Good morning! Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of fishers. Matthew 4v19 "Come follow me, Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
When the disciples first met Jesus they knew of Him and wanted so much to please Him. They knew He loved them and they knew He was their teacher. They also knew they wanted to believe Him and they listened and learned from Him. The three years they had a relationship with Him they still did not truly know who He was or the true love that surpasses all understanding. He told them everything the Father told Him to say to them, they were not His words they were words sent from God so they might remember all He said when the Holy Spirit was given to them. After they received the Holy Spirit all He said would make perfect sense. (John 16v13 But when he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.) We are not able to bear what He wants to tell us when we do not have the Holy Spirit. It will not make complete sense to us and we will continue to be confused searching for all the answers and never finding the true meaning behind the love of God through Christ until the Holy Spirit reveals all truth. With the Holy Spirit what the Father knows will be known to us so everyone will see the glory of God in all believers that receive the fullness of Holy Spirit. We will truly be changed everyday with a life keeping with repentance as long as we remain close to the grace of God. As soon as the disciples received the Holy Spirit they were able to be fisher's of men because they were given the power of God so He could continue to work through them. He gave them a couple of "practice" runs while He was still here. The first "practice run" He sent out 12, empowering them with the Holy Spirit to give them authority to drive out all demons, to cure diseases, heal the sick and to preach the kingdom of God. (Luke 9v1-2) and He sent out 72 and told them to heal the sick who are there and tell them, "The kingdom of God is near you". He told them He was sending them out like lambs among the wolves. (Luke 10 1-23) We are blessed to see what we see when we are guided by the Holy Spirit, all temptations we have the power to overcome, because Christ overcame through the Holy Spirit we can too. They only had it for a short time while they were on their "practice runs", I believe the power went to their heads enough to let their minds go ahead of their hearts, just like it does for us when we do not fully surrender our faith in our Lord and Savior. To be full of the Holy Spirit means He is dwelling in us, made a home in us so we know His perfect will for our lives and become true fisher's of men. We have a strong desire to feed His sheep, to continue building His church and lead others to the love He gave us on the cross. He gives us all the tools to be able to do this through the Holy Spirit. Through receiving the Holy Spirit we can understand His word more and more each day to be used for His purpose. This is who He makes us on our journey of truly knowing Him. If we truly continue to have faith in Him expressing itself through the love we have for Him we will be fisher's of men just as He was. He will be loving, healing, preaching with all the authority He had on earth through us. Thank you Lord for your patience, love and mercy you showed me through out my life never giving up on me, a sinner you changed into your saint, so you could use me one day to be your fisher of men and love others through me. If you can do this miracle in my life you surely can do it in everyone's life! (Read Matthew 4 and John 16)