Fish Fishing for Fish!

Fish for Fish like a Fish!

What a feeding fish taught me about evangelizing.

 

 

Father! I want to be like this fish!

I was drinking my morning coffee sitting lakeside in Illinois recently when I heard a big splash.  I had been sleepily watching the dragonflies when this giant fish jumped into my reality.  I love to fish, so I was drawn like a magnet to this fishing haven in my host’s backyard. As I watched this giant fish feeding, jumping occasionally and splashing up into the shallows to get its breakfast, I started to pray:

“Father! I want to be like this fish!  I want to eat whatever you give me! I want to be in position to receive whatever it is that you are giving out!”

As I watched this fish fishing for fish I realized that God immediately answered that prayer! He started to show me how we should be evangelizing in this season.

Fish in the fringes: I watched the fish as it cruised around the outside of the lake and up into the shallows where the rocks are to find his meal.  I found that very interesting, because typically when I fish, I throw my bait out as far as I can get it, into what I consider the deep water. I don’t normally fish right on the shore line in only inches of water! That to me is counter-intuitive.  However, I believe in this season, we should be doing what is counter-intuitive to us, what goes against the grain, and what is not NORMAL for us!

Go fishing in the fringes! Get away from the mainstream. Fish in the “outsiders” culture. Fish in the down-and-out culture. Fish in the lonely and depressed culture. Remember, Jesus gathered disciples to himself that were not other ministers (see John 1:35-51)! They were ordinary people: fishermen, tax collectors and sinners.

“And He said to them, Come after Me [as disciples—letting Me be your Guide], follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men!” (Matthew 4:19 AMPC).

Come up out of the deep into the shallows. We are not going to catch “fresh fish” in the deep places of God!  We need to come up out of the deep into the shallows.  Get out of the church conferences and into the grocery stores. We need to fish in the parking lot at the local, non-spirit filled church. Perhaps join a Bible study where newbies are learning the things of God. Befriend a teenager. Go bowling and go   feed others!  You can be the bait that someone else sees as a special meal.

Fish eat whatever is presented to them that appears to be food. Whatever we use for bait must be appetizing to them, something that they will eat – hook, line and sinker! We must speak about Jesus in ways that they crave: Love, Caring, Understanding, Healing for their hearts and how to really enjoy life.  We can fill in the gaps in their understanding later, when they have received Him into their heart.  We cannot approach people like we just sucked on a lemon! We must show Jesus on our faces and in our hearts!

Fish like structure and cover. That is where we need to fish. The babies that God wants to birth into His Kingdom will not be hanging out at conferences. They will be at coffee shops, at the bars, at sporting events, in parking lots and doctor’s offices.  In fact, they will be everywhere and anywhere, but especially they will be in your everyday life.  That is where we need to go fishing.  People want relationship. They want to know how much Jesus (you) cares.  They don’t want to know how much you know – at least not yet.  They do, however, want, crave and desire love, companionship and friendship. Be that for them. It makes great bait!

As this fish hunted, he actually came up out of the water to catch something above his domain. This really speaks to me!  Flying insects don’t swim; swimming fish don’t fly. Yet, somehow, there is a convergence at feeding time where a fish will leave his natural territory, his own domain, to enter into alien space – someplace that he might very well die, just to feed his belly. The insect will never enter into the water to go swimming, but the fish will jump out of it.  If we will come up out of the water, jump into an unnatural domain – even at our own peril- we will catch those who will never willingly walk into our territory.

We really need the mentality  that some of the people that God is bringing into His Kingdom at this stage of eternity will never enter into His Kingly domain of their own volition.  They must be brought in, baited if you will, to enter into the water – even if they are swallowed up like Jonah and later spat out (see Jonah 2:10)!  This means that juvenile detention centers, big brothers and sisters, as well as other places where kids hang out are prime targets.  What they innocently think of as a basketball game, is really prime fodder for feeding them the things of God.

You are making a splash! When the fish jumped out of the water and the force of gravity drew him back down into it, the weight of the fish created a big splash. I know from having been underwater during a storm that the effects of the storm are limited under water…in fact, they are practically negated.  I heard a huge splash, yet the splash that I heard in the natural realm was limited or almost silent in the watery realm of the fish.

Take heart! When you are fishing, you are making a super-huge splash in the heavens, yet the effects may be almost silent here on the earth! Not every person who is evangelized will become a Billy Graham, but most will be gram-mas and gram-pas!  The sound that resonates in the heavens is the same. The angels rejoice when one soul is won, when even one heart receives Jesus. God is no respecter of persons (see Acts 10:34)!

The Lord once told me that not everyone is a Mother Teresa.  This is a great comfort to me, even today, Praise God! We are all so different that we are different meals for different fish at different times. Your unique personality plus your unique set of circumstances, along with a whole lotta Jesus, creates the ultimate pond to go fishing for fish like a fish!

Fish on!

Edie Bayer

www.KingdomPromoters.org

edie@kingdompromoters.org

 

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Honolulu, HI (Oahu) – July 4th, 4-9pm
Prayer team for the Vets
91-1039 Shangrila Street, behind bldg. 37 under big white tent
 
Kailua, HI (Oahu) – July 6th 7PM-10PM
Crazy Love
Kailua church of the Nazarene 536 Oneawa St Kailua HI 96734
Kailua, HI (Oahu) – July 7th 9AM-4PM
Crazy Love
Kailua church of the Nazarene 536 Oneawa St Kailua HI 96734
Kapolei, HI (Oahu) – July 10th 7PM-8:30PM
FREE AUTHOR SEMINAR
WRITE THAT BOOK!
Hula Shake 590 Farrington Hwy Unit 517 Kapolei
Waipahu, HI (Oahu) – July 14th 7:00PM
Ignite Hawaii
94-200 Pupuole St, Waipahu, HI
www.IgniteHI.org
July 28th, Cleveland, TX – 10AM – NOON
FREE Author Seminar
Faithful and True Fellowship
721 S Travis Street, Cleveland, TX
Saturday, 10AM to 12N
Light Breakfast will be served
August 3rd-5th, Madison IL
Friday August 3rd 7:00 PM
Saturday August 4th 7:00 PM
Sunday August 5th 11:00 AM
Prophetic Revival with Edie Bayer and Angie Stolba
Christ Centered Community Church
1000 Madison Ave, Madison, IL
August 4th, FREE AUTHOR SEMINAR — 11AM
Christ Centered Community Church
1000 Madison Ave, Madison IL
August 25th, Houston, TX – 6:00 PM
Out of the Flood, Into the River – Windswept Ministries
Adam Glazener – Edie Bayer
Holiday Inn Express Katy Fwy
12323 Katy FWY
Saturday 6pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Decisions Happen! Let them Happen to You! Watch and See What I Will Do!

The Lord said, “Decisions happen! Let them happen to you! Watch and see what I will do!”

Today in worship I was in the cab of an old pickup with Jesus.  I saw myself in the driver’s seat, then I saw Jesus in the driver’s seat, back and forth, back and forth we kept rapidly switching positions.  Finally I was in the passenger seat, but I was fighting Him for control of the steering wheel.

He looked at me and firmly said, “Take your hands off the steering wheel!”

I did, but then I grabbed the shifter knob!  Moving my hands off of the shifter, He told me, “Go over there. Sit down and watch!” I slid all the way over to the far side of the passenger seat, slumped down in my seat and looked out the window, pouting.

He said, “Rest in Me! Decisions happen. Let them happen to you. Watch and see what I will do!”

Looking out, I suddenly saw what was happening outside the window.  I realized that I was looking at something that only Jesus could do. It was completely amazing and it captivated me!

He said to me, “You haven’t even looked in the bed of the truck yet!” I realized He was right – I had no idea what cargo we were carrying.  As I turned around to look out the rear window into the bed of the pickup truck, I saw a pile of gold and a rainbow.

He knows what you are carrying, even if you don’t! He knows how to get you where you need to go, the best way to get there, and at the proper speed.  He knows when to shift and He sure knows how to steer!

Today, hear the Word of the Lord for your life: “Take your hands off the steering wheel! Rest in Me!  Decisions happen.  Let them happen to you. Watch and see what I will do!”

And take your hands off the shifter, too!

Edie Bayer

www.KingdomPromoters.org

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as [a]presenting all that I Am], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son,” (John 14:13 AMPC).

[“According to Hebrew notions, a name is inseparable from the person to whom it belongs, i.e. it is something of his essence. Therefore, in the case of God, it is specially sacred” (Souter).]

Strong’s Concordance: onoma = a name, authority, cause

Short Definition: name, character, reputation
Definition: name, character, fame, reputation

3686 ónoma – name; (figuratively) the manifestation or revelation of someone’s character, i.e. as distinguishing them from all others. Thus “praying in the name of Christ” means to pray as directed (authorizedby Him, bringing revelation that flows out of being in His presence. ” Praying in Jesus’ name” therefore is not a “religious formula” just to end prayers (or get what we want)!

  1. relying or resting on the name of Christ, rooted (so to speak) in his name, i. e. mindful of ChristColossians 3:17Ephesians 5:20; i. e. (for substance) “to ask a thing, as prompted by the mind of Christ and in reliance on the bond which unites us to him,” John 14:13.

According to Strong’s, when we pray in the Name of Jesus we are praying “as directed (authorizedby Him, bringing revelation that flows out of being in His presence.” This means that when we pray, we must allow Holy Spirit to pray through us: prophetic prayer.  He must be the one to advise us of what it is that Jesus would like to see happen in the earth realm…not necessarily what we would like to see.

Sometimes our flesh would have us pray amiss (see James 4:3) for something “in the Name of Jesus”. This could be something that isn’t even bad – yet it isn’t the Father’s will for us or for another. As an example, there may be times that the Lord wants to take someone home and heal them in heaven, but not here in the earth realm. How do we know when this is the case?  We need to be in His presence, and pray accordingly.

We must know what the Father’s will is, by being in His presence at all times, and pray for that in Jesus’ Name – with His full power and authority.

What’s in a Name?  You are!

Pollinators: Ready the Fields for Harvest!

Driving through Indiana recently I pulled into a highway rest stop.  Inside was a display case with what looked like a giant yellow hornet in it!  Intrigued, and wondering what the giant yellow hornet was all about, I saw that this display was about pollinators.  Pollinators are insects and animals that help to spread nectar among plants, enabling them to produce fruit.

After I left the rest area, I passed by field after field after field of crops, one after the other. I asked the Lord what He would like to say to me about these fields.  He began by saying that the fields are growing, getting ready for harvest. They are doing what they are supposed to do, what they are designed to do: lay in the field and grow!  He also said some will produce fruit, and some will not. The difference?  Some will have pollinators!

I immediately saw the parallel the Lord was drawing! We are the pollinators. We are Christians pollinating the fields, readying them for Harvest!  Pollinators are necessary to spread the nectar from one plant to another in order for them to produce and be fruitful. In the same way, we are spreading the good news from one person to another, readying them to do the same!

Matthew 9:37-38  AMPC

“37 Then He said to His disciples, The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few.
38 So pray to the Lord of the harvest to [a]force out and thrust laborers into His harvest.”

The display at the rest stop talked about the many different types of pollinators: beetles, caterpillars that turn into butterflies, bees, flies, birds, and bats.  I never realized there were so many different types of pollinators!  This speaks to the many different types of ministers!  Some are shiny and have hard exteriors, like beetles. Some are beautiful, showy and flit from person to person and place to place, floating on the breeze like butterflies.  Some are quiet and use “radar”, like bats.  There are so many different kinds of ministers that that Lord uses to pollinate His people!  But we still need more.  We need more pollinators to increase the harvest!  The display showed ways we can help the pollinators to flourish, because then the crops – and the harvest – will flourish.

Different crops require different kinds of pollinators. Different pollinators require different kinds of habitat in which to dwell, to abide and raise their young.  Some require hollow logs; some require tall grass; some require sandy soil in which to birth their young.

As the Lord talked to me, I saw that each of these habitats speaks of a different type of ministry.  Some are underground. These ministers are incognito, blending in as secret agents!  Some are in tall grasses, hidden in plain sight among the weeds and the wheat. Some are in hollow logs, birthing converts out of “dead wood”.  These are those whom God wants to resurrect!

The fields are ripe for harvest, but in order to have a harvest, we must first have pollinators. Count on God, Who has revealed the various types of pollinators for the various types of crops to provide them.

Pollinators: Ready the Fields for Harvest!

Blessings and abundance!
Edie Bayer
www.KingdomPromoters.org

Donate HERE to Kingdom Promoters Ministry!  Love and Blessings!

ITINERARY:

June 14th, Diving into the Prophetic!
Edie Bayer, Darryl Bayer, Cheryl Weaver, Debra Holt
Life Streams Ministries
Thursday June 14th, 7:00 PM
1681 N 22nd St,
Decatur, IL 62526  (217) 330-9290
More info- http://bit.ly/PropheticLifeStreams
June 15-16th, The REAL You Conference, Champaign, IL
Nancy Magiera, Cheryl Weaver, Nelson Schuman
Edie Bayer, Debra Holt and Gloria Browne
Friday June 15th 7:00 Pm
Saturday June 16th 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Lunch Onsite Saturday at 1:00 pm
Best Western
709 N Dunlap, Savoy, IL 61874
More info- http://bit.ly/RealYouIL
June 16, WRITE THAT BOOK Author Seminar, Savoy, IL
Learn HOW to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book!
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Best Western
709 N Dunlap, Savoy, IL 61874
FREE Class – FREE Workbook – Offering will be Received
More info – http://bit.ly/WriterClassIL
July 4th – July 14th – Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii
various events and venues – stay posted!
July 28th, Cleveland, TX
FREE Author Seminar
Faithful and True Fellowship
721 S Travis Street, Cleveland, TX
Saturday10AM to 12N
Light Breakfast will be served

Donate HERE to Kingdom Promoters Ministry!  Love and Blessings!

Eagle: Go FLY! You Have POWER from On-High!

Multiple times recently as I was driving, the Lord highlighted to me the symbol on a particular brand of vehicle.  I am sure you have seen it – a square-ish “O” with what looks like wings in it.  It seemed that every time I looked at a vehicle it had this logo on it! The first few times I just thought maybe this particular vehicle brand had just gained popularity, but then it happened so many times I realized the Lord was speaking!  I finally asked Him, “What are you trying to show me?”

Meditating on this symbol, I tried to prophetically understand what I was seeing.  Did the circle stand for eternity?  What about the wings?  Was it a symbol of freedom, rising above, or a bird?  Maybe an eagle? I finally decided it was an eagle, since prophets are symbolized with this bird of prey.  It was then I heard the Lord say, “Eagle: Go FLY!”  I thought this interesting, because the name of my monthly prophetic school in Houston is “Learning to FLY” School of the Prophetic.  I decided to look up the meaning of the name of this particular brand to see if there was a meaning hidden within it.  God loves to surprise us with the nuggets that He hides inside of names of people and places, if we will just dig to find them.  I call it “God’s easter-egg hunt”. He hides things FOR us, not FROM us!

Then, last night on the way home, I saw a pickup truck that was all lit up! It had trailer lights on it, not just on the back, but down the sides and around the rear window.  I was in awe of this spectacle since it was so unusual! I watched it intently as it paraded in front of me at a traffic light and disappeared down the road.  More traffic followed it, so I eventually lost sight of it. After a little while I forgot about the lit-up pick-up, and simply sat at the light, waiting for it to change.

Shortly thereafter, it did, and I turned to head home.  As I drove down the street, I noticed that this very pickup, the one with all the lights on it, was directly in front of me!  I couldn’t believe it!  Quite a few minutes had passed, and a lot of Houston traffic, and yet STILL, somehow – this truck was directly in front of me!

I knew God was up to something.  At the next traffic light the lit-up pick-up’s tailgate was at eye level.  I saw something unusual about the tail gate of the lit-up pick-up.  My jaw dropped as I realized, much to my surprise, this truck’s logo was not a typical ram or a chevron or an oval, but an EAGLE!  The owner of this lit-up pick-up had removed the original logo of this vehicle, and in its place was a Flying Eagle!

Stunned, I got as close as I could without bumping the rear end of this truck to try to see the Eagle as closely as possible.  This eagle was poised to attack, wings spread wide as brakes to catch the air, ready to snatch its prey up with its talons.  Knowing the Lord was speaking, I pondered this in my heart, and headed home.

God wastes nothing! This morning, the Lord reminded me of the other symbol, the circle with the wings in it. On this company’s website* was an article about how this logo came into being.  I laughed as I read that it stood for the “god of harmony, intelligence and wisdom”.  It also said that the wings stand for “growth”, “improvement”, to “pursue ongoing improvements and to drive powerful, continuous growth”, and “flexible thinking, creativity, vitality, kindness and resilience”.

I have been asking the Lord for blueprints and strategies.  This sounds like a strategy and a blueprint to me! God was passing out instructions, Eagles! Here is your command: EAGLE – Go FLY!  You have been endued with POWER from on-high (see Luke 24:49). Much like the logo of the vehicle God showed me, you have been given the fruit of the Spirit according to Galations 5:22-23:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

The eagle on the back of the lit-up pick-up was ready to pounce on its prey. The talons of the eagle are to be used for the PREY of the eagle and its enemies! An eagle’s talons are not intended as weapons to be used against other eagles; rather, they are to be used as tools, to hunt and to produce food. A pick-up truck symbolizes a working ministry, and this one was all lit-up and completely unique, emblazoned with the symbol of the eagle.  This was God speaking clearly about His lit-up ones – the burning ones, the shining ones – the unique ones: His Eagles!.

His instructions to His eagles are clear: EAGLE – Go FLY!  The God of all harmony (see Romans 15:5), intelligence (see Romans 11:34) and Wisdom (see Proverbs 8:12) instructs us to pursue ongoing improvements and to drive powerful, continuous Kingdom growth by flexible thinking, creativity, vitality, kindness and resilience.

That sounds like a Kingdom strategy to me! God has spoken! He has given us instructions.  Now follow them, and Eagle – Go FLY!

Edie Bayer

www.KingdomPromoters.org

*http://www.mazda.com/en/innovation/mazda-stories/mazda/behind/

ITINERARY:

June 8-9, The REAL You Conference, Noblesville, IN
Edie Bayer, Nelson Schuman, John Tussey, Darryl Bayer
Angela Weston and Debra Holt
Friday June 8th 7:00 Pm
Saturday June 9th 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Lunch Onsite Saturday at 1:00pm
New Life Assembly of God, Pastor Tim & Dawn Brown
698 N. 10th Street, Noblesville, IN  46034
More info– http://bit.ly/RealYouIN
June 10, WRITE THAT BOOK Author Seminar, Carmel, IN
Learn HOW to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book!
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
14720 Village Park Drive East, Carmel, IN. 46033
FREE Class – FREE Workbook – Offering will be Received
More Info- http://bit.ly/WriterClassIN
June 14th, Diving into the Prophetic!
Edie Bayer, Darryl Bayer, Cheryl Weaver, Debra Holt
Life Streams Ministries
Thursday June 14th, 7:00 PM
1681 N 22nd St,
Decatur, IL 62526  (217) 330-9290
More info- http://bit.ly/PropheticLifeStreams
June 15-16th, The REAL You Conference, Champaign, IL
Nancy Magiera, Cheryl Weaver, Nelson Schuman
Edie Bayer, Debra Holt and Gloria Browne
Friday June 15th 7:00 Pm
Saturday June 16th 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Lunch Onsite Saturday at 1:00 pm
Best Western
709 N Dunlap, Savoy, IL 61874
More info- http://bit.ly/RealYouIL
June 16, WRITE THAT BOOK Author Seminar, Savoy, IL
Learn HOW to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book!
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Best Western
709 N Dunlap, Savoy, IL 61874
FREE Class – FREE Workbook – Offering will be Received
More info – http://bit.ly/WriterClassIL
June 22nd-23rd, The REAL You Conference, Murrysville, PA
Melissa Pearce, Edie Bayer, Colette White
Flo Demus and Crystal Toczyk
Friday June 22nd 7:00 Pm
Saturday June 23rd 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Lunch Onsite Saturday at 12:00 pm
Murrysville Community Center
3091 Carson Ave, Murrysville, PA
Advance Registration Required: $25 includes Lunch Saturday
http://enduringhopeministries.com/the-real-you-conference/
More info – http://bit.ly/RealYouPA
June 23rd, WRITE THAT BOOK Author Seminar, Murrysville, PA
Learn HOW to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book!
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Murrysville Community Center
3091 Carson Ave, Murrysville, PA
FREE Class – FREE Workbook – Offering will be Received
http://bit.ly/WriterClassPA
July 4th – July 14th – Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii
various events and venues – stay posted!
July 28th, Cleveland, TX
FREE Author Seminar
Faithful and True Fellowship
721 S Travis Street, Cleveland, TX
Saturday, 10AM to 12N
Light Breakfast will be served