Understanding

We are trying to get money. We spend all our time going after money. But God says "don't look for that" in proverbs 3, He says to get wisdom and understanding. The desires of your heart will come. Wisdom and understanding will bring all the desires of your heart. Jesus said fifteen times in the New testament, "Hear and understand," it is one thing to hear,it is so much more to understand. Hearing changes nothing. Understanding brings direction and action to our lives. We hear so many things in a given week, but it is only the things we understand that cause us to take action. We have heard so many teachings on financial abundance, yet we have not understood any of them. How do i know? Because nothing changed. Understanding is a producer,it always causes us to take action. When you understand something it will change your life.
Let's look at an incident in the life of Jesus. Most call this a miracle, i call it a moment of understanding. We have all heard this story many times. The interesting thing is how most pastors miss the real meaning of this story. This story isn't about getting the miracle. It is about getting understanding.
it is found in luke:

"So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to
hear the world of God, that he stood at the lake of
Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake, but the
fisher men had gone from them and were washing their nets (luke 5:1-2)"

Verse 3 is the most important part of the story.

"Then he got in to one of the boats,which was Simon's, and asked
him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and
thought the multitudes from the boat (luke 5:3)"

Why teach first? Why didn't Jesus just tell Peter to cast his nets to the other side,get some fish,have a fish fry and get a pat on his miracle working back? Let's stop reading the Bible like it some story. Instead,put your self in simin's shoes. You have been fishing all night and got nothing, you're tired. You know there are no fish in this stupid lake. If Jesus just walked up and say to cast your nets to the other side, you would have said, "sorry mr. i'm going home. I'm tired." You would have heard His words,but would have not understood them. Because of that you would not have taken the action. Jesus knew, this was how the fisher men would react, So He said, "i have to first get them to understand. Then i can ask for the action." So He taught them first.

"When He had finished speaking,he said to Simon,
"put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."
Simon answered, "Master,we've worked hard all night and
haven't caught any thing. But because you say so, i will let
down the nets." When they had done so,they caught such
a large number of fish that their nets began to break. (luke 5:4-6) "

The abundance came into their lives when they understood. The understanding brought action. Peter may have a little skeptical at first, but, because of what he had just learned, he decided to step out into the unknown.