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Posted on September 28, 2014 21:24
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2014


Deaconess Feyi Okulate 

(Luke 5: 1 – 11)


Introduction: 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.
2. The Role of Obedience: God may have given some of us instructions or told us what we need to do, but we have refused to leave the shore and refused to launch into the deep. Brothers and sisters until we make up our mind to launch into the deep we will not receive the blessing.         
3. The Role of Trust: We have to trust God in every situation. Prov. 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. [6] In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”. Hannah trusted God, the woman with the issue of blood for 12years did, Daniel and his friends did. Because of our long wait for God’s promise to come to pass, we can lose faith in God and refuse to do what He expects us to do. God knows that you have been toiling but He wants you to continue to trust in Him. In His time, He will do what He has promised. “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Hab. 2:2). Eccl. 3:1 says “To everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”. Obedience is key in our walk with God. Simon obeyed Jesus and said “nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net”! When they obeyed God and let down their net, the disciples caught a great multitude of fish that their net broke. Brothers and sisters when you obey God you will reap the fruit of obedience. The disciples caught an overflow of fish when they launched out into the deep. As a church when we launch out into the deep, we will catch an overflow of souls.        


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