In God We Trust

I have tons of friends and family that love to fish. They will wake up at crazy hours to fish all day, hoping to catch “the big one”. They have family secrets, techniques and locations that they don’t share with anyone. They don’t support their families from fishing, they do it for fun. But if they have a bad day on the lake, you would think they just lost a months salary. In Luke 5, Jesus came to a lake where some fishermen had been at it all night and caught nothing. Luke 5:4-6 NKJV, “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.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.” Simon, James, and John had been fishing on their own all night and caught nothing. It wasn’t until Jesus came into their lives that they started having any success. I think the problem a lot of us have is that we don’t want to follow the advice of Jesus. We think that we can do it all on our own. We have to trust in the Lord, we have to have faith that He will lead us in the right direction. I haven’t once read or heard about anyone being mislead by God. Never have I heard anyone say, “Everything was going great until I let God into my life.” Usually it’s the complete opposite, people talk about how bad their lives were until the met Jesus. Verse 9 in Luke 5 says, “For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;” They were astonished at the work that Jesus had done for them. They put their faith in Jesus Christ and it paid off. They caught so many fish that it actually started to break their nets and sink their boats. Jesus gave them more in a matter a minutes of blind faith than they could do in a whole night by themselves. We have to stop second guessing God and just let Him have control. We have to stop being afraid of the change that God will do in our lives. For anyone reading this message that is unsure about God or may be on the fence about giving it all to Jesus. I challenge you to let God have control of your life for a solid month and tell me things aren’t better. Really let Him into your life, in all aspects, and tell me your life hasn’t improved over that short amount of time. It’s ok to not be ok. Jesus Christ didn’t come back for people that have it all together, He came back for the hopeless sinners of the world. The drunks, the drug addicts, the liars, the cheats, the sick, the poor, He came back for you and for me. Luke 5:31-32 NKJV, “Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Those words are straight out of the mouth of Jesus Christ Himself. He loves you no matter what. I encourage you to open your heart to Him. Let Him into your life. Just like Simon, James, and John on the fishing boat, you too will be astonished at what God can do for you.

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