Thursday, January 27, 2011

JESUS : The Fish Finder

Have you ever been fishing, and not gotten any fish? If you are like me, you lose interest if nothing is happening. Wouldn't it be nice if we knew where the fish were? Then there are the times when you see the fish all around, but they're not biting. Well not much has changed in the past few years.

Luk 5:4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

Luk 5:5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
Luk 5:6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
Luk 5:7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

Joh 21:5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.

Joh 21:6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

This may not seem like that big of a deal, but this was before actual fish finders, and the professional fisherman had been fishing all night long and caught nothing. In order for them to catch the fish now they had to make themselves available. They would have went home with nothing after a full nights work.
When you work for God he will bless you more than you could ever imagine. Not only did he fill their nets, but he filled them so much they could not get all the blessing in without help from another boat. The blessing filled two vessels. Without the availability of the first vessel, neither would have received a blessing.

Okay. maybe you are still thinking this is not as amazing as I do. Wait , I,m not done yet. Maybe you are thinking it was just a freak coincidence. How about this.
Mat 14:16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
Mat 14:17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
Mat 14:18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
Mat 14:19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
Mat 14:20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
Mat 14:21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

Not only can he find fish in the water, but now he's finding fish on land. I don't care how you want to explain the finding fish in the water, this is not natural. Not only did he find fish, but he found ALOT of fish. To feed 5000 men not including women and children with five loaves of bread, and two fish? Not only did they eat, but they ate until they were full. When they were done eating there was still more food than when they started. Once again  you have to give him what you have in order for him to use it.
If I tried to feed 5000+ on five loaves and two fish, they would have left mad and hungry. Man alone could not have done this, but by giving the Lord what you have, you basket will overflow with blessing. If you have not noticed every time there has been a blessing, it is not just for the one person that is originally giving. It is not meant to keep all for yourself, but to give to everyone around you. We were put here to reach out, and touch the world.    
Luk 5:10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

Mat 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

We are supposed to find people in this world and spread his word. We are supposed to be an example for Christ. God wants us to cast our net. And when we cast it we are not supposed to sift through the catch, but bring it to God. He will sort it out. We give him all that we pull in. He can use us to reach people that someone else may not be able to reach. When we come to Christ, we are not perfect. When I came to Christ, I was a sinner. I was not worthy of his grace and mercy. I still think from time to time how unworthy I  am. I have done nothing to deserve what he has done for me. But I am so thankful.
He picked me up out of my darkest place. When I was so deep in sin, I couldn't see light, He saw me. When I couldn't find a way out of my own pit, He lifted me up. He turned me around, and opened my eyes to see things in a different light. He found me. HALLELUJAH. THANK YOU JESUS.
Joh 1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

Joh 1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
Joh 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
Joh 1:48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.

Jesus found Philip, so Philip could find Nathanael. We can reach the people in the world we came from, before our conversion. The people we use to run with will see you changed, and you can use that as a tool to reach others. They can see the difference in your life, and that is why it is so important to be Christlike. If there is no change, there is no conversion. How can we win others if there is nothing different about us?

  He sees us when we cant see him. He's watching us all the time. He has got his eye on us now.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


If you look up the definition of mountain in a Webster's dictionary, this is what you will find.

MOUNT'AIN, n. [L. adjective, montanus.] A large mass of earth and rock, rising above the common level of the earth or adjacent land, but of no definite altitude. We apply mountain to the largest eminences on the globe; but sometimes the word is used for a large hill. In general, mountain denotes an elevation higher and larger than a hill; as the Altaic mountains in Asia, the Alps in Switzerland, the Andes in South America,the Allegheny mountains in Virginia, the Catskill in New York, the White mountains in New Hampshire, and the Green mountains in Vermont. The word is applied to a single elevation, or to an extended range.
 If you apply this spiritually, it tells you "a place of elevation." We often talk about our mountains in life pertaining to a place of peace, triumph, and success. This is after a trial, or storm in life, or just something in life we are going through at any given time. This is the place in life we want to live, on a spiritual, or mental mountain.
When we are on this mountain, we can normally see things from a different perspective. We can see trials, and storms in life from the victory side of the situation. The view from the top of the mountain allows you to see all the valley you just came through. Your vision of the trial is so much more broad, because you can see the whole thing. Instead of looking from the inside out, we are looking from the outside in. When we are going through the storm, all we can see is where we are at that particular time. It is not meant for us to know the way out while we are there. We are supposed to give our lives, and situations to the Lord, and have faith that he will see us through it.
Gods word says he will help us and be with us and see us through. We may not be able to feel his presence at the time of our struggle, but he is there nonetheless. He does not leave us. If we get to a point where we lose the presence of God, he is probably where YOU LEFT HIM.
    1Sa 12:22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.

   Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

We seem to get to a place in our lives where we think we don't need him. We get to point where we only look for him when we are going through a storm. The truth is we need him all the time. I sometimes find myself, when everything is going good, not praying, reading his word, or spending time with Him the way I should. Then I instantly find myself having to deal with things that would not be a big deal if I was prayed up. It is better to be ready for the trial before I get to it, than to wait until it gets to me. I've always heard, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That also applies here. That is not just a physical statement.
If you look back at the definition of a mountain it says,"a large mass of earth and rock that rises above the common level of earth or adjacent land. In Genesis it tells what we are made of.
Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

 If we are made of the earth, maybe we should try to rise above the common level of earth around us. That is what God intends for us anyway. We are supposed to rise above, and be an example for him. If you read through the bible, everywhere God shows up is on the mountain. Let him show in us, and let us be mountains in a world of hills, and flat plains.
 Even if we are living a holy life, and doing all we should, we will still have trials,and struggles. Even in the bible it tells about trials on the mountain. Most of the time we like to believe if we are on the mountain we will not have struggles. That is not true.
 Gen 22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
 Abraham had a trial on the mountain when God told him to offer his son, but God showed up on that same mountain right on time. We are not promised a trouble free life. Actually the bible does say,
 Psa 34:19 " Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all."

VAL'LEY, n. plu. valleys. [L. vallis. See Vale.]
1. A hollow or low tract of land between hills or mountains.
2. A low extended plain, usually alluvial, penetrated or washed by a river. The valley of the Connecticut is remarkable for its fertility and beauty.
Ye mountains, sink; ye valleys, rise; prepare the Lord his way.
3. In building, a gutter over the sleepers in the roof of a building.
 In the definitions we see it is a low place. When we get to the bottom, there are only two directions we can move, side to side,or up. If we move side to side, we are only wallering in the mud, or the problem in which we are in. We need to rise above our circumstances and take some authority over our situation. If we do not rise up we will never overcome the things that are against us.
The third definition tells us it is a gutter. Everyone knows what a gutter does. It carries trash off the peak of the higher surrounding. It is a channel for unwanted stuff.
As  much as we don't like the valleys, we have to have them. This is where we mature spiritually. Without the valleys, we are never tried. We would stay in one place forever if we never go into the valley. You cannot get from one mountain to the next without going through a valley every now and then, but we don't need to stay there. We should always have the right attitude about our location.
Php 4:11  "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
"1Ti 6:6  "But godliness with contentment is great gain."  
 What it is going to take to be content is prayer, and a relationship with our Lord. We cannot get ourselves out of things we cannot control, but we know who can. We have to talk to the storm maker to control the storm. He alone has all we need. If we are struggling with ANYTHING, he gives us strength.
Our attitude toward our situation controls alot of our coming through the storm. If we always grumble about where we are it will give us a negative attitude, and make things worse. We have to keep our site on the Lord.

Monday, January 10, 2011


Pro. 15:30 "The light of the eyes rejoice the heart: and a good report makes the bones fat.

How do you see things? What is your take on life, and where is your focus? If you pay more attention to the negatives in life, more than likely you will have a negative attitude. Have you ever known, or do you know anyone who never has anything good to say? They are always looking at the negative side of any given situation. They are hard to listen to all the time. When you get done talking to them, you feel worse than you did before your conversation with them.

1Pet 3:10-11 "For he that love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; Let him seek peace, and ensue it."

For those of us who are the negative ones, lets try to focus more on the blessings in life. We all have things to be thankful for. We have family, friends, life, and the list goes on. All we have to do is think about it. Life may not be all we want it to be, but as long as you have breath, you have all the control to make it what you will. It just takes commitment, and dedication. Get excited about it, and not disappointed, or discouraged. If you do get discourage, don't dwell on it, build on it. You don't get success without taking a chance, and you don't learn without some level of failure, or mistake.

God said to the wicked,
Psa. 50:19-20 "You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue serves deceit.You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mothers son."

Then there are the gossipers. I have always heard, if you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all. If you don't agree with something someone else is involved with, talk to them about it. That will help that person more than if that person finds out you talked to someone else about it. Sit down with that person and discuss it directly with them. Afterward, dint talk to everyone else about your conversation in a gossipping manner. If you do talk to someone else, then both of you talk to that person in a concerned manner.

Gal. 5:16-26 "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would. But if you be led of the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the words of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another."
This says,"the words of the flesh are manifest". This tells you that these things were manifest through words. If you can manifest words, why would you speak any negative thing? The bible says God spoke everything into existence. It also said we were made in the image of God. It also says we are given dominion over all things. Now taken all this into consideration, I believe, to an extent, you can speak things into existence. The bible says that they which do such things as the word of the flesh shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the spirit all positive good things. And they that are Christs have crucified the flesh. If we live in the Spirit, let us walk in the Spirit. If we live and walk in the Spirit, how could we possibly be negative? If we are always positive, we don't have to worry about any negative thing being spoken into our lives.

Eph 4:22-32 "That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. Be angry, and sin not: don't let the sun go down on your wrath: Don't give place to the devil. Let him that stole, steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that need. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed to the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice: And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake forgave you."

Col.3:23-25 " And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ. But he that do wrong shall receive for the wrong which he has done: and there is no respect of persons."
Most of your life will be affected by your outlook, and attitude. If you have a job you don't like, because of your boss, you are not looking from the right perspective. Col. 3:23 says "Whatever you do, do it as if you are doing it for the Lord, and not for man."

2Tim 1:7 " For God has not given us the spirit of Fear; but of power, and love, and of sound mind."
I believe depression today is not necessary. The spirit of depression was not given from God. I believe the depression we see today is mostly caused from things we have done, that we cannot forgive ourselves for. Our minds are full of garbage, and lies from the devil. If we could get back to having a sound mind, and exercising the power and love that was , and is given from the Lord, we could overcome the depression, discouragement, and ALL other things that seems to have overtaken the world today.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Where are the men?

Where are the men of today? We are selling ourselves short of our potential, and responsibility. The days of being worthy of being role models seem to be gone. It seems that the men children are looking up to are hardly worth looking up to. The pro athletes are committing adultery. The big men in business are stealing, and cheating people out of their money. it has gotten to the point where even some supposedly spiritual men are involved in some shady stuff. It seems there are not many honest men to be found in the generation we are in. The days of a handshake being worth more than a piece of paper no longer exist.
Tit 2:6-10 "Young men exhort to be sober minded. In all things showing yourself a pattern of good works, in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned, that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things, not answering again, not purloining, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

I remember my parents, and grandparents stood for something. When I done something I was not supposed to do they would correct me. If it was not something worth a spanking they would tell me it was wrong, and made sure I understood why it was wrong. They took the time to teach me right from wrong, and not just tell me to stop. If it was something worth a spanking, they did not hesitate to wear me out. That is something that does not happen much anymore. Today it seems everybody is scared to discipline their children, and they don't seem to take time to raise their children.

Proverbs 13:24 " He that spares the rod hates his son, but he that loves him disciplines him." Proverbs 23:13-14 "Don't withhold correction from your child. Correction will save them from hell."
Proverbs 29:15 "The rod and correction give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother."
Proverbs 29:17 "Correct your son, and he will give you rest, and delight to your soul." Proverbs 22:6 "Train up your child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."
As I have gotten older I have realized in depth what this means. I know people that did not discipline their children when they where young, and now they are trouble. They have turned into the kids you don't want your children to associate with. These parents now wish they could fix things that they can no longer change. Now they are worried about the outcome, and have no influence on the child anymore.

It is also the mans place as a father to teach the children the ways, and the word of the Lord. Deu. 6:6-7 "These words shall be in your heart, and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you get up."

Deu. 32:46 "Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you this day, which you shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law."
We are to lead our children spiritually. Our children are ALWAYS looking to us for guidance while they are with us. If our guidance is not worth looking up to, we are misleading our children. We may be what we are tyring to protect our children from.

I am seeing alot of families where the men are letting the women raise the children, almost by themselves. The men should not get so busy that they withdraw from their family. There are alot of men who are making their families go to church without them. All that is telling the children is that church is for women and children. We have to start setting an example by actions. I have always heard actions speak louder than words. We need to lead by example. The old saying "Do as I say ,not as I do." does not really stick very long. The image left in the mind of a child is the action of a parent, not the advising to do the opposite of what they have watched the parent do.

1 tim 5:8 " But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
I am also seeing men who don't work. They are causing their wives to have to provide for the family. I am not talking about the families with both spouses working. I mean men are staying at home without a job. They are not even looking for work. I believe it is the mans place to take care of the house, but the woman's place to take care of the home. The man is supposed to be the bread winner. You are supposed to be the head of the house, and the family. If you are slacking as a man, your son is going to be a slacker, and your daughter is going to think she is supposed to provide for a slacker. It is said a girl is going to look for someone like their father, and a son is going to be like his father. If so I want to set a high standard for them to aim for. As a parent I want more for my children. I want better for my children. I want the BEST for my children.

1 corinth. 11:3 "The head of EVERY man is Christ, and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God." That puts you in charge under God. It is your responsibility to take care of the family.
Pro. 31:28 "...her husband calls her blessed ,and he praises her."
1 corinth. 7:3 "Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence..." We are not given a wife to abuse, or to take advantage of. you were given to each other.
1 corinth. 7:33 "He that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife." It is not only about the mans pleasure from the wife, but also the pleasing of the wife by the man.
Eph.5:25-33"Husbands love yourwives even as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it.That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the waqshing of water by the word. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love thier wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself, and the wife see that she reverence her husband."

With all this said, how can men act like pigs to their wives? How can we put our friends before our wives. How can we put off the things that would please our wives for the things that please our friend, or ourselves? We are only going to get out of the family what we put into it. Lets put our families first, and make a difference while we can. Lets start acting like the head we were meant to be. There will come a day when we will have to answer to our head, and only we have control of how that meeting will go. Lets start shaping that meeting today and MAN UP.

A concerned man