Because You Say So

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Miracles - Luke 5:5 - Because You Say So - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Miracles – Luke 5:5 – Because You Say So – Growing As Disciples

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:5 (NIV)

Move Forward

You’re tired and worn out. I can see that. You have worked long and hard, that’s for sure. Do you want to take a break and rest for a while? Yes, you’ve got that right. What if it’s not time to rest? What if it’s time to get up and move forward? Will you obey me? Is there a battle going on in your mind? Are you telling yourself that because you’ve worked so hard you deserve a break and time to rest, even relax? Yes, I am.

Do I never let you rest? Do I always ask you to move forward when you are weary and worn out? No, not usually, hardly ever in fact. But, now is different isn’t it? Yes, it is. I know how hard you have worked and I’m asking you to not let up. Now is not the time to rest and relax. Now is the time to get up and move forward. Will you obey me now?

Yes, Lord I will obey you now. What is it that you want me to do? I want you to continue to do the work that I have already given you to do. Dig deeper, work harder, apply yourself fully to the ministry that I have given you to do for me.

Do not think that I will leave you weary and worn out. I will refresh and revive you as you follow and obey me. My power and strength will be with you. My hand will rest on you. You will have my favor with you. I will pour out my Spirit on you. You will be filled to overflowing with my Spirit. You will live the life that I have given you to live for me. I will accomplish my purposes and plan in and through your life.

As you follow and obey me you will bear abundant fruit for my kingdom and glory. You will be a witness and shine brightly for me. Others will be drawn to me through your life.

So, keep moving forward with me. Do not shrink back. Do not give yourself what you think you deserve. I have far more for you than that. Let me use you according to my purposes and plans. Follow me now. Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I have worked hard. I am worn out. Are you sure that it is not time for me to take a rest? My efforts have not born fruit. Nevertheless, I will move forward with you and do all that you ask of me. Help me bear fruit for you. Amen

Key Question… What gives you confidence to obey the Lord even when you don’t fully understand His will and ways?

Living It Out…  Be willing to humbly set aside your thoughts and experiences so you can say yes to all that the Lord asks of you.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith to follow the Lord and move on with Him even when you don’t fully understand all that He is asking of you.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has blessed your life as you have obeyed Him.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you do all that the Lord asks of you even when you don’t fully understand.

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But If You Say So

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - If - Luke 5:5 - But If You Say So - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – If – Luke 5:5 – But If You Say So – Growing As Disciples

“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” Luke 5:5 (NLT)

Because

Will you do what I ask of you? Does what I ask of you always need to make sense to you? Do you need to understand fully what I am asking of you in order for you to obey me? Will you go and do what I ask of you even when it does not seem to make sense to you at the time? Will you obey me simply because I asked you to do something for me? This is an interesting group of questions for me to consider. My quick answer is that I will obey you simply because you have asked me to do something for you. Who am I that I would think that I would need to fully understand everything before I would obey you? I am not all wise. I know in part. You know in full. I see in part. You see in full. You see the future. I can only see the past. What has your past experience with me shown you? You are likely to ask me to do things for you that I don’t fully understand. As a matter of fact, it is very unlikely that I will ever fully understand all that you ask me to do for you. Only by looking in the past have I been more fully able to understand some of what you have asked of me. What has happened to you when you have obeyed me even when you have not fully understood what I have asked of you? I have passed your test. You have helped me to obey you. Your blessing has come into my life. You have allowed me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. You have grown my faith in you. You have filled me with joy in my knowing that I have done what you have asked of me. This is all true.

When have you been tempted to not obey me? What must you be on guard against? I have been tempted to not obey you when I have been tired and worn out. In those moments I have sometimes wrongly thought that you couldn’t be asking me to do something else for you. But, I am learning that you will give me the strength to do whatever you ask of me. Yes, I will. What else? There have been times when I have set myself up as an expert. I have thought that I didn’t need any advice, suggestions and direction from anyone. At these times I have wrongly thought that you couldn’t be asking me to do something for you because it did not line up with my own understanding, expertise and experience. But, I am learning that you know far better than I what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and why it needs to be done. So, I am learning to say yes to you simply because you have asked me to do something for you. That is very good.

Lord, I know I have mistakenly set myself up as an expert that didn’t need to receive advice or direction. Forgive me. That’s over. Now, I will go and do all you ask of me. I don’t need to understand everything. All I need to know is that you have asked me. Amen

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Because You Say So

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 153 - Luke 5:5 - Because You Say So - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 153 – Luke 5:5 – Because You Say So – Growing As Disciples

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:5 (NIV)  

Obey Me

Will you obey? Don’t answer me yet. Will you go and do what I ask of you even when you do not understand? Must you agree with me completely before you will follow and obey me? Will you pick and choose when you will or will not do what I ask of you? Such an approach would not be obeying you at all. If I were to pick and choose when I would or would not obey you that would make me the guide of my own life. I cannot say that you are both my Savior and Lord if I rely on my own instruction and follow my own guidance. Such behavior would also be foolish and unproductive. Why is that? I am not all wise. I am not all knowing. I am not all powerful. Apart from you, I can accomplish nothing that will be of lasting and eternal value. Guiding my own life will lead to nothing but weariness on the way to accomplishing nothing. That’s true.

There is something else that I know. What’s that? You seldom make all the details relating to my next steps in life known to me. Why do you suppose that is? I can think of a few reasons why that is true. I’m listening. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to come to rely on you. You want me to walk in faith with you. You want me to know that you are working in and through my life. You want to accomplish your purposes and plans in and through me so that glory is brought to your name so that others come to have faith in you. For all of these reasons, you often reveal my next steps in life one step at a time. Is that alright with you? Do I have a choice? Very funny. No, you do not have a choice. Yes, it is alright with me whenever and however you want to reveal to me my next steps in life. I want you to be able to accomplish all your purposes and plans in and through my life. That’s good.

There is something else I know. What’s that? I know that you will sometimes test me. How so? You will ask me to go and do what I don’t fully understand to let both you and I know if I will obey you. You already know. But I do not. So, I’m asking you to help me to always say yes to you. Help me to always obey you. That I will do. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I know you will sometimes ask me to do what I don’t fully understand. It is not my job to pick and choose when I will follow and obey you. I go and do whatever you ask of me. Give me your power so I will be able to accomplish your purposes and plans. Amen

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