Summary of DON’T GIVE UP And they did not go back to the old ways of thinking and living. They made changes Sunday Lesson On April 19, 2009 * Reverend John Strickland in their lives. They changed their careers. They didn‟t just get new ideas, God-ideas, Bible Verses: Lu. 4: 2 -30; Lu. 5: 1-6; Mt. 27: 46; Lu. 23:46; Jn. 21: 1 - 6 & 1 -19. they used them to transform their lives. That is a message for you, for me, for our president, for the world today. We can‟t keep fishing in the same waters. We‟ve go We have reached the Sunday after Easter. To many followers of Jesus, it seems like to go deeper and we‟ve got to make changes. We‟ve got to transform our lives. And the game is over and it is time to give up. I am here to tell you that you should never we will be so prosperous that our nets will be breaking. give up. The disciples and other followers of Jesus were on the verge of the greatest success ever but they had lost faith and were about to give up. In those days golf and So, what happened when it looked like all was lost? The disciples gave up. They poker had not been invented; so, the men did the only thing they could do: they went got back in the boat and they began fishing in the shallow waters and they were fishing! And Jesus ministered to them there. He taught them one more time how to coming up empty. The message is clear: we cannot go back to the old ways where fish! might have gotten by in life, but we were not thriving. God‟s ideas are what will make us thrive. When the going gets tough, some people retreat backwards to what Let‟s back up and start at the beginning. Jesus did not have a straight line progression was comfortable, but which never worked very well. The disciples went back to the from birth to resurrection and ascension! He taught us how to deal with life and be old fishing hole and fished where the fish were gone. Once again, the Christ, this triumphant. He had a most humble beginning. We all know the Christmas story, but time the “resurrected Christ” shows up. And He asks them, “Children, you have no let‟s take a look at the beginning of His ministry. And remember, He never made it to fish, have you?” and they answer, “No” (Jn. 21: 5 & 6). Then what happens? He tells college and He lived at home until He was thirty. He apparently wasn‟t too them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” And guess successful in carpentry so He took up preaching. In the Bible, right after Luke 4: 15, what? “So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so we find a bold title for the next section, “The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth”. He many fish” (Jn. 21: 6). Charles Fillmore in The Revealing Word tell us, “The „right has just passed his oral examination by the devil in the wilderness and goes to his side‟ is always on the side of Truth, the side of power. Whenever you, the master, are hometown to begin His ministry. He preaches in the temple for the first time and this there, the nests are filled with ideas, because you are in touch with the infinite is the reception He got: “When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with storehouse of wisdom” (P. 170). I say that we need to fish in the deep waters of rage. They got up, drove him out of town, and led him to the brow of the hill on Truth for God‟s divine ideas. which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way” (Luke 4: 28 -30). Now that is a I tell you the previous administration and the current administration of the United humble beginning. But you know that He continues on and builds a fantastic ministry States have been fishing for ideas. They are looking for the ideas which will be full of light, love and healing. And in the end, in Jerusalem, the Holy City, the people and prosperous and turn our economy around. I will also say that as long as they look turn on Him and He is condemned to death. While He is dying, He cries in physical to the shallow waters of economic theory they will not bring up the abundant catch and emotional pain, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27: 46). that all of us want and need right now. And I say to us as individuals, we need to let His human, sense consciousness still exists, but He does not stay in that place. He our nets down on the right side of the boat in deep waters. Let‟s not go back to the soon goes back to a consciousness of oneness with His Father, and says as His final old ways that never really worked to well. The living Christ is inside us now, telling words from the cross, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23: 46). us, “Don‟t give up. Fish in deep waters. Come and follow me in abundant living.” He was both human and divine and we are both human and divine. We are When the risen Christ found His disciples back in the boat, he taught them how to fish commanded to follow Him. again. And finally He said, “Follow me” (Jn. 21: 19). In a sense He was saying, “Get new ideas. Then take action. Get a new life. The old ideas and the old ways of Back to the disciples. They have retreated into human, sense, lack consciousness and living are for a ship of fools! Get on board the new vessel. Get new ideas. Get they are fishing. When Jesus first called them, or some of them, at least, He found excited. Don‟t ever give up. Get up and get going again. The ocean of God‟s ideas is them after they had been fishing all night and had caught nothing. He tells them, “Put unlimited. Get your nets ready, because your good is on the way!” out into the deep water and let down your nest for a catch” (Luke 5: 4). Though they complained at first, they did what He told them, and, wonder of wonders, “they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break” (Luke 5: 6). And “when they had brought their boats to shore, they left every thing and followed him” (Luke 5: 11). Don‟t let the historical meaning obscure the metaphysical meaning for you. The water stands for consciousness. Fish stand for ideas. They had been doing what they had always been doing, that is, fishing in shallow waters. They had to go deeper inside, into God-thoughts within themselves. They did so and caught great ideas.