I want to bring this to a close now and backtrack to something else Peter said. Just before he warned us about the devil and his tricks, he said-
That word for casting is epiriptō. The picture seen here is an illustration of what it means. This act of casting is a forceful act. It is a deliberate hurling out and away from you and, in the picture it is for a reason (to catch fish). Successful casting a net like that requires practice. I know from past experience. Sometimes it is plain hard work. Often times it is dirty because one can get covered with mud and the like. Getting the net to open or spread is essential for success and that requires practice.
Successful casting a net like that requires practice. I know from past experience. Sometimes it is plain hard work. Often times it is dirty because one can get covered with mud and the like. Getting the net to open or spread is essential for success and that requires practice. I’m using this to illustrate that the good things of God do not always happen or come to us automatically. Everything is a free and lavish gift, but there are things we must do or the promises will not work.
Epiriptō gives the idea of forcibly throwing the things that distract us away and of dividing or sharing. Another meaning speaks about being in solitude. Have you ever noticed how you feel alone when you are trying to handle your problems yourself? What the Holy Ghost said through Peter is to stop trying to work it out yourself; stop worrying; stop thinking you are helpless and carrying a heavy burden all alone. I doubt if I can carry a 100Kg or 220 pound weight by myself, but if I get someone to share the load with me, we can carry it together.
In modern English, take that heavy knapsack of worries, problems, concerns and so on off your own back and give it to Jesus to carry.
When the storms of life come to assail us, what happens is determined by what we put in. Nothing in, nothing out. Garbage in; garbage out. If there is no word of God being put into our lives no word can come out. Paul had a prophecy and a promise, but he would have never reached Rome without input of his own. Peter had a word from Jesus, but he could have sat in that boat and drowned with the others. One story of them in a boat during a storm states that they received Him Into their boat. In other words, they took him in—they reached out to help Him climb aboard.
You and I apparently have to get active to win. We must resist the devil, but first submit to God. We must speak what we have to speak, step out of the boat when we must take such a step. When we do such things, we know for sure that I Am is always near. When the going gets rough as if we are in a hurricane, paddling in a wire canoe, no sign of a shoreline, no nothing...He is a hands length away.
If you are as lost as a goose in a fog, He can give you the right directions where to go, when to go and how to do it.
This stuff works! I know because I’ve been there and had the Lord reach out with His hand and pick me up. He can do that for you too. In closing, please make sure that you do not start doing your own thing. The text below suggests that the disciples took off on their own. They couldn’t wait! If this is correct, then it is little wonder that they got into trouble, but Jesus came to their rescue. They had rowed hard all night and gotten nowhere. We can labor and toil, even “for the Lord” and get nowhere...if He never asked us to do that.
When He assured them, this version says that they took Him into their boat and straight away or immediately reached their destination.
If He is in the boat with you, you can be sure that you will reach the place where He wants you to go.
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