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Summary: We must learn to thrive on the battle field... Even a dead fish can swim down stream. Arise and dream.

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THE JOURNEY OF A DEAD FISH

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

ARE WE READY? DIFFICULT? PERILOUS TIMES ARE COMING?

WHAT ARE WE READY FOR...?

DO WE RELEAS THE WAR FARE WE ARE FACING?

JESUS SETS THE BOYS DOWN AT THE MOUNT OF OLIVES OVER LOOKING THE

TEMPLE... AND SOMEONE ASKS THE QUESTION OF JESUS?

WHEN SHALL THESE THINGS COME TO PASS?

JESUS STARTS THIS IMPORTANT LESSON AND GIVES US AN IMPORTANT WARNING...

Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved:

but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

Matthew 24:22 (MSG) If these days of trouble were left to run their course, nobody would

make it. But on account of God's chosen people, the trouble will be cut short.

ANY AUTHOR KNOWS THE POWER OF REPETITION... SAY IT AGAIN

Mark 13:20 (MSG) If he let the days of trouble run their course, nobody would make it.

But because of God's chosen people, those he personally chose, he has already intervened.

MY DEAR FRIENDS, GET READY FOR THE WAR...

DEVELOP A WARRIOR ATTITUDE... EXPECT DIFFICULT DAYS...

Joel 3:9-10 (KJV) Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men,

let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and

your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

Joel 3:9-10 (MSG) Announce this to the godless nations: Prepare for battle! Soldiers at attention!

Present arms! Advance! 10 Turn your shovels into swords, turn your hoes into spears. Let the weak

one throw out his chest and say, "I'm tough, I'm a fighter."

CAN WE COME TO THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE JOURNEY OF A DEAD FISH?

WE ARE IN THE VALLEY OF CHOICES...

Please give me a little imagination and come and stand with me on the bridge. The river's

current is swiftly flowing. In Kentucky many of our rivers have KENTUCKY DUCKS flowing

down stream. Do you know what a Kentucky Duck is? A Kentucky duck is a plastic milk jug.

Watch there goes one flowing by.

Pretend with me a little longer? There swims by a dead fish.

The dead fish is swimming with the current. In a few hours the dead fish will be several miles

down the river.

Now pretend with me... For the next generation of fish the adults will have to swim upstream.

Their battle is against the current. They can not allow the current to control their journey.

For new, healthy next generation fish to thrive the long upstream, against the current battle

the healthy fish wants the next generation to know the fresh waters up stream to give a

healthy change of survival.

Are you like a dead fish swimming down stream? No plans? no purpose?

What will be will be?

Every sport I know has a goal? Cross the goal line? Shoot the ball through the rim?

But somehow we at satisfied to aimlesslessly drift where ever the tide may take us?

Do we have a clearly defined goal?

Why were we born?

Can you state your goal to me?

If you have a goal, do you have a plan to reach that goal?

Do I believe? Do I have a dream?

Do I have the will to set my face toward the goal and overcome the obstacles?

CAN I CHANGE? AM I FOREVER TRAPPED?

ARE YOU JUST AIMLESSLY FLOWING, QUE SERA, SERA...

Joel 3:13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full,

the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. 14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision:

for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

ON THE VERGE? HOW DID I GET HERE IN THIS VALLEY OF DECISION?

YOU DESERVE WHAT YOU TOLERATE...

WE BECOME A PRODUCT OF OUR WORDS? OUR ATTITUDES? DEEDS?

COME WITH ME TO THE POINT OF HONEST EVALUATION...

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that

shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption;

but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who

are of the household of faith.

WE ARE A PRODUCT OF OUR DECISIONS...

WHAT WE PRODUCE COME OUT OF THE VALLEY OF DECISIONS...

The family was created by God before the church.

Weak families, weak churches, weak society.

I KNOW OF MANY FAMILIES ON THE VERGE OF A DIVORCE AFTER YEARS OF MARRIAGE.

I think the pastor's and leaders families are under great attack.

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