Persistence : The Fix-it Shop

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Sitting at the waterfront, half listening to Car Talk, watching the sea gulls and praying in and  as the Spirit directs.

There is one particular sea gull, working so hard at getting his meal out of a whelk.  He picks and pokes for the longest time. Suddenly he picks it up flies out over the water, up, up, up, back over land and drops the shell.  CRACK!!!

Back on it like white on rice…he doesn’t quit until he has gotten every morsel, he leaves an empty broken shell…He leaves satisfied.

This is how we should feed on the Word.    Pick, poke, prode, crack it open until  we are satisfied,  filled with Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge, the faith to believe.  If we could  only believe. ….

Be converted and become as a child…. ask, seek and knock, enter the Holy of Holies, receive  grace and mercy in our time of need.

Do not quit, persist. …..children ask and believe you can supply their every want, need or desire.
The Lord Would have us Believe in Him that way as well.   He is able….Only  Believe.  Know the Word, so you Knew His will…believe and receive.

Lord, help our unbelief.

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become as little children, – The Fix-it Shop

Matthew: 18. 3.
“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. “

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Become as little children:

Have you become as a little child since you’ve been converted?  

When Jesus taught us how to pray, He started by telling us to  call on Our Father.  I don’t know about you but my human father was quite a man.  He could yell and swear with best of them.

He wore a ball style cap at his,  Fix-it Shop,  garage, when he worked on cars to keep grease, oil and dirt out of his hair.

Happy, the brim was in front. As he got aggravated the brim moved to the side…. (maybe by itself, never saw him move it).

It seems like it was pointed sideways quite alot when dealing with me. 

Here’s the point;   He may have chewed me out, been disappointed  and I suffered the consequences of my actions; ….. but he kept me in line because he loved me.

He never denied me something I needed, sometimes, things I wanted but never a need.

I haven’t thought of that for years, the steadfast love of my father…..even at my most unlovable.
I was reminded of  that love a few weeks ago.   My college aged daughter had questions about her rental insurance for her apartment at school. 

She called and asked for my help

I couldn’t fix it fast enough. ….the joy of providing this little thing for her….that she needed me.

Yeah, I  guess I ‘m putty…….but I  think God enjoys doing the little things for those He loves also.

We need to rely on, call on,  trust in and believe that God is and He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

If they have loving parents, a child doesn’t study to be a son or daughter, they don’t need lessons on how to love. 

Any problems are in the will.  A strong willed child does things his own way, to spite the best advice or direction given.

I believe this to be the reason so many who love the Lord and long to see the Kingdom of God at hand,…. don’t. 

There are few signs and wonders, miracles because we accept Him as Savior and never really submit to Him as Lord.

To be  Disciples;   that is what we are called to be.  We are instead believers.   We believe but don’t obey.  Jesus said something about that.  Didn’t He?

Lord, help us to become Disciples please. ….mold and make us into vessels You use for Your Glory, Praise and Purpose. 

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Awake to righteousness, – The Fix-it Shop

Awake to righteousness, and sin not;

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Awake to righteousness, and sin not;

I  am sad to admit,  I have a sin that easily besets me.
 
I  know I  should; 
1.  Submit myself to God and
2. Resist the Devil and he will flee.

I’m not sure whether the problem is Submission or Resistance;  but there is a problem.   I  don’t think I am alone. (I hope not, anyway ).

I believe, we all struggle with something,  covetousness, lust, pride;  (lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life).

When we recognize the sin,  if we turn to God and repent, He is Faithful and Just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

This is not the sin spoken of here: 

1 Corinthians 15:34
“Awake to righteousness, and sin not;  for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

The Great Commission was given to us, that the Gospel of the Kingdom be preached throughout the earth.

We must wake up and share the knowledge that God is alive, that He  invites whosoever will to have a personal relationship with Him.

To do this our lives need to reflect Jesus,  show love to all, speak the truth in love, learn to plant the seed of the Gospel.

Seeds either need to be planted in the ground, or digested and deposited on the host plant.  Wheat or misletoe both grow when correctly distributed.

The Word is the Seed, it has been planted in our hearts, we must digest it and scatter it about.  Our sin is that people can’t see and recognize the Lord in our lives.  We don’t sound like Christ,  our actions don’t reflect His Mercy and Grace.

To reflect Jesus we must become Disciples of Jesus, learning and leaning on Him.

As we take His Yoke upon us, we will see the planting of His Seed, Watering and Harvesting become something we no longer work to do, it will be a natural outgrowth of our faith, filled lives.

1 Peter: 4. 17
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Lord teach us to wear Your Yoke in all we do.  Your Yoke is easy and Your burden is light and You will give rest to our souls.

Help us Lord, to walk with You.

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That he may establish thee to day : The Fix-it Shop

That he may establish thee to day for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto thee a God

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We make things difficult,  the Lord just wants to be our God.  In Mark 5; is the story of the Legion. …Jesus cast  the evil spirits into the swine who then ran into the water and drowned.   The keepers of same ran to tell the story.

The Legion was healed,  in his right mind and listening to Jesus, when people from the town came to see.  In fear they begged Jesus to leave.

Isn’t it funny how when the power of God is manifest, some in fear reject the very thing they need.  When we reject Jesus,  He will leave us alone.  This is the unpardonable sin.

The Legion asked to go with Jesus.   The Lord sent him back to the towns to tell all He knew.  He didn’t know alot of Scripture,  he knew the Author and that is what we must needs know.  The unbelieving had another chance to believe.   (Do you?)

We must share the knowledge of Christ,  how He is real in our lives, how we know Him. 

It is the Spirits job to draw those He has chosen.  We must plant, water or harvest.   We do this by knowing and obeying Him.  Just living in the love, trust and faith we have received.

Lord, help us to lift You up, for all men to see….

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Ye have seen all that the Lord did : The Fix-it Shop

“Ye have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land;

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The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles:   Yet the Lord hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.”

The Lord hasn’t given a heart to perceive and eyes to see or ears to hear:

Some people just don’t recognize the hand of God in creation,  recently, science changed its mind on the big bang….now it never happened,  the solar systems are eternal,  they never had a beginning.

Wow….how can this be?

We see the mighty hand of God, all around us.  Look up and recognize how insignificant we are.  Look at the ancient cities man has build….what is left?  Ruins. 

Empty shells, a glimpse of what might have been.  

Then look at the earth.  We cannot destroy it,  grass, vines and trees grow and flourish to mock our foolish wisdom.

The miracles of God are  for all to see…if He gives eyes to see.  The voice of God is loud and clear. …if He gives ears to hear.  The Salvation of God is available to all. …if He gives the heart to receive.

We  must pray the Lord opens the hearts, eyes and ears of those we love and those we meet.  That Jesus be evident in our lives.  That people recognize a soul striving to set an example,  a heart that is full of love and compassion.   A life that is dedicated to serve the Lord.

Are we truly followers of Christ?   Or do we just claim His Name?   He said people would know we are His, by our love for one another.  

” Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.   And of some have compassion, making a difference:   And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

Lord help me to live in Your love.

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Who touched me? – The Fix-it Shop

Mark 5 & 6
The secret to answered prayer revealed :

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and much people followed him, (Jesus), and thronged him.  And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

For twelve years, this woman had tried everything available, seeking relief, many Doctors, probably a few quacks, home remedies, nothing helped.

She heard of Jesus, she didn’t cry out Jesus touch me.  She fought her way through the crowd and touched His garment.

We cryout, Jesus heal me, touch me, mend me  and wonder why we see meager results.   If we would touch Him, I believe we could unleash His power in our lives.

For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.  And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

Notice straightway she was healed.   Jesus didn’t run a hospital,  a place to recover,  Jesus healed straightway.

And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.  And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

This is the most popular story of The Hem of His Garment but not the only one.  In Mark 6 we find another :

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.

It is a simple message here;  quit asking for a touch from God and get in your prayer closet and find the way to the Holy of Holies and touch Him.

When I have sought Him with prayer and fasting, with no agenda,  He has always blessed.   “The Lord said, Seek ye my face.  Your face oh Lord will I seek.”

Lord, please help us to seek only You, may You always be touchable to us.

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Great Commission; Tongues : The Fix-it Shop

Mark 16:15-20
King James Version (KJV)
 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

 And 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.

 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.   And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

 I believe Jesus wants all of this to happen. That it isn’t, isn’t the fault of Jesus.

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This is alot of Scripture. …please feel free to question.

Acts 2:1-8
King James Version (KJV)
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born.

Acts 10:42-48
King James Version (KJV)
And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.  While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?  And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain

Acts 19:1-7
King James Version (KJV)
And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.  And all the men were about twelve.

Acts 19:11-12
King James Version (KJV)
And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:

So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

Tongues and interpretation are for edification of the church…in public must have interpretation. They heard them magnify God and Prophesy.

Romans 8:26
King James Version (KJV)
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Jude 1:20
King James Version (KJV)
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.

Romans  and Jude are speaking of our private prayer language.  We know not what to pray, the Spirit knows and builds our faith.

Below are selected verses from 1 Corinthians,  please read the full chapters 12-14.

1 Corinthians 12
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.  Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;  To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

Notice for the Word of Knowledge and Word of Wisdom,  we must learn to hear, then  we will have the Special Faith to work in the Spirit. He is speaking about public prayer in tongues,  must interpret.

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

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.

Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

Notice how the church has gone from do all?.. To none.  The church is burying the Talents or Gifts of God.

1 Corinthians 13
King James Version (KJV)
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

(That which is perfect is the second coming of Christ, he is giving instructions to an out of control church. ..this is how it is supposed to be).

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

1 Corinthians 14
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

( edified self).

I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.  (Giving thanks)

I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.

How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.  Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.  For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.

And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.  What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.  Let all things be done decently and in order.

It is interesting the spirits ofthe prophets are subject to the prophets. ….we find tongues magnify, and prophesied,  in public with interpretation.

In private,  they edify, give thanks, speak to God our spirit to His Spirit,  that what we know not.  Our faith is built up by praying in the Spirit.

I would not have you ignorant.

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Only believe : The Fix-it Shop

Mark 5
“And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea.  And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,  And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.”

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“While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?  As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.  And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.”

If we could only believe; this poor man, the worst has happened,  his daughter is sick.  He came to Jesus for her healing and before she is seen, the news arrived that she was dead.  Too late…..he’s too late, nothing can be done now.

Like David with Bathsheba, pray, fast intreat,  put on sackcloth and ashes,  sacrifice but once the babies dead, the baby is dead.  Life goes on.  Not with Jesus.

And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.  And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.

And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.  And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.

And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.  And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.

Jesus had been on his way to her,  too late.  He says only believe.  The father was told only believe.   Jesus only took 3 disciples and parents in with Him…No unbelievers.

With Jesus even death is not the end…..only believe. …..your problems,  desires, needs, questions. …according to your faith so be it.

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For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:

Romans 8:13
King James Version (KJV)
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

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As a Born Again Christian I understand that I should be dead to sin.  As a man I war with sin continually.

To mortify the body, how hard can it be?

1 Corinthians 5:7
Names of God Bible (NOG)
Remove the old yeast of sin so that you may be a new batch of dough, since you don’t actually have the yeast of sin.

Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

The first step is to accept Jesus as Savior, then we make Him Lord by removing the old yeast of sin.

Easy right?  Some sins are easily removed, some are our favorites,  we hide them, try not to feed them but never really purge them, remove them from our lives.

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The soundboard of my life B. C.

Colossians 3:5-8
King James Version (KJV)
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Who among us has rid himself from all these?

Sometimes,  I covet someones lifestyle,  ask what do you do for work?  (How can you afford all this?)

Filthy communication is not above me.  I  don’t even want to touch on the others. 

My soul before Jesus, looked like the picture of the soundboard, filthy, dirty, discolored the carnal man is not pretty.

Who will save me from this wickedness?

Christ has saved us, if we would only allow Him.  The key to victory in Christ in this life is  letting the Spirit mortify the flesh.

We let the Spirit reign by walking with Jesus,  learning of Him, allowing the Spirit to rule and reign.   As we walkwith Him we will see ourselves cleaned up.

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The soundboard of my life A.D.

Colossians 1:13
God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of his Son, whom he loves.

Colossians 3:1
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Lord,  help us to seek you, to hunger and thirst after righteousness,  to love you.

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the blessing of Judah: The Fix-it Shop

Deuteronomy 33:7
King James Version (KJV)
And 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.

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Judah or praise is so important in our daily walk with the Lord.  We need to live Yoked to Jesus.

This seems hard or even impossible :

Matthew 11:30-28
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Sometimes it helps to mix things up.  Here Jesus tells us to be Yoked to Him is easy and light work. 

In my sordid past I did a lot of heavy and hard work.
It was rewarding and exhausting and frustrating.

When I  find myself actually doing my Father’s business I have the peace that passes understanding and joy unspeakable.

It is not hard or grievous,  heavy and exhausting.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

We need to continue on our walk by learning of Him.
This can’t be known by studying but by living Yoked to  and walking beside, experiencing His mercy and grace daily.

Going boldly to the Father,  covered in the blood and righteousness of Christ .  Knowing who we are in the Beloved.

Meek, lowly not considering ourselves, doing for and loving others, finding rest in His embrace.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

A promise we can rely on.  An invitation to experience the blessings of Judah. For it is a form of Praise to Walk with Jesus.

He will hear your hearts desire, bring you to your place, with a loving accepting people,  your hands will be sufficient , you will always have enough and He will help us, keep us from  our enimies.

Lord, I  long to live a life of Praise,  walking with You, learning and leaning on Your Everlasting Arms. 

Thank You for Your mercy and grace,  Your life and death, the power of Your blood and resurrection.

May You be glorified, magnified and exalted. 

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What’s it mean, to Walk with God: The Fix-it Shop

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For all of my Christian life,  my desire has been to walk with God.   I know I am not alone.  The story of Enoch is incredible.  Oh that I could just walk home with God.  Be done with the trials and struggles, the sins and snares of this life.

Here is the rub, I walk with Him, I’m close to Him, obedient to Him. Until I’m not.   The old man within doesn’t want to get with the program.  The roaring lion is attempting to devour me.  When I submit myself to the Lord, the devil must flee.  When I submit myself to the Lord…..I am walking with God.

We must learn to allow Gods Spirit into our lives.   If we look at the Spirit of God,  we find a Spirit  of Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge, workmanship and the Spirit of Prophesy.  

Exodus 31:
Lord spake unto Moses, saying, I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,  To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,  And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.

Acts 2:
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

All of these gifts were given to build His Tabernacle in the old Testament, where He resided and His Church in the New. He now resides within us.  He will give us the Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge and skill to build His body here on earth.

When we allow His Spirit to teach and guide us we can walk with God.  Enoch walked will God 300 years and is in heaven today, because God took him, he had this testimony he believed God is and is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him ….he also  prophecied of the 2nd comming of Jesus.

Noah walked with God,  found Grace. In the eyes of the Lord.  In reverential fear build an ark and saved his family.   Peter tells us he never failed to be a preacher of righteousness. Noah walked with God for 950 years.

So why is it hard for us to walk longer thsn 15. Minutes?   We allow to much other stuff in our lives.  TV, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, MUSIC, GOSSIP. …We need to set our faces like flint towards the son and walk in the light.  Allowing God to lead and guide us in His ways.

We need to leave the pleasures of the world to the world and find our joy in the Holy Spirit.  The Lord will build His Church by His Spirit in those who Walk with Him.

The only way we can walk with Jesus is to take His Yoke upon us.   Most of the great Fathers of our faith walked  before the Lord.  They were warriors for the Lord.

The two that walked with God, were preachers of righteousness.  If we long to walk with Jesus, we must don His Yoke, do His will.  Preach the gospel of the Kingdom.  

How did Jesus preach the gospel?    With signs and wonders following. ….

Jesus sent the Spirit to teach and guide us, comfort and empower us.  The Spirit gave us gifts, we have neglected to press into the Holy of Holies, to submit ourselves to God, to become useful vessels, vessels He can trust and relie on to give Him the glory and praise.

Lord Jesus, please help me to be a set apart, obedient servant that you can trust with your power and grace.  I long to see people saved, set free, healed and on fire to serve You.

Lord, make me a useful vessel.

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Who then shall be saved? – The Fix-it Shop

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“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

I am a simple guy, I tend to believe what is written.  This verse promises that my belief covers my family.   A lot of Christians take issue with that.

If we look in the Old Testament we find this truth in the life of  Noah, again at the first passover, Abraham’s prayer  for Lot had the angels of the Lord, grabbing the hands of Lot, his wife and two daughters and leading them to safety. 

We learn in Deuteronomy that the Lord had set aside land for Lots daughters and Esau and the Hebrews were to leave them alone.  They eventually  ended up losing that protection by harassing the Hebrews.

Exodus 20:5b-6
“I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;   And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

Would He not be showing mercy by saving those you love?

In the New Testament we have the first verse mentioned and the verse in Corinthians that the wife doesn’t know if she will save her unbelieving husband.

Yet we have Jesus telling Nicodemus : ” Ye must be born again.”  There is no other Name by which we are saved.

“Whosoever calls upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”

As a one time pastor and talking to pastors, there is  some doubt that all in their flock are saved.  I  believe that more are saved than we think.

The only requirement of Salvation is belief on Jesus, confessing that belief and Baptism.   So many may be saved that we think aren’t living the life.

Well what does heaven look like?  If we take the Tabernacle in the desert as a guide, we have a multitude of people.  The Tabernacle is placed away from the crowd.

There is a court yard, Holy Place and Holy of Holies.

I picture heaven as a giant football stadium.   The saved are in the seats….the people who have studied the word, pray, teach Sunday school, help around the church have purchased the best seats.

Those who just believe are in the nose bleed seats.

Then you have the playing field.  These are the people who are doing the work of God.  They live in the courtyard.  ( see Psalm 65 :4)

They enter the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies as they serve the Lord with gladness.

Is this Biblical? 

No but I believe those who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  It is the way I get my head around the mercy and grace of God.  Do not let this “Billism ”  hurt your faith, I hope it will draw you closer to the Lord.

Our God is bigger than our beliefs.   The Word is the final Word on what to believe.  Study to shew thyself approved unto God.

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Abram and Melchizedek (type of Jesus? ) – The Fix-it Shop

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When we were taught the Old Testament in Bible School it was said Melchizedek was a type of or maybe even was Jesus. (Genesis 14) I don’t think so.

Abram had just rescued his nephew from captivity. …The King of Salem and Melchizedek the priest  of God met with Abram. The priest blessed Abram, Abram blessed the priest.  Abram refused a share of the spoils and gave a tithe to Melchizedek.

If we reread the story of Abram we find this is the first time God was mentioned in his story.

A little later a deep sleep overcomes Abram and God appears in a dream and fortells the 400 years of captivity his decendants will endure.

It isn’t untill chapter 17 that the Lord comes to him and introduced  Himself as Almighty God.

If we read that pasage we find the Lord telling him walk before me and be ye perfect.  God says I  will make my covenant with you….no conditions.

We find when he meets Almighty God, he falls on his face to Worship  (never that reaction to the Lord).  His name is changed,  he gets circumcised  that day.

To me,  that is when he met Jesus.  We get a new name, circumcision of our hearts,  I fell down to Worship when I met Him.  How about you?

So to me, Melchizedek was just what he was called, a priest of God.  Almighty God is Jesus.

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The Fix-it Shop – New Testament – Names of God

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The Fix-it Shop : The Holy Spirit

We are looking at the Word of God. What we believe may not be what the Word of God says, so always check what you hear or read against what the Bible actually says.

First let us understand in the Hebrew or Chaldee Old Testament the words translated God, Lord and Spirit are as follows :

God : Elohim, means Creator / Supreme Ruler
Lord: Yahweh or Jehovah, means Everlasting or self Existent One

Easton s Bible dictionary has these definitions for Lord:
Lord
There are various Hebrew and Greek words so rendered.

(1.) Heb. Jehovah, has been rendered in the English Bible LORD, printed in small capitals. This is the proper name of the God of the Hebrews. The form “Jehovah” is retained only in Ex. 6:3; Ps. 83:18; Isa. 12:2; 26:4, both in the Authorized and the Revised Version.

(2.) Heb. ‘adon, means one possessed of absolute control. It denotes a master, as of slaves (Gen. 24:14, 27), or a ruler of his subjects (45:8), or a husband, as lord of his wife (18:12).

The old plural form of this Hebrew word is _’adonai_. From a superstitious reverence for the name “Jehovah,” the Jews, in reading their Scriptures, whenever that name occurred, always pronounced it _’Adonai_.

(3.) Greek kurios, a supreme master, etc. In the LXX. this is invariably used for “Jehovah” and “‘Adonai.” (New Testament )

(4.) Heb. ba’al, a master, as having domination. This word is applied to human relations, as that of husband, to persons skilled in some art or profession, and to heathen deities. “The men of Shechem,” literally “the baals of Shechem” (Judg. 9:2, 3). These were the Israelite inhabitants who had reduced the Canaanites to a condition of vassalage (Josh. 16:10; 17:13).

(5.) Heb. seren, applied exclusively to the “lords of the Philistines” (Judg. 3:3). The LXX. render it by satrapies. At this period the Philistines were not, as at a later period (1 Sam. 21:10), under a kingly government. (See Josh. 13:3; 1 Sam. 6:18.) There were five such lordships, viz., Gath, Ashdod, Gaza, Ashkelon, and Ekron.

We see that Lord when it’s from Adoni can be human master or part of the Godhead.

Spirit is Ruach which means breath or breeze of God or the Lord.

In the Old Testament my study has led me to believe Lord : Yahweh or Jehovah is the Father, the self Existent or Everlasting One.

God and Adoni the Creator / Supreme Ruler or Surpreme Master is Jesus in the Old Testament.

I realize this is probably different from our basic Denominational beliefs but I believe it to be so. Please read the Word, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you…I do not want to damage your faith. ….I hope this revelation will draw us closer to Jesus.

Now in the New Testament Greek the words translated Lord, God and Spirit are different again :

Jesus is Yeshua Christ or Messiah, Savior, Lord, Supreme Master

Lord is: Kurios which means Supreme Master when refering to Jesus. ….

God is: Deity or Godhead the Trinity (I believe in most cases refers to the Father in the New Testament ).

Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost is: pneuma which means breath or breeze of the Godhead.

Please let me know whether this makes sense to you or if it is clear as mud.

If we look at Isaiah 61:1-2 that Jesus read in the Names of God translation :

The Ruach of Adonay (Supreme Master)  and Yahweh (the Father)is with me
because Yahweh (The Father ) has anointed me
to deliver good news to humble people.
He has sent me
to heal those who are brokenhearted,
to announce that captives will be set free
and prisoners will be released.
2 He has sent me
to announce the year of Yahweh’s good will (this is where Jesus stoped)
and the day of our Elohim’s vengeance,
to comfort all those who grieve.

The Fix-it Shop – What to believe?

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What to believe?

I have family that I love who are  Godly, giving, loving and religious.  They are Mormons.

I saw on Facebook, (I guess I would call it), a defense of Mormon beliefs, kind of equating Joseph Smith to Moses

To show us the Lords way.  (My words, I lost the article,  computer is still a second language).

(I will say the Mormons and Jehovahs Witnesses have a better handle on Missionary work and helping others than most other Christian  Denominations.)

The thing that struck me is both Joseph Smith and   the Christian Church have missed the mark and for the same reason.

The Mormons believe that when the Apostles died there was no longer Godly  leadership in the Church.

The Church went into error.

The Christian Church seems to believe that when the Apostles died the signs and wonders stopped.

I think thats where the Church went into error.

If we believe Jesus, than when we look behind us we should be seeing signs and wonders.  We may see a few but the God I believe in is Mighty.

So what is the problem?

Jesus told the parable of the talents. He told it in terms of  money because we all understand its use.

Whst if He was really talking about the Gifts of the Spirit.

I believe we see a few who have multiplied some of the Gifts.
–  Peter, James, John, Paul, Steven. …then the signs and wonders  stopped.

Then we see them again:
–  Katherin Kohlman, Oral Roberts, RW Schambach, Benny Hinn and other lesser knowns.

Why them and not us?

They pressed into the Holy of Holies and touched the hem of His garment.

Mark 6 tells us all who on touched the hem of His garment were healed.

We seem to think our preaching is the only tool Christ left us to build His kingdom, I contend He left us the Gifts of the Spirit and we have left them on the shelf.

Well saints, according to your faith, so be it. As for me,  I will continue to boldly seek to enter the Holy of Holies.

I will continue to reach for the hem of His garment, until I see the signs, wonders and miracles following as He promised.

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The Fix-it Shop – The Holy Spirit

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The Fix-it Shop – The Holy Spirit

Here are the verses in the Old Testament that mention the Holy Spirit :

Psalm 51:10-12
King James Version (KJV)
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”

Isaiah 63:9-11
King James Version (KJV)
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.   But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.  Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?”

These two are the only mentions of the Holy Spirit. …both about being grieved.   In Daniel  he speaks of the spirits of thd holy gods.

Daniel 4:7-9
King James Version (KJV)
“Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof.   But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my God, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods: and before him I told the dream, saying,  O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth thee, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof.”

Daniel 4:18
“This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation: but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee.”

Daniel 5:11
“There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;”

How about the Spirit of God or Spirit of the Lord in the New Testament.

Spirit of God:

Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
cast out devils by the Spirit of God,
the Spirit of God dwell in you.
led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God
mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God;
things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
the things of the Spirit of God:  are spiritually discerned.
the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

The Spirit of the Lord :

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,
How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door
the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more:
the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The Holy Spirit :  NOG BIBLE

There are 89 mentions of the Holy Spirit  in the New Testament. In the KJV there are 89 mentions of the Holy Ghost  and 4 Holy Spirit mentions.

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The Filling Station – Genesis 34

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The Filling Station – Genesis 34:
Dinah Is Raped
This is one of the most interesting stories in the Word.  We know practically nothing of Levis life, really only this story.   The only words of his we hear are here.

,“Should Shechem have been allowed to treat our sister like a prostitute?”

We never hear the Lord or God condemning Levi or his brother for killing all those people.   Instead the Levites become the priest’s of God.  

WHY?

I  believe they did the right thing….it is the “feet that shed innocent blood that the Lord hates”….

We hear no condemnation for Moses in the murder of the Egyptian either.

Do I believe the Lord would have us killing people?  NO NEVER!!!

The creator of all, views life differently.   Read the book….Understand the character of the Almighty did not change when Jesus came to earth.

The only thing that changed is our ability to know, understand and obey Him.  To please Him by simply loving Him and trusting Him to forgive us as we turn towards Him.

The blood of Jesus,  freed us from the curse of sin and death.

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The Fix-it Shop 1/26/15

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Hebrews 12:26
Names of God Bible (NOG)
26 When God spoke to your ancestors, his voice shook the earth. But now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the sky.”

Gods voice shook the earth and He has promised it will once again. 

Meanwhile the voices of His people barely cause a ripple.

We shout out from the gates of the city:  Repent,  seek Wisdom, turn from your wicked ways. 

The  crowd continues on by…..paying no heed, seeing no need,  sinful indeed.

They cannot hear our words over the noise of our lives. 

We look, walk, speak and do the things of the world and imagine we are set apart, sanctified, holy.   (We are not).

We must stand fast in our faith, act like men and see the Salvation of God.

Be strong, fear not and proclaim the love and faithfulness of the Lord to save, heal and comfort whosoever will.

Whosoever will, will never know, if we never tell them.

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The Fix-it Shop – “Depart from me , O Lord !”

“for I am a sinful man,”

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Peter had just seen a miracle.   They had fished all night with no results.   Jesus told him to let down his nets again, he did and the fish filled two boats almost to sinking.

Peter, James and John were astonished.   Peter cried out:  “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

Have you ever asked the Lord to depart, to leave you because you are unworthy.  

I am  worthy to be in the presence of the Most High God, only by the blood sacrifice  of Jesus.

Now I can go boldly to the throne of grace and receive mercy and grace in my time of need.

I can go boldly,…. but do I?   Do any of us really practice, being in the presence of God? 

When we spend time with God are we always petitioning Him for our needs or the needs of others.  Do we really know how to love Him?  He certainly loves us, He died for us, are we willing to die for Him.

I knew a man for years, I knew he was a Christian and I  assumed he knew I was also.  He did not know of my love for the Lord.  Not by my words or actions,  my witness was sorely lacking.

I  had fallen away, I let the devil knock me down and keep me down for a number of years. 
I loved the Lord but I wasn’t in His Word or presence. 

I  was relying on old knowledge of Him.  Remembering His Love and Grace instead of experiencing it anew.  I was Saved but Spiritually dead.  I  needed to be quickened once again.

The Lords mercy is new every morning.    We need to seek His face with every new day.  Experience His love, comfort and peace to understand His plan for our life.  

The manna The Lord gave them in the desert was food for that day only. (Except for the Sabbath).  They collected what they needed, a little or a lot and they had what was needed that day.

The Word of God is our manna today, we must collect what we need to stay in His presence. We must have new manna daily, The Lord will cause you to see and understand the workings of the Word, if we  hunger and thirst for Him.

Jesus promised Peter, James and John that they would become fishers of men.  Here they are with their biggest cstch ever. 

 “So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him”.

Have we?

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The Fix-it Shop – 2 – Here am I; send me.

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Those of us who wish to be used by the Lord, need to learn a simple phrase.  We find it repeated by Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Samuel and Isaiah.

It is simple to say and somewhat harder to preform but here it is:

“the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.

God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.

when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.

I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

When the Lord had said unto Abram, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:”

Abram demonstrated “Here am I.”   By obedience.

Whether in a dream,  vision or wide awake if the Lord calls we should answer:  “Here am I, Lord.”

When we are not used, I think it’s  because we answer:
“Later Lord, I’m kind of in the middle of something. ”

“You want me to do what?”  “That’s not possible.”  “I’ll go tomorrow.”  “Not them?  Really?”  “Your kidding? ”

I don’t think Abram left the first time “the Lord had said,”   and we know Gideon didn’t jump right to it.

The only difference between them and us is they were willing to go, do, believe and experience what the Lord willed.

Today we have the same problem as the rich, young ruler.  We can’t give up our job, home, wealth, or families, unless we know it’s a sure thing.

If you would be used by the Lord, practice saying “Here I am Lord.”  “What would you have me do?  What should I say?  Where shall I go?”

Or to quote a song:  Yes Lord, Yes Lord, Yes, Yes, Lord, Yes…..

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