In my original post on the Leper, my primary concern was not knowing God’s will.
The Church today, believes God can, as did the Leper, but we still do not believe His will.
Many other things went on in these Scriptures. Jesus had just preached the Sermon on the Mount.
Great multitudes followed Him. The Leper came and Worshiped Him.
We call our Sunday Morning Service a Worship Service. Is it?
Homage rendered to God which it is sinful (idolatry) to render to any created being (Ex. 34:14; Isa. 2:8). Such worship was refused by Peter (Acts 10:25,26) and by an angel (Rev. 22:8,9). Eastons Bible Dictionary
Worship, is a realization of who God is; Our Creator, Saviour, Teacher, Helper, the source of our Power.
We need to stop, acknowledge the Lord, recognize Him as our all in all. Sing Him love songs, Scripture songs, bow our heads, lift up our hands, ask Him into our lives.
Be still, and know, that He is God.
If you looked up Worship, in Strongs Concordance, you would find, one of the meanings is to fall down, to fall to your knees.
This is how the Leper approached Jesus. Knowing Jesus could heal, knowing not, that He would.
Yet, he Worshiped.
Jesus said, He would, He touched him…. He healed him, immediately….
We are Saved immediately, when we repent and ask. We receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, immediately, when we ask.
We need to learn to walk in Salvation, and also how to pray in the Spirit.
He heals us immediately, He never ran a hospital, and neither should we.
He was told to be quiet and go to the Priest, for ritual cleansing.
He was too excited, spilled the beans, Jesus, then had to go into hiding.
Matthew 8:1-4 (KJV)
“When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.”
Mark 1:40-45 (KJV)
“And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away;
And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.”
Luke 5:12-14 (KJV)
“And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.
And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.“
I have spent most of my Christian life, with Full Gospel Saints.
The joy, peace and love of the Lord was so easy to see in their lives. I could go to any Full Gospel place of Worship, and enjoy the presence of God.
Churches and their Saints who are not Baptized in the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in Tongues.
Worship, in some Churches, come close to bringing down the Spirit. The Love of Christ is evident.
The peace and joy are foreign entities, though. They do not recognize that the absence of the Spirit.
Spiritual things are not understood, without the Spirit’s presence.
They are not taught the Scriptures concerning the Spirit, because they DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE SPIRIT.
I went to a big Baptist convention, about 5,000 in attendance. We heard good messages on Repentance, Regeneration, Salvation, Sanctification, ect…
Then the last speaker,…
I believe he blasphemed the Holy Spirit, he ridiculed speaking in Tongues, there by denying the Power of God.
I will point out this man was paralyzed from the neck down. I fear this doesn’t give him license.
Most Non-denominational Churches, admit the Holy Spirit is real, yet, there is no evidence of his presence.
They can not teach something they know nothing of.
What Surprised me is they DO NOT WANT TO KNOW, SO THEY NEVER WILL.
That is why the Church does not grow. It is dying because the know not the Scriptures and deny the power of God.
When I was saved, I wanted all God had for me. Why don’t they?
That is My Surprise…
This story starts with a phone call, several months ago.
Bette’s sister Eunice’s, two adult sons, (Carl and Andrew), wanted to know if we could stand some company this summer.
We in NC, were closer to the path of totality, then they were in Minnesota.
They thought they could kill two birds, with one stone. (A visit and the once in a lifetime experience).
Wonderful, come on down. Then their parents, Eunice and Roger would come with them. Now you’re talking…. We could not wait to see them
Two weeks ago, we heard they were going to watch the Eclipse in Nebraska, then come to NC. Still wonderful, can not wait.
Then I found out my sweet wife Bette, bought 8 pair solar glasses. She told me, the path of totality was only 150 miles south of us.
She wanted to see it.
We talked it over, I convinced her that a 6 to 12 hour drive in the car, (we would have to leave home at six am), for two minutes of viewing, was just silly.
I was sure she saw and agreed with me. Case settled.
8/21/17, woke at 7:30, saw my wifes face.
“Would you like to try to catch it?”
The sun shown, from her eyes. We left at 8:30, sure we were going to miss it.
We saw it, the diamond burst was at 2 o’clock though.
We didn’t get any pictures except this selfie as light was coming back.
The joy in her face was worth the twelve plus hours in the car, for two minutes of darkness.
Ten Lepers cry out to be healed. This set of miracles is only found in Luke.
Jesus once again going where the people needed His touch. He entered a certain village. Ten Lepers, met Him, standing afar off.
They lifted their voices, crying out for Mercy.
Jesus heard and saw:
Would He have seen them, if they had not called out? We will know the answer, if and when we meet and ask Him, in the flesh, (our Resurrected Bodies).
The point we must take home is, they cried out, that they were Lepers was apparent to those who saw them. (Special clothing, missing flesh), they had to cry out unclean, if in a populated area.
He gave them directions, go, show yourselves to the Priest. The Priest had the power to declare them clean, to accept any thanksgiving sacrifices, to pray with them.
As they went:
As they went, they were cleansed. When the Lord speaks, we must be ready and willing to do His bidding.
In the Old Testament a Leper, (a Noble from another country), was told to go wash in the Jorden River seven times.
In this instance, one noticed he had been cleansed, as they traveled. He turned back, fell at the feet of Jesus and Glorified God in a loud voice.
This man wasn’t a Hebrew, he wasn’t of the people of God, yet he was healed and came back to thank and gave the Glory to God.
Where are the nine?
We see Jesus seeing, hearing, healing…. How often do we see thanks given, people stopping their activities, to turn to and thank God?
I am sure, Jesus often wonders, where we are, after He does us a service. Small or great, do we recognize His hand in our daily lives?
Do we stop, and thank Him? I know, for me, it’s not often enough, I tend to marginalize, the daily, touch of the Master.
Always, looking for the signs, wonders and miracles. Not recognizing His hand in my life.
And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”
Go thy way, your faith has made you whole.
Continue on with your life. Now complete, whole, healed. That is the will of God, for all of us.
Try to remember, to stop n and Thank Him. He notices. Amen
Wonderful wake-up call. We all come from different places.
The Miracle Years 2: theunfetteredpreacher.com
The writen post on this subject is The Ministry Years 2
The Harmony of the Gospels, The Miracles of Jesus. Why did He work miracles the way He did? He tells us, each miracle contained a lesson we should embrace.
Please, watch and comment.
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This one has been in the hopper for quite some time. It holds a timeless truth.
Will I ever learn it?
As many as touched Him were healed. It is recorded in two gospel accounts.
Mark 6:53-56. Matthew 14:34-36
“And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.
And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,
And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.
And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.”
“And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.
And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased;
And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.”
“As many as touched Him, were made whole.”
Why were all healed in this town, and so many in other towns were not. He traveled in many towns, there were many at the pool of Bethesda, He only healed one. There were many crowded about Him, multitudes, according to Matthew, wherever He went. Few were touched and healed.
There are many that need healing in our town, will they, can they be healed?
The people in Gennesaret were different, their Faith was displayed. Like the folks that dropped their friend, through the roof, of the house where Jesus was. Jesus saw their faith. How can we show our Faith?
First step… the people of Gennesaret….
> They knew Him:
So many of us know of Him, we believe in Him, even love Him, yet we haven’t taken the time to know Him.
Do we pray, If it be Your will? We should know His will. We should recognize His ways.
He would have all men be Saved. He knows, a lot will not, accept Him.
He would that all be healed. He knows some will not believe.
He would comfort, love, give peace and joy to all.
Many do not know how to access this. Can it be taught?
We must know Him, we do this by reading His Word, in conjunction with fasting and prayer. By learning to Praise and Worship.
> Faith is Action:
They went out and brought the sick and afflicted into His presence.
Our problem today? Thanks for not coming to church with that cold… you could have spread it to everyone.
Do not share the communion wine, (grape juice), it’s unsanitary. Did you wash your hands?
Could you imagine this taken place with Jesus?
Ahhh, Jesus, did you wash up before your broke the fish and bread? Don’t you care about germs?
Where is our faith? Or is it we don’t really believe, Jesus is in our midst? Is He, in our midst?
> The sick need to take action also:
We can bring them into His Presence, but they need to reach out for Him also.
The real question is, how do we get into His Presence? He is no longer wondering around in human form. Is it possible to experience His Presence in our current life?
The woman with the issue of blood, had to press through the crowd to touch Him. We must do the same today.
Whether in prayer and fasting or through Praise and Worship. He will be found, if our hearts are right. Our Prayers will be answered if our requests are right. Never for our own gain, always for others.
True Praise was the most dependable road to His Presence in my experience. It has always opened the door to His Throne Room. Unfortunately, I do not experience that in my current position.
As a matter of fact… The Church (as a whole), needs to relearn, how to enter into His Presence. How to wait on the Lord, in silent expectation.
How to recognize His voice, in our hearts, minds and ears. To see Him in the Natural World, as well as in the Spiritual Realm.
We can experience His Power and Promise… when we allow His Presence into our Churches. Unfortunately, this is a tall order.
Our Rituals and Ceremonies, Hymns and a Responsive Readings, leave little room for the Lord to enter. (Because of our limitted time).
We must all, learn it individually… alone, at home. Before it becomes a corporate practice. Can we do it?
Lord, help us to grow in You. Amen
Happy Fathers Day …. I miss you Dad
The only family picture I have… I think 1984?
Martha, Bill, Bob, David, Dorothy
Last picture of David
Dave’s house, year he died
At Mom’s funeral.
Martha, Bill, Eric, Emma, Amy, Ken
Celeste, Bill, Bette
Just wanted to Remember.
I long to learn to pray prayers, that result in answers, to pray effectual, fervent prayers that availeth much.
It troubles me that our Churches seem Powerless. If Christ is present, why is there a problem?
To be honest, a lot of our prayers are for financial problems, or about physical sickness or distress.
We pray for things we see, touch, taste, hear and feel.
Then we wonder at the lack of progress (in our growth), in our walk with Christ. We wonder why our prayers are not answered, or at best, not often.
If we study the prayers of Paul, for the church, and learn to follow his lead, we might find results, beyond our dreams.
The first thing, I notice is Paul is praying for others. We do not hear a lot of personal needs or desires, except, for the sin that so easily besets him.
He asked the Lord three times to remove this messenger of Satan, to be told the Grace, (the unmarited mercy and favor), of God, is enough.
We need to know how to repent, to get back in right standing with God… it was both David and Pauls secret, to have a heart after God.
No, for the most part, the prayers that he wrote, were for others. I will attempt to break down his prayer, from Ephesians 1.
* He gives thanks for others, by name to the Lord.
I give thanks that they walk with You, and know and serve You, draw them closer, Please Lord.
* He prays for the Spirit of Wisdom, (Jesus), (1 Corinthians 1:30), and Revaluation in our Knowledge of Him.
Lord, may You reveal Yourself to them, increasing their knowledge and love for You with their every breath.
* The eyes of our understanding be opened, that we would know, recognize the hope, He has for us. That we would grab ahold of His promises and power, to do His will.
That we would accept the inheritance He left us. The Ministry Gifts and the Gifts of the Spirit. That we would grow into You.
* That we would know and use the Power we have, in the belief of His Name and His Promises.
He said, so many times: ONLY BELIEVE!!! Only, … we don’t.
* That Power is the Power of the Resurrection.
Paul, prayed for this Power, (Philippians 3:10), recognizing he also had to share the fellowship of His suffering, and be made into HIS IMAGE.
* He wants us to have Power above that of the Prince of this world. To have Dominion, to Rule over, not be a Servant of the limits of this World.
We are not limited by the Laws of Nature.
Phillip was translated to another place, after, he had served Gods purpose where he was. The dead have been raised, the lame healed, the sick have recovered.
ONLY BECAUSE PETER, PAUL, JOHN, STEVEN AND OTHERS….. ONLY BELIEVED!!!
Church, there is something wrong with our belief system. I believe it can be corrected.
I believe God would have us, living in a place of Power. A place of Answered Prayer.
We first need to read, study, listen to the miracles in the Word. Faith, comes by hearing, and hearing by the WORD OF GOD.
The second thing we need to do is to learn how to pray, as Paul prayed. In thanksgiving, for more of Jesus, that our eyes would be opened, to see the Spiritual Blessings available to those Who Believe.
Then we need to seek and accept the Gifts He has given us… They are freely given and awaiting our acceptance, we must ask and receive tham, as we did our Salvation.
Lord, hear our Prayer. Amen
The Lord, built a Hedge around Job. He caused all the work of his hands to prosper. The Devil was convinced, the reason Job served God, was because of this protection, because of these blessings.
The Lord has promised us several times, to prosper us, to meet our needs, to supply exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think or even imagine.
He also promises, we can do all things, through Christ Jesus. Jesus said, we would do all He did and more.
The Devil is just as convinced, that we love and serve the Lord, because we trust these promises to be being fulfilled.
Saints, I pray that isn’t the reason we serve the Lord. No, if we look at Job, the Lord told the Devil and us, why he was so prosperous.
“The Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”
The qualities of Job, we must learn to emulate.
● There is none like him, A perfect and upright man:
What? How could that be? What does this mean, for me, today?
Proverbs: 2. 10,11,20,21
“When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.”
When Wisdom, (Jesus), enters our hearts, when His knowledge becomes, pleasent to our soul.
That is when we begin to walk in the right way, and keep to the narrow path of righteousness.
Then we will dwell in the land and remain.
To be perfect and upright, blameless…. we must accept Jesus, (Wisdom), into our lives, and learn to walk in His Righteousness.
We must learn to:
● Fear God, and escheweth evil.
One of my favorite scriptures is about why God chose Levi, to lead the Priests.
Malachi: 2. 4-6
“And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.
The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.”
We must learn to stand in Awe of our God, to Worship Him in Spirit and In Truth.
We must know and speak His Truth… not our desires.
We must take up His Yoke. We will find peace and rest in our souls.
As we endeavor to walk with Him, many will turn from sin, because they will see, consider and understand that He Is the all in all.
Whether we be rich or poor, a master or slave, His Hedge of Protection will keep us blameless. As we rely totally on Him.
Smiths Bible Dictionary:
The Hebrew words thus rendered denote simply that which surrounds or encloses, whether it be a stone wall, geder, (Proverbs 24:31; Ezekiel 42:10) or a fence of other materials. The stone walls which surround the sheepfolds of modern Palestine are frequently crowned with sharp thorns.
He will build a Hedge around us. Amen
For all of my Christian life, I have heard people praying for a HEDGE OF PROTECTION. The only Bible verse I remembered, (that spoke of hedges), was, from the New Testament:
“And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”
Now that usage, did not convey any sense of protection, but honestly, at the time, I just wasn’t interested.
Today, Republican House members, were ambushed while at practice, for a charity baseball game.
They were not where they usually would be.
No, they where together, (on their own time), getting ready for a charity event.
A man walked up, asked a man, if these where Republicans? He said thanks, for the affirmative answer. Went in and started shooting. (Several wounded, one critically).
If not for armed Police, (heroes, with guns), it would have been a massacre.
Out in California, a man dressed as a UPS, worker, killed 3, and then himself. (No heroes with guns). A massacre.
Do we know why this is happening?
Yes, Will we as a society accept the reason? NO!
It is sadly simple. Evil, is the Ruler of this world.
The Godless, believe it is we, who believe, (in the Lord), that are the fools. We are not. So, how do live in this world?
What can we, as believers, do? How do we protect ourselves and our loved ones?
This is what lead me to this study.
I found the verse I was looking for in Job 1.
The Devil had gone up to heaven, and joined with the Sons of God, (good angels), to talk to the Lord.
The Lord asked?
“Whence comest thou?”
The Devil answered:
“From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”
And the Lord said unto Satan:
“Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”
The Devils response: Job 1:10
“Doth Job fear God for nought?
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.”
God had made a HEDGE OF PROTECTION ABOUT JOB. He had caused the work of his hands to prosper. He was the richest man in the kingdom.
Okay, Job was an exception, because:
“There is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”
We have heard what happened to Job, and we could preach many Sermons on him. From, the thing he feared, to his comforters.
It’s all there in the book of Job. But my question was. Has God protected any others?
As I thought, I was reminded of Noah, God instructed him to build an Ark. His obedience led to the saving of him and his family.
The Hebrews, in the midst of their captivity, were set free, and protected by the blood of the Lamb.
Both Daniel and Paul, a slave and a prisoner, both prospered in their darkest times.
How, you ask? We will explore more tomorrow.
Thanks for reading, Please let me know what you think.
Wisdom from themomfred
Your come to Jesus moment.
Was it a time of trouble and strife? Fear and or depression? Loneliness, financial need, a broken heart, the loss of a loved one?
For me, it was loneliness, I didn’t really feel a part of anything or anyone. I needed comfort, I was brokenhearted.
I needed love, not human love, the true love of God. Agape, love.
How about you?
In my study this am, (I am doing a harmony of the Gospels, comparing the points of view of Mark, Matthew and Luke of the Ministry of Jesus, using Mark as my starting point).
It is interesting to see which details each include, and how they differ.
Silly, I know, but I really never understood they were describing the same instances, from different points of view.
Take in point, the calling of Peter, James and John. In Matthew and Mark they are fishing and leave their nets.
In Luke, we find they were mending their nets, when Jesus borrowed Simon’s boat to use as a platform to teach the crowd.
He spoke of the Kingdom, then, had them fish a certain side of the boat. They had to call James and John to help land their biggest catch ever.
At this point, they left all behind to follow Jesus.
In John, Andrew (a follower of John the Baptist), is the first to discover Jesus and he brings Peter to the Lord.
The account in John, seems out of sync, but it was probably their introduction to Jesus, and the miracle of the catch, that caught them.
It is a truth.
The day you decide to follow Jesus. Is the most successful day, you will ever experience. Spiritually, Physically, Physiologically or Financially.
We become blameless, forgiven, by the covering of His blood.
By His stripes we are/were healed. (Both Spiritually and Physically).
He is our Shepherd, we shall not want, my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory. (SPIRITUAL, PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL, FINANCIAL,) ALL MY NEEDS.
When we learn to Trust In The Lord, to Walk With The Lord, to Live For The Lord.
Life becomes Exciting, His Provision, Is Precious, His Presence, Indescribable. The Shekinah Glory of God, will visible in our lives, to whatever extent, we give ourselves to Him.
Whether you are at the top or bottom right now today, “Today is the day.” The acceptable day, the most successful day you could experience. The day of Salvation, Forgiveness and Love Devine.
He is knocking at the door of your heart. Open the door invite Him in. Change your future.
The blanket of His love will not just put out the fire, but keep you safe and secure. Amen
“O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.”
I shutter in fear and shame, when I realize You have seached me, and known me. That You know what I’ve done and what I will do.
You understand my most secret and sin-full thoughts, my doubts, my fears, my lusts, my anger, and my pain.
I cry. Knowing You love me, even while You know the worst of me.
I will never understand, Your mercy and grace. I am, at peace, in Your love.
I long to lead the lost to Your throne, that they should receive Your mercy and grace in their times of need.
I desire Your Holy Spirit to comfort the broken hearted and heal the hurting.
I long to Praise and Worship You, in Spirit and in truth,
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Lead and guide me, protect me, from the wickedness that still lies within.
Clean my heart, renew my mind by the washing of Your Word. Return to me the joy of Thy Salvation, let not my slothful ways cause me to stray.
The path to the Holy of Holies, is the way I will walk.
I seek Your face, Your love fills my heart.
I tremble in fear, for I know Lord, You’re near.
Lord, hear my cry, supply all my needs.
My deepest desire, is to love you my King, my Lord, and Most High.
I would that my actions, my thoughts, and the words of my testimony, all please You.
Protect us O’ Lord from those who would flesse us, and cause us pain.
Reading Jonathan Caswell’s “By the Mighty Mumford” blog, reminded me of a much loved hobby.
Model Trains: Twenty years ago, Because of lack of room elsewhere in our home, I had a model train setup, inside my piano. (On top of the harp).
My wife helped me build and paint the mountain and even came up with the pine trees. The buildings are all paper models.
It was wonderful to have a world I could control. lol
We enjoyed it for many years and even took it to a few local train shows. (notice the attempt to enlarge with the mirror)
(My sweetie 20+-years ago)
After moving to the home we are in now, I found an old worn out baby grand I planned to strip down and use for permanent layout.
That is why we have a piano planter in our front yard.
Anyone else have a harmless old love? My new love Neglected Caroline.
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