Summary: The gifts of the Spirit begin to manifest as a person say’s, “Nevertheless at thou word.” As he or she becomes deflated, because they have ran out of all human resources. Tired, weary and seem to have lost all emotion because of the emotions. That’s exact
Luke 5:1-7NKJ Deep Water Faith
The gifts of the Spirit begin to manifest as a person say’s, “Nevertheless at thou word.” As he or she becomes deflated, because they have ran out of all human resources. Tired, weary and seem to have lost all emotion because of the emotions. That’s exactly when God’s word works because they’re ready to say, “nevertheless.”
So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 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.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 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.
This mass of water was also called, the sea of Galilee, also called, Tiberius. It’s actually a large fresh water lake, over 690ft. below sea level, it serves as the main source of water and commerce for the Galilee region.
In Luke 5:5 listen to Peter’s response, “...nevertheless at thou word I will let down the net...”
Listen, it’s okay to, “Doubt your doubts, but never doubt God.”
If you will listen and act upon ‘one word’ from the Master it has the potential to change everything.
Luke 5:2 say’s, they caught nothing; however, they had to wash their nets, and dry them out for the next nights work.
You ever feel as though nothing is accomplished, and your labor is in vain? Welcome to life!
Luke 5:3 say’s, Jesus sat in Peter’s boat and asks Peter to pull away from the shore. Notice, Jesus sat, and taught the multitudes.
Then in Luke 5:4 Jesus tells Peter to go farther out and drop down his nets for a catch. To fish with nets in the daylight wasn’t normal, usually fish would swim deeper than nets could go; however, Jesus was on board, and Peter responded by faith.
There are 4 lessons here for you today:
#1. Many times Jesus will involve you in one thing, to teach you another.
He was getting ready to involve them in an even bigger miracle. Larger than catching fish! Listen to Luke 5:10... And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”
#2. He’ll use the familiar to do the incredible.
During the third century, St. Felix of Nola was running from his enemies, he took refuge in an abandoned building. Eventually a spider began to weave a web across the door, sealing it off and making it look like no one had been inside for months. As a result his pursuers passed by and didn’t bother looking there. Later, stepping out into the sunshine, Felix declared, “Where God is, a spider’s web is a wall. And where God isn’t, a wall is but a spider’s web.”
Jesus came to their work place- “Begin looking for Jesus in the familiar and unexpected places of life.”
#3. He’ll move you from the security of the shore to the risks of the deep.
Why? Because you got to risk the great storms, if you’re going to enjoy great catches. (No risk, no reward!)
#4. When you obey God- nets break, needs are met, minds are blown, and He’s glorified!
Remember, the miracle begins when you say, “...nevertheless at Your word, I will...”
Say, “Deep water faith.” The question is... what are you fishing for? Small or big!