“They were entrusted with the oracles of God.” theunfetteredpreacher

Romans 3:1-2

“Then what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the profit of circumcision?

Much in every way! Because first of all, they were entrusted with the oracles of God.”

This scripture talks about the advantages of being Jewish, the profit of circumcision. Why were they so blessed?

Because the Lord had entrusted them with His WORD.

Times have changed, it is no longer only the Jews that have His Word, we Christians have been grafted into the family.

We have received a new name, our hearts have been circumcised, our minds have been renewed. We are holy, blameless in the beloved, set apart for His service.

Since we have been given His Word, it is incumbent for us to learn to live it. It is the knowing, and hearing as well as praying of the Word that increases our Faith.

The Lord has entrusted His Power and Love to us, in the form of His Word. It was the Word spoken, that caused the world and all that is to appear.

We must believe and confess for salvation and to experience the healing and miracle power of God. Only Believe, all things are possible to those who believe.

The question is, do we know what we believe? We would if we knew His Word.

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A Man with the Spirit of God: theunfetteredpreacher

Genesis 41:38. “Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?”

What the world is longing and looking for. A man in whom the Spirit of God is.

This is an interesting choice of words, to have faith, we must believe God is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

The Spirit of God was with within Joseph, God gave Joseph a Word of Knowledge and a Word of Wisdom. …the explanation of Pharaoh’s dream and what to do about it. Pharaoh recognized the Spirit of God. He marveled and accepted it and the Egyptians were prepared for the coming climate change.

As we read about Joseph the Lord was there all the time.

Born from prayer:

Genesis 30:24. she called his name Joseph; and said, The Lord shall add to me another son.

As a child, God gave him prophetic dreams and he was his Father’s favorite. His eleven brothers hated him, sold him into slavery. Where he prospered.

Genesis 39:2 the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man, and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

Genesis 39:5. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.

As a top slave, his Master’s wife tried to entice him into sexual sin. When he refused, she accused him of rape and he was sent to prison.

Genesis 39:21 But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

While in prison, God gave him interpretations of dreams which finally brought him before Pharaoh. The Word tells us the Lord was with him but he recognized and prayed to God. (see the Trinity in the Old Testament)

Genesis 4 0:8. “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me about your dreams.”

Genesis 41:16 “I cannot do it,” “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”

Genesis 41:51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.”

When his brothers came to find food because of the draught, Joseph’s prophetic dreams came true and he sent for his family.

Genesis 42:18 “Do this and you will live, for I fear God:”

Genesis 45:9 “God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay.“

Joseph had the Spirit of God within him from birth. He was open and obedient to God, walked with God, which caused the Lord to be with him and for him to prosper in all that he did.

If we would learn the simple truth; “to obey is better than sacrifice” and do it. I believe we would find ourselves as leaders causing all those around us to proper in the blessings of God.

Jesus please, help me to walk with you, to be obedient to Your will.

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The Writing Bug: theunfetteredpreacher

I have always loved to read, and have had a desire to write. The biggest hurdles to achieving this goal were threefold.

1. I could not spell

2. I could not read my own handwriting and the most important reason:

3. I had nothing to say

After I was saved, I had the Preaching bug. I was sure I was the ‘new’ Jimmy Swaggart. I wasn’t, I turned around and no one was following.

In 2014, things changed. I bought my first Tablet. I still couldn’t spell, but the other problems were behind me. Plus I had my calendar and a camera with me at all times.

I started to write: A bold look at the Trinity in the Old Testament. Where / Who, was Jesus. I found someone to edit my writing, she suggested I start a blog. (My writing, did not impress).

I had never read a blog or had any interest in writing on the internet, I was a book guy. After much prayer, I felt the Lord was leading me in that direction.

My fleece? The name I desired be available. ‘the unfettered preacher’. It was, I began. In the 9 months left in 2014, I had 1500 visits to my blog… Wow, I was sure I found my calling.

Since then, my best year was 2016, 3980 visitors 13 thousand views with 8600 likes. I was impressed.

Then the numbers decreased. I wondered, did anyone actually read these posts? Was my writing doing any good at all? Was anyone brought closer to Christ?

After all, that was why I wrote, with the hope that lives would be given to the Lord.

I am still wondering. What say you?

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How ‘I Am’ became ‘Once Was’: theunfetteredpreacher

One of my posts from the first year of this blog. Sadly not much has changed.

(Or how the church lost the Power of God)

Some might say this is blasphemy. (“Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”) But unfortunately, it is the truth.

We no longer preach the Great “I AM”. The church is weak, ineffective, ingrown. ” Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” Not my church,” you say.

I ask, do our churches really measure up to the early church? ” He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” They had no building, pulpits, children’s ministry, teen ministry, homeless ministry.

They had the POWER OF GOD and He added to the church daily such as should be saved. Be honest if someone comes into the church with a contagious disease, we are more likely to say you should have stayed home till you feel better. When we should say “Be healed in the name of Jesus.”

What are we to do?

God heard the cries and groaning of the Hebrew captives in Egypt because they were in bondage and He remembered His promise to Abraham.

Moses hiding in the desert, turned aside to see a burning bush. The Lord saw and God said; ” Take off your shoes, you are on Holy Ground”.

The first step in the transformation of “I AM” to “He Was” is that we really do not treat the Lord’s presence as Holy anymore. I am not a clothesline preacher…if you are at the beach…..beach clothes are certainly fine for church. I am more concerned with our attitudes. Do we understand Reverence, Sanctity, Praise, Meditation, Worship?

God heard our cries and groaning when we were trapped in the bondage of sin and shame. He desires us to pay attention to whatever our personal burning bush is and take off our shoes; this means, set ourselves apart, present ourselves a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God. Our minds should be renewed by reading God’s Word. Then we will know the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.

When we enter the church, we should think of it as turning aside to see our burning bush…. Entering into the presence of God.

The second step in the transformation is how we introduce God.

Moses asked God: “Who should I say sent me?” God answered: “Tell them I AM THAT I AM sent you.”

God is the Great “I AM”; He performed signs, wonders and miracles to free the Hebrews so that the Egyptians would: “see, know, consider, understand and believe that the Lord “IS” and he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”

When Jesus was on the earth He performed signs, wonders, and miracles and sent His disciples to do the same. For the same reason: So people would “see, know, consider, understand and believe that Jesus is and is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”

He promised that “these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”

When Jesus sent out the 12 they cast out devils and healed the sick. At The Day of Pentecost, they spoke with new tongues. …had a boldness to preach, they had power and knowledge to handle the Serpent, the devil and God confirmed the Word with signs following.

So what happened?

“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works;”

The signs and wonders have grown scarce. We have too many wonderful speakers and not enough dedicated seekers.

I am not saying we don’t love the Lord. Just that we have forgotten what it means to walk with the Lord. To seek His face and will, in all that we do.

We are afraid our prayers will not be answered, we don’t want to say He doesn’t do that anymore, we want to believe but we don’t really know how to reach the Holy of Holies. We can tho. …

The church can and will have power again, when we fast, pray, meditate, praise and above all learn to Worship and share the Great “I AM”. “He is a very present help in times of trouble. ” “Ask, ye shall receive, seek, and you will find, knock, and the door will be opened.

ps.
Have you ever wondered if the gifts of the Spirit might be the talents that the Master left for us to increase till His return? A lot of churches have buried those talents.

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Peppermint Chapsticks: December 14, 2015 theunfetteredpreacher

As you can see this post was first written in 2015. My sweet wife and her Peppermint Chap Sticks.

Well, today (4/2/2020), I found her stash of Dove chocolates.

Dove chocolates. I love them too. (Good work Sweetheart)!

“Seek and ye shall find.”

My wife apparently loves Peppermint Chapsticks, she discovered them a few years ago.

Unbeknownst to me, this year, she remembered she couldn’t find them last year.
(She thought). Soooo…

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A few weeks ago, she saw some and bought 3, 3 packs. (9 total), and happily brought her treasure home.

Only to find she had 18 already in her favorite hiding place. (Why hide them, I hate Chapsticks).

Valuables out in the open, chapsticks.

Aren’t we all a little bit like this? We parade around in our nice clothing and jewelry and we hide the truly valuable.

Christ within, the hope of glory.”

A lot of things can be stolen from us but: “Who can separate us, from the love of Christ?”

He is the pearl of great price; We should wear Him with pride. Strut your stuff, let all behold God’s love, mercy, and grace. Let your life, lift up Christ.

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Let the light of His life, shine through.

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The Man Plan: theunfetteredpreacher

Another old post revisited:

What is the MAN PLAN, and why is it so destructive?

First off, the MAN PLAN can be summed up in one sentence.

It’s ok God, I’ve got it from here.”

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(Yes, I know a good plan when I see it. Hey somebody let me down).

Whenever we take over for God, death and destruction follow. So how do we take over?…and “death and destruction, really?”

Indeed:

Here are several examples of MAN PLANS, that are with good intentions, used to try to enlarge the Church or bring in needed finances.

Remember these are MAN PLANS, the Lord may have allowed the first, but I doubt He sanctions any after that.

~ Bake Sales, car washes, craft sales, bingo, lucky sevens, kissing booths, gambling nights, church suppers, …ect.

You get the idea. Many of these are great ideas for fellowship, the introduction of the unbeliever to believers and just a generally good time. But they are not a “GOD PLAN.”

The Lord told us His plan:

~ Go and teach all Nations, the Gospel of the Kingdom.
~ Feed His Sheep.
~ Wait till you receive the Power of the Holy Spirit.
~ Preach the Word, Heal the Sick, Comfort the Broken Hearted, cause the Lame to Walk, the Blind to See, the Deaf to Hear.

We can only do His work through the Power of the Holy Spirit. We must rely on the Words of Wisdom and Knowledge, the Gift of Faith, the Working of Miracles, the Gifts of Healings, Discerning of Spirits, Prophecy, Tongues, and Interpretation of Tongues.

Saints, The Lord sent His Holy Spirit to teach, guide, comfort and empower us for His Work.

If words alone could do the job, then Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Daniel, Joseph, Jesus Himself, Peter, Paul, John, and Steven would have just talked people into the Kingdom.

“You Know,” it took more than just words.

The secret things belong to the Lord, but what He has revealed is for us to use, to grow His Church. Deuteronomy 29:29

He tells us in Isaiah 43:10-11, why miracles, signs, and wonders. To be His hands, His Servants.

Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me, there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me, there is no savior.”

John 14:12
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

Quit the MAN PLANS and ask the Lord, HIS PLAN. Then do it.

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Go forth and do greater works, in the Power and Direction of the Holy Spirit.

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Why we like Man’s Plan: theunfetteredpreacher

This post was written in 2016, seems appropriate today:

There are good reasons we tend to go with our MAN PLAN, rather than Gods. Even after we are saved, we are more old man, then new.

Salvation is just the start of our Sanctification, (separation unto God’s service).

We need to deliberately draw closer to God, to allow the Holy Spirit to change us from our innermost man.

We tend to shy away from change.

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(Man, trying to hide….God sees you.)

The MAN PLAN is our natural state. The reasons we like MANS PLAN:

~ We see immediate results.

~ We can control, change the plan as needed.

~ We get the credit.

~ We are active, busy, seen and noticed.

There is a decided difference when working on God’s plan. The problem with Gods plan is:

~ Results come in God’s time, not ours.

~ We do not always see the results.

~ We have no control.

~ We cannot take credit.

~ This kind comes by prayer and fasting.

It is much harder for our natural man to let go and let God. (We think He needs our help, our input).

We want busy hands, we have no time to reflect, separate ourselves, pray, be dedicated to true service, Worship, Praise, Meditation,

It is against our natural inclination to sit at the feet of Jesus and serve Him as He serves us.

Martha and Mary are our examples:

Luke 10:38-42
King James Version (KJV)
Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Is the work of seeking God hard? Do our friends think we are lazy, unproductive, shiftless? Yup, most likely.

I wonder if Martha had sat with Mary, would Jesus have had all she was worried about taken care of?

Of course, He could have. We just don’t believe He will.

He fed the 5,000, healed the sick, raised the dead.

He is willing and able to fulfill all our needs, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

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Allow Him to change you. Allow God’s plan to work in your life today. Allow the Spirit to rule in your life, work on your behalf, to do the will of the Father.

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