God will open your eyes to see your celebration
 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the Lake of Gennesaret,
 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
 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.
 And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
SIMON was a fish magnate. It had been a difficult night of fishing. They had fished all night but hadn’t caught a single fish. Now, they were cleaning their nets, so that they would be well prepared for later tonight, when they might have more luck. Jesus asked to use Simon’s boat to preach to the people. He entered and started preaching. I declare that this year, Jesus will enter your family, business, marriage, and everything, that is not working will begin to work. Your family might not be privileged, but as Christ steps in, it will be a family of class in Jesus’ name. Before you can celebrate, you must hear the word of God for direction, because there is opportunity everywhere. What you need is for God to open your eyes. Ordinarily, Simon was supposed to give up and be discouraged and not give the Master his boat, as he had toiled all night without catching a single fish.
And because of Simon’s decision to forsake himself and listen to Jesus, Jesus is now going to bless Simon with first a physical blessing, and then an even greater spiritual blessing. When we obey Jesus, blessings always follow. But sometimes, obedience isn’t easy. Sometimes, Jesus asks us to do some pretty strange things. But this is another quality of a disciple. They obey Jesus, even when it doesn’t make sense.
When Jesus was through preaching, He told Simon to let down his net into the sea.
Despite his experience through the night, he still obeyed Jesus. He says, nevertheless at Your word, I will let down the net. Sometimes, the things God wants us to do don’t make much sense to other people, or even to ourselves. But if God has spoken to us through His Word, we must obey.
Obedience to Christ’s commands always results in divine blessing. Here, the blessing was a boatload of fish. The fishes were so many, in fact, that their nets were about to break, and they had to call their friends over to help them. But even then, the two boats were not large enough to hold all the fish. They filled both boats to overflowing, and then the boats began to sink!
When God tells you to do something, do it even when it’s not convenient, for in it is your blessing. In Rhema no shaking!
• Prophet (Dr.) Anene Nwachukwu (Oracle of God), Rhema Deliverance Mission Int’l. Inc. Rhema International Prophetic Centre Lasu-Igando Road, Church Pole Bus Stop, Beside Iba Police Station, Iba, Lagos.
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