Called and Following – 7-07-22

So he left all, rose up, and followed Him.” Luke 5:28 NKJV

RELATIONSHIP:

Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.

Do you want to know truth? Be able to discern lies? Know how to figure it all out in these confusing times and have peace? The Bible says Jesus is the truth. I have experienced it and it has changed my life. I was once a hot mess of sin, promiscuity, drug and alcohol use and so much more. But I was lost and when I could not find my way, or find a truth, I numbed it with bad choses. When I found Jesus, and truth – I found peace and deliverance from those things.

If you want a relationship with God without truth you will get the counterfeit, hypocritical Christianity that has kept some of you away for too long. You need truth and relationship. You need to be honest with yourself and God (including honest repentance) and God will reveal truth to you. It becomes the two way, interaction that your relationship with God is built on. This is why Jesus is called the truth, because he is our only way to the Father. 

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

BIBLE READING:

Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! And we pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the Book of Luke chapter 5 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV). 

Four Fishermen Called as Disciples

So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.

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!”

For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they [a]forsook all and followed Him.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

12 And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and [b]implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

13 Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him. 14 And He charged him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as a testimony to them, just as Moses commanded.”

15 However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities. 16 So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralytic

17 Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present [c]to heal them. 18 Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. 19 And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus.

20 When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”

21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”

25 Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!”

Matthew the Tax Collector

27 After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” 28 So he left all, rose up, and followed Him.

29 Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. 30 [d]And their scribes and the Pharisees [e]complained against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

31 Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Jesus Is Questioned About Fasting

33 Then they said to Him, “Why[f] do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?”

34 And He said to them, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? 35 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days.”

36 Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one [g]puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. 37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 But new wine must be put into new wineskins, [h]and both are preserved. 39 And no one, having drunk old wine, [i]immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is [j]better.’ ”

Footnotes

  1. Luke 5:11 left behind
  2. Luke 5:12 begged
  3. Luke 5:17 NU with Him to heal
  4. Luke 5:30 NU But the Pharisees and their scribes
  5. Luke 5:30 grumbled
  6. Luke 5:33 NU omits Why do, making the verse a statement
  7. Luke 5:36 NU tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old one
  8. Luke 5:38 NU omits and both are preserved
  9. Luke 5:39 NU omits immediately
  10. Luke 5:39 NU good

MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:

Romans 6:1-2-

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”

STUDY/DEVOTIONAL:

My uncle passed this week, and I have taken on some extra activities to assist – so I will keep this study shorter, unless God miraculously speeds up time and helps me get it all done.

1 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
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!”

God is looking for people who will obey and trust him – and respond with a repentant heart. Simon (later known as Peter) probably rolled his eyes at this beach preacher, while he agreed. But Jesus said NETS – plural. Peter let down A NET – singular. Maybe his net wouldn’t be broken if he was prepared for the bounty that comes from serving the Lord. A bounty of need supplied and more.
Realizing his sin, his uncleanness and repenting is the proper response to the love and gifts of the Lord. (as well as thanking him)
I told you God miraculously provided money for ALL of my bills this past month – when my business had only a couple small orders last month. So, I expanded myself, dropping out more nets. For example, I bought more shipping supplies and premade the shipping boxes. I Prepares and many things as I could prepare and cleaned some space for it.
My thought is: while I am ever so thankful he calls us even when we aren’t perfect. He knows we are willing. He still blesses to overflow when we only put out one net worth of faith. And all we can do is our best and try to learn and put out more nets. Ya know, extend your tent like Isaiah 54:2 says. Make room for the blessings.

For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.”

Jesus forsook his place in heaven to come to earth. He gave it all up. These four disciples forsook it all and followed Him. It amazes me how many think serving God is about getting and not about giving it all up and giving it all to God.  Not once did Jesus say come follow me I will fix it all for you and make you rich and give you an easy life. That is a false Jesus. Jesus said leave your boat, your wife, your family, your livelihood and ability to support your wife and come follow me with just the clothes on your back.

12 And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
13 Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him. 14 And He charged him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as a testimony to them, just as Moses commanded.”

The leper.  I have heard many sermons on the Lord is willing to heal and how the leper went away and told people when he was not supposed to. But does anyone notice that somehow this leper recognized the anointing on Jesus to heal. He recognized the Christ.
I have prayed for people who recognize that God can, is willing to, and is healing – and I watched them receive. I have also prayed for people and it is like praying for a wall, the fail to recognize the Lord trying to heal them and do not receive.

15 However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities. 16 So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.”

Did you know that Luke had a prayer life? He understood the value of prayer. I know he did because more times than ANY other gospel record Luke talks about Jesus getting alone to pray. I am not saying the others didn’t pray or value the prayer closet or have a prayer life – I am saying Luke takes the time to point it out.

17 Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. 18 Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. 19 And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus.
20 When He saw their faith, He said to him, 
“Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, 
“Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
25 Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!”

Is it easier to forgive or heal? It is worth pondering, if you have time. We are told to forgive people as well, and to lay hands upon them and pry for their healing.
On one hand so much easier to forgive – because I can say it and no man sees the heart and knows if it is true. While if you say: you are healed. And they walk away not healed, then that is all sorts of awkward. And whose fault is it? Did they not receive? Did I fail in MY faith? Did they fail in their faith?
On the other hand – Healing is God’s job not mine, so that is easier. While forgiveness (and not just lip service) is my job and it is hard to forgive people who have hurt you.
Also note – the people you hang out with matter. Because it was their friends’ faith that Jesus said moved him.

27 After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” 28 So he left all, rose up, and followed Him.”

Levi is Matthew. In Jewish custom they all had two names.

29 Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. 30 And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
31 Jesus answered and said to them, 
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Matthew immediately forsook all as well. First he walked off the job. Then he cooked up the last of his food for everyone, said farewell and left with Jesus.
I love the show “The Chosen”, but it is just a show. On one hand I love how they portray Matthew, but they had him isolated and friendless, where very clearly he had friends who were other tax collectors and sinners. It is easier to give up everything and follow Jesus when you don’t have much. But Matthew HAD possession, money and friends. It is believed he helped finance the ministry of Jesus along with the women who God raised up to help.

33 Then they said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?”
34 And He said to them, 
“Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? 35 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days.”

See our notes yesterday on fasting. By the way, Luke not only mentions prayer more often than the others, he also mentions fasting more times as well.

36 Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. 37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. 39 And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’ ”

As I explained before parables are a method of teaching with (usually) three short stories giving three perspectives on the same point. There are a lot of Old and New comparisons in this. God is doing a new thing and the old will not understand it.

Modern prophets have picked up on the “new wine skin’ trend and people are a buzz about being the new wine skin. You all know how I feel about modern prophecy. Maybe I need to be more open. Anyway, I work with leather and so the image of a leather wineskin makes me think. Maybe it would be fun to make one, the way they did when Jesus walked the earth. So I did some research. We all have heard about the flexibility of new leather, new wineskin. But how does it seal. What seals up the stitching and seems? AND I water-form leather all the time, what stops the leather from absorbing the fluid and the fluid seeping through.
I found this interesting. They coat the seams and thread with wax, something we still do when working with leather. Then they coat the inside with olive oil to seal it up and make a barrier. Then when they pour the wine, there is a layer of oil on top of the wine.  So at meal times they would take their bread and dip it in the oil first to absorb it all off the top of the wine. Sprinkle some salt and seasons on it and you have a tasty treat. The dryer the bread the more oil it takes up – the toast. Yes, this is where we get the tradition of a toast. When you open the wine and need to toast, someone often spoke regarding the occasion. ALSO, Jesus’s communion was a toast! They dipped in the oil – break the bread (cause you can’t double dip) then drank the wine.
Now I want soft bread and oil with salt and herbs. lol

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Thank you for reading in 2022 – a Year of Wisdom and Salvation
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

6 Replies to “Called and Following – 7-07-22”

  1. Jesus is the True Prophet, the True King of kings and Lord of lords, the True High Priest of God in the order of Melchizedek, the True Shepherd leading us to the springs of Living Water; the only Way to the Father; the Savior, the Healer, the Redeemer, the Deliverer, the Sanctifier, the One Husband, the One Head of the true church, the one Body and one Spirit of God in Christ, the True Righteous Holy Living One who Loves us and freed us, delivering us from the dominion of darkness and evil and transfers us into the kingdom of the beloved Son where we have redemption, forgiveness of sins, and makes us a kingdom, and priests to God our Father and his Christ.
    All the so-called prophets today need to bow to the True Spirit of Prophesy, the Testimony of Jesus (Revelation 19:10). Jesus says to follow Him, his pure Prophesy, his true Words, his true, holy, righteous, pure Spirit, not the words of those of this world nor the spirit of the world, error.

    Thank you “little princess for Grace”!
    blessings and love, Yvonne

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    1. I agree 100%.
      (Did I err in the way I worded something? With my disabilities, and inability to proof better, I always worry that I might mis-type – thinking one thing and typing another. Please be more specific and I will correct that section.)
      Or if you are just agreeing – well, then Glory to God! I Just try to point to Jesus and pray somehow God corrects my lack of ability somewhere between my hitting submit and you all reading it! 🙂 Thank you for being a regular reader and extending me grace.
      Feel free to comment and point to God through Jesus ANY TIME! He is our only way, and it is so cool to be able to have a relationship with Him. God Bless

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      1. Great! Keep me in prayer this week. With my uncle passing and the added things, my brain is a bit overloaded and I am staying focused on Jesus, but I feel a bit scattered. I am looking forward to a testimony from this test! Thanks!

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