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The Weight

  • The Weight from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    The Apostle Paul wrote that the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men (1 Corinthians 1:25 NKJV). One day Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, and a large crowd of people pressed in to hear Him. 

    Jesus saw two boats on the shore, and the fishermen were washing their nets. So He got into one that belonged to Simon Peter and asked him to put out from shore a little. Then He used Peter's boat as a preaching platform and taught the people on shore. 

    The typical Galilean fishing boat (click on image to enlarge) was about the size of a modern-day UPS truck, about 27 feet long, 7 feet wide, and 4 1/2 feet deep. It could seat about 15 people and hold an estimated 30,000 pounds of fish. 

    When Jesus was done teaching, He wanted to reward Peter for using his boat and time, for the Lord always repays His debts. He told Peter to push out into deep water and let down his net for a catch. 

    Peter, Andrew, James, and John had fished all night and caught nothing, and they were professional fishermen. Now a Galilean Carpenter / Wiseman was telling them how to fish better. That would be like me telling a pro basketball player how to improve his shooting. You have to admire Peter's humility. He said, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net" (Luke 5:5).

    (Luke 5:6–7 NKJV)  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.

    The net caught so many fish that they completely filled two 27 feet long boats until they began sinking. That's estimated to have been over 62,000 pounds of fish. Their value would have been over 25 years of salary for a common laborer for each of the four fishermen. "For the foolishness of God is wiser than men." When He tells you to do something, you listen.

    (Luke 5:8–11 NKJV)  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; 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." So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

    Peter was in awe. God Almighty was in the boat with him, his boat. He fell down at Jesus' feet and confessed that he was a sinful man. Jesus, always so understanding, comforted Peter and told him don't be afraid. He had a plan for Peter, and when they got to land, they left everything behind and followed Him. 

    Imagine what Peter felt like to realize that Jesus accepted him just as the "sinful man" he was. Just as I am, Lord, I come to Thee. Though he had done nothing to earn it, Jesus lifted the weight of sin from Peter's shoulders. There was nothing to be afraid of. Peter had to feel so relieved. The author of Hebrews wrote:

    (Hebrews 12:1 NKJV)  Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us

    Jesus called others to follow Him, but they began to make excuses. Some were too busy with life (Luke 9:59). They would never know the freedom that Peter did that day, for their burden of sin remained. 

    Oh yes, following Jesus requires good old-fashioned repentance. A turning away from sin. Laying aside every weight that slows us down. Marathon runners don't carry weights along with them for a reason.

    An excellent example of repentance for us is King David. When he was bored one Spring evening, he arose from bed and took a leisurely stroll around the rooftop of his house. He spied a neighbor's wife bathing next door and apparently, liked what he saw. Though he already had several wives of his own, David sent for Bathsheba. And after an evening together, she returned home pregnant. She told David, "I am with child." (2 Samuel 11:1–5).

    Well, that night greatly complicated things for the good King David. Bathsheba's husband was Uriah, one of David's mighty men, and he was away with the army, so it couldn't have been his. One sin led to another as David worked to cover up what had happened. Eventually, he had Uriah killed and married Bathsheba. 

    Things were quiet for about a year, but your sin will always find you out (Numbers 32:23). The Lord sent Nathan the prophet to David, who told him a story about a rich man with many flocks of sheep. There was a poor man who only had one small ewe lamb that he raised like it was his daughter. It ate his food and slept in his arms. 

    When a traveler came to visit the rich man, instead of taking one of his own sheep, he sent for the poor man's lamb, and they ate it for supper. David, who grew up as a shepherd, was furious. 

    (2 Samuel 12:5–6 NKJV)  So David's anger was greatly aroused against the man, and he said to Nathan, "As the LORD lives, the man who has done this shall surely die! And he shall restore fourfold for the lamb, because he did this thing and because he had no pity."

    (2 Samuel 12:7–8 NKJV)  Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more!

    David was crushed. The weight of sin on his shoulders was more than he could bear. The Lord knows how to make a point, and it cut David to the heart. He repented deeply for what he had done. His prayer is recorded in Psalm 51. Here are parts of it: 

     (Psalm 51:1–3 NKJV)  Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me.

    (Psalm 51:10–12 NKJV)  Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

    You can remove the weight of sin from your life today, or let it drag you down with it. 

    (1 John 1:8–10 NKJV)  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

    You can pray this with me if you like: 

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please forgive me for the things I have done wrong. Lead me and I will follow. Create in me a clean heart, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Please don't cast me away from Your presence, or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, please forgive me for the things I have done wrong. Lead me and I will follow. Create in me a clean heart, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Please don't cast me away from Your presence, or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, please fill me with Your presence. Draw my heart to You. Speak to me and through me. I choose You today and pray that You fulfill Your perfect will in my life. Please guide me, teach me, and let me grow in faith. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!❤️
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! Yes, Lord, "Create in me a clean heart and renew in me a steadfast spirit" not wavering but steadfast keeping You always in the center of my heart and spirit, in the name of Jesus, Amen! And, thank you so much for this glorious day, when you gave us a healthy Great Grandson, and all of this on our Wedding anniversary! What a prizeless prescious gift from You, our loving Heavenly Father!!! Praising Your holy name!!!

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Jeanine Santiago
Jeanine Santiago

 Praise God!!! Congratulations ????

Aug 1
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: Aug 1

Amen, thank you so much, Jeanine, blessings and prayers (h5)

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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen Liesel 

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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: Aug 1

Blessings upon you both, dear Sue and Dave! (h5) (L)

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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Happy Anniversary, Liesel and Tom! Praising God with you for these joyous occasions ❤️

Aug 1
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: Aug 1

Thanks, Cathy! Praising and thanking our Lord and God (h5) (L)

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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Happy Anniversary Liesel and Tom! May Father Yahweh bless and keep you both.....

Aug 1
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Thank you so much, Richard, and may the Lord bless you and yours as well (h5)

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Kevin  Moore
Kevin Moore

Happy Anniversary Liesel and Congratulations on your Great Grandson ????????

Aug 2
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Thank you so much, Kevin! It was quite a day, feeling so blessed!!! I'm also so very thankful and grateful for the Refreshing Hope Ministry and their faithful prayers! I'm so glad that you joined us!! God bless you (h5)

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord, I pray this in Jesus's name, amen. 

Aug 1
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen, create in me a clean heart, O Lord!

Aug 1
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Tabatha Murray
Tabatha Murray

Amen.. Create in me a clean heart GOD. 

Aug 1
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father this i pray 

Aug 1
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: Aug 1

AMEN.  Heavenly Father, Guide me Lord!  Thank You for all blessings.  Amen

Aug 1
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Jeanine Santiago
Jeanine Santiago

Amen. Thank You Lord for your Mercy that is new everyday. 

Aug 1
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen!! Thank you pastor Dion for a wonderful message!

Aug 1
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

God is awesome, Amen 

Aug 1
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Aug 1
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David Krull
David Krull

Yes Lord. I love You Jesus. I declare the goodness of the Lord in my life today. Though I suffer in pain...I praise Your Holy Name! You are Holy oh God. You are my righteousness, my healer, my deliverer, my Rock in whom I trust. I love You Lord Jesus.

Aug 1
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Amen Liesel!

Aug 1
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Yes Amen Lord Jesus

Aug 1
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

LORD, forgive me for all the things I have done wrong.  Lead me and I will follow you. Create in me a clean heat. and please don't cast me away from your presence, or taketh Holy Spirit from me. Restore the joy of salvation to my heart and soul, in Jesus Name I ask, Amen 

Aug 1
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Please Father Forgive Me For All Of My Sins Good Morning Everyone 

Aug 1
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for Your forgiveness, love and mercy! I love You, Amen.

Aug 1
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Kevin  Moore
Kevin Moore edited: Aug 2

Thankyou father God for your loving kindness,  Father I'm so sorry for the things I've done since your warmth envoloped me that day in church and led me to your alter where I accepted you as my lord,   I always believed in you Jesus,  lord I'm so sorry for hurting others and for hurting myself over hurting the ones I love,  I don't understand myself at times but you know me better than I know myself father,  please set a hunger in me for you,  please be my foundation,  I bring my weight of sin to the cross of you,  my saviour,   there's no one like you father,  your a real dad father,  please help me to depend on you for everything I need to get through this life,  please use me father to do your will and bring the lost home with me,  I love you father like I'll never love anyone else, please help me to do things right,  and say NO to the things of the world,   please be my every breathe and every thought,  thankyou for loving me and for forgiving me,  please guide me father and help me to understand your beautiful calm voice that brings peace and loving kindness,  I love you above everything of this world,  thankyou father, Amen 

Aug 1
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen, Kevin! (h5)

Aug 1
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen!!

 

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Forgive my sins dear God. Thank you for our blessings Amen 

Aug 1
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Kevin  Moore
Kevin Moore edited: Aug 2

 Thankyou Pastor for Mondays Devotional,  "the weight " thankyou for todays as well,  just Mondays really hit me where I needed it to,  somehow it helped me to pour out that prayer I posted,  I never pray like that,  and I would never be able to post something as personal as that but I just felt compelled to do it,  so thanks again pastor and sister sylvia for all your hard work,  God bless you both ????

Aug 2
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen, Kevin, and Praise the Lord!!!

Aug 7
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amazing Devotion today Pastor!! I love all the stories of David! God said that David was a man after His own heart, and yet David committed some terrible sins. This tells us that even great people sin probably ever day, but God is so forgiving and generous to His people that follow Him. He is faithful to forgive us when we ask Him to and restore us back to what we were before we sinned. There is nothing that can separate us from the Love of God not even a the worse sin that you can think of, if we will only humble ourselves and confess our sin, we will be forgiven and retored. That is the best news ever!! Thank you Father God for your amazing love and mercy for us. We dont deserve your love or mercy but you still give it to us and tell us that you love us so much! Is that not the greatest news?

Aug 2
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

Aug 2
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Patrice Adams
Patrice Adams

Thank You Father God for being a God of second chances. Please forgive me for my sins. Create in me a clean heart so that I my worship You 

in Jesus name Amen ????????

Aug 7