Devotional #07

Sending love!

Oh! How I’ve been looking forward to sharing this with you. This text has been ministering to me constantly over the past few weeks, I hope you’ll be encouraged and learn something.

Today, we’re breaking down Luke 5:1-11 …it’s going to be good! This chapter records Jesus’ calling of the disciples to ministry. However, we’re going to let it speak to us in this day and time. Let’s …

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

Luke 5:1-2

Now, we know God to be sovereign and available to all. It is easy for us to think of Him as a busy guy, imagining that He takes care of the entire universe! We see a similar scenario in the quoted verses. Jesus is surrounded by the multitude in desperate need to hear from Him. The fishermen must have thought to themselves that He was too busy to notice them, but He did! He saw their boats and noticed that they had left to go and wash their nets — a sign that they had given up on fishing for the day.

I am willing to bet that there things we’re about to or have given up on. Someone is washing nets and has left their boat because Jesus is seemingly too busy to notice them. But I have good news…

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 multitudes from the boat.

Luke 5:3 NKJV

Jesus sees you! Not only that, He is always ready to meet you at your point of need. Wait, there’s more… your boat/situation is useful! Don’t be too quick to disregard your story or your experience — it is necessary. Jesus will teach others from it. Your experience may not be a lesson for you, but a place from which God will speak and reach out to others. He sat and taught from one of the boats that the fishermen had left earlier.

Side note: bear in mind that a boat is a means of transportation.

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.”

Luke 5:4-5

Yes, your experiences may be useful to helping others but therein lies your purpose too! When Jesus is done speaking to others from your boat, He will address you too. This text was life changing for me because it clarified that when Christ meets steps into your life, He doesn’t do superficial things. He deals with us from the depths of our being, like He invited the soon-to-be disciples to let down their nets (I would say let down their guard). Will you let Him in? It’s all about opening up to Him…

The problem is that we’re quick to give reasons why we can’t let Him in or get intimate with Him. It’s easy for us to point out everything else that is going wrong. The fishermen did the same, nothing new under the sun! However, they listened. It is important for us to listen to what God is saying to us in every season and situations. When He steps into your boat, listen to Him.

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 5:6-7

Once you open up to Christ and act on the instruction of His word, life changes! He will break cycles, chains, ideas, walls, false defences… you name it! He is in the business of going beyond our expectations. Your nets (your guard or expectation) has to break in order to make room for Him. Your boat is not your destination, but only a mode of transportation to where God is taking you. Once Christ takes up space, everything else starts to fade! Yes, you got it — the sinking boats.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken

Luke 5:8-9 NKJV

As everything fades, we begin to see how much we need Christ. Simon Peter is humbled by what he sees when Christ goes deeper with them. A true encounter with the word of God and Christ — leaves you humble and a changed person.

For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”

Luke 5:9-10

When Christ comes into your life and you give your boat to Him and listen to His instruction, it will affect those around you. A city on a hill cannot be hidden! As great as this is, it is also terrifying. Functioning in the supernatural is a big deal! Jesus knew this and He made sure that He reassured Simon Peter and company.

His reassurance is not ordinary. It comes with a promise! Jesus promises you and I a better life. Instead of being fishermen — He made Simon Peter and company fishers of men!

So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him

Luke 5:11

Phew!!! There it is, the ultimate result. Forsaking everything for Christ. He seeks to meet our every need provided that we let Him in.

He notices us when we think He isn’t. He meets us where we are. He uses what we have. He calls us deeper and addresses our concerns. He breaks away things that don’t serve us anymore. He humbles our souls. He reassures our hearts. He gives a promise to our spirit.

Why not surrender to such goodness?

42 Comments Add yours

  1. Love love this ❤️

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      Thank you mama 😊😊😊

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  2. Thank you for sharing this wonderfully uplifting and inspirational! Blessings.

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      A pleasure! Thank you for passing by Lance 😊 please call again

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      1. It is a wonderful pleasure, my friend. I will be doing so… Blessings.

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      2. Moreblessing says:

        😄😄😄

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  3. Yes sis. He indeed notices us and I love the part you mentioned that He uses “our experiences as our purpose” (paraphrased). Those things we may see as our inadequacies, He indeed uses these for a greater glory if only we would hand over our lives to Him – His in exchange for ours. 💯
    Thanks for sharing and shedding more light on these verses. 🤗

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      🤗🤗🤗
      My pleasure to share and enjoy it with others! There’s so much God wants to do in our lives — as long as we’re willing to giving Him what we have 😄

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      1. Smiles. Yes sis.
        As long as we give Him room to act. 📝

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      2. Moreblessing says:

        🤗🤗🤗

        Like

  4. Adeola says:

    Such mind-blowing and brain boggling goodness 🙌🙌 This is awesome! God bless your heart ma’am ❤️

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      Thank you Adeola 😁😊 you too!!

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  5. Maurice says:

    This is a very powerful scripture that my friends and I discuss very often. We are seeking to gain this and that but Peter and those men when the opportunity came to be wealthy they forsook earthly wealth to gain heavenly wealth. If they had continued as fishers their names would not be calling today. Let left the task of fishers to become fishers of souls

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      Thank you Maurice! True, Christ holds a better promise 😄

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      1. Maurice says:

        Amen. His promises are real my friend

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  6. Nancy Ruegg says:

    AMEN: “Why not surrender to such goodness?” We are so silly to balk at the ideas of submission, commitment, and obedience when God is offering us such GOODNESS at every turn through our lives. Also appreciated this point: “Your experience may not be a lesson for you, but a place from which God will speak and reach out to others.” We never know how God might use our experiences to minister to those around us. If we keep that truth in mind, we position ourselves for Him to use us all the more effectively. Thank you for a thought-provoking post, More Blessing!

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      Thank you so much Nancy!
      It is a pleasure to share and learn together with you 😄
      May we always be rightly positioned for Him to use us 😊

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  7. Perth Girl says:

    A very encouraging post. I was blessed reading it. There were so many good points to take from here. Thank you sharing 💙.

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      Thank you 😊 it’s a joy to share with you!

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  8. realchange4u says:

    Someone found out God love’s them. When we really know he cares about us (me). We surrender and abide in him. This story told it all. A love story like no other. I am still wrapped in that blessed assurance. Thank you for the devotional that was bubbling over in you.

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      😊😊😊
      Thank you ! Glad to share with you.

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  9. kinge says:

    Thanks for sharing and for the interpretation in relation to our daily lives. Very helpful

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      My pleasure 😇 thank you for your readership! Please call again 😊

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  10. inspirechief says:

    Such powerful and wise words. This is so beautifully written. You have a gift for expressing your thoughts and sharing them with others. I’m glad I read this early. It is a wonderful way to start my day. Thank you for sharing. Stay safe.

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      😊😊😊
      Thank you very much! I am glad you found it helpful. Enjoy your day

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  11. Great message, thank you

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      😄 you’re welcome!

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  12. Wonderful insights here! Thank you 🙂

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      A pleasure to share with you ☺️

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  13. Rhen Laird says:

    I love how you relate “letting down the nets” to “letting down their (our) guard”. I’d never heard this before, but it definitely strikes a heart chord. Thanks for visiting my blog so I’d know to come over here and have a look 🙂 Very nice indeed to meet another Sister! May God bless you so Abundantly ❤

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      Thanks for coming by Rhen😁 it is nice to meet you too.

      I’m glad you related to the post too 😊

      Like

      1. Rhen Laird says:

        Definitely–you’re welcome! ❤

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  14. Joel Abakah says:

    Wow! You spoke to me.
    I think I’m guilty when it comes to thinking God is too busy to notice me. But like my father likes to say, never give up on God ’cause he’ll NEVER give up on you. Thanks for reassuring my faith💚🙏

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      Humbled! My pleasure to serve in this capacity — He sees you!

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  15. gr8ful_collette says:

    Thank you for this beautiful breakdown. So much wisdom!💕

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      Thank you for dropping by! Please call again 😊

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  16. Hamish says:

    Amen! God is there if we only listen to His word. Jesus guides us if we last day our lives and follow.

    Thank you for sharing. 😊

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      His Word gives us access to who He is! Indeed 😊 my pleasure

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  17. Faithful post=John 10:30 (KJV)
    “I and my Father are one.” -Jesus

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