Drawing in the net

I cannot count how many times I’ve heard a sermon or lecture or seminar speaker talk about the idea of “drawing in the net.” It has to do with becoming a fisher of men. Even the story of Jesus telling his disciples to throw their nets on the other side of the boat and filling their nets to breaking includes this concept in most church school lessons.

Now, think about this…

I came out to my car a few cold mornings ago and after buckling my seat belt felt something strange against my skin. I had gotten into a spider web as I entered my car. I swiped it away and drove off to start my day. The next day, the same thing: I get in my car and feel the spider web on my arm. Then the next day the same thing.

I finally realize that the spider is IN my car and making webs at night on my steering wheel! I can’t find him so I just wipe off the web and go on my way. This goes on for days, but with an amazing difference: the webs are getting smaller and have more gaps in the design. The construction gets thinner and the gaps get greater until finally one morning I find no web at all.

A few days later I am getting some materials out of my car, and I see it: a tiny dead spider. He must have starved to death. He didn’t realize he was spinning his web in an area where no food existed. No flies or ants were going to be trapped in his web for dinner. So he kept working away, finding no food, not knowing why, and finally dying.

If someone had only told him: cast your web (net) on the OUTSIDE of the car! There is food there. You can feed there. There is abundance there.

The fishermen in the Bible weren’t fishing for converts…they were fishing for food. And Jesus showed them where the abundance was: believing.

If your net isn’t full, if you can’t get your daily bread, if you aren’t receiving blessings, then maybe you should try another location. Stop spending all you effort in a place where there is no bread. Stop acclimating yourself to a life without abundance. Stop telling yourself that zero blessings is normal.

There are blessings all around you if you cast your net…

and BELIEVE.

For a handy little book on prayer, go see: www.therealprayer.org 

Published in: on November 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Blood Moon

Well here we go again. I’ve posted many times about gloom and doom apocalypsers and here is yet another one. The blood moon we will begin hearing about is on its way! It is a full, albeit eclipsed, moon which will appear in 2014 and again in 2015. Now the Bible does in fact talk about something like this. For example: The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and glorious day of the LORD arrives. (Acts 2:20) And we also read The full moon turned as red as blood. (Rev 6:12)  And also: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.” (Joel 2:31)

Modern day prophets have cited several important events in the life of the nation of Israel which more or less loosely align themselves with these rare occurrences, but here we are, just like a Timex watch, this old Earth “takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” I now catch myself asking why these end-of-timers don’t discuss the various other “moons.” Some of them are equally as threatening as a blood moon.

For instance, there is the Wolf Moon, the Sugaring Moon, Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, and my favorite (and soon to be yours) the Moon of the Pairing Reindeer! Yes, you can see these and others at http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/answers/970314a.html .

There may be signs, but I don’t think for a minute we can properly interpret them. There may be hints, but we’re far too removed from the surrounding history to get them. There may be symbolism, but the references are just too ancient for most of us to correlate them.

I stand by my original contention: when in doubt, PRAY and trust the red letters: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Mt 24:36)

For a great little workbook on the Lord’s Prayer (and prayer in general) go see: www.therealprayer.org

Published in: on November 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

No Language Barrier

Immigration reform is a hot topic of late. Both political parties are tempted to see it as a touchstone for garnering votes in the next election. One item is especially important to the English-speaking public: requiring that immigrants speak our language. Some view this as a hardship, some view it as “the price of citizenship,” others view it as being a fundamental requirement for joining any culture.

In an interview for NPR’s Morning Edition, Heide Wrigley, a senior researcher at Literacywork International, says immigrants’ ability to speak English is about more than just the language — it makes for a stronger, more integrated country.  “It doesn’t just require that you learn the grammar and the pronunciation. You need thousands of words,” she says. “And you have to build what we call communicative competence that allows you to know not just what to say, but what to say to whom and when. And what not to say.”

It’s similar to the way in which we enter into communication with our Creator. We sometimes struggle with the right words, looking for the right terms, guarding our sincerity, checking our motives. We must remember that Peter, in his first letter, calls all of us sojourners, exiles, strangers in a strange land. 

That is, until we were brought into the family of God. The communications barriers then fall down if we will only remember Romans 8:26 which tells us the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can’t be uttered.

There is no language barrier with God. Our true feelings, if not the proper semantics, syntax and grammar, fall on the Creator’s ears.

So pray without ceasing.

For a great little book on praying the Lord’s Prayer, go see:  www.therealprayer.com