Have compassion, making a difference:  theunfetteredpreacher

As Christians we are told to have compassion.

Jude 1:

“And of some have compassion, making a difference:

Have compassion, making a difference.

Jesus said:

Matthew 18:33
Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?” Peter wrote:

1 Peter 3:8
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:” John the beloved reminded us:

1 John 3:17
But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

What is compassion, or pity?

Compassion is,

“:a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc.

: sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” (Webster)

The first mention of compassion in the Bible is in Exodus. “Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.”

Joseph had risen to be second only to Pharaoh, and had led Egypt through the 7 year draught, assuring they had food and supplies to survive.

The Hebrew people, 70 at the time of Joseph, grew (in 400 yesrs), to be millions, they were put into slavery, to build the cities of the Pharoahs.

The king was afraid of rebellion, ordered male babies killed.

The midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.”

The child Moses, was ordered to be thrown in the Nile to die. “Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.”

Was found by Pharoahs daughter, alive, in a basket.

Exodus 2:6
And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”

The first mention of compassion in the Bible, led to the saving of Moses, the release of millions from slavery and want, to find freedom and provision.

Have compassion, making a difference.”

Do you hope to make a difference in this world, where our leaders, our fellow citizens, do not remember, or they never did know the Lord, or what He has done.

We must: “Have compassion, making a difference.”

The Psalms repeatedly tell us:

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.” Why? “For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

Jesus, our example:

Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.”

Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.”

Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.

Lamentations 3:22

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.”

When Jesus saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”

Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.”

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I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:”

Three days with Jesus, nothing to eat. (Try keeping the flock in church beyond noon… lol).

Moses was on the mountain, twice for forty days and nights, no food or water, the 5,000 and 7,000, with Jesus, three days, nothing to eat.

How can this be? He had his disciples feed the crowds with a few fishes and loaves of bread, before He sent them away.

He told Peter, and us, through him, “To Feed My Sheep.”

Yes, He had the fed, physical food, but He had been feeding them Spiritual food, for three days… no complaints of hunger, they were filled with the presence of Jesus.

That is our calling, feed the Presence, the Life, the Power of the Risen Christ. A God whose “compassions fail not.

Heal the sick, feed the hungry, (spiritual food), raise the dead, those who know not Christ, by introducing them, open the eyes of the blind, make the lame to walk.

That is the charge we have been given, in John 14, Jesus said:

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.”

How do we get to the place, where, “Haveing compassion, makes a difference” really works?

Learn to live at the feet of Jesus, wear His Yoke, Do His Will, WALK WITH HIM.

Then we would find the reality of Psalms 65:4, fulfilled:

Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

The Lord choose you, and you invited Him into your heart. He caused, (allowed you), to be as close as you desire, to His heart. To receive His many blessings.

We can dwell in His courts, right outside the Holy of Holies, free to enter boldly to receive Grace and Mercy in our times of need.

We will be satisfied, our (hunger, physical and spiritual), and like the Hebrews, our clothes will not rot, shoes not fail, there was no sickness, disease, hurts, wants or needs, the Lord did not meet. “We shall be satisfied.

If we would only learn to dwell IN HIM.

2 Corinthians 1:20
For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Like this cactus, That blooms at and by the will of God, we can also. We must abide in Him.

Do we believe? Walk thou in it. Amen.

Biblical Promises 4: theunfetteredpreacher

The Biblical Promises are “exceeding great and precious promises:” (2 Peter 1) “that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature

The Promises of God are Yes and Amen, they are for us TODAY. What can this mean?

That we might be partakers of the ‘Divine Nature?’

It depends on our Freewill, we might have Eternal life, with Jesus, if we choose correctly. (The might refers to where we will spend Eternal Life, not if).

It is by our Freewill, that we escape the corruption that is in the world, through lust.

We must choose to be diligent in adding to our Precious Faith:

Virtue; knowledge; temperance; patience; godliness; brotherly kindness; and charity. (Love)

Our Freewill choices, are what makes us, a man after God’s heart, a friend of God, a Disciple of Christ.

It is our Freewill, that allows us to believe and to do the Work of the Misistry. Peter tells us, “if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have accepted this Precious Faith.

We should be partaking of His Divine Nature. The Divine, (Godly, Good,)

Nature:

Full Definition
1 a : the inherent character or basic constitution of a person or thing : essence
b : disposition, temperament

We should be partakers of, God’s Nature. Jesus, healed, saved, raised the dead, and gave us this Power, and, expects us to do the same.

ONLY BELIEVE….

That is the only requirement. “I believe Lord, help my unbelief.”

How do we grow our Faith?

We are all given a measure of Faith. The basic Faith, to believe Jesus, changes (saves), us

How do we build up pur Faith?

Diligently Studying His Word.

Praying His Word. (Pray Paul’s prayers, for Spiritual, not Worldly ends).

This comes by Prayer and Fasting.”

We need to deny self, and learn to please God.

If we do these things, we will, grow, and the Lord will be with us, and let none of his words (the Lords), fall to the ground.

And all will know, we are established to be messengers of the Lord.

Amen

Biblical Promises 3:  theunfetteredpreacher

The Promises of God. Are they for today?

As a child, in Catachesm class, I would ask the Priest or Nun, Who, What When Where and How?

The answer much of the time was:

“It’s a mystery.”

“Or God moves in mysterious ways.”

“Or, we will never understand His unsearchable riches.

“We must accept GOD’S WAYS, ARE NOT MAN’S WAYS.”

I listen to Talk Radio, there is one host, who refers to the Bible often.

I believe, he is a believer, but, he is positive that God is not all powerful.

His reasoning is, an all powerful God would never let 911, or the Holocaust happen.

He is sure of this.

He has no concept of Freewill.

Quite frankly, there are a lot of Christians who do not understand Freewill, either.

We have Freedom, to make our choices, as the Angels did. Satan, chose wrong, (his pride was too strong), and was kicked out of heaven, along with a third of the Angels.

Some believe, once saved always saved. If someone turns back to the world, after accepting Christ, they were never really saved.

Really? Do you realize even John the Baptist, questioned his faith?

Can you not envision a tragedy, a loss, in your life that could make you doubt?

Have you not questioned, the Lord’s will and ways in your life?

I can understand, someone hurt, then being deceived, and walking away.

(Their Freewill. Or even the Prodigal).

Someone thinking the old life was better.

The Father never chased the rebellious, he was always welcome home, but He did go find the lost.

We see the Hebrew people, Wanting to turn back all the time. Even as God preformed signs, wonders and miracles daily.

I can not understand, someone who has surrendered to the Lord. Not Being Saved. (Now that, to me is scary).

That said, what about Signs, Wonders and Miracles today?

What about multitudes trying to get into our services, because the Power of God is present?

What about people healed by our shadows?

That is what happened to the early Church.

How did we lose this Power?

We have seen that God’s Promises, are Yes and Amen.

That Jesus sent the Comforter to teach us and bring all He said and did to our remembrance.

He showed us the Holy Spirits Promise, we have left His Gifts on the shelf.

The Church has lost the Power of the Kingdom of God.

Why?

FREEWILL!

What? In the 400 years of captivity, do you really believe God was silent?

Or was it, no one, was ready to give all, as Moses did.

Is David the only man, after God’s heart?

David, Moses, Abram, Peter, Paul and Mary, all exercised their FREEWILL.

THEY GAVE THEIR ALL TO GOD.

Saints, God has not lost His Power, His Might, or has changed His mind. He would have all men come to a saving Knoiwledge, of Him.

The Lord always used Signs, Wonders and Miracles to draw people close. He then allowed their Freewill to work.

He is the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. It is up to us to give our all to Him. To fast and pray, to walk in obedience.

Whosoever will.

His promises are still viable, we just need the will to grasp and use them.

We must, “Take the Kingdom by force.”

Acts 2:38-39 (KJV)

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

For the promise is unto you, and to your children? , and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

His promise is alive today. Find a Promise, hold on to it until it blossoms in your life.

Go out and do the Work of the Ministry. Amen

For all this they sinned still:  the unfetteredpreacher | theunfetteredpreacher

https://theunfetteredpreacher.com/2016/08/21/for-all-this-they-sinned-still-the-unfetteredpreacher/

Another old post, that is still my hearts cry.

A day late: theunfetteredpreacher

For years, I have put up my Christmas lights, Thanksgiving morning.

With Bette breaking her wrist, Tuesday night, Wednesday morning, by Thursday I was beat.

Celeste, home for the weekend, helped me with her Mom, and the lights, as usual.

A Tradition, I cherish.

Bette is doing better, pain controlled by meds. She is a blessing.

Happy Thanksgiving