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).

Some thoughts;

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.”

Mark 16:20
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.

Psalm 65:4
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.

Isaiah 58:11
And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, …

Joel 2:19
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:

Joel 2:26
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