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Gone Fishing

  • Simon Peter said to them, 'I'm going fishing.' They told him, 'We are also coming with you.' They immediately went out, and entered into the boat. That night, they caught nothing. John 21:3 WEB

    Earlier that evening, Peter told Jesus: 'If I must die with you, I will not deny You' (Mark 14:31). Then that night, Peter cursed, swore, and denied that he even knew Jesus three times (Mark 14:71). Peter had failed the Lord Jesus and done the exact opposite of what he had promised Him. After weeping, sulking, and waiting a while, Peter then returned to his old way of life and what he did before he met Jesus: fishing. Peter thought that Jesus was done with him, that he had finally wrecked God's plan for his life.

    Peter's bluster was an example of typical human thinking. We make God big promises, fail to keep them, then feel like we are a failure and that God is mad at us. We tend to go back to our old lifestyle like a washed pig to the mud. We begin to beat our ourselves up and tell ourselves: 'I can't do this. I am no good at it. I gave it my best, and look at what that got me. I was better off before.'

    We return to our old life, our old ways, and soon settle into a rut. See, when you fail in a performance-based relationship, it is hard to get back up. After you stumble in some act that you think is sinful, you tend to hide yourself from God like Adam did. It has been that way for thousands of years. The enemy will climb on your back like you are a pony and ride you around constantly reminding you: 'God is mad at you! You are finished! He knows what you did! You better not go back to that church!' So we hide in shame.

    All of this is only a trick of satan to keep you beaten down, weak, powerless, and defeated. Proverbs 24:16 says that the righteous get up, even if they fall seven times. God is not mad at you when you fall. Our relationship with God is not about our performance, it is about love. He is our Father. He loves us, we love Him, and love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).

    While Peter was busy making promises, Jesus already knew that Peter would deny Him and said: 'When you have turned again, strengthen your brothers' (Luke 22:32). The angel in the tomb told the women who came there: 'Go tell His disciples'and Peter' (Mark 16:7). See Peter was not to be left out because of his failures. Peter was always a part of the family.

    It is ok to fail, to fall, to stumble, to return to your old ways, but do not stay there. Get back up. Jesus restored Peter and He was never mad at him to begin with. Jesus understood what Peter went through because He was one of us (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus understands, just don't give up. You are going to make it, as long as you don't give up. The only one that can stop you from fulfilling your destiny, is you.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for being there for me. Draw my heart to You, consume me Lord and fill me with Your presence. Lead me out of the darkness and help me to see Your path clearly. God have mercy on me, a sinner, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Happy Sunday! All are invited this morning to join us for our weekly RHM Live church service! We will be continuing our Bible Study with Acts 17, as well as our weekly time of worship, interactive prayer, and fellowship. To participate in the chatroom you need to have a site account, but if not, you can still watch the video of the study. Service starts at 10am EST, but all are encouraged to show up 15 minutes early for fellowship, and to make sure the stream is working for you before we start. Here is the link to join: RHM Live


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you for being there for us all! Praise your name, Hallelujah!
August 5, 2018
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

August 5, 2018
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen for Grace.

August 5, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!!

August 5, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Our God is always  there for us with loving arms praise God!!!!

August 5, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen

August 5, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen 

August 5, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Father, thank you for who You are!

August 5, 2018
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

 Thank you Father for your love, in Jesus name I pray, Amen..

August 5, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! Lord Jesus Thank You for loving us even when we stumble and fail.

August 5, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Hope, Amen. 

August 5, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, You know I'm a sinner and I need You. Help me to follow Your designs and be at my side when sin is all around me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor for this devotional. 

August 5, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for Your love and grace, Amen.

August 5, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen Pastor,and thank you for this message! satan wants to keep us down, discouraged, thinking that we are total failures, but God gives us the victory and discernment through the power of His mighty Holy Spirit!!! So, all I can say is: "Victory in JESUS"!!!

August 5, 2018
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

August 5, 2018
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen 

August 5, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Dear Jesus Have mercy on me when I stumble, fail and fall.  I can't go on without you and I want to be strengthen as I go through my journey.  You are my rock and I know deep down that the storm that I am in right now will soon come to an end!  In Jesus Name I pra, Amen!!

August 5, 2018
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Amen!!!!!!!

August 5, 2018
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Thank you Lord for always being there for me.  Draw me nearer to You and keep my path straight.  Thank you Pastor Dion.

August 5, 2018
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord, in Jesus name, amen

August 5, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!!

August 6, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you, Brother!  Heavenly Father, I thank You for being there for me. Draw my heart to You, consume me Lord and fill me with Your presence. Lead me out of the darkness and help me to see Your path clearly. God have mercy on me, a sinner, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

August 6, 2018