United Pentecostal Church Mannheim
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Message from the Monthly Flyer from January 2008

“…nevertheless at Your word I will “

Text: Luke 5:4-6 “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.

The experienced fishermen worked the whole night through and did not catch anything. Whilst others were sleeping and taking a rest, they were hoping in vain for a catch and ended up returning with empty nets. All their effort was for nothing – this was nothing new to them.

Now they were busy cleaning their nets. Afterwards they would go back home with the disappointing news: “We didn’t catch anything!” The people who would come to them early in the morning to buy fish would be sent back home empty-handed. Then Jesus comes along and a great crowd of people are following him. Jesus goes and sits in the boat belonging to Peter and teaches the crowd about obedience to the Word of God. Everyone is quiet and listening to Him. Never before had they heard such words. Jesus gets our of the boat and says to Peter, “Let down your nets.” “What,” thinks Peter, “this is a carpenter from Nazareth and he is telling us experienced fishermen to let down our nights at noontime? No, at this time of the day, it’s not possible to catch fish, even the small time fisher knows that. Nobody would go out this time- it’s just too late. Peter thinks, “We have already tried and that was at the best time of the day; we have done our best. He does not understand how anything could still help the situation. He thinks, “We’ll have to go out again tomorrow evening.”

Often we do not understand why we are going through certain things.
Although Peter had no faith, he says, “…nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.“ Here is the key, although he did not think that it was possible, although he did not believe in a miracle, he obeyed the Word of Jesus. There is something about these words of Jesus which causes Peter to do something.
It is evident that faith was not necessary in this case, just being obedient to the Word of Jesus was what counted.
“Master, because you said so, I will do it. Whether it will work or not, I haven’t got a clue. However, because you said so, I will do it.”
They all do what Jesus says and go out again; however, this time their nets are so full like they have never been before. A miracle has taken place and they are all witnesses of it.
No one will believe them when they say that they made their greatest catch ever at this hour of the day. What a miracle!

We all desire to have a miracle take place in our lives. Yes, it is true: miracles can only take place in your life through obedience to the Word of God. Luke 18:1 "And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint...;"

It is important to say this: Lord, because you said so, I will continue praying, because you said so, I will continue hoping, because you said so, I will continue believing. At Your Word, Lord, I will do what You say.” It might be the case that you have never experienced a miracle before. They also would never had experienced one, if they had not followed the Word of Jesus! Many people miss their miracle and do not notice it because they do not pray sincerely to Jesus, they do not want to give up their sin and are not obedient to His WORD. How is it with you, it does not have to be that way! Do what HE says and you will experience miracles! rw

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