Matthew 4:19 What Are You Trying To Catch?

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matthew 4:19

Millions of people are out looking to catch their next big break in life. They are looking for the financial breakthrough or freedom from bondage to debt. Some are looking forward to catching the next big promotion, to find the right spouse, to find the right job, to purchase a house or something else.

While some will find their catch, many will have to keep on searching for the elusive ‘fish’, the satisfaction or purpose in life.

Jesus calls a couple of brothers that are fishermen to follow Him. He tells them that He will now send them out to catch people.

Catching fish can be difficult or near impossible for some people. One throws a line into a water, that he cannot see in, and hopes that a fish will see the line and bait, and will bite it. Some people catch fish for eating, while others catch just for the sport of it. With either reason, both are temporary events.

Jesus changed the focus of fishing for temporary things to fishing for people. The world is full of all kinds of people who need salvation. They are in need of a real life that is not temporary and has eternal purpose.

The only way people can gain an eternal perspective is for a believer to cast a line of witness to them and draw them in to knowing Jesus.

As Jesus came to this earth, His entire purpose was to catch people and save them from the grips of sin and death. Every believer, the ones Jesus caught, have that same mandate upon their life. As a believer they are to go out and catch some people for the kingdom of God.

Just as there are billions of fish to be caught, there are billions of people to be caught for Jesus.

You must ask yourself what are you fishing for in your life. Do not fish as the world fishes, just for temporary pleasures of this life, but fish for what lasts for eternity–people.

All around you are people who are needing to eat the word of God and be saved. You have the bait that they need to catch them for God. Instead of hoarding it to yourself, use God’s word to catch people for Him and build His kingdom.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal your purpose in this life; that you will catch people for God; that God will give you the bait to catch people; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Revelation 20:15 Is Your Name In The Reservation Book?

Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15

In many of the fancier, sit-down restaurants, it is common to have the requirement to have a reservation in order to eat there. The purpose of the reservation is to ensure you will have a spot to eat. For restaurants this is because they have to limit how many people are eating there.

If a person shows up with no reservation, he may or may not be allowed in at all. Some places require reservation, while others they are highly recommended.

In John’s vision, he has seen a lot of judgement and destruction occurring. Along with death and hell, any person whose name was not written in the book of life were thrown into the lake of fire.

Fire is sign of final judgement or punishment. It is over, completed, eternal destruction and death. When a fire gets hot enough, there is nothing that can survive it, everything is burned up and destroyed forever.

While alive on this earth, every person has a choice to make. It is the most important choice in their life that effects them for all eternity. That choice is to choose whether to follow Jesus, repenting of all sins and to accept His forgiveness or not. No other choice ever made has the extreme weight of importance as this choice.

All other choices a person may make from day to day, may have good or bad consequences for a short amount of time. That amount of time could be for a few moments all the way up until the time of death.

At the point a person chooses to repent of sins and believe in Jesus, his name is written in the book of life. He is on the reservation list for eternal life in heaven. If has not made that choice, then he is condemned for eternity in a lake of fire.

You, yourself, alone must make a choice as to whether you will repent of your sins and follow Jesus or not. If you refuse to follow Jesus, the consequences will be that your name is not written in the book of life, bringing on the judgement of eternal death.

Although choosing to follow Jesus may cause some problems today, in the end it means your name is in the book of life. As a result you will have eternal life some day. Is your name in the book of life?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of your sins; that you will follow Jesus; that your name will be in the book of life; that God is reserving eternal life for you; and that you live your life for God.

Appointment In Jerusalem (book review)

Title: Appointment In Jerusalem
Author: Derek and Lydia Prince
Publisher: Whitaker House and Derek Prince Ministries, International
Date: 2005
Pages: 200

Appointment In Jerusalem (book review)

This is a true story about Lydia Prince doing a mission work of love and prayer. Lydia was one of the top teachers in Denmark. As she worked hard to become a teacher and to be the best, she also realized that something was still missing in her life. She had no room for any religion or God. Through a series of events, she comes to know Jesus as her Savior.

Upon believing in Jesus, she committed to do whatever He told her to do. With much prayer, Lydia was given a vision to reach the homeless children in Jerusalem, a war-torn city. With miracle after miracle, doors open up for her to reach the children in Jerusalem. Lydia learns to put complete trust in God’s word and promises to provide and protect.

This story reveals the power of the prayer of faith, to trust in God in the most impossible circumstances. It will challenge the believer in how much one prays and believes that God answers prayer. It will also challenge the believer to step out in faith trusting God no matter what the circumstances look like or what others say.

The story is written in an easy to read format and is not very long. It keeps the reader engaged as to what will happen next from situation to situation.

I highly recommend reading this story of love, mission, prayer and faith.