The Promise and the Problem: theunfetteredpreacher

The Bible is full of wonderful Promises, but there is always a Problem.  The IFS.

The Lord Promises:
The evildoers will be cut down and wither IF we are not envious or concerned with them.
That we shall dwell in the land and be fed, IF we trust in the Lord and do good.
He will give us the desires of our hearts IF we delight ourselves in the Lord.
He will bring these things to pass IF we commit our way to the Lord, and trust in Him.
He will bring forth our righteousness as the light, and our judgment as noon.

We must learn to rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Quit worrying about how the other guys are prospering by being wicked.
We must learn to cease from anger, and forsake wrath. Not allow ourselves to do evil, for evildoers will be cut off.
We must wait upon the Lord, so we inherit the earth.

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.    Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.    I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”

We must depart from evil and do good, and we will dwell forevermore.
We should mark the perfect man and behold the upright, for his end is peace.

Selected verses from Psalms 37, the Promises and our Problems, paying attention and accomplishing the IFS.

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LORD, I cry unto thee: theunfetteredpreacher

Psalm 141:1-4

LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.

Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

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Seedless: theunfetteredpreacher

In the old days, when a man was a man, we would say he had ‘sand’, or ‘seeds’. It was a good thing, they were brave, proud, honest and reliable.

Seeds are, a good thing, we plant our food, with seeds, we watered, weeded, harvested, then ate the food, removing the seeds as we ate. (Full circle)

We sowed the seeds of the Gospel, our Words, or Testimony are the seeds we are given to build the Church.

Now we are not so fond of seeds. We have grown to love, seedless watermelons and grapes, headless shrimp, lazy lobster, boneless ribs, and shelled crabs. Mmm, mmm good. (Almost as good as pb&j).

It’s work to deal with seeds, shells, heads, and ribs. We want to be, satisfied, quickly and effortlessly. (Less work, more fun). Who wants to deal with seeds?

At one time, eating in a restaurant was special, costly and a status cymbal. When I was growing up, it was even a special treat to go to the first fast food place in a neighboring town.

By the time my daughter was born, there was fast food on every corner, and eating out was the norm. It has overtaken and changed our culture.

Now the poorer we are, the more we eat out. Cheaply, quickly and constantly. It is quicker and easier to get something already prepared, then assemble the ingredients and do it ourselves.

It’s not just-food. It’s all of our existence. Our microwave lifestyles, always in a hurry. No time to savor and enjoy food, companions, reading, or just peace and quiet.

We need Seeds to reproduce, to continue to grow and survive. With a partial thanks to science we have gone seedless.

Someone, much smarter than I, has figured out how to grow seedless food. Is this good? Convenient absolutely, good? Not so sure.

It’s a conundrum at best, at the worst we now share a seedless Gospel. We are shaping the Gospel to fit today’s culture.

We no longer are set apart from the world, no longer holy, consecrated, a living sacrifice to the Lord. Our minds have not been renewed, we no longer know the acceptable, good or perfect will of God.

Since our laws have now legalized sin, we seem to believe God has changed His requirements. He has not. He wants a Holy people, a people whose light shines in the darkness, a people who lift up the Lord, so all men are drawn to Him.

The Lord gave us the tools to build His Church, we have just allowed them to sit on the shelf unopened.

We no longer preach the full Gospel with signs and wonders following. (Romans 15:19). Our Gospel does not draw the multitudes to Jesus.

There is little power, little witness of God’s Grace in our lives. When John the Baptist doubted that Jesus was the one. His disciples were told to tell him what they saw. People healed, saved, comforted and loved.

Do they experience that at our Church Services?

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Yes, You Were Born That Way! theunfetteredpreacher

This is who I am. I was born this way. It’s not my fault. How often have we said or heard this, and it is true.

Me, me, me, me, me….. Feed me, change me, hold me, look at me, I want, I will, mine, mine, mine….

If we were lucky, our parents taught us we are not the center of the universe. Mary and Bob are just as important and needful as us.

We are taught to share, to tell the truth, not to hit, hurt or abuse others, all the important things we have learned in kindergarten. Taught how to be productive, concerned, and loving citizens.

The thing is, We were born in SIN. Pride, lying, envy, lust, coveting, backbiting, killing, addiction, adultery, fornication, including gay, lesbian, transgender and queer are all behavioral sins.

They are a life choice. It is the sin we feed, we love and repeat. It is hard to leave these sins behind, we must, ‘Submit to God, Resist the devil and he will flee.’ (James 4:7)

We are all born in sin. Behavioral sins, are things we enjoy while knowing they are not good for us.

James 1:13-17

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Our life choices are either sin and death or grace and hope. Do not blame God for your sin. Repent, ask forgiveness every time you fail.

It may seem you cannot brake the hold this sin has on you, but the Power of the Living God, can raise you upon the Rock.

I pray Davids’s prayer often.

Psalms 51:10-13

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. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

The only way to overcome evil is to trust and rely on the Lord. We may fight till the end, never receiving the promise, (Hebrews 11:13) but if we are people who know how to repent and look up to the hills, from whence comes our help. (Psalms 121). We will overcome the evil that would overtake us. (Amos 9:10)

What say you?

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Paul’s Thorn: theunfetteredpreacher

Paul’s Thorn: theunfetteredpreacher

I have thought long and hard about writing this post, we have so many learned men’s opinions on this subject. Why do I come up with something different, and dare write it?

What kind of fool am I?

Please comment….

2 Corinthians 12:7-9
King James Version (KJV)

“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Why did he have a “Thorn in the flesh?“

So he would be humble. “lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations.” “lest I should be exalted above measure.”

What was the “Thorn in the flesh?”

“The messenger of Satan to buffet me.”

Not much help, we will look deeper.

He asked the Lord three times to take this “messenger of Satan,” away.

The Lord’s answer: “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Paul’s reaction: “Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

A thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan. A big enough problem that he asked three times for relief. While gladly accepting it, if Christ’s power would rest upon him.

So what was this thorn?

As we study the scriptures we can easily point to his eye problems, he mentions this several times. It’s probably his eyes.

We could blame persecution, guilt from when he persecuted the church or that he received persecution. Nope, it’s probably persecution, somehow.

It is thought it might be a sickness, like malaria, epilepsy, convulsive attacks or even a carnal temptation or depression. Yeah, that must be it.

Why don’t we check the scriptures, The Lord said His grace is sufficient.

Let’s see if any of these combinations are in the word: grace and persecution: grace and sickness: grace and healing:

It’s funny how grace is never paired with, persecution, sickness, healing or eye problems.

In fact, the only thing I see paired up with grace, (God’s unmerited mercy, or Salvation), is SIN. (12 times)

Exodus 34:9

“And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.”

Romans 5:20

“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:”

Romans 5:21

“That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 6:1

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”

Romans 6:14

“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace”

Romans 6:15

“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.”

Ephesians 1:7

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”

Ephesians 2:5

“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)”

Now I know some will say, ‘What about the messenger of Satan?’

I say why did Eve sin?

We just do not want to think that Paul might have had sin, he could not conquer. Just like me.

No, Paul did the miraculous, raised the dead, healed the sick, had revelations from God. He could not have been struggling with a secret sin.

Hebrews 1:1-2

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.“
Saints, I could be wrong, but I don’t think so. Paul wrote more on sin than any other writer in the Word.

Paul, like every other great man of God, was a man just like you and I. We all struggle with sin, whether we acknowledge it or not.

Like David, Paul knew how to repent, and turn back towards God, and to walk in obedience.

We can also. If we would.

The Lord will use those who continue to seek His face. Do not let that sin stop, the Lord from raising you up for His service.

His “strength is made perfect in our weakness.” Let Him make you strong. Amen

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“If any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant: theunfetteredpreacher”

This is an older post that I feel like I needed to see once again. Please feel free to comment.

“We are all born ignorant, but it takes hard work to remain stupid.” Ben Franklin

Why do so many of us remain stupid? Oh, not that we know nothing, but that most of what we know, is meaningless, temporal, not eternal.

1 Corinthians 14: 38.

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

So many reject the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We must set it before them, if they refuse it? They will remain ignorant.

Then we have those who have gladly accepted the Gospel, yet reject much of it, that they do not understand. These people remain stupid.

They have rejected the best of the Gospel. Romans 14:17

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.“

Oh, we know, we are the righteousness of God, (2 Corinthians 5:21), in Christ Jesus, we sing we have peace like a river, (Isaiah 66:12), but do we really experience joy in the Holy Ghost?

Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 3, what true ministry should be. First, we must teach the New Covenant, it isn’t the Law that should guide us, but the Spirit.

We need to recognize His leading, council, and guidance.

Learn to walk in the Spirit, not the flesh, to put on the Spiritual as we take off the Natural.

Allow the Holy Spirit to write, God’s law on our hearts (Jer. 31:31–34; Heb. 8:8–12). The Holy Spirit will give us a love for God’s moral standards and the power to obey them. (Rom. 8:4; 1 Cor. 7:19)

We must, realize Christ’s blood makes us righteous, it is just like we never sinned, we are Justified, we are called to separate ourselves out for His service, to become Sanctified.

This is started in our Salvation, but we must Transform and Renew our minds, by studying and obeying the Word of God.

2 Corinthians 3: 6. It is Jesus:

“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

We have been delivered from our bodies of sin and death, and given the power to overcome temptations. The Power to become true children of God, able to walk in victory, even as it looks like we are defeated.

Galatians 1: 4. It was Jesus:

“Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

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