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Neither to generic angling holes,
Nor with typical lures or ordinary poles;
Not casting line in middle of stream;
Though gone fishing’s themes
Spotlight bodies of water; yet,
Fulfilled on islet, or in wilderness, province, city, hamlet.
Minus entreated companionship,
No spare shoes, no purse, no scrip;
Just obeying command in Holy book;
Guiding lost souls to Hook
By way of preached Word,
Quickening faith that stirs spiritual new birth when heard.
Master Fisherman’s commissioned,
Holy Spirit taught and conditioned;
Empowered, gifted, primed, chosen;
Immune to the devil’s poison
Armored down head to foot,
Got Holy Spirit’s Sword for every situation that’s hard put.
Knows Satan has “fishers of men,”
Congregating regularly in sheep’s pen;
Baiting weak souls with lies or deceit;
Their howl quivers as bleat
But wolves in sheep’s wool,
Robustly dragging snared floppy fish to Hell in net that’s full.
From no return point reeled in
Smokey scoffers’ after sin dabblin’;
Others’ strongholds fracture lines;
Sure enough end-times signs
Declaring to listening nations,
The 21st century’s present-day souls are last days’ generation.
~ August 2014
Jesus called out to them, ‘Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!’ ~ Matthew 4:19, NLT
Jesus Sends Out His Disciples
These were his instructions to them: ‘The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields. Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. Don’t take any money with you, nor a traveler’s bag, nor an extra pair of sandals. And don’t stop to greet anyone on the road. Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’ If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you. Don’t move around from home to home. Stay in one place, eating and drinking what they provide. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve their pay. If you enter a town and it welcomes you, eat whatever is set before you. Heal the sick, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you now.’ But if a town refuses to welcome you, go out into its streets and say, ‘We wipe even the dust of your town from our feet to show that we have abandoned you to your fate. And know this—the Kingdom of God is near!’ I assure you, even wicked Sodom will be better off than such a town on judgment day.’ ~Luke 10:2-12, NLT