Debonnie Barnes


Debonnie Barnes


Fishing For Revival

by Grace Wagner

Mark 1:16-18

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.” 

Whenever I hear this verse, I have a hard time grappling with how easily Simon and Andrew could drop everything to pursue Jesus. They didn’t question why they couldn’t bring their nets with them. They didn’t question their qualifications or fixate on their imperfections. They surrendered everything in one moment. 

Those thoughts are important to consider when fishing. If we let our excuses for “not being qualified” or fears of failure get in the way of reaching those around us and serving in the marketplace, we are missing so much opportunity to discover and live out God’s calling on our lives. 

FISHING = creating an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to move 


God doesn’t choose specific personality types or people to be fishers, he just chooses people who are willing to obey Him. After the 9:30 church service, I went to a sunflower festival. Walking through the field of sunflowers reminded me about Pastor Jesse’s words on not feeling qualified.  I was completely lost walking through the sunflower fields and kept hitting dead ends in the maze of flowers, similar to feeling far from qualified to carry out God’s work. I sometimes catch myself getting into a comparative headspace where I view myself as a dead flower surrounded by radiant sunflowers, constantly feeling like I’m falling short in pursuing Jesus and carrying out his mission, compared to everyone else.

I try and tell myself that I haven’t had enough breakthrough, I’m a fearful enneagram Type 6, or I’m not knowledgeable enough about the Bible in order to be a fisher. Excuses have become my safety net, not Jesus. 

God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.
— Pastor Jesse Norman

There are two major actions we can take to break away from this negative thought process: 

1. See the Opportunity — There are opportunities around us all the time. We just need to refine our sights and see like Jesus does in order to truly see them. 

2. Seize the Opportunity — Go in with a “Whatever it takes” attitude. 

Those two steps can change everything in a season of revival. 

God doesn’t use perfect people, he uses available people.
— Pastor Jesse Norman

In reality, I’ve placed those walls of the maze in my life. I’d block out certain opportunities out of fear of what others would think or out of belief that I was unqualified. Although this is true, if I take a step back and shift my attitude, I can look back at all high and lows that God carried me through and the opportunities that God has given me.  

After hearing this week’s message, I’ve realized someone once fished me out of foreign waters and brought me into a place of new opportunity where the Holy Spirit could move. We can do that for others too. 

Failure should be fuel to try harder.
— Pastor Jesse Norman

There is prophecy and purpose on our hearts — ones that say there is way more in store for us than we can fathom, so let’s remain steadfast in seeing and seizing every opportunity to fish for revival, beyond any failures or discouragement.