The First Order of Business: REST 2: theunfetteredpreacher

To learn to REST.

Hebrews 4
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.”

Adam and Rest:

The first day of Adam and Eves lives, was the Sabbath, a day of Rest.

Adam had been told he had dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowls of the air, and all living things, of the earth.

That plants, and every green herb were for meat. (Some speculate, before the fall, they were vegetarians).

He lost the close fellowship, the Rest of walking with God, at the time of the fall, he experienced Spiritual Death.

Noah and Rest:

Noah, whose name means Rest, found grace in the eyes of the Lord. He was just and perfect in his Generation. He walked with God.

At five hundred years old, he was told to build the Ark. It was a project that took one hundred years. As he was entering the Ark the Lord told him he was the Righteous of his Generation.

Righteousness and Rest, are joined at the hip. Peter said, Noah was a Preacher of Righteousness. The writer of Hebrews called him, the heir of Righteousness.

His Rest was in his obedience to the Lord, he believed and built the Ark. He warned the world, for one hundred years, no one listened.

There were none saved, in the flood, but his wife and children. Yet, Noah found Rest, in accomplishing the will of the Lord, we can also find Rest; when we are obedient to and walk in the Lord’s plan.

Moses and Rest:

For Moses, Rest did not come easily. As he led the Hebrew people out of captivity, they saw many signs, wonders and miracles.

Yet, sin seemed to multiply under Moses leadership.

When the people sinned, (the Lord, would have destroyed this people.

Moses reminded the Lord, of His promise, to the people, and the Lord, repented, (changed His mind), and the people were not destroyed.

We find, while they wondered the desert, (for forty years), they gathered Manna that fell from heaven six days a week. None on the seventh day.

They needed to gather and cook, on the sixth day, enough, so that they could observe the Rest, of the Sabbath.

Moses, frustrated, (for once again, the people had sinned), had a conversation with the Lord.

Exodus 33:12-15

And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.

Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

And he (The Lord), said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee Rest.

And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.”

Moses, prayed a prayer, we should all pray.

~ shew me now thy way.

We should always seek the ways and will of the Lord. It is easy to do things man’s way, and claim the credit.

If we allow God to work, we may wait, for the results, but we cannot claim the credit.

~ that I may know thee.

It is not enough, to know His ways, we need to know Him, to learn to be comfortable in His presence, to live a life of loving obedience.

We need to understand His time, His way, His purpose.

~ that I may find grace in thy sight.

Grace – Gods blessing of Salvation, His Comfort, Peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

His Grace is the place of Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit. The only place we find His Rest.

We should always seek the place of Rest in the Lord. It is found in obedience and righteousness, (believing God).

Are we missing the mark, are we, restless, ineffective, frustrated?

Seek His REST. Accept His Grace, walk in Righteousness.

Learn to find and stay in His Rest. He is a rock, and this ways are perfect.

Walk with Him. Amen

Long overdue obituary –

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This was my mother,  Dorothy Bell Currier Cote.  We buried her in August of 2013.  At the time, what is left of the family decided that since we had contacted what friends and family were left, we didn’t need an obituary.

I regret that decision now and wish to write a little about her.

She suffered  with Arthritis for close to 60 years, she died at 90.  I remember, in my youth, my father carried her up the stairs so she could come into her own house.

Her feet and hands were so deformed, it was painful to walk and impossible to open jars or click the button on a pen.

I don’t recall her complaining.  She just kept going. 

She ran a kindergarten for some years, worked as a secretary for a few years also.

Both my parents loved my sister,  brother and myself. 

She lived with my sister the last 9 years of her life and I would see her every year for a few weeks, to a month.  She would come and stay with us.

I am disappointed with myself for my lack of compassion,  mercy and failing to show her the love she deserved.

She wasn’t always easy to get along with,  I believe this was probably caused by unremitting pain.

Anyway Mom, I just want to say I’m sorry for so many things.  I wish we could re-live your last years.

I believe  that you did invite Jesus to forgive you on your death bed.  I believe that was the moment you found peace in your soul and walked away with Jesus.

Lord Jesus, please  forgive me my sins.  Mom, rest in peace.

Thanks for visiting. blessings.
bill theunfettered preacher cote
know you are loved

Love

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1 Corinthians: 13. 4-8a  “Charity (love), suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  Charity never faileth:”

Love never fails:

Forget Not: Part 1. Moses final warnings:

The last book of the Law,  Deuteronomy is the record of Moses final 4 addresses to the Hebrew children.  Like the Lord,  Moses knew people are stubborn, rebellious,  stiffnecked and forgetful.

So he reminded them of eight different lessons learned in 40 years of wondering in the desert.   We need to remember them also.

1.  Forget Not:   Deuteronomy 4:9-10
“Take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life:”

It is an incredible experience to be chosen by God, we have seen the Grace of God, (Salvation), first hand.  We need to remember the great things He has done and is doing in our lives.  We must keep them in our hearts.  We keep our souls by the renewing of our minds. (reading the Word).

Like the first generation of those who entered the promised land,  we have not witnessed the plagues the Lord laid upon Egypt but we all have personal stories of His forgiveness, mercy, love, peace, healings.

When we focus on what God has brought us through,  do not replay how terrible it was before but how wonderful it is now, that I have a comforter, teacher, healer, Savior,  King.

The horror stories of our BC years are not so different from everyone else’s.   We were all lost, alone, abused, abandoned and needful of God and His forgiveness.

What people need to hear about is Gods Grace and Love today.

“teach them thy sons,  Specially the day that thou stoodest before the Lord thy God in Horeb, when the Lord said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.”

People hear the Words of God today by the life we lead, the Love we share in financial, physical or spiritual help. (prayer)   Teach them the reverential fear of the Lord.

People will hear the call of God, if we learn to walk with God.

Acts 22:14-15
” The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.  For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.”

 

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Your Church, Fix-it or Filling Station?

I have learned that at different times in my Walk with God I need different things.   When I was first saved I needed to be fixed.   My mind, body  and spirit were tuned to the worlds ways.  I needed a Spiritual tune up.

The Lord gave me a clean heart, a discerning Spirit,  the Peace that passes understanding,  the Comfort of the Holy Ghost.   A clean slate, I was forgiven.  Have you been forgiven?

Now we have decisions to make,  will we continue to fill ourselves with the things of God or let the world creep back and gain control of our  life once again.

If our only contact with the Lord is on Sundays,  then we need and probably attend a Fix-it  Church.    We are continually broken,  sick, depressed,  no joy, no victory,  certainly no peace.

We are not alone, most Church people fall into this category.   We love the Lord but never realized there is more available.

A Fix-it Shop Church preaches The Cross and Salvation, Love, obedience, fruit, feeding the hungry,  clothing the needy, loving the unlovable.   All excellent things, Godly things, just not filling things.

We need a Filling Station Church.  Now a Filling Station Church will challenge us to grow.  We find ourselves asking questions,  searching the scriptures.

Intellectually,  systematically, deliberately moving through the word, Old and New till we have studied to be approved,  workmen,  rightly dividing the word of truth.

We will not know this with just Sunday services.  It takes a real commitment to the Lord.  A desire that grows as a relationship matures.

Expecting a miracle, knowing God is.   Knowing that Jesus is truly alive in our hearts and minds.  Wanting to obey,  follow and embrace the Way of the Lord.

If you aren’t desiring a closer relationship with our Lord,  you need to set your face like flint towards the Lord and ask Him for that desire. 

Ask Him to show you the way to a Filling Station Church.

I pray we would be filled.

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