Matthew 4:19. Follow Me. and I will make you fishers of men. To Follow…. Set aside our own goals to embrace the purposes for which God created us. Purposes: . To know Him. To make disciples of others by teaching them all of His commandments. Results:. Take on His brightness.
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and I will make you fishers of men.
Why did Jesus require His disciples to be with Him to the end of His ministry while Moses and Paul taught their followers by writings that they received through the Holy Spirit?
You have given us the call to follow, day by day with standards not our own. No one can serve two masters, so with undivided hearts we choose to follow You alone.
Break the fear of man within our hearts. Send Your fire and make us set apart. Tear down the idols and make us fully Yours, we surrender all and nothing less as worship to You, Lord
Let us stand for righteousness, integrity and truth, living out the gospel as You have called us to do. Let us walk in purity and holiness, That all would know that we belong to you.
To exchange my affections, goals, and priorities for His.
…to being keepers of the aquarium.” --Paul Harvey
Jesus is The Light of the world.
When Jesus was on earth, He drew multitudes to the light of His life. Now that His physical being is no longer here, His light must shine through us.
"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
The disciples were with Jesus 24/7 for three years. They learned how He thought, how He answered questions, how He lived, and how He gave himself for people.
Now Jesus is in heaven; however, He made provisions so that we can be with Him for the rest of our lives.
“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.” (Galatians. 5:16-17)
When our focus is on following Jesus, rather than fishing for men, we will have no trouble attracting others because of the light of Christ.
Fishermen will rise early in the morning, endure harsh weather, and wait long hours to catch fish. This the spirit Jesus wants in His followers.
Following Christ requires perfect trust because we all go through the valley of the shadow of death.
Jehovah-Roni: The Lord My Shepherd
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)
“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young” (Isaiah 40:11)
“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep…My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:11,27)
Meekness is yielding our rights to God so He can demonstrate His peace and power through us.
It is STRENGTH…
…under God’s Control
by Ira F. Stanphill
I traveled down a lonely road and no one seemed to care. The burden on my weary back had bowed me to despair. I oft' complained to Jesus how folks were treating me. And then I heard Him say so tenderly: "My feet were also weary upon the Calvary road. The cross became so heavy I fell beneath the load. Be faithful weary pilgrim the morning I can see. Just lift your cross and follow close to Me"
“I work so hard for Jesus.” I often boast and say, “I've sacrificed a lot of things to walk this narrow way. I gave up fame and fortune. I'm worth a lot to Thee. And then I hear Him gently say to me, "I left the throne of glory and counted it but loss. My hands were nailed in anger upon a cruel cross. But now we'll make the journey with your hand safe in mine. Just lift your cross and follow close to Me"
Oh Jesus, if I die upon a foreign field some day, t'would be no more than love demands no less could I repay. No greater love hath mortal man than for a friend to die. These are the words I heard Him say to me, "If but a cup of water I place within your hand, then just a cup of water is all that I demand.” But if my death to living they can Thy glory see, I'll take my cross and follow close to Thee.