“I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” – Heb 13:6 NET
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us!
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more they can do. But I will warn you whom you should fear: Fear the one who, after the killing, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!”
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things about you falsely on account of me. Rejoice and be glad because your reward is great in heaven.”—“But I do not consider my life worth anything to myself, so that I may finish my task.”—I will speak about your regulations before kings and not be ashamed.
Rom 8:35, Rom 8:37, Luke 12:4-5, Matt 5:10-12, Acts 20:24, Ps 119:46
“Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.”
— Luk 5:4
We learn from this narrative, the necessity of human agency. The draught of fishes was miraculous, yet neither the fisherman nor his boat, nor his fishing tackle were ignored; but all were used to take the fishes. So in the saving of souls, God worketh by means; and while the present economy of grace shall stand, God will be pleased by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. When God worketh without instruments, doubtless he is glorified; but he hath himself selected the plan of instrumentality as being that by which he is most magnified in the earth. Means of themselves are utterly unavailing. “Master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing.” What was the reason of this? Were they not fishermen plying their special calling? Verily, they were no raw hands; they understood the work. Had they gone about the toil unskilfully? No. Had they lacked industry? No, they had toiled. Had they lacked perseverance? No, they had toiled all the night. Was there a deficiency of fish in the sea? Certainly not, for as soon as the Master came, they swam to the net in shoals. What, then, is the reason? Is it because there is no power in the means of themselves apart from the presence of Jesus? “Without him we can do nothing.” But with Christ we can do all things. Christ's presence confers success. Jesus sat in Peter's boat, and his will, by a mysterious influence, drew the fish to the net. When Jesus is lifted up in his Church, his presence is the Church's power-the shout of a king is in the midst of her. “I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me.” Let us go out this morning on our work of soul fishing, looking up in faith, and around us in solemn anxiety. Let us toil till night comes, and we shall not labour in vain, for he who bids us let down the net, will fill it with fishes.
~ Charles Spurgeon ~
In Jesus' Name, I Pray God's Will for You Today
I pray that your relationship with God will grow deep and strong. May you recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit more and more each day. May you mature in your faith, experiencing the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. May you no longer be an infant tossed back and forth by the waves of hardship, or blown off course by the winds of false teachings. I pray that you will be able to discern the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. May you continuously grow in the Lord, and lead others closer to Him.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.