Here is a rhema promise for everyone who has read the manual, followed all the rules and still not attained the desired results. One leader complained, "I went to a church growth seminar. While I was away some of the folks in the church got discouraged and quit. When I got back home from learning how to help the church grow, I had fewer people than when I went away. I must be doing something wrong."
If anyone knew how to fish, it was Peter. Prior to meeting Jesus, Peter had been a professional fisherman. He knew about fish. He knew their feeding habits, when and where to go looking for them, and how to catch them.
Peter had fished right the evening before. He knew that the fish fed at night up close to the shore, so that's where he fished for them. Yet he had caught nothing. Then along comes Jesus, a carpenter, who tells him to do two things, both contrary to all the rules of good fishing practice.
First, He asks him to fish at the brightest time of the day. (Any lake fisherman knows that when the sun is on the water, the fish all go to the bottom of the lake.) Secondly, Jesus asks Peter to reverse his direction and fish out in the center of the lake rather than along the shore.
Peter knew the habits of fish. But he also knew the power of Jesus' Word. His response to these seemingly contradictory directions was, "Master, we have done it right, but have had no results. However, at Your rhema (Word), we will try it again Your way." The Lord's way worked! His way and His Word will work for us, too!
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