Summary: We are called to be "fisher’s of men."
FISHER’S OF MEN
Believing for BIG things from God!
The mindset that I want us to have today as I talk about this scripture is that of “fishermen.” Think of yourself as “fishers of men.”
OFF SHORE FISHING…that says to me that this is more than just a little flat bottom boat with a worm and a hook and a cane pole! That sounds a little more out from the bank…a little further out and you maybe have been before…sounds like you might need a net for this!
Recreational Fisherman – stays close to the bank and is satisfied with small occasional catches…the pretty, colorful fish.
Commercial Fisherman – Fish in Deep Water…They get to catch big Trophy Specimens…Marlin, Sailfish, Bonefish, Tuna, Swordfish, Sharks, Wahoo, Barracuda, Tarpon, Mackerel.
That is where God is taking the church…IF we are willing to GO…He is calling us out to the DEEP.
All through out the scripture Jesus compares US, who have the salvation plan, to being “fishermen.”
Jeremiah 16:16 (quickview) … “Behold, I will send for many fishers, says the Lord, and they will fish them out; and after ward I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain and from every hill and out of the clefts of the rocks.
Vs 1: The guide took him to the DOOR….(you got to go OUT to reach the lost!)
Vs 1: The water (out of your belly shall flow “living waters”) flowed OUT from the temple!! (ye are the TEMPLE of the Holy Ghost!)
Vs 7: Trees – (type of Men in the Bible)
Vs 8 These waters pour OUT toward the DEAD SEA! And as they enter the Dead SEA and those waters shall be HEALED and made fresh!
Stephen Covey says that self-centeredness is like Israel’s Dead Sea, for it welcomes in freshness but grows stagnant because it will not give.
Stagnation comes from the receiving life. Personal growth comes from the giving life.
Vs 9 The DOUBLE RIVER…wherever it goes there is a GREAT number of FISH! Everything shall LIVE wherever the RIVER goes!
Vs 10 FISH of MANY KINDS!
Vs12 Trees with all kinds of FOOD…shall not fail to meet the demand! Because the waters came from out of the Sanctuary!
John 21:7 (quickview) … Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, It is the Lord! Simon Peter, hearing him say that it was the Lord, put (girded) on his upper garment (his fisherman’s coat, his outer tunic)-for he was stripped (for work) – and sprang into the sea! (Amplified)
Oral Roberts says that “if your dreams don’t scare you at night, you’re not dreaming big enough!”
WE need to believe God for something so big that only a miracle could make it happen.
WE need to make the decision to be in a place where we can “see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.”
We must step out of our comfort zone and place ourselves in a position that puts us beyond what we know and understand with our minds…and into a place where we must trust God for a miracle.