Today, Brother Bob asks my friends everywhere what are you willing to do for our Lord Jesus? Are you willing to deny your flesh and everything in this world to reach out to this lost world and save multitudes of sinners? Pictured above Jesus told us to make a blessed launch by saying at Luke 5:4 Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. Be fishers of men and offer salvation everywhere; Tell people everywhere to repent, stop sinning, make Jesus God of their lives, and daily remember that Jesus died on the cross for them, was buried, and rose again. Proverbs 11:30 tells us The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. James 5:20 says Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
How far into the deep and out of your comfort zone will you travel to win a lost soul? Jesus as God said at Isaiah 6:8 Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Right now respond and say Here am I (Lord Jesus); send me. Go from timidity to courage, from profession to possession, from contraction and shrinkage to expansion, from much ado about a multitude of small concerns to much interest in the great purpose of winning souls to the Lord Jesus, and from frivolity in the flesh to fervor in the Spirit.
Friends, I've found that when anyone launches out into the deep with Jesus to win souls, one must totally trust in Jesus (not any person) for everything. So called friends desert us and become enemies, loved ones pass away, and other friends move away. But Jesus is a friend that sticketh closer than any brother and will always be there to bless you. Proverbs 18:24 speaks of a friend that sticketh closer than a brother and this is Jesus. Also Proverbs 3:5 promises Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel (defined as calm your nerves) and marrow to thy bones (defined as refreshment from a cup of cold water).
Pictured above we see a launch in the wrong direction from the deep waters to the shallows of this world. Acts 27:27 tells us the ship Paul was a prisoner on moved from 20 fathoms to 15 fathoms saying But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria (sea), about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country; And sounded, and found it 20 fathoms, and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it 15 fathoms. Instead christians must move from 15 fathoms to 20 fathoms and launch out in the right direction into the deep to win lost souls everywhere to our Lord Jesus.
Saints that live daily for Jesus are not descending into this fading world but ascending to blessedness in the eternal peaceful kingdom of God. When a saint gets saved, they begin with emancipation and end with ascension. They begin with a second birth being born again and end with freedom from the second death (the lake of fire). They begin with a quickening from the dead and end with a triumph over death.
Friend reading this anywhere, Brother Bob encourages you to rise from things terrestial to things celestial; tire of the microscopic and the cheap and hunger for the majestic and the priceless. Lose life's shallow worries and launch out into the deep with visions of multitudes of souls being saved in the unchartered deep. Instead of toying with trivialities, launch out into this lost world with its restless millions waiting in hunger to hear about the Bread of Life (Jesus) and sitting in darkness longing for someone to tell them about the Light (Jesus). Forget the tiddley winking and contemplate the tremendous.
Pictured above, Elizabeth Prentiss spoke of a blessed launch into the deep when she wrote in her book Stepping Heavenward the blessed saying below:
Once earthly joy I craved
Sought peace and rest
Now thee alone Jesus I seek
Give what is best
Alfred Tennyson, a great poet of the 1800's also learned to launch out from the shallows to the blessed deep. First at a young age Tennyson wrote O for a man to arise in me, That the man I am may cease to be. But 50 years later Tennyson learned to launch out into the blessed deep and live for the Lord Jesus writing the blessed saying below.
I have climbed the snows of the age and gaze on the fields of the past
Where I sank with the body at times in the slough of low desire
But I hear no yelp of the beast and the man is quiet at last
As he stands on the heights of life with a glimpse of a height that is higher
And look at two examples in the bible of great saints that experienced a blessed launch into the deep. Moses, despising ignoble anchorage in Egypt, launched out into the deeps for God, and God enabled him to bring forth mighty laws and a mighty deliverance. David, spurning the shallows, turned his life toward the deeps and by God's guidance, he gave us matchless music and ruled a mighty empire.
As you launch from the shallows to the blessed deep
Sing the hymn below
Out of my bondage, sorrow, and night
Into thy freedom, gladness, and light
Jesus I come, Jesus I come
Out of my want and into thy wealth
Out of my sickness and into thy health
Out of my sin, and into thy self
Jesus, I come to thee
Pictured above the bible encourages us to launch out into the blessed deep and abound sharing the overflowing blessings of the Lord Jesus to multitudes in this fading world. Philippians 1:9 tells us And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment. that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Jesus wants us to live an abundant life that bears much fruit reaching out to the depths of this lost world instead of remaining in the shallows of a selfish life where one tragically says the poem below:
I ponder not the farthest reach of yon infinitude, the sea
These ripples on the silver beach trace wonder vast enough for me
No, Jesus wants us to leave the selfish shallows and experience a blessed launch bearing much fruit into the unknown depths of this world to win lost multitudes to our Lord Jesus. Jesus does not want us to be branches scantily clustered, nor trees sparsely fruited, nor field miserly productive. Jesus tells us at John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. Jesus also said at John 10:10 that He came that we might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly.
Jesus always encouraged saints to launch out into the deep to reach lost souls with the blessed gospel all over this earth. Jesus insisted that we go beyond mere requirements saying at Matthew 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain (two miles). Then Jesus told us to forgive anyone seven times seventy. Brother Bob says friend anywhere Jesus will bless you with the promises listed below if today you launch out into the deep to win the lost to our Lord Jesus and leave your selfish shallows.
Jesus will calm you through any conflict
Jesus will direct you through any doubt
Jesus will fan you through any faintness
Jesus will guide you through any gloom
Jesus will help you through any hazard
Jesus will prompt you through any perplexity
Jesus will be your star through sorrowful nights
Jesus will be your voice through any violence
And pictured above notice how John 15:15 speaks of an ascending scale of blessing for any saint who chooses to launch out into the deep to win souls for Jesus and leave the selfish shallows. John 15:15 says Henceforth, I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what His Lord doeth; but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you. Notice the ascending scale of John 15:15 that begins with servantship, growing into friendship, and finally ascending into blessed revelations from God the Father.
I end today's bible study speaking about a blessed missionary named Robert Moffat pictured above who launched out into the blessed deep to win multitudes of South Africans to our Lord Jesus in the 1800's. Read the story below of how Dr. Robert Moffat's obedience led to the salvation of millions of souls throughout Africa.
In 1842, Dr. Robert Moffat, the Scottish missionary, returned to England to recruit missionaries to preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus to lost sinners in South Africa. One night during a snowstorm in London, Dr. Moffat was greatly disappointed to find only a few women attending a church service he was scheduled to preach. Jesus told Dr. Moffat to preach from Proverbs 8:4 Unto you O men I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. Even though no men were present at this church service, Robert Moffat obeyed Jesus and preached a sermon for men to become missionaries to Africa from Proverbs 8:4.
As Dr. Moffat said to himself Jesus why would you have me preach a sermon about men to only women, he failed to notice a little boy in the loft of the church who rang the bell. Dr. Moffat was greatly surprised when this little boy came down from the loft at the invitation to be saved and become a missionary to Africa. This little boy came down to the altar, got saved and surrendered his life to go to Africa and preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The little boy's name was David Livingstone who won over a million souls to the Lord Jesus throughout Africa during the 1800's. It's a good thing that Robert Moffat obeyed Jesus and preached Proverbs 8:4 about men to save David Livingstone. Because of Dr. Moffat's obedience to preach a message about men to women, David Livingstone got saved and millions in Africa got saved. If Dr. Moffat did not obey Jesus and preached a message for women, millions of souls in Africa would be in hell right now. How important it is to obey Jesus when our flesh, the world, and our surroundings say to move in a different direction. Be like Dr. Moffat and obey Jesus no matter what it looks like and multitudes all over this earth will be blessed. The one soul we reach for Jesus could be a David Livingstone that saves millions to the Lord Jesus.
I've enjoyed writing this bible study today that I pray in Jesus names blesses multitudes on this earth with great peace. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at email@example.com or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.