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12/02/2013 - Don’t give up: if the struggle is big, the victory if even bigger

Pr. Jayme de Amorim

In Luke, chapter 5, the fishermen had given up fishing that day because they had worked all night long for nothing. Even though they made much effort, they didn’t catch anything. The beloved Master then shows up, and He needs Simon’s boat. Things would soon begin to change.
The Lord Jesus entered the boat, asked them to put it a little out from shore, and then, using it as a pulpit, started teaching the people from the boat. When He had finished speaking, He told Simon to put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch. Simon could have objected, because He was a professional fisherman, and not an adventurer. Instead he only commented, 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 today, who is already washing their nets?! Maybe that woman who has given up being a mother, or a man who has given up being a father, because they have tried to all their lives and failed. Maybe it’s someone who has been praying all their life to be healed by faith, and nothing has happened. Maybe it’s someone who has always wanted to have their own business, but have continuously failed. Others fail at their emotional lives, at a personal project, and even at their ministry calling. The truth is that there are many people giving up the things that could be blessings.
Let’s pay attention to the message: (1) the Master entered the boat; let Jesus enter your life. (2) He was teaching; let Him speak to your heart, pay attention to the preachings, because that’s when the Lord teaches–but we’re not always paying attention. You know when we’re listening to a message and we get distracted?! Well, the Lord was trying to teach us something, and we lost it. That’s how we give up something good, and think God didn’t want that in our lives.
Issac was an example of faith, because he prayed 20 years for his wife, Rebecca, to get pregnant. Think about that man’s struggle. Each month, he would wait with his wife until the end of her cycle, and nothing. That is, until they received the good news.
My friends, stop washing the nets; go back to the boat and pay more attention to the teachings. Then pray, and let down the nets, because the struggle may be great, but the victory will be bigger.
When Jesus is the Lord, when He is in command, things work. Pray–to be a mother, a father, a businessman, to be healed, to be happy, or for any other blessing–always at the Lord’s Word, under His order, with His teachings in your heart.
Until next time! May your nets be full of fish, and may the Lord Jesus be glorified in your lives.
In Christ,
Jayme de Amorim

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