ATB 47 The Shoes of the Fisherman

Growing up as a child I would imagine that I was like most kids. I did a lot of fun stuff that we all do at that age. Things that now in looking back reflect a time of innocence that more often than not I find myself thinking how cool it would be to go back to those times.

One thing in particular that I remember is spending time with my uncles and my grandfather. Several of my uncles as well as my grandfather had a passion for fishing. It seemed that as soon as we met up the first thing they would talk about was going fishing. Being at a young age I did not have any experience with fishing. I was eager to jump right into it. I can recall saying to my uncle in particular let’s go what are we waiting for! My uncle responded by saying slow down we have to be prepared to go fishing; that the very process of fishing itself was not something to be rushed into.

We spent it would seem countless minutes getting prepared. We of course had the poles and bait. Again I thought that we were good to go. But I will always remember that one part of our preparation that both my uncles as well as my grandfather emphasized. They mentioned that one of the most important things about fishing was having the right type of shoes to go fishing.  I have never forgotten the phrase that they would use over and over again. “As a fisherman you have to have the right type of shoes.”

In my Christian journey with the advancement of age has come a greater sense of appreciation of those things that are from the past that often times come back around in the present to reveal a different meaning. The​ ​Shoes​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Fisherman​. As I went forth with my uncles and grandfather on those days of fishing they always made it a point to have on the proper pair of shoes. Shoes they would say that lead the way to where it was they were headed. Shoes that would provide protection for the areas that they went in. Shoes that would give them what was needed to be successful .

The story of Jesus’s conversation with his disciples comes to mind for me. Matthew​ ​4:19​ ​speaks of Jesus saying to his disciples to come follow him, and he will make them fishers of men. This was of course a tall assignment. Here were the disciples, ordinary men at best being called by Jesus himself to follow him. I have to imagine that the disciples had to think to themselves that this was something way beyond them. After all who were they to follow behind Jesus himself. Following  in the shoes of the fisherman. Not just any fisherman; but the​ fisherman.

Just as it was for the disciples then it is the same for us today. We are tasked with the mission of following in the shoes of the fisherman. That fisherman being of course Jesus himself. What then would we do? How then do we move forward? I find myself thinking that the first thing that comes to mind when we choose to walk in the shoes of Jesus is to be sure that the shoes we would wear are those that are of the right fit. We cannot be of service to anyone nor can we be of help if the shoes that we wear in our mission to follow Jesus are not the right fit.

The right fit for each of us is not going to be the same. For some it may be shoes fit for serving others in mission fields. Perhaps for others it will be shoes fit for being that person who encourages others and speaks into the lives of those whom they come in contact with. And for some the shoes that they are fitted for may be for them  that person who prays for others and are called to be that prayer partner for many.

The shoes that we will wear on our road of commission will for each of us, regardless of what our particular calling may be, need to be shoes that will provide us with protection. During this Christian walk we will encounter many different challenges as well as temptations. There will be those times no matter who we are or where we are in our journey on this road of life whereby we are going to experience those times when the enemy will throw one fiery dart after the other at us. The enemy that we will come face to face with will do whatever it takes to stop us from fulfilling our mission and staying on course.

But during these times when we are a target that is when the shoes that we are wearing must be cloaked in the full armor of God. It is then that we know beyond the shadow of a doubt that we will continue to press on knowing the God’s armor is our shield and protector. And finally the shoes that will wear will indeed lead us on a path of success if we remain vigilant in our assigned duty. Ours will be a success not based on what the world may qualify it as, nor what others may define our success as. But as we remain faithful to that which God calls us to do then it is by his standard and his alone that our mission and purpose will be declared as a success.

The Shoes of the Fisherman. Doubtless they are indeed large shoes to fill. But for those of us who step up to the plate and say here I am Lord send me, we will do so knowing that as we follow in the shoes of the fisherman, we do so steeped in the heartfelt assurance that we are doing the will of our Lord and Savior and we will do so to the best of our abilities, and in doing so we give God the glory.

To God Be the Glory

Alan T. Black

 

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Resist the Devil by Thinking God’s Thoughts

Immortality Road

On our sojourn to the Eternal City, the New Jerusalem, we are to overcome many road blocks and hazards along the way. These are imposed and green lighted by our Father. He knows that our struggles against our adversary Satan will strengthen and fortify us and prepare us for kingship, which is His plan and purpose, after all.

God has authorized us to overcome Satan. He said, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Before we came to Christ, we were children of selfish darkness. We overcame the sin in our lives by coming to the cross and letting our old sinful self be “crucified with Christ.” And by belief in His literal bodily resurrection, He has raised us up to spiritually walk in “a newness of life.” HalleluYah! A wonderful freedom!

But that is only the first few steps of our walk with God. Satan…

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Nuggets – Trust in Him

“That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.” (Hebrews 6:18-19)

As children of God, we possess everything we need, from an invincible refuge from the enemy to a certain hope for eternity with our heavenly Father. The third verse of the hymn “Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him” reminds us that our trust in Him is well placed.

Trust in Him, ye saints, forever;
He is faithful, changing never;
Neither force nor guile can sever
Those He loves from Him.

Trust in something or someone would be worth much less if the object of our trust might change his mind. Thankfully, our Savior never changes. His love for us is constant. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war” (Revelation 19:11). As long as we are with Him, we are safe and secure.

Consider that we are safe in Christ’s hand, as He is secure in the Father’s hand. All believers are further sealed by the Holy Spirit. “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29). Who or what could break such a bond?

We have no need to fear. We are safe and secure in Him. JDM

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When God smoked a “Cee-gar”

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains.~C.S. Lewis

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Nuggets – The Name That Charms Us

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (John 5:13)

The second verse of the sweet hymn “Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him” continues with reasons to praise Him.
Jesus is the Name that charms us,
He for conflicts fits and arms us;
Nothing moves and nothing harms us
When we trust in Him.

We are informed in Scripture that He assigns great value and power to His Name. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name” (Philippians 2:9-10).

He protects and empowers us to do great things in service to Him. “But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head” (Psalm 3:3). “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler” (Psalm 91:4).

In His service and following His lead, we are victorious. “O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory” (Psalm 98:1). “Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

He is not only the conquering general, He is the Creator as well. We put our trust in Him, for where could our trust be better placed? “Thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all” (1 Chronicles 29:11). JDM

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Nuggets – Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him

“Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” (John 15:15)

We possess a special place in God’s heart. Many uplifting hymns have been written over the centuries that can lead us into a deeper love for and greater understanding of our Savior. One such hymn, “Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him,” introduces many important concepts and reasons to praise.
Praise the Savior, ye who know Him!
Who can tell how much we owe Him?
Gladly let us render to Him
All we are and have.

Those who know the Savior are bidden to join together in praising Him. As Christians, we not only “know” Him as Savior, He calls us His friends. He identifies His friends by their obedience to His loving commands: “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:14). He proves His friendship through His own sacrifice: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (v. 13). How could we ever repay Him? We cannot.

We can, however, praise Him for all that He is to us and has done for us. We have the privilege of declaring “with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell[ing] of all thy wondrous works” (Psalm 26:7), and “speak[ing] of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works” (Psalm 145:5). “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Hebrews 13:15). JDM

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Nuggets – The Sun

“Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.” (Psalm 19:5-6)

This well-loved psalm provides us a glimpse of God’s creative majesty: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge” (vv. 1-2).

Modern science has shown that the universe in which we live is really a tri-universe—a continuum of space/time/energy (or information). Thus, the first two verses of this psalm, by focusing our attention on “the heavens . . . the firmament” (space), “day . . . night” (time), and “speech . . . knowledge” (information/energy), reveal a scientific truth long before its “scientific” discovery.

There is, of course, one created source of energy that typifies this energy. Speaking of space and time, the psalmist claims, “In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun” (v. 4), which is further described in our text verses. The sun is like a bridegroom, fully dressed in wedding garb, radiating joy as he comes forth. It is also like a champion runner, fully able to run the race and gain the victory.

The sun’s energy, radiating out in all directions, not only energizes the earth but the entire solar system as well. Furthermore, it is now known that the sun traverses the galaxy in a gigantic orbit with its energy bathing each part. Truly, “there is nothing hid from the heat thereof” (text verse).

Only the Creator of space, time, and energy—the Creator of the sun, the solar system, the Milky Way galaxy, and the universe—could have known these things. That Creator, through the empowering ministry of the Holy Spirit, is the author of this psalm. JDM

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Nuggets – The Point of No Return

“Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.” (Hosea 4:17)

Our God is longsuffering and full of mercy, but there is a line that must not be crossed. It is dangerous to presume that God will always continue to forgive; He can become a “consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29).

The leaders of Ephraim (a collective term for the 10 northern tribes of Israel) had passed this point of no return. They had become completely infatuated with the pantheistic polytheism of the nations, being “joined” to their symbolic models of natural forces and all the immoral practices that accompanied such nature worship. The word for “joined” means “fascinated by.” They had been brought so deeply under the occult powers behind these nature-god idols as to be irrevocably committed to them, so that it would be a waste of time and tears to try to reclaim them now.

The Scriptures contain many similar warnings. “My spirit shall not always strive with man” (Genesis 6:3). “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind” (Matthew 15:14). “There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it” (1 John 5:16). “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6). Pharaoh repeatedly “hardened his heart” against God, and finally God Himself hardened Pharaoh’s heart (e.g., Exodus 8:15; 10:27). “God gave them up” (Romans 1:24, 26, 28).

These should be sobering words to anyone who is becoming enchanted with evolutionism, or occultism, or any form of pantheistic humanism. As long as such a person has any qualm of conscience, or even any doubts about the pseudo-scientific philosophy to which he is becoming addicted, there is hope that he might yet turn to the true God of creation. To continue in his present course, however, is presumptuous and deadly. The time will come, perhaps sooner than he thinks, when God will say: “Let him alone.” HMM

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Nuggets – Wait on the Lord

“Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.” (Psalm 37:34)

In spite of the occasional successes of the wicked, we are to “wait on the LORD.” The Hebrew word used in this passage for “wait” is unusual. The term quvah describes the “binding together” of strings to make a cord. The same word was used to “collect” the water and dry land into separate areas on the third day of creation.

It carries the idea of anticipation toward useful results and does not mean to “hang around and wait.” It does not imply useless boredom, waiting for something to happen. The essence of the term is to be alert, watching the events and activities of the Lord and reacting to His timing and direction. Indeed, the word is translated “look” as often as any other term.

The great promise of “eagle’s wings” recorded by Isaiah tells us that the source of our victory comes from the Lord alone: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

That great promise, which is a comfort to so many, is based on the fact that the “Creator of the ends of the earth” is the One making the promise (Isaiah 40:28).

As Psalm 37 comes to a close, the summary contains both instructions and blessings: “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. But . . . the end of the wicked shall be cut off. But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD; he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him” (Psalm 37:37-40). HMM III

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Nuggets – The Power of the Gospel

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

In this verse we are told that God’s power resides in the gospel—and indeed, that the purpose of this power is the salvation of both Jew and Greek. This passage is intended to incorporate spreading the gospel to all humanity, which is specifically commanded by the Lord Jesus: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).

Evidently, the event that takes place when one is twice-born is nothing less than a supernatural “creation” by the Creator Himself (Ephesians 4:24)! There is no need for salesmanship or psychology or finesse or technique; the dunamis (power) of the living God is transmitted, applied, and exercised as the gospel is spoken and a person listens.

  • Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
  • Romans 10:17: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
  • John 6:63: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
  • 1 Peter 1:23: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
  • 1 Corinthians 15:3-4: “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

To be successful (not to mention obedient) to the Lord’s command, we must most surely use the “power” of God that has been made available to us in the Scriptures! HMM III

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