Lead me in the way: theunfetteredpreacher

Psalm 139:17,18,23,24

“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.,”

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The Power Present to heal: theunfetteredpreacher

I first wrote about this in 2017, I believe it needs to be read again.

This story is told in three Gospels. In the mouth of two or three witnesses… we find the truth.

Mark 2:1-12 Luke 5:17-26. Matthew 9:1-8

Mark 2:1-12

“And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.
And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. (Luke-the power of the Lord was present to heal them.)
And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit (knew their thoughts) that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.”

This is a Faith building Story. There are several points I would like to make.

A. Not a Sabbath, Not in a Church (Jesus taught, on boats, hillsides, private homes, on the streets).

Wherever He was, the Word was shared.

We must carry the Gospel wherever we go. We don’t need to know a lot of scriptures, (although it doesn’t hurt). Women at well, Legion, all who meet Him, long to tell of His Grace and Mercy.

It is important to know the Author. Know in whom you believe and why. This comes from time in the Word and in Prayer and Meditation.

Spending time with the Lord.

B. It was noised about:

The news of the presence of the Lord gets talked about… Churches grow if the Lord is revealed.

C. Straightway many were gathered:

Standing room only…. or no room at all. Our Churches should be full and would be full. IF we allow the Lord’s Presence.

Moment of meditation. A place for God to reveal Himself.

This is a place where we could hear a Word of Wisdom or Knowledge, Prophecy…

1 Corinthians 12:27-28

27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, (all the easiest gifts to walk-in). after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
If God spoke through a Donkey, He could surely speak through the newest of Christians.

Miracles, gifts of healings,… these call for a deeper walk with the Lord… Taking His yoke upon us, walking with Him.

D. He preached the Word:

The problem with the Church, we never hear the Full Council of God. Lectionary’s, are great, they keep track of the Church Calendar.

So we preach and teach, what happened when and what, year in and year out. Birth, Death, Resurrection, Pentecost….

Then we get into Doctrines: Justification, Sanctification, Baptism, etc…

We end up missing the real message. When John the Baptists faith wavered, he sent his followers to Jesus. Are you the one?

Luke 7:22
Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

When we tell people what we have seen and heard, it doesn’t build up or renew faith… We haven’t experienced those things. So when we tell people about the Lord. It’s so what?

We need to hear the Full Council of God.

Acts 17:18
he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.

Galatians 3:5-6

“He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

2 Corinthians 3:5-6

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 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.”

E. There was no o way to get close.

They made a way. Made a hole in the roof.

F. JESUS SAW THEIR FAITH:

He saw their faith, because, they made a way to reach Him, when there was no way.
We come to Church, maybe even a Bible Study, we accept being fed, with no apparent desire to learn to feed ourselves.
We never learn to chew our food, we don’t have the meat of the Word in our Spiritual diet.
We do not study to shew ourselves approved unto God, workmen, rightly dividing the word of Truth.
It really isn’t hard to get close to God, to study His Word, to enter into the Holy of Holies. To abide in Him.

When we do, we believe and act on His Word.

John 14:12
“He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.“

The Lord is God, He desires that all men be saved, He wants us to prosper and be in health, even as our soul prospers.

We need to read the Word Daily… No big deal, not for hours, a Proverb or a Psalm a day. If you have time a chapter of the New Testament.

We need to know the Word, so we can judge the truth of what we are taught.

MANY DON’T BELIEVE GOD SAVES, HEALS SETS FREE…

Why?

They haven’t learned to feed themselves… They only know what they have been taught.

It is impossible to expect a Pastor or teacher to teach the Full Council of God. We aren’t under his teaching full time.

He can only hope to entice us to Seek the Lord ourselves.

We must feed ourselves. Pastors lead to the food source, we must feed ourselves.

G. They reasoned in their hearts:

The Religious, the UNBELIEVING BELIEVERS: Those who know the Lord, who when they hear or see something they have not seen or believed before, anything they haven’t been taught, will search the scriptures to prove it wrong. Rather see if it is true.

We need to be open to Revelation Knowledge. Luther was, the Wesley’s were. We need to FOLLOW JESUS… not them.

Deuteronomy 29:29
The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

The Word never changes, the Spirit leads and teaches us to new understanding. Growth in the Lord.

H. Jesus perceived in His Spirit: He knew their thoughts.

The Gift of a WORD OF KNOWLEDGE. He saw Phillip, under the fig tree, the Disciples out in the storm, before walking on water to meet them.

The Gifts of the Spirit, in 1 Corinthians 13 are ours for the building of His Church. They are the STRAW TO MAKE THE BRICKS…. We see their use throughout the Bible.

We need to be taught to recognize them. Paul told us to seek the best gifts. Which one is that?

The One we need right now.

I. He wanted them to know HE IS GOD.

Enoch knew GOD IS AND HE IS A REWARDER OF THEM WHO DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM.

THERE IS NO EXPIRATION DATE ON THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT.

J.Immediately he was healed. All were amazed and glorified God.

I pray our hearts and minds are open to receive the Revelation Knowledge the Holy Spirit longs to share.

Seek His Face. Amen

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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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A Sign of Our Times: theunfetteredpreacher

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Bet You Can’t Eat Just One? theunfetteredpreacher

Do you remember that potato chip commercial? I sure do, because I could never just eat or drink just one, of anything.

Whether it was booze, dope, or even soft drinks, I could never just have one. That is why I have almost no memory of my high school years. I was drunk and stoned than not.

When I accepted the Lord Jesus as my Savior the only addiction I had was to His Word. I read and studied day and night.

I lived and worked at a Bible School, for three years, was licensed and ordained to teach, preach, marry and bury. I was sure God had the man He needed now.

It didn’t take long for reality to set in. I wasn’t anything special, my words fell on deaf ears and hard hearts, there has been no great awakening, no great move of God.

I am not a Pastor or even a Preacher at this point. I teach 6 or so a week in a Bible Study and write this blog. It satisfied for a while, now not so much.

I have no great insight, no anointing, no following, no prospects. No idea if the Lord will ever use me. I try to be faithful, but Proverbs 13:12

“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”

I wait to see if the desires of my heart will come to fruition.

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