By land or by sea, we are to be catchers of men aren’t we. For Jesus Christ came to set the captive free.
He also came to destroy the works of the devil. Many cannot come to Christ until the devil is mastered and his works are destroyed.
“And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: and so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, “Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men,”” Luke 5:3-10 KJV”
I saw myself in a big boat out in the deep and I had a large rod and reel. I cast out all sorts of bait and once I felt a tug, I knew this one would be a big catch! It took a long time to wear out the large fish, but once I did, I was able to bring the large catch to the boat.
The fish looked nothing like anything I ever seen. One of its characteristics was that it was very swollen, like pregnant, however it looked beyond pregnant.
Once this heavy fish was raised up to weigh and cut open, suddenly fish came out of the opening of the big fish, and they hit the floor! The fish were alive! There were all sorts and sizes that came out of the big fish. These fish that came out were many different types of fish. We were amazed at the size of the original fish caught, and what was kept hidden within.
Just imagine, to see so many various types of fish that represented saints. It kinda reminded me of Jonah when he was in the midst of the great fish alive. Can you imagine being pregnant with so many souls? This vision still boggles my mind.
Have you ever felt like you were bait that God was using to catch fish (the saints)?
Have you ever felt “like bait” to catch demonic spirits and deal with them by the blood of Jesus name?
We have been given all power and all authority over all the power of the enemy. Whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth is loosed in heaven. We possess that power in Jesus name!
All through my spiritual life there have been times that God uses me as bait. One time was this:
I was at a women’s conference to speak and so much happened that was amazingly wonderful! We all were filled and enjoying the blessings of God.
Towards the end of the meeting, there were other speakers who prophesied over me and I ended up laying on the floor. I was basking in the intoxicating presence of God on the floor; letting the Lord minister to me.
Suddenly, a woman who I did not know, nor had any idea what she was doing, came to me. While I was in the intoxicating presence of the Holy Spirit on the floor, she bent down to my head and begin to speak curses and not in accordance to God’s Word.
This woman laid hands on me and I immediately knew what she said was saying was not of God. No one stopped her touching me on the floor and we all learned a lot from that experience. Especially me!
I remained on the floor, but did not receive anything she said. For some reason, I knew it wasn’t over between her and I. I assumed it would be taken care of between her and I during the end of the conference but it never happened.
I finally came to the conclusion that what I have with God, pulls in fish (souls) and it also draws demons out of people, to try and dispute what God had said. I pretty much put that whole encounter on a shelf after that. I had a knowing deep within that somewhere down the line I would have dealings with her again.
I was involved with three ministries in outreach and those who could, were invited to come and fast and pray for the city and also in preparation for a seven day tent revival that would be in another state.
For the fasting and prayer, we met in a old civil war historic facility. The fast and prayer went on the full thirty days in preparation for revival.
One day while praying, I kept seeing a rod and reel with line and hook and I saw bait. Then God began to tell me HE was going to send me as bait to draw the devil out of various situation’s. Well, I was not in the best frame of mind after that. I argued, thinking it was something the devil authored or something my own mind authored.
I shared it with several others that were with me who thought it was comical, but I couldn’t shake it. I kept seeing myself like a worm, and instead of being hooked to the hook I just held on to the hook and sat there.
It seemed comical to others who knew, but it wasn’t comical to me! I saw my face on the worm and I prayed and prayed that it wouldn’t go away. God even gave me scripture in Isaiah 41:14 KJV,
“Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”
The same day, my overseer came to see me and she shared with me that I needed to be prepared to go into another city the next day. I would be going in her place to another women’s meeting. As soon as she said it out of her mouth, I knew this was confirmation on the worm.
Oh my LORD! I begged him not to allow this. I spoke with my overseer many times that day and told her what the LORD revealed, but it didn’t change her mind. I had to go in obedience to the LORD and His authority in my life.
I knew I was ready, but nervous due to knowing “I was like a worm on a hook. BAIT!” I knew I was being set up by God.
So off we went the next day, I myself and four others went with me to this women’s meeting.
Well, the main speaker wanted me to help handle the music up front where I did not want to be! Being bait, I was thinking, I should sit in the back, but the person in charge told me to be up front. All I could do was sit quietly and pray.
While we were in worship, I saw a couple more women come in, and I say this before God; one of them looked like a cobra. Her headdress was in the shape of a cobra when they fan out. Not only that, all the colors and markings spoke snake to me.
I told myself, oh NO! Also what was worse, she was the exact woman who laid hands on me many months before, in that last conference.
Well, after worship, the woman of God ministered and I just stayed as quiet and prayerful as possible. I thought after awhile, I was going to get out of being bait because it appeared the meeting was nearly over.
Then while everyone was praying, the woman of God came over to me and took me by my hand and walked me slowly around the front. In my mind, I said, “This is it, I know it!”
The woman of God said all sorts of nice things about my ministry, but she knew another woman had a word for me. Another woman did get up and prophesied a confirmed word and blessed me. In my mind, I was saying here we go….
Then the woman of God continued walking me around by hand. All of the sudden that cobra woman, started speaking ungodly words of poison and before I even thought to do anything, I WAS THERE!
I was in her face with my index finger pointing to her face telling her, “Touch not God’s anointed do his prophets no harm!” I was so shocked that I moved so quick. My head had to catch up with my Spirit! While in front of the woman, she fell back immediately, shaking violently at the Word of the LORD!
The main speaker and woman of God told me, she said, “Sherry when you said and did that, I saw a legion of demons fall on their face at once.”
The part that really shocked me was, when I was standing with the woman of God who had my hand; suddenly I was in the cobra’s face! So lightening fast! It was like, I was there before I thought it. A bit hard to explain, but I knew My body and Spirit were there before my thoughts were.
Well, I was just glad all was over for me. I got everything ready to go and we left. I understood later others tried to minister to the woman with the cobra headdress. I knew my job was over, thank God! Being bait for God can be a bit scary, but HE always shows up!
Does God still use me for bait? Yes, at times. He also uses me to catch souls on land and sea for the kingdom. I know for a fact, if the HOLY SPIRIT does use me as bait again, HE will certainly harvest His “Catch Of The Day! Amen? So be it Lord!
“Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, ‘Fear not; I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee,’ saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel,” Isaiah 41:11-16 KJV.
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey