|NEVER THE LESS, I
WILL AT THY WORD!
- Luke 5:1-11 (KJV)
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, 2 And
saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone
out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 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. 4 Now when he had left
speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let
down your nets for a draught. 5 And Simon answering said unto
him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken
nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 6 And
when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of
fishes: and their net brake. 7 And they beckoned unto their
partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come
and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that
they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at
Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O
Lord. 9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at
the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 10 And so was
also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners
with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth
thou shalt catch men. 11 And when they had brought their ships
to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
In this sermon
outline we find that sometimes even if our head knowledge says no to
the task before us, we take God at His Word and Promises. Romans
8:31 (KJV) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us,
who can be against us? We then can say with Paul in Philippians 4:13
(KJV) I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
I. Jesus borrows the boat.
A. God wants to use what we have, even if is small.
1. Does God need our tithe and offerings?
a. He wants to multiply what we have.
b. Give and it shall be given unto you.
c. The disciples want to catch fish. They gave
and we will see they received abundance.
B. What does Jesus do first with the boat?
1. He preaches from it. He gives out the Word.
- Romans 10:17 (KJV) So then faith cometh by hearing, and
hearing by the word of God.
II. After Jesus preached the Word, He told them to 'LAUNCH OUT'.
A. Sometimes we have to do something different.
B. Peter may have thought, Lord, you are a good preacher, but you do not
catch fish in a net in broad daylight. You do it at night when they
cannot see the net and get caught in it.
C. The impossible becomes possible when God is in it.
1. God's way is always the best way.
III. Then even the greater test, cast out the net.
A. This may have seen foolish but they had to put faith in action.
1. We do this when we act on God's Word and do what He says
2. The devil will lie to us and say it is foolish to ask,
believe and put our faith into action.
IV. What happened
when they took Jesus "AT HIS WORD'?
A. A great harvest was theirs.
1. Never had they caught so many fish.
2. Obeying God can bring a harvest.
3. Their vision was changed.
a. It was enlarged. They became fishers of men.
V. Take God at His Word and see what can happen!
A. You can become a new person. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) Therefore if any
man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.
B. All things are possible. Mark 9:23 (KJV) Jesus said unto him, If thou
canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
C. He can save, heal and deliver today. 1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) Who his own
self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead
to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were
Remember Luke 6:38 (KJV) Give, and it shall be given unto you; good
measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall
men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete
withal it shall be measured to you again.
This is a principle in the Kingdom of God. The disciples acted on
Jesus Words and had a harvest. Act on God's Word and you can be
saved, blessed, healed and have your life changed.
God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades
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