Wednesday February 2, 2008
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Fishers of Men"

God challenges you to become a fisher and by accepting, you become “Fishers of Men”. Beginning in Jeremiah 16:16 KJV you find the prophecy where God makes this opportunity available to you:

Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.

You live in a time when souls are lost. They require strong pursuit and this explains why God is calling you to fish. Like Simon and Andrew in Mark 1:16-17 KJV, you are chosen to become “Fishers of Men”:

[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 fish symbolizes the path to Christianity and it is not difficult to be “Fishers of Men”, it only requires commitment. As with Simon and Andrew, God is calling you to fish for lost souls.

Understanding that water is where you fish, Rev. 17:15 KJV informs you that the waters are peoples:

And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

These are waters of people living today. Some have souls that are alive but most of them are spiritually dead. When you fish, Rev. 20:13 KJV lets you know that catching them now prepares their soul for Judgment; it returns life to them...spiritually:

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

“Fishers of Men” are God’s right arm. You and Christ fish as a team, having Him to bait your hook make it easier for you to reel a soul in for Him.

As you saw in Revelation, God uses the same techniques that you use when teaching your children. Do you recall teaching in a manner similar to His; Does this sound familiar to you?

You now have four toothpicks in you hand. If I take one away, how many toothpicks do you have left?

Both you and God use symbology to teach. This is symbology because the subject you are teaching your child is math, not toothpicks.

Fishing season is here and fish are waiting to be caught. Luke 4:4 KJV reminds you that the best bait available is the Word of God:

And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written,





That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Are you being called to fish? Do you have enough bait to go fishing?


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