Contend earnestly for success
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.’ – Proverbs 3:5
Jesus said to Simon: ‘Launch out into the deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because You say so, I will’… When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break’ (Luke 5:4-6 NIV). Notice two principles in this story:
1. God will use failure to get our attention. Peter was tired, empty-handed and disappointed when Jesus spoke to him. And He will speak to you through a rocky marriage, a child you’re about to give
up on, or a job that seems too hard. He doesn’t want you to run from your problems, He wants you to learn from them; to discover the difference He can make in your situation when you invite Him into it.
2. God can take you back to the place of failure and give you success. We assume that because we weren’t successful at something, it wasn’t God’s will. But often the truth is, we failed because we relied on our own strength instead of His. When Jesus spoke, the fish responded. The Bible says: ‘They caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink’ (vv.6-7
NIV). God is not limited by your circumstances, He’s only limited by your unbelief. When you obey Him, you’ll discover He has a level of abundance in mind that will exceed all your expectations.
Father, I thank You that I can rely on Your strength. Thank You for the failures that have caught my attention and have broken and humbled me to bring me closer to You. To rely on Your goodness for my life. I know that in my own strength I can’t fix my marriage, or help my children turn to You. But when You speak, it will cause
things to change. It will bring a failure to a success! It will bring emptiness to overflowing in abundance. You are more than enough for me. You give me joy and blessing in abundance. I no longer rely on my own methods, on my own tuition and on my own strength. As You spoke and caused the nets to be full, I know that when You speak a word to me, it will change the course. You know my needs and know how to provide for me. It is in my failures, weaknesses, and inabilities where You show Yourself strong. I thank You that whatever is impossible in the natural is possible with You. Fill my heart today with renewed hope. Give me new dreams and visions. Provide a fresh revelation of Your love for me and a fresh experience in Your anointing for my life. And thank You for providing all of my needs according Your riches and glory in Christ Jesus. Amen.
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