Obedience Changes Everything

  • June 23, 2021
Wednesday 23

Luke 5:8-11

Yesterday we read that Peter said yes and then let down his nets. And today we see how the soon-to-be apostle’s plans were irrevocably changed. Fishing was put on hold, and Peter became a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Obedience to God never disappoints. Jesus filled Peter’s empty nets with an enormous catch and made him into a “fisher of men.” God can do this with our finances, relationships, or
any other area of our life—but He does so in His way and for His purposes.

Obeying God makes His power evident in our life. Peter’s “yes” allowed him to witness a miracle. He could have looked at his to-do list and said, “I’m too busy,” or he could have pointed out that he was a fisherman and knew better. But Peter agreed and witnessed the power of God—first in that boat and later in his own life.

Obedience helps us understand God and ourselves. Having seen the miracle of the full nets, Peter gained fresh insight into who Jesus was and, by contrast, how he himself was a sinful man. Eventually, he came to acknowledge Jesus as the Christ (Matt. 16:13-17).

What is God asking of you today? Listen carefully, say yes, and watch what He accomplishes in and through you.

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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!"

9 For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken;

10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men."

11 When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"

14 And they said, Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets."

15 He said to them, But who do you say that I am?"

16 Simon Peter answered, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

17 And Jesus said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

1 God be gracious to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us-- Selah.

2 That Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations.

3 Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.

4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness And guide the nations on the earth. Selah.

5 Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.

6 The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us.

7 God blesses us, That all the ends of the earth may fear Him.

1 Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered, And let those who hate Him flee before Him.

2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked perish before God.

3 But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God; Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.

4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, Whose name is the LORD, and exult before Him.

5 A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.

6 God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

7 O God, when You went forth before Your people, When You marched through the wilderness, Selah.

8 The earth quaked; The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

9 You shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God; You confirmed Your inheritance when it was parched.

10 Your creatures settled in it; You provided in Your goodness for the poor, O God.

11 The Lord gives the command; The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host:

12 Kings of armies flee, they flee, And she who remains at home will divide the spoil!"

13 When you lie down among the sheepfolds, You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver, And its pinions with glistening gold.

14 When the Almighty scattered the kings there, It was snowing in Zalmon.

15 A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.

16 Why do you look with envy, O mountains with many peaks, At the mountain which God has desired for His abode? Surely the LORD will dwell there forever.

17 The chariots of God are myriads, thousands upon thousands; The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness.

18 You have ascended on high, You have led captive Your captives; You have received gifts among men, Even among the rebellious also, that the LORD God may dwell there.

19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation. Selah.

20 God is to us a God of deliverances; And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.

21 Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies, The hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds.

22 The Lord said, I will bring them back from Bashan. I will bring them back from the depths of the sea;

23 That your foot may shatter them in blood, The tongue of your dogs may have its portion from your enemies."

24 They have seen Your procession, O God, The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.

25 The singers went on, the musicians after them, In the midst of the maidens beating tambourines.

26 Bless God in the congregations, Even the LORD, you who are of the fountain of Israel.

27 There is Benjamin, the youngest, ruling them, The princes of Judah in their throng, The princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

28 Your God has commanded your strength; Show Yourself strong, O God, who have acted on our behalf.

29 Because of Your temple at Jerusalem Kings will bring gifts to You.

30 Rebuke the beasts in the reeds, The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples, Trampling under foot the pieces of silver; He has scattered the peoples who delight in war.

31 Envoys will come out of Egypt; Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.

32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord, Selah.

33 To Him who rides upon the highest heavens, which are from ancient times; Behold, He speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice.

34 Ascribe strength to God; His majesty is over Israel And His strength is in the skies.

35 O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God!

1 Save me, O God, For the waters have threatened my life.

2 I have sunk in deep mire, and there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and a flood overflows me.

3 I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; My eyes fail while I wait for my God.

4 Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; Those who would destroy me are powerful, being wrongfully my enemies; What I did not steal, I then have to restore.

5 O God, it is You who knows my folly, And my wrongs are not hidden from You.

6 May those who wait for You not be ashamed through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; May those who seek You not be dishonored through me, O God of Israel,

7 Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Dishonor has covered my face.

8 I have become estranged from my brothers And an alien to my mother's sons.

9 For zeal for Your house has consumed me, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.

10 When I wept in my soul with fasting, It became my reproach.

11 When I made sackcloth my clothing, I became a byword to them.

12 Those who sit in the gate talk about me, And I am the song of the drunkards.

13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, O LORD, at an acceptable time; O God, in the greatness of Your lovingkindness, Answer me with Your saving truth.

14 Deliver me from the mire and do not let me sink; May I be delivered from my foes and from the deep waters.

15 May the flood of water not overflow me Nor the deep swallow me up, Nor the pit shut its mouth on me.

16 Answer me, O LORD, for Your lovingkindness is good; According to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me,

17 And do not hide Your face from Your servant, For I am in distress; answer me quickly.

18 Oh draw near to my soul and redeem it; Ransom me because of my enemies!

19 You know my reproach and my shame and my dishonor; All my adversaries are before You.

20 Reproach has broken my heart and I am so sick. And I looked for sympathy, but there was none, And for comforters, but I found none.

21 They also gave me gall for my food And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

22 May their table before them become a snare; And when they are in peace, may it become a trap.

23 May their eyes grow dim so that they cannot see, And make their loins shake continually.

24 Pour out Your indignation on them, And may Your burning anger overtake them.

25 May their camp be desolate; May none dwell in their tents.

26 For they have persecuted him whom You Yourself have smitten, And they tell of the pain of those whom You have wounded.

27 Add iniquity to their iniquity, And may they not come into Your righteousness.

28 May they be blotted out of the book of life And may they not be recorded with the righteous.

29 But I am afflicted and in pain; May Your salvation, O God, set me securely on high.

30 I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving.

31 And it will please the LORD better than an ox Or a young bull with horns and hoofs.

32 The humble have seen it and are glad; You who seek God, let your heart revive.

33 For the LORD hears the needy And does not despise His who are prisoners.

34 Let heaven and earth praise Him, The seas and everything that moves in them.

35 For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah, That they may dwell there and possess it.

36 The descendants of His servants will inherit it, And those who love His name will dwell in it.

1 O God, hasten to deliver me; O LORD, hasten to my help!

2 Let those be ashamed and humiliated Who seek my life; Let those be turned back and dishonored Who delight in my hurt.

3 Let those be turned back because of their shame Who say, Aha, aha!"

4 Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, Let God be magnified."

5 But I am afflicted and needy; Hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay.

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Publish Date June 23, 2021
Obedience Changes Everything

Jesus can change our life for the better, but that requires us to step out in obedience.

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