Psalm for the Day

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Nevertheless…….. Part II

“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”  And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.   So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.”  Luke 5:4-7 NKJV

What a lesson there is for us in this passage of Scripture.  Far too often our Christian lives are in reality a testimony of having "fished all night and caught nothing."  We get locked up into a natural, logical understanding of what we think the Scripture is saying, rather than living to hear the word directly from the mouth of Jesus.

It only takes one word from Jesus to totally change our circumstances.  But that word has to be obeyed before there is an outward demonstration of His promise.

The Word of Jesus often cuts across logic, and we have to make a conscious decision as to whom or what we will obey. Are we willing right now to put aside our reasoning and excuses to say, "Nevertheless at Your word I will . . . "  

When we trust our lives to the obedience of Jesus, we are releasing Him to be all He wants to be in our life.  When Jesus says, "nets" He doesn't mean "net."  When He says "today," He doesn't mean "tomorrow."  When He says, "I will provide for you," He doesn't mean you "go out and beg"!  He wants us to learn to trust and prove the truth of His Word!  He is God!  Do not doubt Him.

Yours and my miracle is on the other side of our obedience.  We have to decide to act, in order to obey.  It is more than a prayer.  It's an action.

Jesus said, “…Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Luke 17:20)

Peter’s faith was very small to believe he would catch fish after toiling all night.  However, his obedience interwoven with a tiny bit of faith changed his life forever.   Obedience is more powerful than we can ever imagine. 

Stop and think about it for a moment.   Peter did not act in faith as much as he did through obedience.   “Nevertheless”……. meaning…. “I really don’t think it will help or matter but to please you……, or to get you off my back, I will do what you said……”   Wow!  Obedience is a powerful tool for answered prayers!

When Peter trusted himself to an illogical word from the mouth of Jesus, he experienced a tremendous life-changing miracle that released him into a totally new life-style to the glory of God.

How about you?

Has the Word of Jesus had that kind of impact on you? That is where the answer to your needs lie. Listen to what Jesus says, and "Whatsoever He tells you to do, DO IT!" (John 2:5).

Then you cannot lose for winning!

Your life will be abundantly fruitful!

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