Monday, November 22, 2010

I've tried that already!

I can recall countless times where I tried to encourage people to take a faith-filled step for God, to only hear excuses. People WANT results, but they won't keep trying to do what it takes to get those results. They give up too early and too easy.

Something really impacted me in Luke 5:5 this weekend. After fishing all night, the Disciples had caught nothing. They sailed in and started cleaning their nets. They were discouraged, I'm sure. Then, Jesus shows up and gets in their boat and orders them to put out into the water (first into shallow water where he kept teaching the crowd). THEN, he tells Simon to put out into deep water and let down his net. Simon's response was profound! He said...

"Master, we've worked hard all night and have not caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets!" Luke 5:5

I've tried to call them already. I've reached out to her before. I've done that 20 times. I tried that. I did that. It never worked. I am not doing that again. I know more about this than you do. These sound like the more popular responses I hear. Simon knew something powerful. He knew that when GOD SAYS IT, it is a whole new ball game. What you've already tried is out the window, God is on the scene. And HE makes all things new.

Remember, Acts 1:7 tells us that timing is not our business, it's God's. So, he may know just the right moment to make the move.

So, I challenge you to listen to the Lord. If you are not hearing his voice in prayer, through the spirit or through others, then pick up the Bible. He has 66 books worth of stuff to say to you.

This may not make sense, but, because YOU said so....I'll do it!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Beautifully said and what a funny feeling I have in my chest, since this is the third time this morning that I've received this message, and it is not yet 11 a.m.
Joyce Meyer said: Put your foot in it! At the first word of naysaying, don't quit as we so often do, but go into the deeper water believing even when you don't yet see.
Then on Compassion's blog, David Dahlin wrote: "They stepped into the Jordan and the waters had not parted yet."
And now your message. (signed, Alexine)