Posted by appolus on January 22, 2015
While Moses was on the mountain being stripped of all his rights –
because that is what was meant by the removal of his shoes –
Israel was in the valley being stripped of all human strength. Moses
would have no rights; Israel, no strength. God could prove Himself
strong on their behalf in no other way. The great “I AM” was being revealed! (David Wilkerson)
After 40 years in the wilderness Moses is ready, Israel is ready. In taking off his shoes, Moses is removing the world from him and acknowledging a holy God. God was working and the backdrop to that working is banishment, wilderness dwelling and slavery. God refines His people in the fire. Now, the fire is kindled by the world not by God. The fire is a reaction to a redeemed people. Note the reason why the Hebrew children were being forced into the fire. They refused to bow down to the gods of this world. They defied the powers that be and were willing to die rather than bow the knee to the gods of this world. This is a spiritual principle played out down through the corridors of time.
Soon the stripping away phase will end and the results will be open persecution of Gods redeemed. For Nebuckadnezzar , he was so enraged that he made the fire seven time hotter. The children of Israel did not fare much better when Pharoah was confronted and defied. In these times, great movements of God were preceded by great hostility to His people. Christ is coming back in all His glory in the sky. There is great movement in the heavenalies and the principalities and powers know that. God is preparing a people who will stand in that evil day.
John the Baptist cried out from the wilderness after more than 400 years of silence from God ” Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world.” Gods own people in this day have been walking through a wilderness and there is something in their bones that they know ” Behold the Lion of Judah is coming in His glory in the sky.” God is not finished preparing His people for the soon coming evil day, but get ready saints to ” remove your shoes.” The Great I Am is getting ready to bring an end to all ages. The culmination of everything written is soon coming to pass. You know it, you do not have to be convinced, the Spirit in you tells you so. The powers that be know it and they will not go quietly. We, the children of God, are their deadliest enemies for we are bearers of the light. Hold fast, stand strong, lift up your heads for you know where your help cometh from. And no matter what happens , remember the words of the Hebrew children in defiance of the essence of worldly power and let us add our words to theirs, we neither will ever bow down to the gods of this world, even if it means our lives…….bro Frank
Rev_12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
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Posted by appolus on January 22, 2015
Sharing the word of God and the good news of the gospel without the power of the Holy Spirit is like offering a starving man a picture of some food.
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Posted by appolus on January 14, 2015
Are you content? Boy, that is a loaded question. I would argue, if you broke it all down, that this is what the majority of the people of the world are looking for, contentment. Now, how to achieve that is the question for the world but also a very serious question for Christians. The world makes all the mistakes in attempting to achieve contentment, yet so do many Christians. The people of the world believe, in general, that contentment comes through material possessions. Let us have a look at what the word actually means.
The Greek word is ” autarkes,” and it literally means self-complacent or self-sufficient. This is why there is a such a tie to material possessions. The context of Philippians chapter four where Paul states ” I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content,” is in the context of a gift of money having been sent to him by the Philippians. So there is no doubt that the main theme of this particular text is money or material possessions. And of course, this is one of the worlds primary pre-occupations.
Now if this is one of the worlds primary pre-occupations and the world, in general, is not content, then the gathering and the storing of money in order to bring about peace and contentment is obviously flawed. Money, whether having a lot of it or none at all , cannot produce peace or contentment. The problem with that truth is that almost no one believes it. The lie is so great, that the majority of the world spend the majority of their life in pursuing more money in the hopes that if they just have enough, whatever that is, then this will lead them to peace and contentment. Yet statistics show that a great majority of those who commit suicide are wealthy. You see, the poor hope to be rich one day, in the mistaken notion that it will bring about contentment and therefore they have hope and have something to strive for, even although it is akin to believing that there is an actual pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. The wealthy, on the other hand, know that their riches have not brought them the peace and the contentment which they sought and so often times hope is lost which leads to suicide. It is similar to Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz finally getting to meet the great and notable wizard and discovering he is just a man behind a curtain pulling levers.
Now the stoic Greeks believed in being content yet this meant something very different to them, closer I would argue to the truth, but still very flawed. To the Greeks, contentment was a state of dispassionately accepting whatever state you found yourself in by drawing on your own inner strength, you own self. In order to cope with all that life threw at them, the best they could hope for was a dispassionate state. The Apostle Paul taught something very different in the Scriptures and he was a great example for us to learn from.
Consider Paul’s position in life even as he was writing his epistle to the Philippians. He was writing this letter from prison, he had lost everything in life. He had been very wealthy from a wealthy family and had lost all of that. He had held a high position in Jewish society and now he was hated. He once had an abundance of money and now he had nothing, in fact he had to rely upon the charity of those whom he had preached the gospel too. He had found himself homeless and oftentimes just had the clothes upon his back. He had been scourged many times almost to death. He had been imprisoned in the deepest dungeons. He had oftentimes went hungry. He had been stoned almost to death and had been shipwrecked on more than one occasion and drifting at sea. He would ultimately die a martyr’s death and he knew this because it had been revealed to him by the Spirit. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by appolus on January 13, 2015
The other day I was reading my companies weekly. I must admit that I typically do not read it. It is usually full of tips for Real Estate and so on which really don’t interest me all that much. The founder of the company had written a piece and I found myself reading it. I first met him when he was a very young man. He was undoubtedly and entrepeneur. I am sure if you have lived long enough you have met these guys. I have met a few in my day and they all have one thing in common and it is not a love for money, quite the opposite. The love business and building and growing businesses seems to be what inspires them. It is a passion for them, something they were born with. This is definitely true of the man who started the company that I work for. He has a passion for what he does and he was alluding to that in the article.
Anyway, the thought that caught my attention was that he said money should always be a by-product of your passion. If the passion is there, the money will follow. In the business world I have seen that to be true. I know in my own business I never think about the money. I get clients and I want to do what is best for them and because I am in Real Estate, the very last thing to happen in a process that can take several months, is that I get a commission. Those who respect their clients and are driven to always do what is best for them, with no regard to the money, seem to be the ones who last in an industry that has a very high turn-over. So, in short, do everything right, fight for and protect your clients and then comes the commission and very typically future referrals.
Now how can we equate that to the Kingdom of God? If we are passionate worshipers of Jesus, then everything else is secondary. If Jesus is the primary object of our passions, then everything else becomes the by-product. If we ever get that wrong, we cease to be effective. If soul winning is our primary object, we cease to be effective soul winners. If faith is our primary object then we cannot be faithful. If Holiness is our primary object than we cannot be holy. If revival is our primary object then we will never see revival. Outside of Jesus being the primary object of our lives then we are doomed to fail in the realms of the Spirit.
I would argue that the saints who have rocked this world for Jesus are the saints who have walked in intimate communion with Him. He is the source of all love and majesty and glory and power. Only by abiding in Him ( Him being our primary object) can we walk in forgiveness and mercy and grace. When we do this it is followed by power and signs and wonders. Out of the abundance of the passion that we experience as we walk with Jesus as our grand obsession comes the overflow that changes those around us and brings light into a dark world. Are you being ineffective in your walk? Have you wondered why? Is Jesus the primary object of your life? Is there joy in you life? Is there glory in your life? Are you an over-comer? Do you have thankful spirit? Listen saints, if Jesus is truly the primary object of your life then what follows that is love, joy, peace, faithfulness,thankfulness, forgiveness and so on. How often have I heard a saint say, on any one of the aforementioned issues ” I need to work on that.” That is quite exactly wrong. No amount of “work,” can muster up joy nor thankfulness nor love nor any of the issues of the heart. He must be our all in all. In Him we live and move and have our being. Jesus Himself is the answer to any problem you are having, any problem. The answer lies in Him alone, the answer lies before the throne.
Whatever you seek to achieve in the Kingdom of God comes directly from the depths of your relationship with Him. Find a man who is passionate about sports and he will bore your pants off speaking about it. Find a man who is passionate about politics and he will rip your shirt of telling you all about the latest policies and issues and state of the world. Find a man who is truly passionate about Jesus and you will find a man who is changing the world. Out of the abundance of our passion flows the power of God.
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Posted by appolus on January 8, 2015
We NEED PROPHETS!
by A.W. Tozer
A prophet is one who knows his times and what God is trying to
say to the people of his times.
Today we need prophetic preachers; not preachers of prophecy
merely, but preachers with a gift of prophecy. The word of wisdom
is missing. We need the gift of discernment again in our pulpits.
It is not ability to predict that we need, but the anointed eye, the
power of spiritual penetration and interpretation, the ability to
appraise the religious scene as viewed from God’s position, and
to tell us what is actually going on.
Where is the man who can see through the ticker tape and confetti
to discover which way the parade is headed, why it started in the
first place and, particularly, who is riding up front in the seat of honor?
What is needed desperately today is prophetic insight. Scholars
can interpret the past; it takes prophets to interpret the present.
Learning will enable a man to pass judgment on our yesterdays,
but it requires a gift of clear seeing to pass sentence on our own
day. One hundred years from now historians will know what was
taking place religiously in this year of our Lord; but that will be too
late for us. We should know right now.
If Christianity is to receive a rejuvenation it must be by other means
than any now being used. If the church in the second half of this
century is to recover from the injuries she suffered in the first half,
there must appear a new type of preacher. The proper, ruler-of-the-
synagogue type will never do. Neither will the priestly type of man
who carries out his duties, takes his pay and asks no questions,
nor the smooth-talking pastoral type who knows how to make the
Christian religion acceptable to everyone. All these have been tried
and found wanting.
Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be
of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and
has heard a voice from the Throne. When he comes (and I pray
God there will be not one but many) he will stand in flat contradiction
to everything our smirking, smooth civilization holds dear. He will
contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God and will earn
the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom. Such
a man is likely to be lean, rugged, blunt-spoken and a little bit
angry with the world. He will love Christ and the souls of men to
the point of willingness to die for the glory of the one and the
salvation of the other. But he will fear nothing that breathes with
We need to have the gifts of the Spirit restored again to the church,
and it is my belief that the one gift we need most now is the gift
-A.W. Tozer – from ‘Of God and Men’.
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Posted by appolus on January 5, 2015
As I write this, we happen to be in the depths of winter. It is January and there are some dark days ahead of course. Spring seems like a long way away. I would like you to consider the tree in winter. It loses all of its foliage. It stands stark and naked and bare against the cold winter sky. There seems to be no life in it at all. Yet there it stands. All activity seems to be suspended yet the root system continues to grow as the ground temperature a few feet below the surface is warmer. In the depths of winter, the roots grow deeper. This is the season of the remnant. We are in the midst of a long winter which will only end with the return of Jesus. This long winter is by design. God is establishing a people who cannot be moved. He is allowing everything to be stripped away. All the foliage, all the pretty adornments that we have added over countless centuries are simply being stripped away. The traditions of men appeal to the world, it compensates for a lack of reality. Yet God has a remnant who simply must have Him. A people who, no matter what happens, will follow God and stand upon His Word. Stand firm brothers and sisters, be encouraged. You are not alone. Your trials, your tribulations your feelings of isolation are by design. God must have an end time people who will follow Him no matter how fierce the storm. His people must have deep roots and these roots must be developed. This is where we are, this is where you are. The article below by T.A.Sparks speaks well to our current state and why we must endure and overcome…….bro Frank
And the remnant… shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. (Isaiah 37:31)
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Posted by appolus on January 4, 2015
Some write diaries and others keep journals, the poet records his time with a piece of his heart in each poem. These poems below are a journal of 2014. I pray that they bless you. It starts from last January and follows my year. They are written from a heart that seeks to be transparent…… Frank
LOOKING FOR SOME HIGHER GROUND
I’m just lookin for some higher ground
But life keeps tryin to drag me down
When your walking with your face into the rain
Sometimes you wonder if you’ll see the sun again
Eyes down, one step in front of the other
Until you think you can’t go any further
Then the rain gets heavier and begins to take its toll
Until your stripped down to your very naked soul
The waters rise and cover all of me
Until there’s only waves and nothing left to see
I am dying there somewhere beneath the flood
Covered by the waters and feet caught in the mud
And suddenly a hand appears from up and out the waves
And a man walks on the water, the storm He calmly braves
He takes my hand and stills the storm and suddenly there’s no sound
And all at once I find myself alone on higher ground
I hear His voice, He speaks to me, it’s time to journey on
In the darkest storms I have discovered just where faith is born
Transfigurations on the mount are such a glorious sight
They give me strength to journey on into the darkest night
We are called unto the battle of this there is no doubt
The faith that’s born from every storm enables us to shout
When the battle it is raging and the enemy’s all around
We know that we are standing with Him on higher ground.
In His presence there is joy beyond measure
To feel His touch is heavenly treasure
To rest in the arms of our glorious King
Is to lay down and listen to the angels sing
Your presence lets me walk upon water
Your presence sustains your sons and daughters
In your presence the lions mouth’s shut tight
Your presence brings hope to the darkest night
Oh for the joy of a single touch
I am overwhelmed it is almost too much
In your presence the darkness disappears
In your presence there is a river of tears
And this river it flows from Your throne
From the heart of God to the heart of His own
Time stands still it exists no more
When I am the keeper of the temple door
When I pass through the valley of weeping
I am blessed to find God’s not sleeping
Indeed my tears become pools of blessing
And comfort for those who require refreshing
One day in thy presence is all that it takes
To stand firm in my God when everything shakes
And though trials and temptations often come nightly
No good thing He withholds to those walking uprightly
One day at a time each day in your presence
Reminds me of your beauty, your very essence
Where even the sparrow has found its place
To dwell in the arms of eternal embrace
Oh blessed is the man who trusts in thee
Who has knelt before bloody Calvary
Who night and day and with all of his heart
Seeks to walk with His lord and never apart.
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Posted by appolus on January 2, 2015
In Matthew 24 , on the Mount of Olives, the disciples ask Jesus what the signs of the end of the world would be. Jesus first warns them not to be deceived by man. He then tells them ” Nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom and there shall be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in divers places,all these are birth pangs. Then they shall deliver you up to be afflicted and shall kill you and you shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” (Matt 24:3-9)
In one short paragraph, the King of Kings looks down through the corridors of time and gives a sweeping lesson on what the future holds for mankind. Only God can speak like this and when He does we should be hanging on every word. What is birth pangs? If Jesus uses this example, it is definitely worth looking at and studying. Birth pangs is labor pains. In another translation the phrase ” the beginning of sorrows ,” is used. When a woman goes into labor, there are three stages.
1. Early or latent phase.
2. Active phase.
3. Transition phase.
The duration of the early phase is the longest, averaging around eight hours. The pain can be simple backache. You can still walk around, in fact that is sometimes more comfortable than sitting. Most woman spend these hours at home, or they can be checked into the hospital and sent home until labor becomes more active. Feeling of eagerness and excitement are not unusual. It is important at this stage that energy is conserved for the work of labor. Then comes the active phase. This is marked by regular contractions that become longer and stronger and closer together. When you are in active labor you will be concentrating on the task at hand and will not feel like doing anything else. Pain mediation is often given at this time.
After active labor comes the transition phase. This is the most difficult time of labor, and fortunately, this is the shortest period of time lasting from 30 minutes to two hours on average.Brothers and sisters I believe that we are in the early or latent phase of the birth pangs and are soon to shift over to the active phase. All of these phases are leading to the great tribulation. Jesus Himself said that after these phases we shall be delivered up to afflictions and we shall be killed and hated by all nations. Get ready saints, open up your spiritual eyes and see that there is a red sky in the mornings. These are the signs of the times and we should know in our spirits what the Spirit is saying to us.
There is a red sky in the morning
And its calling you and me
It is a heavenly warning
Of just how things are going to be
Behold the King is coming
And He is coming in the cloud
And every eye shall see Him
And every knee is bowed
And in those days, they’ll fall away
And the tribes of the earth shall mourn
They shall revile the precious Son
And upon His name pour scorn
And of that name which is above all names
They shall mock and they will deny
Yet every man shall see the Son
In His glory in the sky
There is no name under heaven
Bt which a man is saved
It’s the glorious name of Jesus
And the road to hell is paved
With well-intentioned people
Who fear man instead of God
Who have a form of Godliness
But deny the power therof
And so to some it may be nothing
To remove Christ from their name
But its a Christless Christianity
That will bring everlasting shame
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Posted by appolus on January 1, 2015
In the Christian world, in the kingdom of God, there are no bridges over troubled waters. The children of God are compelled to pass through the waters. And when we do, we are promised that God will be with us. To pass from the wilderness of this world into the Kingdom of God there are many troubled waters to pass through. There is an old negro spiritual song called ” Wade in the waters, Gods gonna trouble the waters.” Has God troubled your waters? Does He cause you to pass through the waters? Are you passing through them right now? Can I tell you that the life dedicated to Christ is a life of troubled waters. We cannot go around them and we cannot go over them, we must go through them. In Christendom, many refuse to pass through the waters, yet this is Gods calling. The outer court, the court of the gentiles is filled with those who refuse to pass through the waters.
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Posted by appolus on December 31, 2014
“A generation that knows only what God said will be followed by a generation that doesn’t believe what God said.” (A.W.Tozer)
It is so vital to know God.To know Him in His Spirit, know Him in His being, know Him intimately in the depths of who we are. To be found in Him,to be vitally connected to Him and know His presence, His presence being like manna to our very soul. I believe that Tozer’s words in the above quote have came to pass. At least one or two generations have passed that knew only what God said and have produced a generation that does not believe what God said. The wind has been sown and now comes the whirlwind. The seed of mere mental assent has harvested a crop of headless stalks that are no good for consumption and can feed no one.
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Posted by appolus on December 30, 2014
I just had my 50th birthday and of course you get all the jokes about being old and so on, which I actually find funny. I want to tell you something about me. In my spirit I do not feel 50. In fact, I can honestly say that in my spirit I do not feel any different from when I was a teenager. Now, in my body I certainly feel 50, in fact probably older, as one who laid bricks for a quarter of a century. Now when I say my spirit does not feel any different, I don’t mean that old saying ” you are only as young as you feel.” My feelings are fleeting and can change with the wind, but this spirit in me is eternal and shall never die. This old vehicle that I carry my spirit around in is decaying and will die and go back into the earth and then I will be raised in a new spiritual body.
You know there was two faithful men who believed God and His promises when they went in to spy out the promised land. One was Joshua and one was Caleb. They believed God and they believed they could take the land. They were strong in spirit and because of that they were ready to take on all the battles that it would take to take hold of the possession given to them by God. Now, age never dimmed this spirit. At the age of 80, when the land was being taken, Caleb is given the region with the giants. Caleb steps forward, now 80, but that same spirit that believed at 40 that God would go before him and give him victory still burned in the heart of Caleb. Nothing had changed in his spirit and he was able to do exploits for God.
Christian, your spirit is eternal. No matter what age you are you have the Spirit of the living God dwelling in you calling you to rise up and do exploits for God. Run to the battle, move forward in God, take on the challenges that lie before you. Do not worry about your age or what you think you are capable of, no, focus on the fact that the spirit within you is eternal and the Holy Spirit of the living God dwells within your chest in a fire that cannot be quenched. Run until there is nothing left of you. When they lay you in the ground let them say of you that you never stopped. That you soared on wings like eagles. That you ran and did not grow weary. God in you is an all-consuming fire that fuels your spirit and lights up the darkness. Praise God, we are fearfully and wonderfully made, who can stop the man or the woman of God?
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Posted by appolus on December 28, 2014
We are living in a day and age where the understanding of diligence is almost lost. In a fast paced, constantly connected society, we we are being slowly and surely disconnected from God. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. The sin of Cain was presumption. Let us not presume upon the presence of God. Let us bring our best to Him, starting with our time. Need to log of and diligently seek His presence ?
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Posted by appolus on December 23, 2014
How many of us “know ,” that the day of the Lord is coming and it is coming soon? This has nothing to do with proofs or opinions, you just know in your spirit, there is a witness in your spirit that speaks to you and you “know.” I could talk about signs and prophecies being fulfilled but I do not wish to do that in this word, you already “know,” that the Bridegroom is coming for this is a word to the remnant. Who are the remnant? Well, they are the Church, not to be mistaken for the established church. God is calling His people, His remnant, from all over the world which includes the established church to come out.
There are still many brothers and sisters within the established church but they will eventually leave. This is not a calling from man; it is a calling from God.God has all but withdrew His Presence from the established church. Eze 10:18 And the glory of Jehovah went from the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubs. The continuing purpose of the remnant within the church is to be a witness to those who would also come out and establish judgment on that which calls itself the church.
The remnant are further identified in Eze 9:4 And Jehovah said to him, Go through in the midst of the city, in the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark on the foreheads of the men who are groaning and are mourning because of all the abominations that are done in her midst.
They have been identified with a mark on their foreheads. They mourn and are deeply saddened at the condition of the established church. Those within the established church will not be able to identify their state for they allowed themselves to be blinded by their love for the world. They so identify with the world that they look just like it. They will be friendlier to those of the world than to those who mourn for the state of the church. The remnant will be and are increasingly marginalized within the four walls of the church and they lose their voice. Fellowship is ever more difficult to find as most in the established church simply have no idea where they are coming from. This process is happening across the spectrum of the established church, whether it is in the “Pentecostal,” circles or the more conservative Evangelical movement.
This isolation that the remnant feel eventually compels them to reach out and find other like-minded people. This reaching out reaches across denominational lines and “strange bedfellows,” are popping up everywhere. The remnant are not to be confused with “church-hoppers,” in fact the opposite is true. The remnant try everything to make a difference in their churches. They go above and beyond but there is simply no breaking through to the worldliness that they find. This is a hungry and thirsty people and they will eventually be compelled to move on in the hope of finding some water in a dry and thirsty land, they are desperate for the “former rains.”
God has begun to pour out His former and latter rains. The former rains have softened and are softening the soil to receive the remnant. The process is in flux all over the world. The winter planting of the wheat has begun for the last time. The Bridegroom is coming and the Bride is being made ready. Not righteous mind you, it has already been made righteous by the Blood of the Lamb; it is being prepared for the coming of the Bridegroom. The mansion has been prepared, the bridal chamber is ready and now the wheat, the Bride awaits the latter rains, they await the sounds of the trumpet. God’s remnant have been and are being prepared and it is they who call down the latter rain. Before they call down the latter rain they call for repentance.
They rend their hearts, they fast, they weep and they mourn. They assemble themselves, gather themselves together. They weep between the porch and the brazen altar which has all but been abandoned. It is they that have been marked by God, the remnant that do these things. It is upon these people whom the latter rains fall. The latter rains enlarges their capacity, they grow stronger in their spirits as the Lord pours out His Spirit upon them. This is not a good sign for the world or for what passes as the church. The remnant begin to dream dreams and see visions. In these dreams and visions they see that the Day of the Lord is at hand. They begin to prophecy against the world and the established church. They call them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, the valley of judgment. And even at this stage the remnant are being called by the remnant. Even now it is the valley of decision; it is still not too late for the heart to rend itself to God.
For the remnant, the called out ones, the chosen of the Lord, will stand in a continual downpour of His rain. Those who formerly thirsted, shall thirst no more. And directly proportionate to the outpouring of Gods Spirit will come persecution. Yet, this only drives the remnant deeper into the heart of God, which still infuriates the enemy of our souls even more. The remnant will then experience a fountain of living water that flows continuously “from the house of the Lord.” (Joel 3:18) And the valley that the remnant have been called to is flooded with living water from the throne-room itself (Rev14:7, Rev 19:6) The name of this valley is Acacias. This was the last known location of the children of Israel before they entered Canaan. (Num 25:1, Josh 3:1) This will be the last location of the Bride before the Bridegroom comes and they enter in and the door is closed behind them. Just because some folks have co-opted the phrase ” latter rains,” does not mean that the latter rains shall not fall. They are coming.
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Posted by appolus on December 22, 2014
The warfare that we fight is in the spiritual realm and there is a seeming massive loss of ground, not unlike when Jesus was hanging on the cross. Yet, just like the old cliche says, “it is always darkest just before the dawn,” then the great darkness that covered the land while Jesus hung on the cross was soon replaced by great light when He arose triumphantly. We will see such darkness and, I believe, are in the birth pangs of such darkness right now, because Christ will soon return for His bride. It is important to have eyes to see what is actually going on and not look at the gross darkness that is covering the land as we speak. Look and see and know that we are on the threshold of the end of ages and the light that will cause the sun to be nothing more that a single flickering candle is on His way.
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Posted by appolus on December 19, 2014
Many famous men have uttered many famous words and they have unleashed a truth that seems to be a catalyst for bringing the very words to pass even if it takes weeks, months years of even centuries. I think of the framers when they spoke of all men being equal and all having rights that came from God Himself. When they spoke those words millions of their fellow countrymen were enslaved and it would take at least another two centuries for those words to come even close to being fulfilled, but it came. President Kennedy famously announced that within a decade America would put a man on the moon. When he spoke those words it was almost impossible for that to be carried out, yet, it came to pass. Read below what President Reagan spoke to a people enslaved by a dark system that stifled their freedom while standing at the Berlin wall………………
“We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
Later on in his speech and much less well known, President Reagan said …………
“As I looked out a moment ago from the Reichstag, that embodiment of German unity, I noticed words crudely spray-painted upon the wall, perhaps by a young Berliner, ‘This wall will fall. Beliefs become reality.’ Yes, across Europe, this wall will fall. For it cannot withstand faith; it cannot withstand truth. The wall cannot withstand freedom.”
Jesus said, in John 17:10-23 “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”
The walls that Christendom has erected, like the young Berliner said, cannot withstand freedom, cannot withstand faith. These walls cannot withstand the Word of God spoken from His very own lips through Jesus our Lord. The walls will come down. The world will know and see a visible Church standing as one and they will see the glory of God. He will bring it to pass. The Body of Christ will walk in open fields of glory. These fields will be set on fire by the flames of persecution, yet as the world peers into the flames they will see the Son of man in the midst of the fire standing with His own and preserving them. I pray I live to see the day. Christendom…………Tear down those walls!!!!!
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Posted by appolus on December 18, 2014
Joy and sorrow walking hand in hand
There is laughter through the rain
And fire in the land!
Look and see the wounds that pierce my heart
Causing me to stumble and tearing me apart
I can barely imagine
There’ll be any tomorrows
And then I consider
The man of sorrows
My love has failed it’s the end of emotions
I am drowning in fears and bitter oceans
The drawbridge to my heart is being raised
Unless it is lowered there’s gonna be be dark days
I cry out to God in heaven
Come and fill my heart with love
Do not leave me in this place
Come down from up above
I wait here in the darkness all alone
For wings that I may fly unto your throne
And with these wings I learn to fly
Above the tears and pain
Drawing closer unto you
I feel your strength again
I reach my hand to heaven through the night
The darkness disappears and I am wrapped in light
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Posted by appolus on December 16, 2014
He commanded that they should tell no one the things that they had seen, till the Son of man had risen from the dead. (Mark 9:9)
“Tell no one.” But so many people do tell what they saw on the Mount of Transfiguration-their mountaintop experience. They have seen a vision and they testify to it, but there is no connection to what they say and how they live. Their lives don’t add up because the Son of Man has not yet risen in them. How long will it be before His resurrection life is found and evident in you and in me? (Oswald Chambers)
The above statement by Oswald Chambers is one of the reasons I could no longer walk in most Pentecostal circles. The following sentence is a devastating indictment of most of Christendom ” There is no connection to what they say and how they live.” How many of us know that just like Peter, one can have a mountaintop experience and then go on and totally deny Jesus with our lives ? It is not the mountaintop experience that transforms us, it is not that one radical encounter or that series of visions or that witnessing of miracles that transforms us…….it is the transforming resurrected power of the living God changing our lives from the inside out. The very life of the risen Christ flowing through us and changing us from glory to glory. It must be evident in our lives for it to have any meaning whatsoever. It will be evident. If we cannot identify with His death and with His suffering then it will be impossible to identify and be identified with His resurrected life of transforming glory and power. Have you embraced the life of the cross? Are there scars on your back? The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Rom 8:16-17)
Is there a connection between what you say and how you live? In Luke 17 ten lepers encountered Jesus. They cried out to Him to be healed and He healed them. Only one of them was later found at the feet of Jesus with a loud voice glorifying God. It is not about the mountaintop experience, it is not about the miracles nor is it about divine intervention, it is about the resurrected life of Christ flowing in us and evident to all. For it to mean anything to a lost and dying world, there has to be a connection between what we say and how we live.
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Posted by appolus on December 14, 2014
Jesus was a man acquainted with sorrows. It is not a part that we as Christians like to dwell on too often but there it is. When we are physically attacked, we at the very least, throw up our hands to protect ourselves. Yet when our heart is open, as it must be to walk with and serve the Lord, then it is utterly vulnerable to attack. It is so tempting to allow our hearts to begin to close down, it is even a knee jerk reaction to hurt and pain that comes and comes and comes again. I have cried out to the Lord so many times to fill my heart again, even when I had not the slightest desire. This is the Word of God doing it’s work, when our own love fails, when we come to the end of our emotions, when anger and bitterness and melancholy seek to drown us or perhaps apathy sweeps down like an avalanche to try to cover everything up, then we cry out to God for what we know is right and we wait.
For those who wait upon the Lord, for those who have grown weary or tired and faint, suddenly the presence of God lifts us and carries us beyond and above, high above the cares and pain of this world. He makes us lie down for a while in green pastures, He leads and guides us and comforts us. He feeds our hearts and waters our thirsty souls. He prepares a table before us right there in the midst of our circumstances and we are strengthened to carry on. Every time we walk through the fire or the flood and walk out the other side there is a growing realization that surely goodness and mercy has followed us and will follow us all the days of our lives. This is the joy of knowing Him on this all to often painful journey. We persevere and overcome because our hand is outstretched to His and that outstretched hand reaches high into the heavens and finds itself before the throne of mercy and grace.
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Posted by appolus on December 11, 2014
How many times can a heart be broken
How many tears have to fall
How many times do I have to forgive
Or perhaps not forgive at all
When my steps grow tired and weary
And my sleep has vanished in the night
How can I go on day by day
And not simply give up the fight
Where can I find the strength to go on
When it seems I have lost my way
How can I lift my head from the pillow
Even for just one more day
Then all of a sudden I know He is here
My waiting has not been in vain
He comes to me through the fire and the flood
Through the heartache and through the pain
And suddenly I have the strength to carry on
I rise on the wings of His love
Who knew I would rise o’r this valley of death
And find myself far far above.
I soar on the glorious splendor of Love
On the wings of the eagle I fly
I feast on the banquet He prepares for me
As I revel in the endless sky.
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Posted by appolus on December 6, 2014
If you had eyes to see
The scars that cover me
You would have eyes to see
The Christ who set me free
If you had eyes to see
My bruised and battered heart
Then you could also see
He was with me from the start
If you could see the scars
That cover my Gods heart
Then with those very eyes
You’d see Gods shining star
Far above the heavens
And in the darkest night
He came and died for you and me
He came to give us sight
Now look upon the one
Who was battered and was bruised
He is Gods only Son
And for you He was abused
He came to set the prisoners free
He came to give us eyes that see
The glory of our God on high
Whose glory fills the earth and sky
He came to heal the crushed and broken
With acts of love and the word spoken
He died for us and on a tree
And now indeed we all can see
Will you open up your eyes and live
With an open heart that can forgive
For we, forgiven, now set free
Can open up our eyes and see!
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