Ye shall never fall: IF… theunfetteredpreacher

If you are diligent, ye shall never fall:

Diligence, is mentioned close to 60 times in the Bible. If we care to know God, to grow in the Faith, to understand His will and ways, we must learn to be diligent.

I could list all the ways, or all the things we must be diligent about. Or just admit, for the last couple of months, I have not diligently done anything.

There was a time, I would read the Word daily, and the Lord would open up my understanding, I would then, do my best to share, to whosoever would read or listen.

He has not given me a pulpit, (though I do love to preach), so, this blog is my platform, to share His Word and His love.

I pray that I will become diligent once again in study and sharing. I hope those who read, will be blessed, and will be encouraged to study and to grow in their faith.

1 Peter 1:10

“Brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”

IF??? It all depends on us, to be diligent in the Lord, to grow into the person, He desires us to be. He wants us to be a living Testimony of His Love and Grace, in our own way, in our own voice, in His Power, and direction.

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We all have the relationship we want with God.
I desire a more intimate one.

True Connections, of the Loved: theunfetteredpreacher

True Connections, of the loved, and Blameless in Christ.

‘We all have the relationship we want with God. I desire a more intimate one.’

All who have accepted Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior, have a Connection, a Relationship, a Knowledge of, our Lord.

I desire to encourage all who believe, to walk a closer, more intimate, and Holy life.

When Bette and I were married in 1984, through our arrival and the first 6 to 8 months, in Morehead City, NC, (1985), we neither had, nor missed having, a TV.

The second time my parents came to visit, they had a portable TV, (12 inch, complete with rabbit ears), that, according to them, we could not live without.

Until that time, NPR was our main source of news, and entertainment. (‘Forgive me, I had no idea, how uninformed that had made me’).

We set up the TV, with rabbit ears, and turned it on. If I remember, we could almost watch 3 or 4 channels.

That was enough, soon we bought a TV and hooked up to cable. Now, we were connected.

Thinking back on that today, I realize all the channels and choices we have now, were available, to some extent in 1985.

We were not equipped, to connect to and receive, their signals.

As I look around me today, I realize many people are connected to entertainment TV and Radio.

So much so that, younger folks will change Radio Stations when music is interupted by the News or even regular commercials.

I have found for me, Talk Radio, both secular and Christian, is a better fit, and realize, I receive more information, and quality reporting from the News, and more to engage my interest in the opinion blocks, from this media.

My point is; What we know, how we think, and our reactions to lifes bumps and pot holes, depends on what we are connected to.

When we get saved, we begin our connection with the Trinity. Sadly, some seem to be satisfied, with their foot in the door, and look no further.

(We are connected to the supply, but receiving only a trickle).

Those who are serious about walking with God, need a bigger, more powerful connection. The difference from rabbit ears, and cable. (3 or 4 stations, to 100+).

As we grow in the Lord, prayer, fellowship, and faith will abound. Our lives will change, from the inside out.

When we have a secure connection, signs, wonders and miracles will follow. The Anointing of God will flow through us and touch those around us.

People will recognize the presence of God, and gather from far and wide, for a Word, a Touch, a Satisfying completeness to their lives.

Jesus, went about healing the sick and lame, comforted the hurting, and preached ‘The Kingdom of God, is at hand.’

It was, and still is, through those who believe. Saints, check your connection, be sure it is secure, then, Go out and share the Love of Christ.

He Commanded, that we realize Faith is an action word… So pray and obey.

Ephesians 6: 19-20

“And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

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My Time In the Big House: theunfetteredpreacher

I just spent 14 days in the Big House, then another 8 being rehabilitated.

I have served my time, and been released into the custody and care of my wife and family.

They will keep me on the straight and narrow.

The Big House in question is Carteret Health Care, with rehabilitation at Croatan Ridge.

They tell me I wasn’t well, I am guessing they were right.

The first week is a blur. Yet, I never felt neglected, alone or afraid.

The hospital, once again was exceptional, from the cleaning staff to the lab workers, the Doctors and Nurses were kind, caring, understanding, and most helpful.

Professional, and more than Competent, my caregivers exhibited a great deal of knowledge and grace.

I wish I could thank them personally.

At Croatan Ridge, I was again met by a competent staff. The nursing staff was caring, and helpful. The folks in Physical Therapy were just wonderful, helping me to regain my strength and endurance.

I would not choose to repeat that 22 days, but I am very happy they were there when I did.

Thank you, Doctors, Nurses, and all who are part of the life saving work in our local area.

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We all have the relationship we want with God.
I desire a more intimate one.

Are you Connected? theunfetteredpreacher

In the past, I have likened the Christian life, to being a fire hose, connected to a fire hydrant. When the water is turned on, the hose can be directed to knock down, and put out the fire, fulfilling it’s purpose.

There is power, strength, and purpose to this hose, that would be difficult to accomplish, with any other water supply and delivery system.

As Christians, we need to learn how to turn on this power. If the water isn’t turned on, this hose is just a hose.

‘If’, as a Christian, I do not seek the face of God, ‘if’, I do not study to show myself approved, ‘if’, I do not renew my mind, by the washing of the water of the Word…

I may be connected, but there is no power, no power to overcome evil with good. No power, to heal the sick, no power, to cast out demons, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

Without this power, we cannot fulfill our purpose in the Lord. Unfortunately, the Church, finds itself in this place, connected, but Powerless.

How, or Why, is this true? Turning on the water is easy, ‘If’, we possess the correct tools for the job. Somehow, the Church has lost the blueprints, and the tools, for turning on the water, for building a strong and vibrant Church.

We cannot place the blame for this, on anyone but ourselves.

Teachers can only teach what they know and understand. If they are good teachers or preachers, they will motivate us, to study the Word ourselves.

The Holy Spirit is drawing us closer to the Lord, ‘if’, we will accept and allow Him to show us all truth.

1 Corinthians 2:12-14

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

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We all have the relationship we want with God.
I desire a more intimate one.

Invasion of the Inlaws: theunfetteredpreacher

The last few days of June, 2018, saw our lives turned upside down.

My precious wife Bette, had planned a trip, with her sister Donna, to their home town in Minnesota.

Bette, had moved some heavy plants and thought she had twisted, or strained her back. We decided to have it checked out.

It turns out, she had fractured a couple of vertebrates in her back, but that wasn’t all. She was diagnosed with stage 4 bone cancer.

We were soon spending the day at the hospital, while they biopsied the tumors in her breasts and the 12 in her back.

When I was allowed in back to see her, two nurses, saw me. They called Donna to come take care of Bette, while they found me a room in the Coronary Care Unit.

I had Acute Respiratory Failure, Acute Renal Failure, Congestive Heart Failure, Pneumonia and other assorted problems.

July isn’t even a memory.

Meanwhile, Bette’s sister Eunice and husband Roger, drove from Minnesota, to be here when Bette started chemotherapy. (There is hope, that the cancer can be beat back).

By the time I returned home from the hospital and rehab, (22 days after admittance). The Inlaws had become not just welcomed, but indispensable.

We have relied on the love of Bette’s family, to lift us in prayer as well as caring for our physical needs.

I thank the Lord, that we have Spirit Filled family and friends. I am sure, we would not have made it, without their prayers.

My friend, Pastor Nelson Hopkins, from Impact Church in Morehead City, came and prayed the prayer of faith, that started my turn back to the living. (Thank you my friend).

Saints, if you have not received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, since you believed, I beseech you, ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you to all the Lord has for you.

The Lord would have us prosper and be in good health, even as our soul prospers. (3 John 1:2)

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We all have the relationship we want with God.
I desire a more intimate one.

If ye keep in memory: theunfetteredpreacher

Do memories, ever come to mind? Do you understand how inaccurate they may be?

My daughter was convinced, that, when she was little, I had a pink truck, (it was burgundy), until she saw a picture of herself in the truck bed.

Equally as frustrating, I was sure a boat, (that was beached), was split open at the bow, with a huge bush, growing on or in it.

Until she showed me the picture. Then I knew, and now I remember, Small boat, small split at the bow, small shrub.

This is the picture…. lol. (Really, not what I recall… lol)

Once again, a picture proves even a memory from just a few years ago, Wrong. (How embarrassing is that? lol)

It is a treat, to remember the good things.

It is not always productive. We either remember ourselves as heroes, or victims.

The Saviors, or the Wronged, Mis-used, or Maligned. Are any of them accurate?

A few of my early memories.

– As a real little guy, (3 or 4?), running and falling by the dining room table.

Mom said, I was running with a pencil, stitches in my left eye lid.

– My brothers Magic trick. (About the same age).

Rags our dog had lost a leg, after being hit by a car. He was in the tub, two legs showing… I covered my eyes, suddenly only one leg. Wow… lol

– The Factory fire.

Sitting on the roof of our porch with my sister, watching a factory burn down in the middle of the night.

Did these things happen? I do have the scar on my eye lid, the others, ??? I remember them…. true, false, or dreams?

The point is, our minds are wonderful things.

I remember falling, not the fear, pain, and screaming that must have accompanied it.

I have memories of actions and attitudes from my teens and early 20’s, that cause me great shame, and even more, concerns, of the times I blacked out, and don’t remember.

One memory that is sure and true. The day I asked Jesus to Forgive me and to Save me from myself,

The filthiness of my life, was washed by the blood of the Lamb. The burden of Sin and Shame was lifted.

It is Indescribable, the peace and joy that filled my soul. This is the memory I cling to.

Fortunately, I still know how to repent and seek Forgiveness, when I miss the Mark today. (It still happens).

1 Corinthians 15:1-3 (KJV)

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

This is the Memory we must rely on. I pray you have this memory also. Amen

This beginning of miracles: John 2:11-16 theunfetteredpreacher

This beginning of miracles:” John 2:11-16

The last time I wrote on these Scriptures, my point was, Jesus’s age, (30), after Baptism, and Temptation. (As a child, I thought He was one also).

He had Disciples, Andrew, Peter, James, John. Phillip and Nathaniel.

He displayed Words of Knowledge, (He knew who would join Him, He saw Nathaniel under the fig tree).

Words of Wisdom, (He changed Peter’s name, He knew he would be a leader).

Discerning of Spirits, (Along with the Word of knowledge, He Discerned who would be Faithful).

The Disciples, had been following and learning of Jesus. They began to believe on Him, AFTER seeing the Working of the Miracle, of Water to Wine.

This was a manifestation of His Glory.

Today, we do not see the miraculous often in the Church. Much like in His home town, we are impressed, when a few sick folks are healed.

While He marvels at our UNBELIEF.

The Creator of all that has been created, and, we choose to believe He no longer does, or will do Miracles.

Somehow, we act as if, the best used by date, has past.

We believe He could, but not, that He would.

One other problem, it wasn’t yet, His time, but, Mom asked, so He delivered.

Some pray to Mary, expecting her to intercede, for us.

Missing the truth, that it is Jesus, who we must rely on. They miss the point, it is NOT WHO ASKED, that matters.

IT WAS THAT HE ANSWERED.

She demonstrated the Gift of Faith. He had not said He would do as she asked, while she told the servants to do as He directed.

He answered, because, HE SAW HER FAITH.

I question if He sees or recognizes, Faith in our lives. Do we act like we believe He will answer?

Do we know His will on the matter? Do we do what is needed to touch Him?

When the Disciples wondered why they could not cast out a demon. He answered, “This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:29

We hardly know how to pray, as for fasting? What, Denying ourselves? Not fashionable.

Fasting and Prayer:

The Psalmist, persecuted by his enimies, prayed for them.

Psalm 35:13-14
But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.

I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.

Daniel, understanding, the Prophecy of Jeremiah, sought the Lord, declaring Israel’s sin.

Daniel 9:3
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

Anna, a prophetess, an old woman, in the Temple, recognized the Son of God.

Luke 2:37
And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

When you pray, do you wish to see results?

Do you understand God’s will? Are you walking in obedience?

To build His Church, we MUST, seek His Power. We MUST, know His Will. We MUST, Walk in Obedience.

You have not, because you ask not.”

James 4:2
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

ONLY BELIEVE”

John 2:1-11(KJV)
And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:

And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.

When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.”