Overtime Abram, through both successes and failures, learned to trust the Lord. Abram also learned that whenever you choose to venture into the unknown in obedience to the Lord. The Lord stands ready to reveal Himself to you.
Something Simon, better known as Peter, learned centuries later.
One day Jesus was standing beside Lake Gennesaret. When the crowd pressed in around Him to hear God’s Word Jesus saw two boats sitting by the lake. The fishermen had gone ashore and were washing their nets.
Jesus boarded one of the boats, the one that belonged to Simon. Then asked him to row out a little distance from the shore. Jesus sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
When He finished speaking to the crowds. He said to Simon, “Row out farther into the deep water and drop your nets for a catch.”
Simon replied, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and caught nothing. But because You say so. I’ll drop the nets.”
So they dropped the nets, and their catch was so huge that their nets were splitting. They signaled for their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They filled both boats so full that they were about to sink.
When Simon Peter saw the catch. He fell at Jesus’ s knees and said, “Leave me Lord for I’m a sinner!”
Peter and those with him were overcome with amazement because of the number of fish they caught. James and John, Zebedee’s sons, were Simon’s partners, and they were amazed too.
Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on you will be fishing for people.”
As soon as they brought the boats to the shore, they left everything and followed Jesus. Luke 5:1-11
Not only did Simon, James and John catch more fish than they had ever caught before. They caught something even more valuable. They caught the revelation. Knowing and following Jesus was more precious than any earthly treasure.
Obedience to the righteousness of Jesus ensures abundance. Unconditionally following Jesus is the only path that leads to your Kingdom destiny.
What are you willing to say no to so you are free to say yes to those things that bring you closer to Jesus and your Kingdom destiny? Are you willing to say
- no to logic and yes to impossibility?
- no to certainty and yes to unpredictability?
- no to control and yes to submission?
- no to acceptance and yes to solitude?
- no to comfort and yes to sacrifice?
- no to timidity and yes to leadership?
- no to the fear of man and yes to God?
A life totally surrendered to the will of God will be difficult if not impossible. Unless you believe God’s way is perfect. The Word of the Lord proves true. He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him. Psalm 18:30
The Word of God has the power to do what no drug, psychotherapeutic technique or humanistic self-help program could ever do. Permanently free you from fear, insecurity, addiction, bondage, oppression and sin.
Humbly accept the Word that God has placed in you. This Word can save you. Do what God’s Word says. Don’t merely listen to it, or you will fool yourselves.
If someone listens to God’s Word but doesn’t do what it says. He is like a person who looks at his face in a mirror. Studies his features. Goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
However, the person who continues to study God’s perfect teachings that make people free, and who remains committed to them will be blessed. People like that don’t merely listen and forget. They actually do what God’s teachings say. James 1:21-25
In a world where those in authority and even loved ones abuse others trust. Many refuse to
- trust the only One who is trustworthy.
- believe Jesus alone can liberate you from a life of hopelessness, mediocrity and meaningless.
- accept His invitation of salvation. I am the Door. Anyone who enters in through Me will be saved. Will live. He will come in, and he will go out freely. The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance— to the full— till it overflows. John 10:9-10
Why would anyone say no to that?
Be a VOICE shouting into the wilderness.
“CHRIST is returning!”