March 21, 2019
Jesus was (and is) always trying to teach us to trust Him more. Everything in His kingdom operates on faith. Therefore, expanded faith means that God is released in the sphere of our lives and ministry more. He is more greatly glorified as we are more greatly dependent.
In Luke 5 we have a perfect example. Notice the progression of this profound faith lesson for Peter.
THE WORD OF FAITH
"When He had finished speaking, He said to Sim, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch" (Luke 5:4).
It seems that the point of this exercise was not to get some fish for dinner. It was to push Peter to trust Him even when it went contrary to his senses and experience. To believe that what God said was really true.
The Lord asked this professional fisherman to do something that made little sense for he had "worked hard all night and caught nothing" (vs. 5).
THE STEP OF FAITH
Simon answered and said, "Master, we worked hared all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and led down the nets." (vs. 5)
We are always faced with a choice: will I believe what I think and live by human reasoning alone or will I believe that what God says is really true? The first word of Peter's response is telling: "Master." Peter had left everything to follow Christ and he was not about to turn back now.
At every turn of the common day we hare faced with this same test: Will I live by my thinking or God's leadership? Who is in charge? Who is the Master?
Faith always requires a step and that steps proves whether I'm trusting Christ or not.
THE REWARD OF FAITH
"When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break ... But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus' feet, saying, "Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!" For amazement had seized him and all his companions ... And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men." (vs. 6-10)
God always rewards faith. Always. And Peter was no exception. This catch of faith yielded ...
Just as he had trusted and obeyed for fish, so he must trust and obey to make disciples of all nations.
YOUR NEXT FAITH LESSON
... is right around the seashore. Perhaps today. God is speaking if you will quiet your soul and listen, challenging you to believe him for more.
Will you doubt God and never see His greatness? Or believe and see the impossible?
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June 07, 2019
… with most of us modern Christians is that we are stoppable. A little discomfort, a turn from our desired daily routine, or a little resistance from those to whom we’re witnessing throws us off. We have not settled the issue that our greatest joy and highest purpose comes from our witness, and so we are unwilling to push through in sharing Christ with others every day, even in the mildest environments. Even when persecution is not present.
June 03, 2019
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer (Acts 1:14)
Prayer is the foundation for all of life. Imagine the emotions and sense of fear and expectancy when Christ had been resurrected, appeared to His disciples, and then ascended. They were instructed to merely wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit who would endue them with power to be witnesses to Christ all across the world (Acts 1:8).
So, what did they do?