the ability which God giveth: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

A message we need to hear

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As a young man, I was sure I would become a rich, famous and much loved, musician.

In reality, I have supplemented my income, for 50 years by playing piano. The painful truth is, no one comes specifically to hear me play.

If you happen to hear me play, you might recognize the tune and hum along, but I wouldn’t dazzle you with frills or cause chills to run up your spine.

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I never worked beyond the basic skills I acquired as a child. As a result, I make a pleasent, un-remarkable noise.

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Jesus begins His Ministry: theunfetteredpreacherⁿ

In the first chapter of John, we find the beginning of the Ministry of Jesus. John the Baptist is calling on people to Repent and be Baptized. The priests, Levite, and Pharisees asked ‘Who art Thou?’ He told them, he was not the Christ, but the Christ was among them and would Baptize them in the Holy Spirit.

He was asked, Why do you preach, if you are not Him? ‘He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

‘Why do you Baptize?’ ‘I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He who is coming after I is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.’

The next day John saw Jesus: ‘Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.’

‘He that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.’

Andrew was one who heard John the Baptist proclaim Jesus as the Messiah, the anointed one. Andrew heard, saw, considered and believed, and brought his brother Simon to Jesus. Jesus changed Simons name, to Cephas, a stone.

Jesus, the next day went to Galilee and found Phillip, Phillip brought Nathaniel, who asked, ‘Can any good come out of Nazareth?’

Jesus had both a Word of Wisdom about Phillip, that he would accept and follow Jesus. With Nathanael, both a Word of Wisdom and a Word of Knowledge. He saw him under the fig tree and knew he would follow Him.

He told Nathanial, he would see the angels of God ascending and descending, from heaven, on the Son of Man, Jesus. (John 1:1-51)

Jesus picked these to follow Him, because He had the knowledge and wisdom from God, that they would be true believers.

The word preached did not profit them: theunfetteredpreacher

Hebrews 4: 2.

For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”

The word preached did not profit them

If it was the same Gospel that was preached to us, why did it not profit them? Why was it not mixed with Faith? ‘Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.‘ (Romans 10:17)

Could they not hear, or is there another reason?

Are we really Preaching the Full Gospel?

Paul stated in Romans 15:19, that in his travels he had ‘FULLY PREACHED THE GOSPEL, through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God;’

The Evangelical Church has the first half of the Gospel down pat. All have sinned. (Romans 3:23) The wages on is death. (Romans 6:23) We must Confess and Believe. (Romans 10:9-10) This is a great start, but not the full story.

Jesus gave us His example:

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (Acts 10:38)

Matthew 4:23
And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good news (Gospel) of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every weakness and infirmity among the people.

Jesus taught, preached and healed wherever He was. He sent out His disciples to do the same. (Luke 9:2,6)

And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere.”

Mark 6:12-13

And they went out and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.”

Do we have Faith today? It is easy for people to Preach, Teach, and Proclaim the need for Repentance and Salvation, and we do this with varying results.

What we cannot do is have the signs, wonders, and miracles, as the Lord, commanded, by our own power. The Gospel was not mixed with Faith, so it did not Profit Them.

We must be Spiritually connected and obedient to His Word and Will, we must see, know, consider, and understand that our God is Mighty and able to do that He has commanded. (Isaiah 40:20)

May we must seek wisdom, knowledge, and faith. John the Baptist sent his disciples to Jesus to ask, “Are you the one?” (Matthew 11:3)

The answer Jesus gave them tells us how to remain full of Faith.

Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”. (Matthew 11:4-5)

We need to Fast, Pray, Repent and ask the Lord to return His Mighty Power to the Church, (us). We need to see His signs, wonders and miracles following.9

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The thing displeased Samuel: theunfetteredpreacher

“The thing displeased Samuel:” (1 Samuel 8: 6)

Samuel was displeased because the people wanted to be like the everyone else, and have a King, instead of the Lord. (Is it any different today?) Are Christians just a subset of the population of the world or are we truly different?

Are we Holy, Sanctified, and Crucified? Or Justified, Self Satisfied, and Perfect, in our minds. Are we Followers and Believers in Christ? Or in our church doctrine?

Sadly, people seem to be loyal to their church, and their personal Bibles, (we all have them, the verses we accept and live by, and verses that are no longer applicable.) We then are dismissive of the Word today.

The Lord told Samuel, that ‘the people were not rejecting him, but Me, from reigning over them.’ (1 Samuel 8:7)

I am displeased, troubled, and saddened. These people who I am convinced love the Lord, WILL NOT, ACCEPT OR DISCUSS THE WORD OF GOD, that they had not been made aware of before.

They will not look at, believe, or accept that there may be more to Christianity then they acknowledge.

Lord, is it time to shake the dust off my feet and move on, or am I where I belong?

This is a snapshot of how Fritz sleeps if he sneaks in the bed when we vacate it. It is also how I view the folks who refuse to accept God’s Word as the be all and end all. The lost was once my burden, now that I have experienced a Church that Loves the Lord, but rejects His Power and Life, my burden is with those who believe but reject the best the Lord has for us.

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The Archangel; Michael: theunfetteredpreacher.com

Archangels, are the leaders of the angels. Michael, is one of the most important angels (Daniel 10:13 Expanded Bible) Michael, the angel ruling over your people [your prince]. (Daniel 10:21 Expanded Bible.) Michael, the great prince who ·protects, [stands by] your people. (Daniel 12:1 Expanded Bible)

There are only two verses in the Bible that mention Archangels, by name.

1 Thessalonians 4:16

“For the Lord, himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”

Jude 1:9

“Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.”

Michael the Archangel is the chief warrior Angel of the Lord.

The Future: Revelation 12:7-9

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

The Past: 2 Kings 6:15-17

“And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, a host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”

Today: Ephesians 6:10-12

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

The Lord allows Satan to test us, try us, prove us.

Job 1:12

“And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.”

Job 2:6

“And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand, but save his life.”

Daniel is the only Bible character, that had dealings with two different Archangels, Micheal and Gabriel. Micheal is the Lord’s warrior.

Micheal, comes into Daniels life, because of his prayer.

Daniel

10:2-5

“In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:”

7-9

“And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.”

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“And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.”

Spiritual Warfare is real, and an ever-present part of our Christian life. We must learn to trust and pray until we touch the Hem of his Garment.

as many as touched him were made whole.‘ (Mark 6:56c)

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I saw the Lord: theunfetteredpreacher

“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.”

The angels cried Holy, the angels cried Holy, the angels cried Holy is the Lord. (Isaiah 6:1,3)

This is one of my favorite songs to sing and play. Isaiah has the only two verses that mention seraphim in the Bible. While the Cherubims had the job to protect the Tree of Life. (Jesus) The seraphim job is to reign praise and worship on to the Lord. (Yahway)

They also are the ones who reasure us of our salvation. The Alter with the blood of Jesus, and the Fire of the Holy Spirit, to assure us of our worth to the Lord. He Asks Who will Go. Like Isaiah and Samuel, our answer should be ‘Here I am Lord, send me.’ (Isaiah 6:4-7)

While the cherubs had four wings, the Seraphim’s have 6. Two, to cover their face, (They cannot even look upon God), Two, to cover their feet, and bodies. Two for flying. (Isaiah 6:2)

Revelation 4:5-11

“And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne, there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

Cherub and Seraphim are closely related. I do not believe all had four or six wings or four faces. Like humans, they are all individuals. with specific duties and responsibilities. All in the service of the Lord or God.

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