As I notated yesterday in a separate note posting, I am going to post my journal, prayers, reading notes in chronological order. I know you will see some of the very interesting connections from one entry to the next or even sometimes they come months later. Even as I’m reviewing this now, He is giving me even more so I will add those additional notations in parenthesis, italicized.
Original Entry Date 10/24/2012: While reading about Jesus going on to Peter’s boat I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me. I was reading
Luke 5:1-7 KJV and NIV:
“And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.“
(3/7/2021: I like how the KJV uses the phrase “entered into”; when Jesus entered into Simon Peter’s boat this was an illustration of when He enters into the heart of a new believer. Then Jesus makes another illustration by having Simon Peter “thrust out a little from the land”; Jesus enters the heart of the new believer and that is when the transformation or separation [thrust out] from the world [from the land] begins. From this place of being separate from the world the new believer will begin sharing the Word of God with those still on land just how Jesus sits down and begins to teach.)
“4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.‘”
(3/7/2021: Jesus tells Peter to go out in to the “deep water” which is symbolic of being in deep waters spiritually; a difficult and trying time where we can’t breath or stay afloat. Here is where the greatest of catches are made! I like how Simon Peter is at first reluctant with doubt BUT he is obedient to the command of our Lord.)
“6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.“
As I was reading the Holy Spirit reveals to me that just as Peter was obedient to Jesus, those with the same type of obedient heart will catch an over abundant amount of souls!
Luke 5:8-11 ESV:
“8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that 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 be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.”
(3/7/2021: Now the believer will “fishing for souls.” Take notice to what occurs in verse 11…the boats are brought back to land; it is now time for the follower of Christ to go into the world [land], living in the world but not being a part of [they left everything] and to continue following Christ Jesus.)