The Dragnet of Discouragement a net that pulls you down into pondering waters as a switch in your mind at the same time light that changes your whole outlook darkness turns itself into a beamed of Gods marvelous illuminating light. The things that was dark has now spill into a brighter day. All your good days starts to outweigh your bad days you won’t complain. The definition of ponder is to carefully think about something. When it comes to the dragnet of discouragement we as Gods elect must step into the will our Heavenly Father and encourage many that apparently came out from deep dark waters that clouded the very judgment of our thinking. Matthew 4:19 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people." Not only must we have the armor of God as our equipment, but we must also know the fish we are trying to attract. Knowing the lost condition of the people around us will help us to understand that, no matter how good we are at fishing, we will never “catch” the fish on our own. It is not you nor is it I that convert the soul of a darkened mind, because “the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” It is the Spirit of the Living God that changes the lives and convert the soulless man into the Spirit man. But God can and frequently does penetrate the darkness with the glorious gospel, and He uses us to do it. He knows which “fish” are His; therefore, we are to seek His wisdom and His guidance by prayer and fasting’s. What I have come to find out God will use us to get glory out of us through whatever way He desire. Some He will use for fasting and some for prayer and some for both. However Prayer is essential. Lastly we must offer the only effective bait to catch fish and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. To those who are perishing, the message of the cross is foolishness, but to us, it is the power of God. The gospel message has the power to change lives, shine light into darkness, and deliver evil men from hell. There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain in no other message and no other “bait” can catch the fish of God. However before you pray or lay your hands on others inspect your life and search deep in your heart before you lay your hands or target people.” I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile” Be also careful who you speak about it might be Gods elect, or prophet. John 7:24 Jesus says: “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” What Jesus does tell us is not to judge by our own opinions, but instead judge by the word of God, that is what it means to judge righteously. He always encouraged the people to judge. God told Israel to judge the prophets in the Old Testament. He had the true prophets judge the false but the people reacted saying the very same things people are saying today. Your being negative oh you never have anything good to say. In the New Testament we are told to judge prophecy, to discern, to test the spirits and we are told to test ALL things. We are told to do this because it helps keep us away from what is false and evil. The apostle Paul showed us how to judge so there would be no second guesswork. The apostle Paul said, “If anyone preaches another gospel let him be accursed” Would anyone say to Paul's face “you’re judging.” In 2 Thess. 3:14-15 “And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.” Strong guidelines that many avoid to do today. These are done not to condemn but to bring repentance and restoration. Be warm that if you speak harmful words or discouraging words it shall come back and bite you and not the person you spoke about. Jesus also said “Beware of false prophets!” (Matthew 7:15) this is a warning but comes as a command from our Lord. But how could we “beware” of “false prophets” unless we test what they say? Instead of obeying what Jesus said, some actually ignore this and support them. How? By saying, “don't test it,” “don't touch God's anointed. “What is ironic is that to tell people they are judgmental is to judge them. What people are doing is recommending for us not to judge by the word of God, but dispense with any discernment, just like they do it. Some even threaten and curse those who test because they cannot deal with the Scriptural proof presented to them. Christians are not to threaten or curse others because they disagree. Neither should they be warning that they are going to prayer, as though God will answer their prayer of vengeance and avenge the persons teaching that was examined and found false. The facts more often than not are; those who say not to judge are incredibly more judgmental then those they accuse of judging. Ye shall know them by their fruits,” Christ said (Matthew 7:16). In judging their “fruits,” we must judge by God's Word. So what is fruit? Well to understand fruit we need to take a few steps backwards. The seed is the word of God, it is what gives us the new life. As it grows in us we mature until we become like a tree (Psalm 1), for a tree bears fruit. This was Jesus’ message to Peter and Andrew follow Me, learn of Me, know and understand My mission and My message. Only then will you be able to be fishers of men. If you can visualize how big your net that is how large the people in it you shall catch. A large fishing net equipped with a weighted bottom edge for touching (“dragging”) the river or lake bottom and a top with wooden floats allowing the net to be spread across the water . Such nets were normally let down from a boat and then drawn to shore by a crew positioned on the beach. In the case of a large catch the net was hauled to shore by boat pictures the residents of Judah as helpless fish before the Babylonian army, pictured as the fishermen. Here the fishing nets and hooks symbolize the Babylonian military machinery. When Jesus said He would make us fishers of men to care therefore we have to be careful of what, how and when we speak to those that are caught in our nets. We will find out that it is very easy to lose fish. When Jesus made us fishers of men we are to enlighten them again with hope and love making them fishers of men that follow Jesus. One day a man asked God. What is the difference between your love and our love? God smiled and said a bird in the sky is my love and a bird in a cage is your love. But what is this fullness? Is it not Himself? When God communicates Himself, when He fills us with Himself, He is filling us with His Divine Life, with His infinite Love, for He is Love. Our approach to making people fishers of men depend on how we handle the Word of God and the gentleness of the Word that are spoken in a sense of truth and in the knowledge and intimacy of knowing who God is for yourself. Searching for hope only to find that people will hurt you and some leave you behind. We serve a God that heals the broken hearted and attracts Himself to the contrite heart. We must look on the other hand it is the system used when apprehending once criminal suspects in our nets now caught to learn that there way was taken them the wrong way. But Jesus is the way the truth and life. There no longer criminals, suspects or accuse. Now free to fly like the birds in the sky, never to die shall live and not die. However when we think about the Dragnet of discouragement as Christians. We have to keep in mind God desires and hunger for all His children to come to the full knowledge of Christ Jesus to leave no man behind. 2 Peter 3:9 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. Many sit in a delusion of discourage and are depriving themselves from the splendor of having God love in their life. Which gives us this wonderful feeling the love of God tender heart and His mercies. God’s love gives us hope and confidence that all comes from the Spirit of the living God who longs for us to developed our minds knowing that earth shall past put God love remains and stays the same. He is unchanging at all times He never fail us leaves nor forsake us. If we continue to dishearten or act in such a disheartened way is a kind of price we have to pay because we can’t have our way. After we had a glimpse at the heavens now and then just as the children of Israel seen and sin, yet many continue to have this dishearten heart that would not allow them to enter the promise land when they knock and say Lord Lord let me in. I have fed the poor, visit the sick however you walked in the Spirit man. Walk in the Spirit do not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Through it all they knew it was not the Spirit man that made them fall. One thing we must arrest and yes we detest the we address repent the Lords supper we must show men we are His disciples and act in. It is the Lord who fashion us in His likeness. This is His battle not ours ages have past and centuries have been defeat. Everything now different because of our King of King this is His battle it belongs to our king. Everything is different since the shepherd-king poured out his heart on us in sweet melody. Yet what He felt is so like ours just like yesterday and today he is the same He will never change. We are so apt to think we fight alone when our King sits beside God on the throne. We are so prone to think there never was a life so weak, so ragged, and so full of a dull gnawing, as ours. We are so ready to believe that we have suffered more than any heart that ever loved us so deep to the very core it was really true and sweet. And then God opens up the heart of David, and we see his failures and we hear his cries, and the sense of loneliness at least is gone. It’s His wife who loves in not like the one in the story she was carney. He prayed as we have prayed this love for him it is true. He fell as we have fallen. He rose and started again as we have done. He was disheartened, as alone as a man. Then God found Him step in and gave Him someone and love Him brought Him back to life again pull him up just like you and I we live again. The Dragnet", then, reinforces the spiritual truths taught in "The Parable of the Wheat and Tares", especially those relating to the coming judgment and condemnation of the wicked. That Jesus would emphasize the judgment and condemnation of the wicked in this parable ought to impress upon us that the "good news" of the kingdom of heaven also contains "bad news" for those who reject Jesus Christ Romans 3:21-26. "But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus" (Romans 3:21-26 2 Corinthians 5:3 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. It is finish and now and He the devil is finish. Since this parable focuses on the "destiny" of the wicked, this might be a good time to review what Jesus Himself taught on the subject. The text is not evidence that ancient fishermen sacrificed to their nets or that the Babylonian sacrificed to their weapons of war. Rather the text points to the worship of military might. Jesus compared the kingdom of God to a dragnet, containing both good and bad fish until the time of separation and judgment . As with "The Parable Of The Wheat And The Tares", Jesus explains what this parable means The kingdom of heaven, in its present state, will be a mixture of good and bad 1) Just like a dragnet gathers in both good and bad fish 2) We saw in "The Parable Of The Wheat And Tares" that this will be due to the influence of Satan, such that there will be those "that offend, and those who practice. Lawlessness" Paul wrote that in "a great house" (i.e., the church) some vessels are "for honor and some for dishonor." But in the future there will be a separation. It will occur "at the end of the age" The agents of this separation will be the "angels. Look at your prolong circumstances to God and look beyond it through the measure of faith God gave you to move it out of your way. You’ll discover the real hope and better future that Gods has promises us. It does not matter what people think of you. People will ostracize you ridicule you intimidate you and nine times out of ten it’s the people in the church. Paul Pray it’s what God see in your heart. God already knows how discouraged you feel, but He wants you to talk to Him about your feelings and listen for how His Spirit guides you. Honestly vent your frustration to God and keep in mind that He cares about what you're going through. Ask God to open your eyes spiritually so you'll be able to see your circumstances from His perspective. Pray for deliverance from circumstances that aren't God's will, and perseverance to empower you to endure circumstances that are His will until you learn all you're supposed to learn from them. Remember Who God is. Shift your focus from your discouraging circumstances to God Himself. Remember that He is love, and also that He is all-powerful. Trust that God will help you because that's consistent with His character.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Dragnet of Discouragement
The Dragnet of Discouragement
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