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Deaconess Feyi Okulate

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. 

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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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We serve a God that never Fails. His blessings are new every morning and He also expects us to bring our praise to Him everyday. He is the God of yesterday, today, and forever. He is not a respecter of persons. He can never change. Psalm 34:1-2 says “I will bless The Lord at all times and His praise shall continually be in my mouth, my soul shall make her boast in The Lord”. God wants us to change from singing songs of defeat, grumbling and lamentation into singing songs of joy, songs of praise, songs of victory, songs of deliverance and songs of adoration.         
1. Singing An New Song: We should sing a new song unto The Lord. There are many references in the Bible showing us that we should sing a new song unto The Lord. Ps. 33:3 says “Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy”. Ps. 40:3 says “He puts a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God; many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD”. Ps. 96:1 says “Sing to the LORD, a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth”. Ps. 98:1 says “Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him”. Ps. 144:9 says “I will sing a new song to you, O God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you”. Ps. 149:1 says “Praise the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints”. Isa 42:10 says “Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth”. We must learn to sing a new song in every situation.                

 

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Spirit is the force within a person that is believed to give the body life, energy, and power. It is the inner quality or nature of a person; the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; or the soul. Living in the Spirit means living as a child of God. Romans 8:14 says “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba, Father.”

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To activate means to make something active or function. Prophecy means foretelling or predicting what is to come. It is something that is declared by a prophet, especially a divinely inspired prediction, instruction, or exhortation. A promise is a declaration that something will or will not be done or given. The prophet and his people both have responsibilities. The duty of a prophet is to proclaim God’s message faithfully; and the people’s duty is to receive and apply it to their lives. Prov. 3:5 says“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.” In Lk. 1:29 - 37 the word of the Lord came to Mary. She received God’s word with humility and faith and said to the angel - let it be unto me according to your word. 

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Thanksgiving is an expression of gratitude, especially to God. It is the act of giving thanks, grateful acknowledgement of benefits or favors, especially to God. Only God is reliable and dependable. He is the unchangeable changer and the unmovable mover. He is the mountain mover and the one who opens doors. We must always remember to give thanks because this is the will of God for all of us (I Thess. 5:18). It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord and to sing thy praise O Most High (Psalm 92: 1). Even in times of tragedy, we should give thanks to God for what remains because He is the reason why we have not lost everything. When there is life, there is hope. It is of the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness (Lam. 3:22). Our God is everything to us. He is Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Shammah, Jehovah Jireh, and Jehovah Rohi. He supplies our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.        

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 Rehoboth means the Lord has made room for us. Rehoboth is a place of enlargement. It can also mean the Promised Land or Place of comfort. It is a place is where things are settled, where our minds are at peace. Num.23:23 says there is no enchantment against Jacob; at Rehoboth, nobody will be able to question or challenge the doing of the Lord in our lives. There is a place that the Lord has prepared for us. When we get to our Rehoboth, every dream that God has given to us will surely come pass regardless of how we may feel right now.

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In these times we need to depend on God for everything because the days are evil. We need to depend on Him for our family, work, ministry, and every other area of our lives. To be dependable means to be capable of being depended on; it means to be worthy of trust; or reliable. Dependable also means trustworthy, reliable, tried and true, safe, secure, or good. Our God is dependable; you can trust him and you can rely on Him for everything. He is Jehovah Shammah because He is present everywhere; we can look up to God because He is the Divine Helper, Creator, Providence, Security, Safety, Protective Provision , and  Divine Constancy. We can trust Him with all our heart (Prov. 3: 5) because He has promised He will never leave nor forsake us (Heb. 13: 5). God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him we were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

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The Bible says in II Cor. 4: 8 – 9 that “we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” To be caged means to be barred in a room or fenced enclosure as in a prison. A prison is a place of confinement or captivity and a prisoner is a person deprived of liberty and kept under involuntary restraint, confinement, or custody. Caged times are terrifying moments; times you feel stranded or frustrated, times of fear, anxiety, trouble, weariness, or confusion.

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Overflow means to be filled beyond capacity and a sign means an indication or evidence of something. Wonder means amazement, or something that makes you to wonder because it is unusual.In Exodus 5: 1 – 2 and 12: 29, God showed the Pharaoh of Egypt some signs so he could let the children of Israel go free from their captivity. In Daniel 3, king Nebuchadnezzar saw the wonders of the Almighty God when he threw God’s children into the fiery furnace. The Children of Israel saw the wonders of God at the waters of Meriba (Ex. 17: 5,7) and eating of the bread from heaven (Manna). The woman with the issue of blood saw the wonder of God when she received her healing (Lk. 8: 43-48). The multitude experienced the wonder of God when Jesus fed them with five loaves and two fishes. We too can experience a life of overflow and see the wonder and the glory of God as long as we are willing to surrender or release whatever we have into His hands... 

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