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FISHING TIME

FISHING TIME

Jesus Christ is the central figure and message of The Gospel.  Therefore, as you view Jesus Christ and follow His actions you will find out what you should do.

In the beginning of His earthly ministry, Jesus gathered followers. Those followers did not have His “mind” at first.  However, they did have qualities that Jesus knew He could work with – after all, Jesus is omniscient.

Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.

The key to making fishers of men or disciples is the net. The net is the Word of God. The only capturing device or advice of any church ought to be The Word of God.

The spoken Word of God is the epitome of the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ Himself.  Therefore, as you speak the Word of God, you speak Jesus; as you speak of Jesus, you speak the Word of God.  Jesus is the living Word of God.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Jesus offered the truth of God. Previously, the people heard from the prophets and priests. The people even preferred a king and heard from him.

However, God sent His personal representative, Jesus Christ, the ultimate or the embodiment of all they had been seeking for but failed to achieve. Jesus is Prophet, Priest, and King.

So, in order to follow Jesus we must follow Jesus.

Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

That is the net! That is the Word of God that must be spoken to this generation.

The harvest is ripe. In other words, there are plenty of fish. The sea is vast and there are many things that capture the attention or the mind of those fish. It’s where the “fish” live.

Yet, unless you have the right net or the right device to haul in those who should be in The Kingdom, you will not do the work that has been left for you to do.

Many people profess to have nets. That is, many profess to have The Word of God. However, not all nets are in the right condition for holding the catch. Not many are handling the Word of God in a manner that permits the maximum catch of fish.

If the Word of God is not handled in the right manner it will be rendered ineffective or ill effective.

Timothy said it like this: 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

It is the correct and passionate study of God's Word that renders a net ready.

Are you disqualified if your net or delivery of the Word of God is ineffective?  No!  You simply must use wisdom and fix the net. Jesus showed us that too.

Mark 1:19 And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.

Once the Word of God is properly handled, it will do what it has been designed to do. That is, the net will catch fish.

It is time for Christians to go fishing again. Blessings Abound!

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