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They tell us on the News it was a Huhurricane called Dorian.

How do you explain the little green men, I saw running from this space shipwreck?

Look out, they are among us.

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The Ministry Years: Miracle 32 – He saw a man – theunfetteredpreacher

John 9:  Full Chapter

He saw a man.

Jesus, again a traveling man, Saw a blind man, and acted.  Who sinned?  Why is he blind?

No one, he is blind, so we could see God’s grace and glory.   The Power of God displayed.

Clay, spit, go wash?  Why? A test maybe, would he believe, and obey?  He did and was healed.

Now, it gets interesting.   Seeing is not believing.   Asked for an explanation, they still refused to believe.

An evil power, the Religious said.  After all if it were of God, We, the righteous would have the Power to heal.

It is hard for the self-righteous to admit, they have eyes, that see not, and ears that do not hear.

Lord, that we would, see, hear and act on Your will.  Amen

John: 9: Full Chapter

“And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?

Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.

Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.

They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.

And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.

Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.

They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.

But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?

His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.

These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.

Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.

He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?

He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?

Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples.

We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.

The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.

Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.

If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.

They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?

And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.

And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?

Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

the word of the Lord was precious in those days; – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

“the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.”

This is in the time of Samuel, a young boy, dedicated to the Lords service by his praying mother.  He was taught the ways of the Lord by the High Priest  Eli. 

Like many people in the Bible, Eli, just appears in his office, there is no record of how this man, a Levite, a priest attained the office of high priest.

He wasn’t particularly Spiritual, he thought Hannah, the mother of Samuel was drunk, as she was struggling with the Lord, praying for a son.

He  allowed his two sons to mock the priesthood,  taking the best for themselves, rather than dedicating it to the Lord.

In this atmosphere we find Samuel.

” Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him.”

He was preforming the duties of a true priest of God.
Humble,  obedient, reliable, teachable and we find the Lord, revealing Himself.

” Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. ”

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The Lord can bring life, to the dead. 

When we begin to humbly, obediently, reliably,  serve the Lord, with an open heart, mind and spirit, He will speak,  guide, direct our paths.

He will make our paths straight.

I believe the Lord has always had a remnant, a people who have loved Him, even in the times, like today, when it seems He  is far away, quiet, even silent, leaving us to  mock His way, ignore His principles, precepts, laws.

In every Denomination,  there are those who want to bring God up to date, enlighten Him to todays standards of wisdom and understanding.

Unfortunately many in His Church agree.

They tickle the ears,

“Your OK, God will forgive, He will reward you in your bad behavior.” 

They do not understand the concept of repentance, turning from our wickedness to righteousness.

Don’t expect to hear the Lords voice when you are not living a righteous, holy life.  “Be ye holy as He is holy.” 

The Lord can and will forgive the worst of offenses, when we turn to Him.

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Acknowledge His Majesty, Worship Him in Spirit and Truth, Walk in the light, power and the love of the Lord.

” all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.”

In obedience to the Lord, the Lord will lift you higher:

” That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.”

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Lord, help us to Walk in You. Tô love and obey.  ” the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.”  Lord, help us to hear, to see and understand Your  calling on our lives.

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Is the Holy Spirit? -4- The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Now I know some of you are thinking that we can’t just find examples of the New Testament Gifts of the Spirit in the Old Testament.   Really?   Am I  sure, a Word of Knowledge is telling us  a thing and a Word of Wisdom is what to do with that knowledge?   Or is a Word of Wisdom telling us a specific thing and a Word of Knowledge how to us it?  Nope, not positive whitch is whitch but one is one and the other is the other, not sure which label to put on either. They are both there for our education.

If we don’t learn from the Old Testament than, where did the writer of Hebrews get his explanation of Faith?   What is Faith if not a Gift of the Spirit?  (Hint: OT)

What is your measure of Faith?   We all have a measure.  Hebrews 11 tells us:

” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

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                (You would really need Faith  to launch out into the deep with this crew)

I have never understood what this means.  To me the best definition of Faith is in the life of Enoch.

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Believe God is and a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

We see examples of this in Ables sacrifice,  Enochs walk, Noah in building the Ark, Abram, leaving at hearing the Lord, later believing he would become a Father of many nations.

So how about you?  Do you know how to hear and act at the prompt of the Spirit?   What does your faith look like?

It is interesting to note some ages also.  Enoch, 65 – Abram, 75 – becomes Abraham, 99 – Moses led people out of Egypt at 80.

Quit blaming your youth and inexperience, or your age and health…..if you make yourself available and believe God is and is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.  The Lord has a job for you.  You could be the much needed leader for today.

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Lord, help us to grab a hold of Your Word, make it come alive help us to understand the Gifts of the Spirit and how to allow them to be powerful in Your Church.

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What God wants 3 -The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

God had created man to walk with,  have fellowship with.  They had only one rule.  Don’t eat the fruit of a certain tree.  They broke the rule.

Adam had disappointed God because of His disobedience.  Many years pass, people are multiplying on earth and God finally finds what He is looking for.

And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:

Genesis 5:21-24
King James Version (KJV)
“And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:” (who lived 900+ years)
“And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:  And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years.  And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”

All we know of Enoch we find in Hebrews 11 and Jude.

Hebrews 11:4-5
“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Jude 1:23-24
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,  To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”

Enoch  pleased God, walked  with God, believed that God is and  that God rewards those who are diligent in seeking Him.

In Jude we learn of the Lords second comming and judgment.

To me Enoch is one of the most interesting Bible figures….to please God and to walk right up to heaven.  He is alive in heaven with God today.

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Here we have one who walked with God.  Many years pass, man becomes vial, sexual sin, greed, murder, the Lord desides to destroy the earth.  Yet again,  one man stands out:

“And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:  And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.  And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.”

Genesis 6:7-9
“And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.”

Noah built the Ark and his family  repopulated the earth.  God was still seeking a people who would walk with Him.  To  truly,  love trust and depend on Him.

This new group of folks were not any better then the last group.

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these signs shall follow (Really? )

There are a lot of promises in the Bible that, as Christians, we want to believe and walk in but it is hard to when we rarely see results.
Here are a few of the troublesome  scriptures:
Mark 16
“these signs shall follow them that believe;
Mark 11
Have faith in God.   For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Luke 8
Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
The common denominator is BELIEVE:
We believe that Jesus is the Son of God,  He died for my sins and rose from the dead to save us.   That is good, it means we are saved but it is not enough.
So what does Jesus say?
Matthew 17:20-21
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.  Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Because of unbelief;   how can this be?  I believe,  help my unbelief.   Confusing isn’t it, if we fast today all we hear is be careful,  drink plenty of water…..you can’t go with out food, it’ll make you sick.
Let me say most of this is good advice.  Does it line up with the word? No.  The scriptures tell us of Moses, at least twice going 40 days without food or water.
Daniels twenty-one day fast.  Jesus,  40 days, also 3 day, 14 day fasts.
How can this be?
Psalm 65:4
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.
We are the people God has chosen, He will cause whosoever will to draw near and those who do will be satisfied with Gods goodness.  So we find Gods supply to those who draw close.
I’ve fasted, prayed and I find that alot of things are still impossible for me.  Something is wrong with my belief. ..Gods word is true….why isn’t it working? Does He no longer watch over His Word to proform it?
This series will endeavor to unravel the mysteries.

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II The True Church

 

The true Church is first:

◆   Built on the revelation knowledge that Jesus is the only       begotten Son of God, He is alive and well today and sits at the right hand of the Father.

◇   We are saved by His blood and grace

What is the purpose of the Church?

◆  As with the Prophets of old…teach and Continue reading