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Let Down Your Nets & Step Out in Faith – God Moves When You Move

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Have you ever had to take a step out in faith further than you have ever had to go before; a step that came with uncertainty and, like Simon, maybe a little annoyance? Did it seem like what God was asking made little sense?

“When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Go out into the deep water, and let down your nets for a catch’” Luke 5:4 TLV

Yeshua (Jesus’ Hebrew name which I will use interchangeably in this article) was showing Simon (Peter) that God moves when you step out in faith! Learn how to cast out your net and trust Him for a haul!

Stepping out in faith - fishing nets


Step Out in Faith – Push Out Into the Deep

They had been fishing all day and caught nothing. They were cleaning up and ready to head home; tired, annoyed and probably worried about the lack of provision. I can only imagine the feeling of going home to their families empty handed after working so hard and for so long.

Along comes Yeshua, who then climbs right on into Simon’s boat and has him push this boat out a little from shore so He can begin to teach the people.

When He was done speaking, I am sure Simon was thinking he could finally go home! But then Yeshua tells him to push the boat out further into the deeper waters and let down their nets. Yeshua basically tells him ‘let’s go fishing’!

Now Simon did argue a bit. He reasoned with Yeshua some! He said in Luke 5:5:

“Simon replied, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and caught nothing. But at Your word I will let down the nets.” TLV

Stepping out in faith - fishing nets

Simon did and they took in so many fish into the two boats that they began to sink!

Simon said “At your word!”

In spite of the fact that Simon probably thought it was going to end up no different than the rest of the day IN HIS FLESH, his FAITH said otherwise! He took Jesus at His word!

Let Down Your Nets – Step Out in Faith

Now, Jesus could have just said the word and had fish jump into the boat right where they had been. He had the ability and the power to do so.

He knew Simon had caught nothing all day and was tired and fed up.

But He didn’t just have fish jump on the boat and make it easy for Simon.

He needed Simon to move. He needed Simon to step out in faith and trust Him even when he felt like just packing things in and going home.

If He was going to use Simon in ministry and to grow His church, He needed to see that Simon trusted Him and was willing to put feet to his faith.

We often pray for God to bless our marriages, our ministries and our work, but then we don’t want to take the risks or do the work. We often get like Simon and feel like “Lord, I have already done so much! It hasn’t helped!”

But God wants us to cast out our nets, step out in faith and be READY for the haul.

I am not talking about worldly risks! I am talking about the kind of risk where God asks you to step out of your comfort zone and get in the boat with Him and go fishing!

The kind of risk where God asks you to step out of the boat and walk on the water to Him!

God wants to see our faith in action. He wants us to move out further in our faith, into the deep waters and prepare for His blessings.

Let Down Your Nets – When God Moves In Your Life

When we see God move in our lives, it increases our faith and allows us to step out further in that faith.

Matthew 14:28-31

Answering, Peter said to Him, “Master, if it’s You, command me to come to You on the water.”

And He said, “Come!”

And Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water to go to Yeshua. But seeing the wind, he became terrified. And beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Master, save me!”

Immediately Yeshua reached out His hand and grabbed him. And He said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt? TLV

Farmhouse Sign Prints

When Peter stepped out of the boat to walk to Yeshua on the water, he stayed afloat as long as he kept his eyes on Yeshua. The moment he took his eyes off Jesus and put them onto his situation, his faith faltered and he began to sink.

How often do we keep moving forward and then, once we feel opposition, we begin to sink?

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

Keep your eyes on Jesus and keep moving toward Him. God moves when step out in faith!

God moves in our ministry when we step out of the boat and do what He asks of us, no matter how uncomfortable it may be or what opposition we may face.

He moves in our marriages when we are willing to do the hard work of praying for someone who, quite honestly, we don’t feel much like praying for.

God moves in our grief when we are willing to trust Him and choose to see what He might be doing in our pain, even when it doesn’t make sense to the world.

Let down your nets and get ready to see God move when you step in faith!

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Tree of Life (TLV) – Scripture taken from the Holy Scriptures, Tree of Life Version*. Copyright © 2014,2016 by the Tree of Life Bible Society.  Used by permission of the Tree of Life Bible Society.

 
 

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29 Comments

  1. Amen! I love this encouragement to “step out in faith”. We do need to push ourselves away fro the shore, away from our comfort zones sometimes. Great post!

  2. I have lived too long in my comfort zone and only when I began to trust God and step out in faith did I finally find my purpose and passion. Love this post full of encouragement. Thank you!

  3. i love this post. You reflected on one of my favorite stories in the Bible. What a great reminder – we have to keep our eyes on Jesus. Thank you for hosting this link-up and joining in over at Grace & Truth Christian Link-Up. Maree

  4. Boy, I’m living this right now! It’s like you are looking into my brain and writing about just what I need to hear when I need it. Thank you for this reminder to step out in faith and that God’s got it all figured out already.

  5. Diane,
    “God moves when we step out in faith.” Amen! We won’t know what it’s like to walk on water if we don’t get out of the boat. The whole way through your post, I just kept nodding and saying, “Yes, yes, and yes again.” Awesome post and much needed reminders for me today!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  6. It’s not always easy to put our faith in action by stepping out of the boat. It can be quite scary. But it’s almost always worth it when we take that leap of faith. Thanks for the encouragement here. I need boosts to help me be brave. 🙂

  7. I stepped out in faith to invite our neighbors for annual Christmas coffee (ladies) and two at least are Jewish (not practicing). They are invited to bring a baby gift for Family Care Network in the interset of Jesus coming as a baby. Please pray they all come (I have 90 neighbors usually get around 12) Thanks!

  8. I never grow tired of reading about Peter. Every single time it stirs something inside of me to step out. Yes, I have stepped out when it made no sense. Even stood back when it made no sense, but God was instructing, and it was the right choice. Thank you for your inspiration today. I am not sure if you linked up with Grace & Truth, but I hope so. This post was inspiring, and many need to read it. Shared!

  9. I am reading a book right now that is challenging me to step out in faith. It is one of the best books I have ever read, almost like the author could see into my mind. Thank you for this wonderful post challenging us to do the same, even though it may be incomfortable.

  10. Thank you for encouraging word. You have ministered to my situation right now. Five months ago God told me to leave my job but i did not do it then. This month, i issued my employer the resignation letter and i am trusting in God for way foward.

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