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

Can we learn, how to Pray?  theunfetteredpreacher 

I long to learn to pray prayers, that result in answers, to pray effectual, fervent prayers that availeth much.  

It troubles me that our Churches seem Powerless.  If Christ is present, why is there a problem? 

To be honest, a lot of our prayers are for financial problems, or about physical sickness or distress.   

We pray for things we see, touch, taste, hear and feel.

Then we wonder at the lack of progress (in our growth), in our walk with Christ.  We wonder why our prayers are not answered, or at best, not often. 

If we study the prayers of Paul, for the church, and learn to follow his lead, we might find results, beyond our dreams.

The first thing, I notice is Paul is praying for others.  We do not hear a lot of personal needs or desires, except, for the sin that so easily besets him.

He asked the Lord three times to remove this messenger of Satan, to be told the Grace, (the unmarited mercy and favor), of God, is enough.

We need to know how to repent, to get back in right standing with God…  it was both David and Pauls secret, to have a heart after God.

No, for the most part, the prayers that he wrote, were for others.   I will attempt to break down his prayer, from Ephesians 1.

     *  He gives thanks for others, by name to the Lord.

I give thanks that they walk with You, and know and serve You, draw them closer, Please Lord.

     *   He prays for the Spirit of Wisdom, (Jesus), (1 Corinthians 1:30), and Revaluation in our Knowledge of Him. 

Lord, may You reveal Yourself to them, increasing their knowledge and love for You with their  every breath. 

     *   The eyes of our understanding be opened, that we would know, recognize the hope, He has for us.  That we would grab ahold of His promises and power, to do His will.

That we would accept the inheritance He left us.  The Ministry Gifts and the Gifts of the Spirit.  That we would grow into You.

     *   That we would know and use the Power we have, in the belief of His Name and His Promises. 

He said, so many times:  ONLY BELIEVE!!!  Only, …   we don’t. 

     *   That Power is the Power of the Resurrection.  

Paul, prayed for this Power, (Philippians  3:10), recognizing he also had to share the fellowship of His suffering, and be made into HIS IMAGE. 

     *   He wants us to have Power above that of the Prince of this world.  To have Dominion, to Rule over, not be a Servant of the limits of this World.

We are not limited by the Laws of Nature.  

Phillip was translated to another place, after, he had served Gods purpose where he was.   The dead have been raised, the lame healed, the sick have recovered. 

ONLY BECAUSE PETER, PAUL, JOHN, STEVEN AND OTHERS…..  ONLY BELIEVED!!!

Church, there is something wrong with our belief system.  I believe it can be corrected. 

I believe God would have us, living in a place of Power.  A place of Answered Prayer. 

We first need to read, study, listen to the miracles in the Word.  Faith, comes by hearing, and hearing by the WORD OF GOD. 

The second thing we need to do is to learn how to pray, as Paul prayed.   In thanksgiving, for more of Jesus, that our eyes would be opened, to see the Spiritual Blessings available to those Who Believe. 

Then we need to seek and accept the Gifts He has given us…  They are freely given and awaiting our acceptance, we must ask and receive tham, as we did our Salvation. 

Lord, hear our Prayer.   Amen

Does God still build,  Hedges?  theunfetteredpreacher 

The Lord, built a Hedge around Job.  He caused all the work of his hands to prosper.  The Devil was convinced, the reason Job served God, was because of this protection, because of these blessings.

The Lord has promised us several times, to prosper us, to meet our needs, to supply exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think or even imagine. 

He also promises, we can do all things, through Christ Jesus.   Jesus said, we would do all He did and more.

The Devil is just as convinced, that we love and serve the Lord, because we trust these promises to be being fulfilled. 

Saints, I pray that isn’t the reason we serve the Lord.   No, if we look at Job, the Lord told the Devil and us, why he was so prosperous. 

The Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”

The qualities of Job, we must learn to emulate. 

     ●   There is none like him, A perfect and upright man:

What? How could that be?  What does this mean, for me, today? 

Proverbs: 2. 10,11,20,21 

When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 

Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: 

That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. 

For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

When Wisdom,  (Jesus), enters our hearts, when His knowledge becomes, pleasent to our soul.  

That is when we begin to walk in the right way, and keep to the narrow path of righteousness. 

Then we will dwell in the land and remain.

To be perfect and upright, blameless…. we must accept Jesus, (Wisdom), into our lives, and learn to walk in His Righteousness. 

We must learn to:

     ●   Fear God, and escheweth evil.

One of my favorite scriptures is about why God chose Levi, to lead the Priests.

Malachi: 2. 4-6

And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. 

My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.  

The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.

We must learn to stand in Awe of our God, to Worship Him in Spirit and In Truth.

We must know and speak His Truth… not our desires.  

We must take up His Yoke.  We will find peace and rest in our souls.

As we endeavor to walk with Him, many will turn from sin, because they will see, consider and understand that He Is the all in all.

Whether we be rich or poor, a master or slave, His Hedge of Protection will keep us blameless.  As we rely totally on Him.

Smiths Bible Dictionary:
Hedge
The Hebrew words thus rendered denote simply that which surrounds or encloses, whether it be a stone wall, geder, (Proverbs 24:31; Ezekiel 42:10) or a fence of other materials. The stone walls which surround the sheepfolds of modern Palestine are frequently crowned with sharp thorns.

He will build a Hedge around us.   Amen

Will the HATE, never end?  theunfetteredpreacher 

Will the HATE, never end?

For 8 years, I was disappointed in my fellow Americans.  Why?  For twice, electing, a community organizer, to head our great Nation.

I complained, disagreed, grumbled about the direction of my Country, and the incredible increase in taxes, and loss of business.  But,  I never have hated, the Obama’s.  

My dislike, if you can even call it that,  had nothing to do with color, ONLY POLICY. 

Now, we have a new leader.  Jobs are coming back, almost like when Reagon was elected, true hope is in many hearts.

Sadly, there are those, who are not satisfied with disappointment, complaining, grumbling and disagreement. 

No,  it is all too sad.   

Mock up, severed heads, a orange haired, ruler, stabbed and killed while the audience cheers.

Open hatred, spewed from our so called comedians, our news media, and the opposing party, talking of impeachment, mental illness. 

Even before he took office.

IT MUST STOP!!!

We were the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.   We can disagree with Policy and Politics, and still respect, and be friends with one another. 

When Mr. OBAMA,  was elected, you did not see those on the right, turn away from family or friends.  

I do not remember any right wing nuts, shooting the folks on the left.

What happened when Mr. TRUMP was elected?

The left has become unhinged.   People, GROW UP, SIT DOWN, and SHUT UP.   Next election, get a decent candidate,

Win back, the House, the Senate and the White House.  Do everything decently and in order.

We are trying to correct the perceived mistakes of the previous 8 years.  You can work to correct the mistakes of this period of time.

A conservative talk host, (Michael Savage), coined a phrase: “LIBERALISM IS A MENTAL DISORDER.”

I hate to agree, but watch the news, listen to the comedians, take off your Democrat glasses…  and face the facts.

Lord, I pray for this Country, a Cival War is brewing, and probably already begun.   Please save our Great Land.  Amen

The Sound of Gods Voice :  theunfetteredpreacher 

Do you think you know the Voice of God?  Have you heard Him speak?  Would you recognize His Voice, if He spoke to you?

Is it the sound of a Mighty Rushing Wind?  Or a still small voice?  Do you hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host?

Let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself:” (What?)

Do you strain to hear Him?  Do you understand what He is saying?  Do you believe he speaks at all?

They heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day:”

Adam and Eve recognized the voices of the Lord God, and because of their sin, hid.

Do we find ourselves, hiding from God, ashamed of ourselves?   He desires we come boldly to His throne of Grace.

We certainly can do that, IF we are covered with the blood of the Lamb.  

If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.”

Freedom from the plagues of Egypt?  One of the many promises given to those who love Him.

John 5:25
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.”

Are you living,  do you hear His voice?

Psalm 29:3
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters.”

Psalm 95:6-8 (KJV)

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

It may be a still small voice,  we think of it, as our conscience.   It might be a mighty rushing wind, we experience as we read His Word, and are blown away by His Revelation to us.

Or it could be in the midst of a storm.

The Lord wants to speak to us.  To make His will and ways for our life clear.  “Today, harden not your heart…”

He said:

Take My Yoke, learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Find rest, walk with Jesus, hear His voice.

Amen