The Fix-it Shop – What to believe?

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What to believe?

I have family that I love who are  Godly, giving, loving and religious.  They are Mormons.

I saw on Facebook, (I guess I would call it), a defense of Mormon beliefs, kind of equating Joseph Smith to Moses

To show us the Lords way.  (My words, I lost the article,  computer is still a second language).

(I will say the Mormons and Jehovahs Witnesses have a better handle on Missionary work and helping others than most other Christian  Denominations.)

The thing that struck me is both Joseph Smith and   the Christian Church have missed the mark and for the same reason.

The Mormons believe that when the Apostles died there was no longer Godly  leadership in the Church.

The Church went into error.

The Christian Church seems to believe that when the Apostles died the signs and wonders stopped.

I think thats where the Church went into error.

If we believe Jesus, than when we look behind us we should be seeing signs and wonders.  We may see a few but the God I believe in is Mighty.

So what is the problem?

Jesus told the parable of the talents. He told it in terms of  money because we all understand its use.

Whst if He was really talking about the Gifts of the Spirit.

I believe we see a few who have multiplied some of the Gifts.
–  Peter, James, John, Paul, Steven. …then the signs and wonders  stopped.

Then we see them again:
–  Katherin Kohlman, Oral Roberts, RW Schambach, Benny Hinn and other lesser knowns.

Why them and not us?

They pressed into the Holy of Holies and touched the hem of His garment.

Mark 6 tells us all who on touched the hem of His garment were healed.

We seem to think our preaching is the only tool Christ left us to build His kingdom, I contend He left us the Gifts of the Spirit and we have left them on the shelf.

Well saints, according to your faith, so be it. As for me,  I will continue to boldly seek to enter the Holy of Holies.

I will continue to reach for the hem of His garment, until I see the signs, wonders and miracles following as He promised.

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Mathew 25

Matthew 25:  Jesus speaking to His disciples about the end times.  Parables,  stories,  whatever, people have tried to understand  this chapter forever.

So lets take a non-denominational look:

Wise and foolish virgins:   Oil for their lamps.

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enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

It is probably safe to say, all Christians expect and want to hear the Lord say: Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord.

I wonder how many of us will? As we read Matthew 25, consider are you a wise or foolish virgin? Is there extra oil for your lamp?

When we are first saved we usually burn the brightest. Our excitement of meeting the Lord is contagious. The joy of the Lord, peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit is alive in our lives until we find life on earth continues much like before.

Knowing Jesus doesn’t solve all our problems like magic. We still have consequences of our decisions and actions. The joy and freedom doesn’t seem to carry through. That is when we need to refill our lamps.

To be a wise bridesmaid we must continually renew our minds, to find the holy, acceptable and perfect will of God. That is when our lights burn the brightest.

That is how we will be ready for the day of His return or the day we leave this body.

How about the parable of the talents?
And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

When Jesus went to sit at the Fathers right hand, He left us not money but the Holy Spirit. The comforter, teacher the one who will lead us to the truth. As those who believed waited for the promise the Holy Spirit descended and they began to speak in tongues.

The Holy Spirit has given the church gifts which most of the Churches have locked away in a closet.

Either they believe that they are not for today or are afraid they will not work as promised and they would be made the fool for believing.

Either way I believe they have hid their talents. If Jesus and His disciples needed signs and wonders to bring people to the Gospel who are we to think we can do it with out.

It is interesting to note:
1. Believers gathered waiting for promise
2. One accord, one place
3. Sound from heaven of a mighty rushing wind
4. Filled the house
5. Tongues of fire sat on them
6. They were filled with the Holy Spirit
7. They began to speak with other tongues

Another interesting verse:
Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed? when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit,  and the Gifts of the Spirit are the talents that Jesus has left for us to increase.    More in next post

 

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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5. Concerning Spiritual Gifts.,

brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

For to one is given by the Spirit, prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

prophecy:

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

The gifts where we speak;  Lord help me are the scariest gifts to work.  Perhaps it is a lack of faith on my part.  I love to preach the Word of God, share the promises o f God but jump out there to say thus says the Lord; interpret tongues.

I just don’t think the Spirit has annointed me in this area.  I am more than confident to proclaim the truth of His written word but the other is a limb that scares me.

Definition of Prophesy and Prophets:

“Prophet

The ordinary Hebrew word for prophet is nabi, derived from a verb signifying “to bubble forth” like a fountain; hence the word means one who announces or pours forth the declarations of God. The English word comes from the Greek p Continue reading

4. Now concerning spiritual gifts,

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”       Benjamin Franklin

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

For to one is given by the Spirit, the working of miracles;

God had His reasons for the gifts of the Spirit. In Isaiah 41:20.  

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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1. Now concerning spiritual gifts

I would not have you ignorant.

“Ignorance is bliss”   How often have we heard and at times believed this?    In   truth ignorance robs us of many blessings.

In  1 Corinthians 12,  Paul tells us:

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

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