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Summary: cast your net on the other side

WHAT IS YOUR NET WORTH?

I want to clear up a misconception about Jesus, we all get up in the morning and start our day. We do what we want, how we want, say whatever we want, when it goes downhill, we ask Jesus to step in and help, to make it right. Why can we not understand that we did not put Jesus and His Kingdom first….

So when we wake up in the morning, when we swing our legs out of bed, we should ask God what He would like you to do that day, to send who He wants you to meet, what to say, how to say it, ask Him to be your day then the blessings will be ours.

We think so much that we think our way out of what God is attempting to do in our lives, it is true is it not?

Turn with me to John 21: 1-14

After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, we also go with thee. They went forth and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Therefore, that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, it is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girts his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes. As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, bring of the fish which ye have now caught. Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land full of great fishes, a hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many yet was not the net broken. Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.

Jesus told Simon, Peter as we know him to launch out into the deep water and let down his nets for a catch, this is where Peter almost missed his blessing, he told Jesus that he had worked hard all night and had nothing to show for his efforts. His work was fruitless, but he was known as a professional fisherman. He knew when to fish and that the time best had passed, so when this man, (Jesus the prophet) told Peter (the fisherman) what to do with his fisherman business, the fisherman almost dismissed the prophet.

Guess what?

People dismiss God’s word every day because they would rather place their trust in what they already know.

Peter’s moment of “big” faith by doing what Jesus told him to do resulted in the fact that there were so many fish in the nets, nearly causing the nets to break.

Peter had to abandon all that he knew to be right in the natural in order to give way for Jesus. We need to understand that we cannot supply for ourselves, we need Jesus, like oxygen, how do we manage without it?

Jesus gave His disciples an instruction, to wait on the mountain (I am sure that all their needs would have been fulfilled), instead of trusting that Jesus would fulfil all the needs, they chose to trust in what they knew best, to go fishing.

Matthew 6:33

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Is this not what we do today, what are we busy with. People, instead of seeking God’s word will do what they think is necessary to supply their needs, a selfish, vicious circle.

The disciples needed to learn a lesson, they needed to understand how truly helpless they were when it came to the matter of supplying for themselves, now this is not just for food wise but in all areas, are we not in need of this same lesson?

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