Disappointment: theunfetteredpreacher

I am disappointed! WHY? Because I believe the Scripture.

1 Corinthians: 4:20
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

When I was first seeking God, I begged Him to show me that He was a God of Power and Might, not just words.

Growing up in a Catholic Church, I heard all the words, wondered at the mystery, and was disappointed with the reality.

When I was saved, I was introduced to a God of Power and Might, a God, who was alive, loving, comforting, healing, who gave true joy and peace.

A God who knew and provided my needs before I knew them myself. He was within me, around me, all I sought, wanted or needed.

I was part of a community of believers. Bold, working in the Gifts and Calling of the Lord.

Acts 4:29-31
King James Version (KJV)
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

Where did their boldness come from? The Lord stretching forth His hand to heal, and signs and wonders happening by the Name of Jesus.

Some 30+ years later, I am disappointed! The body of believers don’t believe.

We see few if any signs and wonders, we stay home from Church when sick, so we don’t spread our colds or flu.

We don’t expect signs, wonders and miracles, they just don’t happen anymore. WHY NOT?

Is God not the same yesterday, today and forever?

Has His ability to preform said works, diminished?

Expired?

Has he forgotten how?

No, we seem to be content, we are saved, loved by God, the redeemed of the Lord.

What more could we want?

I will tell you what I want!

The Power of God, in my life, real, and mighty for the pulling down of strong holds, powerful for the saving of souls.

Wonderful for healing, comforting, bringing peace and joy to the afflicted, the lost, depressed, all those in need of a touch from God.

The Kingdom of God in POWER. The Lord honoring His Promises in MY LIFE.

How and when, will I see this? When I am totally His.

When we like Elijah, speak and act on His Word, even in the face of the King. When we tell His story like Stephen, even as we are being stoned to death.

We are not bold. We are not powerful. We really are not faithful, true to His calling, active in His work.

Well maybe you are…

I sure fall short. I am disapointed, desolate and afflicted. I long to be true, called, chosen and faithful.

I have answered the call, been accepted into the chosen. My failure, is in being faithful.

I am the problem. “I”, “I”, “I”… this truth is devastating.

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Like this home, covered in ivy, the temple of the Holy Spirit within me, is covered and strangled by my wants, desires, my sin and shame.

Lord, please, change my heart, my mind, my life. May I be a man after Your own heart and desires.

May I be a vessel, You can use to proclaim Your Kingdom in Power.

May Your promise of signs, wonders and miracles follow… Because I believe. Amen

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We all have the relationship we want with God. My desire is a more intimate one.
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God IS. theunfetteredpreacher

God IS.

My ever-present help in times of temptation and trouble.

God IS.

He IS and He IS a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

God IS.

My Peace, Joy, Salvation, Comforter, Teacher, my Love, my All.

God IS.

Not Was, Not Silent, Not Uncaring, Not beyond our reach.

God IS within, all who ask, believe and confess Him as Lord.

God IS.

The beginning and the end, the first and the last.

God Knows.

Our works, charity, service, and faith, and our patience.

GOD IS! WAS and WILL BE. GOD IS FAITHFUL.

Revelation 17: 14.

“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”

We are Called and Chosen by God. It IS God that is always Faithful. We must be Faithful also.

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Because the Lord: theunfetteredpreacher

Because the Lord:

Why do I love, trust, and wait on the Lord? He has proved to be my refuge and strength and an ever present help in times of trouble? (Psalms 46:1)

I know He has for me. Here are some reasons for loving, trusting and waiting on the Lord.

Because the Lord:

Has heard my voice, my prayers and desires. (Psalm 28:6; 116:1-2). I will call upon him as long as I live.

I will Bless and Praise the Lord. Because the Lord: has dealt bountifully with me. (Supplied my needs, protected me, delivered me from evil and set me on the Rock). Because I have set my love on Him. (Psalm 13:6; 91:14)

Just a few reasons why I love, trust and wait on the Lord.

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The Mysteries of the Kingdom: theunfetteredpreacher

The Mysteries of the Kingdom:

Jesus spoke in Parables, so that those who had hearts that were hard to the Gospel, would in; “seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.” (Matthew 13:13)

Yet, those whose hearts were open would ‘Know the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven’. (Matthew 13:11)

So what are these Mysteries?

The first is that we become children of God, like the Jews, by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins. (Ephesians 3:6)

It is interesting to me that before I was saved there really was no such thing as sin. (If it felt good, do It, tastes good, eat It, and if you like it do it again.)

As long as it was legal, it was fine. If it was illegal, it was ok unless you were caught.

When the Lord opened my heart to recognize sin, I discovered Repentance. Repentance led me to Belief, which caused me to become Righteous. Which, in turn, led me to Confession and Salvation.

A journey that happened in the blink of an eye.

Knowing that mystery was a life changer, yet there was more to be Revealed.

Paul received this Revelation in a personal meeting with Jesus. (Ephesians 3:3) We may not have been blinded, (like Paul) when we met the Lord, but we received the same Revelation of the Love and Grace of Jesus Christ.

Paul continued, as we should, to explain the mystery to others, we are to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of the Kingdom, calling all to the Knowledge of Christ. (Ephesians 3:9-10; 1 Corinthians 4:1)

We should pray the Lord will open the door for us to effectively share this blessing. (Ephesians 6:19) That the lost would come to Christ.

This is only the beginning of the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven. I hope you join me, to explore more.

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Giants in our lives: theunfetteredpreacher

Are there Giants in your life?

Before I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, I was constantly fighting the Giants that had me enslaved.

Loneliness, alcoholism, fear, depression, ineptitude, lust, pride, nicotine, rejection and probably many I can’t name.

“There were giants in the earth in those days;”

Everywhere I looked, walked or worked. Everything I heard, read or spoke. I was nothing, then the best. I was brilliant then a dunce. I was around people but always alone.

I lived in “the land of giants.”

There was no escape, no relief, no hope.

Then I was introduced to Jesus. Oh happy day, the Giants have gone away!!!

I wish….

I had accepted Jesus as my Lord…I experienced the Peace that passes understanding, the Joy unspeakable and full of Glory, the Comfort and Love of the Holy Spirit.

Life was great!!! Until it wasn’t.

The Giants were creeping back. Those Christians that I prayed for and loved, rejected me….. Nothing I did satisfied. I was unsettled, indecisive, confused.

How could this be?

Depression, Rejection, Loneliness…. Worse than ever.
Why Lord?

Does any of this seem familiar? Could it be your story? Are you enslaved by Giants?

Do you know Jesus as your Savior?

I know many Christians, who claim Jesus as Savior, even call Him Lord. When He is not.

Are they really saved? I think so, they believe and confess Jesus as Lord.

Will they be joyful, victorious conquerors, peaceful, effective witnesses? Not a chance.

How about you? Is He your Lord? Are you walking with Him or hiding because of sin?

David the man after Gods heart, long after defeating Goliath, (the Giant), after becoming the legitimate King of Israel. Found himself fighting and losing the battle to the Giants of pride, sexual sin and murder.

He had wondered from Gods side. He was the king, his word was law, he had everything he wanted, needed or desired.

He had a visit from Nathan the Prophet. He was shown the condition of his heart. He recognized his sin.

Now we see why he was a man after Gods heart. He immediately repented, turned around, asked forgiveness. A man who Loves his Lord. A man who knew forgiveness.

As a Christian for over 30 years I am sometimes convinced I’ve destroyed the Giants in my life.

Then when I’m fat, dumb, happy and satisfied: I am visited again. “The last giant, He had a bed made of iron; it was over thirteen feet long and six feet wide!”

This Giant is bigger than the others because I’ve been hiding and feeding him. Allowing this sin to be my real Lord. The part of me I wouldn’t and couldn’t submit to my loving, forgiving Savior.

I repent, I confess, I turn from my wicked ways. I pray Lord thank you for helping me to defeat yet again this Giant.

With Your help he becomes just a giant….With fastings and prayers, as I submit to Your will, I become strong in Your might. I defeat the giant.

I walk in victory with My Lord, Jesus Christ. I become the joyful, victorious conqueror, peaceful, effective witness that my Lord calls all of us to be.

Have you destroyed the Giants in your life? Jesus will show and strengthen you.

“Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.”

Let Him Lord and Savior today.

Thanks for visiting. Know you are loved.

We all have the relationship we want with God. My desire is closer relationship.

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