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Does our talk intersect with our lives?

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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Joy and Sorrow Walk Hand in Hand

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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How many times can a heart be broken

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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If you had eyes to see!

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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Separated at birth and the lion roared.

Posted by appolus on December 6, 2014

I know so many genuine saints whose children have had such a terrible time at school. It is heartbreaking to hear of the bullying and the darkness and the separation they experience, and the lion roared. I think of my own childhood and how in many ways it seemed like a lost childhood of great darkness. A brutal war right from the beginning and one in which you barely survive, and the lion roared. I think of my teenage years which seemed even worse and an even greater battle on every front and the lion roared. Yet in all of that darkness there was one light, one light that beckoned like the north star. No matter how the lion roared the light never changed, it was unmovable. Listen to what a brother called Michael recently wrote to me in regard to something I had written about suffering………………..

Frank , regarding coming to that place when you rejoice that you are counted worthy to suffer for His kingdom’s sake and having clarity of vision…

Have you ever thought about “the fellowship of His (Christ’s) sufferings” that Paul prayed to experience… that these sufferings might be listed in Isaiah 53? Sufferings such as: growing up a tender young plant like a root out of dry ground, having nothing handsome or beautiful about you that people would desire you, being rejected by all your peers, being rejected by your own family, living a life of sorrow and the grief of being rejected by all men and then being accused of offenses and crimes you did not commit? And the list goes down hill from there!

Jesus said to His disciples, “It the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.” (John 15:18-20 RSVA)

Brothers and sisters, we have been chosen IN Christ from the foundation of the world and because of it, the world (the kosmos – the system and its adherents under the Prince of this World) hates us. James wrote, “…know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”(James 4:4 KJ2000).

It has helped me tremendously to finally see why I have experienced many of these thing Jesus had to go through on this earth. It is because it was HE who separated me from my mother’s womb unto Himself and the Prince of this world has hated me ever since and so have his people. We are of God’s kingdom and as the saying goes, “It goes with the territory.” But oh, what a territory it is!

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O ye of little faith!

Posted by appolus on December 4, 2014

Hi saints. After following Jesus for almost 25 years and having contact with Christians from every kind of background, I realize that all genuine saints have one thing in common, we all want something. Now some are much more blatant in their desires and it seems so crass to so many of us, people like the word of faith or the prosperity movement. We can see their sin, it is obvious for all as they scrape and grasp at all things material while trying to wrap it up in spirituality. I am not too interested in that. Only an encounter with the actual living God could move folks in that world away from their delusion.

No, I am more interested in saint who is bound and determined to follow God in all of his/her ways. There is, it seems to me, a stripping away process. Now this is not a two-week thing, or a test that lasts a month, it is an indeterminate time where God is seems has forgotten us in some way. Situations and circumstances are such that we are taken to the point of despair and often times just left there. Where is God in all of that one may ask? I remember the story of the disciples in the boat. Jesus is sleeping and they find themselves in the midst of an enormous storm. Now, the God that told us to cast all of our cares upon Him is asleep and the disciples, desperate by this point, wake Him up and cry out to Him. Now saints, can you remember Jesus’s reaction? Did He say ” there , there, everything will be okay?” No, He rebuked them. Puzzling is it not? What was He teaching them when He says ” Oh ye of little faith?”

This was not the only time this phrase was used by Jesus. In Matt 6.30 Jesus again says to those who worry about the clothes on their backs and the food on their tables and to those who try to serve God and money ” Oh ye of little faith.” Now, it gets worse. Peter, in Matt 14:31 has stepped out of a boat in the middle of the sea in the midst of a great storm. What marvelous faith. Who amongst us would have gotten out of the boat at any time never mind in the middle of a great storm? And yet, when Peter takes His eyes of Jesus and begins to sink and cries out, again Jesus says “O thou of little faith.” What does Jesus want from us?

Jesus is looking for a group of people who, no matter the circumstances will follow Him and honor Him. Job is probably the best example of the kind of faith that Jesus is looking for. No matter the circumstances, Job refused to curse God. Now, Job certainly was anguished and broken and torn in his heart over all of his losses. We are not told the overall time frame of all of his losses but I am sure it went on and on and on and it must have seemed to Job that it would never stop. Perhaps you find yourself in circumstances that just seem to go on an on, not over a day or a month but seemingly endless seasons. Where is God in the midst of all of that you may ask? “What does God want from me,”may be your cry? Can I tell you saints what God is looking for? He is looking for a Body of people who, no matter if they cannot feel God or His blessings, will follow hard after Him and keep trusting Him. Job says ” Even if He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”

In Matt 8 when Jesus rebukes not only the sea but also the disciples for their lack of faith, as soon as they land they are immediately confronted by a man who is filled with a legion of demons. Nothing could control him and not even the authorities could deal with him. Jesus confronts and casts out the great wickedness in this man and sets him free. The Body of Christ must be ready for the great wickedness that is soon to be upon us. There are demonic hordes readying themselves to flood the earth. God must have a Body of saints who can follow Him and trust Him no matter what storm rages around them, no matter what loss they have just suffered. If we are to be a witness to the world then we must be a Body who can say with Job, and mean it with every fiber of our being ” Even if He slays us, yet will we trust Him.” This is the faith that pleases God, the faith that requires nothing of God but worships and follows God because He is God and deserves to be followed and trusted. We must learn to be unyielding in our walk with Him and honor Him in all that we do, even if we loss everything in this world. This is great faith and it pleases God.

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The distance between the head and the heart.

Posted by appolus on December 4, 2014

There is roughly 12 inches between the brain and the heart. In the life of faith this distance is covered by actual experience. A faith untested is like a car never driven. The point of a car is to take us from one place to another, the point of our faith is to take us deeper into the heart of God. A car without fuel would be like a bird without wings. Faith without works is dead. The Holy Spirit is the wind that propels us forward. He is vital to forward motion. A sail boat without wind in the middle of the ocean is carried wherever the current takes it. In a mighty storm the wind drives the ships forward with great power. It certainly has the capacity to overwhelm but it also has the capacity to cover great distances and take us to places we may never have arrived at without it. The thing to remember in the midst of each storm is that if we fall upon God, we find that there is no storm that can swamp us.

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Rick Warren calls for Christians to unite with Catholics.

Posted by appolus on December 3, 2014

Hi saints. Anyone who has followed this site for any length of time will know that I have never ceased to warn the Church of the storm that is approaching. Christ is coming back soon for His bride and all of hell knows this. The enemy knows his time is short. Since I do not believe in a pre tribulation rapture, then I obviously believe that the saints will go through, at least, if not all, of the great tribulation. A great part of that tribulation is the worse persecution of saints there has ever been. This persecution will be carried out by the great whore church of end times along with the civil authorities. I have written countless articles about the building blocks of this whore church. Here is just one more brick in the wall of what is to come……

http://christiannews.net/2014/12/02/rick-warrens-call-for-christians-to-unite-with-catholics-holy-father-raising-concerns/

 

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Blinded by men

Posted by appolus on December 2, 2014

Act 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.

You should trust no one, and even ignore the finest saint on earth if he blocks your sight of Jesus Christ ( Oswald Chambers)

There is a pandemic that is going on in Christendom. It has suffered this state for centuries. Men make idols out of men. Nothing should ever come between us and God. There is one mediator between man and God and it is Christ Jesus. Let us always be ready to look to Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith, let us never elevate men to where they block our sight of God. No matter who that is, he must be taken down so that we have a clear sight of Jesus.

Now if you really do this. If you yourself become no respecter of persons in the context of what has just been written, then you will not go far in the kingdom of men, but then again, why would you want to excel in the kingdoms of men unless you yourself would like to block another’s view of Jesus? Never let anyone elevate you. If you do, you are participating in their sin, for what you allow you are truly determining. This particular sin that so often falls into the camp of omission shall not be overlooked by God, He is a jealous God and He shall have none other before Him.

Many years ago, prompted by the Holy Spirit, I determined never to give any man a standing ovation. There was, the Holy Spirit showed me, only one man, the man Jesus, who deserved a standing ovation. Suddenly the nonsense of it just hit me. If everything that we have comes as a gift from God in His Body and therefore where is the boasting, then why the standing ovation, why the elevation of men if we truly believe that? Now, there is a price to pay for the non-elevation of men. If you do not play the games of men then many times men will not want to ” play,” with you. That is okay. As long as you can see Jesus. As long as you elevate Him. As long as you are compelled to stand and glorify Him then nothing else matters.

And so saints, elevate Jesus in your life, in your conversation and in your spirits. In doing this you will draw closer to Him, you will draw men to Him and you will advance the cause of His Kingdom here on earth. Determine in your heart not to elevate men or women. It does not matter how good a teacher they are, or how spiritual they are or how many people attend their church or how many books they have written, remember, they are just brothers and sisters in Christ and we are called to love and respect all as we love and respect Jesus. Practice this in your life and stay close to Jesus.

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The faith that pleases God.

Posted by appolus on November 29, 2014

“A life of faith is not a life of one glorious mountaintop experience after another, like soaring on eagles wings, but it is a life of day in and day out consistency; a life of walking without fainting ( see Isaiah 40:31) It is not even a question of holiness and sanctification, but of something which comes much further down the road. It is a faith that has been tried and proved and has withstood the test. Abraham is not a type or an example of the holiness or sanctification, but a type of the life of faith- a faith tested and true, built on the true God.” Oswald Chambers-My Utmost for His Highest)

God honors the saints who have been tried and tested. He knows, He sees, He understands. He measures the man on the inside. The younger slightly arrogant saint believes he is holy and sanctified. Yet, let that man walk through the fires of life. Loss of a wife, or a child maybe. Robbed, beaten, hated. No standing in life. Loss in general. Does he still love God? Is his heart still pursuing God? No matter what happens does he still fall upon his God and keep on walking down the narrow path of life? It’s not about the ministry you have. It’s not about how other men perceive you. It’s not about success in this life. It’s about knowing Him. Yes, that is what it is about, knowing Him and being found in Him.The more you know Him the less you need to know where your going. God knows.

The poor pentecostal often believes it comes through the waving of a magic wand represented by the hand of the latest preacher. The poor fundamentalist believes that faith comes through study. The saint that has walked through the flood and through the fire and through a thousand storms knows that God is faithful and true. He understands that is not about his own faith but it is about God’s faithfulness. The realization of Gods faithfulness enhances our faith in God. Only one way to do that. It wont come through study. It wont come through prayer and it wont come through your own personal holiness, as great as all of these things are. Faith is obedience to the small still voice to go forward into the unknown. Faith is about still standing when the storm has raged and beaten upon your life. Faith is born and is watered in and by the storms of life. Faith is tempered and hardened by the fiery furnaces we are called to walk through.

Abraham did many things wrong. On more than one occasion he was willing to pretend he was not married in order to save his own life, hardly the stuff of hero’s. Yet in the end, Abraham was willing to suffer the loss in order to be found in Him because he knew Him. Paul counted all things as loss in order to be found in Him. Have you walked through the fires of life? Have you suffered loss? Are you still standing upon the foundation of Jesus? Is He you very life? Faith, tested and true is a beautiful thing and it pleases God. Imagine that saints, it pleases God.

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Heavens Song

Posted by appolus on November 27, 2014

This is a song I was working on with a dear sister in Scotland when I was recently over there. We are hoping to see an album come together that glorifies God, that we have written ourselves and that allows one to come into His presence.

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I will give you the treasures of darkness.

Posted by appolus on November 26, 2014

I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. (Isa 45:2-3)

In the life of each saint there are crooked paths. There are gates of brass and there are bars of iron. The saint knows that the path that she or he has been called to is narrow and difficult. He takes up his cross each day and he dies to himself and to this world and to the flesh. In the midst of this dying the Lord is slowly revealed. What is working death in our flesh is by the same token releasing spiritual life. Isn’t wonderful that God is working on our behalf and has promised to us that He will straightened out the crooked path. When life seems to take us down a road that seems impossible to navigate, God promises that He has gone before us. There are no surprises to God, He is in it all and we will overcome because He has went before us. The greatest example of God going before us is exemplified in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Each saint will also encounter gates of brass and bars of iron. These will be specific situations that requires the hand of God to overcome. In the flesh there would be no solution but by the hand of God these ” gates of brass,” and ” bars of iron,” are broke in pieces. And so we are able to continue our journey down the same narrow, seemingly crooked path which the Lord is actually straightening out by going before us. Now just as the individual saint has to encounter crooked paths and gates of brass and bars of iron, so does the Body of Christ as a whole. It also has had a journey, it also has encountered many difficulties and a seemingly crooked path. It has encountered gates of brass, seemingly barring the way forward, yet the same promises made to the individual saint has also been made to the Body of Christ, praise God. He is working, always working on our behalf and He never sleeps. We can call upon Him night and day for we can be assured that He is with us and has went before us.

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Back from Scotland.

Posted by appolus on November 24, 2014

Hi saints. I am back from Scotland. I spent sixteen days over there and I believe there was much fruit. On many levels it was difficult and I personally felt buffeted by the enemy of our souls. Yet, there were breakthroughs in some very difficult spiritual situations and God held me and kept me and ministered to me in ways that were very special. I appreciate all the prayers of the saints that I had and they certainly held me up. I believe for myself personally that many poems and songs will come out of my experiences while there. In fact two in particular that I wrote while over there may find themselves in an album that is being put together, along with a few other one that I have written. The three other singers that will be involved in this album are very anointed and we pray that when it comes it will be fresh manna. It may take several months because it will be done as the resources are available, but God is good and He equips and supplies that which He calls. I am looking forward to getting back to writing and sharing that writing on this page. My prayer has always been that this site would be a blessing to many. We are almost at the 200,000 mark with visitors from over 160 different countries. This blows my mind, yet God prophesied six years ago that He would use me to ” write to the nations.” This has come dramatically to pass and I praise God for His goodness and His mercy and His gifts which He gives to His children. I would appreciate the prayers of the saints as I finish up a book entitled, strangely enough ” A Call to the Remnant,” with the sub-heading ” A word to God’s children for the end of the ages.” Below is a wee video I shot from the hills above my hometown of Scotland…………………bro Frank

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I am happy and blessed.

Posted by appolus on November 23, 2014

Verse 1.
When I walk through the day
In the fight and the fray
I am happy and blessed
For there’s no other way

And when the night comes
And I find no rest
I fall upon you
And I’m happy and blessed

Chorus

For Jesus my Saviour
He bled and He died
For you and for me
He was crucified

Verse 2.

When I climb every mountain
With the world on my back
I cry out to you
Cause I’m on the wrong track

Then suddenly the light
Shines clear in the night
I am happy and blessed
To go on in the fight

Verse 3.

So Jesus my Saviour
My Lord and my all
Come nigh unto me
When you hear my call

And we’ll walk together
Despite stormy weather
I am happy and blessed
Now and forever

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God will go before you, get up and follow!

Posted by appolus on October 30, 2014

God does not give us overcoming life-He gives us life as we overcome( Oswald Chambers)

How many of you have found that to be true? It is true that all the promises of God in the first three chapters of Revelations are made to the overcomers. ” To those who overcome I give….”
Many times in our lives we can fall, we can find ourselves down. This is common to all the saints, every saint has experienced this time and again in their lives. So how do we overcome, how do we grab a hold of the abundant life in a life full of trials? We get up.

I knew a saint who suffered from bouts of severe depression. He told me about a time when he had not left the house in weeks. He then describes an overcoming moment. He decided to go to the post office. Sounds ridiculously simple does it not? It took every ounce of effort in him to first decide then to walk out that door. It was terrifying and exhausting and was undoubtedly one of the battles of his life. Just to walk out the door you say? Yes, just to walk out the door. Now of course there was a story behind the depression, and the story really is not that important. The whys and the wherefores of getting down, while they can be very traumatic, is not the point, it’s the getting up.

As you decide to get up, and it is a decision, then God will join you. There is a diligence in the getting up. There is an overcoming in the getting up, there is endurance in the getting up. People think that it is when we are down that we endure, that is not true. We, as Christians are not designed to be down. We are, however, designed to overcome. The endurance comes in the getting back up and getting back into life and then comes the abundance. The abundant life belongs to the victorious life. Not victory over circumstances, victory in the midst of circumstances, that is true endurance.

If you are down today my brother, my sister, my prayers are with you to get up. The hands that hang low cannot praise God, only that hands that are lifted up. The eyes that are down cannot see God , only the eyes that are lifted up to the heavens can see God. Lift up your hands today and praise God. Lift up your eyes today and see the glory of God. Get up today and walk with God. You will experience His manifest presence as you get up. God never leaves us nor forsakes us this is true, but to walk in the abundance of life we must choose to overcome, to endure, to get up, to get out the door. God has made a promise to us that He will be with us as we move on. Get up and move on today, leave your defeats behind and as you walk away from them you will be walking in victory and with His manifest presence.

And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
(Exo 33:15-17)

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Going to Scotland

Posted by appolus on October 28, 2014

I will be in Scotland from the 5th Nov- through the 21st. ……………..bro Frank

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Trials and comfort

Posted by appolus on October 25, 2014

I wrote the poem below last night after speaking with a friend who is dealing with cancer for the second time. You can easily take out the word cancer and replace it with ” trials.” God is with us in out trials shaping us. Often times we are only a doorway away from His glory and presence. When He becomes our primary object and not the trial itself then we discover a way of walking through the door.

Trials and Comfort

It’s not the cancer that I fear
It is the thought that you’re not near
For in your presence worlds collide
Beneath your wings I’ll surely hide

Take me to yourself I pray
Walk with me along the way
I’m tired O Lord please hold my hand
And pull me out from shifting sand

For in the sands there is no ground
Nor solid place that can be found
No handkerchief to wipe the tears
Surrounded by my many fears

You pull me up you cover me
You saw me longing to be free
And now I’ve found a place in you
On solid ground I stand tis true

I fix my eyes on you alone
I lift my hands unto the throne
Of glory mercy love and grace
I gaze upon thy Holy face

And as my gaze is fixed on thee
I find that I am surely free
And in your presence I draw near
And perfect love casts out all fear

Oh my King take all of me
Take every part that you can see
Then in thy hand you’ll hold me tight
Two hearts entwined shall then take flight

Now here I am before your throne
Not forsaken not alone
Legs once weary now can run
Into the arms of God’s own Son

The joy of the Lord is my strength
And you shall go to any length
To take me deeper into thee
To heal me Lord and set me free

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JUST TURN UP THE MUSIC AND FIX IT WHEN YOU HAVE THE MONEY!

Posted by appolus on October 22, 2014

JUST TURN UP THE MUSIC AND FIX IT WHEN YOU HAVE THE MONEY!

So recently I had a problem with my car. Every time I went over 70mph I could hear a whistling noise. Obviously I was concerned so I checked with the experts……..I googled it. Interesting array of answers and typically if you get seven out of ten people saying the same thing then that is probably the answer. Anyway, as I was looking I came across this solution to my problem ” Just turn up the music and fix it when you have the money.” It made me smile. I could also relate to that solution in my past.

How many people do that with their lives? There is a problem and they know there is a problem but they do not have the resources to fix the problem so they just ” turn up the music.” The music could be sex or drugs or rock and roll or food or politics, you name the music, as long as it drowns out the underlying problem. If the problem persists, just turn it up louder, get more drunk, more sex more politics and so on until your life is in ruins and still the underlying problem exists.

Jesus met a woman at the well. This woman had underlying problems. She was at the well at a time when other women would not be there, in fact when no one should have been there. And there she meets Jesus. How like Jesus to meet a person when they have burned every bridge, when there is really no one left to turn to. Like a surgeon Jesus asks the question ” where is your husband?” The woman replies that she has no husband. It was a great shame for a woman of this age not to be married in those days. It turns out that the woman had five previous husbands and the man she was currently living with was not her husband. We know the names she would have been called, it would not have been pretty.

Fortunately for the woman she had just encountered a resource that was limitless. She no longer had to turn up the music, for the underlying problem was going to be taken care of by a resource that had no end. An eternal well of purity and hope and love and forgiveness and power. A well that would never run dry, a well that would quench every thirst.

Now, the proper thing for me to do when my car is not working and it is something beyond my ability to fix is to take it back to the manufacturer. Who better to know how to fix my car than the folks that built it? Who better to know how to fix your soul than the God who made you? Is it time to turn down the music? Come to the well that will never runs dry. God sees your heart He knows instantly what ails you. Maybe you have been married five times? Maybe you have went through many different men or women in an attempt to find the intimacy you crave? Yet sin and brokenness are barriers, a doorway that stands in the way of entering into the fullness of life and what God would have you to be. Come to the well, come to Jesus. He has life-giving water and when you drink of this, you shall never thirst again. This is His promise to you.

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Peace, peace, yet there is no peace.

Posted by appolus on October 22, 2014

Jer 23:17 They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you. Jer 23:19 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. Jer 23:20 In the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.

We live in strange days indeed. Days perhaps some of the older generation could never have imagined seeing. How rapidly has wrong become right? Much of Christendom is taken up with prosperity and the ways of the world. In Biblical days we would simply call it Baal worship but now the eyes are blinded to that reality. Much of Christendom is dead in that they refuse to allow the activities of the Holy Spirit in their services but the eyes are blinded to that reality. Much of Christendom now ordains homosexual ministers in open rebellion to the Word of God but their eyes are blinded to that reality.

In all of the above cases men are walking after the imaginations of their own heart. Their wisdom is earthly and sensual and certainly does not flow from a Holy God but from the unholy gods of this world. They are at ease in their sin and do not consider that there is a coming storm, a whirlwind that is coming with a fury. It will only be apparent to the wicked as it crashes down on their heads. It is a terrible thing to be given over to blindness.

Yet in every generation God has His servants. They are a witness to the truth. They are lovers of the truth. They declare Gods word without fear or favor of men. They despise flattery as this is a common tool of the blind who encourage the blind. They are exhorters. They encourage the saints and they reach out to the wicked. They have an indignation for the honor and the glory of God that causes them to run to the battle. David was indignant when he heard the giant mock God’s people. There are mocking giants today filled with the same evil spirits who mock and try to intimidate God’s children. Yet praise God, the same Spirit that filled David and caused him to triumph over Goliath fills the saints in these the latter days.

Jer 23:30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.

The false prophets of this age steal from those who genuinely know God and who are led and speak by His Spirit. They take what they want and they mix it with their own imaginations. They are like the narcissist who is incapable of feelings and can only mimic what they see. And so they steal the word of God and mix it with the ways of the world and they come up with abominations. In doing so they have incurred the wrath of God and will be blind to the coming storm which begins first at the house of God for that is where we find the false prophet who seeks to gain followers, standing, reputation and money.

The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? (Jer 23:28-29)

The word of the false prophet is smooth and flattering and self-indulgent. They pat each other on the back and congratulate themselves. They are at ease in Babylon. Yet the true word of God is like a fire says the Lord, it is like a hammer that breaks the rocks in pieces. It has a dynamic force that causes a tumult. It penetrates and thoroughly pierces the hard hearts of men. Men are stabbed in the heart by the penetrating word of God. We see this when Peter preaches after Pentecost and three thousand are saved. We also see it when Stephen preaches and is stoned to death. In each case the scriptures use the phrase ” they were stabbed in the heart.” The true word of God spoken by those filled by Gods Spirit will always cause a violent reaction either unto life or unto death but never unto ease.

Stand fast brothers and sisters. We live in dark days for sure but we are not like those who dwell in darkness for the light of Christ is in us. The Word of God is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. “Bless the Lord o my soul for you are great and you are clothed with honor and majesty and you cover yourself with light.” Lord may we walk in this light as you are in the light. Let us have fellowship one with another, the children of the light. In the mighty name of Jesus, whose name is above every other name, we pray these things. Lord pour out your blessing upon the Body of Christ that we may begin to stand as one in these final days, amen.

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If it were possible, even the elect would be deceived.

Posted by appolus on October 19, 2014

Just a couple of months ago, former Israeli president Shimon Peres met with Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. At that meeting, Peres suggested that a ” United Nations of Religion,” be formed to combat modern-day wars which seem almost exclusively to be fought in the name of God.  http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2014/09/05/shimon-peres-floats-idea-of-u-n-style-united-religions-with-pope-francis/

He further suggested that the Pope head this organisation because “he is perhaps the only leader who is truly respected”. I would like you to ponder the ramifications of such a union in light of the times in which we live and the Scriptural fact that a whore church will emerge in the end days which will swallow up all religions and nations. There were no details given as to how such an organisation would work or what kind of authority it would have. Ponder again if you will, the three major religions of the world united, Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

What would the argument sound like coming from the scholars and theologians and clerics of these religions in order to establish such a group? I believe that they would take the people back to Abraham. They will show, rightfully, that all three groups can trace their roots back to Abraham. They will argue that we should focus on what unites us rather than what divides us. They will say that we are all one family of God and that although we disagree over Muhammad and Jesus, we all agree on God. Some call him God, others Allah and still others Yahweh, but He is the one God of us all. So the emphasis must be on God alone and while some favor Muhammad and others Jesus, we must cease to speak of these names in public because they have caused so much troubles and wars in the past and in the present.

This will gain some traction especially amongst the liberals of the three main religions. The secular portion of each of these religions and secular society will hail it as the way forward, yet the ” hardliners,” or ” fundamentalists” of each of these groups will reject it out of hand. As groups such as ISIS continue to appear with all of their horrific crimes of butchery on view for all the world to watch on YouTube, a growing revulsion will spread around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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