This blog came out an early morning conversation and prayer time with the CfaN apprentices, Eric Gilmour, and David P. I want to encourage you to read the whole thing. I know it will be a blessing to you…
Read Luke 5:1-11
1 “One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and 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, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.”
Often we can work really hard in ministry, but often we don’t get the results that we want to see. We want to be fruitful and be successful so we try new ideas, strategies, and methods hoping that something will work.
In verse 5 Simon had been working really hard in his human strength and ability to catch fish, but he came up with nothing. Not a single fish. Then in verse 4 Jesus gave some instruction, ““Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon thought it was pointless at first, but when he implemented what Jesus told him he caught more fish than he could handle. In fact, he caught so many fish that his nets were breaking and he had to get help from his fishing buddies!
“Like Simon when we work hard and do things in our own strength we often come up short, but when we respond to the words of Jesus and implement what he tells us we will be fruitful!” (verse 6)
“There is fruitfulness in the Word of the Lord.”
Often the word of the Lord won’t make any sense to our natural mind. It didn’t make any sense to Peter to keep on fishing because he fished all night and caught nothing. Sometimes the Word of the Lord will look like foolishness to us and the people around us, but there is fruitfulness in the Word of the Lord if we will trust and be obedient.
“When we are close enough to Jesus to hear his voice, and we take the time to listen, and when we implement what he says we will get a harvest. Our good ideas and strategies are pointless and go nowhere if it’s not what God is telling us to do. Fruitfulness comes from abiding in Jesus and once he speaks, we need to act!”
Reinhard Bonnke often says that when God speaks to him he jumps! He doesn’t waste any time. If he is not sure what he is supposed to do in a given situation he will lock himself up in prayer unless he hears from the Lord. Once he hears from the Lord he implements what God tells him. He feels the eyes of the Lord are on him to see if he will respond to the word of the Lord.
“When God speaks we need to act”
Sadly instead of abiding and spending time in the secret place of prayer for direction many believers immediately implement whatever ideas come from their own mind or they will look at what other successful ministries are doing and copy it. We cannot rely on human strength and ideas in ministry… we must rely on the Word of the Lord. I believe that as we enter into these last days that accurately hearing and responding to the voice of God will be a matter of life and death. We cannot afford to waste any time and energy into things that God never told us to do. There are to many too be reached!
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