That they may see, and know: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

That they may see, and know

There is a reason the Lord hardened Pharaohs heart and did many signs, wonders and miracles.

There was a reason Jesus did so many signs, wonders snd miracles.  It is the same reason He said we would do the same and more.

THAT THEY MAY SEE:

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Isaiah 41:20
King James Version (KJV)
That they may see,
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7 Spirits of God:

The Spiritual – As if the mystery of God wasn’t deep enough, (the Trinity), He had to add that there are seven Spirits of “God”.  (The Deity or Trinity).

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To further complicate our understanding the word “God” in the Old Testament is from the Hebrew, Elohim and means “Creator, Supreme Ruler”, “Adoni”, also means “Supreme Ruler” (used for God or a  man who rules), and discribes The work and life of Jesus in the Old Testament.

In the New Testament the word “God” is from the Greek and means “Deity or Trinity”, and I believe discribes primarily the Father or Lord (Yahway or Jehovah) of the Old Testament, in the New.

Now the Father and Son and Spirit, are one, but with different Natures, Attributes and Characters, (explained in post, “Jesus in the Old Testament”). 

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the Lord preserved David: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

David defeated many Nations and the people became his servants.   And:

the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went.”

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Why and how do I get to that place of preservation?

It is so simple….but incredibly hard for we humans.

We must:
first:  deny ourselves-defeat, destroy our natural man.
second:   submit ourselves to God, learn to love and obey Him.
third:   learn to pray, praise, sing and dance to and for the Lord.

If you can do these simple things, you would be well on your way to preservation.

You would also be a better man than I. 

I am naturally hard to get along with, impossible to correct and stubbornly stupid.

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BUT, I LOVE THE LORD AND KEEP TRYING.

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The Problem : The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

The Problem:
Misunderstanding the directions received.

A couple of weeks ago I bought some pansy’s for my piano planter.

Red, white and almost blue.

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I was very pleased.  The lady told me they would flower all winter if I snapped off the dead flowers.

Wonderful. ..easy…flowers all winter….color.  I  am excited.

Now the problem.

Not knowing any better,  I  snapped off the buds before they flowered.

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How dumb  is that?  You would think a grown man could see what hadn’t flowered from the flowers past.

Apparently not.

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I  don’t know if it was fatal but there is no color now. 

I  stopped the plants from flowering, meeting their potential.  From becoming a pleasant gift to all who came within sight.

Our ignorance of God’s plan and promises causes us to snap the flowering life out of on fire, young believers.

Our unbelieving, belief in God is our down fall. 

We don’t really believe the promises of God beyond Salvation.

Why?  Because so few really dig into the Spiritual.  

We educate ourselves physically,  but never really exercise  the Spiritual.

David was known as a man after Gods heart.  Why?

Read the Psalms, David knew long before Jesus, how to enter the Holy of Holies.

He spent time in Praise and Prayers,  a man who knew how to take responsibility for his errors.  

He knew how to repent and return to God.

We need to spend time the same way, in Praise and Prayer.

Finding our way into the presence of God.  Into the place of obedient peace, joy and power.

His Promises and Power are available to “whosoever” will seek His face.

“Whosoever will become a love slave.”

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Those who truly give their all to the Lord.

Will you?

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the things which we have seen and heard: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”  Acts 4:20

Peter and John in the Power of the Holy Spirit and in the Name of Jesus, had healed the lame man at the gate beautiful.

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            (Is anything to hard for Our God?)

By the Name of Jesus”

5,000 were added to the church because of this miracle.  Peter and John were commanded not to teach, preach or speak of Christ.  Their answer:

“But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.  For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

Wouldn’t it be nice to see 5,000 added to the church at one time?  Or experiencing:  “the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”

Most of our churches are seeing a decline in attendance….not an increase.  Why?

Has the Name of Jesus become of none effect?  We pray in Jesus Name, but few are touched.  (Yes, we see some miracles, but anything note worthy)?  Not really.

How dare I say this?

Look at the church, are any being added?
Do you see 5,000?   What is the problem?

There are hundreds of verses in the Word that tell us Jesus and His Disciples healed all maner of sickness, it even states they healed all that were sick.

We” tell folks not to bring their colds to church because others will be infected.  

WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!      .

1 Corinthians 12:28
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”

Apostles, Prophets and Teachers we have plenty.  It is relatively easy to study the Word and share.  Especially if there is a spot light. (for some).

Even helps and governments are easy slots to fill….

1 Corinthians 12:30
Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?”

NO, NONE, NOBODY…”THOSE THINGS PASSED AWAY WITH THE APOSTLES.”

Why do we have the others then…everything should have passed if some have.

No, this kind comes by prayer and fasting.

It’s easy to talk, harder to walk, in the Power of the Holy Spirit. 

Too many say, “If God wants me to speak in tongues, interpret, or heal the sick, He will give me those gifts.”

HORSE FEATHERS!!!!!!!

You were saved because you asked Him to forgive you, to become Your Lord and Savior.

He doesn’t behave any differently with the Gifts of the Spirit.  We must ask if we expect to receive.

We must be trust worthy if we expect Him to trust us with His Power.  We are not. 

We don’t press into the Holy of Holies.  Seek Him and expect to receive the FAITH, to walk in His Grace.

When we fast and pray, do so just seeking more of Jesus in your life.  More Jesus in your charactor, actions, thoughts, speech.

We must become more like Jesus, crucify our old, (natural), man and let Jesus lead, guide and direct our lives.

At one point in my walk, I failed the trust worthy test.  I am determined to earn back that trust.

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Lord, let this old, broken down Holy Spirit dispenser, fulfill Your promise to Your church.

I will become a man the Lord can use in this world today as He used the Disciples in days if old.

Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever.  Amen

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Behold, I am he whom ye seek: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

“Behold, I am he whom ye seek:  what is the cause wherefore ye are come?”

Who do you seek? 

Seeking Jesus, they were led to Peter, to  hear the Word.

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If the Lord sent seekers to you,  could you explain your faith? 

Lead them to Jesus?

1 Peter 3:15   
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Are we ready?

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The promise of “whosoever”: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

The promise of “whosoever”.

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John 3:15-17
King James Version (KJV)
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

An absolutely wonderful promise.  I have always loved that word, “whosoever”.  It means you and I and anyone, who accepts Him as Lord and Savior. 

We should not perish, but have eternal life.

Wonderful, except….(why “should”)?

Should:
used in auxiliary function to express what is probable or expected
(auxiliary:  adjective
: available to provide extra help, power, etc., when it is needed)  (Webster)

That should be, is a lot diferent from will be. Couple that with “might be saved”  and it should cause us to rethink what we know as truth.

John 3:16
The foundation of Evangelical belief.  (We act like it says will not perish and will be saved).

Does it mean what we have thought all this time?   That should and might, ought to make us realize that:

Jesus did the work, we can and should be saved from sin and death, but it is all up to us, to accept His sacrifice and walk in His Grace.   

It isn’t a given, what we (whosoever), do with that promise is the key.

Are you walking in the light? (The Spirit, the way,  the truth?  Have you put on His yoke?)

Are you living His new commandment?  Do we love one another?  Or just tolerate each other and their views?

If you look in your concordance for “whosoever”, we find most of the time it is used, it is speaking of those who sin, (miss the mark), do something they shouldn’t have.

Whosoever seems to usually end up dead.

What does this mean to me?  

We all have a shot at Salvation, it is available, it is promised, and it is a simple blessing to acquire.

We must learn to walk in it.  He died for us because He loves us.  We must love Him, by serving.

Colossians 4:5
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”

Walking with Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

Wide is the way and narrow is the gate…..that “should and might“….ought to make us think.

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We have the structure…(rituals, forms, traditions).  Do we allow the Spirit to lead?

Lord, help us to be open to Your guidance and love.  Help us to follow You through the narrow gate.

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thy words be true: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

2 Samuel 7
“28 And now, O Lord God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:”

At this time the Ark of God was still residing in a tent.  David had wanted to build the Lord a house.

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The Lord would not allow it, but He promised to build David an everlasting house. (family). 

Jesus was born from the family line of David.

In Davids prayer of praise and thanksgiving we find verse 28.  David acknowledges who and what God will do.

“You are God, Your words are true, You have promised me good things….because I am Your Servant.”

Gods words are true, He is God, He has given us many wonderful promises. 

How many do we realize?   Not as many as He promised. 

Why?

David was a true servant of the Lord.  A love slave, who knew how to sing, pray, praise, honor and obey the Lord.

We are promised so much in the Word.  From the peace that passes understanding to joy unspeakable, full of glory.

From healing the sick to raising the dead.  From being the head, to receiving a crown. 

Blessings here on earth now, to our homes in heaven.

All these promises are true.  Are we true Servants, (love slaves), of the Lord?

We must learn to yearn to be His, desire to be holy, spotless, perfect in our love, if not our lives. 

Our old man refuses to stay dead,  we sin, we miss the mark, we disappoint each other and ourselves.

As long as we take responsibility for our actions and ask forgiveness, He is Faithful and just to both Forgive and Forget.

We are the Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, as long as we remain under the covering of His blood.

Become a love slave.  Read, Meditate on all the Word of God.

Jesus freed us from the law, but not from the Blessings of Holiness, Trust, Obedience.

He didn’t relieve us the Blessings of Praise, Prayer or Fellowship with the the Lord.

He just made it more Personel, Easy, Fruitful.

Learn to sing the Word to the Lord, from the writings of Moses to John, there is plenty to sing, praise and pray.

Find the scriptures that speak to you today.  They are there for the Strength, Forgiveness, Hope, Direction, Comfort….whatever, whosoever (you and me), needs.

God is there.  His promises are true.  He has Goodness and Good things for those who are true Servants of His.

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Lord, help us to be love slaves of You.  Amen.

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But because the Lord loved you: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Deuteronomy 7:8a
But because the Lord loved you,” 

A simple truth.

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He sent His Son, not to condemn, but to save the world.

A simple truth.

We are called to share with a lost and dying world.

A simple truth.

Jesus and His love.

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And this I pray: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

I have wrtten about Epaphras before, but I believe we can learn alot by his example.

He is only mentioned 4 times, in the Word, 3 of which are in Colossians.  We find Paul singing his praise, so he must have had something on the ball.

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LORD taketh pleasure in his people:

Psalm: 149. 4.
For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.

The Lord taketh pleasure in His people:”

We don’t often think about the Lords pleasure, but being made in His image, it shouldn’t be hard to imagine.

Do we not take pleasure in our children?  Do they have to do something note worthy for us to delight in them?

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Not at all, seeing them joyful, carefree, excited gives us joy, knowing they are safe, healthy, happy.  

It is no different for God and His children.  Us.

Psalm 35:27
Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”

Psalm 103:21
King James Version (KJV)
Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

Psalm 147:11
The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

The Lord loves us and wants us to prosper, not just financialy, Spiritualy, phycicaly, emotionaly…..in all areas of our lives.

It pleased Him to send His Son.  That we might be His.

Isaiah 53:10
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.”

His pleasure is us…He would have us all be His.

Ezekiel 18:23
Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?”

Ezekiel 18:32
For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”

God takes pleasure in us.  Are we full of His peace and joy?  Are we walking toward or with Him?

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Are we holding His hand, walking in the way we should go?  Give God pleasure, love Him, Praise Him, spend time with Him.

as many as touched him: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

as many as touched him were made whole.”

This is the last line of Mark 6.  We know of the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5, who pushed through the crowd to touch the hem of the garment of Jesus.

Virtue went out of Him, she was healed.  Here in Mark 6, we find a whole town that knew to touch the hem of His garment. 

As many as touched Him “were made whole.”

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        (We strut around, missing Gods best).

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And the people served the Lord: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

“And the people served the Lord “

I would love that to be what I was remembered for.  “Bill served the Lord.”  Wow,  if only that were accurate.  This would be closer to the truth:

“Bill desired to serve the Lord and sometimes did.”

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Judges 2:7
King James Version (KJV)
And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord, that he did for Israel.”

I have longed to see the great works of the Lord,  since before I found Him. 

As a matter of fact,  My prayer was that I wanted to know and serve a Lord of Power.   Not just of Words,  (hot air, empty prayers).

I am convinced that He brought me to Christian Retreat in Florida,  so I would see just that.   I lived,  worked and attended The Institute of Ministry and the Pastoral Training School.  

I worked there about 3 years.  Left there licenced and ordained to preach, teach,. . .   ready to marry and bury.   Did ok as an Evangelist,  failed as a Pastor.

Ran away from it,  (with my tail between my legs).  I still loved the Lord,  but had lost my hope and nerve.  

I didn’t understand how to work with His people.  To me they were Satans spawn.   They couldn’t be trusted,  relied on, or confided in.

That was wrong,  the problem was within me,  not them.   It took about 20 years in the desert for me to come around,  and realize the truth. 

Is it possible to understand why they served the Lord and then stopped?

“all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua”

Why stop then?  What happened? Are we experiencing the same problem today?   Few do the necessary work to know and  be used of the Lord.

“who had seen all the great works of the Lord, that he did for Israel.”

The people who had experienced the Lord.
Isaiah 41:20
That  they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.”

This is what we are missing today,  in our churches.  Very few have seen anything but a few healed souls, and we call that miracles.  When Jesus was in His home town all He could do was heal a few sick people.  Why?

Because of their unbelief.  They thought He was doing mighty things.  He couldn’t.  Same thing today, no earth shattering miracles, in the early  church people were healed by the Apostles shadows.  Raised from the dead.  

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Today our preaching puts more to sleep, then sets their faith on fire.  We have lost the Power of God.  Sorry folks we need todays Peter, Paul and James and John to rise out of our dead churches, and show us the way to the Holy of Holies, so we can find Grace and Mercy in our time of need.

Lord, help us to be usefull vessels of Your power and love.

Thank You.

(Are) the desires of thine heart. . . (just lust)? :

Psalm 37:4
Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

The desires of thine heart. . . . Sometimes our hearts desire is not a wonderful thing.  It could be something that brings us grief,  sorrow,  troubles and pain.

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We love to think of getting the desires of our hearts,  but we neclect to delight ourselves in the Lord;  and that my friend is our down fall.

Has our desire grown into lust?   Do we want something so badly that God will give us this desire,  even if it is hurtfull?   I have always concidered lust to be a sexual thing.

Mt 5:28
Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

We lust after many things,  not just sex.

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