Sunday, August 1, 2021

Luke 5 Devotional Thoughts by Stephen Taylor

Luke 5:6

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.


John 21:6 - He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.


The first verse is right before Jesus calls Peter, and the second verse is right before He reinstates Peter, and you can see the abundance in both! As I was reading this morning, the Holy Spirit gave me one of the truths about why Jesus did this. You see, Jesus was showing Peter that his sin or denial doesn’t affect Who Christ is! That no matter what we do, Jesus Christ is the same always (Hebrews 13:8)! The first time Peter meets Jesus, he has this catch of fish, and Jesus then accepts him and calls him to follow Him, much like in this second catch of fish! Jesus is basically saying, “Your sin doesn’t determine My love for you! You are Mine, and I will provide for you in all areas if you will just follow Me!”


He is saying that to us today as well! That He offers a life of abundance, not of possessions or property but of an abundance of Him and all that He is! There is nothing sweeter than being in the Presence of God, and Jesus is offering that to you today!


Another thing about this verse is that in both instances, they had been out all night fishing and caught nothing, yet Jesus tells them to try one more time, and guess what? He delivers! Do we trust the Lord when He tells us to do something that doesn’t make sense or that seems like a waste of time? Do we trust that He knows what He is doing better than us? Do we sit and argue or complain, or do we, like the disciples, trust and obey? Jesus is telling you today to cast your cares upon Him as you cast your nets in the water of life! Jesus is the Truth, and He speaks only Truth, so listen to the Truth, and you will walk in the Truth and never be put to shame!


1 Peter 5:7 - Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.


God bless! I love you all!!! Glory, Honor, and Praise forever to God Almighty, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit!!! 



Luke 5:32

“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” 


Good morning and God bless!!! After a couple weeks off and seeking the Lord, I felt like God was leading me back here, and let me tell you, it’s a blessing to be back!!! I have learned many lessons and truths over the past couple weeks, but the one I feel led to share today is this: God’s loving forgiveness far outweighs my sin, and my expectations do not dictate His actions. Throughout my walk, there have been sins that I deem worse than others, and when I commit those, I expect to find a harsher or sterner Father. But that’s just not true.


Yes, there are different consequence for our actions, but our Father in Heaven does not change or love us any less. He simply can’t! Jesus gave His life for the angry Stephen as much as the prideful one, He gave His life for the selfish Stephen as much as the sexually immoral one, Jesus called sinner Stephen to repentance, not the righteous one. Jesus never said I was forgiven for everything but that one big sin. That’s not how it works, and I believed a lie straight from the pits of Hell.


The size or severity of our sin does not dictate or change His love for us!!! His blood will always be more than enough to reconcile us to the Father, break every chain, heal every wound, and renounce every lie. Lucky for us, the first qualification to come to Jesus is pretty simple: you must be a sinner, and that, my friends, is something we all have in common!!!


Be encouraged and be encouraging!!! I love you all, God bless, and glory to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!!!





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