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Thursday, January 19, 2012

FISHERS OF MEN





Matthew 4:19 And he said to them, Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Jesus went down into the waters of the Jordan River and was baptized. As He came up out of the river the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him. Then the Father announced that this was His son and He was pleased with Him. Although many people witnessed this momentous event none had a clue as to what really happened, not even John fully understood it.

Immediately Jesus was driven out into the desert and experienced the most rigorous testing man ever would be subject to. None other than Satan himself was the chief tester, throwing all his might against Christ during forty days of fasting.

So often just when you have had a spiritual victory the enemy comes against you with such force you can’t help but wonder, “Why is this happening to me?”

It is a pattern played out over and over for the enemy doesn’t want even the smallest saint to enjoy any victory over his evil works.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.                    

As you study what Jesus did during his preparation for his ministry you will notice that he first submitted himself to GOD, and was empowered by the Spirit, and resisted Satan by using the WORD of GOD to defeat him.

The word of GOD is established. It doesn’t fade away or lose its power; therefore Jesus was able to say, It is written or established as an eternal truth, and Satan had to yield to it. If there was no other reason for reading and studying the Bible, knowing that you are able to use it to defeat the devil would suffice and justify it.

Another reason is found in the Psalms 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

These are the things Jesus began to teach these fishers of men he had called and are things each of us need to know. The more of GOD’S word we hide in our heart the stronger spiritually we become.

This is why some of these little old lady missionaries are as giants spiritually while others who are much more impressive as to stature - - are weak and nearly impotent concerning spiritual battles.

Enjoy this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18eLs9A1Nqo&feature=related

This post has been linked to Michelle’s Thought Provoking Thursday
And to Thankful Thursday hosted by Laurie during January

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