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Here's a thought for Sept. 14

September 14, 2012
By the Rev. Grant Blomberg , Marshall Independent

Open Door Assembly

For the past couple of weeks we have been in a series about how God is able to do more than we could ever imagine. I know that we all think that but when it comes right down to it, do we really have the faith to believe that God is able to do the impossible?

In Luke 5:1-11, we have the story of when Jesus used Simon Peter's boat because the crowd was pressing in on him so much that he had to borrow his boat to continue teaching. As Peter and his partners were cleaning their nets from the fishing trip they had been on the night before, Jesus asks him if he would be able to use his boat. Now you have to remember that Peter and his friends were professional fishermen. When you fish for a living and you come home with nothing it is a disappointing day. So when Jesus asked Peter to push out into the deep and lower his nets, Peter's faith was not at the point that fish were going to start jumping in the boat. He knew that there weren't any fish out there to be caught. He just wanted to get the nets clean and go to sleep. As Peter began to take the nets back up from letting them down he started to pull and they didn't want to come up. So he stood up in the boat to get some leverage and with every muscle in his body he began to pull up the nets. These nets were not empty, but they were so full that the fish were flopping out the top. As he began to put the fish in the boat he began to get nervous that he wasn't going to make it back to shore cause the boat was about to sink. The catch was so large that he had to ask his friends to come and help with the catch. This is where the faith moved into Peter and he expresses his heart. VS 8-9, But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus' feet, saying, "Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!" For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken, their faith had been shaken and they knew that Jesus wasn't just a man but he was the Messiah.

The greatest part of this Scripture is in the last verse. 11, When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him. Talk about faith. They just caught the greatest catch in their life. All they know is how to fish and they leave everything that they have worked for and all of their material possessions behind to follow Him. If you are a fisherman today, you know how much money it costs to have all of the equipment to catch fish. They saw something that was more appealing and more profitable than anything they have ever done in their entire life and they followed him.

Are you willing to give up everything that you have worked for and all the material possessions that you have collected to follow Christ? This is a question that we need to ask ourselves if we want to see the impossible happen in our lives. God wants us to surrender everything to him just like Peter and his friends. He doesn't just want a portion of our lives but he wants us to be willing to give it all. When we surrender all we will start to see the miracles happen in our lives like we have never seen before. I guess my challenge for us, and this includes me, is to try it. To surrender everything and see what God is going to do.



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