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To launch out is to send forth or release something. Deep means reaching or advancing far down, for example, a deep dive. In Heb. 11:1 the Bible says "Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen". Heb. 10:38 also says "The just shall live by faith". This message is based on a story in Luke 5: 1 – 11. Part of the story reads thus in NLT: “[1]One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. [2] He noticed two empty boats at the water's edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. [3] Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. In these first 3 verses, we see how Jesus came on the scene to fulfill His divine plan for Simon’s life. When your set time to receive your miracle comes, you will catch the attention of the King of Kings. In Mk. 10:46-52, Blind Bathemeaus received his miracle when he met Jesus. In 1Samuel 1, Hannah received her miracle at Shiloh. For us to receive our miracles, however, we must be willing to leave our comfort zones like the blind man and Hannah did. As a church, for us to fulfill God's divine plan for us we may have to leave the shore of our sanctuary and launch out into the deep to reach out to lost souls on the streets and in the by-ways.

1. The Role of Faith: In the situations of life, we have to exercise our faith and launch out into the deep. In v.4, Peter did. “Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught”. The only way we can keep our vision alive is by launching out into the deep.

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The last conversation Jesus had with His disciples before He went back to heaven was known as the great commission? In Matthew 28:18-20 the Bible says "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen”.  From this scripture, it is clear that the disciples of Jesus and every Christian have a mandate: to teach the word of God to all nations, and to baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In other words, the mandate of God for us is to be a witness.        
1. Who is a witness? A witness is a person present at some event and is able to give information about it. A witness is a person giving sworn testimony. A witness tells all he has seen. A witness is a person whose existence attests or proves something. 

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We all, like new things but unfortunately, many of us are carrying old glory. We can excite people with old glory and not inspire them. If we do not inspire, we will expire.           
In Isaiah 43:13 the Bible says "Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it? (Isaiah 43:13 KJV)".         
Our God reigns from everlasting to everlasting. He is the same yesterday today and forever. God wants us to forget the old glory and expect something new. God wants us to grow from glory to glory. The glory of ten years ago should be different from the current glory.     

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