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To launch out is to send forth or release something. Deep means reaching or advancing far down, for example, a deep dive. In Heb. 11:1 the Bible says "Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen". Heb. 10:38 also says "The just shall live by faith". This message is based on a story in Luke 5: 1 – 11. Part of the story reads thus in NLT: “[1]One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. [2] He noticed two empty boats at the water's edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. [3] Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. 

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In the previous message, we discussed the place called hell and it's purpose. In Mark 9:43-48, we read that hell is a place of pain, torment and lamentation and that it is not the will of God for anyone to end up there. The Bible in the book of Revelations describes for us the place called heaven. It is the dwelling place of God and that is the place He desires for all mankind to live with Him in eternity. Now that we know that Heaven is a glorious place and is the place that our God wants to be, the next question should be - What should I do to get there? The answer the Bible provides is that we should occupy till The Lord comes back again. Jesus told some parables in order to answer this question. In Luke 19:12-13 the Bible says, "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come". Jesus also told a similar parable in Matthew 25:14-30. Verses 14 and 15 read as follows "For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey".

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In the previous message, we discussed the place called hell and it's purpose. In Mark 9:43-48, we read that hell is a place of pain, torment and lamentation and that it is not the will of God for anyone to end up there. The Bible in the book of Revelations describes for us the place called heaven. It is the dwelling place of God and that is the place He desires for all mankind to live with Him in eternity. In Revelation 21:2-4, the Bible says "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Now that we know that Heaven is a glorious place and is the place that our God wants to be, the next question should be - What should I do to get there?

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In Judges 6: 11 – 14, the Bible reads “And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abi–ezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee”? (Judges 6:11-14 KJV)               

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In the previous message, we discussed the place called hell and it's purpose. In Mark 9:43-48, we read that hell is a place of pain, torment and lamentation and that it is not the will of God for anyone to end up there. The Bible in the book of Revelations describes for us the place called heaven. It is the dwelling place of God and that is the place He desires for all mankind to live with Him in eternity. In Revelation 21:2-4, 21-26 the Bible says "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. ...... And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it"

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As we live our lives every day, we must always remember that we are here for a purpose: to live our lives for God. We are here to represent God and to be about our Father’s business until He comes. The devil does not want us to succeed, therefore he will do everything he can to distract us. Those who are successfully distracted by the devil end up in hell, a place reserved for the devil and his fallen angels. God does not desire for us to end up in hell, but to spend eternity with Him in heaven. That is why we have to be sober and be vigilant daily so that we can recognize and resist the devil whenever he comes to attack us through deception. 

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The lyrics of a song I love say in part "Are you standing in need of a miracle today? Even doctors don't what to do about your case. Our God is able to make a way where there's no way. God is still doing great things". The lyrics of this song speak to the situation of the woman with the issue of blood we read about in the Bible. The scripture says in Mark 5:25 "And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse". For twelve years this woman went from one physician to another. Her hopes of getting well kept rising and falling; She suffered many disappointments in hands of doctors. To make her situation worse, she spent all her income on her medical bills and there was no improvement. 

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To launch out is to send forth or release something. Deep means reaching or advancing far down, for example, a deep dive. In Heb. 11:1 the Bible says "Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen". Heb. 10:38 also says "The just shall live by faith". This message is based on a story in Luke 5: 1 – 11. Part of the story reads thus in NLT: “[1]One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. [2] He noticed two empty boats at the water's edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. [3] Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. In these first 3 verses, we see how Jesus came on the scene to fulfill His divine plan for Simon’s life. When your set time to receive your miracle comes, you will catch the attention of the King of Kings. In Mk. 10:46-52, Blind Bathemeaus received his miracle when he met Jesus. In 1Samuel 1, Hannah received her miracle at Shiloh. For us to receive our miracles, however, we must be willing to leave our comfort zones like the blind man and Hannah did. As a church, for us to fulfill God's divine plan for us we may have to leave the shore of our sanctuary and launch out into the deep to reach out to lost souls on the streets and in the by-ways.

1. The Role of Faith: In the situations of life, we have to exercise our faith and launch out into the deep. In v.4, Peter did. “Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught”. The only way we can keep our vision alive is by launching out into the deep.

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The last conversation Jesus had with His disciples before He went back to heaven was known as the great commission? In Matthew 28:18-20 the Bible says "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen”.  From this scripture, it is clear that the disciples of Jesus and every Christian have a mandate: to teach the word of God to all nations, and to baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In other words, the mandate of God for us is to be a witness.        
1. Who is a witness? A witness is a person present at some event and is able to give information about it. A witness is a person giving sworn testimony. A witness tells all he has seen. A witness is a person whose existence attests or proves something. 

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We all, like new things but unfortunately, many of us are carrying old glory. We can excite people with old glory and not inspire them. If we do not inspire, we will expire.           
In Isaiah 43:13 the Bible says "Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it? (Isaiah 43:13 KJV)".         
Our God reigns from everlasting to everlasting. He is the same yesterday today and forever. God wants us to forget the old glory and expect something new. God wants us to grow from glory to glory. The glory of ten years ago should be different from the current glory.     

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