To Touch Him 4:  From despicable slime to Saint: theunfetteredpreacher 

Jacob’s tale, from despicable slime to strong Leader.

The Lord had proclaimed, while the twins were still in the Womb.  “Jacob I have loved, Esau I have hated.

His Mom, Rebecca, had received this message, and she loved Jacob also.  

While Issac, (Dad), loved Esau. 

Esau, the first born,  came out of the womb, with Jacob’s hand firmly attached to his foot.  He became a hunter, a hairy man, a man of action.  

While Jacob was a plain man who dwelled in tents.

Esau was not necessarily a man of thought or planing, too busy doing, to worry about what might be happening right before him.   

He came home hungry one day, and sold his birthright to Jacob, for a bowl of porage. 

Later, when Isaac was preparing to die, Rebecca instructed and helped Jacob to steal his brothers  blessing. (Read Genesis 25-27)

The blessing of the first born…  A big deal:  (Genesis 27)

Isaac ended up giving Jacob, the blessing meant for Esau.  Blessing him, he said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the Lord hath blessed:  
“Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:
Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.”

   >  The blessing of plenty,  to never be in need.

   >  All his brethren, other nations, everyone would serve him.

   >  The Lord would curse those who curse and bless those who bless him.

I would love to have that blessing in my life.  (By the way, We do, if we serve the Lord).

Esau’s only received this second rate blessing from Isaac: 

Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;

And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.

And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.”

   <  He would live off the fat of the land

   <  He would be a Warrior,  and live by the sword

  <  He would eventually brake the yoke of his brother off his neck.   

(This yoke was his, Unforgivness, hate, and resentment of his brother, for the wrongs done to him).

Rebecca arranged yet more for Jacob.   A way to escape, and another blessing as he goes.

Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.

Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughers of Laban thy mother’s brother.

And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;

And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.

And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.

That he would be:

   >  Blessed by God, to be fruitful and multiplied.

   >  That he would receive the Blessings promised to Abraham, to him and his seed.

Again, Blessings that should have been Esau’s.  He went to his Uncle’s was cheated, and treated wrong.

He didn’t complain, or cry… or cheat his Uncle,  something had changed him, while on his way.

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To Touch Him 3:  Not always  our choice:  theunfetteredpreacher 

Throughout the Old Testament, the Lord chose what people He would call His own.  Who He would save, or set free, who he would bless or curse.

How He would reward the Faithful,  the Righteous and how and when to punish the wicked.

The Lord chose Noah, saving him and his family.  Why, because Noah walked with God, this made “Noah a just man and perfect in his Generation.”

We find almost the same praise for Job, who, “was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.”

The Lord’s choice.  He chose who, what, when, where and how, He would intervene in the afairs of the earth, and His people. 

All, the Lords choice, with few exceptions, the Lords plan and way.  

Then Jesus came to die for us.  

We see a change a coming.   He chose many He would touch, heal.  Where He roamed, who He made whole.

The difference that becomes apparent is, Faith enters the stage.   People ask, plead, and pray and it is their Faith makes them whole.

Yet, Jesus is still choosing whom He touches, but times have changed.

We should come boldly to the throne room, to find Grace and Mercy in our time of need.   We need to become the woman with the issue of blood.

We must learn how to press through the throng of people and prayers that surround our Lord, we must learn to touch Him ourselves. 

All who touched Him, were made whole.

We should no longer wait by the pool for the Angels, to move the water.  No longer should we cry out… “Jesus touch me.  Jesus hear me.  Jesus meet my need.”

NO LONGER… QUIT ASKING HIM TO TOUCH YOU AND LEARN TO TOUCH HIM.

This is a Spiritual Truth.  

If we just learn to Touch Him,  His Word, His Promises, His Will….  become life and truth to whosoever will,  learn to practice the presence of God.

The first step is to learn the lesson of the Lords prayer.  

The first step in getting the attention of God, is true Praise, Adoration, Worship.

Start your prayers with acknowledgement of His Majesty, That His Word is Life, That He IS the great I AM.

He alone is worthy of all Glory, Honor and Praise.  He alone is Worthy, He was slain from the foundation, He gave His life for ME.

WORTHY, WORTHY, WORTHY IS THE LAMB OF GOD, THE LORD GOD OF HOSTS, HEAVEN AND EARTH ARE FILLED WITH HIS GLORY.   WORTHY IS THE LAMB.

I Worship You, I Love You, I Need You.  You alone are my help, You alone are my supply,  You alone are Worthy of my love and trust.

As we learn to express our Love, and Trust in the Lord…  we will begin to experience the peace that passes understanding, the joy unspeakable and full of Glory.

We will not have to recite our worries and cares.  He knows them and answers before we ask.

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” (Psalm 50:15)

Isaiah 65:24
And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

Please Saints take this first step to touching the Lord.  

LEARN TO VERBALLY, TRUTHFULLY, AND FORCEFULLY ADORE AND WORSHIP HIM.

TELL HIM YOU LOVE HIM AND WHY… EXALT HIM.

Let’s forget about ourselves and concentrate on Him, and Worship Him.

Amen

We will soon learn to touch Him and receive the desires of our hearts.

Day 65, 2017:  Living in Gods courtyard:  theunfetteredpreacher 

Psalm 65:1-4
King James Version (KJV)

   “Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.
   O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
   Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.
   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 Psalm has been very special to me since I first understood it’s scope and meaning in my life.

It starts with Praise.

I am in a little UMC, playing piano, (mostly a multitude of Hymns).  That are meaningful to the Pastor and congregation. 

My problem,  complaint, even dissatisfaction lies in the belief that you cannot forget about yourself and focus on being one, with God.  

If you are forever reading the next word you are to sing.  

This is why I prefer short, Praise Songs, mostly Scriptures put to music.

They are God’s word, sung in Praise.  They become part of us, live in our hearts.  Bring comfort, peace and joy to our lives as we sing.

They lead us to that moment of connection, that time of silent knowing, experiencing, recognizing, the presence of God.

Worship.

That just isn’t happening with what we are singing.

It leads to Prayer.

When we truly learn to Praise and Worship, we bring ourselves to a voluntary humility, a place of recognition and subjection to God.

We Recognize our sin, followed by  Repentance.

A place where He hears our Prayers.

It then leads to forgiveness.

We can then be cleansed of our sins, forgiven, become blameless in the beloved.

This is when God chooses to draw us closer.

He calls us to dwell in His courts, to rely on His strength, love and provision. 

This is when He for a truth, becomes, “Our Lord and Shepherd.”

This is when and where we “Shall not want“.

Psalms 23, becomes reality,  not just a prayer.

I leave you with the Amplified Bible Version of these Scriptures.   I  pray we all take them for our own.

Psalm 65:1-4
Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
Psalm 65
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A song.
  “To You belongs silence (the submissive wonder of reverence which bursts forth into praise) and praise is due and fitting to You, O God, in Zion; and to You shall the vow be performed.
   O You Who hear prayer, to You shall all flesh come.
   Iniquities and much varied guilt prevail against me; [yet] as for our transgressions, You forgive and purge them away [make atonement for them and cover them out of Your sight]!
   Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whom You choose and cause to come near, that he may dwell in Your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple
.”

 Oh Lord, 

Hear my prayer.

Amen 

Tales of my father 10:  theunfetteredpreacher 

It always amazes me when thoughts long forgotten, return so vividly to mind. 

We had gone out for dinner, Mom, Dad, myself, an Aunt and Uncle, to an Italian place in Lunenburg, Massachusetts. 

My family had never been there, my Aunt and Uncle,  thought it was the cats meow.  

I was probably about 10, bored and into checking everything out.

After wondering around for awhile.  I checked out the mens room.  Before I could finish my business.  Two older boys came in and while standing behind me, pulled out a knife.

I finished, turned around, and nearly needed the throne.  I walked by them, pulled on the door to leave, and they kicked the door shut.

Yep, the throne would have been appropriate.   Nothing was said.

I once again reached for the door. Bang, slammed shut again.  Oh boy, what fun.

Suddenly,  the door flew open and this big man in a wife beater,  stood in the door. 

“Is everything alright? ”  

“Yes Dad, sure.”  As I ran out the door.  I found my Dad and he ran into that bathroom but the kids were long gone.

I don’t know if we stayed to eat,  but, I do know we never returned.

That was the day I learned, never leave home without a knife.

On another occasion we had left a cookout and saw a house that had burned down.  Someone my parents knew, and they talked about whether insurance would replace and how glad they were no one was hurt.

Somehow, Dad got off on a tangent, talking of someone else, who had slipped on the ice at another friends house.

He was incensed,  that they sued the homeowners.   He though these things should be settled like men.   A law suit, was un-forgivable.   

Many years latter, more than 50, I experienced this.

When I was at a friend’s business a few years ago at Christmas time… I was rushing, tripped and broke my top plate.  (False teeth).

My friend was horrified… gave me money to get them repaired. After they were fixed, I went to thank her, after all it was my fault.

She thanked me for not suing her.  

The thought never entered my mind…   I was so surprised and pleased, she paid to fix the teeth, when I felt she was too kind.

Like I said, memories,  how the little things we say and do effect others.

I had a Nephew,  quite a few years younger then I.   The example he saw in my life, (as a teenager), has brought me great shame and sadness. 

If when I was young and stupid, I had not been so stupid…. it would have been nice.

Well, what can you do?  Hope you enjoyed.

Breaking News:  theunfetteredpreacher 

Breaking News for all Catholics, Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists and all Denominational Christianity.

Peter, was not a Catholic.

Martin Luther was not a Lutheran.

John the Baptist, was not a Baptist.

John Wesley, was not a Methodist.

Surprised?

They were all followers of Christ.  It was those who followed them, that have screwed up, and split up, the Christian Church. 

If you wish to follow Christ, we must, read His Word, Know His Word, Obey His Word.

Recognizing that these men of God, Holy, Powerful, Leaders, of their  times, did not have or understand  the whole council of God.  

The Lords reveals Himself to those who seek Him.  As we understood salvation individually, so is it with the rest of His Word.

Revelation is available to whosoever will accept it, obey it, and walk with Him.

Psalm 27:8
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.”

As Christians, we need to follow Christ, seek Christ, love Christ Jesus, above our Church building, above our Denomination, above our Pastor.

It is He who saves us, supplies our needs,  comforts and heals us.   

Seek Jesus.  Find everything important, everlasting, and meaningful . 

Amen 

Church Prayer 3: theunfetteredpreacher

This is my third attempt to write a prayer that helps our church to go forward with the Lord.

We are sorely tied to the anchor of the past, with little desire for change.  Even if that means the death of this body of believers . 

Lord, hear my prayer.

Father God I desire that we, your people, might be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
That we might walk worthy of You, unto all that is pleasing, that we might be fruitful in every good work, and increase in our knowledge of You;

Strengthened with all might, according to Your glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

Lord, that Your joy, would be our strength, Your peace, our constant companion, Your love our motivation.

Help us Lord to be perfect, to be of good comfort, to be of one mind, to live in peace; so then, we will know, the God of love, and peace is with us.

Lord, we ourselves were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 

Forgive us Lord, I  pray.

Lord, we pray, that Your word, may have free course, and be glorified, in us, freeing us from our carnal self, to help us to love and care for one another.

We thank you Lord, for opening the doors of our hearts, that we would welcome and accept, new members, new ideas, and new ways to worship You.

Lord, that we might experience a mighty move of Your love and grace.

We thank you Jesus, for the Holy Spirit, who guides, directs, comforts, teaches and leads to Your truth.

Help us to see, consider, understand and believe Your Word.

Amen

Prayer for building of Church 2: theunfetteredpreacher

Father God, I love You and ask that You hear and grant my plea.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Help us Lord, to put on the armour of God, that we may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Help us to speak boldly, as we ought to speak. May Your Holy Spirit guide, direct and protect us, to accomplish the work of Your will, as we take Your Yoke upon us.
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Lord, You would have all men to come to the knowledge of Your love and grace.

Give us the boldness to speak, may Your Spirit go before us to soften the hearts and open the minds, of whosoever will seek Your face.

Jesus, help us to build Your Body, that the lost could be saved, that You would comfort the brokenhearted, and heal the sick.

May we put aside, our carnal desires, our petty selfishness, our need to be noticed, so that You would be glorified.

Lord, use us to build Your Kingdom.

Thank You for this beautiful facility, please fill us with Your Spirit, that this building would be filled and used for Your Glory.

You alone Lord, are worthy of all glory, honor and praise. Lord, help us to worship.

Amen