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Teach a Man to Fish

  • Jesus said to them, 'Come after me, and I will make you into fishers for men.' Immediately they left their nets, and followed him. Mark 1:17-18 WEB

    While growing up, I spent a lot of time on the rivers near my home in South Carolina. The black water of the Waccamaw was just a few miles away, and hunting and fishing were a normal part of everyday life in the country. Bait selection was imperative, crickets for bream, night-crawlers for catfish, minnows or lures for bass. A good fisherman always went prepared.

    You also use different tactics according to your quarry. When fishing you try and entice a fish to take the bait. You put something in front of them that looks good, appealing, a lure, something that they desire and would want to eat. Using the wrong bait will get you nothing but ignored, but the fish will pounce on the right bait. If you make too much noise, you will drive all the fish away.

    Hunting is almost opposite. You pursue your prey, often with the help of barking dogs and other hunters, depending on the quarry. The prey does not willingly submit either. It is being chased or ambushed, and their only desire is to get as far away from you as possible.

    God knows the difference between hunting and fishing as well, and there are different seasons for each. He told Jeremiah: 'Behold, I will send for many fishermen,' says Yahweh, 'and they will fish them up. Afterward I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain, from every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks' (Jeremiah 16:16). In Jeremiah, He gave Israel a chance to come willingly by having fishers 'lure' them. Afterwards He sent the hunters to force them.

    Jesus said that He would make us 'fishers of men', not their hunters. We are to make Jesus look good, appealing, someone people would want to know. If they do not willingly take the bait then move on. Do not pursue them like a hunter as you will just drive them away. No means no.

    The prodigal son's Father did not chase him down the road with a Bible yelling at him, but instead was there waiting for his return when he came to his senses (Luke 15:17). Jesus did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them (Luke 9:56). So make Jesus look good, and do not be offensive or scary when you share your faith with others.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for Your grace and wisdom. Help me know what to say at the right time and keep me from driving people away that would come to know You. Help me find a balance in my life. Please walk with me and talk with me today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Thank you for all you for us........❤️
September 14, 2019
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Charlene Vallo
Charlene Vallo

Amen!!!

September 14, 2019
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen, praise God from whom all blessings flow.

September 14, 2019
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Stay by our side dear God. You are my hope. Praise God Amen 

September 14, 2019
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen!!

September 14, 2019
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

September 14, 2019
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Beautiful and timely reflection.  Thank you

September 14, 2019
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

September 14, 2019
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Perfectly said Pastor Dion! Amen.

September 14, 2019
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen, Great word Pastor Dion!Thank You!

September 14, 2019
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen! Thank you pastor Dion for this different perspective. Something so simple and true just clicked for me in my mind. 

September 14, 2019
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen Lord, help me "fish."

September 14, 2019
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Amen!

September 14, 2019
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord for Your Understanding!

September 14, 2019
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank Your love and care for me a sinner, help me to understand Your word that I be a good follower of Your designs. Teach me to lead the way for others to become one of Your followers, in Jesus name I pray. Amen...Praise be to the Lord. 

Great devotional Pastor, God bless you. 

September 14, 2019
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen another great devotional thanks much RHM!

September 14, 2019
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

September 14, 2019
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

September 14, 2019
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen!

September 14, 2019
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen.

September 17, 2019