SERIES: GO FISHING By Pastor Philippi
Part 2: FISH GUTS 2/22/2015
Happy to Fish
My dad wasn’t a big fisherman, but we went fishing every summer when we went to the lake in Minnesota. We went fishing at 5 a.m. Dad would fix pop tarts for breakfast and I still think of going fishing with my Dad when I smell pop tarts. We would fish for sunfish and catch one or two hundred a day. Fishing was fun, but cleaning was not the job you wanted. Once I got good at cleaning fish I didn’t mind doing it as much.
Jesus told us we would be fishers of men. I believe every one of you would love to be a soul winner; you would love to go to heaven with 15 or 20 coming along with you. Winning someone to the Lord is like having a baby without the pain. Yet they say less than ten percent of all Christians have won anyone to the Lord. I think it’s not because we don’t want to, but we’re afraid to.
If you receive this message it will be a lot easier to go fishing. I am going to give you something to help you get over the fear. I’m not talking about going door to door, just stepping into your opportunities. I want you to get excited about fishing.
If someone was going to receive the death penalty for something they didn’t do, if you were a witness you would be happy to testify to set him free. You are being called upon to witness to this world what you saw and what Jesus did for you.
Acts 3:1-10 tells the story of the lame man healed by Peter and John. When the lame man was healed he was walking and leaping; that was testifying. The result of all this led to 5,000 getting saved. You never know that small thing you do how it may multiply.
Acts 3:19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, (NKJV) Repentance leads to good things such as refreshing. When you say, “Yes Lord,” He enables you to repent.
They saw a Need
The need is great. Have you ever wondered at a large event how many are saved? How many people are dying without Jesus? People understand they have a need, they just don’t understand Jesus is the answer to that need. Our young people in America have the highest self esteem of any people on the earth. We may rank 80th in education, but we feel good about ourselves. The suicide rate is also the highest in the world. There are more important things you need to teach. They need to know Jesus.
You have Something the World is Looking For
They will laugh at you and reject you sometimes, but you really do have the answer. You need to start spreading seed. You have what they need.
The devil doesn’t care what you believe. When it comes to fishing you have to get in the boat and go get them. It’s about what you say. Start talking about what Jesus did for you. You don’t need a seminar to be taught about your own experience.
They were asked who gave them this authority to heal. Peter began to speak in defense under the power of the Holy Spirit and he responded in Acts 4:10-12 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (NKJV)
It’s Not About What You Believe, But What You Have Seen and Heard
The world gets upset when you proselytize others and make them believers. That’s when they get upset. We must show the world we love them. There is a hurting world and we have good news. Why would you withhold good news from those who need it? The good news is you don’t have to be depressed or addicted.
Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. (NKJV) Being with Jesus makes you a fisherman. How can you spend two hours a day in prayer and not tell anyone what He has done for you?
Acts 4:14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. NKJV People can’t fight your testimony. People can see the difference in you from before you got saved.
Acts 4:18-20 So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (NKJV) Speak what you have seen and heard. There is a demonic conspiracy in the spirit realm to stop you from speaking. When you understand it’s demonic you can defeat that devil in the name of Jesus. Pray every day for Jesus to give you boldness.
John 3:16 Our Pattern
All you need to know is John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
God loves! If somebody loves you they are going to give to you. If they hate you they will take from you. What He wants to give us is eternal life. Everyone lasts forever; they die forever or live forever. He loved and gave.
Faith activates your salvation; whoever believes. We just have to believe that He died for us. Keep it simple. You don’t have to know the answers to all of their questions. God loves you, God gave to you; just believe it and receive it. It’s a gift, just take it. He gave His son to die in place of you. Do you believe that and do you receive that? Fishing is just that simple.