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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You Say So

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 127 - Luke 5:4-7- You Say So - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 127 – Luke 5:4-7- You Say So – Growing As Disciples

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into 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 let down the nets.”  When they had done so, 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. Luke 5:4-7 (NIV)

My Word

Will you listen to my word? Will you go and do what I ask of you? Will you go and do what I ask even when you don’t fully understand what I am asking of you? Will you go and do what I am asking of you when you would rather not? Will you go and do what I am asking of you when it is inconvenient and uncomfortable? Will you be willing to go far out of your way to do what I am asking of you? Will you go and do what I am asking of you when you don’t think that the recipient of your efforts is worth your trouble? Will you go and do what I am asking you simply because I asked you to do it for me. I was beginning to wonder how many ways you would ask me if I would be willing to go and do what you asked of me. I just started to scratch the surface of the different ways I could ask you the same question. Would you like me to ask you more questions? No, I get your point. What is my point? You want me to tell you if there are any reasons or situations or circumstances in which I would not go and do what you ask of me. You want to know if I will follow and obey you no matter the cost. These questions and my answers are not for your benefit. You know what I will think before I think it. You know what I will say before I say it. You know what I will do before I do it. Yes, I do. You want me to ask and answer these questions now so that I will remember how I want to answer them in the future. Yes, I do.  Here is my answer. I am listening. I will go and do whatever you ask me to go and do for you under any and every circumstance. I will listen to your word. I will follow and obey your word. Use me to accomplish your purpose and fulfill your plans. Make my life fruitful for your kingdom. Help me to bring glory to your name. I am at your service. That is very good. I will make you fruitful for my kingdom as you obey my word. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, no longer will I live by my own wisdom. Instead, I will carefully hear and fully obey your word. I will take your word deep into my heart and mind and life. I will allow your word to guide my life. I will go and do all you ask of me simply because you say so. 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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You Say So

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God's Will - Luke 5:4-5 - You Say So- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Will – Luke 5:4-5 – You Say So- Growing As Disciples

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into 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 let down the nets.” Luke 5:4-5 (NIV)  

Say Yes

I have thought of myself as being an expert. The subject hasn’t seemed to matter much. I have had this attitude that I “knew it all.” My pride filled, sinful attitude made to be something like a full glass that nothing more could be poured into. I could not receive instructions. I would not follow directions. I thought that I knew exactly when and where I was going. I thought I knew exactly how and what I should do. Do your words sound pathetic to you? Yes, my words sound pathetic to me. It is embarrassing for me to admit how full of myself that I have been. It is a good thing that you are now willing to admit your pride. I’m sure of that.

What changed for you? You changed me. Life changed me. You used the error of my ways and the foolishness of my thinking to change me. How so? A pride filled, “know it all” kind of life, will always lead to brokenness. Why is that? I don’t know it all. I make mistakes. I need help. I need guidance and direction. I can’t see the future. I don’t know where I should go. I don’t know what I should do. In every way, I need your help. The brokenness of my own bruised and battered life caused me to cry out to you. I asked for your help. I asked for your wisdom. I asked for your direction. Yes, you did. How did I respond to you? You welcomed me with open arms. You did not turn me away. You did not reject my request. You meet me in my need and answered my prayer. You are now leading me and guiding me through life. Yes, I am.

Do you always follow me? Do you always do what I ask? Do you always go where I send you? No, I am sure that I have made many mistakes. I have not always followed you perfectly. I have not always done what you have asked of me. I have not always gone where you have guided me. But, it is the desire of my heart to always say yes to you. You are teaching me. You are training me. Yes, I am. You are teaching and training me to say yes to you even when I don’t fully understand. You are teaching and training me to say yes to you simply because you have said so. Will you continue to say yes to me, because I have said so, even when you don’t fully understand? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, there have been many times when I have thought of myself as being an expert. I have thought that I knew it all. What a dangerous, deceptive sinful attitude. I am not an expert. I do not know it all. I will trust and obey you. I will do what you ask. Amen

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