Jesus prophesied, "I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father" (John 14:12).
By listening to the Holy Spirit and then casting our nets where He tells us to, we will be able to haul in a miraculous catch!
This generation, as it arises and breaks out of the box of traditional limitations, carries with it increased power and clairty with diversities of anointing, exhibiting faith coupled with humlity.
The Church is our practice ground, but the world is our field of operations. As we come alongside each other to help each other hear and obey the voice of the Spirit, we will find ourselves doing the works of Jesus and even greater, thus making it possible for His effectiveness to be multiplied as more territory becomes part of His Kingdom. Let His Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven!
One of the ways of "casting your nets on the other side of the boat" is prophetic evangelism, which simply means listening to the Spirit and acting accordingly to bring the Kingdom to bear on the world around you.
The priesthood of every Believer makes it possible for the whole Church to be drawn into new realms of adventure with God. Prophetic evangelism has grown stronger as the Church has matured into a clearer understanding of her bridal intimacy with her Bridegroom Jesus, along with the empowerment of God's people.
We are all to be prophetic evangelists, whether we find ourselves in mega-churches and in massive stadium events – or in some back alley ministering to a homeless person, or as missionaries in the jungle, or in a Starbucks.
The same Holy Spirit keeps speaking to us everywhere we go. He will link us with others, equip us, teach us how to combine our gifts, and do signs and wonders through us. People will be unable to deny that this is God in action. The power, the love, and the unity will make Him manifest to a lost world.
ONGOING GUIDANCE THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT
Foundational to prophetic evangelism – and breaking the way for its advance – is intercessory prayer.
Throughout our intercession, we must listen to the Holy Spirit. Without His ongoing guidance, we will soon flounder and falter. In concert with Him, we have the perseverance, energy, and accuracy to keep praying until we see definite results.
WHEN JESUS GETS INTO YOUR BOAT
Prior to the Gospel account of the resurrected Jesus telling Peter, John, and the other disciples to put their fishing net on the right side of the boat, we find another story about Jesus and His disciples in a fishing boat. This story contained in Luke 5:1-11 gives us further insights into the adventure of prophetic discipleship.
The questions this story raises are:
(1) "What happens when Jesus steps into your boat?" and
(2) "How can you get Him to step into your boat?"
Let's answer the second question first. Obviously, you must go to the water first. He will not get into your boat if it is stuck on dry land. Water, always strongly associated with the Holy Spirit, is where your boat needs to be floating. In other words, you have got to get in His presence.
Will you say "yes" to Him? Knowing that your life may change drastically as a result, will you accept His invitation?
He will tell you to do something that you may have already tried without results. "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing..." Still, you will recognize the voice of God's authority and you will agree: "...nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net." The results will prove that you have the Lord in your boat.
When the Lord Jesus steps into your boat, His presence brings you to your knees. Your response will be humility – and change. When He gets into your boat, it will cost you your boat, your history, and everything you own. What happened to Peter and the others? The catch of fish was so great that they had to have help bringing it in. They brought their overloaded boats to shore, only to drop everything and follow Jesus. No longer would they be known as the fishermen of Lake Gennesaret. They would be changed into fishers of men.
A MESSENGER WITH A MESSAGE
Luke 5:11 says, “So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him .”
The word “forsook” means to leave behind.
In one day, they abandoned their way of life and everything familiar to them to pursue Him and the DESTINY for which they were created.
What had happened? What made the difference? When Peter was willing and obedient to do what the Lord asked, the harvest (haul of fish) came to him. In that moment, his previous desires were replaced with a new desire.
With that one miracle and their response to it, Simon Peter and his partners, James and John, changed overnight from ordinary fishermen who spent their time and energy toiling to earn a living, to messengers with a message – a Kingdom message. From that time forward, they would have something to say and their voices would be heard.
LIVING A SUPERNATURAL LIFE IN RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM
In the same way, when Jesus steps into your boat and changes your life, He will give you a message. You will become a messenger.
Now God can use you as never before. His blessings will take many forms, and you will hang in there with Him even when the going gets tough. You will go where He goes and do what He tells you to do, living a supernaturally natural life in relationship with Him. Walking down the road together, sitting together
-- your conversations will revolve around the things that are on His heart.
You will be passionate because He is passionate and you will enjoy your journey in the company of His Spirit. Gifted with the prophetic ability to hear Him even when you cannot see Him, you too will embark upon an endless exploration of the diverse challenges of helping to bring in His Kingdom where darkness once prevailed. Yes, this is the purpose of these remarkable giftings of the Holy Spirit. This is the power of the Gospel of the Kingdom of our dear Lord Jesus Christ.
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