Monday, April 21, 2014

"A Step Into Agreement"

Now so it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and He saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets.

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 multitude from the boat. Now when He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "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. 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. Luke 5:1-7
The thing that the Lord would have me share with you today has to do with the words "At Your word I will." Peter spoke these words in answer to Jesus telling him to go out to the deep water and throw out a net. These are the words that held the answer to a miraculous change in all their circumstances. They went from a place of complete lack to a place of over abundance in a moment all because Peter spoke them. They weren't great words of faith but rather a few simple words spoken out of obedience. The truth is they were actually spoken in the midst of other words that revealed both his doubt and his hopelessness, "we have toiled all night and caught nothing." Translation to today's vernacular, "Been there, done that, tried that, it didn't work, it can't be done." and in truth while they were spoken from that place of doubt they were also linked with another word which spoke of his obedience. That word was simply the word, "Master." And here is the thing as I see it, one always hears the voice of ones master and is obedient to do His bidding, no matter what. Even if it is something that has been proved useless. The Master's bidding is all that is necessary.

Did you know that Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God? Romans 10:17 Peter's circumstances changed from a place of toiling and hardship in a moment in time because He heard the words that Jesus spoke and he was obedient to them. In that moment of  'at Your word I will' he put himself into agreement with the words that were spoken by his Master and faith was born. Faith came to Peter's heart. He not only heard with his ears but declared in his heart, 'Master, at your word I will.' Faith comes when we act on the words we hear him speak and despite what we see with our eyes we trust that His word will come to pass! Peter put action to his declaration. He launched out and dropped his net. The result, a catch that almost sank two boats and the birth of a 'fisher of men.'

In their minds they were finished for the day. They had toiled and fished all they were going to. They had left their boats and were washing the nets to put away. Jesus had other ideas, a different plan. For Jesus the day wasn't over yet! For Jesus your day isn't over yet either! And just to make this clear, this is a word for all the Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers out there who have toiled and toiled and toiled and you are just plain tired of toiling. Your ready to give up but the Lord would say to you, "Your day is not over yet. Get up, Go back out. Cast another net and get ready for the miraculous! Get ready for the possibilities to open up!" Peter spoke the words, "At Your word I will." and experienced the miraculous! Will you?

It only takes a one word, spoken by the Lord, to take you into the realm of 'possibilities!' Peter
answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." So Jesus said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on water to go to Jesus. Matthew 14:28-29 Jesus spoke only one word, the word "Come." and at that one word Peter got out of the boat walked into the realm of the 'all things are possible.' Why, because he calls Him, Master and Lord. Because at the bottom of his heart is this declaration, "At Your word I will!" He walked where Jesus did and in a way that no one else has because his hearts cry was "Lord, tell me and I will." Even when it was a single word and it meant something as impossible as walking on water.
Jesus said, "For assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17:20

So, the question remains, will we, like Peter, respond with, "At your word I will?" Will we step into agreement with our Master and speak to mountains? Will we be a people of faith; hearing His word and responding with actions that reveal our heart towards our Master? Will we launch out into the deep for the catch of our lives? Will we get out of the boat because His word to us is "Come."

Will we take a walk with Him into the realm of "Possibilities?" Will we take a step of faith by taking a step into agreement with His word? Will we declare, "All things are possible!" and "At Your word, I will!"

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