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Come and Eat!

Twice Jesus told fishermen where to cast their nets to catch fish. The first time happens at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Matthew and Mark touch on it but Luke 5 describes the event in better detail. The second time is in John 21 when Jesus appears to his disciples for the third time after His resurrection. There are some very interesting contrasts between the 2 events. I think the first describes work, while the second describes rest. The differences between law and grace. Life before the cross vs. life in the resurrection. Let’s take a look.

Luke 5:1-11
“So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to PUT OUT A LITTLE FROM THE LAND. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 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. So they SIGNALED to their partners in the OTHER BOAT to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they BEGAN TO SINK. When Simon PETER SAW IT, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “DEPART FROM ME, for I AM A SINFUL MAN, O Lord!” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken ;and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they FORSOOK ALL and FOLLOWED HIM.”

John 21:2-13
“Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “CAST THE NET ON THE RIGHT SIDE of the boat, and you will FIND some. ” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon PETER HEARD that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and PLUNGED INTO THE SEA. But the OTHER DISCIPLES CAME in the LITTLE BOAT (for they were NOT FAR FROM LAND, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. Then, AS SOON AS they had come to land, THEY SAW a fire of coals there, and FISH LAID ON IT, AND BREAD. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the NET WAS NOT BROKEN. Jesus said to them, “COME AND EAT breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then came and TOOK the BREAD AND GAVE IT TO THEM, AND LIKEWISE THE FISH. ”

In Luke 5 we see that Jesus tells the fishermen to move away from land, launch into the deep, and let down their nets for a catch. We see the fishermen had “toiled” all night, their nets broke, they signaled for help, they filled both boats, and their ships began to sink. When Peter “saw” they were sinking he fell to his knees and begged the Lord to “depart from me, for I am a sinful man.” They then “forsook all and followed Him.”

After the resurrection there seems to be a much different tone. John 21 describes that the fishermen were “not far from land” and to cast their net on the right side of the boat. The right side, or right hand, in many regards symbolizes a place of honor or authority. There, Jesus said they would find some fish. Jesus uses the word “catch” in the first account which seems to imply hunting, to take, capture alive, while the word “find” used here means to come upon after searching or by chance. Their net was not broken. Help came without being signaled for. They dragged the net behind a “little” boat, yet it didn’t sink. Peter “heard” it was Jesus vs seeing the boat sinking, and he plunges into the sea toward Jesus! Then, AS SOON AS they made it to land, they see FISH already COOKING ON A FIRE, and BREAD! Jesus simply tells them to “come and eat!” He took the bread and fish and GAVE IT to them.

When we trust in our own effort, everything is more difficult. Our doubts and our failures surface. We have to ride further, launch deeper, toil, hunt down, and when our nets break and ships sink, we see ourselves as failures and sinners and we try to separate ourselves from God.

When we see what Jesus has accomplished through His resurrection we are able to trust that He has given us all things pertaining to life and godliness. When we trust His finished work we don’t have to go deep or call for help. Notice how Peter ditched the catch for his source and there was still fish and bread ready for him to enjoy! He saw himself as a brother to Jesus, not someone who needed to perform. Jump in with trust in His faithfulness. We can learn to rest in Him, be content with what we have, and know we are taken care of. So come and eat!

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Inception of the Father’s Love

In the movie Inception, the most pivotal scene is when, during a dream, a business man sees his father on his deathbed and hears his father trying to say he was disappointed. The son says “I know dad, I know that you were disappointed I couldn’t be you.” The father stops him and says “No, no, no… I was disappointed that you tried.”

At that point, the idea was conceived that continuing in his father’s billion dollar empire was not ultimately what his father wanted. He only wanted his son to be himself and know his father loved him no matter what.

Your heavenly Father made you in His image and you are perfect in His sight. You are just like Him because He made you that way. Not because of something you did, because there is NOTHING you can do to be like Him. You are already His son and He loves you regardless. He wants you to be you!

Maybe this idea could be “incepted” in all of us. Daddy loves us just the way we are. 

 
 

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Servanthood or Sonship 

The prodigal son felt unworthy and chose to serve the Father.

The older son felt worthy because he served the Father.

What was important to the Father was for His children to know that He loved them unconditionally and that they enjoy everything He has given them.

Your sonship iinfinitely 
more valuable than your service. 

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2017 in Inspirational, spiritual

 

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Adam’s Spiritual Death 

When did Adam die spiritually? I will contend that Adam died spiritually before he ate fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In other words, eating the fruit was “the fruit” of his already perceived separation from God. 

Remember, Adam ate from the tree thinking he could become like God forgetting that he was already made in the image and likeness of God. He attempted to become something that he already was. He didn’t have to become like God because God made him who he was. Just as God says “I Am Who I Am”, Adam simply was who he was because God made him that way, perfect. There was nothing Adam could do to add to his image. 

When Adam ate that forbidden fruit, he was essentially acting upon what he already wrongly believed was true about himself; that he needed to be like God. 

Jesus said “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27‭-‬28

He was saying to those who trusted in the law, that they have learned that breaking the law meant to act upon their lust when in reality they broke it when they entertained even the thought of  it. 

In the same manner God commanded  Adam not to eat from that tree because he would surely die, but Jesus’ teaching shows that it wasn’t the act of eating that caused his separation from God but the very idea and false belief  that he was separated in the first place, and THAT was when he died.

To “know” your wife biblically is to become one with her. Eternal life is to be ONE with God. Jesus put it this way, “And this is eternal life, that they may know (be one with) You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3. You have been made ONE with God. Any attempt or belief to become something the Father has already made you is spiritual death. All we can do be a reflection of what God has already made us. 

 
 

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Adam Was Up To Know Good

Adam was so obsessed with knowing what was good, healthy, beautiful, and wise that it led to the fall of mankind. Adam walked innocently with God in the garden. His nakedness was never a thought until he ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We cannot know good without simultaneously learning evil. Adam desired to be like God forgetting that he was already made in God’s image and likeness. When Adam ate from the tree he immediately KNEW he was naked, he covered HIMSELF, hid HIMSELF from God’s presence, and upon hearing God’s voice was afraid and ashamed of his own nakedness. Adam’s nakedness didn’t change God’s mind about Adam, Adam changed His mind about God. He now saw God as a judge of good and evil rather than a loving Father. God never even considered Adam’s sin and asked him “who told you that you were naked?” in other words “who told that you sinned?” It wasn’t God who saw Adam as naked, he was always naked! It was Adam who saw Adam as naked. Adam didn’t lose His sonship, he lost his mind! God never intended for us to relate to Him in terms of good and evil or right and wrong. When we do we judge ourselves and as a result see God as judging us. We were designed to walk innocently with God whether we are clothed or not. Don’t eat from the wrong tree. Pursue life and truth and love and the fruit of it will be all good.

 
 

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The Faith OF Jesus 

Ask yourself. Do you think your faith would be stronger if you had the faith of Jesus instead of your own? If so, there’s good news! 

The Bible says you died with Christ and it is no longer you who live but Christ who lives in you. Therefore the faith you exercise and operate in is not your own but the faith OF Jesus. 

The NKJV’s translation would lead you to think it’s about you and YOUR faith IN Christ. 

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith IN the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 NKJV

But looking at the King James and the Young’s Literal Translation and you’ll see this in a whole new light. 

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith OF the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 KJV

“with Christ I have been crucified, and live no more do I, and Christ doth live in me; and that which I now live in the flesh–in the faith I live OF the Son of God, who did love me and did give himself for me;” Galatians 2:20 YLT98

Check out this verse too;

“knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith IN Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith IN Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. Galatians 2:16 NKJV

But it wasn’t YOUR faith in Christ that justified you. It was HIS faith that justified you. 

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith OF Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith OF Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Galatians 2:16 KJV

“having known also that a man is not declared righteous by works of law, if not through the faith OF Jesus Christ, also we in Christ Jesus did believe, that we might be declared righteous by the faith OF Christ, and not by works of law, wherefore declared righteous by works of law shall be no flesh.” Galatians 2:16 YLT98

So if you’re struggling with whether the faith you have is sufficient. The answer is YES! Believe and know that HIS faith IS your faith. HE is the author and finisher of your faith. Don’t just have faith IN Jesus, exercise the faith OF Jesus!

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Inspirational, spiritual

 

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A Cain and Abel; The Lesser Known Story


We’re all familiar with Cain and Abel. At least the part where Cain kills Abel. But there is another short story about them prior to that incident that doesn’t get much attention and that’s probably because we don’t really understand why it happened the way it did. It has to do with the offerings the brothers brought the Lord. 

Have you ever wondered why Abel’s gift was respected and Cain’s wasn’t? The bible doesn’t really say. The new testament says Cain’s works were evil and Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice through which he obtained witness that he was righteous. That’s about all we know, but what does that even mean?

“Abel was a keeper of sheep and Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry and his countenance fell.” Genesis 4:2-5

Now it comes as no surprise that God was obviously distracted and gazed upon this perfect firstborn lamb that was offered to Him. Sound familiar? I imagine He was daydreaming. But no offense Cain.

They both brought offerings of the fruit of their labor, so why respect one and not the other?

When we give a gift to someone out of love, we don’t expect anything back in return. We are not giving to gain favor with them or get something from them. Acceptance of the gift is appreciated but not required. We simply give because we love or care. 

What happens when we don’t give out of love? We give to gain respect, recognition, love, acceptance, attention, favor, or to please. When we receive none of that in return, we become hurt, angry, sad, jealous, etc. 

“So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you DO well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not DO well, sin lies at the door.”

So much of our time is spent TRYING to please God. DOING things to be accepted and loved and blessed by Him. That does NOT get God’s attention. Why? Because you’ve always had His attention. You have always had His love and acceptance. You have always had His favor and He’s always been pleased to call you His own. 

Cain is like the prodigal son’s brother? He was angry and told his father “many years I have been SERVING you; I NEVER TRANSGRESSED your commandments, and YET YOU NEVER GAVE ME…”

What did the father tell him? “Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours!”

The root of Cain’s problem was not his offering. It wasn’t even his sin. His sin was only the result of wrong believing. He thought he could gain something from God that he already had, righteousness. 

We too, need to rest in knowing He already loves and accepts you and there’s nothing you can do to earn that or change that.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2017 in Inspirational, spiritual

 

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