The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

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Admitting I am wrong is hard. Have you ever had to swallow your pride and admit you were wrong? James 5:16Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.[1] Confession is powerful and often brings healing to the situation. God did not design us to carry the weight of sin; it weighs us down.

Cain Refuses to Admit He is Wrong

Cain had murdered his brother Abel. What does God do about it?

Genesis 4:One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him. Afterward the Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother? Where is Abel?”

“I don’t know,” Cain responded. “Am I my brother’s guardian?”

10 But the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground! 11 Now you are cursed and banished from the ground, which has swallowed your brother’s blood. 12 No longer will the ground yield good crops for you, no matter how hard you work! From now on you will be a homeless wanderer on the earth.” [2]

 God doesn’t confront Cain with an accusation, but with a question: “Where is your brother?” I think He did this to give room for Cain to admit his guilt. Instead, Cain ties to divert the blame by asking another question. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Would Cain’s punishment have been lessened if he admitted his guilt? Scripture has no comment. But consideringly God’s grace when others repented, I believe it would have.

Do You Need to Admit You’re Wrong?

If we are honest with ourselves, we all need to confess our wrongs. The Lord brings this to our minds, not to beat us down but to free us from a burden. I have found this verse to be encouraging: Hebrews 12:1Since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.[3]

Admitting I am wrong is humbling. When we humble ourselves before the Lord and ask for forgiveness we can be restored. When we don’t repent and ask for forgiveness we will not be forgiven. 1 John 1:9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.[4]  

A Prayer for the Peace of Forgiveness of Sins

 Lord God, when my soul is in turmoil, it is usually because I am convicted of sin. My soul will not be at peace with a sinner’s conscience. It will not allow me to have any sort of peace. Therefore, I come to You to plead forgiveness in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Let His blood shed on the cross pour over me and wash away all my sins. Look upon me not in my nature, but as one who is united to Your beloved Son. Amen. [5]

To hear more about Abel, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-abel


[1-4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[5] https://connectusfund.org/25-strong-prayers-for-forgiveness-of-sins

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Your life is important to God! It was God’s idea to create you. God chose you! It was God’s idea to develop a plan for your life. It was God’s idea to send His Son Jesus into the world to die for your sins so you could be called to faith. Psalm 139 gives insight into how important you are to Him and how much He pays attention to you.

Psalm 139:13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. [1]

Was Abel Important to God?

What happens when a person’s life is taken like Abel’s was? Does God pay any attention? Is He aware of the problem? As our story unfolds, we see that God is well aware of what happened and deeply saddened by the death of Abel.

Genesis 4:One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him. Afterward the Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother? Where is Abel?” “I don’t know,” Cain responded. “Am I my brother’s guardian?” 10 But the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground! [2] Abel was so important that his blood cried out from the ground, God heard, and did something about it.

Your Importance Caused God to Act

The love of Jesus is not just talk, but action. Jesus knew the only way we could be forgiven was for Him to die in our place. Your life is so important to the Lord that he paid the price on the cross for every sin we will ever commit. 1 Peter 2:24Jesus personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.  When we come to faith, the Lord brings healing to us by forgiving our sins and setting us on a new path in life.

Your Life is Important to God.

 He has a plan and something for you to do. He has something special that He wants you to accomplish. You have been put on this world for a purpose. God wants to use you to touch the lives of your friends and family with the good news of Jesus. Your life matters because God has a plan for you to do that only you can do. God has good plans for your life, so when you feel like your life doesn’t matter, realize that God says it does.

You are important. God puts a value on your life that is beyond description. He loves you more than you can ever comprehend. So, when you begin to feel like you don’t matter and want to give up, remind yourself that you matter to God.

To hear more about Abel, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-abel


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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A friend and his wife were overjoyed when they brought their firstborn home from the hospital. They had great expectations for this child. Then tragedy struck. The child died from sudden infant death syndrome. The parents and family were devastated. They could choose to be bitter or better.

This couple turned to the Lord for comfort, strength, encouragement during a time of loss of a precious child. They chose to be better and not bitter. The news is filled with people who sustain great losses. It could be an injury, death, or other calamity. Each will react to misfortune differently.

Cain was Bitter

Abel, the second son of Adam and Eve, desired to please the Lord because of his faith. He brought an offering to the Lord that was from the best portions of his firstborn lambs. Cain’s offering of grain displeased God; something in Cain’s heart offended the Lord.

The Lord warned Cain to do what was right.  Genesis 4:One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him. [1] Cain was angry with God, he could choose to be bitter or better. He chose bitterness and this resulted in the murder of his brother.

Eve was Better

Scriptures doesn’t comment on Adam and Eve’s reaction to the murder of Abel. We do get some insight at the birth of the next son. Genesis 4:25 Adam had sexual relations with his wife again, and she gave birth to another son. She named him Seth, for she said, “God has granted me another son in place of Abel, whom Cain killed.”[2] God knew in detail the devastation caused by the tragedy of Abel’s death. Eve gives God credit for helping them grow their family.

Be Better not Bitter

We all must guard ourselves from becoming bitter when faced with a great loss. Our enemy, satan, will use bitterness in your life to destroy you and those around you. Be reassured that God is with you in pain and He understands the pain of the death of His Son, Jesus.

 You are not alone in your suffering as Jesus hears the cries of your heart and cares about every detail of your life. 1 Peter 5:Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. [3]

 Isn’t it comforting to know that God Almighty cares about you! It may seem like your life has been shaken to the core, but His love for you is nevershaken. You have a choice, you can be bitter or better.  Isaiah 54:10 For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you. [4]

No matter how bad things may seem, God is in control. On this side of eternity, we don’t always understand why things happen. We can only trust the Lord that His word is true and He is always with you. Let me leave you with these words from Jesus: John 14:27“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”[5]

To hear more about Cain and Abel, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-abel


[1-5] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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I like stories of individuals who are being an overcomer. These stories are motivational and faith building. I met a pastor in Russia a few years ago who was jailed for a period of time because he passed out Christian tracts about Jesus. That experience did not stop him but helped build his resolve to build the Kingdom.

Corrie Ten Boom and her sister Betsy were placed in a concentration camp during World War II because they hid Jews in their home. They led many Jewish women to Jesus during their interment. They never gave up hope that Jesus was with them through this terrible ordeal. Each day they were overcomers. Betsy would eventually die in the camp, but not before she gave everything she had to help others. What a celebration there must have been when she entered heaven and was given the crown of life.

Failure to Overcome

The story of Adam and Eve’s first son Cain gives us insight into the importance of being an overcomer.  Genesis 4:When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.

“Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” [1]

Sin was ready to spring upon Cain like a lion ready to strike its prey, but he did not subdue it. As a result he later killed his brother Abel. Cain’s failure to be an overcomer would haunt him the rest of his life.

How to be an overcomer

What about you? How can I become an overcomer and not fall into the enemy’s trap?


To hear more about the story of Cain and Abel, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-abel


[1-7] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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Have you ever been humbled by a life experience? In high school, I made a desk in woodworking class. It was full of mistakes and lacked good workmanship. I didn’t know as much as I thought I did, and it was humbling. Humility leads to being teachable.

The next semester I was much more open to learning new things. I realized I needed more training and experience to be a good woodworker. Often life experiences can humble us, and we realize we are not as smart or as good as we thought we were. When we fail, the Holy Spirit can show us the reason if we only listen.

Cain wasn’t Teachable

Cain was the first-born child of Adam and Eve, but he had one major flaw that would work to destroy him. That major flaw was not being teachable. If we cling to that same flaw it will work to destroy us because satan does not want you to be teachable!

Genesis 4:1Now Adam had sexual relations with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant. When she gave birth to Cain, she said, “With the Lord’s help, I have produced a man!” Later she gave birth to his brother and named him Abel.

When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground. When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.

“Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him. [1]

Learning to be Teachable from Scripture

Stories in the Bible can show us what to do and what not to do. In the story of Cain, the Lord shows us the folly of pride and being unteachable. Life for Cain could have been different, but he chose not to listen to the Lord and humble himself. He chose to harden his heart and thus, be unteachable. You see, humility leads to being teachable.

Jesus gives a lesson on being teachable. Mark 4:25 For whoever has [a teachable heart], to him more [understanding] will be given; and whoever does not have [a yearning for truth], even what he has will be taken away from him.[2]

The Lord makes it very plain in this verse. If you are teachable there is an abundance of spiritual wisdom from the Lord and it will transform you. The Apostle Paul comments on the positive things that happen when we are teachable. Romans 12:Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. [3]

Being Teachable Opens a New World

Our mind is renewed when our heart is open to God’s word. It changes how we see ourselves, others and the Lord. We realize we need a Savior and want to ask Him into our heart and into our life. As our heart is transformed, we desire to seek out God’s plan for our life. We no longer are driven by our plan, but the Lord’s plan. Humility leads to being teachable, and when we are teachable, the Lord opens a whole new world for us.

Matthew 6:33“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” [4]

To hear more about Cain and Abel, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-abel


[1,3,4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.

Hebrews 11:6 ~ Today's Bible Verse | News and Views

The most important aspect of any person is faith in the Jesus. Be assured, faith in the Lord makes a difference. Have you placed your faith in Jesus as your Savior or are you struggling with that? What does the Bible tell us about the importance of faith? 

Hebrews 11:6And 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. [1] Faith in the Lord opens doors no one can shut, and lack of faith sends our life in a spiral away from God and His blessings. When we talk about faith it means to believe to the extent of complete trust and reliance—‘to believe in, to have confidence in, to have faith in, to trust, faith, trust.’[2] That trust is in God Himself.

Faith of Abel

Heb.11:It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith. [3]  

What motivated Abel to bring such an offering? It was faith. It was trust in the Lord. His offering was motivated from his heart to please God. Abel’s offering was a response to what was inside of him because our actions often show what is on the inside.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:17, “A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit.”[4]The fruit that came from Abel was an offering that God loved. The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Cor. 5:7, “For we live by believing and not by seeing.”[5] Where is the Lord asking you to step out in faith? How would your life change for the better if you did? What is holding you back?

Faith is Trusting the Lord

Faith really determines what the Lord can do in your life. God asks, “do you trust Me?” It is difficult for the Lord to work in our life if we don’t trust Him. When I was 37 years old, I felt led to become a pastor. I had faith the Lord had truly called me, so my wife and I quit our jobs, moved, and I went back to school for three years. At the time we had three kids, ages five and under.

Many people could not understand why we would do such a thing. It really came down to having faith and trusting the Lord. Faith in the Lord makes a difference.

My wife got a job at a large hospital that had not hired anyone in that position for two years. Wow! We sold our house in two weeks. Wow! We could step out in faith because we trusted the Lord.

The Lord is also with you as you take steps of faith! Faith gives you confidence like Abel to move ahead. It neutralizes fear and allows you to move forward.

Prayer placing your faith in Jesus:

“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. I need and want You in my life. Jesus Christ gave His life for me on the cross at Calvary, and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”[6]

To hear more about the faith of Abel, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-abel


[1,3-5] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 375). New York: United Bible Societies.

[6] https://www.allaboutgod.com/salvation-prayer.htm

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When did you receive Jesus’ call to follow Him? How has that changed your life? We, at times, think the disciples were flawless and some kind of super humans. Our story today shows us differently and I think gives us hope as we see Jesus at work.

First Call

Luke 5: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. 10 His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed. Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” 11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.[1]

Peter went out into deeper water as Jesus directed for a great catch. Then Jesus asked him to go out into deeper spiritual water and follow Him. Peter obeyed the call to follow for three years, but just prior to Jesus’ death, Peter denied Jesus three times. He was guilty and confused, unsure of what was ahead. So, Peter goes fishing, again.

Second Call

In a repeat of the first call, Jesus again directs a great catch. Peter realizes the man on shore is Jesus and rushes in to see Him. Peter can only admit a friendship love for Jesus. He knows he has not been fully committed and devoted. Still Jesus tells Peter to “feed His sheep” or care for the believers. God has a task ahead for Peter, even if at this point, Peter can only admit to being a friend.

Then Jesus says, John 21: 18 “I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”[2]

In this conversation, Jesus again calls Peter and restores him to leadership. Peter would follow Jesus and glorify God in his life and death.

Our Call

When we hear Jesus’ call to follow, we are usually afraid, but Jesus tells us not to be. When Peter followed Jesus, he did not know where this would lead him or what an amazing gift the Lord was giving him.

Jesus is also calling us to come follow Him! For some He is calling you to faith. For others He is calling you into deeper spiritual water. For others He is calling you a second or third time. You may have stopped on your spiritual journey. You may need words of encouragement to get up and keep going. Luke 9:23 Then Jesus said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.[3]

There is no greater call in life than to follow Jesus! There is no greater reward you will ever receive than to be a follower of Jesus. To follow Jesus begins on earth and takes you all the way to heaven itself one day. The call of Jesus will not be easy, but the difficulty of our call is what molds us to be the kind of people He desires.

To hear more about the second call of Peter, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/encountering-jesus-with-peter


[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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A pastor friend made the headline in the local paper. It wasn’t a positive thing because he had been fired by his church. He knew he had an anger problem and had prayed that the Lord would help him overcome the problem but never imagined that God’s solution would be to lose his job. He learned humility leads to restoration through treatment and mentoring. In time, he would be restored to pastor another church. He would be the first to admit that because of these events, he was a much better pastor.

Humility

Humility means the quality of having a humble view of one’s own importance.[1] Peter had been humbled. He had promised to never desert his Savior the night before Jesus’ death. But, as all four Gospels record, before the cock crowed the next morning, Peter denied Jesus three times. Jesus had warned Peter that this would happen, but Peter refused to believe it.

After Peter had denied knowing Jesus the third time, the cock crowed, and Jesus turned to look at him. Peter, realized what he had done and began to weep bitterly. Peter was carrying a large burden because of his failure, but Jesus took the initiative to restore him. Peter’s humility leads to restoration.

Restoration

Restoration means bringing back to a former position or condition: reinstatement. [2] The other disciples knew Peter failed and denied Jesus. It seems to be the “elephant in the room.” How could they trust Peter? Would he do the same to them? Jesus had plans for Peter to be a leader in the room and wanted to deal with the issue.

The Greek has several words for love while English only has one. Here is the story from the Amplified version:

John 21: 15 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these [others do—with total commitment and devotion]?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend].” Jesus said to him, “Feed My lambs.” 16 Again He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me [with total commitment and devotion]?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend].” Jesus said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me [with a deep, personal affection for Me, as for a close friend]?” Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, “Do you [really] love Me [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend]?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend].” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.[3]

Restored to Grow in Faith

 After his failure, Peter could only admit a love of friendship, not a love of total commitment and devotion. Peter denied Jesus three times and Jesus asked Peter if he loves Him three times. The third time, Jesus comes down to Peter’s level and asked if he loves Him as a friend. Peter is hurt but still claimed a friendship love.

Then Jesus goes onto describe how Peter will glorify Him in death. I always thought this was a bit of a disconnect in the story until I realized that Jesus was predicting a martyr’s death for Peter. At this time Peter could only admit a love of friendship, but there would come a time when Peter’s love would grow into a love of total commitment and devotion. For it is only that kind of love that someone would die for.

Humility & Restoration

Do you need to humble yourself before the Lord? Do you need to be restored by Jesus today? Our humility leads to restoration. The Lord always takes the initiative. He convicts us of our sin through the work of the Holy Spirit. It begins with Him! When we humble ourselves and turn from our sin and towards God in repentance, He restores us. He is a God of restoration that is why He gave His life for us upon the cross. Romans 5:8: But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.[4]

To hear more of the story of Peter, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/encountering-jesus-with-peter


[1] Soanes, C., & Stevenson, A. (Eds.). (2004). Concise Oxford English dictionary (11th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

[2] Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. (Eleventh ed.). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc.

[3] Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.

[4]  Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ro 5:8). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers

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The importance of comfort and encouragement is apparent around the world each day. A child will fall, and a parent will come and comfort and encourage him. A player will make a costly mistake in a sports game and be comforted and encouraged by team members. Someone will receive a disappointing doctor’s report and receive comfort and encouragement from someone they love.

Perhaps, for whatever reason, you need comfort and encouragement today. Everyone has a built in need to be comforted and encouraged. The Lord has designed us for relationship, and it is in these relationships that we can be comforted and encouraged.

Disciples Were Comforted and Encouraged

Peter and the rest of the disciples were confused. They didn’t know what the future would hold for them. Jesus had told them many things, but they hadn’t understood all of it. That would come later when the Holy Spirit would give them insight. But in the interim, the disciples needed comfort and encouragement, so the resurrected Jesus comes to them a third time.

John 21:Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards from shore. When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread.

10 “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said. 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore. There were 153 large fish, and yet the net hadn’t torn.

12 “Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish. 14 This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead. [1]

Not only did Jesus enable them to have a huge catch of fish, He had breakfast ready for them. They were able to sit around the fire, eat, and talk as they encountered Jesus in a new way.

Do you need Comfort and Encouragement?

Jesus showed up just at the right time for the disciples and still does that for us today. We can talk to Him anytime we want in prayer and He can speak to us through His word and the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus knows the importance of comfort and encouragement.

Isaiah 41:10: Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. [2]

Romans 15:13: I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. [3]

To hear more about how Jesus comforted and encouraged His disciples, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/encountering-jesus-with-peter


[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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In elementary school, I had a physical education teacher who would continually tell us to “listen up.” We were a rowdy bunch and we needed to be quiet and listen to his instructions. If we didn’t listen, we wouldn’t know how to play the game. Learning to listen to teachers is good training for our spiritual walk because listening unfolds God’s plan. Not listening in P.E.class has minor consequences, but not listening to the Lord has more serious consequences.

Listen AND Obey

In Luke 5, Peter had been fishing all night and caught nothing. Jesus came and told him to let down his nets in the deep. Now Peter was a professional fisherman, and this advice would go against all he knew about fishing. But Peter obeyed and had an astonishing catch. It was after this catch of a lifetime that Jesus called Peter into ministry.

Now, three years later, our story must feel like déjà vu to Peter. John 21:Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.” “We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night. At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was. He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” “No,” they replied. Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it. [1]

Peter had free will on each occasion and yet listened and obeyed when it was not the right time to fish. Each time Peter listened to Jesus and obeyed he was successful. Now Jesus was going to recommission Peter for future ministry.

Listening Today

In the scriptures the word “listen” means to listen and obey, not just to hear what was said. This is important as we delve into scripture. We can go our own way and make our life a desert or listen to the Lord and be fruitful in His Kingdom. Listening unfolds God’s plan. How has listening or not listening to the Lord affected your life?  How has the Lord given you a second chance to listen and obey? What does this tell us about our Savior?

To hear more about Peter and his catch, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/encountering-jesus-with-peter


[1]Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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