Why Neglected Caroline and The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station?

When we moved to North Carolina, (USA), in 1985, I was amazed at all the buildings that were sitting empty and falling apart.  I thought I should do a coffee table book, and have a huge NC on the cover but instead of North Carolina, it would stand for Neglected Caroline.

I bought a Tab 3 last year.  Suddenly I had a camera with me and started shooting.  I also was able to start writing. (Spell check ).  So a blog was born.

Why Neglected Caroline and The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station?

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Is the Holy Spirit? – 8 – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

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Matthew 11:29-30
” Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

When we learn to take up His yoke, it will be impossible to be behind or ahead of Him.  We have to Walk beside Him, where He would have us go.

We would be touching the lives as He wills.  If we become proficient in understanding His will, we would Walk in the Power of His Love.

We would learn to Walk in the Spirit, we would find ourselves in the Holy of Holies as the Lord uses us to complete His will.

His yoke is easy, burden light, we find rest unto our souls.  How often are we restless, nervous uptight, worried, concerned.

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Learn to rest in Him, ask Him to give you a heart after His, to make you into a vessel He can use.  Mold and make us Lord, guide and direct us, protect us from ourselves and the evil one.

Fastband pray, push yourself into the Holy of Holies, receive the Anointing because of your persistence.

He will not give a stone, when we ask and need wheat.
Every good gift comes down from the Lord above.
Ask and you shall receive.   The Lord wants you beside Him, Walking with Him, doing snd seeing His Grace and Mercy,  Power and Might.

Only believe.

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Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.

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Is the Holy Spirit? – 7 – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Is the Holy Spirit :
*  Guiding you?
*  Directing you?
*  Walking with you?
How can you tell?  Do you recognize His voice?
Abram was told by  the  Lord to: “Walk before me and be ye perfect.”

Moses: “Walked in the Ways of The Lord.
David:  ” walked before me.”

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We have quite a bit of information of Davids walk:

” David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments:”

“the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.”

” if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, ”

” the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, ”

” he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.”

David was a man after Gods own heart, yet he walked before, or in uprightness and integrity of heart to do all The Lord commanded.

We have a different calling:

” walk in the steps of  faith, walk in newness of life, Walk in the Spirit, walk in love, Walk in wisdom, walk in the light, walk in truth.

This is our New Testament  calling.  We are no longer walking before or in the ways of.

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We are now called to:

Matthew 11:28-30
King James Version (KJV)
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Have you learned to walk in His yoke?  That means to walk with Him like Enoch,  Noah,  Levi…not before, in the ways of, but beside, in harmony with, in rest.

In the peace that passes understanding, in joy unspeakable and full of glory.  In the Power of the Holy Spirit, healing all that are afflicted.  Causing the blind to see, the lame to walk, the deaf to hear.

Comforting the brokenhearted.

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Lord help us to walk with You,  to hear and understand Your direction.

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Is the Holy Spirit? – 6 – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Is the Holy Spirit :
    *  A figment of our imagination?
    *  A fairytale?
    *  A promise not yet received?
A vibrant, living center of you?  The Holy Spirit is here, available now, He is at hand, to comfort, lead, guide, direct, teach, empower, heal, raise the dead, give sight to the blind, make the lame walk, the deaf hear, proclaim the year of the Lord.

Do you see His hand in your life?  Church?  Fellowship?

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(Sand Sculpture at Atlantic  Beach,  NC this year, do not know artist.  Facial expression, priceless ).

The Apostles did.  Why?  They knew the Old Testament and realized exactly what the Lord had delivered them from.  Sin and Death,  Sacrifice and Mourning,  Rituals and False Religion.

Today some of us feel if we are saved we can’t sin.   Wrong

Some of us feel we aren’t worthy to do his work.  Wrong

We don’t need His Baptism of the Holy Spirit, because we have His Spirit because we’re Saved.   Wrongheaded.

We shouldn’t desire Spiritual Gifts.    Wrong….”Desire Spiritual Gifts,  Desire the best Spiritual Gifts.”

We aren’t worthy, trustworthy, faithful, prayerful, humble, teachable, moldable, flexible, holy……

Herein lies the problem.

We really have not learned to walk in the Spirit.   At least I  have not learned to be immediately available and obedient.   When my sister-in-law was in the hospital in pain, the nurses asked us to leave the room, so they could do their thing.  I  believe the Lord wanted me to annoint her with oil and pray right then.

I prayed outside her room for a half-hour before I had a piece.   Another half hour went by before we could go back in the room….she was still in pain,  I finally annointed her with oil and prayed some more.

A half hour later the nurses finally did what was needed to relieve her.  If I had been immediately obedient instead of holding back (fear of ?).  I believe she would’ve suffered for a much shorter time.

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(Picture of a quilt square at The Waterfowl Museum on Harkers Island, NC).

I don’t believe the Lord is upset because of my hesitation, maybe disappointed.   He understands the learning curve we must complete.  He wasn’t mad at Gideon, He just walked him through.

I get a kick out of the story of Abram,   in Genesis 12 it says:  ” Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, ”

To me this means. It was said more than once.  If our hearts are turned toward the Lord, He will walk us through the  learning curve, as He did for Abram,  Abram walked before the Lord for 24 years, he believed Gods promise and was counted as Righteous.

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We must walk with the Spirit all the way along the learning curve, untill we understand His guidince, obey His directions, see His Power and Love in action.

Do you believe?  Will you step out in Faith?  Pray for the sick? Believe the Word?

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Is the Holy Spirit? 3 -The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

You are probably wondering why I think we should ask for the Word of Wisdom and Word of Knowledge  before asking for the gift of Tongues.

Even knowing the Lord gave Tongues first on the day on Pentecost.  Really? If so, it was because He was dealing with Disciples.

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People who had been with Him, studied at His feet, they were Jewish and knew about Ritual Sacrifice and after His death and resurrection, understood.

Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 goes in a completely different order, tells them to desire the best gifts.  He starts with the three listen up gifts.

We first need to learn how to understand what the Lord wants.  A few Old Testament examples  of the Word of Knowledge, then Word of Wisdom :

Adam, you may eat of every tree but that one.
Noah, We are going to destroy the earth and all flesh, build an Ark.
Abram,  go out from Ur, look east, west, north and south, I have given the land to you.

How about a few not written down?
Elijah told Ahab. ..it will not rain till I  tell it to…
Deborah told Barack the Lord wanted him to go and defeat the enimy…
Daniel, the dream the king had.

These are all Old Testament examples of Words of Knowledge.   What is a Word of Wisdom.  That is knowing what to do with the Knowledge.

Adam,  didn’t have the Wisdom to obey God, so death came into the world.
Noah, with the Knowledge to build the Ark, did it and received a Word of Wisdom,  when to enter.
Abram,  every place on which your foot shall tread. ..
Elijah, gave his Word of Knowledge, than The Lord spoke a word of Wisdom, “You better go hide”.

Unspoken :
Deborah,  How the Lord would cause a women to get the credit for the victory.
Daniel,  What the dream meant and how to prepare for the coming  Climate Change.

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Don’t know about that?  It seems to me the Bible is our guide book to life.  Doesn’t it stand to reason He would be directing whosoever will, by all His Word.

We too easily say: “That’s a God thing”.  Remember when Jesus was on earth, He was just a man tempted every way as we are.

The Power He displayed came from the Father, through the Holy Spirit into and out of Jesus.   He told us to go and do the same.

If you will look up these examples and ask the Lord to show you, the Revelation is there, waiting for us to act on it.

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Lord open our eyes, that we might understand and go forward to do Your Will in Your Power and Might.  The Gift of Faith is next.

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

All through the Bible the Lord has been trying to make us realize one simple thing.  HE WANTS A PERSONAL, RELATIONSHIP with Each One Of Us.

Religion, is sometimes a problem,  look at  Paul:
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” Galatians 1:13-14
King James Version (KJV)
For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:

And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.”

Paul was Zealously serving God as a Pharisee, exterminating Deciples of our Lord.  Until the Lord struck him down, blinded to get his attention.

Zeal is what we need but it must be Godly Zeal, Phinious killed sinners, his zeal rewarded, Paul killing Saints, he needed direction.
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For today we need Relationship,  James explains Religion :
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.”

Please quit talking about your “Religion ”  I ‘m a Baptist, I ‘m a Methodist,  Catholic, Presbyterian. …No you are not.   If you are a true follower of Christ, you must put the Word of God above your Church Doctrine.

You need to be a Desiple. Stufy to
show yourself aproved.  Present yout bodies a living Sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God.  This is our reasonable service.

John 3:16-17
King James Version (KJV)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

We don’t need programs to teach us how to share the Word.  We need the Holy Spirit to be allowed to work through us.  We cannot change people, make people love and serve the Lord.  Let the Spirit lead us to share the love of the Lord.

Father God, please help us to let Your Spirit flow.
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What God wants 2 -The Fix-it Shop -Filling Station

The early followers  of Jesus were only called Christians, in derision by the heathens.

They were called by Jesus, Desiples.

A Desiple is someone who studies Gods Word and attempts to follow His precepts, a person who comes to a love relationship with Jesus.

Who have one thing they absolutely   know:  GOD IS LOVE.

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To explain this love it is really best to go back to creation.  To put it simply God made man in His image to have some sort of relationship.   He would walk in the garden in the cool of the day,with Adam and Eve.

I know you have heard this but I feel I must elaborate.  At that time thete was no death, no work, no pain, just fellowship with God.

Man could do anything and eat anything  except the fruit of the tree of knowledge.   They knew no sin, shame or guilt until they ate of tree of knowledge of good and evil.

At that point death came into the world.  For that one little, stupid act.

 Disobedience of God.  Now people lived almost a thousand years before physical death but Spiritual death was immediate.   No more relationship with God.

God didn’t give up.

 

 

 

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