I have no delight in thee; – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Have you ever considered, that the Lord will say:  “I have no delight in thee;

You know there will be believers, who will hear: “Depart from Me, I never knew you.” 

How can this be?  Will He say it to you?  Why would He say this to believers?

We see why, in the story of the Talents. (Mathew 25).  The Master left His servants Talents, (money?),  those who increased those Talents were blessed, those who buried them heard, “Depart”.  When the Master returned.

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We are usually taught the Talents were money.   Did He leave you any money?  I didn’t think  so.

Are you a servant of Jesus? 

Do you really think the Talents He left are in knowing how to invest, how to make money?

NO,  …..  HE LEFT US, (sent  us), HIS HOLY SPIRIT. 

He would have us increase in our ability to walk in His will, by the Power and Grace of the Holy Spirit.

He would have signs and wonders following those who believe.  He promised they would, why don’t they?

WE HAVE BURIED THE HOLY SPIRITS GIFTS.

He gave us His Holy Spirit,  a lot of churches acknowledge the existence of, but deny the power, gifts and works of Him today.   They are burying the Talents He would have us increase.

There is a time, when we will be asked, how we increased His Kingdom, by the use of His Gifts.

Please, …  SEEK THE BEST GIFTS. 

The gifts needed for today, it may be the Gift of Faith, or Healings, Miracles, Prophecy, Discerning of spirits, Words of Wisdom or Knowledge.

Or heaven forbid the Gift of tongues, (so you have a better prayer life, in private with God.

Or tongues and interpretation to exhort and comfort your brothers in Christ in public.

Read the whole word, Paul says:  SEEK YE THE BEST GIFTS.  Just use them in love.

Will the Lord have delight in us?

2 Samuel: 15. 26.
But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.”

This scripture is from the time King David is fleeing from his son Absolom.  He sent the Ark of the Lord back to Jerusalem. 

Declaring he would wait and see whether the Lord allowed him to  see it again or not.

David was rewarded because of his faith and his life of repentance.

We will be rewarded because of our faith, life of repentance and our obedience in loving God and each other, by supplying their needs. 

Both by physical means, food, clothes, financial help and by Spiritual means, Words of comfort, grace, direction.  Healings and Miracles.

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Be a Holy Spirit dispenser.  Meet the needs of others.

He will give His Gifts to those who can be trusted to use them for His Glory.  Is that you?

“According to your faith be it unto you.”

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Who am I, O Lord? – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Have you ever had occasion, to ask the Lord: “Who am I?” 

Moses asked that question when the Lord sent him to the Hebrews and Pharaoh.  Moses tried to change the Lords mind by reminding Him who he was.

I am just a shepard Lord, I don’t speak well, I am nobody, why would they listen to me?   I am not worthy, O Lord.  Send someone else.

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And the people served the Lord: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

“And the people served the Lord “

I would love that to be what I was remembered for.  “Bill served the Lord.”  Wow,  if only that were accurate.  This would be closer to the truth:

“Bill desired to serve the Lord and sometimes did.”

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Judges 2:7
King James Version (KJV)
And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord, that he did for Israel.”

I have longed to see the great works of the Lord,  since before I found Him. 

As a matter of fact,  My prayer was that I wanted to know and serve a Lord of Power.   Not just of Words,  (hot air, empty prayers).

I am convinced that He brought me to Christian Retreat in Florida,  so I would see just that.   I lived,  worked and attended The Institute of Ministry and the Pastoral Training School.  

I worked there about 3 years.  Left there licenced and ordained to preach, teach,. . .   ready to marry and bury.   Did ok as an Evangelist,  failed as a Pastor.

Ran away from it,  (with my tail between my legs).  I still loved the Lord,  but had lost my hope and nerve.  

I didn’t understand how to work with His people.  To me they were Satans spawn.   They couldn’t be trusted,  relied on, or confided in.

That was wrong,  the problem was within me,  not them.   It took about 20 years in the desert for me to come around,  and realize the truth. 

Is it possible to understand why they served the Lord and then stopped?

“all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua”

Why stop then?  What happened? Are we experiencing the same problem today?   Few do the necessary work to know and  be used of the Lord.

“who had seen all the great works of the Lord, that he did for Israel.”

The people who had experienced the Lord.
Isaiah 41:20
That  they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.”

This is what we are missing today,  in our churches.  Very few have seen anything but a few healed souls, and we call that miracles.  When Jesus was in His home town all He could do was heal a few sick people.  Why?

Because of their unbelief.  They thought He was doing mighty things.  He couldn’t.  Same thing today, no earth shattering miracles, in the early  church people were healed by the Apostles shadows.  Raised from the dead.  

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Today our preaching puts more to sleep, then sets their faith on fire.  We have lost the Power of God.  Sorry folks we need todays Peter, Paul and James and John to rise out of our dead churches, and show us the way to the Holy of Holies, so we can find Grace and Mercy in our time of need.

Lord, help us to be usefull vessels of Your power and love.

Thank You.

God hath chosen thee, – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Scripture from Acts 22:

“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.”

The prophetic words of Ananias, the devout man, that God sent Paul to when he was blinded.

These words apply just as much to those of us who are called to serve the Lord today.

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The Church should be like a filling staition

We have many beautiful churchs, annointed and inspired  speakers, loving, caring  people.    Good fellowship,  wonderful ministries, great plans and intentions.  (so your church is growing daily,  right?)

If it is, praise God, quit reading and get back to work.  If not, maybe the Lord has shown me something worth praying about.

Sadly, what most  churches are missing is the power of God.   We can preach, teach and even exemplify the love and care of God.

We feed the hungry, clothe the poor, give soup, soap and Salvation.  (thank you Salvation Army).

Oh, we see some prayers answered,  some folks comforted, even some of the sick healed.  Others we cannot seem to touch.  I’ve considered several reasons.

1.  Our  life is to blame
(we don’t walk in obedience).

2.  We need to fast and pray
(humble ourselves).

3.  We  don’t truly believe

After all Jesus said we would do even greater things then He did and he healed all that were afflicted,  raised the dead, gave sight to the blind, the lame walked. “If we would only believe,  we could move mountains”.

Lord Jesus,  if we were just walking in these truths the world would be won for you….but we have failed.

The Question is WHY?

Certainly we can blame the reasons listed above and not be wrong,  but I believe the answer is deeper still.  If we look at Mark 6 we find Jesus in His home town.

He heals a few sick (His words) and marvals at their unbelief. While they seem to think it is marvelous work.

When in Bible School (early 1980’s), Benny Hinn would come for a week at a time.

We would be amazed at the mighty works that Jesus preformed through him but he never healed them all.

Some left untouched,  hurting, discouraged, disappointed.

One answer:   501c 3s

When we started giving receipts, became tax exempt. …allowed ourselves to be muzzled about the problems in our country,  we gave the power to edit Gods word and will.

Think I’m way off, out of line, maybe out of my mind?

When the tax man came to Peter what happened?

What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?  Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.  Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

Later in answer to Pharisees,  Jesus said:

Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

We need to treat the church like the filling staition down the street.   Fix whats wrong, fill folks with the Holy Spirit and after expenses,  pay the tax man.

Give  control of His Church back to Him.  God did miracles so that:

Isaiah 41:20
That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.

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