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Jesus Invites You Into The DEEPER WATERS

John 1:40-42 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.  He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ).  He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

We shall see later that Simon Peter was quite a character.  He displayed a contagious passion to express His love for God, but his overzealousness caused him to stick his foot in his mouth often.  Simon Peter is the type of apostle we easily relate to – a deep love for God and a clumsiness that caused him to stumble often.  Simon Peter is a likeable character with a short temper and a big mouth.  Jesus saw something very special in Simon Peter.  Jesus sees something very special in you too.

Peter was a fisherman by trade.  We see Peter choose to follow Jesus in the 5th chapter of the gospel of Luke.  Peter, with James and John (brothers), had just docked their boats after an unsuccessful night of fishing on the Sea of Galilee.

Jesus stepped into Peter’s boat and taught the people on the shore.  After finishing, Jesus instructed Peter, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Short-tempered Simon probably would have said to anyone else, “No way!  We have worked hard all night.  We caught nothing.  I know the Sea of Galilee better than any fisherman.”  However, there was something quite different about Jesus.  Jesus had already touched a soft spot in Peter’s heart.  This probably caused Peter, though exhausted, to withhold his anger and follow Jesus’ instructions.

Jesus’ intimate touch was awakening Peter’s soul.  God in action through Jesus touched a heart that wanted God’s heart.  Peter was trusting Jesus’ actions to drop his fishing nets into the ”deeper waters” of the Sea of Galilee.  This involved Peter having absolute trust and faith in Jesus’ words.  Though Peter was an expert fisherman and had caught nothing, he trusted Jesus to take Him at His word.  They sailed to the “deeper waters.”

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Jesus Invites You Into The Deeper Waters

  • To step out into “deeper waters” to trust Him in His love and care.
  • To step out into the impossible, to trust Him when there is nothing to see.
  • To step out into the supernatural, to walk over your problems.
  • Jesus is in control no matter the situation.
  • Jesus stretches out His hand for you to take and walk over the “deeper waters.”
  • Jesus says, “Come.  Let’s take a walk on the fears you perceive.

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In “deeper waters,” it will always be over your head.  Whether it is 10 feet or 100 feet, it is still the same.  That is why trust and faith in Jesus is what makes one successful.  Once the love of God touches your heart, you can have the same type of faith as Peter responded with.

When Jesus is given full control of one’s life, miracles happen, bondages are broken, and lives change.  This is what occurred in Peter.  Such a large quantity of fish was caught that the nets began to tear.  Both boats began to sink from the abundance of fish.  The abundance of fish is also symbolic of what lies ahead for Peter.

What occurs next is the evidence of a heart turned totally to God.  Peter knew that God performed a miracle.  More importantly, Peter saw Jesus as God and knew no person can ever see God and live.  He pleaded for mercy at the feet of Jesus.  He saw his wicked, sinful condition and needed a Savior.  Peter then said one of the most magnificent words from a repentant heart.  Luke 5:8 But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

Yes, God was molding Peter into being “a man after His own heart.”  Three years of molding were still required.  Like Peter, I pray you become “a person after God’s own heart.”  I pray you develop a heart to love Jesus above all things in your life.  I pray you receive His love, as shown on the cross.  I pray you then respond as Peter did.  Receive God’s love and forgiveness.  Then follow Jesus with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Jesus is ready to use you to share the gospel with others.  You will direct people to Jesus through your works, your actions, your experience, your heart – telling others how Jesus is making you “a person after His own heart.”  It will be Jesus in you doing His work, His actions, and His heart through you.

Jesus gave such a tender reply to Peter.  Luke 5:10 “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.” Upon reaching shore, no wonder Peter, James, and John immediately dropped everything and followed Jesus.  James and John even left their father Zebedee in the boat.  (Quite a goodbye it must have been.)

As they journeyed into Galilee, Jesus found Philip.  The gospel of John says Jesus only spoke two words to Philip, “Follow Me.” Like He has done with so many people, the person and character of Jesus impressed Philip and softened his heart.  His heart was deeply touched that he raised no objections to follow Jesus.  This is the norm that should always be when Jesus touches the heart.

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