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 come.
Matthew 4v19 "Come, follow me, " Jesus said. "and I will make you fishers of men."
We preach today about what we have to do to be true Christians. We preach about self-control, how we have to have a different attitudes, and dispositions and what we need to do to make us that person. We have many activities at our churches, many things that bring them in. We have plenty of "good" work, we have all kinds of Bible study, learning scripture and different ways to memorize it. We are trying to make ourselves be organized, ethical, compassionate, and wise. We are inventing ways to have a relationship and how to bond with one another through different interest we create to please everyone, so they will come. We all have good intentions, but we are trying to make ourselves fishers of men. We have left out the most important relationship, and that is always and forever the only way to become true disciples of Christ and that is to go to Him at the cross and then He will make us fishers of men. We are missing the Cross of forgiveness and love, we are jumping past it, because it is too painful for us to admit we need to repent and change, we can not admit we are sinners, lost sheep without a shepherd. We want control and do not want to give it up to Him. He has to be the Lord of our lives before we can be saved by Him. (Romans 10v9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your HEART that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved) When we do not go to Him in faith and receive the meaning of the cross, we do not receive anything else including His power to live out our lives and become fishers of men. The plan of God in your life will not be in yourlife without receiving His love from the Cross. We follow His crucifixion by faith and crucify our sinful nature so we can become clean with His love and receive His grace! This is the beginning and should always be the beginning of any body of Christ which is His church. Are we first and foremost being created by Him because that was our beginning, is our middle and will be our end. It is only through the cross that we receive the Holy Spirit that creates the Christ like attitude and disposition. He is our first reason for finding our true selves, and He will continue to be our only reason until our last breath if we stay close to Him and His world. (John 15v7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.) This is the only way we can truly live and follow Him because it is Him that makes us fishers of men. So if you are following any other way to become a fisherman, repent and go to or back to Him. He will put you back on the right path or start you on the right one, the path of life He created for you with His love remaining in you, guiding your future, with His plans! Praise God for the gift of His Son on the Cross!!!! Read Matthew 4 and John 15 and Romans 10. I love everyone with the love God gives me for you!!