Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Bon Voyage (09/05/05)
TITLE: Launch Out
By Pastor Rich Brown
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God is going to speak, and what He tells you to do is going to be so stupid…it won’t make sense in the natural mind…but you can’t lose sight that what is happening is spiritual. In the text, Jesus is speaking to the crowds from Simon’s boat. Jesus had just seen Simon washing his net (which is a symbol of failure because they had caught nothing all night, he was washing it because he had given up) like many of you who have given up on what God already told you because you thought that it was supposed to come in a certain time period. But anyway, after Jesus finishes speaking to the crowd he turns to Simon and tells him to “launch out into the deep…” This seemed absolutely ridiculous to Simon because he knew that Jesus knew that he had been there all night and caught nothing. He was tired and weary and was ready to go home. In looking at the text, I wonder if Simon really had a clue that Jesus already knew all of the antics and semantics that he was spewing forth. I mean, this is Jesus, like He was being told something He didn’t already know?? This is what we often do in the body of Christ. Complain and cry as if God doesn’t already know our situation. We wonder why He didn’t move earlier when it was more convenient…convenient for who? We wonder why He allowed us to go through all the mess we went through and you think that He should have stepped in a little sooner don’t you? I understand, I felt the same way, but I had to come to an understanding that God is God and He won’t ask for our input, permission or opinion. He can only get the glory through our suffering. How we go through our suffering experience is going to play a heavy role in the platform that God uses to take us into our promise. You see, that’s why we’ve been having to cut folk off from us…because the crowd couldn’t fit into the boat…just one or two covenant people can go and those are God ordained/chosen people…it’s got nothing to do with you.
Understand this, this is the reason why God has been ratcheting up the fire for the past year! He’s been clearing away the riff-raff and yes, it’s been tight! You didn’t understand why it hurt so bad, why the fire was getting so intense, why you had to rid yourself of certain friends and acquaintances…certain jobs…etc. You didn’t understand, but you just had to go with the flow because I can’t say that we understood or even believed it half of the time, but He was doing all this because what He’s about to do. WOW…if you could only see what I see!!!!!!
What God’s about to bring you into is so great that the wrong people being connected to you would just about abort the blessings and favor of God. The wrong people would attach themselves to the blessing and would run the risk of falling down DEAD, physically and spiritually! This is the dimension that God is ushering us into in just a few days. Allow Him to finish weeding out those casual acquaintances that aren’t about anything…give Him the access to come in and have His way in your life. Looking back at the text, we find that Simon’s obedience…didn’t bless the crowd…but the others who were positioned in boats around…were blessed because of Simon’s obedience. There are others who you may not even know that are in the same place as you are right now…who will be blessed because of your obedience.
THIS IS THE DIMENSION THAT GOD IS TAKING US INTO…IN JUST A FEW DAYS…NOW STOP HESITATING AND LAUNCH OUT INTO THE DEEP. YOUR PAIN IS FOR HIS GAIN!
I don’t know all the people who will read this…but this Word is for those who have been hearing a different sound. This is not a word for a particular church or anything of the sort. This is a word to the body of Christ for those who are sick and tired of the regular and want something that is against the norm. If you would dare to step out on faith and believe God at His word, His favor and anointing will equip you with everything that you need to accomplish His will. Your decision today will effect the next three to four generations, with that said…Bon Voyage!!! Prepare yourself, because anything can happen now!
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