After the drought comes the rain. Perhaps you feel like your in a drought? Perhaps its been a long time since you encountered the presence of God? For those who believe and prevail and overcome, can I tell you that there is a cloud , the size of a hand, on the horizon. There is a deep penetrating rain coming for Gods people. He has taken His people into the valley, the valley of death, the valley of decision. Because of the intensity of the battle that lies just ahead, it was and is necessary for the Lord to take His people into the desert of testing, a place of scourging and stripping away of every single thing that we have relied upon that is outside of Him. A place where survival depends not on tradition or past victories or heritage, a place where we once again cry out to the Living God for Him and Him alone. Only those who truly desire Him will stay in this place of testing. Many will return to Egypt, many will look back to where they came from and be turned into pillars of salt. Yet, the Remnant of Gods people will prevail. And our God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Posted by appolus on May 15, 2013
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Posted by appolus on May 14, 2013
It was not that long ago that I saw a documentary on a certain part of Africa. For 10 long months it sees no rain. First the mighty river dries up and then it becomes pools, and then the pools slowly shrink until it is nothing more than mud-holes. In this particular documentary, it showed a giant crocodile that had taken up residence right in the middle of the mud-hole. Yet despite its presence, deer and other animals risked their very lives in order to partake in the last of the water.
A very few animals went on a long migration looking for water, many died, some found water. Yet almost all the animals that were indigenous to this geographic location, died before the rains came. Animals that in normal circumstances would never come within 100 yards of a crocodile, came right up beside him in a desperate attempt to get some satisfaction, relief, from this drying mud-hole. When God withdraws the rain of His presence from His church we see many strange things.
Let us pray to our faithful Lord that the He will send the rain to a people who have learned not to take for granted His presence, and are focused on nothing else. What was very clear from the documentary was that the animals knew that this was life or death. The tragedy for many in the church is that they can live a life, devoid of His presence, and not even know that they are dying.
If you have spent your whole life sucking on mud, barely surviving on the moisture that comes from a mud-hole, getting filthy and dangerously close to being consumed by the world, what a tragedy for a generation of people to have been raised in the dry season who have never known what it is to see the river of life that flows from the throne, let alone step into it and be taken by its current at the deepest part.To try and operate in this world as a church without the Holy Spirit and the presence of the living God is to be reliant upon a mud-hole. Some vestige of some by- gone days where once the river flowed. Talk of past victories but no present life. Living on memories and manna from the day before. Yet manna is to be gathered fresh every day.
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Posted by appolus on May 8, 2013
When preachers tour like rock stars, it´s no wonder sinners flock
to stadiums. Of course, preachers holding stadium-sized events
packed out with lost souls is awesome-unless those preachers
present a hyped-up, watered-down, seeker-friendly gospel that´s
giving the assurance of heaven while sending people to hell.
I am convinced that too many people who claim to be Christ-
followers are not really saved because too many false teachers
and false prophets are propagating a “different gospel” centered
on “another Jesus” (see 2 Cor. 11:3-4). I am convinced that
many self-professing saints are going to sit right next to sinners
in hell when it´s all said and done-thanks, in part, to rock-star
preachers presenting a hyped-up, watered-down, seeker-friendly gospel.
Posted by appolus on May 6, 2013
For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. (Rom 14:8)
There was a famous group of warriors from the Highlands of Scotland. The “Highland Charge,” was one of the most effective field combat strategies in the arsenal of the Scottish army. Imagine facing hundreds of large screaming Highlanders coming at you at full tilt screaming their lungs out and swinging broad swords that measured six feet. Many armies who faced this charge simply broke ranks and fled. These front-line warriors always took great casualties but they were abandoned to the battle and they died with honor. Are you abandoned to the battle that you have been called to? Is the fear of life or death, success or failure, standing in the community or rejection, holding you back from serving the Lord with all of your heart.
The Spirit that was in David compelled him to not only challenge Goliath, but to run to the battle. The Hebrew children said to that wicked old king that their God would save them from the fire. Now, how many in Christendom would say amen to that? Yet, what is not often quoted in many circles is what they said after that which is truly a statement of faith “But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods nor worship the golden image which you have set up.” (Dan 3:18) You see, whether they lived or died, they would glorify their God. “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” (Job 13:15) Job is saying that even although he has lost everything and even if God would kill him, still he would trust his God. Paul says ” For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”(Php 1:21) Can we say that brothers and sisters, can we truly say that this is our chief end, that whether we live or whether we die we will glorify God? There is a Scripture often quoted by many in Christendom and it is this ” By the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony,” and this is how we overcome the evil one. Yet the full Scripture says. ” 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.”(Rev 12:11) “And they loved not their lives unto death” Brothers and sisters, this is the mark of the genuine saint, not that they are delivered from every situation but that they glorify God despite their circumstances, even in matters of life and death. This is normal Christianity. This is a witness to the world.
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Posted by appolus on May 2, 2013
In Ephesians 3:14 Paul writes that it ” is for this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” And previously he wrote in verse one of this chapter ” For this cause, I Paul the prisoner of Jesus Christ,” meaning for this reason he bowed His knees, he was a prisoner. What was the reason that Paul bowed his knees? Why was he gladly a prisoner? Why, in other places in Scripture does Paul rejoice in his chains? We can find the reason back in chapter two of Ephesians, we can find the cause, the purpose, the reason for it all. We discover in chapter two that
1. God was rich in mercy and His great love for us and raised us up together with Christ to make us sit in heavenly places with our Lord and Savior. (Eph 2:4-6)
2. That He might show us the richness of His grace through His precious Son Jesus. (verse 7)
3. That by that grace, we may be saved by faith and not of our own works. (8-9)
4. That whether circumcised or uncircumcised , constrained by the Law or not, that in Christ Jesus there would be no division, no separation, no walls of partition , but we would be one in Christ by the work of Christ on Calvary’s bloody cross. (11-16)
5. That through Jesus and by the Holy Spirit we now have access to our Heavenly Father. (18)
6. That we are no longer strangers and foreigners to each other, no matter our background, but that all in Christ Jesus are being built into a Holy Sanctuary for God to dwell in, each one of us stones, rightly shaped and fitted together by the power of the Holy Spirit to form the household of God.
Now in chapter three we see the culmination and purpose of the above points. That by the richness of His glory, that we would be rooted and grounded in love, and that with all the saints we may know the length and the depth and the height of the Love of Jesus which surpasses knowledge. And in this ” knowing,’ we would experience the fullness of God. Can you bow your knee to this brothers and sisters? Do you realize that each child of God is a living stone that is being laid in place to build a dwelling place for God? And that the foundation of this dwelling place is Jesus and the Apostles? We are one in Christ, we belong to another kingdom, we are now strangers in this world, sojourners, pilgrims, merely passing through. In the flesh, when you travel abroad and have been gone for a long time and then meet another American, what joy it brings to meet a fellow citizen. Can you say that brothers and sisters when you meet a fellow citizen of the kingdom that we truly belong too? Does this one Spirit that unites us burn within your heart?
John writes in 1Jn 3:14 ” We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brothers. He who does not love his brother abides in death.” This is a great barometer to your spiritual health. Do you abide in life of death? “1Jn 4:20 If anyone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar. For if he does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” How indeed? We are of no use to the world and to the lost if we cannot love our brothers and sisters in Christ. In the separation now taking place, in the midst of the great falling away in which we now dwell, we will be tested on this as brothers and sisters from all kinds of back-grounds are brought together. Yet, those who burn with the Holy Spirit will recognize the Spirit in others despite very different backgrounds and the world will know us by our love for one another. For when the man made walls of separation have finally been swept away, when the scourge of denominationalism gives up its portion of saints, then, very likely in the midst of severe persecution, the world will know that we are one and that God sent Jesus because of the ” richness of His mercy and His great love.”
And I have given them the glory which You have given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one, I in them, and You in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me.
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Posted by appolus on April 29, 2013
The spiritual man has treasures this world discounts. He has a mystic wisdom of the Holy Spirit, but the world has no way to receive this. Jesus said the world cannot receive Him “because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him.” (John 14:17) Just as a deaf man has no sensory organ to receive music, and just as a blind man has no organ to receive light, so a worldly man has no organ to receive the treasure of God’s mystic knowledge. by the Holy Spirit. And of course, if the Christian says that he has and is sure of himself, the world is angry with him, even the religious world. They say he is a bigot, he thinks too much of himself. The Christian man has the Holy Spirit, invisible and from God, whom the world cannot receive. The Christian has heard a voice, seen the light and been able to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, while the world is just religious-A.W.Tozer
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Posted by appolus on April 29, 2013
Heb 13:13-14 Therefore let us go forth to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
Jesus is to be found outside the camp, outside the walls, outside the gates. We are told to go to where He is. In those days, the walls represented security and belonging. To be outside the camp was to be outside of fellowship with the rest of society and to be in a dangerous place. Yet, Jesus was to be found in a place called Golgotha, outside of the gates, but within view of the city so that all could see. To leave the security of the walls behind us, we must be willing to find all of our security and belonging in Jesus. If any part of our heart belongs to the city, we will be tempted to look back with longing as judgment begins to pour down upon it, just as Lots wife looked back. Abraham also left his place of belonging, his homeland, and never looked back. It is an eternal city that we seek and we have been called to be sojourners and pilgrims in this voyage of life. Jesus alone is our anchor and only in Him can be found our place of refuge, where He is, is the harbour of our souls
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Posted by appolus on April 24, 2013
I would like to clarify for some just what I believe to be God’s remnant children. To use any word over and over again it can begin to take on a life of its own and that can happen with the word remnant. A remnant child of God is simply someone who genuinely knows Jesus, someone who has been truly converted. Now, why the distinction, why even use any other name rather than simply ” Christian?” Well, I am certainly not stuck on the name, to me it is more of an adjective that a noun. It simply describes what Jesus was talking about when He says ” many are called , but few are chosen.”(Matt 22:14) Now, just as that was true when Jesus spoke it then, it is equally true now. The context of that scripture comes from the previous chapter when Jesus showed , though parable, that men would not give to God what was rightfully His, instead they rejected and killed His son. Now in chapter 22 Jesus uses another illustration , this time a wedding, which people are too busy to come to.
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Posted by appolus on April 22, 2013
There is a great tide of evil coming that will spew out threatening’s against Gods people. And yet God has a people that He has established and strengthened in the fires of affliction. He has separated a people from the system of the world and called them to Himself. A people who love God and Him alone with their whole hearts. They have been hardened and tempered to the things of this world by trial and by affliction. They come from every walk of life, every traditional background. The Body of Christ is shortly to face its greatest test. Indeed the Word of God tells us that there is such a time coming, that if it were possible, even the very elect would be deceived and for the elects sake God will shorten those days.Will you stand in the evil day brothers and sisters? Have you forged your own independence from the world? Are you wholly dependent upon the Lord? Now is the time to be forged in the fire, to be purified, to be purged of the dross of this world. For if this world has a place in your heart, a foothold in your life, then the challenge will be so much more difficult. Are you truly ready brothers and sisters to stand in the evil day that is almost upon us? Its time to take up the armor of the Lord. For our battles are not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the worlds rulers and the darkness of this age , against spiritual wickedness in high places. So let us take on Truth and put on the breastplate of righteousness. Let us walk in the Gospel of peace and shield ourselves from the enemies blows by our faith in God alone. And always remember that we have salvation in Christ Jesus that can never be taken from us and the Word of God that delivers and defeats all of our enemies as we walk in the Spirit.
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Posted by appolus on April 19, 2013
In North America the word of God has been proclaimed probably more than any other nation on earth. There is such a low view of who God is across the west in general. Some kindly grandfather? a benevolent santa clause? A buddy?. Of course He is none of these things, He is high and lifted up, the train of His robe fills the temple, He is majestic in holiness, He is aweful, meaning full of awe. Those around His throne can only cry out “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God almighty.’ And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course: Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:) It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God. (2 Chron 5:11-14) Unless the people have an encounter with such a God, they will continue to have a low view of Him and worship some weak anemic cultural god of their own making. What cannot be learned by a thousand excellent sermons , can only be learned in the genuine presence of God.
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Posted by appolus on April 16, 2013
There is a separation process. Perhaps even the sheep from the goats. I believe that the Lord will use hunger and thirst to separate His people. This is why I believe there is a famine going on, a drought across the land. What had been taken for granted years ago has been withdrawn. The void has been filled with soulish activity. The problem with soulish activity is that it can never satisfy, can never sustain you. What will truly separate God’s people from this world? What will it take? I am not quite sure, but I know that God is coming down. There are five virgins and they have oil in their lamps. Why are the lamps not trimmed? Where is the light? For anyone who has experienced the presence of God, nothing else is acceptable. Its not good enough to stand outside the door, its not good enough to remain in the courtyard, one must enter in. And the only way to enter in is to pass the alter, the brazen alter. What will we bring as a sacrifice? How will we humble ourselves? What state are we in? Are we able to look at ourselves? We expect to see the power of God without the sacrifice. We expect that God will come down and legitimize our ministries, He will not. God will come down for His glory and for the love of His people. He will hear their cries, He will see their afflictions, He will see a people ready to glorify Him for no other purpose than to glorify Him.
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Posted by appolus on April 14, 2013
There is a great multitude today who are desperately hungry and thirsty. All over the world the people dwell in great darkness and the darkness increases every day. Hell has opened its vaults and is beginning to spew forth evil with increasing speed and urgency because it knows its time is short. There is a desperate darkness coming and it is coming at us with alarming speed. Yet, as in the time of Noah, the world is ignorant of the impending disaster about to befall it. Like the children of Israel when Jesus says ” O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to her, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you would not!” Jesus wept because He knew that less than forty years after His death and resurrection that the whole system would come tumbling down. The Temple would be destroyed and the Israelites would be no more as a nation and they had absolutely no idea. In those days, it was unimaginable that their Temple, their country, their way of life would be swept away and that they would be scattered to the four corners of the earth. It is equally unimaginable to so many that the church system that we know now, could and will be completely consumed by Babylon and turn on God’s remnant children. Yet brothers and sisters, that is exactly what is to come as this great Babylonian whore church comes forward and worships the anti-christ. And despite all this, God’s children will shine brightly in the darkest days the world has ever known. So full of the Spirit, walking in the presence of God. A blood bought remnant people whose desperate desire is to follow Him to Calvary and beyond, so that their eyes will see the Glory of the Living God cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. If persecution brings out the glory in the saints, if persecution takes place all over the world as it has never before, then so to will God’s glory, a manifestation of Jesus, be revealed to the world. It will be clear to the world what they are rejecting and then the King shall appear. Oh for the day of His appearance when every eye shall see Him and every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord to the glory of God
Posted by appolus on April 12, 2013
Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My Words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he was working a work on the wheel. And the vessel that he made in clay was ruined in the hand of the potter; so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the Word of Jehovah came to me, saying, O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter? says Jehovah. Behold, As the clay in the potter’s hands, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel. (Jer 18:2-6)
My question to the Lord’s children, the Lord’s Church, is, will you arise and go down to the Potters house? Will you come to the Father and place yourself in His hand? Will you allow yourself to be marred, to be ruined for this world? Can you abandon yourself to His wheel and allow Him to create in you what He will? For He will not force you , He will not make you, but He stands at the door of your heart and knocks. Will you come to Him, with the fullness of your life, holding nothing back and allow Him to mar you, to ruin you? Will you step up to the door and open up your heart and allow the King of Glory to come in , in all of His fullness? Will you get up from the pig sty of lukewarmness and arise from the mire of entanglements and make your way back to the Father’s house? For those who heed the cry, who heed the command to arise, who harken to the knocking of the door, you will meet the Father of lights for He will see His children a far way off and He will run to them and rejoice to see His children have come back to Him. Oh prodigal church will you arise and go to the Fathers house, the Potters house? He is calling to you!
Posted by appolus on April 10, 2013
Started a new page on Facebook, just simply called The remnant. We are going to be holding some meetings in July in a church I consider my home church even although I have only been there a handful of times We have a sister in the Lord coming over from Scotland to lead worship and you can hear her here at the new page http://www.facebook.com/acalltotheremnant. Please go there and click like if you want to get the details of the upcoming meetings. If you have a strong desire to experience the presence of God in His glory and His majesty and His awesome reverence, then perhaps you may want to join us as we seek nothing more than His presence. God is indeed drawing out a hungry and a thirsty people, a people for such a time as this. A people who have an overwhelming desire for nothing more than Him , and who have been ruined for this world.
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Posted by appolus on April 9, 2013
What is the glory of God? We hear it used so often in Christian circles, but do you really know what that is? Is it just a description , an adjective, something to describe what you imagine God is like or what it is like to be in His presence? The truth is, the glory of God is God Himself. Wherever He is, then there is the glory. It is a dwelling place, it is His dwelling place. Moses had to put off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground. Now, was the ground holy before the Lord came? Was it holy after He left? What about the burning bush? When God inhabited the burning bush then the bush was God and could not be consumed by fire. Yet when the Lord left the bush was just a bush. Does God dwell in temples made by human hands? Is a church building holy? What is a building without the manifest presence of God? What is a person without the manifest presence of God operating in their lives? Where is the glory outside of the presence? How can the world see a manifestation of His presence if that manifestation of that presence cannot be seen in His children? We know that after Moses spent time in the manifest presence of God that his face actually glowed.
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Posted by appolus on April 7, 2013
God is and has called His children out of darkness into His marvelous light, the light of freedom. God’s remnant children have labored for most of their lives burdened by a heavy yoke of slavery. How tragic to find that the yoke of bondage came from the same source from which they were originally freed. Religion, is the deadliest enemy of Gods freed children. It spies out their liberty and seeks, with much patience oftentimes , to again enslave and control. In these days, God is releasing a generation to come forth and live in the freedom that He has called them too. The shackles of the old religious systems are being exposed and broken down. The strange thing is, it can be scary to begin to think for oneself and to walk into open fields of freedom having been so restrained for so long. He who the Son has set free is free indeed. Free to walk with Him, free to be taught by Him, free to hear Him, free to be directed by Him.
Many years ago I was walking in the suburbs of Kansas where I live. Walking through a wealthy neighborhood I saw gardens with very meticulously planted flowers. A lot of work had obviously went into them. They had a design and had undoubtedly been measured exactly, every flower planted the exact distance from each other. Each home-owner knew what they wanted and it had been achieved. There was a regimentation in these gardens and they certainly had some kind of beauty. Then I heard the Holy Spirit telling me to look across the street. There was a large playing field. At the far end of the field was an open drainage system for water run-off and a large culvert. All around this area was full of wild flowers of all kinds. No hand had placed them where they were. They were wherever the wind had blown their seed. It was truly a magnificent sight and had a beauty that was unmatched by the little regimented soldiers standing to attention, watching from across the street, now seemingly entrapped and longing to breathe free.
Brothers and sisters, where are you? Did the wind of the Spirit blow in your life? Did He guide and lead you to where you are? To be where the Lord wants you to be and to be part of a garden that the Lord Himself planted is to have ridden the winds of the Holy Spirit. Breathe free today, it is your birthright and that freedom from a crushing religious system of control and man centered activity was wrought for you on the bloody battle field of Calvary. To live in anything less than that freedom is a tragedy. Listen to what brother T.A Sparks writes below, a dear brother sent me this piece a couple of days ago…………….
Posted by appolus on April 4, 2013
The Remnants time is fast approaching brothers and sisters. As surely as the Lord is coming, the cry from the remnant is stirring. Like the inner witness of the Spirit which is beyond definition , so the hearts cry of the Remnant grows and cannot be explained. The Word of God cries out like a beacon of light into the blackness of the current darkness in which we now dwell. We look all around and the walls have been breached. A dreadful famine stalks the land and the people’s faces are gaunt and their spiritual bodies ravaged by a lack of the Word of God preached with power. And a great drought removed the presence of God from most of the land. The drought has turned the land into a featureless desert that is consuming souls. We who walk with the Bread of life and waters that flow from His throne, mourn for what we survey. And the Word of God cries forth ” I will surely assemble all of you O Jacob. I will gather the Remnant of Israel. I will put them together like sheep of the fold. Like a flock in the midst of their pasture. They shall make a loud noise because of so many people ( Micah 2:12 )Praise God for He says ” I will.” It is God Himself who is gathering His people. He is the Shepherd of His people. Even though we are walking through the valley of darkness with the shadow of death all around, it is He who makes us lie down in green pastures. He leads us to the waters of life in a land where there is no rain. It is He who restores the souls of His Remnant flock as they walk the narrow path of righteousness and holiness.
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Posted by appolus on April 2, 2013
Have your eyes beheld the King of glory? Have you seen Him? Has He ruined you for this life? Is He your burning passion? Do you follow hard after Him with all that is within you? Are you sold out to the glory of God? Do you want to come into the Glory, His presence? We cry to you Lord, hear our cry. Lord in the desert you asked your people to prepare themselves three days and then you manifested your presence, and the mountains shook, and the thunder roared and the lightning flashed across the sky and then the heavenly trumpet blew and the people cried out, and they would surely die at even this limited revelation. They cried out and Moses , your servant veiled his face for his very face glowed, it glowed, it was lit up, it had , in a very limited way, saw the king of glory. Your prophet cried out “My eyes have seen the king,” and you oh Lord sat upon your throne and the train of your robe filled the temple. You were high and lifted up and the prophet thought that he would surely die in your presence , he thought that your glory would destroy his flesh yet you sustained him and allowed him to testify of your glory. Praise you king of glory, praise you Lord almighty, for the earth is yours and the fullness of it, all the world and those who dwell in it. Let us have clean hands and a pure heart, and let our heads be lifted up to see the glory of the living God, let us open the doors to the most intimate chambers of our hearts and the King of Glory shall come in, you are the King of glory oh Lord Jesus, mighty in battle. We worship you Lord Jesus and we follow you into battle for you are our commander of the heavenly hosts. You ride upon the skies of love and glory. The momentum of Calvary drives out every demon and chases them to the ends of the earth and every time they raise their dark heads the King of glory, Jesus , our Lord and Saviour dispenses His light and there is victory. Victory in Jesus, our Saviour forever. At the cross at the cross where we first saw the light, and the burden of our souls was rolled away. Just like the stone that held Lazarus in his grave, when that stone was rolled away and you shouted come forth, then we came forth from death into your marvelous light. No longer dead in our sins and trespasses, no longer children of darkness , no longer cowed by the sting of death for death had lost its sting and the grave was defeated and now we are children of the light , we are your children set upon a hill for all the world to see. We are as a lighthouse that shines out its light into the darkest nights and into the fiercest of storms .
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Posted by appolus on April 1, 2013
As the deer panteth for the waterbrooks so my soul longeth after thee oh Lord and my soul cries out in a dry and thirsty land. Revive me oh Lord, feed my soul that hungers after heavens food, refresh my spirit that longs for waters that flow from heavens throne. I have tasted this food, I have drank of this water. I am ruined for all of life’s food and all other waters are foul tasting to my spirit. Lord Jesus, you are beautiful beyond description, to marvelous indeed for words. The moments I have spent in your sanctuary, rob me of all of my words and render them all perfectly meaningless. I feel heavenly words in all of me, not just in my brain and in my mouth, but in my very essence. When I am in your presence who and what you are is in my very DNA, and every particle of me glows , and I know that I cannot dwell there for I would that I would never leave that place. And so that I can go on living I must only dwell there for a moment, but oh what a glorious moment, these moments are my very life. It is these moments that allow me to endure all things for I know that there will come a day where suddenly it will be moments no longer. And it makes me tremble all the more when I realize that this place of eternity, this uninterrupted unadulterated presence of the living God has not even entered into the hearts of man. No eye has seen nor ear heard nor spirit experienced the full measure of our God. It is above and beyond human description or even imagination. I come to the end of myself and it thrills my soul to know that at the very end of everything that ever was, everything that has ever been or ever will be experienced by man is the very beginning of you, the very beginning of you. My soul’s journey into eternity renders all mere trials momentary and light, I shall count them all as rubbish for the goal that is set before me. Oh the glorious wonder of a world that cannot be imagined. You tell me oh Lord that it has not even entered into the hearts of man what you have prepared for us and I compare that with the moments I have spent in your presence and based on this alone my mind is staggered to a point that I cannot even comprehend the beginning of what you have said. Today brothers and sisters, God is ready to be encountered by the man or woman who has readied themselves, who has a desperate thirst for Him, who would draw near to Him. Do you hunger and thirst after the Glory of God? This great treasure is found by those who diligently seek Him, pray today to God to give you such a hunger and a thirst.
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Posted by appolus on March 30, 2013
The time is coming when warriors will arise all over the world, and indeed has begun. Our weapons will not be the weapons of the world, we will not battle against flesh and blood, but we will be fearless warriors for God, despite increasing persecution. Many times in centuries past Christians in Scotland have stood against authorities, principalities and powers and paid the price with their lives. Indeed, saints from every nation and from every century have been willing to pay the price, even it was their very lives.Yet, what is death to the warrior born of God? He is already dead to this world and alive to the next. There is a growing movement around the world of hungry and thirsty children of God that He has driven into the desert. This will be the last great move of God. There will be new wine poured out, but not into old wineskins. This Remnant will come from every kind of background, the common denominator will be their hunger and thirst for the genuine presence of the Living God. If you are a saint in the wilderness, hang in there, God is teaching you complete dependence upon Him by stripping away every form of support that you know All that will be left will be you, God and the Remnant. Do not be discouraged by your situation or your circumstances, yield to them. You know that you are lonely, you know that you do not seem to fit in anywhere. You get no pleasure from anything anymore. You have lost your interest in the things of the world. What passes for “normal,” church has become a foul stench to you. You can see with your spiritual eyes that there is a crisis, but few seem to see it. Business as usual is no longer an option for you, but you do not know where to go. No one seems to understand you. When you try and explain they just look at you like you are mad. You are not mad. God is calling you out.God is calling His people out. The Lord is beginning to gather the saints together for His purposes. So stay close to God, stay in His Word. If you can find like-minded brothers and sisters, that is good, because even where two or three are gathered, He is there in our midst, but do not be discouraged if you cannot, just wait upon the Lord. He is doing a new thing. Read all of Isa 43, but know this..Isa 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
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