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Devotions from Appolus

Posted by appolus on March 2, 2013

The Character of Jesus is higher than the highest heavens. His love and compassion and mercy and obedience are beyond what our feeble minds can comprehend. And since we can only compare with what we know, we can say with full assurance, and still fall pitifully short, that our Saviors love would render the deepest ocean to but a single tear from His eye. The sun that blazes brilliantly in the sky, but a spark in comparison to our Lords burning passion. The universe and all others combined, smaller than the smallest chamber of His heart. This is the God we serve; this is the Jesus of the Gospels; this is Jesus, God amongst us.

Mat 3:16  And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Mat 3:17  And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

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So to have life we must come to Jesus. The word “come ,” does not mean one time just as the word “abide,” is a continuous action verb better stated “keep abiding.” So we ought to keep coming to Jesus. Not keep getting saved, but keep seeking Him out. He is a treasure to be sought after, just “as the deer panteth for the water brooks,” then so my soul continually pants after Him. He is my light and I detest the darkness. He is perfect light and I live in shades of gray at best. How could it be otherwise for in my flesh there is no good thing. Until it is raised in incorruption I can only know Him in measure. That is an agony that can be hard to live with. The only thing that makes it bearable is the measure I receive from Him daily, His blessings are new every morning and His steadfast love never ceases and His grace is sufficient to keep me wanting more. And every so often I am enraptured and filled to capacity, a continual baptism of the Holy Spirit if you like. And I am strengthened and encouraged and changed in the fire of His manifest presence. A grateful heart and a thankful spirit and a desire to repent are some of the road signs along the narrow path.

2Co 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

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If all the worlds and all the galaxies and everything that exists , could fit into a five gallon bucket, and I took that bucket and lowered it several hundred feet down into the deepest sea, then the sea would fill the bucket and be surrounded by immeasurable vastness. You are the sea almighty God. And even that falls short of your vastness. You are not vast oh Lord because even vast has an end and you have no end. And now I have come to the end of my brains capacity to describe your magnitude, and I fail miserably because we are simply too small. Yet in my smallness I can ascribe glory to my King and as I ascribe glory to my King, as I praise and ponder the indescribable King, then perhaps my spirit can swim free of the bucket and into the “vastness,” of who you are. Oh Lord , eternity lies before us. Let each of us live in this knowledge. Eternity waits for us, and our minds cannot comprehend the things that you have prepared for us. Yet, I call out to that “deep,” within me, that “witness,” within me and I get a glimmer and the glimmer is glorious.

Isa 40:12  Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
Isa 40:15  Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.

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So men choose their own strength to try and achieve everything that can only be achieved in His presence.To come to Him, to come close to the light, is to illuminate our dark deeds. The next time you have a spare ten minutes, go stand in a totally dark room. First of all you will not be able to see one inch in front of you. Yet slowly, gradually, your eyes will become accustomed to the light and you will be able to move around the room and not knock things over. Now open a door that leads to the outside. You will get a shock. Pain will rip through your eyes and your hands will instinctively go up to cover them.It is easier to dwell in the darkness, in the shades of gray. Yet oh the beauty of the light for the dwellers of the light. They have decided that dwelling in the light is worth giving up their anger, their bitterness, their sense of justification, their past hurts, their deliberate sins. It is a sore pain to forgive, not just seven times seven but continuously. Will you push through the pain of ripping flesh to dwell in the light? Or will you just stay hidden in the shades of grey?

Joh 3:19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

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You are infused by Him and by being infused by Him, by consuming Him, by being consumed by Him, you are changed by Him. And you become more like Him and worship Him more and you read the Word more and you pray more and you weep more and you live more and you love more. You are more compassionate and you are more joyful and more grateful and more thankful and you witness more, not out of compunction, but out of necessity because your bones burn within you. Your heart is on fire, your whole body glows in the residue of your encounter. You are infused by Him and it makes you diffuse the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

2Co 2:14  Now thanks be to God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ, and He revealing through us the odor of the knowledge of Him in every place.

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The only possible way that we can “diffuse the fragrance of His knowledge in every place,” is to be in relationship with Him. We can only have a relationship with Him by trusting Him. The fruit of our trust will be measured in our obedience to Him. And this of course leads us to the truth that the word “knowledge,” is not talking about head knowledge or your theological abilities, it is referring to the biblical phrase “to know,” meaning intimacy. In the same sense that Joseph did not “know ,” Mary until after she had given birth to Christ. So, the fragrance of His knowledge means that in every place we bring the presence of Jesus, His light, which dispels the darkness of this world.

Joh 1:4  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
Joh 1:5  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it.

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I give you rags, you give me wedding garments. I give you ashes, you give me beauty. I give you dry bones, you give me flesh. I give you sadness , you give me joy. I give you a spirit of heaviness , you give me a spirit of praise. I give you my failures, you give me a way ahead. I give you my temptations, you give me a way of escape. I give you my anxiety, you give me a peace that surpasses understanding.I give you lies, you give me truth. I give you my ambitions, you give me satisfaction. I give you past hurts, you give me reconciliation. I give you my wounds, you bind them up and they are healed. I give you my perversions, you give me purity.I give you my heart and my soul and all that is within me holding nothing back . It is painful and humiliating to come before your alter with only these things Lord. Brothers and sisters, the altar has always been a place of sacrifice, we have turned into an ” all you can eat bar,” where one simply chooses what one wants. God have mercy on us and restore a right spirit within us.

Isa 61:3  to appoint to those who mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the mantle of praise for the spirit of heaviness; so that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Jehovah, that He might be glorified.

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If we are to move to a different place in God, as individuals and as a called out people, we must answer the knock at the door of our hearts. In order to hear that knocking we must abandon the “cares of the world. Instead of seeking the gold of the world, we must turn our eyes to the treasures of heaven and its throne room. If we are to hear God, we must become silent before Him. We are moving into a time where it will be vital to be intimate with Him. There is a time for shouting and praising God, but if we are ignoring the knocking, then we must stop shouting. If our lives are not reflecting the Glory of God, if we are not becoming like His Son, daily, then all of our shouting and praising God will just be so much noise. How tragic for the church of the living God if, when He looks down, He does not see praise but just a group of people making a noise.

Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; therefore be zealous and repent.
Rev 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him and he with Me.

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Neither the world or Satan is impressed or bothered by men who love Gods kingdom but refuse to bear His cross, who love comfort but detest suffering, who willingly shares His feast, but refuse to share His fast, who only love rejoicing but who will not rejoice in His suffering, who will break His bread but not fully drink His cup of passion, who love to run after miracles, but will run away at a gallop from His humiliation.

Mat 10:38  And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.

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