Launching Out Into the Deep

Launching Out Into the Deep

Sometimes, God calls us to get in over our heads… Launching out into the deep requires you go deeper in your faith, hope, and trust in God.*

Jesus Calls Us Deeper

When Jesus 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!  A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.

When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.”  For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. Luke 5:4-9 NLT

Jesus called Peter to be his disciple on a rough day.  Peter and his companions had been out all night fishing and they caught nothing.  Tired, hungry, surrounded by a multitude of people, Peter tried to stretch out and clean his net so that they could go out fishing again that night. He had a lot of people depending on him as a business owner; he couldn’t afford another day without catching fish. The multitude was pressing Jesus and power was going out of Him so that everyone around was being healed (Luke 5:1-11).  Before Peter knew it, Jesus had stepped on his boat and charged him to put out a little from the land so that He could sit down and teach the crowd.  Peter didn’t mind. In fact, listening to Jesus teach made the tedious work of washing nets go faster.  He had heard about Jesus and he was curious to know if the message and the messenger was real.

After Jesus stopped speaking, he asked Peter to launch out to the deep and let down their nets for a catch.  This was completely ridiculous.  Peter, as a fisherman knew that the right time to fish was at night. He also knew that you caught more fish in shallow water.  Peter wanted to correct this rabbi, but he had spoken with such authority that he simply said “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net” (Luke 5:5).  It was at this point that Peter knew he was not dealing with any ordinary rabbi.  Not only did they catch fish during the day in deep waters, they caught so many fish that their net was breaking and they had to get their partners to come and help them. Both boats almost sank.  Simon Peter was so overwhelmed by the supernaturally abundant catch of fish, that he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Master, leave. I’m a sinner and can’t handle this holiness. Leave me to myself.”(Luke 5:8 Message)

But Jesus looked deeper into Peter.  Others saw a rough, impetuous fisherman to spoke more than he thought.  They laughed and called him “Simon” which means “shifting sand” But Jesus called him “Peter” which means rock.  He saw the potential in Peter to be a great leader who would “catch” men. 

Launching Out into the Deep Waters

Jesus is constantly calling us to launch out into deeper waters. He is calling you to go deeper in Him… to trust and rely on Him more. He wants to increase your impact on other people. He is going to multiply your efforts. Even if you have toiled all night, you can through your net on the other side of the boat and have a “supernatural-catch.” 

Be Encouraged Every Day!

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Eternal Hope

Have you ever heard your mom say, “this too shall pass?”

I used to hate it when my mother said this.  If the saying seems old-fashioned think of it as time tested.  My mom said this to me when I was upset with something as a girl.  I’ve long since forgotten those temporary teenage trials, but I remember her words of truth.

What are you going through that if you just endure the present trial you’ll get to the other side? Try not to over stress and try not to take that perspective that’s so temporary and remember those word, “this too shall pass.”  Trials are temporary, but God is eternal hope.

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Overcome Your Fear with Faith #FearlessFaith

Overcome Your Fear with Faith

If you want to learn about prayer you gotta have faith. You have to believe that as a result of your prayers that God will reward you when purposefully pursue Him. You will be able to overcome your fear with faith.

Overcome Fear with Faith

“And it is impossible to please God without faith.

Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists

and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”

Hebrews 11:6 NLT

To be diligent is to actively and energetically chase after God. It’s not as though He is hiding from you. It’s similar to when you were little and played hide-and-seek with your father. He wasn’t really hiding when He stood behind the tree. He was anticipating that you would find him.

God wants you to find Him. He longs to be discovered for who He truly is. He created us with a capacity to be intimate. To actively pursue God through prayer fulfills our own longing in the soul of desiring to know and be known. There is no one who knows us better than the ONE who created us and established a purpose for our lives.

If we don’t replace fear with faith, we will be led down the dangerous path of unbelief and disobedience. Unbelief accuses God at His very essence. It puts God on trial to prove Himself while denying the undeniable evidence all around.

To engage in prayer is to declare war on the demonic forces of fear that accuse God. These accusations can come as subtle thoughts against the power of God. Fear will manifest as insecurity, concern, despair, doubt dread, horror, panic, agitation, unease, fright, and terror.

Many of us do not fulfill the call of God on our lives because we are shackled by fear. Every time we try to move forward, the devil uses fear to try to stop us.

Replacing Fear with Faith

Replacing fear with faith in your prayer life requires more than just knowing that you should do it. Most Christians that I know have a general sense that fear is from the enemy and that faith if from God. ….

Four reasons that you and I do not overcome fear with faith 100 % of the time:

1. We do not pray with faith and focus.

2. We are unaware of the strategies of the enemy

3. We do not walk with a faith-filled mindset

4. We do not walk in a faith-filled Life-Style

All of us have promises from heaven that are not yet fulfilled. Some of the reason for this has to do with timing or season of life. Yet much of our under-developed potential has to do with overcoming obstacles and walking in faith.

Fearless Faith

I wrote this ebook as a simple guide on how to walk in fearless faith. Click the picture to download your copy.

To have fearless faith does not mean that you don’t experience fear. It means that you face your fears and overcome them with faith.

I would love to hear comments about how faith has impacted your life. What new unknown territories are you walking into that require faith?


Faith Unlocks Destiny #FearlessFaith

Faith Unlocks Destiny

Faith fueled the desire to run in a sickly, poor black girl with braces on her legs from polio. “I’m tired of being sick” she told her doctor who had treated her for scarlet fever, whooping cough, measles and chicken pox. Every morning she got up and put on the cold braces on her legs, but her heart was warmed with faith. She had fight in her spirit. Her name was Wilma Rudolph who in 1960 became the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympic Games.

Faith Unlocks Destiny

How does a a crippled girl fight through sickness, poverty, and racism to achieve her dreams?– FAITH!

Every God-sized dream requires faith to open the door.  What God-sized dream do you have in your life that needs to be unlocked by faith?

Faith is believing in the power of God to prevail in your life situation. Faith is a confident belief and hope and fuels consistency and determination. 

To have faith is to believe in the power of God to change the universe through the simplicity and mystery of walking with God.

Faith courageously moves forward convinced that God is all knowing, all powerful, and always present. Faith is fearless reliance on the God of the universe to be personally involved in the daily details of life.

If you want to succeed in life, you gotta have faith. You have to believe that as a result of your prayers that God will reward you when purposefully pursue Him:

“And it is impossible to please God without faith.

Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists

and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”

Hebrews 11:6 NLT

To be diligent is to actively and energetically chase after God. It’s not as though He is hiding from you. It’s similar to when you were little and played hide-and-seek with your father. He wasn’t really hiding when He stood behind the tree. He was anticipating that you would find him.

He longs to be discovered for who He truly is. He created us with a capacity to be intimate. To actively pursue God through prayer fulfills our own longing in the soul of desiring to know and be known. There is no one who knows us better than the ONE who created us and established a purpose for our lives. He is the ONE who impregnates you with vision for your destiny in life. But only you can carry his dream to fulfillment. You have to put your faith into action.

Putting Faith into Action

When Wilma Rudolph began to run, she was putting her faith into action. She became fearless in her resolve to pursue her dream. She had no promises that she would succeed, but her legs became stronger with each length that she ran.

You put your faith into action every time you overcome your fears…

…fears of failure

…fears of the unknown

…fears of humiliation

…fears of rejection

…fears of pain

I don’t know what your list of fears are — but I know that if you are human, you have struggled with fear. Fear is a common foe to all of us. It chases us down in the middle of the night. It accuses us and assaults us by parading our imperfection before us. Fear shows us the difficult climb ahead. Fear takes facts and twists them till they become exaggerated in our minds.

Fearless Faith

I wrote this ebook as a simple guide on how to walk in fearless faith. Click the picture to download your copy.

fearless faith

Click Picture to Download Your Copy

To have fearless faith does not mean that you don’t experience fear. It means that you face your fears and overcome them with faith.

I would love to hear comments about how faith has impacted your life. What new unknown territories are you walking into that require faith?


Success – The One Degree Difference

Success occurs when we accomplish our God-given purpose in life. Sometimes just a one degree difference can propel us forward into our calling. God has made us with an innate desire to succeed.

The one degree difference