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Disciples of Distinction - Go Deeper

Good Morning Everyone!

If you are like most people today, you dislike someone telling you what to do.

I mean, don't you hate it when your spouse tells you "what you need to do!"

Seriously? Oh come on now!

You're telling me you love it when you're told to stop off at the store and pick up some last minute items, after
you've worked all day? And then, when you finally get home, you are told to take out the trash?

And ladies, don't you just love it, when you're told the baby is crying, and you're upstairs laying down, after fixing dinner, working all day and finished the laundry.

Yeah, I didn't think so!

As Christians, we have to consistently think about how we are presenting ourselves. The reason for this is because God takes holiness very seriously.
Are we “Disciples with Distinction,” we are shown through scripture the what's, why's, and who's of holiness.

Do the standards of conduct and appearance given in Scripture apply to us today?

The Lord’s simple requests often serve as stepping stones to life’s most wonderful blessings. Simon Peter illustrates what can happen when we say yes to God!

When we obey God, we will never be disappointed:

Peter no doubt assumed that Jesus’ fishing instructions would amount to a waste of time. But when he complied with the Lord’s simple request,
Christ brought about a miracle that gripped the disciple with amazement. Jesus turned an empty boat into a full one.
We, like Peter, must recognize that obeying God is always the wisest course of action.
 

He can also take our emptiness—whether related to finances, relationships or career—and change it into something splendid.

Peter’s reply demonstrates the beginning of a lifetime of faith in God. He said, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.
But because you say so, I will let down the nets”

The soon-to-be disciple chose to obey the Lord and to leave the consequences of his decision to him.

But notice what happened as a result of Peter’s obedience; Jesus demonstrated His power and sovereignty.
Peter and his partners may have started the day off thinking their efforts had yielded nothing.
 

But they ended it in complete amazement because they pulled in not one but two overflowing boatloads of fish 
Luke 5:7

Saying yes to the Lord’s request resulted in a miracle that transformed not only one fisherman’s life, but the lives of the entire group.

Perhaps you have hesitated to obey God because you fear the consequences of your decision.
 

But the Lord’s command is for you to fear him above all else.
The same sovereign, omnipotent God who keeps your heart beating and the planets orbiting is more than able to handle the results of your obedience.
 

When he tells you to do something and you know without a doubt it is his will, then you need to obey based solely on who is doing the talking.

When you choose to obey the Lord, he will bless you. This is because obedience always leads to blessing.


I have always told people who say they do not understand why God is asking them to do a certain thing that if they will obey him,
he will reward them with a sense of peace and joy that compares to nothing this world has to offer.
 

Therefore, set a goal to obey the Lord and watch him work in your life.

Our Obedience always benefits others:

Think of how many people were blessed by Peter’s obedience. Not only could the crowd see the Lord and hear his lesson, but Jesus himself also benefited
preaching from the boat enabled him to sit down in comfort while he spoke

Obedience to God is an essential part in receiving His blessings:

Often, God’s greatest blessings come as a result of our willingness to do something that appears very insignificant.
So ask yourself, “Has God been challenging me to do something seemingly unimportant that I have not yet made an effort to accomplish?
 

Is there anything I have rationalized by saying, ‘It’s too difficult,’ ‘I don’t want to’ or ‘I have to pray about it first’”?

When you choose to obey the Lord, he will bless you. This is because obedience always leads to blessing.

He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."

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