THE BLESSINGS OF THE SECOND INSTRUCTION | Luke 5:1-5 |
"And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught"
Fishermen usually wash their nets when work is over and the day's task is accomplished. These two men were washing their nets in frustration. They had no take -home. Their labour had been effortless. They have given up.
Have you laboured effortlessly?
Have you been expecting more than pleasure each time you go to Jerusalem with your husband? Are you yet expecting seed? Are tears wetting your pillow? Is your business not yielding fruits?
Are you giving up? Are you tired of trying?
Peter must have wondered how he (skilled and experienced fisherman could get it wrong. What didn't he do?
What are you going through? Husband issues, children issues, your work, business, finances, health, expectations?
Are the wondering where you got it wrong? Beyond physical things, how about spiritually?
Are you burning out spiritually?
Are you getting tired? Has your prayer altar turned cold? Have you stopped praying, fasting, praising and worshiping God and spending quality time in study, meditation and devotion?
Hear the word of God:
"The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.
".....Keep the fire burning on the Altar continuously. It must not go out.
God expects you to present your body a living sacrifice; not a dead sacrifice. He doesn't want dead worship - your lips are worshiping but your mind is elsewhere. He doesn't desire dead prayers. Is your mind open to the prayer you are praying or are other things running through your mind even as you pray? What kind of sacrifice are you bringing to God? Is the Spirit of God yet fervent in you?
Eli's sight went spiritually dim. He was no more seeing or hearing God. God had to send word to him through Samuel.
"And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; That the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.
5 KEY POINTS TO NOTE FROM THE LAUNCH OUT INTO THE DEEP
| Luke 5:1-5 |
1. THE FISHERMEN WERE WASHING THEIR NETS; meanwhile God had a need. Jesus needed a pulpit to preach the gospel to win souls into the Kingdom.
"And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
2. JESUS SAW TWO SHIPS BY THE LAKE; not just Peter's ship. You are not alone in whatever tribulation you're facing. You are never the only one. Don't kill yourself. Do you think your own marital issues the worst? What do you know about what others are seeing and their own marriages?
The good news over your situation is in the promise of God:
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world".
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble".
There will always be times of need but God is for you. He is your portion if you believe in Him.
Between the two ships at the shore, why did Jesus choose to enter Peter's ship?
3. He knows your name including every single hair on your head. He knows your issues. He knows when it it's time to come to your aid. He will never be late by His timing. He knows where you live and where to locate you at anytime - day or night. He knows your every detail and the set and appointed time to visit you. He will enter into the ship of your life and sit and change your story.
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
He is so close - even when you don't realise it.
"And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
He will have mercy upon whom He will have mercy. His mercy is His prerogative. God will show you favour regardless of the ups and downs of previous years. You will see His mercy, favour and grace.
4. THE FIRST INSTRUCTION.
"And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
It had not been long since Simon Peter met Jesus. Here was a man (Peter) who toiled all night, tired, frustrated, hungry and had nothing to take home to his family. He couldn't have been in a good mood and could have been short tempered at the time. Then come’s Jesus, handing him instructions to take his boat back into the waters that he spent a cold night in for nothing!
What is the state of your heart? How does your mood dictate and determine what you say and do at any point in time? Is your frustration determining your responses? Is that horrible situation beginning to affect your delivery?
Peter did not embarrass Jesus by words or action. He could have misbehaved but he did not. He obeyed, nevertheless. Would you obey?
Jesus needed a pulpit to perform his assignment of preaching the gospel for reconciliation of men with God.
"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
"If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
There at times that it is so difficult to obey. Yet, would you want to eat the good of the land? Would you obey?
God is faithful.
John's Vision of Jesus
Jesus came to fulfill purpose. He obeyed unto death. From Heaven He took on the assignment to come and die to redeem mankind from sin and death. His assignment was settled in Heaven. He obeyed to the very last.
"And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
Peter received the first instruction and he obeyed. What is your own first instruction?
For Peter, the first instruction and obeying it, allowed Jesus to work to accomplish Kingdom task for which he came. The second instruction was for Peter to launch out (activate) and bring in his testimonies.
There is always a first instruction to fulfill God's need. The second instruction is for you to reap and bring sheaves behind you.
"Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
"Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
The first instruction establishes the fulfillment of His purpose. The second instruction comes with tremendous blessings and lets you into His abundance. The first instruction is about God. The second instruction takes care of you. When you feel like giving up and washing your net, always know that:
5. YOUR WAYS ARE NOT GOD'S WAYS
| Genesis 1:2 |
Issues at Creation And The Ways of God
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
The Word of creation tackled the issues of chaos at the beginning, not in the order that they presented (as man would have done - 1, 2, 3 - earth without form, void, darkness). Instead, He went about it differently and changed the order of action to solve the issues in the order of 3, 1, 2. (Darkness, structure and form, provision and infilling).
It takes HEARING FROM GOD to know exactly how God wants His instructions carried out.
COMMON HINDRANCES TO OBEYING THE INSTRUCTIONS OF GOD - 4 DIFFERENT KINDS OF PEOPLE
But how can you hear the first and second instructions if you don't know how to hear God speak? How will you know what God is saying if you're not relating with him in fellowship? Can you identify the very voice of God?
Many have turned and gone away from God because they said:
- "I can't hear God. I don't know what He saying".
- "Too many voices are speaking to me. Which one is right?"
- "I know what God is saying but I am afraid".
- "I know what he wants but I don't know how to go about it".
Which category do you fall in concerning your assignment from God? What is the way out?
--- Pastor (Mrs) Seun Jooda