No matter how many needs there are – God sees me. Every single tear I have cried was not wasted. God knows each and everyone. He knows the requests we have not even prayed yet. His eye is on ME!
Matthew 5: 1-11 MSG
5 1-3 Once when he was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret, the crowd was pushing in on him to better hear the Word of God. He noticed two boats tied up. The fishermen had just left them and were out scrubbing their nets. He climbed into the boat that was Simon’s and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Sitting there, using the boat for a pulpit, he taught the crowd.
4 When he finished teaching, he said to Simon, “Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch.”
5-7 Simon said, “Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.” It was no sooner said than done—a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity. They waved to their partners in the other boat to come help them. They filled both boats, nearly swamping them with the catch.
8-10 Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell to his knees before Jesus. “Master, leave. I’m a sinner and can’t handle this holiness. Leave me to myself.” When they pulled in that catch of fish, awe overwhelmed Simon and everyone with him. It was the same with James and John, Zebedee’s sons, coworkers with Simon.
10-11 Jesus said to Simon, “There is nothing to fear. From now on you’ll be fishing for men and women.” They pulled their boats up on the beach, left them, nets and all, and followed him.
It can be upsetting that God sometimes asks you to do the impossible. That useless place in your life (that you wonder why God let this happen) – that is what God will use! He sets you up for a situation where you will not ‘catch any fish’. Allowing an empty place in our life that we cannot fill – is a set-up to make room for Him. In His sovereignty, He is leaving space for His feet in the boat: the God Margin!
For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.
Isaiah 55:8 AMP
If you will do what you can, God will do what you can’t!
Love is not a feeling, it’s a choice. Act it and your feelings will catch up. Navigating your life, you can hear the voice of God. The Holy Spirit abides in you but you are guided by the Word of God. Don’t think you need someone to connect you – dive into the Word yourself. Reading the Word yourself – you learn Him and His personality and you allow Him to speak to you! The Holy Spirit illumines the Word of God to leap off the page into your heart and mind.
Once you KNOW God, it will be very apparent when someone say something outside His word. You learn to discern His voice. Once your hear the voice of God, you will be ruined for church as usual. Come expectantly – that you can and will hear the voice of God. When you know what the enemy believes about you (how afraid he is of Christ in you), you face your battles in a different way. Some of us have an uphill battle when we get home. The way we face it makes all the difference. The victory has already been given to us. The battle is not bigger than our God! Know who you are in Christ. “Holy Swagger!”
The 5 Ps of Bible Study
1. Position yourself to hear from God.
Find a place to meet with God (in silence and solitude). Your car ca be your sanctuary! Or your desk at work… arrive early and sit quietly and still for 5 minutes before you start your day.
2. Pore over the passage and paraphrase the major points.
To pore over is not scanning. Read it three times. Engage by imagining yourself in the situation of the person in the Bible verse. You practice the presence of God, sometimes in the quiet and sometimes in the noise. i.e. While doing your chores, you can practice your 1-2 verses.
3. Pull out the spiritual principles.
What does this scripture mean? What does this teach me about God? about His personality?
“The more you know God, the more clearly you can hear God!” ~Henry Blackaby, author of Experiencing God
God graciously uses our mistakes to help us know how to hear him better.
4. Pose the questions.
Do I act like I believe what I have just written down? The conviction of the Holy Spirit is what you want (not the condemnation of the enemy). Condemnation says, you will never get out of this. Conviction says, you need revelation and I will help you.
5. Plan obedience and pin down the date.
Why do we not strategize about our obedience in faith? Plan a date to see it through. God doesn’t speak to be heard, He speaks to be obeyed.
When using the 5 Ps strategy: don’t just choose verses at random – choose a book at a time and don’t rush. Suggested resources: “Can We Talk?” series and “SEED” pack 1 and pack 2 (arranged by topics).
Four Things to embed in our hearts and minds!
1) Be Fearless
The children of Israel were surrounded. Doesn’t mean you won’t feel fear, but you won’t wallow in it. Stand in confidence on the Word of God (300+ places in scripture say, ‘do not be afraid’). The spirit of fear is not from God, but from the enemy. Ask yourself – why is the enemy working that hard to put fear in me over this? There must be something pretty important that God is doing in my life. We should not be afraid because there is a father who loves us.
2) Be Still
Resist the flesh – do not lean on your own understanding. Ephesians 6:14 Stand your ground. Standing requires resolve – plant your feet.
3) Be Watchful
See what God will do – so that you will remember. There is something to be thankful for right now. He is doing little miracles every day. Fear causes you to forget the goodness of God. Build a track record of faith – by keeping your eyes open. Watching God do big things gives you confidence.
4) Be Quiet
Every word that comes out of your mouth – give the enemy words to fight you with. Be quiet! Our words are power!