The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:4:18 @ And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

kjv@Matthew:4:19 @ And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

kjv@Matthew:4:20 @ And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

kjv@Matthew:4:21 @ And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.

kjv@Matthew:4:22 @ And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.


Note: The context that we pour into our daily considerations must also include the future passages and contexts looking back. We know for instance that the disciples often had difficulty in their walk with Jesus understanding exactly who Jesus was and what it was that He was here among them to perform. Both their image and their expectations were documented as running either cross wise to Jesus or else against Him. This even after having been with Him, hearing all of His teachings and seeing all the daily occurrences and miracles.

What is man believing/doing?:

If the context already presented about man operating from what is right in his own eye and the context can be applied to all men across the board, it should also hold true that the men in today's passage are accepting Jesus' call to become disciples by the same vain means. The directive of God the Father may be upon the whole thing, but as far as we can tell only Jesus is tuned into it.

So as we consider them leaving everything behind to follow, we must also consider that their motives for doing so are a mixed bag and that Jesus knows it. These are not the saintly men that we will know them as after Jesus has reached deep into their hearts and souls and with them as a unified group.

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:

We have the option of considering that God has prepared these men to accept this calling or even made these men into what they are. I believe that God certainly has and does this in each of lives. It would not be a stretch to say this; God being sovereign. In the same sense it could also be said that God in giving these men to Jesus gave Him mold-able men, men that were not too lost to tradition and peer pressure religiously that somewhere something down the road with them could be shaped more appropriately by the Holy Spirit directly.


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Other gospel accounts suggest that this event may not be the first time that these men and Jesus had met. This is however the time that they are finally called to be full time disciples. The straightway decision spoken of here may mean that there was no longer any thing remaining yet hold them back.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. It is possible to do what is right without it being done from the right reasons or by having less right reasons attached along with it.
  2. Context previous suggests that man could not come to this decision on his own let alone. Man is more likely to find every reason not to put all behind and follow to who knows where for who knows how long doing who knows what, with this speed and confidence; the list of cons and unknowns is too long. If free will was upheld, preparation was made in each case by God by various means; His influence was upon them.

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