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

Bricks without straw: -3- theunfetteredpreacher

The Evangelist:

I am sharing this study, because I have a Zeal, a burden, a compulsion, to see the born again, lovers of Christ, fulfilling their calling.

Growing strong in the Lord, and in the Power of His Might.

As Pharoah, once supplied straw, to build bricks.

The Lord sent His Spirit and His Ministry Gifts to build His Kindom,

The Hebrews soon learned, that if Pharoah didn’t supply the straw, their work became almost impossible.

We as a people, are slow to learn, if God isn’t guiding, directing and protecting us, His Kingdom’s growth is negligible.

In the first 2 “Bricks without straw”, I attempted to show why we need Apostles and Prophets, in our Churches today, now we will look at the Evangelist:

Ephesians 4:11-13 (KJV)

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

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:”

Remember, He gave us these Ministry Gifts to empower us for the Work of the Ministry, (of edifying, building up the body).

So we would be unified in our faith, (In the Spiritual. The Temporal, earthly desires, the worldly things, are not important).

That we would become perfect in our knowledge of, and in the working of His Spirit.

So who or what are Evangelists?

Evangelist – Eastons Bible Dictionary

“a “publisher of glad tidings;” a missionary preacher of the gospel (Eph. 4:11). This title is applied to Philip (Acts 21:8), who appears to have gone from city to city preaching the word (8:4, 40). Judging from the case of Philip, evangelists had neither the authority of an apostle, nor the gift of prophecy, nor the responsibility of pastoral supervision over a portion of the flock. They were itinerant preachers, having it as their special function to carry the gospel to places where it was previously unknown. The writers of the four Gospels are known as the Evangelists.

Billy Graham is obviously the most prominent Evangelist, in our lifetimes.

A preacher, who reaches the most people, he could not Pastor all the people he has lead to the Lord.

He has a Special Calling, an anointing that every Pastor, Preacher or Teacher longs for.

This anointing, draws to Christ. The Evangelist, must be Humble, Unassuming, Reliant on the Lord, speaking the Words of the Lord.

All of these Ministry Gifts, if they are effective in the Work, draw people to Jesus, if they could work together, we would see growth, in our Churches.

There are not many, who can draw a crowd like Billy. What made him so different, from other Preachers?

I was never a fly on the wall of his prayer closet, so I am just making an educated guess.

He never stopped searching the scriptures, to see if they were true.

He prayed the Scriptures.

He took apon himself, the Yoke of Jesus.

He walked with Him, obeyed His voice, never allowed the devil, to gain ground in his life. (When he missed the mark, he took responsibility, and repented).

He refused to believe He was Special, He gave the Glory to God.

He humbled himself and God lifted him up.

Pride is the biggest stumbling block in my life. I am sure, I could fill up a Church, people would be memorized by my words. lol…..

What a joke, I couldn’t fill a phone booth. If we still had them.

Without the Lord, my work is in vain.

I am too quick to say, “Ok Lord, I’ve got it from here.”

Only by His Power are any of the Ministry Gifts, effective.

Bricks without straw: -2- theunfetteredpreacher

In attempting to compare the Hebrews building bricks, without straw, to our building the body of Christ, without the Spirit, apparently I was confusing. I apologize.

Hopefully this will clarify.

Pharoah, supplied what was needed to make solid, usable bricks. When he denied the straw, the job proved almost impossible.

The new bricks lacked, substance, strength, and took forever to complete.

In building the body of Christ, if we do not employ the tools given us, by the Lord.

Our results lack substance, (words that engage), strength, (the power, to change lives). We will work and see little result, (few souls reached).

We must use the tools the Lord gave us, I believe we need to start with the Ministry Gifts from Ephesians 4.

Ephesians 4:11-13 (KJV)

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

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:

The end product, the goal, the purpose of these gifts, is for:

~ perfecting the saints for the work of the ministry,

~ to edify the body,

~ to bring all to Unity of the faith.

~ to bring all to the Knowledge of Christ,

~ to bring us to perfection in Christ,

~ we become or equal Christ’s stature.

To have a healthy growing body, all of these Gifts must be available to the body.

In my Bricks 1, I wrote of the Apostles. I believe God raises up Apostles to build his Church.

They have been given a Truth, from the Word, that was not recognized before them.

Wheather, it was, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, or more recently Derstine, Oral Roberts, or Joel Osteen.

These folks recieved a revelation from God, shared this truth and ended up starting a Denomination that follows their teaching, or interpretation of the Word.

Apostles are alive and well, doing the work of God today, We see this in the non-denominational churches that are growing all over our country.

This is New Wine, we need to be sure it lines up with the Word, then reject our non-biblical, beliefs and press toward the mark of the high calling of God.

The problem is we Worship, and follow the old revelation, that man, and not the Lord.

I am a Baptist, Methodist, Church of God.

When in reality, we put more stock in the Denominations understanding of the Word, then what the Bible, actually says.

The second gift, was Prophets. They are called to help the Apostle complete the work, he started.

There are many mentions of Prophets and Prophecy in the Bible. It’s purpose has both changed and stayed the same, over the years.

Franklin Graham is probably the best known Prophet today.

Deuteronomy 18:18
“I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.”

As the prophets were rejected by the Religious, the Holy, the Learned, so are they today

Matthew 10:41
“He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.”

The Reward is a new understanding of the Lord, and a closer more intimate walk with Him.

We must be open to grow, to recognize and accept the truth of the Gospel.

Then we will have, Power, Love and Grace, in our lives to share with others.

The Prophets words today, as in the past are to encourage, exhort, and direct us, to God.

Select verses from 1 Corinthians 14:

1 Corinthians 14:

3. “But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.”

12. “Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.”

31. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.”

32. “And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”

37. “If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. 38. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. 39. Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. 40. Let all things be done decently and in order.”

We must be ZEALOUS, in seeking the Spiritual Gifts. The Gifts of Apostles and Prophets, need to be allowed in our services.

Next stop Evangelists.

Bricks, without straw: -1- theunfetteredpreacher

Today we are Building the Church, without the straw, that would make it strong.

Pharoah, supplied the straw to the Hebrew slaves who made the bricks for building his Kingdom.

In this post, I am trying to compare the problem of building bricks without straw, to us trying to build GODS Kingdom, without using the tools He supplied for the job.

I have writen on this subject before, I do not wish to repeat myself, but I believe the Lord would have me share what I am continually learning.

In the time of Moses, the Lord sent him to Egypt, to demand from Pharoah.

The Lord God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.” Exodus 3:18

The first request was for three days journey. Not total freedom. Three days, an important number in the Word.

Three days: (The mention of three days, is just to point out the number three, is important in scripture. You may want to search and find out why?)

Jacob went three days ride from Laban, in the life of Joseph, there were, three days till the cup bearer was back to Pharoahs court, serving him.

Three days till the baker lost his head. Three days in Pharoahs dream. Jesus spent three days in the Tomb.

The two witnesses in Revelation, lay dead in the street for three days.

The original message to Pharoah, only three days journey, and the Lord promised to harden Pharaohs heart.

His heart, was hardened, and Pharoah commanded:

Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.

And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.” Exodus 5:7-8 (KJV)

The Pharoah had provided a vital product that caused the bricks to be strong. He had others, not the Hebrews supply the straw.

It was probably a full time job, for those collecting it, now that job is delegated to the Hebrews.

The tale of the bricks, the amount they produced, shall not diminish.

Because they wanted Time to go Worship the Lord, Pharoah decided, they were not working hard enough.

They had to much time on their hands, they were slothful, lazy.

They were not. They were obeying the Lord, and the Lord, had hardened Pharaohs heart.

Now, they had to work harder, it was impossible to keep up production, with the extra burden of finding straw, that was once supplied.

They rebelled. Why?

This was a major problem, making bricks was hard work and time consuming already.

I think I found this at Eastons Bible dictionary, long ago… If from somewhere else, I apologise, for the lack of mention.

Their efforts produced great results, and although time-consuming, their procedures can be followed to create mudbricks of your own:

1. Mix topsoil and water to create a thick mud.

2. Add straw. While the composition of the mud will affect the exact proportions, as a general rule, add a half pound of straw for every cubic foot of mud mixture. If you have access to grain chaff (a byproduct of threshing), you can use that as temper. If not, chop straw into very small pieces—called straw chaff—and use that.

3. Knead the mud mixture with your bare feet for four days

4. Once it has fermented (after four days of kneading), leave the mixture alone for a few days.

5. Knead the mixture again on the day you plan to form your mudbricks.

6. Pour the mud mixture into molds (the shape of your choosing) and let them solidify in the molds for at least 20 minutes.

7. Remove from molds and deposit on a drying floor layered with sand and straw to prevent the bricks from sticking to the floor itself.

8. Let the bricks dry for a week.

After the bricks have dried, they are ready to be used—whether to build something new or to reconstruct ancient walls!

They needed the straw, to build the bricks. Pharoah was unhappy, the people were unhappy. So Moses was unhappy.

“Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me?

For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.”

We the people should be upset, and unhappy today.

We are trying to build His Church, without the straw, that would make it strong.

Pharoah supplied the straw for bricks, Jesus promised to supply the straw to build His Church.

We just have failed to acquire, to learn how to use these straws. He gave us GIFTS. We need to learn to accept and use them.

The Ministry Gifts, in Ephesians 4:11-13 (KJV)

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

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:

What is an Apostle? Eastons Bible Dictionary, has this to say in part:

Apostle
a person sent by another; a messenger; envoy.

We have four lists of the apostles, one by each of the synoptic evangelists (Matt. 10:2-4; Mark 3:16; Luke 6:14), and one in the Acts (1:13). No two of these lists, however, perfectly coincide.

Our Lord gave them the “keys of the kingdom,” and by the gift of his Spirit fitted them to be the founders and governors of his church (John 14:16, 17, 26; 15:26, 27; 16:7-15).

It was characteristic of the apostles and necessary (1) that they should have seen the Lord, and been able to testify of him and of his resurrection from personal knowledge (John 15:27; Acts 1:21, 22; 1 Cor. 9:1; Acts 22:14, 15). (2.) They must have been immediately called to that office by Christ (Luke 6:13; Gal. 1:1). (3.) It was essential that they should be infallibly inspired, and thus secured against all error and mistake in their public teaching, whether by word or by writing (John 14:26; 16:13; 1 Thess. 2:13).
(4.) Another qualification was the power of working miracles (Mark 16:20; Acts 2:43; 1 Cor. 12:8-11). The apostles therefore could have had no successors. They are the only authoritative teachers of the Christian doctrines. The office of an apostle ceased with its first holders.

In 2 Cor. 8:23 and Phil. 2:25 the word “messenger” is the rendering of the same Greek word, elsewhere rendered “apostle.”

I believe a good part of this description is wrong. The gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

The Gifts were given to to build His Church, yesterday, today and tomorrow.

I disagree that this Ministry, (Apostles), ended when the Apostles, passed away.

Infallible? No, we can misunderstand and misuse the Truth, we believe we received, by not searching for the rest of the story.

Today’s Apostles are starting non-denominational churches. They are growing, and becoming new Denominations.

What is the Church missing?

“Our Lord gave them the “keys of the kingdom,” and by the gifts of his Spirit and the power of working miracles (Mark 16:20; Acts 2:43; 1 Cor. 12:8-11).”

Guys like me can teach, preach, and pray.

It takes the Spirit of God to do it with Power, to enjoy the results the original Apostles saw and enjoyed.

I hear people say God preforms miracles all the time, and this is true.

My point is, it should be happening so often, that the heathens, see, consider, understand, and believe God is alive and well.

The signs, wonders and miracles have always been the tools God uses to get our attention,

Recognizing, and accepting that, that growing Church down the street might be the work of God, and it’s leader may be an Apostle, bringing people to the knowledge of the Kingdom.

Would be a great start to building His Kingdom.

Next we will look at Prophets and Prophecy.

On a certain day: theunfetteredpreacher

Luke 5:17 (KJV)

And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.”

On a certain day. What day? Today is the day.

Jesus taught everywhere He went.

If you read the Gospels, multitudes sought Him out, those who believed and were seeking a healing touch. As well as those who were religious.

Those who were sure they understood how, where and when God would show Himself.

These doubted Jesus was THE ONE.

We seem to have forgotten why the Lord used signs, wonders, and miracles.

Do you wonder why we don’t see these things today?

The last line of Mark 6, reads, “As many as touched Him, were healed.”

We have asked Him into our hearts, accepted His Forgiveness and put Him on the shelf.

We take Him out Sunday mornings, and if we are really religious, Wednesday evenings.

We don’t seem to need Him other days. As a result, He has become Powerless in our lives.

“The power of the Lord was (is) present to heal them.”

Jesus said, many times: “ONLY BELIEVE”

As young children, most of us believed, we were safe while our parents provided our needs and wants.

As adults, we believe we are the providers.

We work long hours, extra jobs, just to have a little extra money, over what we need to pay the bills.

Arthritis hit, not able to work extra jobs, some days not able to do my regular job. (Tuning and playing pianos)

I am not earning what I was accustomed to. Yet, miraculously, the bills are paid, there is money for the little things.

“THE POWER OF THE LORD IS PRESENT”

Not just to heal, but to supply our needs, provide comfort, peace and joy.

On a certain day.

The day we trust, obey, and BELIEVE.

My God is able to do exceedingly above all I can ask think or imagine. For me and mine, as well as for you and yours.

ONLY BELIEVE

Is Jesus present? theunfetteredpreacher

Is Jesus present, in our Church Services?

Yes, certainly, and many will quote: Matthew 18:20
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Jesus said, “I will never leave or forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

Should there be more? This is as it should be.

Acts 13:44-52. (AMPC)

“The next Sabbath almost the entire city gathered together to hear the Word of God [concerning [a]the attainment through Christ of salvation in the kingdom of God].

But when the Jews saw the crowds, filled with envy and jealousy they contradicted what was said by Paul and talked abusively [reviling and slandering him].”

The problem always lies with envy and jealousy.

The Spirit of God, is present in one Church,it is growing, vibrant, lives are being changed.

The members of the dead Church down the street get jealous, envious.

It’s Dead, not because God isn’t there, but because it is so filled with reverence, rituals and ceremony, that there is no room for the Lord, to act.

They love the Lord, but fill the service, with man’s busyness, because they long ago realized it was easier to do that, then Worship in Spirit and Truth.

They can’t be still and know He is God and allow Him, by way of Praise and Worship, to minister.

They will not, go to see this wonderful thing, find out why, the other church is growing.

After all our Pastor is wonderful and teaching the truth. They only go to that growing Church, for the music, drama or the Preacher doesn’t preach the word, he just tickles the ears.

It bothers me to hear folks say, of any man of God, he isn’t teaching the Word.

Have you sat down and searched the Scriptures to see if this is true?

No, his teaching disagrees with what you have been taught. The Bible is full of wisdom, revalation and knowledge.

We must Believe it over what we may have been taught.

And so the Word of the Lord [concerning eternal salvation through Christ] scattered and spread throughout the whole region.

But the Jews stirred up the devout women of high rank and the outstanding men of the town, and instigated persecution against Paul and Barnabas and drove them out of their boundaries.

But [the apostles] shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium.

And the disciples were continually filled [throughout their souls] with joy and the Holy Spirit.

Take a look at your services, is the peace that passes understanding there?

How about joy unspeakable and full of glory?

Signs and Wonders, people getting saved, set free?

If not, you should go check out that growing Church, study the Word, see if they are teaching Truth.

If they are, that’s where you should Worship, because that is where you will grow. Amen