June 8, 2019 LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE : TOPIC - WITHOUT HIM, TOILING IS INEVITABLE!

 June 8, 2019 LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE : TOPIC - WITHOUT HIM, TOILING IS INEVITABLE!


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LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

 Saturday, June 8, 2019 - World Oceans Day

WITHOUT HIM, TOILING IS INEVITABLE!

READ: John 21:1-10

John 21:1-10  After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.
There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.
Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.

Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.
And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.
And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.
As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.

MEMORISE: Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing”. They said to him, “We are going with you also”. They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing (John 21:3).

EXPOSITION
It is popular among Christians to assert: “If and when God is involved, it does not matter who is not involved. And if and when God is not involved, it does not matter who is involved”. This simply underlies the inevitability of failure when one embarks on a project without God’s consent and commitment. However, this seems to be believed in theory; several of us have not been practicing it!

Peter and other disciples of Jesus Christ chose to fish after they could not see the Master again! Don’t you do that also? (vv.1). Peter and others were proven professional fishermen with excellent antecedents. However, that night, their professionalism and expertise failed them woefully. Why? Jesus Christ was “schemed” out of their schedule.
In the garden, where God put the first man and woman, God didn’t intend man to toil before he could have his daily bread. Toiling is working for a long time and with great effort. God only requested him to tend, mend and keep the garden, and that with the greatest ease (Gen. 2:15-16). But when man fell, he was faced with no option than labouring, toiling and struggling for survival. This has continued since. However, the joy is that Jesus Christ invites who labour and are heavy laden for ease (Matt. 11:28). Heeding ends toiling, hard labour and struggling. All efforts of the disciples yielded nothing without Jesus. Therefore, don’t venture into anything without His full involvement; it is suicidal!

Dear devout, know that without Christ, you can’t but toil (Jn. 15:16). In whatever form or way, Christ must not be put last in your scheme of things, to avoid needless toiling. Note that after Jesus Christ had made Himself available in the boat, the disciples recorded a bountiful catch. If you want this to be your experience, acknowledge Him in all your ways, always, God helping you.

PRAYER POINTS
1. Lord, help me not to be fool of myself as to neglect Your companionship in the journey of my life.
2. Lord, please continue to stay in the boat of my life, marriage, home, career, and business.
3. Holy Spirit, make Your presence unmistakably felt in our churches and nation again!

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: 2 Kings 20:6 – 23:1; John 12:41 – 13:12.
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