Peppermint Chapsticks: December 14, 2015 theunfetteredpreacher

As you can see this post was first written in 2015. My sweet wife and her Peppermint Chap Sticks.

Well, today (4/2/2020), I found her stash of Dove chocolates.

Dove chocolates. I love them too. (Good work Sweetheart)!

“Seek and ye shall find.”

My wife apparently loves Peppermint Chapsticks, she discovered them a few years ago.

Unbeknownst to me, this year, she remembered she couldn’t find them last year.
(She thought). Soooo…

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A few weeks ago, she saw some and bought 3, 3 packs. (9 total), and happily brought her treasure home.

Only to find she had 18 already in her favorite hiding place. (Why hide them, I hate Chapsticks).

Valuables out in the open, chapsticks.

Aren’t we all a little bit like this? We parade around in our nice clothing and jewelry and we hide the truly valuable.

Christ within, the hope of glory.”

A lot of things can be stolen from us but: “Who can separate us, from the love of Christ?”

He is the pearl of great price; We should wear Him with pride. Strut your stuff, let all behold God’s love, mercy, and grace. Let your life, lift up Christ.

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Let the light of His life, shine through.

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The Man Plan: theunfetteredpreacher

Another old post revisited:

What is the MAN PLAN, and why is it so destructive?

First off, the MAN PLAN can be summed up in one sentence.

It’s ok God, I’ve got it from here.”

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(Yes, I know a good plan when I see it. Hey somebody let me down).

Whenever we take over for God, death and destruction follow. So how do we take over?…and “death and destruction, really?”

Indeed:

Here are several examples of MAN PLANS, that are with good intentions, used to try to enlarge the Church or bring in needed finances.

Remember these are MAN PLANS, the Lord may have allowed the first, but I doubt He sanctions any after that.

~ Bake Sales, car washes, craft sales, bingo, lucky sevens, kissing booths, gambling nights, church suppers, …ect.

You get the idea. Many of these are great ideas for fellowship, the introduction of the unbeliever to believers and just a generally good time. But they are not a “GOD PLAN.”

The Lord told us His plan:

~ Go and teach all Nations, the Gospel of the Kingdom.
~ Feed His Sheep.
~ Wait till you receive the Power of the Holy Spirit.
~ Preach the Word, Heal the Sick, Comfort the Broken Hearted, cause the Lame to Walk, the Blind to See, the Deaf to Hear.

We can only do His work through the Power of the Holy Spirit. We must rely on the Words of Wisdom and Knowledge, the Gift of Faith, the Working of Miracles, the Gifts of Healings, Discerning of Spirits, Prophecy, Tongues, and Interpretation of Tongues.

Saints, The Lord sent His Holy Spirit to teach, guide, comfort and empower us for His Work.

If words alone could do the job, then Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Daniel, Joseph, Jesus Himself, Peter, Paul, John, and Steven would have just talked people into the Kingdom.

“You Know,” it took more than just words.

The secret things belong to the Lord, but what He has revealed is for us to use, to grow His Church. Deuteronomy 29:29

He tells us in Isaiah 43:10-11, why miracles, signs, and wonders. To be His hands, His Servants.

Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me, there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me, there is no savior.”

John 14:12
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.”

Quit the MAN PLANS and ask the Lord, HIS PLAN. Then do it.

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Go forth and do greater works, in the Power and Direction of the Holy Spirit.

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Why we like Man’s Plan: theunfetteredpreacher

This post was written in 2016, seems appropriate today:

There are good reasons we tend to go with our MAN PLAN, rather than Gods. Even after we are saved, we are more old man, then new.

Salvation is just the start of our Sanctification, (separation unto God’s service).

We need to deliberately draw closer to God, to allow the Holy Spirit to change us from our innermost man.

We tend to shy away from change.

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(Man, trying to hide….God sees you.)

The MAN PLAN is our natural state. The reasons we like MANS PLAN:

~ We see immediate results.

~ We can control, change the plan as needed.

~ We get the credit.

~ We are active, busy, seen and noticed.

There is a decided difference when working on God’s plan. The problem with Gods plan is:

~ Results come in God’s time, not ours.

~ We do not always see the results.

~ We have no control.

~ We cannot take credit.

~ This kind comes by prayer and fasting.

It is much harder for our natural man to let go and let God. (We think He needs our help, our input).

We want busy hands, we have no time to reflect, separate ourselves, pray, be dedicated to true service, Worship, Praise, Meditation,

It is against our natural inclination to sit at the feet of Jesus and serve Him as He serves us.

Martha and Mary are our examples:

Luke 10:38-42
King James Version (KJV)
Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Is the work of seeking God hard? Do our friends think we are lazy, unproductive, shiftless? Yup, most likely.

I wonder if Martha had sat with Mary, would Jesus have had all she was worried about taken care of?

Of course, He could have. We just don’t believe He will.

He fed the 5,000, healed the sick, raised the dead.

He is willing and able to fulfill all our needs, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

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Allow Him to change you. Allow God’s plan to work in your life today. Allow the Spirit to rule in your life, work on your behalf, to do the will of the Father.

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The House we build: theunfetteredpreacher

2 Samuel 7:1-2

“And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies;

That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.”

These verses just stuck with me. The Lord had given David rest from his enemies. Today if we are in Christ, we are in a place of rest, if we walk with Him and do His, instead of our will.

What touches my heart is David’s desire to build a permanent house for the Lord God.

Do you have the desire to be closer to, more obedient, more useful to the Kingdom of God? We decide and are in control of all these things. Are we building a suitable house for the Lord?

Our bodies are the Temples of God:

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

We should have a desire to be a Temple the Lord would be comfortable in.

That means a Holy, Sacrificial life, a life lived for the Lord. We will never live a sinless life, but the ‘Lord can help us to live a blameless life.’

We live a blameless life only when our lives are God-centered, when we love mercy, do justly and walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6:8)

That only happens when we have accepted the Yoke of Jesus.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Remember Peter told us who we are. Do you walk in this truth?

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:8-10)

Which brings us to a place of satisfaction, through the goodness of God’s house, even of His Holy Temple. We must be chosen and approach God, (accept the Yoke of Jesus). (Psalms 64:5)

We would begin to live within the boundaries of Psalms 23,87,91,115 and more. Our God desires to take care of and bless us.

He will Chastain the disobedient, until they repent, and turn to God to receive forgiveness. He would have all come into the knowledge of His Love.

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Powerful Biblical Prayers: Davids Prayer theunfetteredpreacher

As King David had fought and won peace for the people Israel. There was rest throughout the kingdom. David asked Nathan the Prophet if he should build a house for the Lord?

Nathan said yes, build a house for the Lord, it is a good thing.

That night, Nathan received a word from the Lord.

Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?

Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?
(2 Samuel 7:5-7)

Nathan was reminded, the Lord to that time, had never asked for a permanent house be built for Him. He was satisfied with the Tabernacle made of tents and a moveable alter.

His concern was the people be fed. (Peter, feed my sheep).

The Lord said David a man of war, could not build His house, but the Lord would raise up a son, worthy of this honor.

Solomon was the original son, anointed, to build the house of the Lord, but not the permanent house, that Son of David is Jesus.

Jesus is the cornerstone of the Lord’s Church. It isn’t a Church of cedar or stone, but a Spiritual Church born of the Power of God.

Davids prayer:

2 Samuel 7:18-29

“Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?

And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD?

And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord GOD, knowest thy servant.

For thy word’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.

Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?

For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.

And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.

And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee.

For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.

And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:

Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.”

His prayer, like the prayer of Moses, asks who am I? Why would you use me? I am not worthy, why have you chosen my family for this honor.

We should also compare this prayer with the Prayer taught to the Disciples. We have called it the Lord’s prayer, we recite it without hearing or understanding it’s power.

The Lord is Praised, thanked, recognized as God. His will is done, not ours, His provision and power is recognized.

He again is blessed His Word recognized as true, His blessings proclaimed.

We should pray as David did and as the Lord taught the Disciples. We would find our prayers powerful, meaningful and profitable.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly? Or The Called, the Chosen, the Faithful: theunfetteredpreacher

The best rendition of the title tune from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly I’ve heard was from the ‘Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’. Watch and listen here; (https://youtu.be/pLgJ7pk0X-s)

This post isn’t about those three, I direct your attention to ‘The Called, and Chosen and Faithful’.

“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14)

I am convinced that Matthew 25 is giving as a lesson of being called, chosen and faithful.

The Called:

Matthew 25:1-13 The Parable of the wise and foolish Virgins.

The 10 Virgins were called to the wedding of the Master. The wise brought extra oil for their lamps while the foolish did not. As the Master delayed His return they all slept.

When the Master arrived the foolish realized they did not have enough oil to enter the wedding supper. They attempted to get oil from the wise but had to leave to find oil.

The Wise (those who were ready), entered with the Master and when the foolish returned, they were denied entrance. They were not prepared for His Coming.

The Chosen:

The Parable of the Talents: Matthew 25:14-30

The Master, before he left for a far country, brought his servants together and gave them Talents according to their abilities. To one he gave 5, to one 2, and to one, 1. When he returned he asked what was done with the Talents.

The one with 5 had increased them to 10, the one with 2, to 4, the one with 1, had hidden the 1, and only had that to return.

No excuses were accepted, the two that had increased their Talents were praised and given more responsibilities. The one who hid the Talent was banished to outer darkness.

The Faithful:

Matthew 25:31-46 The Parable of the Sheep and Goats.

The end of time, all are gathered to the judgment, the Sheep are those who did the will of the Lord.

“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)

These are the Sheep, who were welcomed into the Kingdom, the Goats had done none of the above and were condemned to everlasting fire.

This chapter of Matthew has been taught many times, about being ready, being wise with money, and obedience. I would like to direct your thoughts to the Spiritual.

The oil is the Anointing of the Holy Spirit, we must spend time with Him being continually filled with His Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18). The called.

Walking with Him, in His Yoke, and enter the feast.

The Talents, the Reformation Bible Study says of talents:

The English word “talent” meaning a natural endowment or special ability is derived from this parable.

Let us look beyond money, Jesus did not leave us money to build His Church, but the Gifts of the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12:6-9; and Ephesians 4:12-16)

The one talent I believe is the Gift 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.”

It is both the simplest Gift to acquire and the Gift most rejected. People will not give their mind and mouth to the Lord. (Very sad).

People do not understand the difference between our prayer language, where we talk in private to God and tongues and interpretation, which is a public Gift.

I believe all would accept any or all of the other Gifts, but when they reject the first given, it may hinder the acceptance of the rest.

Please do not bury the Talent, the Lord would have you to increase, ask for all the Lord would give you to increase the Kingdom. The chosen.

The Sheep and Goats. The easiest way to compare is the Sheep follow, while Goats always BUTT.

The Sheep accept all the Lord says and gives. While the Goats question whether these things be possible?

Luke 18:27

“And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

Saints we need to act on the impossible, trust the Lord, Walk with Him and Build the Church of God.

“With signs and wonders, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Preach the Full Gospel of God.” (Romans 15:19)

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The Promise of the Holy Ghost: theunfetteredpreacher

The Holy Ghost, the Breath, the wind, the life of the Trinity. The Father and Jesus sent the Holy Spirit (Ghost), after the Resurrection, to give us the power and tools to build His Church. (Acts 2)

The Holy Ghost:

The Spirit of truth. (John14:17;15:26)

The Holy Spirit (Ghost) is the comforter, and teacher and a reminder of His will. (John 14:26;15:26)

The Spirit searches all things. (1 Corinthians 2:10)

The comforter reproves the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is the Spirit of truth, He will guide us, and show us things to come. (John 16:7-13)

The Spirit helps our infirmities, making intercession for us. For we know not what we should pray. (Romans 8:26)

The Holy Ghost is given to them who obey Him. (Acts 5:32)

The Holy Ghost can forbid us to preach to some, and send us to others (Acts 16:6;18:25-27)

The Holy Spirit by signs, wonders, miracles and the Gifts of the Spirit gives us the witness of His will. (Hebrews 2:4)

We can find rest, if we avoid the evil heart of unbelief, and trust in Him. (Hebrews 3: 6-12)

The Holy Spirit moves holy men to prophecy. (1 Peter 1:21)

The Promise of the Holy Spirit is the Promise of Christ in us, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)

The Gifts of the Spirit, the indwelling of the Spirit, the Power of the Spirit, has been given to the Church to build His body.

How’s that working for us?

If we recognize that Matthew 25, (watch for a post explaining this), is all about us and the Holy Spirit, the Talents the Lord left us is obviously not money, but the Gifts of the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12:6-9; Ephesians 4:11-16)

We must pray the Lord, calls us to a closer walk, the wisdom and grace to use the power He has given to those who believe, to build His Church.

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