How long will ye vex my soul? theunfetteredpreacher

Job 19:2

How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?

The richest man, the most righteous man, a perfect man, of his time. He feared God and hated evil.

He was afflicted by his ‘comforters,’ and after losing everything, he cries out to them and the Lord.

How long? How long, will you vex my soul? How long, will you break me, with your words?”

Have you been at that place? Broken, torn asunder, confused….?

It seems to be a familiar place to me. I apparently live there.

Tears, Fears, Loneliness, are knocking on my door. Will they still find me, if I refuse to open?

To late, they are here. There is no way to avoid them.

The only coarse of action, is to cling to the Lord. To trust, He will bring us through the trials and tribulations of this life.

He is my Shepard, my Hope and my Comforter… Amen

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What does it mean? theunfetteredpreacher

What does it mean, to Preach the Gospel?

There are multitudes of Preachers and Teachers, who are Proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom. “Christ in you, the hope of Glory,” even today.

Yet, it is still a mystery to some.

Colossians 1:26-29

“Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.”

We warn and teach, in our wisdom, all who will listen, so all men could be perfect in Christ. (In our Wisdom, is the problem).

Our goal, should be to manifest God’s Wisdom. Has it been manifested to you?

I don’t know that it has, looking at our Powerless Ministries.

Is Christ really within? Do we manifest, (proclaim, show forth), His Love, Grace and Power?

I believe, most of us, fail this test. Our Words, may be correct, our prayers beautiful…

Our results, less than promised.

Why is this?

Jesus, sent John’s Disciples back to him, to proclaim what they had seen. The blind, seeing, the lame, walking, the lepers, cleansed, the deaf, hearing, the dead raised. (Matthew 11:4-6)

The only thing visiters to our Services see, is the Gospel proclaimed to the poor, (those without). We lack Power in our Words, and Actions.

As the believers went forth, Preaching the Kingdom, the Lord was with them, confirming His Word, with signs following. (Mark 16:20)

When I look behind, I see nothing, no signs, worders or miracles, no followers either, (lol), for that matter.

Hebrews 4:1-3

Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.,

The Word we have heard has not profited us as it should have, we do not rest in the Lord. The Hebrews did not enter into the Promise, because of an evil heart of unbelief.

Paul spoke of striving to Fully Preach the Gospel of Christ. This included signs and wonders, by the Power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:19)

Saints, I covet your effectual fervant prayers today, we just received bad news. Will elaborate at a latter time.

We need His Mercy, Grace and Power today.

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“Why do you not understand?” theunfetteredpreacher

So many do not understand, so much, including me.

I do not understand why the Lord chose the shedding of blood for the remission of sin.

He could have chosen running the 4 minute mile, or playing the Flight of the Bumblebee, on any instrument. Or scaling a rock cliff.

No, He needed, wanted, the blood. I do not need to understand why.

It is what He demands, for the remission of sins, to make us Blameless in Christ. Accepted by the beloved.

As believers, we accept this truth.

A problem arises, when we use man’s wisdom, to explain the Spiritual things of God.

In Acts 2, it tells us that all the believers who had gathered received the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues.

All the people who spoke other languages, heard them in their own language. Ergo, they spoke in foreign languages.

That is not what the Bible says. “They spoke in other Tongues.”

Ecstatic Spiritual Utterances, which the Lord gave the hearers interpretation, in their own languages.

Some information from The Encyclopedia of The Bible.

Tongues, Gift of
granted on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:4), in fulfilment of a promise Christ had made to his disciples (Mark 16:17). What this gift actually was has been a subject of much discussion. Some have argued that it was merely an outward sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit among the disciples, typifying his manifold gifts, and showing that salvation was to be extended to all nations. But the words of Luke (Acts 2:9) clearly show that the various peoples in Jerusalem at the time of Pentecost did really hear themselves addressed in their own special language with which they were naturally acquainted (comp. Joel 2:28, 29).

Among the gifts of the Spirit the apostle enumerates in 1 Cor. 12:10-14:30, “divers kinds of tongues” and the “interpretation of tongues.” This “gift” was a different manifestation of the Spirit from that on Pentecost, although it resembled it in many particulars. Tongues were to be “a sign to them that believe not.”

Tongues in the OT. The NT doctrine of tongues—ecstatic spiritual utterances not consciously or rationally controlled by the speaker, but believed to be a direct product of divine operation and Spirit-filling—has a long pre-history in the OT. When Peter explained this phenomenon to the crowds of Jewish pilgrims gathered at Jerusalem, he did so in terms of the words of Joel (Acts 2:15-21). Secondly, in 1 Corinthians 14:21f., Paul explained the evidential nature of tongues to the unbeliever from Isaiah (Isa 28:11).

Most scholars would agree that the ecstatic experience recorded of the seventy elders (Num 11:24-29) is an OT reference to “speaking in tongues,” although the word used in the text is “prophesied.” Clearly the phenomenon is, in this context, the outward sign of the Spirit’s coming and presence. This ecstasy is not directly attributed to Moses himself; indeed, his position is contrasted with that of the ordinary “prophet” (12:7, 8). It may be that the OT נָבִיא, H5566, (prophet) actually means “ecstatic speaker.” Samuel also was surrounded by a group of ecstatics (1 Sam 19:18-24); their infectious “prophesying,” which seems to have been at least akin to “tongues,” was held to be a sign of Yahweh’s presence; yet Samuel’s reputation as a prophet was based on something else (1 Sam 3:20). The same is true of Elijah and Elisha. There is also evidence for similar ecstatic behavior at this time on the part of the prophets of Baal, prob. included ecstatic utterances (1 Kings 18:28). In the later days of the great “writing prophets” of Israel, there is no reference to any such phenomena whatsoever, unless the “trances” of Ezekiel should be so considered.

I think these words, explanations help to clear up our thinking.

Question, the Holy Spirit, relyon Him to guide you to Teuth.

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God and His Timing: theunfetteredpreacher

In Bible study Wednesday night, we studied 2 Corinthians 3:4-4:6. Paul, in these Scriptures encourages us to understand, that it is the Spirit, that calls us, changes us, makes us able ministers of God.

When people reject us, or what, we share, they are really rejecting God. As the Lord told Samuel, when the people demanded a King.

Even knowing this, I allowed myself to become frustrated, when a beleiver, Baptist taught, misquoted Scriptures, and it’s meaning to me.

From Acts 2, when all the believers, received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and spoke in tongues.

That I claimed, people who didn’t speak in tongues, or have the B of S, were not Saved.

I pointed put, we must be believers to receive the Baptism, and we must ask Him, for the Gifts, if they didn’t ask, they would never receive.

Point 1. You must be a believer, to ask and accept the Holy Spirit into your life. You can ask and accept the Gift of Tongues or not.

It does not affect your Salvation, if you refuse the Gifts God wishes to give you.

I believe, the Gift of Tongues, (our prayer language, is the first one God gave the believers, because it is the easiest one to learn to use. It was last on the list because people in Corinth, misused it.

I can understand how easy that is. It is a wonderful, experience.

The Lord gives us a Special Prayer Language.

(Seperate, from the Tongues and Interpretation we use to edify the Church).

So our Spirit can speak directly to God, without our understanding.

He Replied? God knows all the languages, there are. Why would He give us a Special one? He alreay knows our needs and desires.

Point 2: The Scriptures on our Prayer Language:

1 Corinthians 12: 1.

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”

Speaking of our Prayer Language:

1 Corinthians 14: 2.

“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”

We need not interpret our Prayers…

1 Corinthians 14: 4.

“He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.”

To Edify ourselves is not a bad thing. To Edify, means to build up, Physically or Spiritually.

Jude 1: 20.

“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,”

When we pray in tongues, we build up our Faith. When we in public, have Tongues,with Interpretation, we also build up the Church.

1 Corinthians 14: 4-5

“He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.”

Point 3: Should we seek the Gifts of the Spirit?

1 Corinthians 14: 13,14 18-19

“Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.”

Point 4: Should we encourage others to ask for the Gift of Tongues, or any of thr Gifts? Public Tongues with Interpretation.

1 Corinthians 14:20-22

“Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.”

Again the difference between Church and Private Prayer.

1 Corinthians 14:27-28

“If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.”

We are in control, it is up to us, when we use Tongues:

1 Corinthians 1r:32-33

“And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”

1 Corinthians 14: 37-40

“If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

Let all things be done decently and in order.”

I need to remember, they are rejecting God’s word not me.

Open their eyes, ears, and hearts, that they might grow in You.

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Directions for Sharing: theunfetteredpreacher

As Christians, Paul gives us direction, on what and how we should share the Gospel of the Kingdom. (2 Corinthians 3:4-4:6)

First, we must realize, it’s not about us, we are not capable of changing ourselves, or anyone else.

It is Jesus who gives us Power, (the Holy Spirit), to change, to become His image. (from living a life of darkness to light)

It is only through His Power, (the Holy Spirit), that our sharing becomes life to those who hear.

Jesus alone, makes us Able Ministers of the Gospel. We minister life, only by the Power of the Holy Spirit.

In the Old Testament, the Hebrews were continually reminded of their failings, their sin. (daily, yearly, continuous sacrifices, always seeking absolution).

Moses, covered the fading of the Glory of God, with a vail. You had to go to the Mountain or Tabernacle, to meet with, to satisfy God, to spend time with Him.

Of course, this was not completely true, some, Noah, Abram, David, were the exceptions.

Today, the Spirit resides within us, we only need to call out, to Praise and Worship, to receive His Glory. To remind Him that He said, “I will never leave you, or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)

Hebrews 9:28.

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

Because we have this promise, (of the Spirit within), we have hope. We no longer need the Ritual shedding of blood, or the Ceremonial actions of sprinkling that blood.

We are covered with His blood. This is a truth I do not understand…. Blood sacrifices.

“Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin. (Matthew 26:28)

We now, simply call upon the Lord, by the Power of His Spirit, He responds. We simply put on…

Colossians 3:14
“put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.”

Colossians 3:12
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;”

Colossians 3:10
“put on the new man,”

Colossians 3:9
“put off the old man with his deeds;”

Ephesians 6:11
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Ephesians 4:24
“put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

Galatians 3:27
“put on Christ.”

1 Corinthians 15:53
“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

We are only able to put on, these things, by the Power of the Holy Spirit, He is the agent of change.

He has given us a ministry, by His Power, to share His love and Grace. Not rules, or rituals, but love, grace, liberty…

The lost, can not understand, the freedom of becoming love slaves of Jesus. It is pure, simple, we need not use religious speech, justification, sanctification, even salvation.

When they seem to reject us, and the need for Salvation, it is not our job to convince them.

They are not really rejecting us, but God. It takes the Power of the Holy Spirit to turn on the light of the Lord, in their hearts.

Our job, faithfully share the love and grace and forgiveness, that we received. Amen

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If any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. theunfetteredpreacher

“We are all born ignorent, but it takes hard work to remain stupid.” Ben Franklin

Why do so many of us remain stupid? Oh, not that we know nothing, but that most of what we know, is meaningless, temperal, not eternal.

1 Corinthians 14: 38.

“But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.”

So many reject the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We must set it before them, if they refuse it? They will remain ignorant.

Then we have those who have gladly accepted the Gospel, yet reject much of it, that they do not understand. These people remain stupid.

They have rejected the best of the Gospel. Romans 14:17

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Oh, we know, we are the righteousness of God, (2 Corinthians 5:21), in Christ Jesus, we sing we have peace like a river, (Isaiah 66:12), but do we really experience joy in the Holy Ghost?

Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 3, what true ministry should be. First, we must teach the New Covenant, it isn’t the Law that should guide us, but the Spirit.

We need to recognize His leading, council, and guidance.

Learn to walk in the Spirit, not the flesh, to put on the Spiritual as we take off the Natural.

Allow the Holy Spirit to write, God’s law on our hearts (Jer. 31:31–34; Heb. 8:8–12). The Holy Spirit will give us a love for God’s moral standards and the power to obey them. (Rom. 8:4; 1 Cor. 7:19)

We must, realize Christs blood makes us righteous, it is just like we never sinned, we are Justified, we are called to seperate ourselves out for His service, to become Sanctified.

This is started in our Salvation, but we must Transform and Renew our minds, by studying and obeying the Word of God.

2 Corinthians 3: 6. It is Jesus:

Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

We have been delivered from our bodies of sin and death, and given the power to overcome temptations. The Power to become true children of God, able to walk in victory, even as it loooks like we are defeated.

Galatians 1: 4. It was Jesus:

“Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

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