Our Daily Bread: theunfetteredpreacher
The Lord taught us to pray for our Daily Bread. (Not weekly, monthly, or yearly bread).
Sufficient today is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:34)
Why Daily? If we look at the first mention of just enough, look to Exodus 16:4.
‘Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.’ – (Exodus 16:4)
Why? To prove them, to see who would walk in His ways. Many tried to save for tomorrow. (Went Bad, smelled and worms),
Some did not gather enough on the sixth day, so they were short. They looked on the 7th, they were not supposed to work on the Sabbath. (Collect Manna)
It is a simple concept. My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phillippians 4:19)
Do we trust Him. Really? We will see.
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The Civil Unrest: theunfetteredpreacher
I have been concerned that our Liberal Democratic friends, are in rebellion with the rest of America.
I thought it was a sign of a civil unrest. I was wrong. It is much worse.
It is the Israeli and Palestinian Conflict. Right here in the USA.
If the Palestinians would stop fighting, there would be peace.
The rub is they will not let the Israelis live in peace.
We have the same problem here. The left doesn’t believe the right has any place in their world.
We all must agree that LGBTQ people are the cats meow, and straight white males are the devil.
People can be any of the 159 genders as long as they aren’t one of the Original Two.
Traditional American Values and beliefs are racist, homophobic, and disgusting.
Only the New Values, (total agreement with them), are acceptable.
As in the middle east, when disagreements cannot be settled with conversation and compromise, the only way forward is destruction.
It seems the left would very happily destroy all, to gain their Utopian vision.
The right is left with the plea, ‘Cann’t we all just get along?’
The left thinks they are like the Original Americans, and we on the right are likened to the British.
Since they want to ban guns, (except when used in their riots), and cannot deside which bathroom they belong in, I do not believe a total uprising will last long.
The sleeping majority will awake and vanquish the rebels. I do not think any will get statues, to their memories.
Maybe we can proclaim our proud history, once again.
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A Sign of our Times: theunfetteredpreacher
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Giants in our lives: theunfetteredpreacher
Are there Giants in your life?
Before I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, I was constantly fighting the Giants that had me enslaved.
Loneliness, alcoholism, fear, depression, ineptitude, lust, pride, nicotine, rejection and probably many I can’t name.
“There were giants in the earth in those days;”
Everywhere I looked, walked or worked. Everything I heard, read or spoke. I was nothing, then the best. I was brilliant then a dunce. I was around people but always alone.
I lived in “the land of giants.”
There was no escape, no relief, no hope.
Then I was introduced to Jesus. Oh happy day, the Giants have gone away!!!
I had accepted Jesus as my Lord…I experienced the Peace that passes understanding, the Joy unspeakable and full of Glory, the Comfort and Love of the Holy Spirit.
Life was great!!! Until it wasn’t.
The Giants were creeping back. Those Christians that I prayed for and loved, rejected me….. Nothing I did satisfied. I was unsettled, indecisive, confused.
How could this be?
Depression, Rejection, Loneliness…. Worse than ever.
Does any of this seem familiar? Could it be your story? Are you enslaved by Giants?
Do you know Jesus as your Savior?
I know many Christians, who claim Jesus as Savior, even call Him Lord. When He is not.
Are they really saved? I think so, they believe and confess Jesus as Lord.
Will they be joyful, victorious conquerors, peaceful, effective witnesses? Not a chance.
How about you? Is He your Lord? Are you walking with Him or hiding because of sin?
David the man after Gods heart, long after defeating Goliath, (the Giant), after becoming the legitimate King of Israel. Found himself fighting and losing the battle to the Giants of pride, sexual sin and murder.
He had wondered from Gods side. He was the king, his word was law, he had everything he wanted, needed or desired.
He had a visit from Nathan the Prophet. He was shown the condition of his heart. He recognized his sin.
Now we see why he was a man after Gods heart. He immediately repented, turned around, asked forgiveness. A man who Loves his Lord. A man who knew forgiveness.
As a Christian for over 30 years I am sometimes convinced I’ve destroyed the Giants in my life.
Then when I’m fat, dumb, happy and satisfied: I am visited again. “The last giant, He had a bed made of iron; it was over thirteen feet long and six feet wide!”
This Giant is bigger than the others because I’ve been hiding and feeding him. Allowing this sin to be my real Lord. The part of me I wouldn’t and couldn’t submit to my loving, forgiving Savior.
I repent, I confess, I turn from my wicked ways. I pray Lord thank you for helping me to defeat yet again this Giant.
With Your help he becomes just a giant….With fastings and prayers, as I submit to Your will, I become strong in Your might. I defeat the giant.
I walk in victory with My Lord, Jesus Christ. I become the joyful, victorious conqueror, peaceful, effective witness that my Lord calls all of us to be.
Have you destroyed the Giants in your life? Jesus will show and strengthen you.
“Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.”
Let Him Lord and Savior today.
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He Touched Me:The Lewis Family: theunfetteredpreacher
Homecoming Franklin Memorial United Methodist Church
He Touched Me, sung by the Lewis family. Lenster, Rebecca and Delphia.
Shot by Payton Ashton
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Return of the Supernational Church: Nelson Hopkins
Hebrews 6:2 tells of the doctrine of baptisms. Plural. There are at least three baptisms in NT Scripture.
1. Baptism OF the Holy Spirit – Into the Body of Christ
2. Baptism BY disciples of Christ – In water
3. Baptism WITH the Holy Spirit by Jesus
All are unique in their purpose.
#1&3 are spiritual (invisible).
#2 is symbolic. (visible)
#1 is New Birth and Promise Completion
#2 is New Identity by Public Confession
#3 is New Power to Proclaim the Kingdom of God
In restoring the Supernatural Church , #3 is imperative. Without the power of the Holy Spirit enabling the Church to be His witnesses, believers are nothing more than another philosophy. And just like all other philosophies only as convincing as the intellect and charisma of the speaker.
Unfortunately, #3, the most necessary for advancing the Kingdom of God in the earth is the most neglected, debated and incorrectly taught of the three. Tongues for speaking directly to God and not man, power to be His witnesses and confirmation of the Gospel of Christ and His resurrection are not welcome or taught in many “churches” today.
But it is and always will be taught and practiced by true Bible believers.
Jesus IS restoring the Supernatural Church.
Eastern N.C.’s Blizzard of 19: theunfetteredpreacher
Please know, we will survive this vicious winter storm.
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My Heavenly Harp: theunfetteredpreacher
I am pleased to have acquired this harp from an old, no name, baby grand.
If you recall I once had the shell of a different baby grand as a lawn planter. (It was not repairable).
It finally fell too far apart, and cost too much to keep it filled with plants. (Exit piano.)
I now have this new, (old), harp, and have finally placed it where it belongs. (My sweet wife will come to love it. lol).
Soon the Confederate Jasmine should begin to weave itself through the strings and cast iron.
It smells and looks so good, when in bloom.
I am a Happy Man.
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The LORD looked down: theunfetteredpreacher
Psalm 14: 2.
“The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.”
He is looking, what does He see?
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JESUS: IN THE OLD TESTAMENT: theunfetteredpreacher
via JESUS: IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
The Scriptures that opened my eyes and ears to better understand the Lord and His will and ways.
Please read and give me some feedback. I believe you will find it interesting.
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In Whose Name? Theunfetteredpreacher
In Whose Name?
In The Name: If a rose by any other Name…
We believe in some Names.
For me if Clint Eastwood’s Name is in the credits, I am sure I will enjoy the movie.
For others it may be Spielberg, or Pixar, Disney ot Tom Hanks, that gets the blood flowing.
Just the Name conveys confidence that we can trust and rely on the experience we will have.
It’s the same with Churches, Baptist, Methodist, Full Gospel… the Names all have an implied meaning.
We would feel betrayed, if we walked into a Full Gospel Church and found a Methodist order of service. The reverse would also be true.
We depend, trust, and rely on the Name, to guide and direct us, we can’t Worship there, they don’t believe like we do.
We make many choices because of a Name, a brand of gas, a can of beans, a bag of chips. We make choices based on a Name.
In the book of Acts, the lame man from the gate beautiful was healed, the people gathered and Peter explained.
It wasn’t John or I that healed this man, only Jesus.
Acts 3: 16.
“And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.”
Acts 3:16 (AMPC)
“And His name, through and by faith in His name, has made this man whom you see and recognize well and strong. [Yes] the faith which is through and by Him [Jesus] has given the man this perfect soundness [of body] before all of you.”
Faith in His Name. JESUS
Faith through His Name. JESUS
Faith by this Name. JESUS
That is a Name we can trust, rely and depend on.
Do we? Really?
For Healing? Comfort and Joy? Salvation?
Turn around, are there signs and Wonders following? If not, the Lord said we do not believe.
Have we lost, our Faith in His Name?
The Woman at the well: theunfetteredpreacher
John 4:5-42 (KJV)
The Woman at the well, the first missionary. A story we have been taught, told, and have heard, multitudes of times.
A Jew, speaking to a Samaritan woman.
This was just, not, done.
Jesus’s behavior, doesn’t line up, with the standards, laws and expectations, of the Religious Leaders. (They never appreciate that).
I believe this is the first instance of Jesus, proclaiming, admitting, pointing out, that He was the Messiah. The Saviour of mankind. (This truth has set her free).
She left to share the message, and left her water jug behind.
When we meet the Master, we need to leave behind, our worldly concerns, so we proclaim His Glory, Majesty, Faithfulness.
We cannot hide this light under a basket, we cannot, keep this truth to ourselves, we are empowered, anointed, driven by the Holy Spirit, to share this Good News.
Many believed because of her testimony. More believed, when they heard from Jesus, personally.
I believe there is more for us to learn.
Jesus, allowed the Holy Spirit to lead Him to the truth, by the Words of Wisdom and Knowledge, (of the womans past), and by the Discerning of her Spirit. (He confided in her, because He knew her heart, that she would believe, and receive).
He steered her to the Spiritual while she was focused, on the natural.
He was showing us, the Holy Spirit can and will lead us to all truth. He will show us who to, and how to reach those He would touch.
We still struggle with living the Spiritual life. We haven’t learned to Worship in Spirit and Truth.
We must learn to take the Kingdom by force. It is a fight, for our souls….
We shall know the truth, and the truth will set us free. Amen
John 4:5-42 (KJV)
5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.
40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
41 And many more believed because of his own word;
42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
Lust, revisited: theunfetteredpreacher
For years, I believed Lust, was just about sex. It isn’t.
Lust isn’t just something that young boys and old men battle. It is a battle all, male and females fight.
Lust is covetousness. It is:
The apple is good to make one wise, to be like God.
The guy across the street got a new car… (I need one).
Why did he get the promotion? I ‘m better, smarter, work harder, and more deserving than him.
Lust is a big problem for Pastors also.
I have heard, from Pastors…
All they do is music and drama, I heard they allow drinking, they don’t preach the true Gospel, like I do.
They teach a false Gospel, they itch the ears of the people.
That’s why so many attend there.
GROW UP… THEIR CHURCHES GROW, BECAUSE THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD IS THERE.
Yes, you preach what you understand is the Gospel, and it is. Only there is no power.
The Gospel is confirmed by signs,wonders and miracles.
Some miracles are crowds being saved… like Billy Graham’s ministry. Maybe the 600 member church down the street, is seeing this.
Some miracles are Healings, signs and wonders like Katherin Kuhlman, RW Shamboch, Oral Roberts, Benny Hinn.
Do you notice anyone missing? Yeah, me and you.
I lust, yes I covet, a pulpit, a platform, a ministry that sees people saved, healed, comforted….
I do not reject those who are successful, I long to learn… to grow.
That is my desire. Is it God’s desire? I guess not, He hasn’t opened any doors of utterance.
I have prayed. He tells me the Blog is my platform.
I wonder if it helps anyone to grow closer to Christ?
Does anyone really read and understand?
I believe the big ministries are anointed of God and have many followers, not because they are fakes, but because they have fasted, prayed, studied, and groaned in prayer.
Until they have touched the hem of His garment. They have learned to come boldly to the throne of Grace.
They know how to pray and walk in the will of God. Are they perfect? lol, not even close.
They know how to repent and keep pushing closer to Christ.
They have found Grace and Mercy in their time of need.
They needed the presence of God in their lives more than their next breath.
When that is true for me….. and you, we will see. God confirming His Word.
Mark 16:17-18 (KJV)
“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 every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”
Do we really believe?
2 Timothy 3:16
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
Do not throw the Word out. The change must be in us. Amen
To be satisfied: theunfetteredpreacher
Throughout the Bible we find the Lord, warning His people, about finding satisfaction in their sin.
Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Micah, Amos, Ezekiel all tell us we will not be satisfied.
“Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.”
“the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing”
“yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; “
“they shall not satisfy their souls, ”
“yet couldest not be satisfied.”
“yet thou wast not satisfied therewith.”
“Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied”
“they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.”
If you have read these scriptures, the last one shows the way to satisfaction.
Return to the Lord. So simple, yet hard for we hard headed, sinners to do.
We would rather cause God to line up with our thoughts, desires and ways, then buckle down, and follow Him.
(After all, He made us this way… Freewill, covetousness, lust, pride). So is it His fault?
In Revelation He tells us we overcome, “by the blood of the Lamb, and the Word of our Testimony.”
If we would just turn to Him, He is calling all of us to be with Him, know Him, walk with Him.
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, …
Yea, the Lord will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith:
And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God,
The promise of God
2 Corinthians 1:20
For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
When we learn to trust, rely on, have faith, that His word is true.
That is the day, we will find, we are satisfied. Amen
I can’t get no-oo, satisfaction: theunfetteredpreacher
I can’t get no-oo, satisfaction, and I try, and I try, and I try, and I try…. I CAN’T GET NO, …..
The Rolling Stones, we all sang along…
We never found Satisfaction. We are still seeking, hoping, and wondering, if it can be found.
So many of us, are not satisfied, even today.
We don’t have enough, money, a big enough TV, a nice enough car, or a big enough house, pool, pet, ect…
We all want more. (Please sir, may I have more?) [Oliver].
Whether rich or poor. We are never satisfied.
The Disciples, (when told to feed the 4,000), said: How can we satisfy so many?
The Bible warns us “the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.” (Ecclesiastes 1:8)
“The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, the pride of life.” (1 John 2:16)
These are the things of this world, they are the cause, of all sin. We need to look beyond this world.
So many, because of Harvey and this weekend, Irma. Have or will lose everything.
Yet, others I know and love, in the last few weeks, have lost a piece of their hearts, their own flesh and blood.
Unrelated, to the Natural or National Disasters.
I cannot imagine the pain and frustration of any of these loses.
It rains on the just, as it rains on the wicked.
The just have a great advantage. The availability of the Mercy and Grace of God.
The pain is still real, the grief, the lack of understanding, of the whys and wherefores.
The tearing apart of our hearts.
Yet, comfort can be found.
Psalm 116:3-7 (KJV)
“The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.
Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.
Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.”
There will be rest and peace, after the mourning, the pain will subside, hope will return, “weeping may endure through the night, but joy commeth in the morning. ”
The Lord will comfort and keep you through the darkest hours. The light of day shall awaken you, to His love and grace.
Lord, I pray for those who have lost, all but hope, the last few weeks.
Only You, Lord, are able to comfort and restore, that which they have lost.
Whether it is in this physical world or in the spiritual.
You alone, Oh Lord, are our hope and future. Help us, as we call on Your Name.
Let those who trust on You, fear not, and only believe. Amen
I beseech you: theunfetteredpreacher
The message, I beseech you, is found over 20 times in the Bible.
To beseech someone, is to beg, plead, or encourage them, to do a certain thing, or to live, think and act a certain way.
The first time we see it, is in Nehemiah 1.
The Prophet is reminding the people of the comands the Lord gave Moses.
That if they strayed, or transgressed, His commands, He would scatter them.
That was the Law, the Lord speaking.
We see the Grace of God, as always, available if we miss the mark of the Law.
If you turn to Me, and keep my commandments, (and do them), even if you have been cast out.
I will gather you again.
In the New Testament, we find Paul as the messenger.
He encourages us to walk worthy, of our calling, (Ephesians 4:1 and Thessalonians 4:1). To walk pleasing to God.
In (Romans 12:1), Paul he gets more specific, that we would:
present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service.
The message of God is simple.
~ Love God and one another.
~ To walk worthy of, pleasing to God.
~ Be Holy, sacrifice our desires, and wants, to please God, more than ourselves.
We then hear the direct and practical voice of Peter.
There is not any question to his directive, in (1 Peter 2:11-12), that we:
abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; have honest coversatins with others, to draw them to God.
A final word from Paul. (2 Corinthians 6:1),
that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
We know the desires of the Lord, now walk in them. Amen
The Saints in Houston: theunfetteredpreacher
The devastation, heartbreak, and sorrow for the people of Houston is felt throughout this great country.
The Cajun and Waco Navies, the first responders, the next door neighbors, friends, strangers…. everyman.
All pulling together, helping one another, working, crying, praying.
A picture of love, in the most trying of times.
Then we have the commentators. Shoes, big buildings not available, Confederate Flags flown by rescuers.
My advice, to all of us who are not there, in the fray….
Pray, send cash to the Salvation Army or the organization of your choice.
Pray, Cry, and Pray some more. Then:
1 Thessalonians: 4:11-12
“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.”
Look after your own attitude, heart and mind.
The Lord will deal with those we think are gaming the system.
Not our monkeys or circus….
GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.
My Story: theunfetteredpreacher
We had an old wooden fence around our front porch.
The spindles were not all even in its spacing, and our dog had many avenues of escape.
Bette, my sweet wife, wanted the new prefabricated fence.
Prefabricated? Yeah, right,… delivered in pieces… with directions for assembly.
The top picture, was the first to be put together. I was so proud… straight, leval… (pretty work). lol
It took my wives help to fit the spindles into the top rail and connect it to the end posts.
The next step? Turn the corner. The desire? To match the hight of the first piece.
Looks like I was one half inch low…. I didn’t notice at the time. I finished that section. (Again could not have got the top rail on without Bette’s assistance).
Again straight and leval, all the way down the other sections.
So pleased with myself, (and thankful for Bette’s assistance), only the gate left on the far end. I sat in my rocker to admire my fine work.
One word… SATISFACTION. until, … I noticed that second section, at the corner.
Now, I know, it should have been cleaned and painted first. It wasn’t. Nuff said.
No, it was the corner itself.
So proud of it being straight and leval. How did I end up higher than the first section?
I didn’t notice I had not knocked the top rail to the bottom of the clip it hooked to.
So the rest of the fence is higher than the original.
No worries…. I can live with and laugh at my mistakes.
It will still keep the dog inside. (We hope).
It still looks ok.
No the fence really isn’t the point of the story.
The story is the Gospel, Jesus gave us the first section.
Straight, leval, strong and true.
Full of Power to heal the sick, comfort the brokenhearted, to save the lost.
The Church turned the corner. Didn’t notice, we weren’t matched up perfectly.
We had the Word, the promise, the hope of Salvation, of Healing of Love, Peace and Joy.
What’s missing? Power.
The Church, by not matching the plan of Jesus, has lost the Power of His Promise.
Where have we gone wrong?
Like the Jews, before Jesus. We took His Words and added to it.
We added Ceremonies, Rituals, Readings, Order…. theses are all man’s inventions.
Jesus taught, touched, ate and met needs.
The Apostles sang, shared, prayed,taught, touched, ate and met needs.
In one accord…. believing His PROMISES.
We have an order of service, the music minister leads us to the announcements and offering.
Then the Pastor leads us in prayer and readings. If he is any good he teaches and touches the needs of the flock.
The problem is, the Pastor, loves the Lord, but has no inspired word from God.
It is easy to teach and preach. We can do that in our natural man.
To work in the Power of God, takes the Spiritual Man.
A man who doesn’t just read and study the Word, but believes and acts on it also.
We must lay hands on the sick, if we expect the Lord to work through us.
We must not give excuses, if we do not see results. According to our Faith and the Faith of the one in need…. so be it.
SAINTS, EXPECT THE WORD TO BE TRUE.
IT IS TRUE. THAT WE DO NOT SEE IT WORKING, IS OUR PROBLEM NOT HIS.
BELIEVE AND RECEIVE.
Build yourself by the renewing of your mind, studying to show yourself approved, recognizing and acting on the Revelation you will receive as you determine to draw closer to God.
Know the power of His Resurrection, the fellowship of His Sufferings, be Conformed to His Image.
Take up His Yoke. Walk with Him.
Build His Church.