A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, July 29, 2013
“When He [Jesus] had stopped speaking, He said to Simon [Peter], ‘Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.’ 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.’ And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.” – Luke 5:4-6
“When Jesus had stopped speaking.” The revelation behind these words consumed me. Our rest begins when we stop toiling in our own effort and let the Word of God do the work! When we let the Word do the work, we rest in Him.
How many of God’s children read the Word of God, but yet do not allow God’s Word to settle the matter? Do you allow the words spoken by the Author of your life to settle the matter for you on your finances, your marriage, your children, your employment, your health, and everything else in your life? Or do you try to settle the matter, like Peter did, which resulted in toiling all night. Do you rest in God’s Word, His Truth, or do you toil in your own ability, which will fall short every time?
God Himself assures us that He watches over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). The Great Author and Finisher of our faith has already established for all eternity that “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11).
Do you believe Him, my brother? Do you trust Him, my sister? Are you sure, my family? Faith believes what God said. It is that simple—that straight forward. You don’t have to work yourself up into lather and throw yourself onto the threshing floor to operate in faith; in fact, that’s foolishness, because you are once again laboring in your own flesh.
Do you believe what the Father has said concerning you? That you shall live and not die? (Psalm 118:17). That He knows the plans He has for you, plans to prosper you and to not harm you, to give you hope and a future? (Jeremiah 29:11). That by Jesus’ stripes you are healed? (Isaiah 53:5). That everything you touch will prosper because He has made you the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath? (Deuteronomy 28:8, 12-13). In God, every promise is ‘yes’ and ‘amen!’ (2 Corinthians 1:20). Do you believe Him? How deeply do you trust God to meet your need? Are you moving from toil to trust, by going deeper in the Father by way of the Son?
Peter had been working hard all night and caught nothing. He had been “toiling,” which is kopaio (pr. kop-ee-ah-o) and means “to feel fatigue, work hard, labor, be wearied” (Strong’s). Peter had been toiling, which means to work in his own strength. And in fact, nighttime was the best time for fishing, so when Jesus said to go back out; not only was Peter challenged because He caught nothing, but because if he caught nothing at night, when it was prime fishing time, then how was he going to catch anything in the daytime?
But here is the difference, my brothers and sisters: Jesus said to Peter “Launch out.” The difference is in the launch. Do you launch yourself, or do you launch out in Christ? The Greek word for “launch” as spoken by Jesus here is epanago (pr. ep-an-ag-o), which is “superimposition of time, place, order, etc.” According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, to “superimpose” is “to place or lay over or above something.” This time, Peter was superimposing the Word of God onto his endeavor! Now that he heard the Word of God, he believed what the Father had spoken. So this time, he was not going about his initiative, situation, and circumstance in his own strength; but by the superimposition of God Almighty!
The Apostle Paul knew this truth and lived it as he proclaimed “But He [Jesus] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
And here is something really cool that the Lord showed me. Jesus told Peter to let down his ‘nets’ (plural); but if you pay close attention to what Peter did, he let down his ‘net’ (singular). Peter was still skeptical. But even out of his skepticism, he was still obedient. Yes, he was too skeptical to take all the nets, but not skeptical enough where he still took one. It was in that one net of obedience that God honored him and filled his net to overflowing!
Even when our faith is weak, if we still act out of obedience, in some small way that God can use, His grace and mercy will fill in the gap, and more than make up the difference where we have fallen short, and still bring about the promise. God is so good, isn’t He my brother? God is so kind, gentle, and gracious. Do you believe that, my sister? Then let’s give Him a big shout of “AMEN!”
Father, thank You for Your Living Word, which is found in Your Son. Thank You for being such a Merciful Father. Stir up faith and obedience in us, Oh God, so that we act on Your Word, we rest in Your Word, and we are obedient to You. We thank You, that when we fall short, we need only to repent and be confident in Your Grace and Mercy which more than makes up the difference, and you count us as faithful because of the Blood of Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we believe what You have spoken. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to believe what God has said about you, and regarding every area of your life. Choose to dive deep into His Word each and every day—morning, noon, and night. Choose to decree and declare over you, your family, your life, and your situation, those truths that God has spoken. And continue to fight the good fight of diving past toiling to trusting the Father; for God, your Divine Safety Net, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.