Sunday, October 19, 2014

Trust in Jesus

As the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear God's word, He was standing by Lake Gennesaret.
2 He saw two boats at the edge of the lake; the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets.
3 He got into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from the land. Then He sat down and was teaching the crowds from the boat.
4 When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch."
5 "Master," Simon replied, "we've worked hard all night long and caught nothing! But at Your word, I'll let down the nets."
6 When they did this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets began to tear.
7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them; they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, because I'm a sinful man, Lord!"
9 For he and all those with him were amazed at the catch of fish they took,
10 and so were James and John, Zebedee's sons, who were Simon's partners. "Don't be afraid," Jesus told Simon. "From now on you will be catching people!"
11 Then they brought the boats to land, left everything, and followed Him.
•~Luke 5:1-11
Isn't Jesus just wonderful?  Jesus preached and Simon heard what He said and Jesus must have made a huge impression on Simon because when Jesus told them to cast the nets in deeper waters, he obeyed.  He could have just given up hope, because they already tried, but caught nothing.

Because he was obedient, they caught so much fish that their nets almost tore and their boats almost sank!  See how the Lord blesses us when we listen to Him and trust in His word!

Simon was so overwhelmed by Jesus' holiness that he was immediately aware of his own sinfulness.  When we are in the presence of Jesus, we become acutely aware of our sinful nature.  When he comes to dwell in our hearts, He starts cleaning us up.  The Holy Spirit makes us aware of any sin that we must get rid of, anything that grieves Him.

Follow the leading of the still inner voice of God.  When we obey Him, he will bless us so abundantly that we will not be able to contain it!  Best of all, He promises us eternal life!

Let us tell people about this wonderful God of ours, who loved the world so much, that He gave His only begotten Son, so that anyone who believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.  God does not want the evil people to perish, He wants them to repent of their sins and believe and trust in Him.  Let us speak out about this Jesus.  When we obey Him in this, He will bless us to bring many souls to Him and He will clean them up, we just need to tell them!

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