What would happen if we obeyed God and allowed/asked Jesus to add His “super” to our natural works? In both syntax and semantics, we’d have SUPERNATURAL WORKS. The bible says that God is able to do EXCEEDING ABUNDANTLY more than we can ask or think. And not just that, but also ABOVE. Whatever the most you can IMAGINE God being able to do for you is, just know that God can do sooooooo much more than that. In a true account that happened about 2,000 years ago, we can see what happened when man exhausted their efforts, energy, time, and hope and then encountered a Super Savior.
Ephesians 3:20 – Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…
John 21 1 After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. 8 The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.”…
We see that the 7 disciples had plans to catch some fish, but in their own efforts, they caught nothing. Then Jesus. Jesus came on the shore and asked a question that He already knew the answer to. Sometimes God will ask you a question that He already knows the answer to, just so that you are verbally admitting 100% that the answer is what God already knows it to be. Once you two agree on that truthful answer, then He can begin to work super in your life. When God asks a question, tell Him the truth. He’s only trying to release a blessing to you.
So anywho, the disciples answered truthfully with a, “No.”That released Jesus to operate in their life. So the next thing Jesus does is give them a directive. It is rare that God is in a relationship with a human without giving them direction. God will tell you what He wants you to do next to receive a blessing from Him. So Jesus tells the disciples to throw their net on the right side of the boat. Maybe the 7 disciples had already tried the right side of the boat, but maybe Jesus told them to try it again to show them that their natural can’t accomplish the same thing that His super can. You can have done something a hundred times already and it ends up unsuccessful, but you can try ONE LAST TIME after God says to do it, and watch what happens. You can have went to marriage counselor after marriage counselor after marriage counselor to repair your severely damaged marriage, and then God can say, “Don’t hire a divorce attorney. Try this counselor again.” And that could make all the difference in your marriage. If God says to do it, just as verse 6 says, “you WILL find some”. You WILL find some (help). God is able to do the seemingly impossible.
The next verse says that the 7 disciples OBEY Jesus. Don’t expect the blessing if you don’t obey the directive. Had they not done exactly as Jesus said – casting the next on the right side of their fishing boat, they would have not received the exceeding, abundant blessing. And check this blessing out! It was so abundant that they were not even able to receive all of it in their own strength! God can bless your obedience so good that you will not have room enough to receive! Let’s see what the Old Testament has to say in this regard. In the Old Testament, the Jews paid tithes. They were commanded to pay tithes by God. Let’s see what happened when they obeyed this old testament commandment.
Malachi 3:10 – Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Was there literally not room enough to receive the fish blessing? God said to prove Him in that. Even though tithing is Old Testament and is no longer commanded of believers, I still believe that God will bless those who obey Him in other commands He gives. Here is a New Testament bible verse on how God will bless people abundantly.
Luke 6:38 – Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
This verse says that when you obey God, He will have it so that people give to you a good amount that is pressed down, shaken together, and running over. Reminds me of my job where I feed one of my baby students Enfamil powered milk. The directions say not to pack down the powder when you measure it because it would mean that more powdered milk would be put into the measuring cup. Well when God allows others to give back to you, it’ll be like packed down powder! Ever heard of pressed powder in foundation (face make-up)? That powder is pressed down really tight. So you actually get more powder than you would have had the powder foundation been loose. We’ve all put liquid into a measuring cup. And we’ve all had it overflow out of the cup. That’s how God can give unto us or have others give unto us! And that is exactly what happened in this passage because of 7 obedient, holy men.
And they were SO abundantly blessed that they were not able to pull in the harvest on their own. Some other disciples had to come into the boat to help drag this heavily loaded net full of fish to the shore. And then Jesus was ready and waiting for to help them enjoy the blessings. He already had a fire burning for them to cook the harvested fish upon! He told them to bring some of the blessing fish so that they could eat it for breakfast. Wow, Jesus! Did they really need 153 for 7 men to have a decent breakfast? Why not just 21 fish so that they could have 3 each? And verse 9 says Jesus already had some fish and bread out there!
And last but not least, even though God blessed them with SO many fish, it was amazing and noteworthy that the net did not break. Perhaps this net was only made to contain 50 average-sized fish. This here net held 153 LARGE fish and did not break. God will enlarge your territory so that you can contain what He wants you to have!
So the purpose of this blog note? To show you how blessed you can be when you obey God. To show you that when you’re at the end of YOUR rope, there is still hope if Jesus steps into your situation. To show you that God WANTS to bless you beyond your wildest expectations even when you don’t ask for it. To show you that we serve a God who is able to do exceeding abundantly above ALL that humans can verbalize or conceive. I serve a God who’s extremely great!