The Lepers story: Matthew 8:1-4,Mark 1:40-45,Luke 5:12-14 theunfetteredpreacher

In my original post on the Leper, my primary concern was not knowing God’s will.

The Church today, believes God can, as did the Leper, but we still do not believe His will.

Many other things went on in these Scriptures. Jesus had just preached the Sermon on the Mount.

Great multitudes followed Him. The Leper came and Worshiped Him.

Worship:

We call our Sunday Morning Service a Worship Service. Is it?

Worship
Homage rendered to God which it is sinful (idolatry) to render to any created being (Ex. 34:14; Isa. 2:8). Such worship was refused by Peter (Acts 10:25,26) and by an angel (Rev. 22:8,9). Eastons Bible Dictionary

Worship, is a realization of who God is; Our Creator, Saviour, Teacher, Helper, the source of our Power.

We need to stop, acknowledge the Lord, recognize Him as our all in all. Sing Him love songs, Scripture songs, bow our heads, lift up our hands, ask Him into our lives.

Be still, and know, that He is God.

If you looked up Worship, in Strongs Concordance, you would find, one of the meanings is to fall down, to fall to your knees.

This is how the Leper approached Jesus. Knowing Jesus could heal, knowing not, that He would.

Yet, he Worshiped.

Jesus said, He would, He touched him…. He healed him, immediately….

We are Saved immediately, when we repent and ask. We receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, immediately, when we ask.

We need to learn to walk in Salvation, and also how to pray in the Spirit.

He heals us immediately, He never ran a hospital, and neither should we.

He was told to be quiet and go to the Priest, for ritual cleansing.

He was too excited, spilled the beans, Jesus, then had to go into hiding.

Matthew 8:1-4 (KJV)
When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Mark 1:40-45 (KJV)
And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.

And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.

And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away;

And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.

Luke 5:12-14 (KJV)
And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.

And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

My heart’s desire and prayer: theunfetteredpreacher

My heart’s desire and prayer, that they might be saved.

Paul’s, words, speaking of the Israelites in Romans 10.  

It was my prayer for my family.   

They have all passed on now, I trust I will see them, in time.

I wonder, what is my hearts desire, my prayer, today?   Does it compare to Pauls?   Is it a prayer the Lord longs to answer?

Unfortunately NO.  

I write, because I am a frustrated preacher.  I teach the Word, but long for more.  (Lord, forgive me).    Lord, help me to be content, with where  I am, (physically), and draw me closer, (spiritually).

After Bible School, licensed, then ordained, and sent forth.  I was on fire.  People who had no interest in Jesus, would flee at the mere mention of my arrival.  (No Joke)

My desire, to see people healed, set free, for people to be saved.

I spent a time in Canada, with a new friend and Pastor, John Benschop.  He was gracious, I was full of pride, (I, was destined for greatness)… lol… 

 Yet I was sure, that everyone who knew the Lord knew more than I.   I burned myself out, by not continuing to dig in the Word.  I thought what little I understood, was all there was.  (A real contradiction).

It took time, and another failure, as a Pastor, for the fire to be snuffed out.

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

I gave place to the devil.   I did not fall into sin, … I continued to love the Lord and pray. … I  just could not seem to draw close.  

Daily, my prayers would hit the ceiling and bounce back… My plea, wasn’t heard.  I’d lift my Bible and cry out for relief.   

THERE WAS NO RELIEF. 

The real problem was… (silence please) …. I needed to open that Bible.  

I wanted the Lord to do it all.  Change me, empower me, annoint me.  Not realizing, I needed to find the way to be transformed.  I needed more of His Word within.

If we continue to read and study, His Word, we find we pray less for our needs or wants.  As we draw closer to God, by seeking first His Kingdom and Righteousness, He supplies all our needs.

He gives us the desires of our hearts.”

How do we seek His Kingdom, His Righteousness?   By knowing and praying His will.

Praying that our eyes, ears, hearts and mind, would be open to the Lords prompting, to hearing, His voice.   

We hear His voice, in reading His Word.

We must study, as well as fast and pray….  We need to desire to be made into His likeness.  

To become like Him.

I still desire to live and walk in His will, under His guidance and direction, seeing the Work of His Might and Power displayed. 

For too long, I was disappointed with God.  When the real disappointment was me.

Lord, help.   Amen

Grieve not – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

GRIEVE NOT :

That’s really a pretty silly demand,  you can hardly tell someone not to grieve the death of a loved one, or when  seeing someone who had promise, fall away into sin or rebellion. 

It hurts us in  the center of our being. It makes us sorry, sad, disappointed or grieved.

We do have the power to stop the Lord from being grieved though.

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The Truth of the Matter : The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

The Truth of the Matter is,  people no longer accept truth.  The Word is Truth.  How many do you know who don’t accept Jesus as Lord and Savior?   They say;  “That’s your truth, Not My Truth.”

“Don’t you force your truth on me, the sky is not  blue, grass isn’t green, up is down and wrong is right.”

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It  is hard to convince people of the Truth of the Gospel,  without the Power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish His will.

Too often we accept the Gifts of the Spirit of Teaching and Ministering, because they are easy, we just share what we have learned from the Bible and other books.

It is quite easy to impress low information Christians. They have accepted the Truth of the Gospel,  they are hungry for Righteousness,  they have experienced  some of its Cleansing Power, the Blood of Jesus covers a multitude of sin.

They understand the Freedom the Truth imparts.

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How do we reach the unbelieving?

That is our real calling.   The man that was called Legion,  was sent to tell all, what He knew.  All He knew was the Power of the Lord to make him clean, free and Righteous in Gods eyes.

No theological degree, no license to marry and bury, just Revelation Knowledge.

Accept the Bible as Truth,  ask Jesus to Reveal to you the Power and Love of the Holy Spirit.  Ask him to make you a vessel He can use.

READ THE WORD, ASK, SEEK, KNOCK.

The Lord will give you the Gifts of the Spirit that you will use for His Glory.  

I firmly believe,  we do not see a lot of Signs and wonders,  miracles  following;  because we cannot be relied upon to Give Him the Glory.

That is the problem in my heart and I wonder about all who Love and believe, do you think the Lord had an experation date on the Gifts or have we just left them on the shelve because our word is so powerful.

We haven’t really entered the Holy of Holies,  haven’t really Submitted ourselves to God,  Humbled ourselves, so we might be lifted up, used in a mighty way, becoming the Hands of the Lord, to heal the sick, lame, brokenhearted, those blind to the truth deaf to the Wisdom of God.

Saints, we must push into the Higher Calling, the World needs the Truth of God.

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Lord, help us to share Your Truth,  by the Power and Leading of Your Holy Spirit. Please help us to become useful vessels of Your Love.

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Is the Holy Spirit? – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Is the Holy Spirit
     *  Alive in your heart?
     *  Alive in your Church?
     *  Healing the Sick?
     *  Making the blind to see, the lame to walk, the deaf to hear?

I believe if we do not see theses signs wonders and miracles, the Lord is disappointed.  

He said in John 14:12-18
” 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.  If ye love me, keep my commandments.   And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

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Was Jesus telling tales?

No, we are a people who have failed to recognize and employ the Talents our Master left for us.  Some of us have even buried the Talents and claim they are not for today.  It’s like the experation date has passed.

Matthew 25 is a chapter about the Holy Spirit:
Wise and foolish virgins:  Oil for there lamps.
Those who had no oil are like the Church today…No Spiritual power,  because we don’t  really believe.   We want to, even pray to, but don’t  know how to fill our lamps.

The Master and the talents :
Jesus told the story using money  for the simplicity of understanding.

Everone knows some who invest, and others, that hoard.  The ones who invested were blesed the ones that hid the talent were sent to outer darkness.

The sheep and goats.
The sheep understood the Commandment to Love one another…they fed the hungry,  gave clothes to the needy, water to the thirsty.

So how do we fill our lamps, invest out Talents, Love one another?

It is all as plain on the nose on our face.  It is Revelation Knowledge. ..will you see and believe  or hide in your bed?

Watch this space….The Holy Spirit is alive and begging to to allowed to proclaim the good news.

Lord, open our hearts and minds to see, to act, to glorify  Jesus.

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Why write?

Shipwrecked :   Aground :

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That is why I write.  I am shipwrecked, stuck in one place, aground.   I  write hoping to touch hearts and lives for Jesus.  To bring people to a place where they can see the Lord without the vail of religion.

The only requirement is to love the Lord and each other.   How are we to do that?   I  find myself always trying to teach something and neglect to introduce the Lord.

He is not far away,  unknowable,  unapproachable.  The Kingdom of God is at hand.   The Good News of the Kingdom of God is now.  Since Jesus died and rose again.  He is knocking at the door of your heart.

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All we need do is:

Ask the Lord to forgive us.
     For what?
Selfishness, anger, hate, hurt, unbelief, doubt, pride…..ect.

Ask the Lord to help us change direction.
     Start walking towards the Lord…

Ask the Lord to Save you from your sin and be Lord of your life.

Accept His love and grace in your life.

Now you need to find a Fellowship or Church of believers.   We need to read the Word, make the Word not Church Doctrine the bottom line for our beliefs.

Talk about what you are learning,  if you don’t receive encouragement, discussion as well as correction, as needed, you are not in the right place.

Ask, Seek and Knock the Lord will help you find the place you should be.

Thanks for visiting, blessings;
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