24.01.2024 Feature Article

Stop Toiling!

Stop Toiling!
24.01.2024 LISTEN

“...We worked hard all last night and didn't catch a thing. But if you say so, we'll try again." Luke 5:5

Your toiling is over! You will from now begin to see and reap bountifully from your efforts. You shall receive the reward of all your labour for the past years and investments. Look at this incident that took place at the Sea of Galilee. Peter and his fellow fishermen had gone to the sea with their boats, nets and with high expectations to have a good catch for the night, but disappointingly, not even a fish or its resemblance entered into their nets. It was like the fishes were 'instructed' to avoid their nets and baits for that night. So, in despair, they packed their boats, came out of the cold water and were washing their nets to go home. But as they were doing this, Jesus appeared at the scene. He stepped into one of the boats and began to preach. After preaching, he asked Peter to go into the sea and throw down his net, promising Peter would have a great catch. And this is where we got our main text. Peter with complains mixed with faith, told Jesus how they have toiled throughout the night without any result. But, thank God he added something to the complain. And what was it, "If you say so, we'll try again!" Luke chapter five and verse five. Praise God! Yes, I am telling you now to go and try again after reading this message! You will sure make a big catch now. What was impossible before is becoming possible now.

Before we continue, let's look at this word Toiling. It means working or labouring hard and long with difficulty and trouble. Struggling, sweating, and putting more to achieve less. When you put in so much to achieve very little, you are toiling. A lot of people are going through this. Nothing comes to them easy. They struggle where others have favour and easy ride. Some will work so hard, doing everything required of them, yet, will have nothing to show for their efforts. Others will do what is necessary, but will always meet with disappointment and heartbreak at the end. Today, I pray that that curse over your life be broken in the name of Jesus! Yes, it could be a curse. I elaborated this in my book / audiobook Breaking Generational Curses: Claiming Your Freedom by Gabriel Agbo. Any time hardship persists, after doing all what you are supposed to do it likely a curse is in operation. True. Though Peter’s was for that day, but they still needed an immediate divine intervention to breakthrough. Peter and his company did all that was necessary to have a good catch that night, but got nothing. They had their boats, nets, baits, etc. They went to the sea at the right time. And don't forget that they were very experienced fishermen. Fishing was their main occupation. They also knew where to get them at that time. Unfortunately, all these were not able to translate to success. They toiled all night, applied all their expertise and yet, got no positive result. Is this the picture of what is going on in your life or in your family? You have done all that is necessary but have nothing or little result to show for it. I speak to that toiling spirit in your life to leave now, in the mighty name of Jesus!

Toiling and Night
Now, please permit me to give this application to the issues of night and toiling. Yes, I see another connection between the two words and what actually happened when the day broke. According to the bible, night is a time of groping in darkness. It is a time of suffering and fears. It is a time the enemy comes to sow tares, sorrow and confusion. It is a time of the enemy's arrows and attacks. It is also a time of weeping. But thank God that his word said that though weeping may endure for a night, joy will surely come in the morning. Praise God! I don't know the night you have been going through? The night of your relationship? The night of your business? Of your health? Your family, job, faith or your ministry? And you have been toiling without the desired results? I see your day breaking forth now in the name of Jesus! Stop toiling! Yes, it will be so. Because you have come in contact with this message and because you believe what you're reading, it will be so. Every power that has made your life bitter through more work and less result will be totally destroyed today, in the name of Jesus - Amen!

Solution Appears
As these frustrated fishermen were washing their nets in readiness to go home, accepting their fate, the master of all situations suddenly appeared on the scene and asked Peter to lend him his boat. Thank God Peter consented. And after Jesus had finished using it, he asked Peter to go back to the same sea and throw in his net. I mean the same Peter, the same boat, the same net and bait, and the same sea. The only difference is that these are now accompanied by a prophetic instruction and prompt obedience. And what happened? The catch was so much that it was about breaking their net and sinking their boat. Don't ask me where those fishes emerged from. Every creature hears the voice of the creator. And prophetic instruction is just declaring the definite intentions of heaven on earth and watch them come to pass. Now, what is that 'boat' that God has been asking you to surrender to him? Is it your life or what? You have to do that and you will be led to your 'net-breaking' and 'boat-sinking' breakthroughs. Do it immediately. Don't waste any more time. Yes, today! Peter gave him his boat. Your years of toiling are over! Every effort you will make from now shall yield an unprecedented positive result - in the name of Jesus! From today you shall always receive your due reward for every step you make towards actualizing your destiny. May the power and favour of God that will totally eradicate the spirit of toiling in and around you come upon you! Now, very importantly, if you have not given your life to Jesus, this is a golden opportunity. Bow down your head immediately, confess your sins and ask him to come into your life to become your LORD and Saviour. Share this message. God bless you!

Rev Gabriel Agbo is the author of the books / audiobooks: Power of Midnight Prayer, Receive Your Healing, Breaking Generational Curses: Claiming Your Freedom, Never Again!, I Shall Not Die, Move Forward, Power of Sacrifice and many others. Tel: 08037113283 Facebook: Gab Agbo E-mail: [email protected] Website Twitter: pastorgabagbo Whatsapp: 08164819333

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