THEME: WINNING WITHOUT FIGHTING
“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
-The month of June is characterized by the number six which is Biblically, the number of man. Man was created on the sixth day in the image and likeness of God, and instructed to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth, and to have dominion over all the creatures. It was only after the creation of man that such a decree was issued for there was no one to cultivate the land and keep it. Therefore, man was created to have dominion over all the creatures of the earth. Despite the decree to have dominion on the earth, some men and women live defeated lives in certain areas. Some fight too hard with their physical strength and forget to rely on Jesus Christ who conquered all for us. It is important to note that; winning spiritual battles without fighting does not negate the effectiveness of weapons of war. Even though Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples was mostly with Him, he had shipwreck faith. Peter and the other fishermen had toiled all night and caught nothing. When Jesus came to teach, He preferred to sit on Peter’s boat probably to heal his heart and bless him. It is likely that Peter thought that this was a waste of time for him to lower the nets given the hour; at Jesus’ instructions. Even though Peter lowered one net, he was hesitant and eventually amazed by the great catch that caused the net to break. Peter realized that he had doubted Jesus which he translated as sin. With Jesus on Peter’s boat, he won in the area of divine productivity and increased faith without fighting. We know that we without faith we cannot please God (Hebrews 6:11). To be fruitful therefore, we need to rely on Jesus Christ and trust Him wholeheartedly. Many challenges and hardships may come our way but we are called to rely on Jesus through strong faith and we will win our even battles without fighting.
All the earth bows down to You our Lord and God and sing praises to Your name. Thank You Jesus for You are good and Your mercies endures forever. Thank You for You have enabled us to begin a new week full of health and peace. You have preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. We exult Your name and lift You high. We raise Your banner in our lives, families, churches and nation and honor Your mighty name. Only You Jesus deserve all glory, honor and praise. We declare that we shall be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth for we are in You and You are in us. Teach us to abide in You as You are in us. You are our Vine and we are the branches, bless us with divine fruitfulness. We can do nothing on our own, take charge dear Jesus. Without You Jesus we can do nothing, grant us Your grace. Bless the work of our hands dear Jesus. Arise Lord and let Your enemies be scattered. May all Your foes flee before You Lord. We shall have dominion over every thing on earth for we trust in You Jesus. Order our steps and lead us in the way we should go this entire week. We cast our nests into the deep for only by abiding in You can we bear fruit. Bless us in aspects of our lives dear Jesus. Forgive us merciful Savior for the many times we have harbored unbelief in our hearts. Remember all those who are unemployed and financially unstable that You may bless them dear Jesus. Bless our businesses and open many doors of opportunities for us dear Jesus. Bless our economy and increase our productivity. Bless our ministries and help us to accomplish our purposes here on earth Jesus our Savior. We humbly ask You to increase our faith in You dear Jesus and establish us in Your divine purposes. Let us see You Jesus in every area of our lives. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forevermore. Amen
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Further reading: Genesis 1:26-31, John 15:4-5, 1 Timothy 1:19