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TRUE Fishing Story

One of the greatest fishing stories in history is found in Luke 5:1-11.  Jesus is beginning His earthly ministry and tells Peter to launch out into the deep and let down the nets for a great catch.  Peter responded and said they had worked all night and caught nothing.  But at the Word of Christ, he tried again!  They received a catch of fish so great that the nets began to break!  Peter had decided to forget what had happened the night before and obey the Word of the Lord. The result was a great miracle that caused he, James and John to forsake all and follow Christ.

There is another fishing story found in John 21:1-8.  This one occurs after Christ’s resurrection and before His ascension. This time they had worked all night and caught nothing again. Jesus appears and tells them to cast the net again, but on the other side of the boat. They didn't argue this time, but simply obeyed and received a great catch!

If you ponder the past, your life will be shaped by it.  What you hold in your memory, you will see in your future experience.  Christ has given you a new life, you have to put the life of failure, futility, addiction, etc., in the past and leave it there.  We can all learn from the past, but we should never live in it.

God has great purpose for you;  so stop nursing the memories, hurts and dissapointments of the past. Don't park by the failures OR successes in your life;  either one can keep you from God's best blessings.  The Apostle Paul told the Philippian church "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13-14) He said it was the ONE thing he did.  Paul was reaching for the ultimate prize, so he had to forget what lay behind and press on.   Like the fishermen turned disciples, let's forsake our past and move forward in 2015!

Glad Tidings Church

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