Tales of my Father 9:  theunfetteredpreacher 

This tale involves myself and a few friends.   I wonder if they will chime in and reveal who they are.

I learned to drive around age 12, Dad would let me drive cars and trucks, into and out of the work bays, so they could be repaired.

He also gave me old wrecks to drive in the garage yard, mostly after hours.

My favorite car, even to this day, is a Metropolitan…  only manufacturered for a few years in the fifties.

I and several friends had a ball driving that little car.   At one time, someone who lived on the third floor of the apartment house on the corner.

Threw down a stack of Playboy magazines, WOW, at 13, that was a major find….  No wonder I am so screwed up…  lol

During business hours one day, I decided to teach a friend how to drive.  Since it was during working hours, we only had a twenty foot, one lane path to drive on.  (Customer Cars on both sides)

No big deal right?   Just drive straight,  back up straight… no problem.

My friend apparently was more nervous than I thought.

He panicked, hit and put, a good sized indentation in the door of a customers 1963 Corvette.

Dad was furious,  the customer more so… it was a beautiful car.

I don’t believe I gave anymore driving lessons.

More to come, hope you enjoyed.

deliver us only, we pray thee, – The Fix-it Shop, Filling Station

And the children of Israel said unto the Lord, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.
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Here we go again.   Lord, I know I have this problem because I did that thing I shouldn’t have.  So Lord, help me out of this today, please.

We have a loving God so help comes.  Repeat.

What we fail to understand is He helps, saves us so we might to serve Him.  Spend time with Him, love and obey Him.   If we did, we would find a peace in the midst of the worst storms of our lives.

Lord, help us to love, honer, obey to walk in Your yoke…..with You every day of our lifes.  Don’t let us wait, until it’s too late.

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What is the Church? – The Fix-it Shop, Filling Station

To the unbelieving, The Church is the building the hypocrites go to every week to show the rest of us how holy they are.

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To some believers, The Church is where they go to hear the Preacher tell them what God wants them to know this week.  Or the place you bring people who need salvation, healing or prayer.  Or even the place where you praise or worship God.

The Church can and should be all these things but  are you?

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The Church isn’t the buildings believers meet in.  The Church is the believer.  We are the ones, the seekers should come to, to be led to the Lord. To be healed by, comforted by, discover the Love and Grace of the Lord.

They don’t recognize the Lord in our lives, so why would they expect to find Him.

Some think of The Church as a hospital for the sick and those recovering.   The Lord never told us to nurse the brokenhearted.  To go someplace to heal,

No, He said: “Your Faith has made you whole.”

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

The  Lord expects us to believe and to have signs and wonders following.  Amen.

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now we see through a glass, darkly; – The Fix-it Shop

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Now we see through a glass, darkly;

Revelation came in a flash of light, to Martin Luther,  the Wesley brothers, to the founders of many Denominations.   To the men and women in many successful businesses.

An idea, a way of doing things,  a brand new product, an understanding of the Word of God, that has suddenly jumped off the page, opened your mind and heart.

You are  never able to view it, in the old understanding again.

When someone has a new understanding of a passage or verse from the Bible, we need to study to find out if it is the truth or a lie.

Does it line up with the rest of the Word?    Are there two or more Witnesses in the Word?

First, we must make sure we check it against the Word and not the Doctrine of our Church.   Martin Luther found the Word in disagreement with the Catholic Church Doctrine.    A new movement was born.

The Revelation I wish to share should not cause a problem, but build up the body of the Church.

The source for my study is the Bible,  I start with KJV, and check my understanding with other versions.   First the scriptures:

Matthew 25:14-31
” For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.”

The Parable of the talents, how often have I heard: “you should be playing piano at this  or that church, you have buried  your talents”?

I often wondered why it was only the piano player that did this?  How about the guy who knew how to make money?  The carpenter or plumber, electrician? Artist?

We seem to have a very limited view of this scripture. It’s either about money or physical talent.

A man is going away, he leaves something with his servants.   According to their ability to handle this thing.

” Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.  But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.”

The one that received the most, (the one with the right attitude, and skills),  used these talents to increase.

The one who received two, according to his ability also increased his.

The one who received but one, hid the one, so, no increase at all.

” After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.”

You know the story, the two that increased received praise and more responsibility.  They heard: ” Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

Not so for the other:  ” Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.”

I believe the Lord used money and not piano playing for a reason, (pianos weren’t invented yet),  increase in cash is easy to visualize.

The problem with us is we treat this story as a Parable,  when in reality it is a Prophesy.

Jesus is Proclaiming His Death and Resurrection.

He is telling us, He is leaving something in our care that we must increase.   What could it be?

Money, skill with a paint brush or hammer?

NO, HE LEFT US THE SPIRIT.  The Spirit also, gave us gifts, they sit on the shelf, waiting to be acknowledged.  They are available to whosoever will.

To teach, guide, direct and protect us.  To lead us to all truth.   We have hid the Spirit in our Churches. Buried it, are afraid of it.

We must seek God, ask for the Wisdom we need to increase that which He has given us.

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the need for Godly leaders – The Fix-it Shop

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Like this old tractor, the church is dead, the framework is still intact but it can’t seem to go
anywhere.

We wonder why?
       *  There is sickness
       *  There is little power
       *  There is strife, rebellious people
       *  There is no repentance, holiness
There is sin, unbelief, idolatry in the body.

What is sin and  idolatry today?

Colossians 3:5
King James Version (KJV)
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

Getting ready to finish teaching on the book of Joshua and start teaching  the book of Judges,  I am reminded once again that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Unfortunately, so are we.

The Hebrew peoples followed the Lord all the days of Joshua and the elders that saw the miracles of Egypt.  Then they fell away into sin and idolatry which leads to unbelief.

” the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim:  they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.  Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil, ”  (selected verses from Judges 2)

This is the church,  we Worship our order of Worship.  Don’t you dare change anything.   We allow sin to abound, believe the Church Doctrine more than the Word.  Gay marriage, abortion, covetousness. ..

We do evil in the sight of the Lord, reject holiness, reject true praise and worship.  Then we wonder why things don’t work as we plan.

The Church needs to dig up the Talents the Master left us,  (Matthew 25 ).  He left us the Gifts of the Spirit,  we don’t believe they are for us, now.  We have the written word of God, we have no need of Words of Wisdom or Knowledge,  the Gift of Faith, the Working of Miracles.

Gifts of Healing,  Prophesy, Discerning of Spirits, heaven forbid tongues and interpretation.

We have buried the gifts, we will not hear.  “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Our leaders and teachers, Pastors need to learn to use and teach the Church what is available to whosoever will but they won’t believe in, never mind ask for and use the Gifts.

The Church today is no different than the Hebrews in Judges.  We need the Spiritual gifts to bring people to and keep them in the love and grace of God.

” the people lifted up their voice, and wept.”

This is what the Hebrews did in Egypt and through out the book of Judges.  The Lord answered these prayers.

” And when the Lord raised them up judges, then the Lord was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the Lord because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.”

The Lord hears and answers our cries but when we cry out, it must be effectual, fervent prayer. ..this only happens when it comes from our innermost parts.

Our pretty, public Church prayers are not that.

We have temptations, evil, sin all around us for a reason.

” That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the Lord to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.”

Lord, help me to walk with You, to love, obey and share Your love.  May I learn to increase the Gifts of the Spirit in my life and the life of Your Church .
Amen

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the works that I do, shall he do also; The Fix-it Shop

“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.   And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

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The Words of Jesus from John 14.  Is the Father glorified in the Son in your life?  Your Church? Your Walk with God?

Jesus said: “ whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

Is that true?  Are there any conditions?

We must believe : 

James  2:23
“And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.”

We believe the Lord for Salvation, why?

For me it was the weight of my sins being lifted from my Sprint, I asked for forgiveness and felt forgiven.  The presence of the Lord became real within me.

Jesus  continually said:
“If you believe ”
Only believe ”
“If you can only believe ”
“Believe  only”

James gives a good reason our prayers aren’t answered.

James 4:3
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

Are our hearts wrong when we ask for healings, provision, comfort or peace? 

Why can we not believe, even when it is right in front of us? 

” Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. ”    My reason :

I am not worthy.   I am saved, sanctified, holy ghost filled and water baptized but not trustworthy.  

I can get a big head quickly and believe He used me because I am special; instead of available.   He has tried me and He found me wanting.

Lord, I long to be a vessel of use for You.  Humble, obedient, reliable.  I ask You to forgive my failures and create in me a heart that is true to You.  A mind and Spirit that hungers and thirsts for Your Righteousness.  Make me a useful vessel.

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through them I may prove Israel, – The Fix-it Shop

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As Christians, how many times have we heard….God wouldn’t do that.  How could a loving God let that happen.   

The Lord allows and even has caused bad things to happen to good people.

We like to think God is love…..how can He allow this pain in my life, or my wife, or child.  Please realize Jesus came to save us from the law of sin and death.   He is our Salvation,  our Peace our Hope.

God is a Righteous, Holy, Perfect God.   Wherever these problems and pain came from,  they afflict all to see who will turn to the Lord.   We must seek the Eternal.  Set our faces like flint towards the Lord.

Read Judges 2….understand who the Lord is and what He desires….that has not changed.   He just gave us Jesus and the way to pleasing Him.  “To obey, is better than sacrifice. “

Love the Lord, ask for the Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge to walk in His ways.

Know this:  “You are loved. “

Accept His Grace….it is sufficient.

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Why sin abounds : The Fix-it Shop

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In reading and teaching the Old Testament,  some things really cause me to scratch my head.   In Deuteronomy we find the Lord commanding the Hebrews to destroy all the nations in the promised land.

Joshua brought them in and secured a foothold but they hadn’t yet conquered all.  Which brings us to the book of Judges. The first question in Judges is:  ” Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?”

The answer was Judah,  (Praise).  “ Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.”

If my reading of chapter 1 is correct,  Judah destroyed the Canaanites in most places :   ” And the Lord was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.”

Do you wonder today, why we don’t see the victory?  

I believe the Lord has chosen Praise to lead us to victory,  some of us refuse to employ it.  We won’t allow the simple Worship of singing the Word to lift their hearts and minds above the problems of the day into the promise of tomorrow.

Praise gave the victory but not totally.   Praise could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, they had chariots of iron.

What does this mean?

The chariots of iron, are those things we refuse to give up to the Lord.  Those peculiar things we love more than Him.  Our secret sin.  The parts of our past we continue to feed.

To attain total victory we must learn to Praise….quote the Word to the Word, Moses knew to remind the Lord of His promises.   Sing unto the Lord, lose yourself in Worship.   Discover the Lord inhabits the Praise of His people.

Then giving up that which hinders our walk will be easier.   Still a trial but total surrender will bring total victory.   At least for today.  Unfortunately tomorrow will have its own battles.

Lord, help us to understand and walk in Your victory.

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Drawn to or Driven from – The Fix-it Shop

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Are people Drawn to or Driven from:

         – The Church
         – The Gospel
         – The Godhead
         – The Faith
         – Jesus

Why is my church not growing?  Where is everyone?  Why is the church up the street growing?  What is wrong with my church?   Why are we driving people from our midst?

Are they offended by  the Joy of the Lord?
    I don’t think so, there is too little Joy.
Are they afraid of the Power of the God?
    I don’t think so, there is so little Power.
Is the problem the Love of the Lord?
    I don’t think so, we do not practice His Love.
It must be Gods Mercy and Grace?
    You think?   Are we Merciful?   Do we display Grace?

Are we as Preachers, really teaching or do we just preach?

” Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Even with this blog, I find myself preaching more than teaching.   We need to admonish in Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual songs…..singing and memorizing the Word of God.

We can find and share the Love of the Lord as we sing of His Glory.

The steps of a good man. …
He that dwelleth in the secret place…
Give ear to my words, oh Lord…
The Lord God is a sun and shield. …
I will sing unto the Lord. …
We are a chosen generation. …
I love You Lord, and I lift my voice….

Singing the Word of God has helped me memorize scriptures, find my way out of depression,  understand the Promise of God.

It is hard to condemn when singing of Gods love and grace.   We need to learn how to share His Love in song.

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How long are ye slack – The Fix-it Shop

“How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the Lord God of your fathers hath given you?”

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The body of Christ, Christians, believers. …Listen up….I believe He is talking to us today.   We have gladly accepted Salvation,  Mercy and Grace.  We practice giving, ministry and prayer.

The Church, (for the most part), lacks real power.  Most churches are not being added to daily,  we aren’t in one accord, in thanksgiving, praise or Prayer.

If the Word states one thing and the Doctrine of our sect dosn’t agree, we follow our Doctrine instead of the Word. 

God gave us the Word,  man has interpreted the meaning….we need to know it individually, ourselves, study, so you can readily recognize error.   We are responsible for our own walk. 

It is not the Pastors job to make you eat, he only leads you to green pastures,  still waters, the place to restore your soul.

I  firmly believe the Gifts of the Spirit are the Talents the Master left and instead of investing in the use of same, most of the body has buried them.

Pray that the Lord reveals the gift He would have you exercise.   Make sure it lines up with the Word, step out in faith, stand fast and see the Salvation of God.

He promises to give us anything we ask….are we asking for the right things…we need to look to the Spiritual instead of the earthly.  Pray the prayers of Paul for your Pastor, leaders, your Church. 

Expect the Lord to answer your prayers.   This is the will of God,  that you would be perfect and complete in Him, that your wisdom and understanding of Him would be opened. That you would share His Gospel with success.

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I wholly followed the Lord my God. – The Fix-it Shop

I shall drive them out.

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Caleb’s faith…one of the two spies that encouraged the Hebrews to take the promised land.  Forty-five years later, at 85 finally is promised his inheritance in the promised land.

” I am this day fourscore and five years old.

As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.

 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said.”

This is faith:  At 85 going to do the Lords bidding. “I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said.”

Still strong, able to fight, willing to fight.

Why?

” I wholly followed the Lord my God.”

If we would learn to wholly follow the Lord,  we could be doing great exploits, seeing the miracles, signs and wonders following us.

What is it that holds you back?   There must be something hindering us in only believing.  Something that gets in the way of simple child like faith.

” Except ye be converted, and become as little children, “

We need to trust like our children trust….just relie on the Father.

Lord, help me to trust in You.

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” Lord, my heart is not haughty,” – The Fix-it Shop

Psalm 131
King James Version (KJV)
” Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.  Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.  Let Israel hope in the Lord from henceforth and for ever.”

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Lord, I do rest in You.  You tell me “Take no thought what you eat, drink or wear.”  Lord I am trying to do that but I  feel I must remind you, some bills were due the 20th,  others come due the 1st of next month.

You may not ever be late….but I am.  I know the trying of my faith worketh patience.   I  am waiting and walking in You,  I  trust You will not leave me wanting.  You are my Shepherd,  I shall not want.

So I  thank You for Your Mercy, Love and Provision in Jesus name.  Thank you for the work we need. Amen

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For Joshua drew not his hand back, – The Fix-it Shop

For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

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I don’t know about you but I have a sin that easily besets me.   It is a part of me that I  cannot give to the Lord, though I long to.  Like Paul I cry for the Lords deliverance,  no joy.

The problem is I haven’t utterly destroyed the sin nature within.   Romans 12 tells us how:

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Reasonable service, renewing our minds, be transformed.  

We need to let the Lord do His work by doing our reasonable service.

” For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

Do I have the faith to change into His image. …not unless I do the reasonable thing.  Study, renew my mind, be transformed by Gods Word and Spirit.   No longer be conformed to this world,  think, pray live for the Eternal.

We need to not draw back our hand, till the old man is utterly destroyed.  Set your face like flint to seek Him.

Lord, help us to draw closer to You…

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“Israel could not stand before their enemies,” – The Filling Station

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Israel hath sinned,

Joshua is now leading the Hebrews into the promised land.    Jericho has fallen by the miracle power of God.  Spies have checked out AI and recommended a small force, 3,000 men could defeat them.

The Warriors of AI ran the Hebrews all the way home….defeated.

Joshua fell on his face:  Lord, why bring us into the land to be defeated.   Our enimies will be empowered to come against us.

The Lords answer:  “Get up, Israel hath sinned, they have even taken of the accursed thing,”

” Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow:”

Someone had taken that which The Lord had said was His.   They would never win another battle till this was settled.

The man was found:  ” Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:”

” Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor.”

All Achan had and loved, were stoned to death and stones heaped upon them, so all would understand the need for obedience.

Pretty brutal, right?

Today, because of the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus,  we no longer are condemned to death because of sin or disobedience.  Jesus’s death and blood covers those who love and accept Him as Lord and Savior.

Those who accept Jesus as Lord are saved from sin and death, covered by His blood.

We are still sinners but when God sees us, His Son stands between us, He suffered so we wouldn’t.

Now it is our job to overcome the evil in our lives by accepting the Holy Spirits direction,  comfort and peace.  Repenting of the things that are not pleasing to a perfect God, turning from them and to God.

Find and access the peace that passes understanding.   Wallow in His Love.  Accept His Forgiveness.

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the eyes of them both were opened, – The Fix-it Shop

“And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked;”

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This scripure is from Genesis 3….the fall of man, when he realized he was a sinner.

This blog has been written primarily to Believers, in hopes of inspiring them to a closer walk with the Lord.  I  have assumed a certain basic knowledge of the Word from my readers.

What of those who stumble across it, and just think it is religion, they haven’t experienced or recognized, the gentle knock at their hearts, of the Lord.

They may believe, believers to be weak, in need of a crutch….not as strong or intelligent as they.   Somehow less….

They have not recognized their nakedness.   Their eyes have not been opened.  

When I was first saved, I would almost beat them with the Word. 

As I realized people avoided and rejected me, I backed off till they didn’t recognize  I was a believer.  I  wasn’t showing Christ at all.

Failure on both counts.

I have learned, it is not my job to save them.  It is Christ, in me, the hope of glory.  My job is to sow, water and if I am blessed reap. 

I must walk worthy of His high calling.   Honest, upright,  loving, giving, caring.  Be different from the world, gracious, understanding, welcoming.  Willing to lead and teach.

Jesus wasn’t religious, He ate with publicans and sinners.  He did not share in their sin but showed them a more excellent way.

It is Gods job to open their eyes and our job, to show the more excellent way.

Lord, help us to recognize our part of Your plan.  To obey and realize You said, “it is finished “…..

We must rest in You as You bring people to Yourself by the Spirit, through our lives.

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Withal praying also for us, – The Fix-it Shop

” Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ,   That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”

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When we ask for prayer, should this not be at the top of our requests?   Are we effective witnesses for Christ?   If we prayed this simple prayer would we become bold?  Would we find hearts opening to receive His love?

Will anyone pray this prayer for me?   Do you want it prayed for you?

Please advise.

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This I recall to my mind, : The Fix-it Shop

Lamentations 3:21-23
King James Version (KJV)
“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.  It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

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What I recall of my teenaged years is not pleasent.  I was rebellious,  drunk or stoned, as often as possible.   School was a trial,  work was better, free time, I don’t remember much.

My mother was afflicted with arthritis from her late thirties onward.   I’m pretty sure that during my teenage years she was high on pills to relieve her pain.  She didn’t complain.

I know I was loved, even in the midst of rebellion.   It troubles me now that I had little thought,  care or compassion for her or anyone else. 

The last time she visited here, I would be upset when she didn’t want to move….do things,  be with me while I played piano at Snug Harbor. (She was nearly 90) and in pain.

I  still didn’t understand pain.

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

I still  didn’t have mercy or compassion,  I am not a nice person.   I have not learned to put others first.  Thank you Jesus, that Your mercy is new every morning.

I must remind myself;   I am a child of God, not because I am so good.   He is.   God is and He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

Lord, help me to seek Your face, to understand Your love and compassion.   Help me to see with Your eyes,  know Your heart,  do Your will.  Thank You.

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The Blessing of Judah 2: – The Fix-it Shop

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Deuteronomy 33.
” this is the blessing of Judah: and he said, Hear, Lord, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou an help to him from his enemies.”

The Lord will hear the voice of Praise.
        Judah led in the desert. …Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah…Judah means Praise.
Bring Praise back to the people. …
         The church needs to relearn Praise.  Make a joyful noise…enter His gates with.           
           thanksgiving and His courts with Praise.
Let his hands be sufficient and be a help with his enimies.
          As he is obedient to Your will, help, protect and provide.

This is the blessing to those who Praise. Claim it today by lifting your hearts to the Lord.  Love Him, obey Him, learn to sing, play and Worship,  beginning with Praise.

 
       

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Jesus looked on them with anger: The Fix-it Shop

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Jesus was in the Synagogue on the Sabbath, He saw a man with a withered hand.  The  religious folks were hoping to carch Him working (healing ).

” And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.”

The anger of the Lord, was usually reserved for the religious.  It was a righteous anger, because of the hardness of their hearts.  The evil hearts of unbelief.

Unbelief kept the Hebrews wondering the desert for 38 years longer then the Lord had planned.  When He told them:  ” Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:”    Instead of going in to take the land, they allowed the ten negative reports to influence their hearts.

They had “evil hearts of unbelief “.   The Lord is grieved by our unbelief.  

Only Believe and your dead daughter will be well,  the blind will see, the lame walk, the crippled healed.

We don’t know how to believe.  If we are honest,  we recognize  very few signs and wonders or miracles.   I am talking about folks healed by our shadows or by their touching the hems of our garments.

The breakdown is in us, not God.  We are Christians, believers but not Deciples.  We all have something we need to give up or change within so that the Lord can trust us with His Power and Grace.

Self Righteousness,  Pride, Covetousness, Lust, Greed, A proud look, a lying tongue,  hands that shed innocent blood,   An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

We must learn to give all to the Lord.  Enter into His courtyard,  Allow Him to truly live and reign within our hearts.    Touch the hem of His garment, by fulfilling His command to love as He loved.

That means to be willing to give all you are, all you own or will ever posess to follow Him.  Take His Yoke upon you and walk with Him.

It is beyond my ability.   I must rest in Him.

Lord, help me to enter into Your rest.  To become a useful vessel of Your love.

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