Ye shall never fall: IF… theunfetteredpreacher

If you are diligent, ye shall never fall:

Diligence, is mentioned close to 60 times in the Bible. If we care to know God, to grow in the Faith, to understand His will and ways, we must learn to be diligent.

I could list all the ways, or all the things we must be diligent about. Or just admit, for the last couple of months, I have not diligently done anything.

There was a time, I would read the Word daily, and the Lord would open up my understanding, I would then, do my best to share, to whosoever would read or listen.

He has not given me a pulpit, (though I do love to preach), so, this blog is my platform, to share His Word and His love.

I pray that I will become diligent once again in study and sharing. I hope those who read, will be blessed, and will be encouraged to study and to grow in their faith.

1 Peter 1:10

“Brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”

IF??? It all depends on us, to be diligent in the Lord, to grow into the person, He desires us to be. He wants us to be a living Testimony of His Love and Grace, in our own way, in our own voice, in His Power, and direction.

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We all have the relationship we want with God.
I desire a more intimate one.

True Connections, of the Loved: theunfetteredpreacher

True Connections, of the loved, and Blameless in Christ.

‘We all have the relationship we want with God. I desire a more intimate one.’

All who have accepted Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior, have a Connection, a Relationship, a Knowledge of, our Lord.

I desire to encourage all who believe, to walk a closer, more intimate, and Holy life.

When Bette and I were married in 1984, through our arrival and the first 6 to 8 months, in Morehead City, NC, (1985), we neither had, nor missed having, a TV.

The second time my parents came to visit, they had a portable TV, (12 inch, complete with rabbit ears), that, according to them, we could not live without.

Until that time, NPR was our main source of news, and entertainment. (‘Forgive me, I had no idea, how uninformed that had made me’).

We set up the TV, with rabbit ears, and turned it on. If I remember, we could almost watch 3 or 4 channels.

That was enough, soon we bought a TV and hooked up to cable. Now, we were connected.

Thinking back on that today, I realize all the channels and choices we have now, were available, to some extent in 1985.

We were not equipped, to connect to and receive, their signals.

As I look around me today, I realize many people are connected to entertainment TV and Radio.

So much so that, younger folks will change Radio Stations when music is interupted by the News or even regular commercials.

I have found for me, Talk Radio, both secular and Christian, is a better fit, and realize, I receive more information, and quality reporting from the News, and more to engage my interest in the opinion blocks, from this media.

My point is; What we know, how we think, and our reactions to lifes bumps and pot holes, depends on what we are connected to.

When we get saved, we begin our connection with the Trinity. Sadly, some seem to be satisfied, with their foot in the door, and look no further.

(We are connected to the supply, but receiving only a trickle).

Those who are serious about walking with God, need a bigger, more powerful connection. The difference from rabbit ears, and cable. (3 or 4 stations, to 100+).

As we grow in the Lord, prayer, fellowship, and faith will abound. Our lives will change, from the inside out.

When we have a secure connection, signs, wonders and miracles will follow. The Anointing of God will flow through us and touch those around us.

People will recognize the presence of God, and gather from far and wide, for a Word, a Touch, a Satisfying completeness to their lives.

Jesus, went about healing the sick and lame, comforted the hurting, and preached ‘The Kingdom of God, is at hand.’

It was, and still is, through those who believe. Saints, check your connection, be sure it is secure, then, Go out and share the Love of Christ.

He Commanded, that we realize Faith is an action word… So pray and obey.

Ephesians 6: 19-20

“And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

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My Time In the Big House: theunfetteredpreacher

I just spent 14 days in the Big House, then another 8 being rehabilitated.

I have served my time, and been released into the custody and care of my wife and family.

They will keep me on the straight and narrow.

The Big House in question is Carteret Health Care, with rehabilitation at Croatan Ridge.

They tell me I wasn’t well, I am guessing they were right.

The first week is a blur. Yet, I never felt neglected, alone or afraid.

The hospital, once again was exceptional, from the cleaning staff to the lab workers, the Doctors and Nurses were kind, caring, understanding, and most helpful.

Professional, and more than Competent, my caregivers exhibited a great deal of knowledge and grace.

I wish I could thank them personally.

At Croatan Ridge, I was again met by a competent staff. The nursing staff was caring, and helpful. The folks in Physical Therapy were just wonderful, helping me to regain my strength and endurance.

I would not choose to repeat that 22 days, but I am very happy they were there when I did.

Thank you, Doctors, Nurses, and all who are part of the life saving work in our local area.

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Know You Are Loved

We all have the relationship we want with God.
I desire a more intimate one.

Are you Connected? theunfetteredpreacher

In the past, I have likened the Christian life, to being a fire hose, connected to a fire hydrant. When the water is turned on, the hose can be directed to knock down, and put out the fire, fulfilling it’s purpose.

There is power, strength, and purpose to this hose, that would be difficult to accomplish, with any other water supply and delivery system.

As Christians, we need to learn how to turn on this power. If the water isn’t turned on, this hose is just a hose.

‘If’, as a Christian, I do not seek the face of God, ‘if’, I do not study to show myself approved, ‘if’, I do not renew my mind, by the washing of the water of the Word…

I may be connected, but there is no power, no power to overcome evil with good. No power, to heal the sick, no power, to cast out demons, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

Without this power, we cannot fulfill our purpose in the Lord. Unfortunately, the Church, finds itself in this place, connected, but Powerless.

How, or Why, is this true? Turning on the water is easy, ‘If’, we possess the correct tools for the job. Somehow, the Church has lost the blueprints, and the tools, for turning on the water, for building a strong and vibrant Church.

We cannot place the blame for this, on anyone but ourselves.

Teachers can only teach what they know and understand. If they are good teachers or preachers, they will motivate us, to study the Word ourselves.

The Holy Spirit is drawing us closer to the Lord, ‘if’, we will accept and allow Him to show us all truth.

1 Corinthians 2:12-14

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

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.”

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We all have the relationship we want with God.
I desire a more intimate one.

Invasion of the Inlaws: theunfetteredpreacher

The last few days of June, 2018, saw our lives turned upside down.

My precious wife Bette, had planned a trip, with her sister Donna, to their home town in Minnesota.

Bette, had moved some heavy plants and thought she had twisted, or strained her back. We decided to have it checked out.

It turns out, she had fractured a couple of vertebrates in her back, but that wasn’t all. She was diagnosed with stage 4 bone cancer.

We were soon spending the day at the hospital, while they biopsied the tumors in her breasts and the 12 in her back.

When I was allowed in back to see her, two nurses, saw me. They called Donna to come take care of Bette, while they found me a room in the Coronary Care Unit.

I had Acute Respiratory Failure, Acute Renal Failure, Congestive Heart Failure, Pneumonia and other assorted problems.

July isn’t even a memory.

Meanwhile, Bette’s sister Eunice and husband Roger, drove from Minnesota, to be here when Bette started chemotherapy. (There is hope, that the cancer can be beat back).

By the time I returned home from the hospital and rehab, (22 days after admittance). The Inlaws had become not just welcomed, but indispensable.

We have relied on the love of Bette’s family, to lift us in prayer as well as caring for our physical needs.

I thank the Lord, that we have Spirit Filled family and friends. I am sure, we would not have made it, without their prayers.

My friend, Pastor Nelson Hopkins, from Impact Church in Morehead City, came and prayed the prayer of faith, that started my turn back to the living. (Thank you my friend).

Saints, if you have not received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, since you believed, I beseech you, ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you to all the Lord has for you.

The Lord would have us prosper and be in good health, even as our soul prospers. (3 John 1:2)

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We all have the relationship we want with God.
I desire a more intimate one.

They all fall down: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Several months ago, a Baptist friend asked me, why do all these people fall down on TV, when the “Faith Healers” pray for them? 

He insisted that it didn’t happen in the Bible.

Matthew 2:11
fell down, and worshipped him:
Mark 5:33
fell down before him,
Mark 3:11
fell down before him,
Luke 5:8
he fell down at Jesus’ knees,
Luke 8:28
fell down before him,
Luke 8:41
fell down at Jesus’ feet,
John 11:32
she fell down at his feet,
Luke 17:16
fell down on his face at his feet,
Revelation 5:14
the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped
Revelation 22:8
I fell down to worship

Now, if I had given my friend these scripure verses, he would reply:

Yes, but they were all in the presence of Jesus.”

I would say:  “My point exactly.”

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  (“Faith Healers” are Holy Spirit Dispensers).

These “Faith Healers” have paid the price to work in His Power and Presence.  We need to long to be in the presence of Jesus.  We need to learn to Worship, Work and Walk in His Power.

If you look up the word “worship”, in the Strongs Concordance, you might be surprised, to find, it means, to fall down, or bow down in reverence.

Are our Sunday Services really Worship Services?

We hear the Word, sing a few Hymns, but very rarely experience the full blown presence of Jesus.  (Multitudes found Him, can we?)

I know, in your church there is always a noticeable presence of God. 

(Good, you need read no more).

I wonder, seriously, have the rest of us, really experienced the presence of the Great “I AM“, since our salvation experience?

He is the Great “I AM.”  From the first mention of His Name, people fell down to Worship.

Genesis 17:1-3
King James Version (KJV)
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,”

He fell on his face, his name was changed, he was circumcised.  He had met Jesus.

We recieved a new name, in heaven, a circumcision of our hearts, and most probably fell down and worshiped at meeting “The Great I AM, JESUS.”

Moses, had to take off his shoes, as he was on Holy Ground:  (Exodus 3)
“And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.” 

Jesus, when arrested, answered “I AM” and they fell down before Him.

In the time of the dedication of Solomons Temple, God made His presence known.

1 Kings: 8. 10,11
And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,  So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.”

To me this is what we should be aiming for, to experience the presence, power and the glory of the Lord.

How do we coax Gods Power, His healing, His miraculous signs and wonders, His Glory into our midst?

It isn’t easy.

We look at the Giants of the Faith as being above us in a place and time, impossible for us to attain.

In reality, they are a road map, written so that whosoever will, can find that place of Faith.

In that one verse from 1 Kings we see a

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key.  Can we learn to use it?  Do you see what it is?

Lord, help us to seek and find Your face.  That we might truly know You and the Power of Your Resurrection. 

That we be made into Your image.  Worthy to be trusted and used by Your Spirit.  That signs and wonders will follow.   Amen

Wherefore my beloved: The Fix-it Shop – Filling Station

Some sage advice from Paul and James.  Hearken Diligently to some Godly council.

1 Corinthians 10:14
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.”

Flee from idolatry.  The Lord means business.

Exodus 201-4
King James Version (KJV)
And God spake all these words, saying,
I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”

The Lord is pretty clear.  He wants our undivided love and obedience.   We must learn to love, listen and obey Him. 

He has delivered us, gave His life for us.  His desire and direction for our life, will always be better then our own.

Philippians 2:12
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

Work out your own salvation:  Your own, is the key here, as much as we want everyone to know and love the Lord.  You are the one who counts.

As we grow in the Lord, we grow in the Fruit, people are attracted to tasty food.  The Lord should be a good taste in their mouths.

When they interact with us, our personality, honesty, trustworthiness, joy of and love of the Lord. Should draw them to ask, “what in our life, is different? ”  Why are we ….?

If we work on our selves,  others will notice.

with fear and trembling

Should we be in fear, trembling?  We should know the Lord wants us to be Holy, Separated unto Him, (sanctified), Consecrated,  (our lives dedicated to His Service).   Our minds renewed by the washing of the Word.  Our Faith increased by praying in the Holy Spirit.

Knowing the Lord, should relieve us, of Fear of Damnation and Hell….we are delivered from sin and death.  Our concern should be, of how we miss the mark.  Knowing we are forgiven, if and  when we realize it and repent.

James 1:19
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”

swift to hear,

How often have I heard what I wanted and not what was said, or meant? 

How often have we taken offense, where none was meant? 

Or Ingnored what we didn’t want to hear. 

The world refuses to hear and recognize the Love, Mercy and Grace of the Lord.  Pray that theirs ears are opened to the truth.

slow to speak

Boy, this is a lesson that is hard for me.  Like Peter, I am apt to say, “Not me Lord, I’ll never deny you.”   You know what happens.

Psalm 39:1
King James Version (KJV)
“I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.”

James 1:25-27
King James Version (KJV)
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

James 3:1-10
King James Version (KJV)
My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.  For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.  Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!  And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”
Proverbs 6:2
Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.”
12-14
A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.  He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;  Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.”
16-19
These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

Our tonuges, what comes out of our mouth, is often a problem.  It reveals what is in our hearts.  Is it truth and life or sin and death?

2 Peter 3:14
Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things,  be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”

“Such things”
2 Peter 3:13b
“look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

We are looking for the promises of God, will we be found to be in peace, without spot, blameless?  Will we dwell in righteousness?

Again we must live a life of repentance.   Knowing when we miss the mark and be willing to turn from sin  to the Lord.

The only righteousness we have is given to us by the blood of Jesus.  He has bought and paid for all, only those who accept Him will profit.

If you want your friends and family to come to know the Lord,  do as I say, not as I did.  Love them in the love of the Lord.

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John 3:17
He came not to condemn the world, but that through Him the world might be saved.”

Lord, open my eyes and heart, to obedience and service.