Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Try again.

Luke 5:5 [NLT]  “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” 

My heart was shattered and I said to myself, "I am done with this city"! What am I doing here!? I concluded in July of 2013 I was done with missions in NYC. Even though for years I saw God pour out His love all over the city through simple lifestyle evangelism, I wanted to see the glory of the Lord even more. More fruit!

I recall that hot summer day in July of 2013 I hopped in my car to drive back to Florida with confidence I would never return. I had worked through one of the worst mission trip's ever in  my opinion. I had thoughts of giving up on the ministry and I was done with NYC. 

Just before I left, Pastor James Perez who I met briefly during that mission hugged me and extended his hand of help if I was to ever return.  What he didn't know, I was done with NY. I said to myself, "I am dusting my feet off of this city and i'm sure God has plenty of people here that He can use, He doesn't need me to be here.

As I was driving home, I felt the presence of God. I knew He was up to something big in my life and my family. Not more than 18 months later I was gripped again with a word God gave me in 2006: 'I will always send messengers to NYC, there is no such thing as too many Kingdom Ambassadors;This city needs My love and that is why you are here." I thought to myself this could relate to any city.

Then I received this passage:

Luke 5:5 [NLT]  “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” 


I want to encourage you today. Never give up on what the Lord has spoken to you, even if you fail. I have failed  many times, but I choose to dust it all off and allow the Holy Spirit to fill me up, lead me, comfort me and empower me to move forward with Him. 

I gave up, but He never did. In fact God said "let the nets down again!" You have worked too hard to give up now! I cannot disobey His call to action and either can you without feeling deep regret. There is nothing more rewarding than obeying the Lords call but just as true, you never feel as empty as to not take a risk and see if God really did call you into that special opportunity or mission. 


I am believing God for the greatest catch ever, and I hope that you pray over this short message and that it blesses your life forever ... praise God!

In Love with Jesus,

Jed Lindstrom
evangelist / missionary