Many believed in the Lord,…  and turned to the Lord.   theunfetteredpreacher 

“Many believed in the Lord,…  and turned to the Lord.”

It is the will of God.  

That whosoever will, would see, consider, understand and believe in the Love, Grace, Mercy, and Forgiveness of the Lord.

How is this to happen?  What must we do to spread His Word?  How shall they hear, if there is no preacher?  Will they believe, even if they hear?  

Will they believe if the preacher has no power?

Psalm 119:18  (KJV)

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”

We cry out, “Open my eyes,”  do we then see?  Is there anything to see?  OPENED EYES…

We cry out that people would see, then talk them to death.  That is not God’s plan.  Peter knew the will of the Lord.  That people would see.

Acts 9:32-43  (KJV)
And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.

And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.

And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.

And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.

And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.

Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.

But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.  

And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.”

The plan of the Lord, relies on people SEEING.  Christians today, hear the word and will of the Lord.  We do not witness, (SEE), the will, the work, the Power of the Lord.

Would it interest you to know, that the Psalmist cried out for the Lords eyes to be opened, as often as he  cried out for our eyes to see.

Lord, please open Your eyes, look into my heart and mind.  Cause me to walk in Your ways, empower me to do, Your will, use me to touch, Your people.

May “Many believe in and turn to You,” may You be Glorified, Magnified, Exalted above any other gods in this world, and in my life.  Amen

We had arrived in “1985”:    theunfetteredpreacher 

In 1985, I was not yet “theunfetteredpreacher”.   

I was a preacher who moved to NC in the hopes of finding, and leading folks to Christ.  (I wanted a pulpit).

I had been saved, attended Bible School, led Worship, taught and preached for several years  as a traveling Evangelist.

I thought I was ready.  I thought I was chosen,  I thought I was anointed, I thought I was full of the power and wisdom of God.  (I was convinced).

One man, (me), and God would conquer the world.   (Or at least Morehead City).

We arrived.   

Invited by a friend from Bible School, he was interim  Pastor, for a small group, (35?), of folks who were hooked up with a fairly new thing.

A satellite ministry.   

We had seen it in Bible School.   The Faith movement, had gone to space.  The preacher, instead of just talking to his mega church, could send out by satellite, his message to the masses.

This was great for a lot of preachers, they would watch and listen to the Faith message, run to their flock and share it with them.  (Still happening today).

The flock, thought, (I assume), their pastor was a genius,  touched, anointed of God.  What wonderful words of life, he shared.

I was a disappointment.   I would not repreach, (For the most part), someone elses message.  

I did not consider someone elses revelation to be my manna from heaven.  I was determined to collect and share the manna I received from God.

I knew and agreed with the Faith message, but to me there was much more than just speaking and thinking positively.    

The Lord still expected us to be Holy.  He expected for us to DO JUSTLY, LOVE MERCY AND WALK HUMBLY WITH OUR GOD.

Apparently, that was not a popular message.  

I received the left foot of fellowship.   (Bye now, good luck, keep your chin up…).

My wife had known better…        I was wrong.    I didn’t stand a chance.  (I really was not a good leader, preacher or even a good person).

It wasn’t long before I crawled into a hole and hid.   

I loved the Lord,  His people?    Not so much.

For years after this, my prayers never went beyond the ceiling of my prayer closet.  They bounced back, and around, completely missing the path to the One who could heal my troubled soul.

Like the Hebrews in the desert  I spent my time wondering.  Never able to enter into the promise, the place of rest in the Lord.

Today, I play piano, teach a Bible Study, and still long for a Pulpit.  I still want to share manna from heaven.

I still desire to lead people to the living God.  To see them Saved, Healed, Comforted, Set Free.  To live in and share the Power of God. 

Then sending them out to do the same.

I still haven’t entered into that rest.  

Is the desire of my heart, a desire given by God, or just a selfish desire to be noticed, looked up to, to be somebody?

Sad, isn’t it?

To Touch Him 6:  Jacob: theunfetteredpreacher 

Of all the Biblical examples available.  

Of all the men, women and children, mentioned in the Bible, who is the most “unlikely” to teach us how to touch the Lord.

How to sway, to change the mind, or direction of the Lord.  To cause the Lord to act, in our favor. 

I have struggled with this for quite a while.  “All who touched Him, were made whole.”

A simple line of Scripture, found, the last line of Mark 6.   A truth, misunderstood,  misbelieved, misappropriated. 

We need to learn to touch Him.

Jacob is my guide.   (Genesis 25-33)

He is a thief, stealing his brothers blessing and birthright.   

Then reality sets in.  (Please read the story, only giving bare bones here).  Esau’s plan to kill him.

He wa ostracized from his family.  Sent away.  Having to leave all he knew behind.  

That is what and when his change of heart and mind, began.

He met Jesus, (at Jacobs latter), he made a vow to serve the Lord, and even tithe,  if he could eventually return home in peace.  (His vow, is powerful).

He served and was cheated by his Uncle,  for many years, accepting the bad he received from Laben as the crop he had sown and was now reaping.

When it was finally time to return to his country, he sent the best he had, to his brother, hoping to sooth and tame his brothers anger.

He became a man of repentance,  a man who knew how to not only touch God,  but how to receive what he sought. 

He wrestled with God and won,   It can be done.  

We just need to hang on, and never let go.  

Lord, please help us to stay at Your side, accomplishing Your will, Your way, in Your time.  Amen