area, where they could not get food to buy. The Lord knew they were hungry, he knew they could not easily have any access to food. The Lord did not only know of their plight, he was concerned, and had decided on what to do. These people did not even call on the Lord to consider their plight, yet He was making arrangement to feed them. I believe within the multitude were many who were bitterly complaining about hunger and how it was impossible to get food to buy or to get home early enough to get some food to eat.

God tells us in His word what to do in the moments of difficulty and challenge. He says “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” -Philippians 4:6 (KJV) The Lord’s instruction is that we must be anxious for nothing. Anxiety is a state of emotional and mental turbulence, as a result of focusing on the negative happenings around him, and realizes, he has no answer. What can one do to avoid being anxious? Understand it came because you chose to focus on the difficulty, now decide to focus on what God is saying and doing. For the people in the wilderness with Jesus, they had no idea about what Jesus was up to. Today, by the scriptures we know what Jesus is up to. He said” I will never leave you nor forsake you”. He says all my promises are yes in Christ Jesus, 2nd Corinth 1:20. You must choose to believe what He says.

(Now, let me clarify the following three words to help us know how to handle each. Faith or believe is when a man decides to accept what God is saying. Unbelief is when a man refuses what God is saying and chooses to listen to what Satan or the bad situation says, often breeding fear. Doubt is when one is undecided whether to choose God’s word or Satan’s word.)

The Lord Jesus was engaging His disciples to work a miracle to feed the multitudes. The disciples found a boy with a basket of five loaves and two fishes. They questioned, what can that do, when there were a multitude to feed? The Lord does not need hundreds of baskets full of loaves of bread, to feed the multitude, All He needs is even just one loaf, which would be released to him in faith. When He took hold of those five loaves and two fishes, He blessed it and gave it back to the disciples to be given to the multitudes. God works miracles for us when we release something dear into His hands. God always needs our faith to work miracles for us, because faith is a release of our heart, that is, the totality of our being into His hands, God cannot do any miracle in our lives without a release of our heart (faith) into His hands.

God is always concerned to bless us, but waits on us to place our being (faith) in His hands. Heb 11:6

CONFESSION

My father cares for me. His thoughts towards me are always good. I place my trust in Him, and He always works out miracles in my life.

FURTHER STUDIES

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV). “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV). “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

COMPASSION RELEASES GOD’S POWER

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 14:14 (KJV). “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.”

The Lord Jesus was drawn from His solitude place by the multitude who came looking for help for various kinds of needs. The Lord could have gotten angered by the people invading His privacy, yet He rather did not see anything wrong with their action, but saw a needy, troubled and afflicted people who needed help. (Note: mangoes on a tree are never for itself but others, the gifts you may have are for the blessing of others. Give it to them when they need it) He was moved by compassion and healed those who needed healing. The power of God is mostly transmitted or stirred into action by compassion.

What is compassion? It is a stirring within one’s bowels to express pity, love and help to anyone who needs it. Compassion in itself is a moving of the Holy Spirit in you. “But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.”-Psalms 78:38 (KJV) In the above scripture God was moved with compassion and forgave them their sins. Compassion is always a conduit of the power of God.

Many of us wonder, how can I minister, to others by the power of the Holy Spirit. We can do this by cultivating an attitude of compassion. This can be done by considering the deplorable state of those who are oppressed or tormented. Stop focusing on your shortcomings rather consider others and pray for that deep sense of love for others. As you pray in passion, the Holy Spirit will fill your heart with compassion for others.

A brother shared his experience of ministering the power of God by compassion He said, he met a young man who he started sharing the gospel with. He spoke out of a great love for him. As he spoke he happened to place his hand on this stranger’s shoulder. The stranger felt waves of power flowing through the brother’s hand into his body. He held the brother’s hand which was on his shoulder and placed it on his chest, so that the waves of power would flow into his heart. He felt a great sense of peace for the first time in his life. This stranger was apparently a notorious criminal, but the brother did not know. He was wonderfully converted because of the love and compassion that allowed God’s power to flow to him. Don’t be worried about how to minister the power of God, just be compassionate about those you are ministering to, and the power would flow.

CONFESSION

The Holy Spirit has filled my heart with his love. I have a deep sense of compassion for the lost and those in need.

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 5:5 (KJV). “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

 Matthew 15:32 (KJV). “Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.”

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