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If You Say So

When Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Take the boat into deep water, and put your nets in the water to catch some fish.”

Simon answered, “Master, we worked hard all night trying to catch fish, and we caught nothing. But you say to put the nets in the water, so I will.” When the fishermen did as Jesus told them, they caught so many fish that the nets began to break. They called to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and filled both boats so full that they were almost sinking. Luke 5:4-7

When have you prayed something like this when God has guided you to make a particular decision? God, I hear what you’re saying, but I have to say that I don’t think it will work. I’ve tried already. I’ve been patient. Nothing has happened. But if you say so, I will.

Or have you been more stubborn and explained to God why something wouldn’t work, not adding the additional commitment to yield to his instruction?

Simon trusted Jesus. He obeyed even though it didn’t make sense to him. It was more important that he follow Jesus than do it his own way. His rationalization didn’t cause him to ignore Jesus. He took the focus off the solution and placed it firmly on the one who was giving the solution. He might not have trusted the solution, but he trusted the solution-giver.

When has someone given you advice that you ignored because you were confident it wouldn’t work? When has someone given you advice you thought might not work or would be uncomfortable for you but you followed it anyway because of the respect you had for the person?

When people have proven themselves trustworthy to us, we’re more likely to listen. When we prove ourselves as trustworthy, others are more likely to listen – even when what we suggest goes against what someone thinks will work. Of course, we as humans aren’t always going to have the right answers, so we have to discern whether or not the advice given matches with God’s Word and his character. When it does, we can proceed. Even when we’re not sure but can find nothing that conflicts with God’s Word and character, we can at least proceed with caution. God is trustworthy. Build trust in relationships he is bringing into your life.

Take a trust inventory. Who in your life is consistent with God’s Word? How consistent are you? You don’t need to isolate yourself from those who are inconsistent. After all, we all have faults and are growing. However, be discerning. God will guide you as you invest in relationships.

Why do some live in captivity?

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Take heed ( listen and pay attention. )

Isaiah 59:2-9
But your iniquities have made separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. For more.  your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue mutters wickedness. None sues or calls in righteousness [but for the sake of doing injury to others–to take some undue advantage]; no one goes to law honestly and pleads [his case] in truth; they trust in emptiness, worthlessness and futility, and speaking lies! They conceive mischief and bring forth evil! They hatch adders’ eggs and weave the spider’s web; he who eats of their eggs dies, and [from an egg] which is crushed a viper breaks out [for their nature is ruinous, deadly, evil]. Their webs will not serve as clothing, nor will they cover themselves with what they make; their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; desolation and destruction are in their paths and highways. The way of peace they know not, and there is no justice or right in their goings. They have made them into crooked paths; whoever goes in them does not know peace. [Rom. 3:15-18.] Therefore are justice and right far from us, and righteousness and salvation do not overtake us. We expectantly wait for light, but [only] see darkness; for brightness, but we walk in obscurity and gloom.

Amazing grace. Past amazing

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I’m found.
Was blind but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Then when we first begun.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I’m found.
Was blind, but now I see