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November 2014

FISHERS OF MEN

And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19
 
The great preacher, C.H. Spurgeon said, “When Christ calls us by His grace we ought not only to remember what we are, but we ought also to think of what He can make us.  It is not “Follow Me, because of what you are already, or because you may make something of yourselves”; no, Jesus said, “Follow Me, because of what I will make you.” It did not seem a likely thing that lowly fishermen would develop into apostles, that men so handy with the net would become preachers and teachers.  That is exactly what Jesus did; and when we are brought low in the sight of God by a sense of our own unworthiness, we may feel encouraged to follow Jesus because of what He can make us.  The receiver of the gospel becomes an imparter of that same gospel to other people.”   
 
In this wonderful sermon, Spurgeon says that if we are not interested in helping to ‘save’ others, then it’s a sign that we have not been ‘saved’ ourselves.  While we all cannot be full-time in ministry, we can be witnesses to all around us; we can have a part in any outreach that our home church carries out.  Plus, whenever we can, let’s go on mission trips to help take the Good News to those who haven’t heard.  Also, for those of us who are able, we can give financially to support those who are in full-time ministry.
 
Students of the Bible know that we are living near the end of time; the heavens are lowering with heavy thunder-clouds all around, but sadly, too many Christians are dilly-dallying with the world, seemingly unaware of the coming storm.  As Spurgeon says, “The main reason why the church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.”
 
Lessons to be learned from Matthew 4:19 on how to become fishers of men:
 
1.    “FOLLOW ME.”  (Not the apostle Paul, not Billy Graham, not Joel Osteen, not John Carter; these good preachers can only point us to Christ.)  We follow Christ by daily surrendering our lives to Him.  We follow Him by daily reading, believing and obeying His Word.  These few simple means will lead to sweet fellowship with our Lord and Savior.
 
2.  “I WILL MAKE YOU.”  We cannot make ourselves useful; only the power of God can make us useful. Acts 5:32 reads: “And we are His witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that OBEY HIM.”
When the Holy Spirit fills our lives, He will instruct us and lead us to become useful in God’s hands.
 
3.  “I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN.”  There is no greater thrill to lead someone to Christ.  I have had the privilege of working with my husband in evangelism for many years, and have seen thousands turn to Christ.  I have seen the power of the Holy Spirit take thousands of atheists and lead them from darkness into the light of the gospel.  Thousands once filled with hopelessness are now filled with hope and peacefulness.  
 
I encourage all of us to pray that God will help us to take every opportunity to witness for Him.  I would also like to encourage those who are full-time workers for Christ.  It is becoming more and more difficult in many countries to preach the gospel message, and I would ask that all who are reading this to please pray daily for all who suffer persecution for Christ’s sake.  Even though we don’t know people personally, God knows them, and loves to hear us pray for His blessing upon our Brothers and Sisters who suffer for Him.
 
I would also like to challenge the young men and women who are reading this and who feel a calling to full-time ministry, but are afraid of all that it means. 
 
If ever the world needed Daniels, Josephs and Esthers, it is today. 
Please remember the encouraging words of Paul in Philippians 4:19 – “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
 
AND because He has promised to supply all our needs to do His work: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” – Philippians 4:13
 
In John 15, we also have wonderful promises from Jesus Himself: 
 
“I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: without Me ye can do nothing.” – John 15:5
 
“If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” – John 15:7
 
“Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples.” – John 15:8
 
Dear young friends (and older friends), you have nothing to be afraid of except ‘sin and the devil.’  As long as we ‘abide in Christ and His Word,’ we can go forward like Daniel and his three friends; and like Joseph; and like Esther! 
 
The Carter Report team is heading to El Selvador in a few days to preach the Good News and the Three Angels Messages.  Please pray for us.
 
We are planning in the New Year, around February, to present materials on Facebook and our website on three subjects:
 
1. The Science of Prayer (by Beverley Carter)
     What is the most important reason for prayer?
     A. To bless myself ?
     B. To bless others ?
     C. To know God?
 
2. How to give a Bible study (by Evangelist, Pr. John Carter) 
 
3. How to be a good Pastor and Evangelist (by Evangelist, Pr. John Carter)
 
If you would like to be a part of this, then please enter ‘yes’ in comments below.
 
And Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19
 
Blessings to all,
Beverley Carter
 

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