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HOW FAR DOES OUR FAITH GO?

July 12, 2018

 

Ephesians 3:20  Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

 

Do we 100 percent really believe this? How far does our faith go?

 

How do we miss out on this scripture that He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we ask or think? Does it have to do with our faith?

 

What happens when you go fishing with Jesus?

 

John 21 

Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

21 Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee.This is how it happened. 2 Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples.

3 Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.”

“We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night.

4 At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was. 5 He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?”

“No,” they replied.

6 Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it.

7 Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. 8 The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards from shore. 9 When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread.

10 “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said. 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore. There were 153 large fish, and yet the net hadn’t torn.

12 “Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.13 Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish. 14 This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead.

 

Whatever God gives to us, it won’t be something that we can’t hold or handle…just like the net that wouldn’t break or tear.

 

Why is it so hard for us to believe there are 153 fish waiting for us?

 

If God gave us the universe and created all things for us to live on planet earth, why would He withhold any good thing?

 

Psalm 138:2  I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.

 

God keeps His promises because His name is written on them.

 

Why do we doubt His character when things get tough or things don’t seem to be working smoothly as they should?

 

What should our attitude be when we come up against an obstacle? What should be our game plan?

 

When we have a negative or diminished view of God it is like wearing the wrong glasses for our eyesight. What we see may not be reality or correct. This gets us tumbling down into a valley or canyon where we are the ones trying to figure out how to climb ourselves out of there. We forget we have a Shepherd who gives us hind’s feet on high places and leads us beside still waters.

 

Psalm 18:33 He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,
And sets me upon my high places.

 
Psalm 1

1 Oh, the joys of those who do not
    follow the advice of the wicked,
    or stand around with sinners,
    or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
    meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
    bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
    and they prosper in all they do.

 

What a promise to us as believers! If we delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night we will bear fruit each season, our leaves will never wither and we will prosper in all that we do!

 

Here are more blessings from God! We receive favor!

 

Psalm 5 But let all who take refuge in You be glad,
Let them ever sing for joy;
And may You shelter them,
That those who love Your name may exult in You.
12 For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord,
You surround him with favor as with a shield.

 

What a gift, to have favor of the Lord and for God’s blessings to come our way!

 

Being righteous means being faithful to God.

 

Luke 16:10 “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. 11 And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?

 

God wants our focus and heart to be on the true riches of heaven.

 

I saw a pillow on line that said “Enjoy the little things.” I remember years back when we were in Hawaii picking up a rental car. In the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of three or four young men that had just rented a red convertible mustang. While we were ready to drive out of the parking lot, I saw them all standing around taking pictures of themselves in and out of the car. This went on for at least a half an hour. They got so excited about this red mustang that Hawaii didn’t even matter. This was their little thing. Talk about stretching your vacation dollars. But to them it was the best time they ever had.

 

So sometimes those little things are ways God is trying to say, “Don’t miss this blessing I’m giving you. It may look small to you, but it is bundled in a package that you haven’t seen yet.”

 

How can we step out of a place of doubt into a place of incredible faith?

 

We need to be guided by our Shepherd’s staff. God’s Holy Spirit is like our staff to guide, lead, teach, instruct and comfort. If we tune out God’s Holy Spirit then we can’t be surprised if we find ourselves in a ravine crying for help from our Shepherd. God’s Holy Spirit lives in a believer who is truly born again.

 

From Quora: A second essential piece of shepherding equipment is a shepherd's staff that is long and slender with a crook on the end. When tired, a shepherd leans on the staff or uses it to return a lamb to its mother. He'll bring timid sheep closer to him or guide the flock into new pasture or through a gate. The staff frees sheep from bushes or lifts them out of water when they stray too far and get into trouble.

 

Sheep regularly see the shepherd use the rod and staff to protect, guide, lead, and get them out of jams. They're familiar with the care he provides and learn to depend on him for their safety.

 

How do we receive the blessings and favor of our Shepherd? Do we trust His leading and guiding us in all things?

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