Elijah, a man of God 13: theunfetteredpreacher

King Ahab has died, his son takes the throne.

We  know a few things as we start 2 Kings.  Ahaziah, the son of Ahab is now King of Israel in the Capital Samaria.

He reigned for just two years, and walked in the way of both Ahab and Jezebel, which was the way of Jeroboam, who made Israel to sin.

He provoked the Lord to anger, as his father had done, by serving and worshiping Baal.

2 Kings 1:
Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.

This first verse is interesting because the Moabites were of the lineage of Lot.  At this point they are refusing to pay tribute to Ahaziah.

When the Hebrews were entering the promised land they were told to leave the Moabites alone.

They were to destroy all the tribes who were there except for Lot and Esaus descendants.

It was on a mountain in Moab that Moses saw the promised land.  He was 120, his eyes had not dimmed nor his strangth failed.

He was buried on that mountain, no one knows where.

2 Kings 1:
At this point in our story, Ahaziah, aparently  fell from a window, through some lattice work , and was grieviously injured. 

In his sickness, he sent messengers to the temple of Baal, to find out if he would recover.

But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them,

Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron?”

We need to take a closer look at Elijah,  he was an example to us, of how the Lord will use a willing vessel. 

He was open to the Word of the Lord, like no other Bible character.   He received and acted on Words of Knowledge, Words of Wisdom, Prophecy… ect.

With Abram, we find the Lord had said…  The Lord spoke more than once to get Abram to listen and leave the land of UR.

Moses, needed a burning bush, to draw his arrention to the Lord.   Elijah, when we first meet is delivering the Word of the Lord.

Then the Lord speaks, “You better go hide.

Elijah continued:  “Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

Elijah then departed wnd left the messengers to go back and tell the King, the Word of the Lord.

Ahaziah, questioned them, they told the tale. He asked:  “What manner of man was he which came up to meet you, and told you these words?

It is here we find the resemblance to John the Baptist.  “He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins.

Ahaziah, recognized him as Elijah the Tishbite, and sent a captain with his 50, to go and bring Elijah back.  The captain found Elijah on the top of a hill, and spoke to him.

Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.

This sounds to me a reasonable request.  Elijah answers:  “If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty.

Not surprisingly that is exactly what happened.  Not just this one time, but twice.

The third captain did something different.

The third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight.   Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight.”

And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah,Go down with him: be not afraid of him.” And he arose, and went down with him unto the king.  

Elijah told the King:   “Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.”

So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had spoken.

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Elijah, a man of God.   Lord I pray, make me a man You can use.  Amen

I am disappointed! theunfetteredpreacher

I am disappointed!   WHY?  Because I believe the Scripture.

1 Corinthians: 4:20
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

When I was first seeking God, I begged Him to show me that He was a God of Power and Might, not just words.

Growing up in a Catholic Church, I heard all the words, wondered at the mystery, and was disappointed with the reality.

When I was saved, I was introduced to a God of Power and Might,  a God, who was alive, loving, comforting, healing, who gave true joy and peace.

A God who knew and provided my needs before I knew them myself.  He was within me, around me, all I sought, wanted or needed.

I was part of a community of believers.  Bold, working in  the Gifts and Calling of the Lord.

Acts 4:29-31
King James Version (KJV)
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

Where did their boldness come from?  The Lord stretching forth His hand to heal, and signs and wonders happening by the Name of Jesus.

Some 30+ years later, I am disappointed!  The body of believers don’t believe. 

We see few if any signs and wonders, we stay home from Church when sick, so we don’t spread our colds or flu.

We don’t expect signs, wonders and miracles, they just don’t happen anymore.   WHY NOT?

Is God not the same yesterday, today and forever?  

Has His ability to preform said works, diminished? 

Expired? 

Has he forgotten how?

No, we seem to be content, we are saved, loved by God, the redeemed of the Lord. 

What more could we want?

I will tell you what I want! 

The Power of God, in my life, real, and mighty for the pulling down of strong holds, powerful for the saving of souls.

Wonderful for healing, comforting, bringing peace and joy to the afflicted, the lost, depressed, all those in need of a touch from God.

The Kingdom of God in POWER.  The Lord honoring His Promises in MY LIFE.

How and when, will I see this?  When I am totally His. 

When we like Elijah,  speak and act on His Word, even in the face of the King.  When we tell His story like Stephen, even as we are being stoned to death.

We are not bold.  We are not powerful.  We really are not faithful, true to His calling, active in His work.

Well maybe you are… 

I sure fall short.  I am disapointed, desolate and afflicted.  I long to be true, called, chosen and faithful.

I have answered the call, been accepted into the chosen.  My failure, is in being faithful.

I am the problem.  “I”, “I”, “I”…  this truth is devastating.

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Like this home, covered in ivy, the temple of the Holy Spirit within me, is covered and strangled by my wants, desires, my sin and shame.

Lord, please, change my heart, my mind, my life.  May I be a man after Your own heart and desires. 

May I be a vessel, You can use to proclaim Your Kingdom in Power. 

May Your promise of signs, wonders and miracles follow… Because I believe.   Amen

The wise men; what wisdom is in them? theunfetteredpreacher

The wise men;  what wisdom is in them?

The wise men of our Public Schools, the wise men of our Universities, the wise men of our Government; 

Even the wise men of our Churches;  “what wisdom is in them?

The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord; and what wisdom is in them?

Please note, I include even our Churches in the question, “what wisdom is in them?”

The world has excepted the nonsense of  climate change as being because of man. 

Ignoring the ice ages, and hot weather that have been cycling through-out time, wilfully and willingly.

We are being told LGBTQ’s are to be accepted, embraced and our children taught  that it is all natural and good.  (It isn’t).

I know these folks have always been with us.  I understand they believe they have no choice, that it is who they are.  (Not true).

Our elected loosers in Washington, would denie us our rights, while further driving God out of our lives.  (Godlessness prevails, evil grows in the hearts of man).

The real problem, apparently, is the Word of God.  It reveals our sins, causes us discomfort, points us to repentance.  (This is truth).  We cannot have that.

That is why we must not teach it to, or even let our children possess a Bible, never mind share it with their classmates.

Enough about the world, why the Church?

We have the same problems in Church,  we ignore the parts of the Bible we don’t agree with.

For some:  It is humility, poverty, trials and tribulation.  For others:  It  is prosperity, success, healing, peace and joy.  Still others:  The Gifts and Power of the Holy Spirit today.  Signs, wonders, miracles, tongues, interpretation, prophecy.

They don’t understand the truth of the Word so they throw it out.  It is all in there, all valid beliefs, truths of God, according to your faith so be it. 

Woe, to the teachers and preachers that speak against the parts they do not understand.   (Yes they are legion).

So many reject the things they do not understand, instead of asking the Lord to enlighten them.

They bury the Talents…  They do not increase…  Spiritualy themselves, and they cause what followers they have to stay immature, ineffective and ignorant.

We need the parts of the Word we do not understand the most.  If we allow Him, the Holy Spirit would lead us to all truth.  He will teach us all things.  Empower us for His service.

We should experience increase in all parts of our lives and ministries.

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Lord, open our eyes, our hearts and our minds, to accept all you have for us, to fulfill Your will.
Amen

Elijah, a man of God 12: theunfetteredpreacher

1 Kings 22, is an interesting chapter, Elijah isn’t mentioned, but the Lord does things a little differently from what we might expext.

Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel.  He walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the Lord:

Judah and Israel are going to work to recover land lost to the Syrians.  Now Jehosaphat, the King of Judah, was a good and Godly man, it is inexplicable that he joins forces with the wicked Ahab, the King of Israel.

Yet, here he is.

And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the Lord to day.”

Ahab had about four hundred (false) prophets, who told them:  “Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.”

Jehoshaphat, found this a little odd and said:
Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might enquire of him?

Apparently, there was one, Ahab answered:  “Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.”

Jehoshaphat, wanted to hear his word, so he was called.  Meanwhile, some of the false prophets were acting out the great victory they foresaw.

Micaiah, was warned to speak good things like the false prophets.  He replied:  “As the Lord liveth, what the Lord saith unto me, that will I speak.

This harkens back to the story of Balaam, in Numbers 22.  Balek wanted Balaam to prophecy evil for Israel.  Balaam said he could only speak the Word of the Lord.

We hear a donkey speak, in todays story we find something unusual once again.

Ahab asks him, shall we go?  The answer surprises him.

Micaiah replied:  “Go, and prosper: for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.” 

The same words as the false prophets… 

Ahab knew something was wrong and said:
How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the Lord?

Apparently, Ahab knew he was not doing what the Lord desired.  He knew the Lords prophet shouldn’t agree with the others.

Then Micaiah, spoke again:  “I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the Lord said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in peace.”

Ahab said unto Jehoshaphat,  “Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?”

The word of the Lord came to Micaiah once again:  “Hear thou therefore the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.

And the Lord said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.

And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him.

And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.

Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil concerning thee.

This story, here and in 2 Chronicles 18 is the only place a lying spirit is mentioned in the Bible  

Saints, we know the Lord can make snakes and donkeys speak.  Now we know He can use  lying spirits, (notice, a small s), to accomplish His goals.

These are evil spirits, used by the Lord to do His bidding.  The Lord uses the use-able. 

If we aren’t allowing Him to use us,  how and by whom are we being used?   Are we a light shining in a dark world, or a black hole, sucking up the light.

A false prophet smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, “Which way went the Spirit of the Lord from me to speak unto thee?”

Micaiah said, “Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.”

Ahab proclaimed:   “Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king’s son;   And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace.

Bread and water of affliction:  We only find this phrase in the story of Micaiah and one other place,

Isaiah 30:20-21
And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:  And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Even in the midst of the worst adversities, the Word of the Lord will be there to guide, direct and protect us.

Micaiah said, “If thou return at all in peace, the Lord hath not spoken by me.  Hearken, O people, every one of you.

So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramothgilead.

Ahab disguised himself while Jehoshaphat had on his royal robes.  The Syrians were ordered to go after Ahab.  

At first they targeted Jehoshaphat, realized their error and by chance hit Ahab.  He bled out and died in his chariot.

And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the going down of the sun, saying, “Every man to his city, and every man to his own country.”

Micaiahs prophecy fulfilled, and then we find Elijahs prophecy fulfilled.

And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria; and the dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armour; according unto the word of the Lord which he spake.

So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.

We have seen men of God, Obediah, hid and fed 100 prophets of God, Micaiah, who brought the Lords truth once again to Ahab.

Then his word coming true, once again Elijah.  All three were vessels used by the Lord to accomplish His purpose.

We need to be available also.

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Lord, please open our hearts and minds to be ready to answer Your call.  May we make a difference for Your Kingdom.   Amen

Elijah, a man of God 11: theunfetteredpreacher

We next find Elijah, in 1 Kings 21, the story of Naboths vineyard.  A simple story, of greed, deception, and murder.

Naboth had the misfortune of having inherited a vineyard, next door to Ahab and Jezebel.

Ahab, wanted that vineyard.  He first did the right thing and offered to buy it.  Only Naboth, wouldn’t think of selling his inheritance.

Ahab, cried once again to Jezebel.  She devised a plan to steal the land and get rid of all the Naboths.   It worked.

“And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.

And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite.”

A word of knowledge.  (He was told the situation).   Then he had a Word of Prophecy.  (Ahabs future fortold).

Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it.

And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession?” And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.

Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy?

Elijah answered, “I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the Lord.

Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel,

And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin.

And of Jezebel also spake the Lord, saying, “The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.   Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.

“But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.

And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel.”

We find and interesting truth here:

“And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.

Ahab learned to repent.   The wicked one repented… How could the Lord allow this?

“And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,”

Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.

The Lord delayed the consequences of Ahab evil, …..  What?

Exodus 20
I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

We may repent and be forgiven, but the consequences of are sin are felt.  Every action, has a reaction of equal or greater proportion.

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Choose to love the Lord, you will cause mercy to flow to many you love.    Amen

Elijah, a man of God 10: theunfetteredpreacher

The angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.  And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

This is where we left Elijah,  40 days and nights, no food or drink, till he reached the mountain of God.  

1 Kings 19
And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, “What doest thou here, Elijah?”  

Elijah answered, “I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”

Still pushing I am all You have Lord, I am the only faithful servent You have.

The Lord spoke:  “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.

Behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:   And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave.

Elijah knew the voice of the Lord, he had spent time with the Lord, we see here the Lord, shaking up his depression.  Reminding him, you know Me, trust Me, I know where you are, and the fear that is within you.

The Lord asked him again:  “What doest thou here, Elijah?”

Elijah again gives the wrong answer:  “ I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

Has he forgotten the children of Israel came back to God after the fire fell.

The Lord gave him new orders:  “Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:    And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.   And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.

The Lord, in spite of Elijahs wrong headed thoughts, still knew he would do as commanded.  He names Elijahs successor, Your work is nearly done, have faith…  Then He told him once more:   “Yet I have left me seven thousnd in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.”

We do not need to know all the Lord has, or wants, or does.  He needs us to do as He desires, in spite of what we think, or know or think we know.

Even an obedient, faithful man of God, can feel defeated, misused,  depressed.  It takes obedience, to work through our doubts, fears and misunderstanding.

Just find your secret place,  rest in Him,  follow His directions, He will see you through.

Elijah, a man of God 9: theunfetteredpreacher

1 Kings 19

Saints, If we could get our heads around the Biblical truth in this post, we would be walking in the Yoke with Jesus, our burdon would be light, we would find rest for our souls. 

Open our Spiritual eyes please Lord.

Our man Elijah, called down the fire of God  to burn up his sacrifice, the Israelites, have turned back to God.

Elijah, had a Word of Knowledge,  he heard:
a sound of abundance of rain.

He did not just sit and wait for the fulfillment of Gods promise, NO,  he found his place of prayer, his secret place.  Then he looked for the promise.

When the promise wasn’t seen, he kept praying and had his man look seven times.

The rains came.  “ the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

Obedience combined with prayer, gave Israel rain and Elijah, super-sonic, God powered,  transport, to beat horses and Chariot to Jezreel.

Now Ahab was a wicked King, but he had just seen Gods power, and he was upset at the death of his prophets.

Like most bullies, he went home and cried to his wife.   “Nothings going my way, Elijah was so mean, what am I going to do?”   “Nobodies going to respect or fear me anymore”  “boo hoo”  Well, maybe not, but he did tell Jezebel.

Jezebel, wasn’t just a bully, she was completely evil and vindictive…. she was, just plain mean.

She sent this message to Elijah:  “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.”

Now Elijah, the man of faith and power, stood tall and cried out:   “BRING IT ON!!!”   Just like Clint Eastwood, in a movie.

Well not quite:  “when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life.

This mighty man of God, running for his life, hiding in the wilderness, sat under a juniper tree:   “and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

(The juniper tree is a favorite spot to camp in the desert, it is one of the largest shrubs.  It protects from the wind at night and gives a measure of shade in the day.)

Then he did what I do, when I am depressed, fed up,  scared, confused, ….(most days, I guess).  He slept.

We don’t worry, when we sleep, we only dream.  We rest, regain our strength, sort out our thoughts.  We allow the Lord to minister to us.

Elijah, being a man of faith received special treatment.  No stream and ravens feeding him, this time.

No, an angel woke him, baked a cake on coals, gave him water.  He ate and drank, and slept once again.

Recovery from depression, is the only instance I recall in the Bible, of a healing taking time and no special effort.  (wash in the Jorden 7 times).

Our churches should not be hospitals, but Fix-it Shops-Filling Stations, the hurting should   be healed, filled with the Holy Spirit and sent out to spread the same.

THAT WAS GODS PLAN.

Jesus healed,  “now, today, … go and sin no more.”

The angel.came once again,  and told him:
“Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for the thee.”

He arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

Like Moses, back to the mountain of God.

We find the truth, the place of power and answered prayer, if we would only understand and put into practice, Gods Word.

Psalm 65:4a
King James Version (KJV)
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee,”

God called Moses, Elijah, David, Asa, Abraham, Peter, Paul and Mary, and today, you and I.  

He desires and offers so much more, than Salvation, He offers us His entire essence.

He will “cause us to approach Him.

If we will learn to approach, to find the secret place, under His wings, our lives would be so different. 

Unfortunately, we don’t, we  live in the outskirts of His Kingdom.

He didn’t force us to accept Salvation, He doesn’t force us to come close. 

➢Only one, rested his head on Jesus breast.
➢Only one, saw heaven.
➤Only one, died a natural death. 

The 400 years of silence.  Was not because the Lord had nothing to say. It was because NO ONE, DREW CLOSE TO LISTEN!!!

Today we see vary little of Gods healing power, signs and wonders and miracles.

Not because God dosn’t want to do those things, He promised us we would do them and more.

Because so few draw nigh, we have few Faith Healers, few true Prophets, but many Pasters and teachers.

Learning Gods word and sharing it, takes work, study and prayer but with some effort, a Preacher/Teacher is born.

My question is:  “How many are walking in the Power of God?  Are the multitudes lining up to hear Gods voice, be healed, comforted, set free?”

God has bigger plans for those  who have chosen “to approach Him,” 

He has special promises to those who refuse to stay in the outskirts of His Kingdom.

Psalms 65:4b
that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.”

Moses and Elijah could go for 40+ days without food and water because they lived under the shadow of His wings, they found the Secret Place… the place available to all who call Him Lord.

Next instalment…  Elijah is schooled by the Father. 

Isn’t it interesting, a man of Faith and Power, yet he needs reminding of who he is and who he is dealing with.

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Lord, please “cause us to approach” you, lead us to that secret place, help us to understand and then stand on Your Word.    Amen

Tales from my Father 2: theunfetteredpreacher

My Dad had a love of cars from a young age.  He was driving his own vehicles, on the road, from 12 years and up.

Now these vehicles were usually, only half a body, a front seat and just a flat bed behind.

Two stories that caused him to roar in laughter, when he shared them.

He had 6 younger siblings, they had been a couple miles down the road at a neighbours, gathering and loading hay on his flat bed.

He drove them home, all the kids sitting on top of the hay,  he says he turned into the driveway a little too fast. 

The hay and the kids all ended up in the middle of the road.  No one hurt, but his Dad wouldn’t let him drive for a couple of weeks.

One other time, the vehicle he drove had a gravity fed gas line.  He never had more than a gallon at a time and often less.

To go up hill, since the gas tank was under the front seat, he would have to drive in reverse.

He had a friend in the passenger seat, as he whipped it around to go up the hill backwards, his friend fell out, and was run over by the back wheel.

He was not hurt, Dad said the back end wasn’t heavy enough to do any damage. His friend never let him live it down.

On a serious note:

Latter on, when he was around 18, he and a friend were in a street legal car, full body, even registered and licenced.

When he had a terrible accident in which his friend was killed.   An event, that you never forgive or forget.

I know the guilt and pain he carried, I don’t know if he ever experienced the forgiveness of Christ. The lifting of the burden off his soul.

He believed, as a good Catholic believes, he knew who Jesus was, he knew the gospel.

He never did know or understand, he could have a personal relationship.

I was never able to make him or anyone in my family understand.

I prayed when I first got saved, fervently, effectually, I was the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

I believe I heard the Lord say: ENOUGH BILL, I HEARD YOU…

I rest on that belief. I trust I will see him and the rest of my family I prayed for. Amen

Tales from my Father 1: theunfetteredpreacher

It just occurred to me, that with the death of my sister, I am now the repository of our family stories.

If you care to read them, be my guest.  I just would like them written down somewhere for any grand children that may be interested.

My Dad was born in 1917,  and most of these short stories were told to me by him.  His right leg had been broken, when in grammer school as they played ring around the flag pole.

Somehow, they pulled hard enough so the pole fell down, my Dads leg caught between it and a rock.  He ended up, his right leg an inch and a half shorter then his left.

His friend Charley, pulled him to school and home in either a wagon or a sled for at least that year.   Thanks, Charlie, wish I could remember your last name.

His Dad, Wellie Cote, had a home in Ashburnham, Mass.  Not really a farm, but a farm house, a field, garden, a chicken house, a small barn, with 3 stalls for milking.

Three of his favorite stories concerned the cows.  One, Bessie, spent her days with the other cows, down the road at a neighbours field.

When it was time for them to come home, his little brother Earnie would go up and lead the cows home riding Bessie.  Quite a site.

They had another cow that kept getting out of its stall.  Dad was kept home from school to find out how she escaped.

It was a quiet morning, he was almost asleep on the hay, when he heard a noise, looked up and the front hooves of the cow were on the the top of the bottom half of the dutch door.

Sure enough, she was over it and out of the barn in a blink of the eye. 

One other time they had the outside door of the barn, closed enough so she couldn’t squeeze through.

She got stuck, when she  jumped through a closed window.   Front half out, back side in.

Lots of broken glass, not a mark on her.

I think that takes care of the cows,  next I will try cars.

I realize I should have expounded on the Spiritual meaning, but I don’t think there is one.  

Hope it brought a chuckle.

Elijah, a man of God 8: theunfetteredpreacher

Elijah has reappeared in King Ahabs life, we have seen the Lord send down fire to burn up Elijahs sacrifice. 

The people of Israel, have repented, and helped round up the prophets of Baal, so they could be executed for refusing to repent and follow God.

That is where we find ourselves.  1  Kings 18

And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.  So Ahab went up to eat and to drink.

Elijah, given another Word of Knowledge, “a sound of abundance of rain.”  Telling the King once more what to do.

Get thee up, eat and drink;”

Ahab did as directed.

Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,”

He had a Word of Knowledge, rain is comming, but where is it?   He believed, but did not just sit and wait, no, he cast himself down, (Not just kneeled, but fell to his knees), and put his face between his knees.

We find Elijah, praying the Word from God into existence.

And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea.  And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.

Seven times, do you think it might be significant?  Check out how often seven times is required.

➣Jacob bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
➢dip his finger in some of the blood, and sprinkle it seven times
➢dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle of the oil with his finger seven times before the Lord:
➢and sprinkle the house seven times:
➢thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.
➣if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.
➢ if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.
➢seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.
➣it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times.
➢he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child
➣Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
➢The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
➣Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.
➢For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:
➣they should heat the furnace seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
➢ I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
➣if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

And it came to pass at the seventh time,
that he said, “Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand.”

And Elijah said, “Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down that the rain stop thee not.”

And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.

And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

The hand of the Lord was on Elijah, he ran faster than a chariot…  or was he translated?

It doesn’t matter, it was The Lord.

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Lord, help us to be people on which, “the hand of the Lord,” could reside.  Lord help us to be faithful, obedient servants.  Amen

Elijah, a man of God 7: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

My friend Wally<a href="http://Elijah-How One Man Made a Difference-Part 10 – http://wp.me/p503cN-4d9“>http://Elijah-How One Man Made a Difference-Part 10 – http://wp.me/p503cN-4d9 did an excelent job on the great showdown, really just a show of our Awesome God.  1 Kings 18:22-40   Please check his site out.

I am left with just a few comments:

When you know and recognize the Power and Love of our Lord, you need not jump around, yell and make a spectacle of yourself.  Just quietly, speak the Lords will and expect Him to honor His Word.

Elijah is calling the shots, from the King on down, because of the drought, the Prophet forecast, they paid attention to the Prophets commands.

Elijah, the Prophet of God, was not above having a little fun, as their god could not be found.  He also wasn’t surprised at the Lords responce, he was prepared for the next requirement.

The people fell before the Lord and fulfilled His command in bringing the prophets of Baal to justice.

Elijah then predicted the comming rain.

Hopefully Wally will leave me something to say as we continue on this wonderful journey through the life of Elijah.  lol

The mercy of the Lord: theunfetteredpreacher.com

We have all heard the non-believers say:

A loving God wouldn’t send me to hell, I am a good person, I do more good then evil.”

It is a shame that, this argument is so wrong. We cannot be good and God doesn’t send us to hell.
We condemn ourselves by our lack of belief.
We will all live eternally. Will it be an eternal life with the Lord or eternal seperation from all that is good?
Only by accepting the sacrifice of Jesus, do we find life.

Psalm: 103
But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;”

The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting:  How does He show His mercy?
➤ Who forgiveth all thine iniquities?
➤ Who healeth all thy diseases?
➤ Who redeemeth thy life from destruction?
➤ Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies?
➤ Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s?
➤ The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
➤ He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
➤ As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
➤ Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

The Lord gives us every opportunity to recognize and accept Him as Lord and Savior.
The heavens proclaim His glory, the tides of the sea, remind us of His never ending love. 
We only need to open our hearts and eyes, to allow the Lord entrance to our lives.
Then follow His simple instructions:
➤ Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
➤ Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
➤ Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.
The Lords mercy is everlasting, to us and our children and their children.  Give your children a blessing, know, love and serve the Lord.  The Lord promises His mercy:

upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;”

Elijah, a man of God 6: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

1 Kings 18:  Elijah meets Ahab again, this time Signs and Wonders confirm his Word.

How long halt ye between two opinions?

For three years Elijah stayed with the widow, while the Lord provided food daily and raised her son from the dead.  (miracles)

The Lord told Elijah to go to Ahab, he went, but Ahab, in the end, came to him.

When Ahab saw Elijah, he said unto him: “Art thou he that troubleth Israel?”

From Adam to you and I, when we sin our first response is:  “That woman you gave me.”  It’s not my fault, I was tricked, I had no idea You didn’t approve of … 

When will we just learn to say, Yes, Lord, I screwed up, forgive me?

Elijah set the record straight:   “I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.”  (a Word of Knowledge)

Remember:   “Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him.

Elijah then sent for all Israel, the 450 prophets of Baal, (the sun God), and 400 of Jezebels prophets, (of the groves), to gather at Mt Carmel. 

After they were gathered Elijah spoke:

How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him:”  (a Word of Wisdom)

This really, is a question for us, today. 

Todays Christian is more likely to identify with his Denomination than with Christ.

I’m a Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Church of God,  ect…

The symbols, rituals, traditions of our services, have become more important then true Worship. 

(If you don’t think so, try skipping a tradition to use the time for teaching, or testimonials.)

We worry more about filling the seats, meeting the buget, tickling the ears, then training our people how to wait on the Lord.

We are double minded.

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We cannot follow Christ, because we are following, Luther, Wesley, Billy or Franklin, Charles Stanley….  (all good examples), but not the final word.

The Book is what we need to follow.   The people in Elijahs time:  “answered him not a word.”

Unfortunately today, we don’t, by silence, admit to our sins.  No we  have many words, multiple excuses.

Every man, woman and child, written about in the Bible, is just that.  Some of them sin, and rebel against God.

Some,  hide and feed the prophets of God. 
Some sing and pray, and interceed, others are Prophets, some work miracles, some have great faith, and heal the sick.

They are people, like us.  No better or worse, not at all different then us except, obedience to God is job #1.

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Do you ever wonder why we don’t see signs and wonders following?   Why our children are so easily, pulled away from “the church?”

We have allowed “the church”,  to become the building, “Worship” to become, the order of the Sunday service.

The “presence  of God”, is just an after thought.

We are “The Church, Christ in us, the hope of glory.  The things He did and more, are our great commission.

He sent us to build a house for Him to abide in.  Our house, (Gods Temple), is full of the world, instead.

We must empty ourselves of the world, and fill ourselves with His Word and Life.

You might be a powerful prophet of God.  Or lead the next great Bible teacher, to the Lord. 

We cannot do either with out a strong, faithful, obedience to His Word and Spirit.

He gave us the tools, you know what they are, but they are buried, out of sight, misunderstood, rejected, never to be seen and used, by those who claim to believe.

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Lord, open our eyes, lead us to the place, You would use us.  Empower us by Your Holy Spirit, to do Your will.  Amen

Elijah, a man of God 5: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

As we continue with Elijahs story in1 Kings 18:  we find:

O, BLA D, O, BLA DA, LIFE GOES ON,.. YA,…  LA, LA, LA, LA, LIFE, GOES ON.

After three years of drought, food and water had become scarce, we find King Ahab and Obadiah, (the trusted head of his house), splitting up to search the land for water and grass to keep the live stock alive.

The Lord tells us twice, how Obadiah had defied his King and the wicked Queen Jezebel, by hiding and feeding, 100 prophets of God, to foil Jezebels plan to kill them.

The Lord is showing us a man, an ordinary man, with the gift of faith, a righteous man, who if caught would have faced death, yet did what he could, even if secretly, to serve God.

Meanwhile back at the widows home, the miracle of provision is ongoing.  When Elijah receives more words of Knowledge and Wisdom.

Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.”  “And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab.”

Another page turned, leave your place of provision, Go back and find the man who would have you dead, and speak truth to him once again.

Really Lord?  Will you at least send an earth quake, or loud voice from heaven or are you going to leave me there alone once again.

We find:  “Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab.”

The Lord just will not alow Elijah to get too comfortable.  He doesn’t want us to get too comfortable either.

We must be willing to give up our comfortable circumstances and walk where the Lord directs, if we wish to be used for His glory.

When Obadiah meets Elijah on the road, he recognized him, and was afraid to tell Ahab that Elijah was there for two reasons.

First:  Ahab had been searching for Elijah and made an oath to punish those who were hiding him.

Second:  He was afraid God would translate Elijah away, and Ahab would blame him.

And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay me.

And Elijah said, “As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.”

This last verse tickles me, God told Elijah to go show himself to Ahab, but:

So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

Ahab came to the man of God.

Elijah, a man just like you, used of God, because he knew Gods voice and acted apon it.

If we learn to hear, then obey the voice of The Holy Spirit.   We may find ourselves used by God.   Possibly in a way that saves lives.

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Lord open the doors, help us to hear…  teach us to walk with You.   Amen

As for God, –

“As for God,”

The first words of Psalm 18:30. 
“As for God.”
I sit in wonder and amazement, at the Majesty, Love and Grace of God, of His Eternal Nature and ways, while contemplating that short phrase.  “As for God”

As you know, I have a thing for abandened and neglected things. It started when I noticed beautiful old farm houses, left to rot, while the family, lives in a new mobile home beside it.

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Beautiful old schools, hospitals, government buildings being torn down, to be replaced with souless, unimaginative boxes.

I think it started after WWII, everyone wanted something new, the things that were built to last hundreds of years, were replaced with things with a life span of 30 years or less.

This my friend, is why we have bridges collapsing, roads full of holes and frost heaves. 

Our electrical grid and sewer and water facilities all needing repair.

Our infrastructure falling apart around us.

We think in the “NOW”.

We must change our thinking to the eternal. 

The legacy of the post WWII generation is; “That can be replaced.”  Whether our electronics, buildings, life partners or unborn babies.

Everytime we replace the old, tried and true, in buildings, morality or family we loose a piece of our souls.

God has an Eternal way of life for whosoever will accept it.

Psalm 18:30
King James Version (KJV)
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.”

A perfect way:
A way where we will find the peace that passes understanding, the joy unspeakabe and full of glory.  A way of comfort, love and forgiveness.  A way that touches, heals and saves others.

The Word of the Lord is tried:
We can rely on His promises.  Though His timing can give us fits.  His Word is Truth.  If it is not working in your life, check your side of the promise.

He is a shield to those that trust Him:
He protects, guides and directs all who listen and walk with Him. 

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His way is eternal.
His words are true.
His love and grace will see you through.

THINK ETERNAL, ACCEPT AND WALK WITH JESUS.

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Know you are loved.
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But because the Lord loved you: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Deuteronomy 7:8a
But because the Lord loved you,” 

A simple truth.

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He sent His Son, not to condemn, but to save the world.

A simple truth.

We are called to share with a lost and dying world.

A simple truth.

Jesus and His love.

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Any Questions?

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Know you are loved.
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