Profile cover photo
Profile photo
Rick and Isabella Piña
1,137 followers -
All things are possible to him that believes!
All things are possible to him that believes!

1,137 followers
About
Rick and Isabella's posts

Post has attachment
A Net-Breaking Boat-Sinking Load of Fish (Part 7) -- Believe God!

* You can watch the video version of this message at: https://youtu.be/skeESgIPEIw.

Read Luke 5:1-11, 2 Kings 4:1-7, and John 6:1-15

This morning we continue our series entitled, “The Year of Supernatural Manifestation”, with our mini-series on “The Miracles of Jesus.” For over a week now we have been looking at the story of Simon Peter’s miraculous catch of fish. Along the way I have connected this story to others, like the story of the widow in 2 Kings 4 and Jesus feeding the 5,000 in John 6. This will be the last story about this miracle. On Monday we will move on to the next one. Before I get into my points, allow me to provide a quick recap of the three stories I have mentioned thus far.

In Luke 5, when Jesus was ready to provide a harvest on the seed Simon the fisherman had sown into his ministry, the size of the harvest had nothing to do with the amount of work Simon put in. At that point, the size of the harvest was only connected to size of Simon’s faith. Jesus told him to launch out into the deep and let down his “nets” for a catch. Simon did not truly believe anything was going to happen, so he only put down one net. The amount of his faith was the only limiting factor in the size of his harvest. This had nothing to do with human effort or hard work.

In 2 Kings 4, when the widow gathered her pots, and even borrowed pots as the prophet directed, the woman gathered all the pots she could. Once all the pots were in place, the prophet told her to pour the oil from her SINGLE JAR into all the pots. She did, and miraculously, the oil did not stop until she ran out of pots. God’s provision was not tied to her work or human effort. God’s provision was only limited by her capacity to believe. If she had only gathered a few pots, she would only have received a little oil. Thankfully, she believed the prophet, she gathered a bunch of pots, she was able to pay off her debt, and she still had enough money to live off the rest.

In John 6, when Jesus asked Philip where they could get bread to feed the crowd, the analytical disciple did the math and he calculated that it would take 8 months wages to buy enough bread for each person to get just one bite. He was trying to figure out how much WORK (or human effort) it would take to finance God’s will. The Bible says that Jesus already knew what He would do. Jesus knew that He could not accomplish everything He was born to accomplish in 3 1/2 years of ministry, if he had to rely on human effort and hard work to PAY for everything. What Philip said would take 8 months of work was accomplished in 8 seconds of faith.

So what does this mean to you today? Two things.

1. God’s vision cannot be funded with routine human effort.

a) Jesus was on the earth to accomplish the will of the Father. (By the way, they same can be said of you). Jesus did what He was sent to the earth to do. He waited 30 years to begin His ministry and He only ministered for 3 1/2 years before He was done. In 3 1/2 years Jesus accomplished so much that John said, “If all the things Jesus did were written down, the entire world would could not contain all the books” (John 21:25).

b) When Jesus was feeding the 5,000, Philip calculated that 8 months wages would barely buy enough bread for each person to have one bite. Philip was looking at the situation in the natural. Jesus was looking at it in the supernatural. Jesus did not have 8 months to wait for his team to “earn” the money. Jesus used his faith. By faith, the answer was provided in 8 seconds and not 8 months.

c) If Jesus waited for his projects to be funded by human effort, His assignment on the earth would have taken a lot longer than the Father wanted. Jesus only ministered for 42 months. He did not have time to wait on natural supply. For Him to accomplish what the Father sent Him to the earth to accomplish, He had to rely on the supernatural. Guess what? Your name may not be Jesus and the time you have to complete your assignment may be longer than 42 months, but the same holds true. You cannot get God’s will done relying solely on human ability. You can’t work hard enough or raise enough money (in the natural) to pay for God’s will. Like Jesus, you must BELIEVE for it!

d) God’s gives you a vision that far exceeds your human ability, power and strength. His vision exceeds your education. His vision exceeds your experience. His vision exceeds your bank account. God does this to force you to rely on Him. God pushes you out there so far that you say, “Okay Father, if you don’t do it, it won’t get done!” God does this because He is not asking you to pay for it. He is asking you to BELIEVE for it!

2. God’s vision requires faith and supernatural manifestation.

a) When God calls you to do something, His call is NOT based on your paycheck. He calls you based on His grace. He already gave you the grace. The resources are already stored up. All He needs from you now is your FAITH!

b) Favor can do more in a minute, than labor can do in a lifetime.

c) One Word of from God, one supernatural manifestation can do more than 50 years of hard work.

d) You can’t earn God’s assignment. God planned your assignment before you were born. He did this by His unearned grace. Your job is to receive it by faith. And just like you can’t earn the assignment, God is not looking for you to “earn” the money to pay for it. He is looking for you to BELIEVE!

e) God is not looking for you to perform to earn His best. Religion is about performance, which is why God hates religion. He is not looking for you to perform, He is looking for you to believe!

Closing Confession: Father, this is a year of Great Victory for me. I am a believer and not a doubter. I walk by faith and not by fear. I believe You! You give me the vision and You have already prepared the provision. You are a God of NO LIMITS! My total trust and confidence is in You! Therefore, I don’t see limits. There is nothing You can’t do, no assignment You can’t complete, no challenge You can’t overcome, and no project You can’t fund. So I enter this day and the rest of my life with my eyes, heart and faith fixed and focused on You! Living this way, there’s nothing I can’t do, because I am not the one who is doing it. It is You Father, living IN me; You give me the words and You perform the work! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

This is Today’s Word! Apply it and Prosper.


Post has attachment

Post has attachment
A Net-Breaking Boat-Sinking Load of Fish (Part 6) -- You Can’t Earn Enough

* You can watch the video version of this message at: https://youtu.be/6Scmi6S1FkM.

Read Luke 5:1-11, 2 Kings 4:1-7, and John 6:1-15

This morning we continue our series entitled, “The Year of Supernatural Manifestation”, with our mini-series on “The Miracles of Jesus.” A few days ago I introduced you to the story of Simon Peter’s miraculous catch of fish. I have share five messages about it thus far. I have at least two more. In this message I will reference two other passages as well. Let’s get to it.

In Luke 5, we discussed the story of Simon the fisherman and how Jesus blessed him to haul in a miraculous catch of fish. We have looked at this story from many different angles. In yesterday’s message we discussed 2 Kings 4, where a widow had a debt, the debtor was going to take her sons and make them slaves, and the prophet told the widow how to get out of debt and raise enough money to take care of her boys. She believed the prophet, God provided oil supernaturally, she paid off her debt, and she and her boys lived off the rest. Earlier in this series we dealt with John 6. In this chapter Jesus saw a crowd of 5,000 men (not counting the women and children), He asked His disciples where they could get bread for all the people to eat, and Philip (the analytical disciple) started crunching numbers. He calculated that it would take 8 months wages to buy enough bread for each person to get just one bite.

Today I am going to ‘pull a thread’ through all three of these stories with a message that contrasts human effort with God’s grace. Remember, before the fall of man, Adam did not work to earn anything he received from God. All his provision came by God’s grace. Working hard to earn his provision is part of the curse, and Jesus died to redeem us from the curse.

In Luke 5, when Jesus was ready to provide a harvest on the seed Simon the fisherman had sown into his ministry, the size of the harvest had nothing to do with the amount of work Simon put in. At that point, the size of the harvest was only connected to the amount of faith Simon had. Jesus hold him to launch out into the deep and let down his “nets” for a catch. Simon did not truly believe anything was going to happen, so he only put down one net. The amount of his faith was the only limiting factor in the size of his harvest. This had nothing to do with human effort or hard work.

In 2 Kings 4 when the widow gathered her pots, and even borrowed pots as the prophet directed, the woman gathered all the pots she could. Once all the pots were in place, the prophet told her to pour the oil from her SINGLE JAR into all the pots. She did, and miraculously, the oil did not stop until she ran out of pots. God’s provision was not tied to her work or human effort. God’s provision was only limited by her capacity to believe. If she had only gathered a few pots, she would only have received a little oil. Thankfully, she believed the prophet, she gathered a bunch of pots, she was able to pay off her debt, and she still had enough money to live off the rest.

In John 6 when Jesus asked Philip where they could get bread to feed the crowd, the analytical disciple did the math and he calculated that it would take 8 months wages to buy enough bread for each person to get just one bite. He was trying to figure out how much WORK (or human effort) it would take to finance God’s will. The Bible says that Jesus already knew what He would do. Jesus knew that He could not accomplish everything He was born to accomplish in 3 1/2 years of ministry, if he had to rely on human effort and hard work to PAY for everything. What Philip said would take 8 months of work was accomplished in 8 seconds of faith.

So what does this mean to you today? A few quick things.

1. What God has called you to do is much greater than anything you could ever work to attain or earn in this world.

2. If you had to earn the money to pay for God’s vision for your life, you would be too old by the time you raised the money.

3. God’s provision is not tied to your work. If it were, God would be limited by your paycheck. NO! God’s provision is tied to your faith. God is limitless and what He wants to do in your life far exceeds your paycheck. That’s why He requires your faith! If you have the faith, He has the resources.

4. Unfortunately, many churches don’t understand God’s provision, nor do they understand the Biblical principles of sowing and reaping. As a result, they attempt to fund God’s projects with human ability, power and strength. This doesn’t work and it is never God’s will. You can’t wash enough cars, fry enough fish, sell enough chicken or play enough Bingo, to fund God’s vision. God’s vision is always greater than human effort. That’s why He is not asking you to pay for it. He is asking you to BELIEVE for it!

I will stop here for today and give you one last message on this tomorrow.

Closing Confession: Father, this is a year of Great Victory for me. I am now at a point in my life where You can speak to me freely concerning Your will and I am open to ALL You want to do. I have been freed from the pressure to perform. I know I don’t have to work for it or earn it. I BELIEVE for it. I don’t rely on human ability, power or strength. I rely on You! You are a God of NO LIMITS! Therefore, I refuse to see any limits in my life. Whatever You call me to do, I know I have the grace to do it, and I know it is already paid for. I just need to release my faith and I declare that I do! Living this way I know this year shall be the BEST YEAR of my life! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

This is Today’s Word! Apply it and Prosper.

Post has attachment

Post has attachment

Post has attachment
A Net-Breaking Boat-Sinking Load of Fish (Part 5) -- Plan For The Supernatural

* You can watch the video version of this message at: https://youtu.be/y8A92u0ZxHw.

Read Luke 5:1-11 and 2 Kings 4:1-7

This morning we continue our series entitled, “The Year of Supernatural Manifestation”, with our mini-series on “The Miracles of Jesus.” A few days ago I introduced you to the story of Simon Peter’s miraculous catch of fish. I still have more to say about this story. So, let’s go back to it.

Here’s a quick recap. Simon worked hard all night fishing and he had nothing to show for it. All his human effort yielded a return of ZERO. In the morning, while he was cleaning his nets, getting ready to go home, Jesus walked up to him and asked him for help. Simon gave Jesus his time, talent and treasure. Jesus received it and performed ministry. Afterwards, Jesus offered Simon an opportunity to reap a harvest on the seed that was sown. Jesus told Simon to launch out into the deep water and let down his “nets” for a catch.

Simon was not truly convinced. He did not plan for the supernatural. He launched out with only one net; not the “nets” Jesus told him to cast. Simon put that single net into the water and it was like the fish were jumping into it. There were so many fish that the net began to break and the boat began to sink. This was a net-breaking, boat-sinking load of fish! But if Simon had put more nets in the water, he would have received a larger catch. If he had planned better, if he truly believed what Jesus said, if he had the faith to truly prepare for the supernatural, this story would be even more amazing.

I dealt with this story last night at my church while I was preaching. In my message, when I got to this point (the point of planning for the supernatural), I brought up the story of the woman in 2 Kings 4. This woman had a husband who served the prophet Elisha. Her husband died. He left her in debt. The debtor was coming and if the woman did not have the money to pay her debt, the debtor was going to take her two boys and make them slaves. She asked Elisha what to do. Elisha asked her what she had. See, God is always looking to work with what you have. For Simon it was his nets. For this woman it was a jar of oil. That’s all she had, so that is what God worked with.

The prophet told the woman to gather as many pots as she could. He told her to borrow pots and to borrow as many as possible. He said, “Don’t borrow a few.” This woman did not know what was going to happen, but she had to prepare for the supernatural. She did what the prophet directed her to do. She borrowed as many pots as she could.

The prophet then told the woman to lock herself in her house with her boys, to lay out all the pots, and to begin to pour oil from their SINGLE JAR into the pots. This made no sense, but they did it by faith. They filled pot, after pot, after pot, after pot, supernaturally. Every time her boys brought a new pot, the oil kept flowing. The SINGLE JAR did not run out of oil until they ran out of pots! The supply did not stop until the demand stopped. Once again, if Simon had more nets, he would have caught more fish.

The prophet then told the woman to sell the oil and return the pots. With the money she made in the selling of the oil she was able to pay off her debt and she had so much money left over, that she and her boys lived off the rest. This is what happens when you plan for the supernatural.

So what does this mean to you today? A few quick things.

1. Are you truly believing God for the supernatural? If you are, you will plan and prepare for God to do things that far exceed human power, ability and strength.

2. The issue is never with God’s supply. God always has more than enough. The issue is always with our demand.

3. If we don’t have any demand, we will fail to access God’s limitless supply.

4. When God is moving, the supply does not stop until the demand stops.

5. You are only limited by your capacity to believe God. God is a God of no limits, but you limit His operation in your life by your capacity to believe Him.

6. When you plan for the supernatural you start making preparations for God to do what you are believing Him to do. You may not know how He is going to do it. You may not know when His glory will be manifested. All you know is what you believe and you start preparing, because you know it can happen at any time!

7. You tell me what you “say” you are believing God for. I will then ask you for proof that you truly believe. The proof is in your preparation. If you are not preparing, then you are not truly believing and you are not ready.

Closing Confession: Father, this is a year of Great Victory for me. You are speaking to me about the supernatural things You want to do in my life this year. I declare that I believe You. I receive by faith, in advance, what You want to do. As proof of my belief, I plan and prepare for Your manifestation. I do everything I need to do to get ready for You to move. I don’t want to be the one holding You back. I plan, I prepare, I pray, and I position myself for the supernatural. When I am ready, I enter every day with great expectations, knowing it can happen at any time! Your supply is unlimited. I am growing my faith to the point where my demand can pull on Your supply! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

This is Today’s Word! Apply it and Prosper.


Post has attachment

Post has attachment
A Net-Breaking Boat-Sinking Load of Fish (Part 4) -- Sweatless Victory

* You can watch the video version of this message at: https://youtu.be/pwvT-tJK9wk.

Read Luke 5:1-11

This morning we continue our series entitled, “The Year of Supernatural Manifestation”, with our mini-series on “The Miracles of Jesus.” A few days ago I introduced you to the story of Simon Peter’s miraculous catch of fish. I still have more to say about this story. So, let’s go back to it.

Here’s a quick recap. Simon worked hard all night fishing and he had nothing to show for it. All his human effort yielded a return of ZERO. In the morning, while he was cleaning his nets, getting ready to go home, Jesus walked up to him and asked him for help. Simon gave Jesus his time, talent and treasure. Jesus received it and performed ministry. Afterwards, Jesus offered Simon an opportunity to reap a harvest on the seed that was sown. Jesus told Simon to launch out into the deep water and let down his “nets” for a catch. Simon’s head told him not to do it. He knew the time for fishing had come and gone. But his heart told him to obey the preacher. So he did it. Simon said, “Just because you said so, I am going to do it.”

I don’t think Simon was truly convinced. He launched out with only one net; not the “nets” Jesus told him to cast. Simon put that single net into the water and it was like the fish were jumping into it. There were so many fish that the net began to break and the boat began to sink. This was a net-breaking, boat-sinking load of fish!

In yesterday’s message I contrasted the sweatless victory Adam enjoyed in Genesis chapters 1 and 2, with the curse of hard work (earning everything by the sweat of his brow) we find in chapter 3. Today’s message will flow in that same vein. I’m calling this message, “Sweatless Victory!”

So what does this mean to you today? A few things.

1. Working for provision and working for purpose are NOT the same thing.

a) While Adam was in the Garden of Eden he did not work to earn a living. His living was provided by God’s grace. Everything he would ever need to succeed in this world was prepared for Adam before God breathed life into his nostrils.

b) Adam worked, but not for provision. Adam worked as a manifestation of his divine purpose.

c) Like Adam, everything we need to succeed in this world was planned and prepared by God before we were born. Your provision has already been prepared. The resources you need to maximize your purpose and potential have already been stored up. As you walk with God and allow Him to walk with you, He will lead you in a life of faith. Your faith is the key that unlocks to the door to what God has already provided.

d) God does not want you working for provision. God wants you working for purpose!

e) You are supposed to work for purpose and believe God for provision, because your provision is already stored up.

f) Favor can do more (where your provision is concerning) in a minute, than labor can do in a lifetime.

2. The sweat associated with human effort is part of the curse.

a) Working hard by the ‘sweat of your brow’ is part of the curse Jesus died to redeem us from (Genesis 3:19).

b) You can work hard and put in countless hours of human effort to earn a living, but even the best natural/human efforts sometimes produce nothing. Simon toiled all night long, putting in human effort and lots of sweat, and by morning time he had NOTHING to show for it. I am sure we can all identify with tireless efforts that wound up being fruitless.

3. God did not call us to be lazy, but He also did not call us to rely on human effort.

a) You will be hard pressed to find anyone in the Bible whom God used mightily who was also lazy. God does not use lazy people. God wants us to be willing to work hard. But the important caveat is that He does not want us working hard WHILE WE ARE TRUSTING in our own human effort to produce the results. He wants us to work hard, focused on our purpose, trusting Him for the results the entire way.

b) When you work hard with your total trust and confidence in God, your work is not effortless, but it can be sweatless. Even though you are working hard, your testimony is one of “sweatless victory”.

c) Simon’s net-breaking boat-sinking load of fish did not come without effort. He still had to launch the boat and let down his net. But the results were clearly sweatless. God made the fish jump into his net. This is a picture of the type of success (or sweatless victory) we can experience when we are being led of God and we do what He leads us to do.

I still have more to say about this. I will stop here and pick it up from here tomorrow.

Closing Confession: Father, this is a year of Great Victory for me. Thank You for teaching me to pursue success Your way. As I walk with You and You with me, You bless the work of my hands, to the point where I experience success without stress, struggle or strain. You want me to work, but You want me to work Your way, by Your grace, doing the things I was born to do. This way my life is not filled with sweat and no-fruit. Since I am led of Your Spirit and I seek to do only the things I am led to do, my life and my work is not effortless, but it shall be sweatless. I don’t have to toil hard without results. I sow my time, talent and treasure into Your Kingdom plans and purposes and You cause me to reap a harvest on every seed sown. I work for purpose. I believe for provision. I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

This is Today’s Word! Apply it and Prosper.


Post has attachment

Post has attachment
A Net-Breaking Boat-Sinking Load of Fish (Part 3) -- Redeemed From Toil

* You can watch the video version of this message at: https://youtu.be/I3s_F8ezQo0.

Read Luke 5:1-11

This morning we continue our series entitled, “The Year of Supernatural Manifestation”, with our mini-series on “The Miracles of Jesus.” A few days ago I introduced you to the story of Simon Peter’s miraculous catch of fish. The Holy Spirit won’t let me move on from this story. So, let’s go back to it.

Here’s a quick recap. Simon the fisherman (later known as the Apostle Peter), fished all night and caught nothing. He was cleaning his nets by the shore of the Sea of Galilee, getting ready to go home, when Jesus walked up and asked him for help. Jesus wanted to preach to a crowd that was following Him. Simon agreed to help. The fisherman contributed his time, talent and treasure into Jesus’ ministry. When Jesus was done preaching, He honored the principle of sowing and reaping and saw to it that the fisherman received a harvest on the seed sown. Simon gave from his fishing business, so he was going to receive in his fishing business. Jesus told him to launch out and let down his “nets” for a catch. Simon almost missed out on the blessing. After years of fishing, Simon knew how difficult it was to catch fish in nets during the day. Which is why he had fished all night. Furthermore, this was just not a good time to fish. All his human efforts had proven fruitless.

As he considered all knew about fishing and all the toil he had already put into a fruitless night, Simon’s head was telling him to tell Jesus “No, thank you”. He was the fisherman and Jesus the preacher. But thankfully, his heart overrode his head. Something ‘on the inside’ told Simon to give the preacher a chance. So Simon said, “Just because you said so, I am going to do it.” However, I don’t think Simon was truly convinced. He launched out with only one net; not the “nets” Jesus told him to cast. Simon put that single net into the water and it was like the fish were jumping into it. There were so many fish that the net began to break and the boat began to sink. This was a net-breaking, boat-sinking load of fish! SImon had to call for his partners to help bring in the load. This caused Simon to fall down on his knees and worship Jesus. From that point on Jesus would make Simon and a couple of his friends fishers of men.

So what does this mean to you today? I am going to bring out a few points about working hard (toiling) by human effort.

1. Adam did not toil before the fall.

a) While Adam was in the Garden of Eden he did not rely on human effort at all. All he had came from God and all he did was led of God.

b) God gave Adam a tremendous position. He was ruler over the Garden and projected to be ruler over the entire planet. God gave Adam power. He had dominion over the earth and the power to name, define and govern. God gave Adam provision. All Adam’s needs were met, he and his wife had more than enough to eat, and God saw to it that the Garden was sustained. It was fed by four streams and and it had a subterranean irrigation system. God gave Adam a partner. While Adam had a thriving relationship with the Father, he realized every animal had a partner on the earth and he did not have one. So, God gave him Eve. Adam being alone was the only thing God saw that was “not good”, so God addressed the issue by giving him a wife. Adam had it all. He was lacking nothing. This is a picture of God’s best. This is a picture of what God desires for His children. This is the original picture of God’s will, before it was tainted by sin.

c) Before the fall, Adam did not work to earn anything. Adam did not work for provision, he only worked as part of his divine purpose. His work was to walk out his purpose in the earth. This work was fulfilling and there was no “toil” associated with it.

2. Toil is part of the curse.

a) When Adam was in the Garden of Eden he had a position, power, provision and partnership. God also gave Adam one parameter. See, power without parameters is dangerous. God put the fruit of one tree ‘off limits’ to Adam. The parameter made Adam a free-moral-agent, giving him the right to choose between obedience and disobedience. Without this choice Adam would not be ‘his own man’. As we all know, unfortunately, Adam disobeyed God.

b) In response to man’s disobedience God cursed the serpent, the woman and the man. As part of Adam’s curse, man was going to have to earn his provision by the sweat of his brow (Genesis 3:19). Prior to the curse, Adam’s provision was sweatless. As part of the curse, he was going to have to work hard for everything he got.

c) While Adam was in the Garden of Eden, his provision came from God, by grace, without human effort. After he was kicked out of the Garden, he (and everyone after him) was going to have to work hard, with human effort, to earn what was previously provided.

3. Jesus redeemed us from every curse Adam brought upon us.

a) Jesus came to get us OUT OF everything Adam got us INTO.

b) In the story of Simon’s miraculous catch of fish we see the redemptive power of God in operation. Simon had worked hard all night long. The Bible says he “toiled” all night and had nothing to show for it. He, like all of us prior to coming to Christ, was living under the curse. He was working hard to earn his provision and in this case, all his human effort was fruitless.

c) Jesus gave Simon a glimpse of what it was like before the fall of man, when man did not have to earn his provision. As soon as Simon put his net into the water, God supernaturally caused the fish to jump into it. This was the largest load Simon had ever drawn in, and it came by God’s supernatural power.

d) Once you are Born-Again, God has to teach you to rely on Him as your source. He does not want you relying on human effort.

I have much more to say about this. I will stop here and pick it up from here tomorrow.

Closing Confession: Father, this is a year of Great Victory for me. I was Born-Again the moment I acknowledged Your Son, Jesus, as my Lord. Your Spirit lives in me. I now learn Your ways. My Spirit WAS changed instantly. My soul -- which is comprised of my mind, emotions and will -- is BEING changed daily. I am learning to think, feel and make decisions like You. As I do, I no longer rely on self or human effort. You are my source. I am learning to transition from earning everything by the sweat of my brow, to receiving SWEATLESS VICTORY in every area of my life. I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

This is Today’s Word! Apply it and Prosper.
Wait while more posts are being loaded