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GOING BACK TO FISHING!

GOING BACK TO FISHING!

[I would like to share the story of Peter with you today, how did he become such a powerful man of God?]

“And believers were the more added to the Lord… Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least THE SHADOW OF PETER passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and THEY WERE HEALED EVERY ONE.” (Acts 5:14-16)

[Peter went through a rough place and actually gave up his calling that Jesus had called him to do.]

“There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We, also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.” (John 21:2-3)

[Peter said I go the word he used is hupagō: to withdraw or retire (as if sinking out of sight)! He said “I’m giving up this ministering and going back to fishing.” His first night on his new job he caught nothing!]

“But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.” (John 21:4-6)

[Why did Jesus bless Peter on his new job? He wanted to see where Peter heart was!]

“Jesus saith unto them, BRING OF THE FISH WHICH YE HAVE NOW CAUGHT. Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land FULL OF GREAT FISHES, AN HUNDRED AND FIFTY AND THREE: and for all there were so many, but the net was not broken. So, when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, do you love [agapaō] me MORE THAN THESE [153 fishes and fishing]? He said unto him, Yes, Lord; you know that I love [phileō] you. He said to him, Feed my lambs.” (John 21:10, 11, 15)

[Jesus asked, “do you love me with a love of devotion?” Peter said “I like you Lord!” Twice this exchange proceeded then Jesus said the third time “Peter, do you even like me?” This grieved Peter and WOKE HIM UP and he became a great, miracle working apostle after being filled with the Holy Spirit!]

DO WE HAVE ANYTHING THAT WE LOVE AS MUCH AS WE LOVE JESUS?

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

WHEN WE LOVE THE LORD WITH THE LOVE OF DEVOTION WE WILL DO GREAT AND MIGHTY THINGS!  

Bill Stockham

 

DECLARING GODS GLORY!

DECLARING GODS GLORY!

[Literally, the heavens represent the glory of our awesome God. The first view of the starry heavens causes us to wonder at the amazing power by which they were made, and how awesomely they are supported!]

The heavens declare the GLORY OF GOD; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psa. 19:1)

[Each day is represented as teaching A NEW EXCELLENCE discovered in these countless works of God. The nights also, are represented as GIVING INFORMATION TO EACH OTHER of the growth of knowledge already gained by what our Abba Father does with each new day!]

“Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet THEIR VOICE GOES OUT INTO ALL THE EARTH, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.” (Psa. 19:2-4)

[Paul says this about the glorious creation:]

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world ARE CLEARLY SEEN, being understood by the things that are made, EVEN HIS ETERNAL POWER AND GODHEAD…”  (Rom. 1:20)

[The all-powerful energy that has always been, and will always be; ever since creation has been recorded, there have been intelligent beings inspired by God, to write about the glory of God! Now listen as David describes the wonderful Word of God.]

“The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. THE COMMANDS OF THE LORD ARE RADIANT, GIVING LIGHT TO THE EYES. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is GREAT REWARD. (Psa. 19:7-11)

THE TEACHINGS OF THE LORD GIVE JOY TO THE HEART!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

THE WORD OF THE LORD IS PERFECT!

-Bill Stockham

GOD’S UNFAILING LOVE!

GOD’S UNFAILING LOVE!

[GOD’S LOVE FOR US is the perfect example and is the beginning place for learning about and living in the love of God. There are also great verses about love in relation to marriage, brotherly love or friendship, and loving your neighbor!]

“…we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor ANY POWERS, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, WILL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:37-39)

[We stand faithful to the new covenant with our Abba Father; He is faithful and has promised to sustain us and make us MORE THAN CONQUERORS; to give us a complete victory over sin, and death, and hell, not leaving any enemy undefeated.]

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. LOVE NEVER FAILS.” (1 Corin. 13:4-8)

[The love for our Abba Father, and for our neighbor, the two greatest commandments, is patient towards all men: it suffers ALL THE WEAKNESS, ignorance, errors, and frailties of the children of God; and all the hatred and wickedness of the children of this world; and all this, not merely for a short time, but without end; for it should be our new nature, which trials, difficulties, etc., can never reach. It also waits for God’s time of accomplishing his gracious divine purposes, without murmuring or complaining; and accepts its own weaknesses, as well as those of others, with HUMBLE SUBMISSION TO THE WILL OF GOD!]

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE.” (1 Corin. 13:13)

[Without faith it is impossible to please God; and without it, we could not be partakers of the grace of our Lord Jesus: without hope we could not stand, being unable to see him who is invisible; or have any satisfactory idea of the eternal world; neither could we bear up under the afflictions and difficulties of life: but as great and useful and necessary as faith and hope are, LOVE IS GREATER: LOVE IS THE FULFILLING OF THE LAW; but this is never said of faith or hope!]

HOW WONDERFUL TO BE LOVED BY THE CREATOR OF ALL THINGS!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE!

-Bill Stockham

WE CAN ALWAYS TRUST IN GOD!

WE CAN ALWAYS TRUST IN GOD!

[Hanna, the mother of Samuel, prayed this prayer:]

“…if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your handmaid [she was childless BEFORE God answered her prayer] and remember, and not forget Your handmaid but will give me a son, I WILL GIVE HIM TO THE LORD ALL HIS LIFE (1 Sam. 1:11)

[Our Abba Father honors our commitments!]

HANNAH PRAYED, and said, my heart exults [glories] and triumphs in the Lord; my horn [my strength] is lifted up in the Lord. My mouth is no longer silent, for it is opened wide over my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation. There is none holy like the Lord, there is none besides You; THERE IS NO ROCK LIKE OUR GOD. Talk no more so very proudly; let not arrogance go forth from your mouth, for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and BY HIM ACTIONS ARE WEIGHED.” (1 Sam. 2:1-3)

[God, hears what we say but then He sees WHAT WE DOHannah combined tears with her prayers, imitating the mercy of God, who knows our troubled souls. God gives us permission, in prayer, not only to ask for good things, but to declare that special good thing we most need and desire. She spoke tenderly, none could hear her. Here, she testified her belief of God’s knowledge and desires of the heart.]

The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “FOR THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH ARE THE LORD’S; on them he has set the world. HE WILL GUARD THE FEET OF HIS FAITHFUL SERVANTS, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. “It is not by strength that one prevails; those who oppose the LORD will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven; the LORD will judge the ends of the earth. “HE WILL GIVE STRENGTH TO HIS KING [leaders] AND EXALT THE HORN OF HIS ANOINTED.” (1 Sam. 2:7-10)

[This is such an awesome prayer from a mother who was about to leave her ONLY SON in the hands of Eli, to be used of God to save Israel! A good prayer for each of us to pray over our children and grandchildren as we commit them to the work of the Lord]

REMEMBER; OUR ABBA FATHER IS ALWAYS FAITHFUL!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

GOD WILL GUARD THE FEET OF HIS FAITHFUL SERVANTS!

-Bill Stockham

I’M AMAZED BY YOU!

 

[Abba Father, I am amazed that you love me, and I’m so grateful for all that you do! How Great Thou are]

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” (Rom. 5:7-9)

[We have obtained our being from the immeasurable source of everlasting life: we are sustained by the everlasting and constant energy of our Abba Father: his glories are infinite and eternal, and our obedience and service for Him, however exceptional in themselves, and profitable to others, HAVE ADDED NOTHING, AND CAN ADD NOTHING, to the absolute excellencies and glories of our God. YOU ARE AWESOME AND AMAZING ABBA FATHER! Jesus said:]

“So you also, WHEN YOU HAVE DONE EVERYTHING YOU WERE TOLD TO DO, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have ONLY DONE OUR DUTY.'” (Luke 17:10)

[It is ALWAYS ALL ABOUT the awesomeness of the Lord God almighty, it is never about us!]

“Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “YOU ARE WORTHY, OUR LORD AND GOD, TO RECEIVE GLORY AND HONOR AND POWER, FOR YOU CREATED ALL THINGS, AND BY YOUR WILL THEY WERE CREATED AND HAVE THEIR BEING.” (Rev. 4:9-11)

[Again I say: YOU ARE AMAZING ABBA FATHER!]

“Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice, they were saying: “WORTHY IS THE LAMB, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “TO HIM WHO SITS ON THE THRONE AND TO THE LAMB BE PRAISE AND HONOR AND GLORY AND POWER, FOR EVER AND EVER!” (Rev. 5:11-13)

[O, how important is it for us to offer our praise and thanksgiving NOW!]

RIGHT NOW; LIFT YOU HANDS AND THANK THE LORD, THEN PRAISE HIM!!!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

THE LAMB IS WORTHY, TO RECEIVE POWER AND HONOR AND GLORY AND PRAISE!

-Bill Stockham

NOT OUR OWN!

NOT OUR OWN!

 

[If we are not our own, who do we belong to?]

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, WHO IS IN YOU, whom you have received from God? YOU ARE NOT YOUR OWN; YOU WERE BOUGHT AT A PRICE. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corin. 6:19-20) [Or as it says in the KJV] For ye are bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, WHICH ARE GOD’S.”

[We belong to our Abba Father, what price did He have to pay to become our owner?]

“And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This, is my body which is GIVEN FOR YOU: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise, also the cup after supper, saying, This, cup is the new testament in MY BLOOD, WHICH IS SHED FOR YOU.” (Luke 22:19-20)

“But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out BLOOD and water.” (John 19:34)

[The guard suspected that our Lord was dead so, he pierced His side (Jesus legs were not broken, which was the normal custom to bring death); and, as the law in this case stated that the criminals were to continue on the cross until they died, the side of our Lord was pierced TO ASSURE the completion of the law.]

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Pet. 1:18-19)

[Why was our Abba Father willing to pay such a high price for us?]

“Through him [Jesus] you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and SO YOUR FAITH AND HOPE ARE IN GOD. Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, LOVE ONE ANOTHER DEEPLY, FROM THE HEART. For YOU HAVE BEEN BORN AGAIN, not of perishable seed, but OF IMPERISHABLE, through the living and enduring word of God.” (1 Pet. 1:21-23)

[How important is it for us to love one another, because it demonstrates the Love of God?]

“A NEW COMMAND I GIVE YOU: Love one another. As I have loved you, so YOU MUST LOVE ONE ANOTHER. By this EVERYONE WILL KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)

WE ARE BORN AGAIN OF IMPERISHABLE [everlasting] SEED!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

EVERYONE WILL KNOW THAT WE ARE HIS DISCIPLES, IF WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER!

-Bill Stockham

WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN!

WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN!

 

[God saw all that he had created, and thought it was very good, all of this in only what the Bible refers to as “six days”!]

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and THE MAN BECAME A LIVING BEING.” (Gen. 1:27-2:7)

[God knew his work was not complete, so he enlisted Adam’s help to find someone suitable for him.]

So the man gave names to all [of God’s created beings] BUT FOR ADAM NO SUITABLE HELPER WAS FOUND. So, the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and HE BROUGHT HER TO THE MAN.” (Gen. 2:20-22)

[What an awesome God we serve, always willing to help us have just the right necessities!]

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that YOU ARE MINDFUL of them, human beings that YOU CARE FOR THEM? You have made them a little lower than the angels AND CROWNED THEM [us] WITH GLORY AND HONOR. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; YOU PUT EVERYTHING UNDER THEIR [our] FEET:” (Psa. 8:3-6)

[Let’s receive this blessing together!] I praise you because I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psa. 139:14)

[The Lord Jesus created us to one day become His bride…] “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and LET THE ONE WHO WISHES TAKE THE FREE GIFT OF THE WATER OF LIFE.” (Rev. 22:17)

[Our Lord Jesus created us TO BE WITH HIM throughout all eternity!]

WOW! NO MATTER WHAT ANY ONE ELSE THINKS OF US, GOD SAYS WE ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE!!!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

IF WE DESIRE WE MAY RECEIVE THE FREE GIFT OF THE WATER OF LIFE!

-Bill Stockham

 

WHEN WE MEET OUR BLESSED SAVIOR!

WHEN WE MEET OUR BLESSED SAVIOR!

 

♫When with all that heavenly host,
we begin to sing
Singing in the Holy Ghost,
how the heavens will ring
MILLIONS THERE WILL JOIN THE SONG,
with them we shall be
Praising Christ through ages long,
heaven’s jubilee.

According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left WILL BE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And SO, WE WILL BE WITH THE LORD FOREVER. Therefore ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER with these words.” (1 Thess. 4:15-18)

[Thank you Abba Father for this wonderful, blessed assurance!]

“And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, ENCOURAGE THE DISHEARTENED, HELP THE WEAK, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, PRAY CONTINUALLY, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit.” (1 Thess. 5:14-19)

[Very godly advice for us to BE SURE OF OUR SALVATION and ready to meet the Lord in the air!]

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thess. 5:23)

[Let’s receive this blessing together!] “May the God of hope FILL YOU WITH ALL JOY AND PEACE as you trust in him, so that YOU MAY OVERFLOW WITH HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15:13)

BE FILLED WITH HOPE AND PEACE TODAY – LIVE FOR JESUS!!!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

WE WILL OVERFLOW WITH HOPE BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!

-Bill Stockham

HERE I AM!

 

[I want this to be our testimony before we leave this world! The most wonderful experience we will ever have is to finally be escorted into heaven and to see Jesus (our brother and our king) FACE-TO-FACE! To know that our REAL LIFE is just beginning and to see our Abba Father and all of His glorious angels, who will be ministering to us throughout eternity…]

“… I saw the LORD sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left.” (1 Kings 22:19)

[We thank you Abba Father for the glorious wonders that await us, but most of all, that we will be with youFOREVER!]

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And EARTH HAS NOTHING I DESIRE BESIDES YOU. My flesh and my heart may fail, but GOD IS THE STRENGTH OF MY HEART and my portion forever.” (Psa. 73:25-26)

[There are a lot of “unknowns” for us about what awaits us, but this one thing we know for certain…]

“…from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. TO HIM WHO LOVES US AND HAS FREED US FROM OUR SINS BY HIS BLOOD, AND HAS MADE US TO BE A KINGDOM AND PRIESTS TO SERVE HIS GOD AND FATHER–to him be GLORY AND POWER FOR EVER AND EVER! Amen.” (Rev. 1:5-6)

[Jesus says this to us today…]

HERE I AM! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I WILL COME IN and eat [fellowship] with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I WILL GIVE THE RIGHT TO SIT WITH ME ON MY THRONE, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” (Rev. 3:20-21)

[This is the way it is for us right now, we are:] …God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…” (Rom. 8:16-17)

OH, WE WANT TO SEE YOU LORD, FOR OURSELVES! HELP OUR UNBELIEF!!!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

WE ARE HEIRS OF GOD AND CO-HEIRS WITH CHRIST

-Bill Stockham

YOUR AMAZING GRACE, JESUS!

YOUR AMAZING GRACE, JESUS!

 

♫Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and
GRACE WILL LEAD ME HOME.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

John Newton, a reformed slave trader, was converted during a severe storm, Newton then served as a mate and then as captain of several slave ships, hoping as a Christian to restrain the worst excesses of the slave trade, “promoting the life of God in the soul” of both his crew and his African slaves. Amazing]

GRACE AND PEACE TO YOU FROM GOD OUR FATHER AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.” (2 Corin. 1:2)

[We thank you Abba Father that we are saved BY GRACE through faith (Eph 2:8) this is not from ourselves, GRACE IS THE GIFT OF GOD— not by our works, so that no one can boast.]

“But he gives MORE GRACE. Therefore, he says, God resists [opposes] the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)

[Dad Foster (my wonderful father-in-law) and I discussed the grace of God quite often. He would remind me how amazing God’s grace was in my life to save me from drugs and alcohol and all the wickedness that goes along with that kind of lifestyle. Then God would “honor” me by calling me to preach the gospel, Dad loved to preach the word! He told me that God gave me Debbie to be my wife (who had never indulged in any of the sinful things as I did) to temper me, and what a wonderful, godly wife she has been for these past 42 years, I am so blessed to have married her and become a part of the wonderful Foster family!! That’s why this passage is so meaningful to me:]

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power HAS GIVEN US EVERYTHING WE NEED FOR A GODLY LIFE through our knowledge of him who CALLED US BY HIS OWN GLORY AND GOODNESS.” (2 Pet. 1:2-3)

[Awesome, everything we need!]

“…in…prayers for you…because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks, be to God for his INDESCRIBABLE GIFT!” (2 Corin. 9:14-15)

LET US BE THANKFUL FOR GOD’S AWESOME AND AMAZING GRACE!

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

HE HAS CALLED US BY HIS OWN GLORY AND GOODNESS!

-Bill Stockham