he brought forth his people with joy – TheFix-itShop-FillingStation

he brought forth his people with joy”

This is a partial verse from Psalm105:43a, it is referring to the Exodus.  The slaves were set free, they left Egypt with the spoils of their Masters.  They had the Lords protective presence before and behind them.

They had crossed the Red Sea and they saw the Egyptian Army drown, on what a few minutes before,
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  the word of the Lord was precious – The Fix-it Shop – Filling Station

This is from 1 Samuel 3:1.  ” the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.”

We find Eli the High Priest a man that knew  the Form, Rituals, Duties and Laws of the Lord but didn’t seem to know the Lord at all. 

His sons were ungodly, taking the best of the Sacrifices for themselves, leaving the dregs for God.  Entertaining themselves with the Prostitutes who were in the area.

       The Temple should have had  a warning sign.

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It was a form of godliness, denying the power thereof.

I believe that is why the sons were off track. 

Their  Rituals were dead, there was no life. No truth to their Worship.  It’s hard to be a Servant of the living God, when He is far from you because of your sin and unbelief.

Hannah, had come and prayed for a son, whom she would dedicate to the Lords service.  Her prayer was answered and after the child was weaned, she entrusted him to Eli to learn the ways of the Lord.

It is a wonderful thing that Eli, a man who knew not the Lord, could teach Samuel to be a man that the Lord could and would use. 

Why Samuel and not his sons?  Hannah had given him to the Lord, prayed for him, taught him at home before giving him to Eli. Hannah shared her living faith.

Samuel had an open heart and mind to serve and obey the Lord.

It wasn’t long before Samuel heard the voice of the Lord, who gave him a Word of Knowledge, the Lord told him of the end of Eli and sons.

So  the Word of the Lord was precious, (hidden, not proclaimed), until a suitable vessel was in place.

Today Saints, the Word of the Lord could go forth in Power and Might, if the Lord found suitable vessels in His body.

By the ninth chapter we find:

“the Lord had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came,”

Samuel was an open, obedient, reliable and humble vessel, the Lord told Him many things, before they came to pass.  Wouldn’t that be handy in our lives?  

Has the Lord spoken into your ear?  Would you recognize His voice if He did?  The Lord will speak to those who will listen.  Has He been trying to get your attention?

Is there something in your lo life that is more important than Him?  A person or thing, greed,
lust, pride?

It could be that small sin you won’t left go of.  You feed it when you’re alone.  You don’t want anyone to know, it shames you, you believe you have it conquered, then it sneaks back into the light.

No matter how hard we try, the old man raises his ugly head. How long oh Lord?

Until, you are fully immersed in His Word, desire His presence, allow His leading, guiding, directing your path.

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We must take a page from Samuels book.  Love and Obey the Lord with our heart, soul, mind and strength.

Love one another, be open to say:  “Speak Lord, your servant listens.”

Then we may find Power and Might in our Worship.

“the father of a fool hath no joy.” – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Proverbs 17:21
King James Version (KJV)
“He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.”

My poor father could not of had any joy during my teenage years.  There was never a bigger fool then me, before Christ.  Sex, Booze, Drugs, Rock and Roll. 

I had absolutely no respect for authority,
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Is the Holy Spirit? – 6 – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Is the Holy Spirit :
    *  A figment of our imagination?
    *  A fairytale?
    *  A promise not yet received?
A vibrant, living center of you?  The Holy Spirit is here, available now, He is at hand, to comfort, lead, guide, direct, teach, empower, heal, raise the dead, give sight to the blind, make the lame walk, the deaf hear, proclaim the year of the Lord.

Do you see His hand in your life?  Church?  Fellowship?

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(Sand Sculpture at Atlantic  Beach,  NC this year, do not know artist.  Facial expression, priceless ).

The Apostles did.  Why?  They knew the Old Testament and realized exactly what the Lord had delivered them from.  Sin and Death,  Sacrifice and Mourning,  Rituals and False Religion.

Today some of us feel if we are saved we can’t sin.   Wrong

Some of us feel we aren’t worthy to do his work.  Wrong

We don’t need His Baptism of the Holy Spirit, because we have His Spirit because we’re Saved.   Wrongheaded.

We shouldn’t desire Spiritual Gifts.    Wrong….”Desire Spiritual Gifts,  Desire the best Spiritual Gifts.”

We aren’t worthy, trustworthy, faithful, prayerful, humble, teachable, moldable, flexible, holy……

Herein lies the problem.

We really have not learned to walk in the Spirit.   At least I  have not learned to be immediately available and obedient.   When my sister-in-law was in the hospital in pain, the nurses asked us to leave the room, so they could do their thing.  I  believe the Lord wanted me to annoint her with oil and pray right then.

I prayed outside her room for a half-hour before I had a piece.   Another half hour went by before we could go back in the room….she was still in pain,  I finally annointed her with oil and prayed some more.

A half hour later the nurses finally did what was needed to relieve her.  If I had been immediately obedient instead of holding back (fear of ?).  I believe she would’ve suffered for a much shorter time.

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(Picture of a quilt square at The Waterfowl Museum on Harkers Island, NC).

I don’t believe the Lord is upset because of my hesitation, maybe disappointed.   He understands the learning curve we must complete.  He wasn’t mad at Gideon, He just walked him through.

I get a kick out of the story of Abram,   in Genesis 12 it says:  ” Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, ”

To me this means. It was said more than once.  If our hearts are turned toward the Lord, He will walk us through the  learning curve, as He did for Abram,  Abram walked before the Lord for 24 years, he believed Gods promise and was counted as Righteous.

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We must walk with the Spirit all the way along the learning curve, untill we understand His guidince, obey His directions, see His Power and Love in action.

Do you believe?  Will you step out in Faith?  Pray for the sick? Believe the Word?

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Is the Holy Spirit? 2 -The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

“Have you received the Holy Spirit since you’ve believed?”
*”If I didn’t have the Spirit I couldn’t have believed. ”
“How about the 120 believers on the day of Pentecost or the others Paul met and asked?
*”Well I don’t know but I know without the Spirit, I couldn’t have gotten  saved”

All of that is true we receive a measure of faith and the Spirit, when we are saved but there is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit available to whosoever will.

Are you a whosoever will? Do you want all the the Lord has for you? Do you long to see signs and wonders following?  Do you think Jesus wants to heal the affected, comfort the brokenhearted, give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, make the lame walk?

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(Without the Spirit we are like these boats in dry dock…not providing the. Service we were meant to).
I  believe Jesus is disappointed in His Church,  His representatives on earth.  His words once again 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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(He wants us prepared and ready to launch out into the deep, to collect His harvest ).

He promised those who believe. …(is that you?), that they would do greater works, then He,  whatsoever we ask He will do.  If we love Him… (do you? ),  we need to keep His Commands.   (Love God, Love each other).  Jesus will pray the Father to give us the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth.  We should know Him for He dwells within us.

So what happened?  Why is today’s Church so weak?  We have misunderstood Matthew 25.

The Master in the story left money (Talents ) according to their abilities. They were to invest  (or use) these Talents to increase their Masters wealth.  They received praise or scorn.

Jesus went to a far Country,  and left us something,  The Holy Spirit.   He expects us to invest or use it to increase His wealth.
(Save Souls).

He gave us the tools to use.  The Gifts…the 9 in 1 Corinthians 12 and others.  What have we done with them?

Excess and abuse mostly,  just like the Corinthians.  What should we do now?

Ask forgiveness, for our lack of Faith. Ask to be filled  with the Holy Spirit.   Ask for the gift of the the Word of Wisdom and Word of Knowledge.

He gave out the gift of Tongues first because that is the easiest to use….it is the one that scares people the most. (” I don’t think we should have to speak gibberish.”)  When the Lord tells us it is our spirit talking directly to Him.  (1 Corinthians 14 :4,28).

That’s filling your lamp with oil, finding the Faith to do His will.

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That is where I’m restarting.  I  expect The Lord to bless any that come to Him in obedience and Faithfulness.

Thank You Jesus for filling us with Your Spirit of Love.
Watch for third installment,

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What God wants final -The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

All through the Bible the Lord has been trying to make us realize one simple thing.  HE WANTS A PERSONAL, RELATIONSHIP with Each One Of Us.

Religion, is sometimes a problem,  look at  Paul:
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” Galatians 1:13-14
King James Version (KJV)
For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:

And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.”

Paul was Zealously serving God as a Pharisee, exterminating Deciples of our Lord.  Until the Lord struck him down, blinded to get his attention.

Zeal is what we need but it must be Godly Zeal, Phinious killed sinners, his zeal rewarded, Paul killing Saints, he needed direction.
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For today we need Relationship,  James explains Religion :
James 1:25-27
King James Version (KJV)
:But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Please quit talking about your “Religion ”  I ‘m a Baptist, I ‘m a Methodist,  Catholic, Presbyterian. …No you are not.   If you are a true follower of Christ, you must put the Word of God above your Church Doctrine.

You need to be a Desiple. Stufy to
show yourself aproved.  Present yout bodies a living Sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God.  This is our reasonable service.

John 3:16-17
King James Version (KJV)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

We don’t need programs to teach us how to share the Word.  We need the Holy Spirit to be allowed to work through us.  We cannot change people, make people love and serve the Lord.  Let the Spirit lead us to share the love of the Lord.

Father God, please help us to let Your Spirit flow.
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How long will this people provoke me?

Numbers 14:12 , How long will this people provoke me?

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”,
George Santayana

I believe Christians today are much like the Hebrews of Moses time.  If we look closely at their society we  find a multitude surrounding the Tabernacle of God in their travels.

We have the Tabernacle and Sanctuary carried by the Levites,  the Priest’s before them.   The tribe of Judah leading the march.  (Praise should always precede our walk).  All other tribes following and surrounding.

The murmurings and complaints start at the outside edges of the camp and ripple towards the center. Until almost all are upset.

Moses has to continually pray for the people so the Lord would not destroy them….Moses gets frustrated and basically said to the Lord:  “I’m not their Mother, why did you give me these people….how am I going to feed them, please them?”  Forgetting all the Lord had done to supply their needs.

They are at the edge of the promised land….12 go ahead to spy out the land.  It is a land of milk and honey, with giants.  Only Caleb and Joshua give a good report.   They are the only ones that believe the Lord can and will give them victory and the promise.

You can read the story in Numbers 13,14….the Lord had them wandering in the desert for 38 more years because of their unbelief.  Caleb and Joshua were the only two who had been in Egypt, to enter the promise.

In today’s Christian experience I can’t help but wonder how many will not make it into the promised land because of unbelief.  The Hebrews were all Gods children,  but only two made the transition. 

Matthew 7:14
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

In today’s world those that murmur and complain need to become the Levites of today….They need to seek the face of God, know His will, walk in His ways. Believe His promises,  act on the talents he gave us. (See Mathew 25 scriptures and blog title).

Both Joshua and Caleb were given something special from the Lord, we need to pray that He would give the same to us.

Deuteronomy 34:9
And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the Lord commanded Moses.

Numbers 14:24
But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.

Do you have the right spirit within. …a spirit of devotion,  obedience, love and thanksgiving?  Will you follow the Lord fully?  Will you find the narrow way?

Lord give us the Spirit of wisdom to believe and the grace to follow.

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