Go and shew, what ye hear and see: theunfetteredpreacher

Matthew 11:2-5

Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,

And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:

The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”

The problem with the Gospel we preach?

There is nothing to see, and little to hear.

Oh, we do preach the Gospel to the poor. (Or do we?)

When speaking of John the Baptist, Jesus asked; “What went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.?”

John preached with conviction and power. People, multitudes gathered to hear a message from the Lord.

Billy Graham, had a message from God. Do we?

Are we challenging the lost, to seek Salvation? Are we teaching those who are found, to be strong, effective Witnesses, of His Love and Grace?

Isaiah 43:10

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.”

Do we Know, Believe, and Understand, that He is the Great I AM?

Really? What have we seen and heard? Truly? Not much.

As Servants of the Lord, we must be like Mary, and do that which is important.

Sit at the feet of Jesus.

If we are to Preach, Teach and Reach those in need of Him, We must learn to take up His Yoke, and Walk With Him.

Doing and Carrying His Burden, Learning to be Meek, Lowly, and to Rest in Him.

We labour hard, and carry a burden, That Is Not Ours to Carry.

Stop, Sit at His Feet.

He will guide, direct and protect us, He will, Cause us to be effective, and fervent in our prayers and Ministry.

We will then, availeth much.

Until then? It is continue to Work, WHEN HE HAS CALLED US TO REST.

The word preached, has not profited us, not being mixed with faith in we that have heard. (Hebrews 4)

People must see and hear God’s Power, in the Gospel we Preach. Or they just do not come. Amen

The word preached did not profit them; theunfetteredpreacher

Hebrews 4: 2.

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.

How much of the Word have we heard preached, that hasn’t profited us?

For many of us, the measure of Faith we received, has brought us Salvation, and not much else.

We desire to believe God’s love transforms us, supplies our needs, heals and makes us whole. That He makes us better people.

Is that what the world sees? Better People?

Are we really different? Do we show God’s love? Do they see Jesus, in our lives?

In Matthew 25, we have the parables of the Talents. When He left, the Master gave so many Talents, to each man, to make profitable transactions.

To those who made a prophet He gave more. The man who buried the one Talent, was cast into outer darkness.

We have a Master that has gone to a far country. He has left us, His Church Talents, and He expects us to make profitable transactions for Him.

Have we done that? Is He expecting financial profit? I don’t think so. He wants us to build His Church.

The Church, is not built with money, but by His Spirit. The Talents He left the Church is the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit has given us the Ministry Gifts;

Ephesians 4:11-13

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Romans 12:5-9

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;

Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

These Gifts are for building His Church, and we have many Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists, Apostles, Exhortors, Givers, Rulers, even a few Prophets, and as a Church, we Love and at times Show Mercy.

All of these Gifts, can be done to greater or lesser extent, by our Natural Man. That is why so many Churches, do not seem to grow.

We are given the people we are able to train, and are responsible for their growth.

The Holy Spirit gives more Gifts, to Whoso-ever will, receive and invest them.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

The Spirit divides to everyman as He will.

Some claim, He hasn’t Given them any of these Gifts. Please reread the book of Acts, and explain to me the meaning of the Word ALL.

Do not confuse the Gift of Tongues and Intepretation with the Prayer Language given to those who came later and had not heard of the Holy spirit. We may not Speak or Interpret in Church, but the Prayer language is available to all. Just Ask.

Rightly Devide the Word of Truth. In Acts and 1 Corinthians 12-14.

Believe the Word, OVER CHURCH DOCTRINE AND TEACHINGS. There are many Unbelieving, Believers.

Study for yourself.

If I can be of assistance, Please Ask. I receive nothing from this, except to see a Church that is alive and growing. Amen

Tears: theunfetteredpreacher

Tears, 2/21/18, when I heard the news.

Tears, as they noted, how many lives he had touched.

Tears, as it was revealed, he planned his own funeral.

Tears, when I learned he would lie in state in the Capital.

Tears, tears and more tears. Why?

I never knew him, and only heard short clips, of his messages. Really his only message, Jesus died for us.

He shared God’s love, from his personal experience. He was The Evangelist, a True Servant of God.

It moved me to Tears. Why?

He had put on the Yoke of Christ, … and Walked in that Anointing for many years.

He knew where the Holy of Holies was, … and lived therein.

The Lord used him Mightily.

His faithfulness touched my heart.

I desire to be faithful. …. I fail.

I long to enter the Holy of Holies, … and lose my way.

I drop His Yoke, … and tangle the lines.

My Prayer; Philippians 3:10

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

May I be made into His image, able to do His will, in His way, by His Power.

Oh Lord, hear my prayer. Amen

Great Faith: theunfetteredpreacher

The story of the Centurion’s great faith.

Just say the word Lord, and my servant will be healed.

Jesus marvelled at his great faith. We stand in awe, wishing our faith was as strong.

That story, will, and does preach.

I want to look at the beginning of the tale.

The first thing the Centurion did was come to Jesus, beseeching Him.

To beseech; It means to beg; urge to, ask.

We find it in Exodus 3, the Lord telling Moses, how to speak to the King of Egypt. As He was hardening his heart to deny, the request.

The next time we see beseech is in Exodus 33,34, Moses asking to see the Lord’s glory.

A Good read. Moses, receiving the Ten Commandments, and finding Grace, in God’s sight, saw God’s backside.

People could not look upon Moses. He had spoken to God, face to face, as a friend. The Glory of God, shone apon him.

Moses, like the Centurion, found grace, (God’s unwarranted Mercy, Love, and Forgiveness, and Favor).

Jesus said: “I will come and heal him.

If we find Grace, our prayers will be answered. Where do we find this Grace?

We first need to learn how to come to God.

Moses, saw the burning bush, decided to investigate, was told to, ‘Take off your shoes, you are on Holy Ground.

We must approach the Lord, with a clean heart and conscience, knowing we are forgiven, blameless in His sight.

This takes True Repentance, a realization of how unworthy we are to approach Him.

Romans 12:1-3

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

Are we Living Sacrifices? Are we Holy and acceptable to God?

Are we delivering our Reasonable Service to God?

Are our minds being Transformed, so we know God’s good, acceptable and perfect will?

To know God we must know His Word, His Will, His Mind. The Author is present in His Word. We Must Know Him.

We Must learn to touch Him, Spiritually, in prayer, supplication and thanksgiving.

Then the Power of God will be with us.

Matthew 8: 5-10

And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

The Sorry State of… ? theunfetteredpreacher

The Sorry State of …. ?

Our Nation, our Towns, our Churches, our People, … our Faith. Is self evident.

We no longer believe, what was once considered Common Sense, or Truth.

Wrong is now Right, Down is Up, Male is Female. The list is endless, we have lost all sense of decency, and order.

I came to a realization this week.

The first list is in the wrong order. We are in a Sorry State, first, because of our lack of Faith.

As our Faith has failed, our people, our Churches, Towns and Nation, have lost their guiding principles.

How do we right this ship, correct our course? It will take a Miracle.

“This beginning of Miracles,” we read about in the book of John. Had absolutely nothing to do with the relationship of the petitioner, to Jesus.

Yes, I know it was His Mom. Some pray to her. Most of us just accept that Jesus granted her request, because she was Mom.

That wasn’t why. Mom soon learned, she didn’t have that much influence.

Jesus was once told His Mother and Brothers were outside, and wished to see Him? What was His answer?

Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” John 12:48-50

Her being Mom, didn’t bring about the desired result of a few moments of His time.

We hear of her again, when Jesus, on the cross, told John, “Behold Thy Mother!” And to Mary, “Behold thy son!”

What motivated Jesus to answer prayer?

Not family, only FAITH, only the BELIEF that God IS.

It is Faith that Saves us.

“if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:”

“if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

It is Faith, Belief, “that God is, that God will, and even if He doesn’t, we will still serve Him,” that releases God, to preform miracles, in our behalf.

Many wonderful Christian Pastors, Teachers and Leaders, do not believe that God works in Signs, Wonders or Miracles today.

They seem to believe, that as in the days of Eli and Samuel, there are no open visions.

We now have the Bible, so God no longer needs to speak to us individually.

As the body of Christ, accepted this as “Truth,” it became a self fulfilling prophecy.

We end up living a life, that bears little resemblance, to that of the early believers.

Saints, the Lord never stopped revealing Himself to Whosoever will seek His face.

Unfortunately, few of us, are willing to deny ourselves, and seek to please Him, instead of being pleased by Him.

We must return to our First Love. Jesus promised if we believed we would do all that He did and more. (John 14)

Those who TOUCHED Him heard.

“Your Faith has made you whole.”

“According to your Faith, so be it.’

“I have not seen such great Faith.”

“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed”

“Fear not, Only Believe.”

“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

Today we do not believe. We have lost the ability to believe in the Miraculous.

We still believe in Salvation, and our Churches have plenty of room for new converts. Yet, no one comes. Why?

Their needs are not met, by our Powerless Gospel. Paul warned Timothy.

1 Timothy 6:20-21 (NOG)

Timothy, guard the Good News which has been entrusted to you. Turn away from pointless discussions and the claims of false knowledge that people use to oppose the Christian faith.

Although some claim to have knowledge, they have abandoned the faith.

Paul warned us about, Powerless Rituals and Ceremonies. Services that are so busy, there is no room for the Lord to speak.

We now, only believe half the Gospel.

2 Timothy 3:5
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

It is much easier to fill our Services, with busy, man directed Worship, than to learn to Wait on God, to deliver His Promise, in Power.

1 Corinthians 4:20
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Hebrews 6:4-6a

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance;”

Saints, as His Church, we should have tasted, the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come. We haven’t.

We have accepted the loss of His Power, because to walk in it takes a real change within us.

It is more than being Saved, by Faith.

We need to change, from wanting things from God, to learning to please God.

By believing, “He is, and He is a rewarder of them that diligently Seek Him.”

Do we Truly Believe, Seek and Walk in Faith? If we did, there would not be room for all who would be Saved.

May we return to Biblical Faith. Amen