9/19/2005 ~ Nevertheless

... "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men." ~ Luke 5:10
      └─> All are called to be fishers of men.

The word of God is effective for those that listen or can hear and obey.

... the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, ... ~ Luke 5:1

You do not see people today clamoring up
or pressing anxiously to hear the word of God.
More in fact, stadiums fill by the 1000s to rock and sporting events.
People look to entertainers, movie stars, etc. to hear what they say.
~ God's word is not so popular.

... He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. ~ Luke 5:3

"... nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net." ~ Luke 5:5

~ Called to fish at the wrong time of day,
Today we are also called to let our nets down
contrary to our experience.

Our greatest strength is bravery and courage in the face of insincerity.

If a man will listen and follow Jesus,
though he may have experienced failure,
he can experience tremendous success.

... "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, ... ~ Mark 6:3-4
                                                  └─> A carpenter told a fisherman how to fish?

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen.
~ Hebrews 11:1

~ They had not seen fish.
Nevertheless is the word that allows entrance into implicit faith.

Peter had to put aside His wisdom in experience and hold faith.
It is a higher way less traveled.

  1. God's commands are contrary
      to the wisdom of man.

  2. God's commands are consistent
      since antiquity.

  3. When God's commands are obeyed  
      great and tremendous things
      will be successfully accomplished.

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
... ~ 2nd Timothy 3:1-5

... the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, ...
~ 1st Corinthians 2:10-14

The wisdom of God is designed that we might know God.

... in these last days spoken to us by His Son, ... ~ Hebrews 1:1-4

... God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than man.
~ 1st Corinthians 1:18-25

God warns us and gives His instructions of truth.

... nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness ...
~ Hebrews 12:11

... it has now been revealed by the Spirit ... ~ Ephesians 3:5-6

... So are My ways higher than your ways, ... ~ Isaiah 55:6-9

... I know the way of man is not in himself; ... ~ Jeremiah 10:23

There is a way that seems right to a man, ... ~ Proverbs 14:12

Those who do not trust God hold not His Lve.

Those that have it know it and eternally, humbly, thank Him.

Many profess belief in God but prefer not to speak of Him
in the shadows of their cowering and desire
to remain politically or socially popular.

Belief in God is not the same as trust in God.
Nevertheless, it is faith that consummates trust.

We cannot hold God close in the disobedience of man.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,... ~ Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, ... ~ Proverbs 9:10

We need to open up our hearts to God's word
in order to understand the revealing of His will through His word.

God is love and more importantly: a God enacting justice.
He created us and deserves our obedience.

Do we blame God for the actions of a free man?
Life praises or criticizes the choices we make.
God waits and listens for He hath said it.

The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, ... ~ Proverbs 15:33

... I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; ... ~ Joel 2:28

Knowledge without wisdom of God is nothing.

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: ...
~ 1st Timothy 3:16

... His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life ...
~ 2nd Peter 1:3-5

... for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." ~ Genesis 2:16-17

God means what He says.

... Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, ...
~ Genesis 22:3

... 'On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, ...
~ Exodus 12:3

... So you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD"S Passover. ... ~ Exodus 12:7-12

... I have given Jerico into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor...
~ Joshua 6:2-5

Nevertheless, God's word comes to pass.

Some say, "I can't trust in that" and
"I don't understand why I have to be part of the church to be saved."

... not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, ... ~ Hebrews 10:24-25

... who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing ... ~ Ephesians 1:3-14

... one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, ...
~ Ephesians 4:4-6

... unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God."
~ John 3:3-5

... There is also an antitype which now saves us - baptism (not ...
~ 1st Peter 3:21-22

... were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? ...
~ Romans 6:3-7

... For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. ...
~ 2nd Timothy 2:11-13

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared ... ~ Titus 2:11

... it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, ...
~ Romans 1:16

... their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.
~ Romans 10:1-3

To question God shows lack of faith abolishing the trust we hope for.

No preacher will save you, You have to deal with God's word by yourself.

God is patiently waiting.
We need to think and act God's way.

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, ...
~ Isaiah 26:3-4

God rules over us.
We need to study.
God tells us what to do and how to live.

... they forsook all and followed Him. ~ Luke 5:6-11

... "But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, ...
~ Isaiah 66:1-2

Listen and Obey.

"... nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done." ... ~ Luke 22:39-43

"... you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." ...
~ John 8:31-36

Obedience establishes the reward of joyous peace.

Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: ...
~ 2nd Timothy 2:19

Do you stand with God?

... "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on the earth ..."
~ Matthew 28:18-20

... God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."
~ Acts 2:36

"But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say? ..."
~ Luke 6:46-49

"... 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' "
~ Matthew 7:21-23

Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens ...
~ 2nd Peter 3:13





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