Every good and perfect gift: theunfetteredpreacher

Had a great time yesterday, sharing scripture with a customer. He was a Baptist, and clearly did not believe, that Tongues are for today.

He told me things I did not know. Catholics, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses… ect all spoke in Tongues. (?)

He said that these false religions are claiming the same gift as Penticostals, so the Gift of Tongues, was not of God.

He said Catholics aren’t Christians, which promoted this question. How do you become a Christian?

Repent, Believe and Confess Jesus, as Lord and Savior. Sorry, I grew up a Catholic, they believe this.

Now, they truly have error, works not faith, praying to Mary… ect…

But, they have the main question down, is God so small, He would keep them from Salvation, because they believed the bad Doctrine of the Church.

You are calling for more than Christ did.

We all have errors in our Denominational beliefs, we don’t understand the Doctrines of Laying on of hands, or Baptisms.

Never mind the Gifts of the Spirit. I believe those who teach against the Gifts of the Spirit, (all of them), are doing great harm to the body.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:

~ to desire spiritual gifts,

~ 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. (This is our prayer language)

~ He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; (prayer language)

~ I would that ye all spake with tongues (prayer language, but in Church interpret)

~ 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. (Must interpret in Church, not in prayer language).

~ For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. (Prayer)

~ 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. (Public)

~ I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: (Prayer)

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. (Public)

~ Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

~ If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. (Public)

~ And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

~ But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

Let all things be done decently and in order.

In the early Church, all spoke with Tongues, some in prayer others in public.

It is the first Gift of the Spirit given and is available to all who believe.

In Matthew 25, the Talents are the Gifts of the Spirit, the Lord didn’t leave us money till He returns, but the Gifts, to build His Church. (Don’t bury them).

When we have Denominations teaching against the Gifts, I believe it is close to Blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

James 1:17

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.

Instead of looking for reasons to reject God’s Gifts, we should be searching the Scriptures to see if they are true.

They are for today, to build His Church.

Last words: theunfetteredpreacher

Last Words:

Jesus, spent three years, preaching, teaching and exhibiting the Power of the Kingdom of God.

His last words before going to join His Father were:

All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”

He understood, He had done all, He had opened the portal between heaven and earth.

He had brought the Power of God, down to His people, to those who believed. (If they could keep it.)

Acts 10: 38.

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

He had shown them the Power’s use and how to use it. He sent them out to display it.

Mark 6:7,12-13

And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;

And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.”

He gave them the Power, to cast out devils, and heal the sick. He had shown them how, that it was possible.

They went about, and did the Work of the Ministry.

The Church, once embodied, used and lived that Power. Many came to the Lord, the Church grew.

Somehow, we have lost the Power, He had given it to us, to build His Church.

He gave us the Power and told us to go use it. We can’t even find it, never mind use it.

We were told to GO…. Not To Church, but out into the world, teaching them, with signs and wonders following.

Baptizing and teaching of the Kingdom.

Matthew 28:

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Teaching them all He had shown them, taught them, shared with them.

John 14:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, 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.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Mark 16:

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Signs and wonders, should be following, If we believe.

The Lord promised He would confirm His Word with signs following.

Romans 15:13
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Pray that the Lord fill you will all joy and peace in believing.

There is peace and joy in believing the Lord, in doing the Work of the Ministry.

That hope would abound, in our lives, By the Power of the Holy Ghost.

We Must Seek the Power of the Holy Ghost.

This Power is what builds the Church.

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

Amen

Bette’s Battle: theunfetteredpreacher

This mighty man of Faith and Power, is writing this from our local ER.

It is 3:54 AM, the 22nd of November, 2017.

I woke up at midnight, checked on Bette, asleep in a chair in the living room.

She sounded fine. I can usually tell by her speech if her blood sugar is low.

I told her to go to bed, she said sure. I went back to sleep. About 1:30, she woke me and asked for help.

She had fallen, hurt her wrist, and her sugar was low.

As always, she was more worried about checking her sugar, than to eat and get it back up.

Thankfully, Halloween candy was there to rescue her sugar.

Her wrist…. not so much.

X-rays taken, IV in place, waiting for Doctor.

5:00 AM, wrist is broken, waiting for team to put her out and set and splint it.

5:30, She’s out, 5:40, splint on Waking up.

7:30 Home … waiting to call Dr. For cast.

She wants to go to work….

Dr. Did not put a solid cast on. He said the ER, did a good job lining up the broken bones.

Do not use that arm, or hand. Keep it elevated, come back in a week to check.

She didn’t go to work. Did not cry, or complain about pain.

“Oh my goodness”, the only words spoken while, bones were being set.

Wish I was that strong. She’s a keeper for sure.

Glad it isn’t worse.

Prayers requested for quick healing, and that surgery will not be needed.

Thanks,

Bill

At Thy Word: theunfetteredpreacher

Let it be known this day that, I have done all these things at thy word.

(1 Kings 18 )

The heathen, have prepared their sacrifice, the kindling is ready, they called on their god, pleaded, cut themselves, yet, nothing has happened.

Their god is not THE ALL POWERFUL GOD.

Elijah, drowns his sacrifice with water, water all around, wet wood, wet kindling, wet sacrifice, no way will fire start here. (It would take a miracle). Elijah, calls on God.

“Let it be known this day that, I have done all these things at thy word.”

The confidence in this man, he knew Jehovah, he knew God’s power, he knew God’s will, he walked in God’s mercy and grace.

God answered his call.

Saints, there are times, when we believe we need a miracle. We beg, plead, cut ourselves,… yet, we are left in want.

Why is that?

Obedience.

When we meet Elijah, the first thing we see, is him telling Ahab, it will not rain, UNTILL I SAY SO.

It was after this, that the Lord, said,

Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.” (1 Kings 17: 3)

After he does the will of the Lord, the Lord speaks.

GO HIDE!!!

He was fed by Ravens, drank from a brook. When the brook dried up, told to go live with a widow woman.

She was gathering a few sticks, had a little meal, a little oil, and was preparing, a little cake, what she believed was her and her sons last meal.

Elijah said, “Make me a little cake, first”.

She did. He stayed with her for three and a half years. She never ran out of oil or meal.

She did not proclaim he was a man of God until, he raised her son from the dead.

Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth.” (1 Kings 17:24)

Is that not a picture of believers today?

We enjoy, God’s provision, His grace, (Salvation), mercy, (Forgiveness), peace and joy.

Yet, we do not walk in Miracles. In the place of Power. We do not have that relationship of trust, of belief, of knowing, His will, His desires, of walking in His Yoke.

Experiencing His Power and Grace.

Psalm 119:162
I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

Have we found that “great spoil”, do we know the Lord, rely on the Lord, believe, Trust, Walk with Him.

We have a New Testament example.

And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

Here we are, we have done everything we can, worked as hard as we are able. To no results.

Then we try it God’s way. “At thy word I will.”

Jesus wanted them to go do what they had been doing, only on the other side of the boat.

Are you Nuts?… OK, we will do it.

This act of obedience, gave them the biggest catch they ever had. They left

all, on the shore and followed Him.

Saints, we need to believe and obey, so He is able to touch those in need.

1 John 3:18
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

We must:

Know the Lord.

Trust His word.

Walk in His Grace.

Obey His commands.

Reap His Blessings… Realize His Power. Recognize His Love.

Amen

Elijah, a man of God 4: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

1 Kings 17:  Now I Know!!!

As we once again join our prophet, he is still being fed by the gift of miracles and the widow.

(Are you tired of seeing gifts and word of?  I keep repeating it because they are the Gifts of the Spirit, the Talents of Matthew 25, given to us to build His church. 

Instead of striving to receive and learning to increase their use, most Denominations have buried them).

Unfortunately, like the manna of old, this never runnng out of oil and flour, it’s not so amazing anymore, this miracle, has become old hat, expected…  Maybe it is just the way it is, is it really even a miracle?

Then the widows world gets turned upside down. The son whom she loves gets sick and dies.

She cries out:  “What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?

She believes this sickness is a punishment for past sins.  It is not.  It is for the glory of God.

Elijah answered:  “Give me thy son.”  He took the boy to his loft, laid him on his bed.

O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?

The man of God, had no fore knowledge of this sickness, he had no understanding of the Lords plan, but he had the Gift of Faith for the working of miracles.

So he stretched himself out three times apon the child, crying out:  “O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again.

The symbol of “3” times is important for this first person raised from the dead in the word.

A fortaste of the only begotten.

The Lord heard the voice of Elijah;  and the child revived, and awoke from the dead.

We underestimate the power of our words, the power of life and death are in the tongue.

We often speak death, to our finances, health, relationships, jobs…  We must learn to speek truth and the truth of, Gods Word.

What does God desire for us? 

We need to know the answer to that and speak it into existence.  As the Lord spoke the world into existence.

Elijah brought the child to his mother and said:  “See, thy son liveth.

Her answer is classic:  “Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth.

The miracles of provision had become  commonplace, of no notice.  “by this I know.

Saints, that is one of my biggest failures, to realize the Lord has supplied my needs for the last 35 plus years.

He said He would, and He has.  I heard it asked:  “What would tomorrow be like, if we only had what we thanked God for today?”

No, like the Hebrews, we need more.  It’s not enough our sandles aren’t worn-out, we have food and shelter.  Our lusts and desires only bring leaness to our souls.

It is hard for us to acknowledge the everyday miracles we receive.  We just accept them and never really seek the face of God, to walk in his power as Elijah did.

Elijah, like Abram, Moses, David and all the other Bible greats were just men and women such as we are.

No more or less.  Why do they stand above the crowd?

They learned to live at the feet of Jesus, they knew and walked in the way of the Holy of Holies.

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Even when they missed the mark, their hearts were turned toward God.  How about you?

Lord, draw us close to You.  Mold us into vessels you can use, to draw all men to You.  Amen

What is my responsibility as “theunfetteredpreacher”? The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

The last few weeks I have gotten some wonderful feed back, about some of my blog posts. 

My purpose and my prayer is that this blog brings people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.

Being brought up Catholic, I had heard the Bible stories, believed Jesus died for me and yet never knew I could know Him.

After much prayer, that if He (God), was real I wanted to know a God of Power, not just of hot wind. 

He brought me to Christian Retreat in Bradenton Fla.  

They believed and taught me for 3 years, as I worked as a cook, to study the Word for myself, with out Denominational Glasses.

When I first left school, I thought you needed to believe like I do, or you were not a good Christian.   Thank God, I grew out of that.

As I found truth in the word I had not been taught I was excited, it was new revelation to me.  My eyes were opened, some others were not excited.

We find all sorts of Denominations that do not except the truth of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for today. 

Where in my understanding, Jesus told us to wait to receive, so we would be equiped for the ministry.  This includes all the Gifts in 1 Cor. 12-14, Eph. and Romans.

So I find myself knowing, reading and learning from the KJ only people, Baptists, Catholics, Prosperity Preachers, even the UMC, where I play piano, lead praise (not so much now), and teach OT.

I feed on the truth… backed up by 2 or 3 scriptures, chuckle at some harmless bad Doctrine and throw out the dangerous Doctrine.

In my old age I have realized, if we agree we love and serve Jesus, the rest is the color in Gods garden.   He made us all as we are, and loves us even if we are wrong, if our hearts are right.

I leave you with these three scriptures…

Psalm 34:18
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 51:17
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

Isaiah 57:15
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”

If you meet the above criteria, you are my brother.  It  is your responsibility to study to shew yourself approved, rightly dividing the word of truth.

So don’t take my word, or another mans word, as the ultimate truth;  KNOW FOR YOURSELF, WHAT TO BELIEVE BY THE STUDY OF THE WORD.  

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Lord, I pray I lead no one anywhere, except closer to You.   Amen

Elijah, a man of God 3: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

We are looking at Elijah and the widow woman from 1 Kings 17.  If you would like to see how he got here,  otherwise briefly:

He was beside a brook, exactly where he was told to be by the Lord.  Food provided by Ravens, and all the water he could drink.

Until, because of the drought, the brook dried up. 

And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,   Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there:”

The Prophet of God, he has the Gift of Faith, now receiving another Word of Knowledge and a Word of Wisdom.

behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.

Elijah was an Israelite, he knew the law and this was not right.  He knew the Lords commands to care for widows and the fatherless.

Yet his instructions are clear, go, the widow will feed, clothe, give him a place to lay his head.

This colors the way he approached her.  He didn’t request water, but asked for a little drink,  he didn’t ask for a meal, but a morsel, (a small amont), of bread.

He met her where she was.

This is a lesson we all must learn.  Not asking people for more than they have to give.  This is true of offerings, physical assistence, prayers and especially Salvation.

A lot of folks might come to the Lord if, we weren’t trying to clean them up first.  “Quit that lifestyle, then come and join us at church.”

Jesus met them where they were,  opened their eyes to the possibilities of a better life, health, wealth, peace, joy.

It wasn’t till they asked questions, did he bring up their faults and offer forgiveness.

Asking for little the woman replied:

As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

Where she was:
She had no cake  –  just a handful of meal and a little oil.

She was gathering “2” sticks.  (It must have been vary little supply, to be cooked with only 2 sticks).

That we might eat, all that we have, there was no hope,  in her, for life, only to die.  

She said this in an oath to Elijahs God, not her Canaanite God.

Yet, Elijah once again speaks a Word of Knowledge:
Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

A test; feed me first. 

We face this test daily, does God come first in our lives.  Do we first obey Him, then attend to our desires?   I would like to think I do, but in reality,… nope.

For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.”

This another Word of Knowledge, the meal and oil will not run out.  The Word of Wisdom, feed me first.

And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.  And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.”

She went and did according to the Word of the Lord, through His Prophet. 

The Lord watched over His Word.

We might see this Working of Miracles, God moving in our midst, if we would only learn to listen and obey.