Simon Peter’s Fishing Lesson


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Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or what ever you like; we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from: JOH 21:3 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. 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. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. 8 And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.

Let me repeat verse 6 …. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. Let me reiterate the titles of the last four Sundays messages: Freedom Can be Frightening – Are we Still a Christian Nation? – Something is About to Happen – Let the Shaking Begin – and today – Simon Peter’s Fishing Lesson.

The church, that’s us, cannot expect a fresh encounter with the supernatural until we seriously evaluate which side of the boat we have been fishing from. Practically speaking the difference between success and failure for many of us will be determined by a willingness to accommodate change. I am convinced that the message we just read from John 21st. chapter is foundational to the paradigm shift that God is calling us to today. Peter represents all of us who are fishing from the wrong side of the boat. He is typical of those of us who are overcommitted to past success, or too weary to make the necessary changes.

To change the direction of a ship it requires a rudder which gives direction, but only when in motion, not in port. Bro. Dick where is my ship, my life’s rudder? The Great Comforter, the Holy Spirit, which Christ Himself referred to Him as “the one who comes along beside us” to guide us into our destinies. He is eager to help us make the necessary adjustments and course corrections along the way. There are appropriate times and seasons in everything in God’s creation. Knowing this, change is more beneficial when we synchronize our efforts with God’s current purpose on earth. This is done in part by knowing when a particular season is over and when it is time to embrace new opportunities.

First, lets discuss the Season Shift. You know you are fishing from the wrong side of the boat when you are more committed to yesterday’s lure than to today’s catch. Yesterday’s success can quickly become today’s disappointment. Perception and application of truth, changes from one season of life to another.For example, for nine months the womb is the safest place for a baby to form and grow. But, if the infant stays beyond it’s time and does not make a transition out of the womb, the situation becomes critical. If the baby cannot make the shift it dies.

Second, lets examine Soul Shift. You know you are fishing from the wrong side of the boat when hope is replaced by disappointment and despair. Lets recall:  When Jesus died on the cross, Peter’s hopes and dreams seemed to die with him. Everything in Peter’s life seemed to have fallen apart. Peter had seen Jesus die on the cross but had not yet seen Him resurrected. He decided to go back to his fishing living. Likewise, a lot of church members are singing, “Standing on the Promises,” and they are just sitting on the premises.

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