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.

2 Peter 2:1 Study -The Fix-it Shop – Filling Station

2 Peter 1 ends with a warning :19b-21
” ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

We need to make sure we believe what the Word actually says.  All understanding of scripture should have 2 or more witnesses, (verses that agree), and all who prophesy, their words, need to agree with scripture.

Which brings us to:

2 Peter: 2. 1.
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”

How do we know who are false prophets and teachers?  Like the Treasury Department, (the Secret Service), we need to know the real deal, so we recognize the false.

We cannot rely on others,  we must have a basic working knowledge, so we we realize whether what we hear matches the Word.  There is no other God, then the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We must know them, walk with them, be led by the person of the Holy Spirit.  We need at least an overview of the Word.

Deuteronomy 13:1-5
King James Version (KJV)
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,  And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;

Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.  Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the Lord thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.”

We, in our sophisticated society, no longer believe in Spirits, Ghosts, Miracles, signs and wonders.  The Word clearly tells us beware.

Deuteronomy 18:20-22
But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken?  When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.”

False prophets can also perform signs and wonders.  The Lord allows it:

Deuteronomy 13
for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

So how can we tell what is truth?  We must know the Word, we  can’t rely on what we see, we must know the Lord.

Jude 1:4
King James Version (KJV)
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ungodly men: 
Men who claim, Holiness, Morality, Honesty are no longer applicable, we are forgiven. 

We need to repent, when we sin, ask forgiveness, live a Holy, Acceptable life,  become a Living Sacrifice knowing the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.

1 Corinthians 6:20
King James Version (KJV)
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Once saved, always saved?
2 Peter: 2. 2.
“And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.”

This is one of the many scriptures, that if taken at face value debunk that teaching. (Once saved, always saved),  If Cain could leave the presence of the Lord, (?), turn His back and walk away, then it is possible for us.

Hebrews 6:4-6
King James Version (KJV)
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”

2 Peter 1:9
“But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.”

Forgotten his Salvation.  The Prodigal Son returned and his Father ran to meet him, if he had not returned, he was still a son, but lost to the Father.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?   If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”

We are indeed forgiven but we must be ready, willing and able to repent when we fall short of the Glory of God.

1 Corinthians 5:5
To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

A saint in sin, always has the option of repentance.  No repentance,  no forgiveness, sin seperates us from God.

You are welcome to disagree, but back it up with scripture.

No one can snatch us out of His palm,”  but His hand is open, we can walk off.

Stand fast in your faith, and see the Salvation of the Lord.

Blessings
 

They Flock to the fields: The Fix-it Shop – Filling Station

Do you ever wonder why the birds seem attracted to certain fields and not others?

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Have you noticed people seem to gather at certain churches and not others?

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     What does one have that the other lacks?
                
The amount of available food, determines the size of the gathering.  We need to be able to multiply our loaves and fishes.  We must feed the flock.

2 Peter 1:4 Study The Fix-it Shop -Filling Station

As we study the next verse we find a wonderful promises, we need to grab with both hands.

2 Peter: 1. 4.
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:

We really can not comprehend the blessings the Lord has for those who learn to walk in His Yoke, by His side, doing His will at His direction and in His Power.

Exodus: 1. 7.
“And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.”

Ephesians: 3. 20.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

All through the Word we find the Lord blessing His chosen.   We are His chosen today, we shouldn’t be in want, or fear, but full of “Power and of Love and a Sound Mind.”   He loves us, won’t “give a stone when we ask for bread.”

ye might be partakers of the divine nature,

The Word tells us we are partakers of the divine (Godly) nature.  The Word tells us we are partakers of many things.

partakers of my grace., partakers of his promise ,partakers of the inheritance, partakers of the sufferings, partakers of the benefit, partakers of the heavenly calling, partakers of the Holy Ghost,partakers of his holiness.partakers of Christ’s sufferings, partakers of the divine nature, be not partakers of her sins, partakers of that one bread.partakers of his promise,partakers of the Lord’s table, partakers of their spiritual things,”

divine nature,
We become sons, and Hebrews 6:4-5, can be quite exciting when we grasp its meaning.

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,”

We have been enlightened,  (we know and recognize the Lord).  So we have tasted Salvation,  the heavenly gift.  We have the Holy Spirit, we need to allow Him freedom to work.

We taste the good Word of God, and we should have a taste of the Powers of the world to come. (The Gifts of the Spirit working through us).

John 1;12
“12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

Romans 8;8-11
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”

Romans 8:29
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

The Precious Promises are a way to conquer sin and death in our lives.  We can if we just learn to trust and walk in Him.  Be conformed to His image.

having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

Lust, Greed, Covetousness, Pride, feet that shed inocent blood, lying tounges,  sowing discontent.  I  haven’t checked but I  think these are in Proverbs 6, the 7 deadly sins.

2 Peter: 1. 4.
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

Lord, help us to claim and live in Your Precious Promises.

Why Neglected Caroline and The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station?

When we moved to North Carolina, (USA), in 1985, I was amazed at all the buildings that were sitting empty and falling apart.  I thought I should do a coffee table book, and have a huge NC on the cover but instead of North Carolina, it would stand for Neglected Caroline.

I bought a Tab 3 last year.  Suddenly I had a camera with me and started shooting.  I also was able to start writing. (Spell check ).  So a blog was born.

Why Neglected Caroline and The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station?

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Is the Holy Spirit? 3 -The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

You are probably wondering why I think we should ask for the Word of Wisdom and Word of Knowledge  before asking for the gift of Tongues.

Even knowing the Lord gave Tongues first on the day on Pentecost.  Really? If so, it was because He was dealing with Disciples.

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People who had been with Him, studied at His feet, they were Jewish and knew about Ritual Sacrifice and after His death and resurrection, understood.

Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 goes in a completely different order, tells them to desire the best gifts.  He starts with the three listen up gifts.

We first need to learn how to understand what the Lord wants.  A few Old Testament examples  of the Word of Knowledge, then Word of Wisdom :

Adam, you may eat of every tree but that one.
Noah, We are going to destroy the earth and all flesh, build an Ark.
Abram,  go out from Ur, look east, west, north and south, I have given the land to you.

How about a few not written down?
Elijah told Ahab. ..it will not rain till I  tell it to…
Deborah told Barack the Lord wanted him to go and defeat the enimy…
Daniel, the dream the king had.

These are all Old Testament examples of Words of Knowledge.   What is a Word of Wisdom.  That is knowing what to do with the Knowledge.

Adam,  didn’t have the Wisdom to obey God, so death came into the world.
Noah, with the Knowledge to build the Ark, did it and received a Word of Wisdom,  when to enter.
Abram,  every place on which your foot shall tread. ..
Elijah, gave his Word of Knowledge, than The Lord spoke a word of Wisdom, “You better go hide”.

Unspoken :
Deborah,  How the Lord would cause a women to get the credit for the victory.
Daniel,  What the dream meant and how to prepare for the coming  Climate Change.

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Don’t know about that?  It seems to me the Bible is our guide book to life.  Doesn’t it stand to reason He would be directing whosoever will, by all His Word.

We too easily say: “That’s a God thing”.  Remember when Jesus was on earth, He was just a man tempted every way as we are.

The Power He displayed came from the Father, through the Holy Spirit into and out of Jesus.   He told us to go and do the same.

If you will look up these examples and ask the Lord to show you, the Revelation is there, waiting for us to act on it.

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Lord open our eyes, that we might understand and go forward to do Your Will in Your Power and Might.  The Gift of Faith is next.

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The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station
bill theunfetteredpreacher cote.
Know you are loved.

Teach us to pray

Matthew 6:9-13
King James Version (KJV)
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

This morning as we repeated this prayer, which is beautiful and given to us by Jesus Himself.   For the who knows how many times, it breaks my heart that we pray it by rote.

Not understanding He was teaching us how to pray, not a prayer.  Paul also teaches us in Philippians 4:6:
King James Version (KJV)
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  (praise, requests, thanksgiving)

As our Lord taught:
Our Father which art in heaven,

First comes acknowledgement of where the Father is:
Above us, bigger, more powerful, the One in control.

Secondly, praise:
Hallowed be thy name. 
Hallowed means:
to render sacred, to consecrate (Ex. 28:38; 29:1). This word is from the Saxon, and properly means “to make holy.” The name of God is “hallowed”, i.e., is reverenced as holy (Matt. 6:9).  Easton’s Bible Dictionary

To realize and proclaim His Majesty,  magnify His Holiness,  Righteousness,  Worthiness. …shout to the Lord……let Him know your love.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Third:  Acknowledge it is His will not ours that we want for our lives and allow Him to mold and make us into His image.

Give us this day our daily bread. 

Forth:  We have gotten the Fathers attention:
Now we remind Him of our needs.
Isaiah 65:24
And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

Fifth,  Forgiveness:

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

We ask for forgiveness and remind Him we have forgiven those who have used us wrongly.

Sixth,
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

The Lord alows us to be tested,  so we can prove our love and faithfulness,  He will deliver,  if we turn to Him.

Seventh,
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

We end with more praise and thanksgiving, the acknowledgement of His Supreme Authority and Worth.

It is great that we know this prayer but more importantly that we know how and what to pray.

Lord teach us to pray.

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We need to be filling stations!!!

wpid-20140619_202448.jpgMy father owned what was then called a Filling Station or a garage, a place you brought your car for fuel and repairs.

It was originally called Bob’s Fix-it Shop because when he started, he fixed lawn mowers, toasters, boat engines, cars, farm equipment even toys.  He did everything from changing tires and oil, windshield wipers and ball joints to welding broken parts.

He hoped and expected to see you regularly to fill your car with gas, (full service, ck oil, tires, wash windows, pump fuel).  When you broke down, he would tow your car to the shop and do the  repairs that were needed.

He built a very successful business, eventually changing the name to Cote’s Garage when my brother joined him in his work. I worked there through high school but unlike my brother I hated it and didn’t understand engines. I only pumped gas, fixed tires, did a few brake jobs….I was pretty much useless.

We often discribe church as a hospital. That implies sickness, broken bones, contagious desease. A long recovery time. That isn’t how our Lord operated.

He fixed you now…when you met him. You may have had to go wash, or present yourself somewhere but it was almost immediate recovery of sight, walking and leaping, you were clean, go and sin no more. Receive ye the Holy Spirit.

Today we allow ourselves to wallow in our sins and troubles. Jesus would have us repent, turn from our wicked ways, be filled with the Word and the Spirit and Walk in the Light. Lifting up Jesus the Author and finsher of our faith.

Then we would have success in drawing all men to Him. If we are always recovering it’s all about us…..We Need To Make It ALL ABOUT JESUS.

Believe by His stripes we are healed, go about praying for the sick, feeding the hungry, giving living water to those who thirst. …preaching the acceptable year of the Lord.

Forget the church/hospital idea……WE NEED TO BECOME FILLING STATIONS.

Help us Lord to be useful vessels.

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