Friday, 23 March 2018

Launch Out!

Scripture: Luke 5 v 4 - 9:  "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."

This portion of the Word could be labelled 'Nothing ventured, nothing gained!'  People have fallen into a habit of waiting for God to do something, when He is actually waiting for us to launch out so He can respond.

We want to line up with God's promises and stretch to meet His expectations. Its a time to boldly go where you have not ventured before, spiritually speaking.

We have been filled with the Holy Spirit and His anointing is fresh every morning. He wants us to launch out into the deep of the Spirit of God and discover the excitement of new revelations and new directions that open us up for growth in the knowledge of God.

We have seasons of growth and seasons of quiet. In 
Spring when everything is fresh and new fruit trees are full of blossoms and we too should be blossoming and bringing forth new life.  Seeds that have been germinating through the cold and dark of Winter, are warmed by the Sun and manifest their green shoots.

These are the answers to our prayers that seemed to have faded out of sight of God.  We all go through spiritual winters at any time of the physical year.  We worry and doubt when God does not immediately respond, but He does His quiet work on those situations until the blessing and joy are ready to spring forth.

We have this life of Christ manifesting within us. Jesus in our heart is changing us to be like Him. Our part is to have faith to believe we can be like Him. We often have just a carnal sense of our abilities and neglect that we are spirit beings that have a soul and body.

Our spirits were dead before Jesus came in and we were born again. Our spirits came alive but they need to be exercised. They need muscles and boldness to reach the heights Jesus has for us.  Our spirits are seated in Christ in heavenly places - Ephesians 2 v 5 - 6: "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 
 6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:"

When Jesus told Peter to launch out to bring in a load of fish, Peter complained that he had fished all night and caught nothing. Jesus must have smiled at that and laughed when Peter brought in a huge catch.

When we launch out under Jesus direction expect healings, miracles and prophecies for the power of God is at work to become a testimony of Jesus' abilities as He works through us to bless others. Its like when Summer comes and the fruit is ripe and ready for picking. That becomes fruit for the Kingdom of Heaven.

In the Autumn the leaves change colour and begin to fall.  This is a time of pruning in the Body of Christ.  The Lord allows a number of seasons to go by before He removes the dead wood.  He spends time and effort on every soul that calls on His name but some are stubborn and unyielding.  They could be blocking others who are willing to submit, learn and grow, so the Lord sadly lets them fall back into the world of sin.  He remains ever ready to welcome home the prodigal sons and daughters with a feast of good things.

Prayer: Heavenly Father our zeal for You is pouring forth. We are ready to launch out to gather in the harvest of lost souls needing a home. Direct our steps in the way we should go. In Jesus' name. Amen.