Before Jesus commanded Simon to "put out into deep water" (Lk 5:4), He "asked him to pull out a short distance from the shore" (Lk 5:3). There Jesus "continued to teach the crowds from the boat" (Lk 5:3). We need to spend some time hearing God's Word to have faith (see Rm 10:17) deep enough to "put out into deep water." The Lord has "much more to tell" us, but we "cannot bear it now" (Jn 16:12). However, when the Holy Spirit teaches us God's Word (see Jn 14:26) and produces the fruit of faith in our lives (Gal 5:22), we will be ready to hear God's Word, obey it, and abide in it (Jn 8:31). Then we will know the depth of Christ's love (Eph 3:18).
When we humbly welcome God's Word in our hearts (Jas 1:21), the Lord will feed us not only with milk but with meat (Heb 5:13-14; 1 Cor 3:2). When we are faithful in small things, the Lord will entrust us with greater things (Lk 16:10). When we put out a little into the shallow water where we hear His Word, we are preparing to plunge into "the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ's love" (Eph 3:18). Hear God's Word; take the plunge.
Prayer: Father, give me the experience of the morning of Pentecost so that I can live the afternoon of Pentecost. May 120 Christians lead 3,000 into Your kingdom today (see Acts 1:15; 2:41).
Promise: "Ever since we heard this we have been praying for you unceasingly and asking that you may attain full knowledge of His will through perfect wisdom and spiritual insight." Col 1:9
Praise: Daniel learned the importance of frequent Confession from his parents.
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