Luke 5:4 Do What You Are Told To Do

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When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Luke 5:4

Jesus had been speaking to a very large crowd. He had chosen to get into a boat of some fisherman working on their nets, to continue speaking. When He was finished He told them to go out and try to catch some fish again. He gave them specific directions on what to do.

Simon told Jesus that they had fished all night with no success, but would do what He said to do. They caught more fish than they could handle.

People who work in a specific field do not like to be told what to do by someone who does not specialize in that field. They feel as they are the experts and no one else can help them.

This can even happen when the boss is telling them to do something different. Pride gets in the way of a lot of people following someone else’s advice. They are not willing to change their ways.

Believers in the church can also fall into this type of thinking. They can feel that they are the best at what they do and no one else can tell them anything different.

Hearing from other people and refusing to do what they say may be bad enough, but that same type of thinking also pours into a walk with God. God may tell a person how to do something in a different way, and the person refuses because he ‘knows’ what is best.

Although Jesus may not be working as a fisherman, He is the one who created the fish and the ability to catch them. As in this case with Simon, Jesus did a miracle. He made it possible for Simon to catch more fish than they could handle with doing something that was unheard of.

God may be asking you to do something different or to do something again. You may feel as though you are the expert and that it will not work, but God is the One who has true control of the situation.

Step out and do what He asks of you to do, despite how crazy it might seem to be. God can open the doors for you to catch more than you can handle, when you do it His way and in His time.

I pray today that you will hear God’s directions for your life; that you will obey what He asks of you; that you will see His results of obedience; and that many will know Jesus because of your actions.

John 21:6 Do What Jesus Says

“He said, Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some. When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.” John 21:6

After Jesus had risen from the dead and appeared to the disciples things started to go back to normal. The Peter and some of the disciples decided to go back to what they used to do…fishing. They went out in the evening and started to fish. After fishing all night, they had zero success.

In the morning, Jesus comes along and tells them to fish on the other side. They did not realize who He was, but they tried it anyways. This time they caught more than they could handle and they realized it was Jesus.

When Jesus had told them to cast their nets on the other side, they could have argued with Him. They were the fishermen, not Jesus. And what is the difference from one side of the boat to the other? Yet, that is exactly what Jesus wanted them to do and they had great success.

In life, you may be trying to accomplish something. You are trying and trying and never seem to be able to get it accomplished. It may be something simple and common, complex and difficult, either way you are not having success.

The question is are you doing it God’s way? Are you doing what Jesus would have you to do? Whose plans are you following…yours, or God’s?

The plans Jesus may have for you may sound crazy and worthless, such as casting the net on the other side of the boat, but it is what He said to do. Always keep in mind that Jesus is the One who created everything that is. He always knows what is best. He always knows the best way to do things.

Are you trusting Jesus today? Are you listening to Jesus today? Are you doing what Jesus says to do today?

I pray today that you will hear Jesus in a new way; that you will know the plans Jesus has for you; that you will do what Jesus says to do; that Jesus will draw you closer to Him; and that Jesus will use you to draw many to Him.

John 6:9 Anyone Can Be Used

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will that go among so many?” John 6:9

Jesus had been teaching for an extended amount of time in a remote location. There were about 5,000 men there, not to include any women or children. As it came to evening time Jesus asked about how the disciples were going to feed the people. They did not have any clue as to how to do it. Andrew then brings up a boy with a few loaves of bread and some fish. Jesus blesses the food and feeds everyone with leftovers at the end.

Often people come up against a situation in life that needs a solution and quickly. They look around and do not see any easy solution, while in God’s eyes, the solution is right in front of them.

God can take a very little and make it a lot. Read the rest of the story, they end up with twelve baskets full of left over bread crumbs. That is more than they started with.

In my family of just ten people, we can go through a whole loaf of bread in one meal easily. How can five loaves feed 5,000? It is by the work of God. He multiplied the loaves to meet the need.

Along with taking just a little food to feed the many, Jesus also used a boy. Most people do not even look at a child as a solution to a major food issue.

Many people also look at themselves like a child. They feel they are too small to really do anything big for God. They do not see how God can possibly use them in a real way.

Compared to God, you and I are nothing. You really have nothing of value, except giving your own self. Give God your life and you have given Him the most valuable thing available. God can then use you and what little you have to do great things.

Are you a willing little child? Are you available to God? Are you willing to give God what you have to use for His glory? Seek God today on how you can be used by Him. You may be surprised at what can happen.

I pray today that God will reveal to you how He can use you; that you will be willing to be used by God; that you will trust God with what you have; that God will work miracles through you; and that God will build His kingdom through you.

Luke 9:13 Give Them Food

“He replied, You give them something to eat. They answered, We have only five loaves of bread and two fish–unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” Luke 9:13

Jesus had been teaching about five thousand men in a remote countryside area. It was getting late and the people needed to eat. The disciples suggested sending the people home, but Jesus told them to give the people something to eat.

In this story, Jesus miraculously provided enough food for all the people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. Everyone was able to eat until they were full, and then there was some food still leftover.

Today, God may allow you the opportunity to feed some or many people with a miracle of provision. Later Jesus stated that you are to feed the poor. This was with physical food.

There is also another food that every believer can provide every person with an unlimited supply. That food is the Word of God and God Himself.

The Word of God is food to feed the empty soul of a person.

Every person is hungry for something. They try to fill their lives with things that they expect to meet that hunger need. Very often it is material things: better cars, bigger homes, larger paycheck, more fame, and much more.

Although all these things can be good, they do not really fill a person up. These things are like eating a snack of some junk food–they taste good, but don’t really satisfy in the end.

Jesus had once told the disciples that His food was doing the will of God. People in the world need to hear the Word of God and get to know who God is in order to be able to do the will of God.

Once a person does the will of God, they will be satisfied in a way nothing on this earth can ever satisfy.

Be sure that you are eating the correct food–the Words and will of God. Then, find ways to feed everyone else the food that satisfies for all eternity. Give the people you meet the Word of God. Introduce them to the Bread of Life-Jesus. Let them eat and never hunger again.

I pray today that God will reveal His Word to you; that you will fill up on the Word of God; that you will pass on the Word of God to others; that you will be satisfied with God’s Word; and that God will build His kingdom through you.

Mark 6:37-38 Give What You Can

“But he answered, ‘You give them something to eat.’ They said to him, ‘That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?’ ‘How many loaves do you have?’ he asked. ‘Go and see.’ When they found out, they said, ‘Five–and two fish.” Mark 6:37-38

Many people had been listening to Jesus teach in a remote area. Since it was getting late, the disciples suggested sending the people home to get some food. Jesus wants the disciples to feed the people.

There were about 5,000 men, not including any women or children in the crowd. The disciples immediately realized the challenge. This would cost a lot.

All Jesus asked for was what they had on hand. He did not tell them to go and buy more, but to use what they had. With just five loaves of bread and two fish they fed at least 5,000 grown men. This was a miracle of God’s provision.

Two or three men could easily finish off a loaf of bread and a fish, imagine now 5,000 men and what they could eat. After they ate, there was twelve baskets full of leftovers!

Even today God works the same way. God wants you to be a servant to others and to give to meet the needs of others. God does not ask you to give anything that you do not have. All He asks is that you give of what you have been blessed with.

The disciples must have thought Jesus was crazy when He told them to feed the people with such little food. They probably expected to feed a few and then be done quickly, but that did not happen.

As you give, you must trust God to multiply that gift and to continue to provide for your own needs. Currently, we are in the Christmas season. This is a time of giving. Are you trusting God to help you in giving? Are you giving from the heart or just to look good?

Seek God for what you need to give. Ask God to use it abundantly. Trust God to use your gift. Be willing to give the little that you have. Do not just give out of your surplus, give what God wants you to give.

I pray today that God will show you what you can do for others; that God will do a miracle of multiplication in your giving; that God will bless thousands through you; that God will provide abundantly; and that God will build His kingdom through you.