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When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”
“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! Luke 5:4 – 6 NLT
One word from the Lord changes everything. Simon and his partners (fishermen by trade) had done everything they could do in their own strength. Their results?
Yet by obeying one simple command from King Jesus, a command that made no sense to them, they experienced results beyond their wildest dreams.
What have you exhausted yourself on without seeing results? Why not stop your striving, look up, and listen to what the Lord has to say about it? Be sure to follow it through, even if it makes no sense at the moment. Obey Him and see what He does. That’s called living in the Reign.
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A life surrendered to the King is the pathway to joy. Instead of constantly grasping and keeping for ourselves, we get to partner with the King and experience the overflowing elation of extending ourselves to be a blessing to others.
Those who constantly focus on themselves often live lives of frustration and depression because, let’s face it, not everyone else’s world revolves around them. They are only happy when they are the center of attention. They quickly become unhappy when the limelight focuses on someone else.
On the other hand, those who make the King their focus can rejoice in Him even in the most depressing circumstances. They live in the light of His love and care even when everything around them looks very dark. Likewise, those who serve the King by serving others discover the joy filled satisfaction that comes from making the lives of others better. They tend to forget about themselves as they look to what the Lord is doing in the lives of those around them. This outward focus tends to chase away depression.
Demos Shakarian, founder of the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship International, used to say, “The happiest people on earth are those who find the will of God and do it.” That’s true. Living in the Reign is anything but dreary and depressing.
Hearing the voice of the Lord is a critical part of living in the Reign of God. To hear His voice, however, means that we have to first inquire of Him. That means seeking to get His mind on whatever we are dealing with. Failing to inquire of the Lord can have devastating consequences. Let’s look at a few examples…
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With just two simple words Jesus Christ opened the Kingdom of God to all who would respond. These two words continue to resound from His throne to us today, and we do well to pay attention.
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In a previous post I discussed those who had given up their rightful freedoms in order to wholly be given up to the will of another. They had turned a deaf ear to all other voices in order to listen only to the voice of their master. This is what the Lord is looking for from each of His followers. If we want to see a prime example of how this works out in practical terms, all we have to do is look to Mary the mother of the King.
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That sounds like a funny question, doesn’t it? Sometimes one would ask a woman if her ears were pierced…but just one ear? However, having your ear pierced has a special application when it comes to hearing the Lord.
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Do you know God?
I mean, do you really know the Lord?
You may respond, “Oh yes, I have known the Lord for many years.”
Are you sure?
How can a person know if they really know the Lord, or if they simply know about Him?
Fortunately for us the apostle John provides the answer in 1st John 2:3 – 6.
And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. ESV
So…what do you think? Do you really know the Lord according to what John writes? It appears to me that truly knowing God comes only as a result of daily living in the Reign.