When God Gets the Benefit of Your Doubt

Text: Luke 5:1-11

Obstacles to the benefit of your doubt

  • Regardless of belief
    • You don’t believe that it will work
    • You don’t trust God. Did you trust God the first time that you learned that you should tithe?
    • You know a better way (Children obey your parents)
  • Regardless of experience
    • Your presumption of the results
  • Regardless of ability
    • No education
    • No talent.
    • Or when talent leads you away from the Lord.
    • No service because of age
  • Regardless of convenience
    • Interferes with your plan
    • Interferes with you pet sin
    • Fear of man bringeth a snare

Overabundance in the benefit of your doubt

  • What happened to them because of their obedience? Enclosed a great multitude…net brake…filled both the ships…astonished and all that were with him…
  • Psalm 119:162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
  • Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
  • 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.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Opportunity after the benefit of your doubt

  • Opens the next door – Luke 5:10 …henceforth… Nevertheless always precedes henceforth
    • Until you are in full obedience to God he will not open the next door in your life.
  • Gives you another reason to trust Him.  And that’s what He’s going for.  He’s saying, Prove me.  Put my words to the test and see for yourself if what I’m telling you isn’t true.
  • Removes doubt about God’s words.