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Luke {Week 5} From Me Sized Dreams to God Sized Dreams


What are some of your dreams?

Would you like a bigger house? More money? Maybe some quiet time and rest? How about more honor or respect?

I believe, like many of us, Peter had dreams of his own. Like most fishermen, I’m sure he had a dream of one day catching “the big one!” You know the “one” that would bring in big money and be the talk of the town.

Jesus knew Peter’s dream too.

Jesus set foot in Peter’s boat that special day thousands of years ago not only to teach a lesson for those on shore, or to bring in a super catch, but to change a heart and “cast” a new dream. A bigger dream. A better dream. A God-sized dream.

Week 5 Video

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1. Sometimes we just need to obey

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon (Peter) answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

Peter was sure he was the expert in this category…..fishing that is. Sure he had seen Jesus heal his mother-n-law but now Jesus was entering Peter’s world of expertise… fishing, and Peter found out that he really isn’t an expert after all.

Have you allowed Jesus to enter all areas of your life? Even the ones that you feel you are an “expert” in? Jesus doesn’t just want to be involved in the “spiritual” aspects of our lives but rather ALL aspects of your life, spiritual and non-spiritual.

He wants to be involved in:

Our goals

Our parenting

Our relationships

Our finances

Our work inside and outside the home

Our dreams

Our calendar

But in order to do this, we first need to let Him into our “boats” and then obey His orders……whether we understand the plan or not. Remember, Jesus is never going to ask us to do something that is contrary to His Word or His nature.

By allowing Jesus into his boat and obeying His orders, Peter experienced something that before he could only dream about.

2. We are sinners in need of a Savior.

When we allow Jesus to enter our world, we begin to develop a personal relationship with Him by spending time reading His Word and in prayer. Jesus begins to work in our lives and as He does, we begin to realize our sins and our desperate need of a Savior.

Once Peter realized who Jesus really was (God) and who he was (a sinner), Peter was willing to leave everything and follow Jesus.

3. Exchanging our “Me” sized dreams for God sized dreams

I love how Jesus met Peter right where he was at…on Peter’s level, in Peter’s work.

Jesus knew Peter’s “me” sized dream and met it……easily.

It’s almost like He said, “Is that really all that you’ve got?”

Then Jesus exchanged Peter’s “me” sized dream for a God sized dream.

In one day Peter went from being a fisherman to being a man who “will catch men” for the Kingdom of God. I’m sure the years of training Peter had acquired through fishing prepared him for his new occupation as a “fisherman of men”.

Once Peter got a taste of what Jesus could do through his life, it ruined him! He didn’t want to go back! Peter was willing to leave EVERYTHING and FOLLOW Jesus.

What about you?

What God sized dreams is Jesus placing in your heart? Be like Peter, welcome Jesus in, obey what He is asking you to do and then be willing to take action.


Digging Deeper Resources: For those of you who would like to dig a little deeper into our scripture for this week, I’ve provided some commentary links for you to read and share with the women in your groups.

John MacArthur

1. A Lesson from a Leper

2. A Saving Faith in a Paralyzed Man

3. Only God Forgives Sin, Part 1

4. Only God Forgives Sin, Part 2

5. Jesus Came to Call and to Save Sinners

6. The Uniqueness of the Gospel

John Piper

1. Breaking Nets, Sinking Boats and Saving Men



This week’s reading plan:



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Love God Greatly!



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  1. This passage is so timely for my family. We are looking at houses again. Last year we had no success. Just trying one more time could be the time where God unlocks doors for us even we cannot imagine. Never give up! So thankful for His unfailing love and faithfulness!!

  2. Cindy Clemons says:

    Wow, I loved this video. You really said a mouth full!! These verse have really touch my life. The Lord came in to my space about 2 years ago and really give us a calling that scared me and my hubby. We had a very successful business of about 15 years. He said sell your part of the business and start this very simple hobby store. I thought my hubby was crazy when he first told me this. But the Lord just kept laying things in front of us that showed us he was in this, that this was his plan. Now 2 years later we have this humble hobby store and we can see his hands all over it. It has been successful and is paying our bills. Will we ever be rich in money? No, we weren’t before and we will not be now but we are rich in the Lord. We are trying to reflex his light in the store so that people can see Jesus in us. So people can see a happy married couple walking with the Lord. He has blessed our lives so much by taking this once simple leap of Faith. The bible says “try him”. So I tell you to try him. HE is amazing. Search out what God’s will is in your life and let him lead you! May you have the Lord in all parts of your life! ALL OF IT! DON:T HOLD BACK!!

  3. Wow – awesome post and video today Ang!!!

    Love it!!! {love you!!!}

  4. Oh Angela, I can’t tell you how this post and video spoke to me today. I sense God leading and stretching our family in good ways this year… more of His leading, and less of ours. Oh, how good it is to seek His face without reservation! Thanks for your sweet encouragement into my life today! Love you!

  5. Hi Heather- praying for you and God’s will for your life tonight!

    Hi Cindy- thank you for sharing your sweet testimony today with us! Thank you for obeying God’s call on your life and for shining your light for others to see!

    Hi Courtney- thanks for the encouragement today, sweet friend!

    Hi Whitney- Ohhhh I can’t wait to hear all about how God is working in your life…..I since a blog post coming!!! :)

    Love God Greatly!

  6. Loved your insight, Angela. It’s something we need to be constantly reminded of. His dreams for us are always bigger and better… we just need to take the first step and obey.

  7. Thank you so much Angela!!! I have been so blessed by this study. Thank you ladies for sacrificing your time to do God’s work!

  8. Thanks Angela, this was a great post. Such wise words that I needed to hear.

  9. Thanks for this study and the reminder that our dreams are not nearly as big as God’s plans for us.

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