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Why would Jesus borrow Simon Peter’s boat to preach?
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We know that Jesus’ earthly father Joseph was a carpenter, and it was likely that Jesus learnt the skills of being a carpenter as He grew up.
I always wondered, why did Jesus have to borrow the boat? Couldn’t He build a fishing boat of His own?
The Holy Spirit helped me see something I had not seen before.
Here’s why He did not.
At the time when Jesus borrowed Peter’s boat, Peter and the rest of the fishermen were done with their day’s work.
Only this time there was no catch of fish.
Which meant absolutely no income. It was a day of loss for the business.
Peter must have even thought to himself, at least Jesus is making use of the boat to preach the Word.
But Jesus did not think that way.
The Gospel does not need compromised platforms.
It’s the other way around. The compromised platforms need the Gospel.
Peter had accepted it as a day of Loss.
Jesus desired to change that compromising mindset.
Jesus wanted to help Peter find Success at a time and place where he thought it was not possible.
For that to happen, Peter had to first give.
Jesus was putting into motion the law of sowing and reaping.
Let me say that again, PETER HAD TO GIVE!
Jesus used the same boat that had just yielded no profit.
So, what happened?
Once Jesus took over, His anointing broke the power of the Loss-causing spirit.
A day of Loss was turned into a day of Profit.
What do we learn?
Whatever we give to the Lord, whether it is our time, our talent, a gift, our offerings, or tithes, whether it’s helping someone in need, every form of giving is for our good.
When we give to the Lord, the Lord can break the mentality which makes us think that it is impossible to find a breakthrough in a certain area of life.
When we give to the Lord, we receive favour to break into areas of life which we never thought we could find success in.
When we give to the Lord, He can change our attitude and mindset.
When we give to the Lord, He can change our level of Success.
When we give to the Lord, He can turn the Loss into Profit.
Father I pray that you break the mindset that blocks my blessings, the mindset that blocks me from fulfilling what you want me to accomplish. Change my mindset to see profitability and not to focus on the Loss that I see. Break the past experiences of Loss. Today, break the power of every Loss-causing spirit affecting my life, my career, my family, my job, my business and my ministry.
Enable me to give Lord so that you can bless me today and in the days to come with abundance.
I pray this in Jesus precious Name.
He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then He sat down and taught the people from the boat.
When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”
For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken.
Luke chapter 5 (NIV)