Fishing Jesus’ Way, Pastor Phil Sessa

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John 21:4-6, “Jn 4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. Jn 21:5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. Jn 21:6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish” Anyone can do a job or task for a little while, but to do it daily and consistently now there’s a challenge. When Jesus first started to call his disciples he interrupted their lives and he called the two sets of brothers and would make them fishers of men. In John 21, Jesus was standing on the shore, his disciples not realizing it was Him, and called out to them “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. Jn 21:6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” The result was the following, “When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. They did it Jesus’ way and it yielded fish, because of their obedience. Again in Luke 5 we read another fish story account. Jesus told these men who were fishing all night, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon Peter replied by saying, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Simon could have argued with the notion that Jesus knew nothing about fishing since He Himself was a carpenter. But Peter obeyed because it was Jesus speaking. The outcome of that obedience was that ”When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.” They caught fish because they did it Jesus’ way, not theirs.” Again they obeyed and caught fish. “When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. We know that Jesus said 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Jesus wants His fishers of men to fish His way. Hab 1:14 says, “You have made men like fish in the sea, like sea creatures that have no ruler.” Hos 4:3 states, “…Hos 4:3 …the fish of the sea are dying.” Isa 50:2 When I came, why was there no one? When I called, why was there no one to answer? Was my arm too short to ransom you? Do I lack the strength to rescue you? By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea, I turn rivers into a desert; their fish rot for lack of water and die of thirst. The fish need to be fished for and be caught if they are to be saved. Yet we are fishing for men (people), and with that mandate seems to bring fear and possible disillusionment. Yet “We are called to be fishers of men (Matt. 4:19). “Program your mind into the mode that the fish God wants you to catch are upstream. To get them you will have to go against the current of self-will. Waves of fear and discouragement will thrust against you, but use the muscle the Spirit of God has put within you to fight against the tide.” (Ray Comfort) Application: 1. Know where the fish are. 2. Go to where the fish are; don’t expect them to jump into the boat. 3. Use appropriate bait – speak the Word of God in ways they can understand, yet never water it down because fish have enough water. 4. GO fishing today for men (people) and don’t wait another day 5. Always listen to Jesus being sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and obey instantly Blessings Pastor Phil

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