Are we Full Of Faith? Or Excuses?: theunfetteredpreacher

Are we Full Of Faith? Or Excuses?:

Is our life full of Faith and Power? Do we really trust and obey?

Or do we live a life of excuses, explaining why the Lord doesn’t answer our prayers?

Sometimes the answers seem far away, through a dark place, it’s scary and we try to comfort.

We attempt to explain the workings of God.

We give Excuses for Gods, seemingly non-action. He didn’t answer my prayer, there must be a reason.

“If I’m not healed today, I know that when I shut my eyes in death, I will be healed in heaven”.

“If it be Thy will, Oh Lord.”

“I know I will be healed in Gods time.”

Jesus gave two answers, when His Diciples asked:
“Why could not we cast him (the evil spirit), out?”

Jesus answered:
“Because of your unbelief:”
“This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.”

Lack of Faith, and fasting and prayer.

We are all given a measure of Faith.

1 Samuel 2:35a
“And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind:”

To become that Faithful priest, we must build our Faith, by praying in the Holy Spirit. (Jude 1:20). By reading, memorizing, meditating, speaking and hearing the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)

Fasting and Prayer also builds our Faith, by drawing us closer to God. He sees our desire to have more of Him, He understands we are serious. He rewards those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Our unbelief is the major reson for un-answered prayer.

“He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

“He marvelled because of their unbelief.”

“He appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart,”

He said of Abraham:

“being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead,”

“being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”
(Romans 4)

Are we fully persuaded?

Abraham believed God and it was counted to him, as righteousness. (Romans 4:3)

We must avoid the “evil heart of unbelief.”

Hebrews 3:12
“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief,”

“They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.” (Hebrews 3)

“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.”

“So we see that they could not enter in (to His rest), because of unbelief.”

We must believe.

Jesus healed all that were afflicted, when they came to Him. Not later, it didn’t take time, He did it NOW, TODAY. He said we would do this and more.

Both the Faith of one praying, and the one needing prayer can be a reason for healing, or lack thereof.

Acts 14:8-10
King James Version (KJV)
“And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked:

The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.”

The one seeking healing must have Faith and the one praying must be bold, full of Faith and able to speak and pray an effectual fervent prayer.
(James 5:16)

This is complicated by the fact that God, although always there, sometimes tests us. We cannot always sense His Presence.

Song of Solomon 5:6
King James Version (KJV)
“I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.”

Lamentations 3:8
King James Version (KJV)
“Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.”

Lamentations 3:44
King James Version (KJV)
“Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.”

He is testing us. We must continue to seek His face. How badly do we need and want Him.

Lamentations 3:26
King James Version (KJV)
“The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.”

Lamentations 3:40-41
King James Version (KJV)
“Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord. Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.”

We also need to realize that God can and does what He pleases. Godly people can be sick for Gods reasons.

Philippians 2:13
King James Version (KJV)
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

Philippians 2:27
King James Version (KJV)
“For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.” (Speaking of Timothy)

We must learn, in everything to give thanks.

Do not give excuses for Gods lack of action, they are not Biblical.

If you do not see the answer you would like, continue to lift it to the Lord, in thanksgiving and prayer.

Our job is to believe and act on that belief. It is up to God to comfort those we pray for.

We should not try to explain. We have no idea what He is doing in their lives.

SO DO NOT, GIVE EXCUSES FOR THE LORD NOT ANSWERING YOUR PRAYER.

It is between them and God, teach them to seek His face.

He may be doing a more important work, within them. Trust and Obey.

Lord help us please, to have Faith in You. Amen

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The Cry of my Heart: theunfetteredpreacher

For years, I led Praise and Worship, Taught and Preached in Full Gospel settings. My concern was to bring people who knew the Lord, to a deeper Walk with the Lord, and to see the lost, come to the knowledge of Christ’s Salvation.

Dissapointment and Dispair, turned me away from giving a thought of the people and God. I knew Him, loved Him, and acknowledged Him, even as I ignored His desires for me.

I refused many offers to play piano in Denominational Churches, until, I was asked to substitute in a little UMC.

The first time I sat at their piano, I sensed the Presence of God, the Anointing, that had been missing in my life, for years.

Something wasn’t right though. In the past, I would sing a simple Scripture song, and before I had repeated it twice, the congregation was Praising with me. Not so here.

It was so drastic a change, I asked if it was a born again Church. Assured that it was I kept plugging along. They heard the same Scriptures, over and over.

Ho Hum…. So what, who cares…. Nothing… They had never heard of the Full Gospel, they had it all.

They would sing of Beaula Land, or the Old Country Church.

I decided to teach Old Testament, to keep out of trouble with the Holy Spirit.

People, who have known the Lord for 50 plus years, had no clue of it’s contents. We worked our way through the first five books, verse by verse, bringing Jesus and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in, where appropriate. (3 or 4 years of Wednesday Bible Studies).

I heard often, ‘I never knew that.’ So I finally began teaching the New Testament. Soon it became apparent they did not know the New Testament any better than the Old.

Year after year, they had heard variations of the messages of Christs birth, His Suffering and Death, and little from the Book of Acts and beyond. (Lectionary teachings).

Never a word beyond this. No wonder they were dead.

Do not get me wrong, they were Saved and loved the Lord, but had not been taught beyond that. They couldn’t even use a Concordance.

I asked the Pastor, why in the 7 plus years I had been there, I never heard the Adult versions of the Miracles, of either Testament?

Even fewer people go to Sunday School or Bible Studies tha Sunday morning Service.

The answer: ‘We Teach that in Sunday School or Bible Study, and the next Sunday morning, he told of the one, (maybe), Miracle he had witnessed.

My heart cries out…. ‘GOD IS BIGGER THAN YOU KNOW, YOU CAN HAVE A WONDERFUL, JOYOUS RELATIONSHIP,’

No one cares. Sad.

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After him was none like him: 3 Hezekiah: theunfetteredpreacher

The third recorded prayer of Hezekiah, that the Lord answered,is a more personal prayer.

The first prayer was for the people who had not yet consecrated hemselved to the Lord, that He would bless and accept their offerings, as Judahreturned to the Lord.

2 Chronicles 31: 20-21

“And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God.

And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.”

The second prayer, was for victoryover the Assyrians, who had spoken against God and Hezekiah. That they would be defeated.

2 Chronicles 32: 21-23

And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he was come into the house of his god, they that came forth of his own bowels slew him there with the sw19d.

Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and guided them on every side.

And many brought gifts unto the LORD to Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from thenceforth.”

It was verse 23, that really caused Hezekiahs third prayer. He became prideful. When the leaders of Babylon came to pay him homage, he showedthem all the riches tha Lord had supplied.

Isaiah 38: 1.

In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.

Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,

And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying,

Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.

And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city.

And this shall be a sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken;

Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.”

The Lord gave him a sign and fifteen more years of life and peace. He was happy with his, even though Jusdah would go back into captivity at that time.

2 Kings 20: 19

Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?”

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The Holy Spirit and Salvation: theunfetteredpreacher

Believers, all together.

Acts 2: 1-8

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?”

Acts 2:38-39

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.”

Acts 2:41-43

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.”

After healing the man at the gate beautiful, they were forbidden to preach Jesus. Acts 3 & 4

Acts 4: 29-33

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.”

Phillip, Peter and John, praying for believers. Simon saw the effects of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Tongues, Joy, Power). And wanted the Power to give the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8: 14-19

Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.”

Paul, serving God with Zeal, but persecuting Christians. It took a touch from God to set him straight.

Acts 9: 9-10

And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.”

Acts 9: 15-18

But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.”

Peter and Paul both saw the Holy Spirit fall on believers.

Acts 10: 37-38

That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

Acts 10:44-48

“While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”

Some say you cannot be saved unless you have the Holy Spirit. The Bible asks, ‘Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?’

Acts 19:1-7
And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

And all the men were about twelve.”

There are many who are Saved and believe, who have not received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist, Baptized with the Baptism of Repentance.

As Christians, we should be Baptized in the Baptism of, obedience, to show the death of our old man, and the acceptance of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Pauls writings on the Gifts of the Spirit:

1 Corinthians 12: 1.

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

Apparently, seeking answers, some go to man, when we should search the Word. The giving of the Gifts of the Spirit. Notice: On the Day of Penticost, Tongues and Interpretation ere the first Gifts given. Why, they are the easiest or us to receive, and we use the Gift of Tongues as our Prayer Language.

1 Corinthians 12:8-11

“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.”

1 Corinthians 12:27-31

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”

The Gift of Tongues should not be used in public Worship unless all recognize and are believers.

That is why the Love chapter is next. We must always be aware of who is around us, and be ready to explain, His Word.

1 Corinthians 14

1 Corinthians 14: 1-2

Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

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.”

1 Corinthians 4:4-6

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.

Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?”

1 Corinthians 14:12-24

“Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

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.

What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

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.

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.

If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:”

1 Corinthians 14:27-29

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.

Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.”

1 Corinthians 14:32-33

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-

“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.”

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

1 Corinthians 14: 38.

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

I heard the most ignorant Pentecost Sunday Sermon, yesterday. According to this ‘Man of God’.and he is, (a Man that loves God).

He loves the Lord and was only speaking what he understood. Unfortunately you cannot understand the Spiritual, without the Spirit.

The one hundred and twenty. Did Not Speak in Tongues, the people just heard their own language.

God didn’t need us to speak in Tongues, He already knows all languages.

1 Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

Many are saved, yet do not understand the Spiritual, because they have not received the Spirit.

I was prepared to list once again all the Scriptures that prove we should be enjoying the Gifts and the Power, of the Spirit.

Unfortunately, as the Scriptures point out, even if I send my son, they will not believe. It is sadthey deny others that belief also.

Luke 11:52

Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.”

Those who reject the blessings and knowledge of the living God, are just sad.

“If any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.”

I pray for their enlightenment. Amen

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I believed not the words: theunfetteredpreacher

I believed not the words: An older post revisited:

~ Curiosity:

The queen of Sheba heard of Solomons fame, because he was blessed of the Lord, and she came to see for herself, if it be true.
(1 Kings: 10:1)

She heard and came to see. So many of us today, hear of the great things of the Lord, but never, ever, venture close enough to see.

There is revival down the road. A church in town is growing like mad.

The Outpouring of the Spirit of God, has multitudes gathering, seeking a touch from the Lord.

Our answer:

I wish revival would happen at our church, why isn’t the Lord adding to our church? How come, Lord?

We don’t go to see… It isn’t happening in a UMC, or Baptist Church, it’s happening in that non-denominational church.

I’ll tell you what it is.

It’s all show, they cannot be preaching the true gospel, (like we are), after all we have the truth.

It’s just the excitment of the music, skits, signs and wonders… people just want to be entertained.

Really, have you gone to see why?

No, of coarse not, those people are strange, they believe the Word of God was written for today.

Do we go and question their theology to see if it’s true?

No, of coarse not, those people aren’t of our denomination. How could their doctrine be truth?

Pastors afraid of losing their flock, they talk down the growing churches…

SHAME ON YOU!

Pastor, have someone preach for you Sunday, go visit this growing church, hear the Word preached, study the Word see if it be true.

Get to know who they are Question them. Study to show thyself approved. Are they preaching the TRUE GOSPEL?

Learn from them and teach it to your flock. Ask the Lord for His direction, walk in it. Then you will see growth.

~ Curiosity Satisfied:

1 Kings: 10. 7.
“Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.”

Pastor, the Lord is working through those, who allow Him to work through them.

Are you a WHOSOEVER, do you allow Him to lead, direct and guide His people to a closer walk with Him?

Is that you?

There is a reason the Lord is working elsewhere and not in your church.

YOU WON’T LET THE LORD LEAD.

1 Kings: 10. 24.
“And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.”

Multitudes flock to the Lords presence. To hear and learn of His Wisdom, not ours. It only comes to us as we walk in obedience to Him.

I know you are preaching the truth you know. If your church is not growing, maybe you need to learn more truth.

Lord, help us to let your presence flow through us. Amen

Four types of believers: theunfetteredpreacher

Four types of believers :
An older post, revisited:

December 15, 2014
There are 4 types of believers in the body of Christ :

The Church attenders
The Levites
The Priest’s
Those who walk with God :

☆ The Church attenders:

These are the people who desperately want a Savior, some attend church Christmas and Easter, most every Sunday, a chosen few two or more times a week. They may be involved with Sunday school, choir, Bible study.

They know the apostles creed, they have believed and confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior.

They have allowed Jesus to be Savior; As Lord, not so much.

They love the idea of being saved as long as it doesn’t interrupt or change their lives too much.

Like the Hebrews in the desert, they will gladly partake of the Lords provisions while complaining about the same.

Man: “I haven’t had a new pair of shoes in years.”
Other man: “Well, they still look brand new.”
Man: “Yeah, I want different ones.”

Dismissing the miracles the Lord is doing, daily.

☆ The Levites:

The Levites are the backbone of the Churches; they are the organizers, the workers, builders, movers and shakers.

In the desert they assembled and disassembled, carried and cared for the Lords house.

Protected it from stangers (those who knew not the Lord). They stood with the Priest’s when the Church attenders sinned.

They know the apostles creed, they have believed and confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior.

They have allowed Jesus to be Savior; and Lord in many areas of their lives.

Some things are just to dear to give up.

☆ The Priest’s :

These are the doers of the Word: They study to show themselves approved, workmen rightly dividing the Word of truth. They teach, preach, exhort, comfort, guide and direct. Wherever they go.

They know the apostles creed, they have believed and confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Jesus is their Lord and Savior :

They live a life of holiness, sanctification and consecration.

They deny themselves and take up their cross daily.

They work out their Salvation with fear and trembling.

They have set their face like flint towards the Lord.

They may have many followers or none. They are concerned with being obedient to God. They will be misunderstood, maligned, persecuted and highly favored by God.

☆ Those who walk with God :

Psalm 65:4
King James Version (KJV)
“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.”

This is who we all should aspire to be. The Lord has stood at the door of our hearts, we have accepted Him in. Now we need to let Him Cause us to approach, learn to enter into the Holy of Holies, to find the mercy and grace He so wants to share.

Psalm 22 tells us He inhabits the Praise of His people. If we desire to walk with Jesus, we must learn to praise and worship. Learn to live the Lords prayer, not just recite it.

If we want to experience joy unspeakable, the peace that passes understanding, the comforter, teacher, lover of our souls, we must Worship and adore Him. Believe Him…Take His Yoke…..it is the only way to Walk with Him.

If you just attend Church, and don’t allow Jesus to be Lord, when its time to enter the promise, you may find you have an evil heart of unbelief. Like the Hebrews you may just wonder and die in the desert.

Please Lord, create in us clean hearts and renew our Spirits, that we might Walk with You.

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