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What is lacking in your faith? The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

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Saints, an older post, full of truth.

My prayer is, you lack nothing, in your walk with God.

They all fall down: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Several months ago, a Baptist friend asked me, why do all these people fall down on TV, when the “Faith Healers” pray for them? 

He insisted that it didn’t happen in the Bible.

Matthew 2:11
fell down, and worshipped him:
Mark 5:33
fell down before him,
Mark 3:11
fell down before him,
Luke 5:8
he fell down at Jesus’ knees,
Luke 8:28
fell down before him,
Luke 8:41
fell down at Jesus’ feet,
John 11:32
she fell down at his feet,
Luke 17:16
fell down on his face at his feet,
Revelation 5:14
the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped
Revelation 22:8
I fell down to worship

Now, if I had given my friend these scripure verses, he would reply:

Yes, but they were all in the presence of Jesus.”

I would say:  “My point exactly.”

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  (“Faith Healers” are Holy Spirit Dispensers).

These “Faith Healers” have paid the price to work in His Power and Presence.  We need to long to be in the presence of Jesus.  We need to learn to Worship, Work and Walk in His Power.

If you look up the word “worship”, in the Strongs Concordance, you might be surprised, to find, it means, to fall down, or bow down in reverence.

Are our Sunday Services really Worship Services?

We hear the Word, sing a few Hymns, but very rarely experience the full blown presence of Jesus.  (Multitudes found Him, can we?)

I know, in your church there is always a noticeable presence of God. 

(Good, you need read no more).

I wonder, seriously, have the rest of us, really experienced the presence of the Great “I AM“, since our salvation experience?

He is the Great “I AM.”  From the first mention of His Name, people fell down to Worship.

Genesis 17:1-3
King James Version (KJV)
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,”

He fell on his face, his name was changed, he was circumcised.  He had met Jesus.

We recieved a new name, in heaven, a circumcision of our hearts, and most probably fell down and worshiped at meeting “The Great I AM, JESUS.”

Moses, had to take off his shoes, as he was on Holy Ground:  (Exodus 3)
“And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.” 

Jesus, when arrested, answered “I AM” and they fell down before Him.

In the time of the dedication of Solomons Temple, God made His presence known.

1 Kings: 8. 10,11
And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,  So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.”

To me this is what we should be aiming for, to experience the presence, power and the glory of the Lord.

How do we coax Gods Power, His healing, His miraculous signs and wonders, His Glory into our midst?

It isn’t easy.

We look at the Giants of the Faith as being above us in a place and time, impossible for us to attain.

In reality, they are a road map, written so that whosoever will, can find that place of Faith.

In that one verse from 1 Kings we see a

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key.  Can we learn to use it?  Do you see what it is?

Lord, help us to seek and find Your face.  That we might truly know You and the Power of Your Resurrection. 

That we be made into Your image.  Worthy to be trusted and used by Your Spirit.  That signs and wonders will follow.   Amen

Mathew 25 – Spiritual stuff

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The Gifts and calling of God are without repentance. The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

GIFTS OF GOD

I am going to try to explain to my Bible class why the Lord gave us these gifts.  Please comment and advise. 

Of course I will be explaining and answering questions as we go.

The Gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Romans 11:29 (AMP)
For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]

God gave gifts to build His home.

Exodus 31:1-5  (read Exodus 35)
“And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: 
And 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.”

Exodus 35:30-35
“And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the Lord hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;  
And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;   And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,   And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work. 
And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.”

The gift of the Spirit of God was given specifically for the building of His Tabernacle, His home.  We believers are His home today.  We are His Tabernacle.

Ephesians 4:11-15  (Christ gave)
“ And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;”

(~ Apostles:  those who had been with Jesus and witnessed His resurrection (or received a special revelation of the risen Jesus)     (Acts 1:21, 22; 1 Cor. 15:1–9).    Delegates of particular churches (2 Cor. 8:23; Phil. 2:25)  (Today One Harbor : growing the body.)
~ Prophets:  The New Testament prophets conveyed special revelation to the early church. Their functions included prediction, exhortation, encouragement, warning, and explanation (Acts 15:32; 21:9–11; 1 Cor. 14:3). The teaching of the New Testament prophets and apostles laid the foundation of the church (2:20),     1 Corinthians 14:3
“ But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.”

Ed·i·fy\ˈe-də-ˌfī\
: to teach (someone) in a way that improves the mind or character
Ex·hort\ig-ˈzȯrt\
: to try to influence (someone) by words or advice : to strongly urge (someone) to do something
: to incite by argument or advice : urge strongly

Com·fort\ˈkəm(p)-fərt\
: to cause (someone) to feel less worried, upset, frightened, etc. : to give comfort to (someone)
1 : to give strength and hope to : cheer
2 : to ease the grief or trouble of : console
~ Evangelists:  People especially gifted to proclaim the gospel (Acts 21:8; 1 Cor. 1:17)
~ Pastors and Teachers:  The two words go together to refer to a single set of individuals who both shepherd and instruct God’s flock.  
1 Peter 5:2
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;”)

“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

Why have we been given the 5 fold ministry?   List reasons:

Romans 12:1-9
“ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.   And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:   So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.   Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;   Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.  Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”

Again why was the chuch given these gifts?    List reasons:

1 Corinthians 12:1-12
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.   Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
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;
~ Specific gifts for specific needs, now, today, to increase, build up the body of Christ. (For more, search for: Concerning spiritual gifts) on home page menu.
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.
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”

1 Corinthians 12:25-31
“That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.  And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.   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.”

Please read all of chapters 12-14……covet, desire the best gifts, those needed today….USE THEM IN LOVE.

1 Corinthians 14: assorted:
Prophesy:
“Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.”
“But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.”
“Rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth”
“He that prophesieth edifieth the church.
“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.”

Tongues:
“ 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.”
“He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; ”
~ Jude 20
“ But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,”
~ Use of prayer language in private….in public, need interpretation.
“I would that ye all spake with tongues (private prayer) but rather that ye prophesied:(public, unless interpret):   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?”

“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.   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.”

~ Paul, wants you to have the prayer language, for private use.  To edify yourself, build up your faith, give thanks….ect.  
~ Tongues the first gift given in Acts 2.  Why?  Easiest to use, least amount of faith, privately acquired and used as prayer language.
If you want to build the Tabernacle, you need a willing heart, desire God’s gifts.

He gave them to build His Kingdom, I firmly believe, we will find that they are the Talents the Master left and expects us to increase His Kingdom with them.  (see Mt 25 post).

Please seek answers about the Spirit from Spirit filled, Full Gospel people, those who have not experienced the infilling, can not help you to it.  They are unbelieving, believers.

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Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?

The world thinks no one.   The world is wrong.  We cannot hide,   The Lord sees and knows all.

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Psalm 139:8
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

Jeremiah 23:24
King James Version (KJV)24  
Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.

Isaiah 29:15
“Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?”

The world believes they can hide their sin,  that what they do in secret,  is secret.   The Lord sees,  and He cares.  He loves all men,  and died that all might be saved.

He sends none to HELL,  WE SEND OURSELVES.   By ignoring His unspeakable gift. (His death on the cross and resurection). By not asking His forgiveness.

Isaiah 29:12-14
King James Version (KJV)
And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.

Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.”

The marvelous work,  is hid,  from the wise and prudent,  they cannot understand,  it is Spirituality discerned. They believe what they see,  and touch.

Not that which can see and touch them.   We must turn to God.

Psalm 107:18 
“Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.”

The refusal of the Lords gift,  draws them ever farther from God, the righteousness of God,  morality,  honesty,  integrity. 

Psalm 73:28 
But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.”

Hebrews 10:22  
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”

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We must ask Gods forgiveness for our secret sins,  He knows,  and if we continue,  they will be revealed.   When He forgives,  He forgets,  I wish I could forget also.

Lord,  help me to Submit to You and Resist the devil,  so he will flee.