Nevertheless Obedience Luke 5:1-11 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
Whenever you read your Bible make sure to pray and ask God to show you something that you made need that day. I have learned to ask God to show me a Principle, some fact or doctrine. Always around that Principle you will find a Promise, what will happen good or bad by use of the Principle. And finally, there is always a Purpose to His word, the why or what for.
In this passage note in verse 3 the Lord “prayed” or asked Peter to do something and there is no record of any dialog, just obedience. In verse 4, the Lord doesn’t ask, he commands Peter to do something, and there is a dialog (excuses), before the obedience. The point to be made here is, Every Christian will obey the Lord without question to a point. But there is a point that each one of us reaches that we begin to make excuses.
In verse 5 there is a phrase “…at thy word I will…” What a great definition of true obedience. Would to God that we all had that testimony. Peter had exactly the type of obedience that God expects, “…nevertheless at thy word I will…” We need to look at that Nevertheless Obedience that Peter had.
The Principles of Nevertheless Obedience
Luke 5:5 “And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.”
- Obedience regardless of belief
- You don’t believe that it will work
- You don’t trust God. Did you trust God the first time that you learned that you should tithe?
- You have fear………( Peter did- V10) That lack of trust and fear will cause you to not believe the Principles of God in tithing, mission giving, and sacrificial giving.
- Obedience regardless of experience
- Your presumption of the results
- Your past history of no correction
[Ecc. 8:11] “ Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”
- (Eph.4:32 Forgiveness) You should forgive simply because God said so.
- Obedience regardless of ability
- Too Tired to attend – Attend Church – Heb.10:25 (Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together)
- 2. No service because of age
- No witness because of Bible Education
- Obedience regardless of convenience
- Interferes with your plan (Secret or Pet Sin)
- 2. You know a easier way (Eph.6:1 Children obey your parents)
- Fear of man bringeth a snare
The Promise of Nevertheless Obedience
Luke 5:6-7 & 9 (the nets brake, astonished)
“Nevertheless at thy word I will…..”
Psalm 119:162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
We serve a Great God that can far exceed our thoughts, limits, or beliefs.
- Verse 6-7 Above all… Ephesians 3:20
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
- Verse 6-7 Running Over Luke 6:38
38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
- Verse 9 Eye hath not seen 1 Corinthians 2:9
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
The Purpose of Nevertheless Obedience
God gets the Glory Luke 5:8 (I am a sinful man) Nevertheless always puts God First
1 Kings 18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
Elijah made sure that all knew that it was God making things happen and not him. Peter at that moment realized that God had showed up and it was clear that He made these things happen.
- 1. Opens the next door Luke 5:10 (henceforth….) Nevertheless always precedes henceforth
Until you are in full obedience to God he will not open the next door in your life.
- 2. Others are affected Luke 5:9-11 (so was James and John) It’s not all about you!
Nevertheless always includes others It affects your spouse, children, etc….