A sad Truth: theunfetteredpreacher

For quite sometime, the Bible has been alive and new to me. It seemed that I could preach or teach from every verse I read.

For the last few months, it has not been the same. I seem to be in a time of Faith building.

The Lord isn’t comforting me, by holding me in His arms.

He is still there, but just out of reach. He wants me to know, consider, and understand, that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

Will I continue to set my face like flint to seek Him? Or settle for what and where I am.

I believe we all come to this cross road. (often) We must deside to push through, or settle, get comfortable where we are.

He tests us, like He tests all the Saints, I am thankful He hasn’t tested me like He did Abraham.

No, it’s is just a test of my desire to become more like Him.

I believe in a God of Power and Might, who would save, set free, and heal all who come to Him with a heart the hungers for righteousness.

The God of Signs, Wonders, and Miracles.

I will not be at peace, until I experience His Power in my life.

Deuteronomy 32:4

He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

His promises are Yea and Amen to those who believe.

I Believe…. use me, oh Lord. Amen

The promise of “whosoever”: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

The promise of “whosoever”.

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John 3:15-17
King James Version (KJV)
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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.”

An absolutely wonderful promise.  I have always loved that word, “whosoever”.  It means you and I and anyone, who accepts Him as Lord and Savior. 

We should not perish, but have eternal life.

Wonderful, except….(why “should”)?

Should:
used in auxiliary function to express what is probable or expected
(auxiliary:  adjective
: available to provide extra help, power, etc., when it is needed)  (Webster)

That should be, is a lot diferent from will be. Couple that with “might be saved”  and it should cause us to rethink what we know as truth.

John 3:16
The foundation of Evangelical belief.  (We act like it says will not perish and will be saved).

Does it mean what we have thought all this time?   That should and might, ought to make us realize that:

Jesus did the work, we can and should be saved from sin and death, but it is all up to us, to accept His sacrifice and walk in His Grace.   

It isn’t a given, what we (whosoever), do with that promise is the key.

Are you walking in the light? (The Spirit, the way,  the truth?  Have you put on His yoke?)

Are you living His new commandment?  Do we love one another?  Or just tolerate each other and their views?

If you look in your concordance for “whosoever”, we find most of the time it is used, it is speaking of those who sin, (miss the mark), do something they shouldn’t have.

Whosoever seems to usually end up dead.

What does this mean to me?  

We all have a shot at Salvation, it is available, it is promised, and it is a simple blessing to acquire.

We must learn to walk in it.  He died for us because He loves us.  We must love Him, by serving.

Colossians 4:5
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”

Walking with Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

Wide is the way and narrow is the gate…..that “should and might“….ought to make us think.

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We have the structure…(rituals, forms, traditions).  Do we allow the Spirit to lead?

Lord, help us to be open to Your guidance and love.  Help us to follow You through the narrow gate.

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lay me down in peace: – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.”   (Verses from Psalm 4)

David would encourage himself in the Lord in times of trouble. 

One way for us to do that is to have  scripture implanted in our hearts and minds.  This only comes from  memorization,  meditation and action.  To know the Lord we must know His Word and walk in it.

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Then you can lay down in peace and sleep, knowing the Lord is keeping you safe.

“But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.”

Are you set apart, godly?  Does the Lord hear your call?  Do your prayers reach the highest heavens?  Do you listen and wait for His answer?   Do you accept the judgements,  answers to your calls?

“Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.”

Is the joy of the Lord a growing fruit in your life?

Gladness isn’t about a smile on your face or a bounce in your step.  It is a place of   Faith,  (to do His will).  Wisdom,  (to understand His will).  Knowledge,  (to know how to do His will).

Gladness, (is ours in His service).

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Depart from me; O Lord: – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Have you ever cried out, depart from me; O Lord, for I am a sinner?

Has the Lord ever done anything with you, to you, or through you, that was so big, you cried out, Lord depart from me?

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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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