A Call To The Remnant

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Held firm by iron.

Posted by appolus on September 22, 2018

There is indeed a Remnant, decreed by God. They have been held firm by iron and by trial. They have been tested in the desert. They have had the bread of adversity and the waters of affliction for their teachers. The days of their weeping do not last forever. There is a narrow path through the gross darkness and we know that this is the way and we must walk in it. Joseph’s feet were hurt by fetters and the iron of his enemies held him firm. Yet God’s will for his life would be fulfilled and even in his dungeon the favor of the Lord was upon him.

Paul and Silas with many stripes upon their backs and feet held firmly in the stocks, in the darkest hour of the day, found favor in the eyes of God and they sang out His praises and down came His glory. Daniel taken into captivity and then thrown in to complete darkness surrounded by savage beasts found favor in the den and when the light of day shone through, that favor was evident to all the world. Men and women of God grow mighty in the places that were designed to destroy them. For when you are persecuted saint, remember that you are not forsaken. When you have been knocked down in life you are not destroyed. When you seem to have trouble on every side and it threatens to consume you know that God Himself will give you strength.

For we have this treasure in our earthly vessels. There is glory in us that if we are broken it pours forth. When we are broken bread and poured out wine then God’s glory is revealed and the power of God shall come forth. For God has commanded that light would shine forth out of darkness. He said that His glory would cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. And the glory that pours forth from our broken hearts gives the light of the knowledge of the glory of God and that light is Jesus. We who are outwardly perishing, we who willingly take up our crosses and die daily to Him do so that the life of the Lord Jesus may be manifest in us. A people willing to die, a people willing to suffer, a people willing to endure, a people who will stand fast in the power and the glory of God.

Last of all, the Lord Jesus knows what it means to suffer affliction. He knows the cruel trials of mocking and scourges. He has walked through the desert and was tested. And then He was held firm by iron, by three nails He was held in that place that the Father had asked Him to be. And there He stayed and endured it all, broken Bread and poured out wine. Yet the cross was not the end it was His victory, right there He overcame. You to saint, this is where the victory lies. For from our brokenness the life and the light and the glory of God shines through, this is truly light shining forth from the darkness. No matter your circumstances this day brother or sister, let your light shine through your brokenness and the glory of God will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.

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When the lunatics take over the asylum

Posted by appolus on September 21, 2018

So as I watch yet another debacle unfold in the realms of politics but also the continuing fall of Rome, only this time it is the fall of the West, I am reminded of the madness of a bygone age. In the dark ages of Britain, if one were accused of being a witch, two events would then unfold. You would be taken to the river and thrown in. If you did not drown this was considered to be an absolute sign of your guilt whereby you were then taken and burned at the stake. Think about that for moment. The moment the accusation was made, there was no possibility of you proving your innocence, for how can one prove they are not a witch?

There was only, will you drown or will you burn. How could a man prove he did not do something 35 years ago? There is no evidence that could be mustered, there is to time, no date, no physical evidence at all. All there is is the accusation. Now that we live in days of madness that is all you need. Where will all the hysteria end? Will the lunatics take over the asylum? They already have. The statesmen are long gone, a very definite sign of judgment. I told the story the other day of the man in Britain accused of multiply raping a woman. He was then remanded to a woman’s prison because he self identified as a woman. There he raped several more women. The same hysterical lunatics that we see today on our tvs are the very people who would send a rapist to a woman’s prison.

Jezebel walks among us screaming ” I will murder your babies.” She taunts them who still have their minds by pointing to the ever growing mass of hysterical lunatics and telling them ” they are coming for you next.” And they are. Dark are the days brothers and sisters. Hell and all its depths are loosed. Those not standing upon the firm foundation of God will simply be swept away by a hurricane of madness and lunacy. And the thing is, these are just the outer bands of a storm that will engulf the whole world. Is their oil in your vessel?

The Holy Spirit is calling to His people to lift up their eyes. See, that although the gross darkness is almost upon us, right behind it comes the Lord Himself hence the reason for the monumental battle that is unfolding. This is the enemies last stand and he is not going down without a fight. Yet greater is He that is in us than he that is in the midst of the crazed masses.

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His glory in our lives comforts others

Posted by appolus on September 18, 2018

We have been called to comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have been comforted with. In ever great trial there is great comfort from the Lord but we have to go deep. This is like pure gold to the poor man although we often have to experience what it means to be poor to appreciate His gold. It is like light to one who is drowning in darkness although we often have to touch that very darkness to know what it means to cry out to the Light. It is like an oasis to the man who finds himself in the midst of the desert although we often have to stumble, parched and dying in the desert to know how magnificent and glorious His oasis is. He is like an anchor indeed in the great storms of life although we often have to come to the point of it seeming like the storm will simply blow us away to appreciate that He holds us fast. All that treasure, all that light, all those living waters and sure anchor are to be shared with others. He comforts us with His presence because He loves us and that very comfort He asks us to share with others. This is how the Lord is glorified in our infirmities and in the midst of our sufferings.

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Want to start a revolution?

Posted by appolus on September 17, 2018

A famous man once said that some men hate their enemies more than they love their children. How many cultures have we seen ruined by hate and revenge and unforgiveness. Yet, a spiritual revolution begins in the heart of one man who chooses to forgive his enemies, and yes, even more than that, love his enemies. This is not natural, it is supernatural. Father forgive them for they know not what they do!! Hold not this to their account. For God so loved the world……..while they were yet in their sin.

Oh, the love of God is so much higher than we, so much wider than the widest ocean and deeper than the great depths of time and space. It is outside of the natural man, beyond his grasp or even his vain imagination, but when Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our hearts and souls and minds suddenly that which was so beyond us is now in us and through us, like rivers of flowing waters flowing out to a thirsty people, to dry and thirsty land. Glory to God we can know the height and the depth of His great glory as we journey deeper into the Father’s heart. Forgive someone today and start a revolution!!!

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Our primary object is Jesus

Posted by appolus on September 17, 2018

When our primary focus is on anything other than Jesus we become distracted and begin to distance ourselves from the Lord. The deception comes when our focus is on something that is laudable. Things like holiness and revival are a couple of examples of things that in and of themselves are not harmful if they are a by-product of our focus on Jesus. If they are our primary focus then they simply become a tool in the enemy’s hand that leads us away from the presence of God.

Only as Jesus is lifted up, only as He is glorified, only as He is worshiped can there be change. He is the central focus of our lives and as we make Him the center of all things only then can we expect to see Him move in power. Everything else, and I mean everything, is religion and vanity. Many a good man has been drawn away from Jesus by focusing on the by-product and not the primary object. This is the essence of religious activity as opposed to the presence and power of God. The work of the Holy Spirit, first and foremost, is to magnify Jesus in the hearts of men.

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My eyes have seen the King

Posted by appolus on September 16, 2018

The time has come to glorify the king. While the watchmen have sounded the alarm and rightly so, we must also declare victory. What is the victory we declare? What great battle have we witnessed and now seek to tell others about? “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things.(Isa 52:7)

This vision of the beautiful feet is the vision of one who runs from the scene of battle, across mountains, to the city that waits for news. (2 Sam 18:26) If your King has went out to fight the enemy that has surely come to destroy you, can you imagine the anticipation of those left behind wondering how the battle went? This is a matter of life and death. If the King is defeated then the enemy is coming and he will destroy everything in his path. You will lose everything, you world will be ripped apart and your heart will faint with fear. So, when the runner comes and announces salvation, meaning victorious deliverance, there is a spontaneous reaction of utter joy and celebration. This is the “good news,” this is the “glad tidings,” they have been waiting to hear. How many times is genuine salvation coupled with utter joy and spontaneous celebration in the heart of one who has been delivered from destruction? It is the mark of genuine Christianity down through the ages. It is what separates genuine Christianity from a mental assent to an abstract truth.

So when the messenger comes, they want to know from him “did you actually see the victory,did you see it with your own eyes or did someone just tell you that our King won?” When he declares that yes, he actually saw it with his own eyes , that he is an eye-witness, then the people can truly rejoice because they know that the runner has actually saw it and it is no mere second-hand account. This is what gives the runner power. Today, we desperately need the beautiful feet of those who have personally witnessed victorious deliverance. Those who have seen the victory at Calvary realized in their own lives. We need those whose own “eyes have seen the King. A people who can say that they have “saw the Lord sitting on a Throne , high and lifted up,” and know that “His train fills the temple.” A people who have heard the saints of Heaven cry Holy, Holy , Holy, is the Lord of Hosts, and know that “the whole earth is filled with His glory. A people whose doorposts moved, and their whole house is shaken by the glory and the splendor and the majesty of our King, and whose house is filled with the smoke, of His presence.

Only eye-witnesses to His glory will suffice as the days of history draw to a close. To tell others a story that you have been told is not good enough. Can you say with the prophet, my eyes have seen the King? Have you experienced the fullness of God? Has your whole house,your whole being, been shaken by His majesty and His splendor? Is your feet beautiful? Have you actually witnessed anything? When you speak of the glory of the risen King, are you merely re-telling a story? Or have you actually experienced the glory of the risen King? You see, the eye-witness actually has power and that power is demonstrated in a transformed life. The mere confessor, the cultural Christian, the one who is called Christian by accident of natural birth will be no different from the world. He does not speak with authority, the authority of one who “knows,” Jesus. His is a mere philosophy. He will be changed by the world and subject to its whims and cultures. Cultural winds will toss him like a wave in the sea. He will be unstable in all of his ways for his feet are not set upon the foundations of the victory of Jesus at Calvary.

The eye-witness stands upon the solid Rock of Christ and the victory that was given to him transforms his life. He has, with his own eyes, seen the victory. He has ran on ahead to tell everyone. He knows who is coming. He lies in bed at night and sleeps soundly knowing that every minute that passes brings His Lord ever closer. He sleeps in peace, he knows the victory is won.”Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together, for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord brings back Zion.“(Isa52:8) So, let me ask the question, what exactly are you a witness too? Are your feet beautiful? Did you actually witness the defeat of the enemy? Can the people trust you? Do you have the power of the eye-witness? Do you have an unshakeable faith because you have seen the King? Those who have encountered God in salvation await His return with all of their hearts. His victory lights up their hearts and lives and the people who dwell in darkness see the light. They may come to the light or they may run from it , they might try to destroy the light, but they cannot deny the light. The reality of our salvation and transformed lives is the light of the world and it bears witness to Jesus.

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Though none go with you.

Posted by appolus on September 13, 2018

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.

False prophets declare that everything is going to be all right. In the days that we live there are many false prophets that are easily identifiable. We live in such darkness that they don’t even bother to don their sheep outfit, they stand there like the wolves they are while they tear away at the sheep with lies and delusion. They tell Christendom that it is God’s desire to see them rich. They tell Christendom that the power lies within their own words and that those very words, spoken, compels the Living God to act, they make a servant of our God. In all these things they are speaking from the abundance of their hearts, it comes from their own desire to be rich and to be powerful and to be influential and to be in control. They love to hear their own names lauded by men while at the same time, with the thinnest of veneers, make a pretense of humility.

Now truly these men are easy to identify as they promote the things of the world from the platforms of the churches. What about the false prophets who have donned the sheep clothing? The thrust of their message is the same, just much more subtly delivered. Yet they promote peace. They give a way of escape that allows us to stay where we are and men love that to be so. Yet, the Word of God is like a fire. It burns and it consumes and it refines. It is like a hammer, it deals the blow, it breaks in pieces, it tears up the fallow ground and pounds the clod. It is sharper than any two-edged sword. It pierces and divides the soul from the spirit. It knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts and leaves us standing naked before the living God.

Jesus did not come to bring peace to the earth. His Truth sets apart a man from his father, a daughter from her mother. The enemies often lie within our own households and gatherings and denominations. When the truth goes forth it does not go forth with a rousing applause from men. If you oh man of God only hear the rousing applause’s of men then you are not preaching the whole truth of God, you are holding something, or many things back. In doing this you are crying “peace, peace,” where there is no peace. Men may applaud you, God will not. Whatever God reveals to us it is incumbent upon us to share this truth. We live in a day when truth is assaulted on every side. Only when we are led by the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus is preeminent among us can the truth go forth. Jesus knew how to take a crowd of thousands and reduce it down to a handful. He done this by setting forth the truth and it was too hard for most men to hear and they left Jesus.

These are people who had followed Jesus, had been fed by Jesus, had believed Jesus, had been healed by Jesus. Yet, when it comes down to it, the truth, the sword of the Word divided them for it knew the intent and desires of their heart and it caused them to separate from the genuine saints who could say to Jesus that no matter what happened or if the many left Him, they would not for where else could they go, He had the words of life and it was the way, the truth and the life of Christ that they sought. This was the challenge 2000 years ago, and that very same challenge is all the more real today. Will you follow and declare the truth though none go with you? This is our challenge saints. Stand upon the truth and the Word and let the chips fall where they may. And there shall come upon you a peace that surpasses all understanding, and that peace is found even in the deepest dungeons, where so many men and women of God ended up for taking such a stance.

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Can that which has never lived be revived?

Posted by appolus on September 10, 2018

I believe there is a time to preach revival, and I believe there is a time to declare that the cup of the Lord’s wrath shall be poured put, yes even beginning with the church. Many men today preach revival and it is no better than preaching “peace,peace,” where there is no peace. We are a nation and a people marked for judgment and this will and has begun in the house of the Lord. We have no true power in our meetings and the Lord Himself is not preeminent, that in itself is worthy of judgment. Yet we soothe the hearers soul as we tell them that surely revival will come, and the people are comforted with this. The word revival itself is lifted up and men are dedicated to its cause yet we know that unless we lift up the name of Jesus then men shall not be drawn to God.

We are told about a generation in Romans chapter 1 that is given over to blindness. A generation that hold the truth in unrighteousness. Not the wicked who reject righteousness as wicked men and nations always have, but a wicked generation who hold the truth in unrighteousness. A generation that is handed over to blindness, a generation that labors under a great delusion. Can I put it to you brothers and sisters, we are that generation and the wrath of God has come upon us and the evidence of that wrath is all around us. Who can see it? Yet we still have “men of God,” crying peace, peace when God has a controversy with us.

In Galatians chapter one, Paul is amazed that the Galatians are so soon removed from the truth that they had learned, the full Gospel. They were now trying to finish in the flesh that which was begun in the Spirit. He cries out “Oh foolish Galatians, who has bewtiched you!” Wow, what a strong charge against them from the eminent Apostle. He tells them that they are in defiance of the truth. And all this predicated upon Peter and Barnabas playing the hypocrite in front of religious men come down from Jerusalem. They were acting one way when they were with the gentiles, and another when they were around these men. They had a fear of these men and this constrained them.

I know good men, baptized in the Holy Spirit and by His power, who by their actions and fellowship deny the power of the Holy Spirit when they are around men who deny the power of the Holy Spirit. Yet Paul, in front of them all, rebuked Peter publicly. Not for an hour would he indulge himself in such hypocrisy. If men deny the power of the Holy Spirit then we who are baptized in the Holy Spirit cannot in good conscience act the hypocrite with these men. It is one thing to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and need reviving, it is quite another when men reject the very notion of such a baptism and power. Can that which has never lived be revived? To hold the truth in such unrighteousness is to drink fully from the cup of His wrath. There is no greater judgment on this earth than to be judged with blindness and given over to delusion.

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My first experience of the Holy Spirit

Posted by appolus on September 6, 2018

This is a follow up to the Isaiah chapter six video. Someone asked me about my own experience with the Holy Spirit and my first encounter with the manifest presence of God…………………..

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Isaiah in the throne room.

Posted by appolus on September 1, 2018

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The legacy that we leave behind

Posted by appolus on September 1, 2018

I have watched the two funerals in America this week, one a music star, the other a sailor and a politician. I was filled with a great sadness. Not the sadness of mourning, although I did feel for the families. Having lost dear loved ones myself I know the pain of that loss. No, I felt a deep sadness at the worldliness of it all and how it had little or anything to do with the Lord.

The world certainly celebrates its own. I heard very moving words from a daughter about how her father had raised her, but I also heard bitterness and biting anger. When we look to legacy, we can often find it in our children. It is not important what material possessions we leave behind, nor is it important the titles we leave behind, what is truly important is what we leave behind in the hearts of our children and our childrens children.

We can do many things very well but if we leave behind a legacy of bitterness, if we leave behind the seeds of anger and revenge, we have left behind the seeds of destruction for those who carry it. There is a remedy for those who carry such a seed and if that remedy is realized, then when we come to pass ourselves you will hear them speak not so much of us at our funerals, but of the one who released us from our chains.

The mark of a life well lived is to hear the name of Jesus lifted up at our own funerals. What we leave behind is the world and all its ways. Oh how it loves its own. Yet what we journey on to is the Kingdom of God and eternity and all that matters in the end is just that Kingdom and how we served it here and now, now how we served a self serving world.

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There is life in the rushing waters.

Posted by appolus on August 28, 2018

It is a strange paradox that we Christians must find Jesus but keep on seeking Him. We must find forgiveness but keep on seeking to forgive. We must find mercy but keep seeking to be merciful. We must read His word but continue to abide in His word. We must find life in Him yet continue to seek life in Him. Like a rushing spring time river we must be ever flowing. And the source of the waters of that river is the Lord Himself. And when we do these things, when we abide and when we pursue, when we keep abiding and keep pursuing then the river keeps flowing and everything the river touches brings life. Rushing waters bring life and in stagnant waters there is death. Will you live today and will that life that is in you bring life to others around you? This is the will of God. The Lords saints are His evergreen trees.

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Can you see the glory

Posted by appolus on August 28, 2018

When Paul was in the dungeon, by faith he was able to see the glory. When Stephen was being stoned, by faith He was able to see the glory. When the Hebrew children were in the midst of the fire, by faith they were able to see the glory. When Daniel was in the lion’s den, by faith he was able to see the glory. Being able to see the glory of God is a delivering force. The power of this force will shake buildings to its foundations and open prison doors. In the midst of death it will produce visions so that one is engulfed in life. In the midst of fire it will protect you from the flames. When danger is all around you it will keep the lions at bay. In a desert it will be a cloud by day and a fire by night. When your back is to the ocean, it will create a path before you for your deliverance. When danger surrounds you and fear threatens to overwhelm you, it will give you power and love and a sound mind.

The glory of God is a dwelling place, it is a tabernacle, a place of meeting for where the Lord is, there is the glory. We were made for glory. And the glory that God the Father gave to the Son, the Son gave to us. And the purpose for that glory is that we may be one even as the Father and the Son are one. And when we are one in Him then we are walking in the glory, walking in the light that beckons to those in the darkness to come forth and live. We have been called to behold His glory. To behold means to look upon, to gaze with wide open eyes. It means more that the casual word to see, it means to look at intensely. How intense is your gaze upon the Lord? Do you see His glory? Have you experienced His glory. If you cannot see it nor have ever experienced it, can you then walk in the presence of God and the power of His Glory? You must be able to see the Lord high and lifted up. You must experience His glory if you want to walk in His deliverance, deliverance not only for yourself but for others. Seek out the glory, do not rest until it rests upon you. It is found in Jesus. It is the light of the world.

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Run in the Spirit and arise!

Posted by appolus on August 26, 2018

Elijah ran in the Spirit as he moved with with the power of God and defeated the false prophets and brought rain to a parched land. Then he ran in the flesh as he ran from Jezebel in defeat. The Spirit leads to victory, the flesh leads us to barren ground, darkness and death. The still small voice of God raises us up once again to run and not grow weary, to walk and not faint.

We should do business with God on the ground upon which we stand, not the ground of others. If you are in a cave, arise and get out of it. If you are in a grave-yard, leave the dead behind and seek out life. If you are in the wilderness and must go deeper, go deeper or if the time is right get up and get out. If you are in the belly of the whale, know that even in that darkness you will find yourself heading towards the shores of where the Lord wants you to be, His will always achieving His ends. God is always victorious and His victory resides in you. Lay hold of it today and move.

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The tragic rise and dominion of the “nominal saint.”

Posted by appolus on August 20, 2018

The tragedy of the State church that Luther gave birth to and the now tens of thousands of denominations that it splintered into, is that it became a hiding place for those who knew nothing of the new birth, nor did they have to within the walls of their institutions. Infant baptism, participation in communion and blind obedience to self-appointed authority was all that was required to sit unaware of your actual spiritual state. Couple that with a mere mental assent to a set of abstract truths and you have not only the State church and the denominations but also your typical church that is found on every street corner in the land today.

Let me be clear in what I mean by a mental assent to a set of abstract truths. If you can say that Christ is the Son of God, this is an assent to an abstract truth. If you can say that Christ died for our sins on Calvary, this is an assent to an abstract truth. If you can say that there is one God, this is an assent to an abstract truth. If you can say that outside of Jesus there is no salvation nor forgiveness of sin, this is an assent to an abstract truth. You know who believes all of these things and trembles? The devil himself. There is no salvation in giving your assent to a set of theological truths. Salvation comes in the surrendered life that is marked by great change. When a new life is actually born again, then the abstract becomes a living reality. Behold there is an actual new creature that has come forth and we know this by the works of the Spirit in their life. They are radically changed and the lives they now live testify to the reality of the Word of God and the Spirit that now resides within them.

Luther was well aware of this and it presented him with a great struggle. Could he establish a true “believers church?” As he began to dismiss this notion as impossible because there were so few who were actually born again, listen to his words of Luther as he struggles with the complexities of what we would call nominal Christianity ( I say there is no such thing) and genuine Christianity ( would to God we would all be so) …………………….

“If we look aright at what people now do who reckon themselves as Evangelical and know how to talk much about Christ, there is nothing behind it. Most of them deceive themselves. The number of those who began with us and had pleasure in our teaching was ten times greater, now not a tenth part of them remain steadfast. They learn indeed to speak words, as a parrot repeats what people say, but their hearts have never experienced them. They remain just as they are. They boast much of the gospel and at first seek it earnestly, yet afterwards nothing remains for they do what they like, follow their lusts and become worse than they were before and are much more undisciplined. Ah Lord, if we only practiced this doctrine alright, there shouldest see that where now a thousand go to the Sacrament, scarcely a hundred would go. Then at last we should come to be a Christian assembly, where now we are almost utter heathen with the name of Christian;then we could separate from ourselves those of whom we know by their works that they never believed and never had life, a thing that is now impossible to us.” (Luther)

This is an absolute tragedy that Luther is describing. He was now going down the path that twelve hundreds years previously, the church tragically went down. He married the emerging church to the State and its fate was sealed. The formation of the reformed church as a church state entity was no less tragic than the formation of the Catholic church when it threw it’s lot in with Rome. Out of a thousand, Luther could not even muster one hundred genuine saints and this was in the very throes of reformation. Has the proceeding centuries improved our lot in the established church? I would venture to say that now out of one thousand who call themselves by the name of Jesus, there would be even less than the one hundred that Luther despaired over.

Can any of us seriously think that God would take this old wine-skin and pour new wine into it? Be careful what you pray for saints. If revival actually came to what we now call Christendom it would sweep away the old completely, not one stone would be left un-turned. As the grand idol of our man-made temples came crashing to the ground hell would tremble and the gates of hell would not prevail against it. As Christendom came forth like Lazarus from the grave the world would marvel to see a royal priesthood walking in the power and the glory of our risen King. The Gospel would go forth and men would be stabbed in their hearts and would cry out and miracles would follow. The world. would gaze into the refining fire and look upon the saints and marvel and wonder who was with them and sustaining them. Then they would know that it was the Son who was sent by the Father as His love came flooding out and covered the world just as the waters cover the sea.

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My soul be still

Posted by appolus on August 17, 2018

Dear Father Lord, be still my soul today
Please fill me with your grace, as I walk along the way
For each new day, I arise with the morning light
And renew my strength and gird my loins to aid me in the fight

Be still my soul that I may hear my beating heart
And know with every beat, of whom I am a part
I in You and You in me, this stone shall find its place
As you build your Holy Temple and we gaze upon your face

Be still my soul and know just who you serve
Your grace it grants me favor, and not what I deserve
For when you found me Lord, I was surely dead in sin
And then you cried ” come forth my son,” and there was life within

Be still my soul and rest in pastures green
Our Lord has gone before us, to a place no eye has seen
Now rest beside still waters, then rise with each new day
Trust not thy understanding, then He will lead the way

Be still my soul come lay your burden down
Be patient in thy sufferings, and you shall wear a crown
Glory in your tribulations, for they will teach you how
To humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, to bend the knee and bow

Be still my soul then you shall hear His voice
So even in the depths,your heart shall still rejoice
And when the roll is called up yonder and the days they are no more
We shall sing the glories of the Lord on that golden distant shore

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Sons and daughters of the light?

Posted by appolus on August 12, 2018

I saw a statement the other day, it went something like this “If you voted for Trump you are a racist.” Think about that for a while. Then I thought about another statement I have heard. “If you voted Democrat then you are a baby murderer.” Now let those two statements sink in. As you are thinking about that, I want to say that I know many Republicans, and they are not racists. I actually dont know any racists because if I did we would not last long together in the same room.

In the last couple of years I have been accused of this because I ackowledged some of the good things President Trump has done. Now what about baby murderers which I would argue is worse that racism. I dont know any. I know many Democrats but the ones I know, while they argue philosophically for the right to abortions, they are on the whole, against the concept of abortion. I dont know any Democrat personally who is an out and out lover of babies being murdered. If I did, we would not last long together in the same room.

So where does that leave me or anyone that finds themselves in the same position as me? Well as I pondered that the other day the Lord brought this Scripture to mind, Mat 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Where are our peacemakers today? As the atmosphere grows ever more toxic how do we as Christians respond. First and foremost we should always be found speaking the truth in love. This does not add to the toxicity.

If the truth is spoken in love then it can only counter the toxic nature of the above statements. If I accuse someone of being a racist, even although I know he is not, simply because I dont like his politics, then I am part of the problem. If I accuse someone of being a baby killer, even although I know they are not, simply because I do not like their politics then I am part of the problem.

Let me share with you my view of genuine Christianity. Consider the forests of the world. The trees, through a process called photosynthesis, convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. So, in its simplest form, the tree takes something poisonous from the atmosphere and converts it into life giving oxygen. Christian, do you do that? Or, do you add to the toxic atmosphere. I had to challenge myself with this. Am I a peacemaker? And by that I do not mean am I doormat, but am I am a child of God who brings light into darkness or do I simply add to the darkness.

This is a challenging thought to me considering the times in which we live. We live in a poisonous age where the air is toxic and the forces behind this toxicity are intent on completely destroying all of us. We may not be able to stop this but we do not have to add to the poison. Lord, let me be a child of the light and let me breath in the toxic air all around me and by a process of the light that has transformed my life, let me breath out life giving peace and joy so that at least for me, I am a counter balance against the hatred. Thank you Jesus.

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When we gather in a disorderly manner.

Posted by appolus on August 1, 2018

The question for today is, ” Can God bless a people and congregations who stand opposed to the Biblical mandates He laid down?” I want to share a piece written in the 1840s to show that this is not some new teaching or new concerns for the saints. There are examples in every century of God’s witnesses testifying against a disobedient people. Who are these disobedient people who so cavalierly disregard the Word of God? I will let you answer that question for yourself and see how your own gathering or congregation stand up against the Word of God for the Word of God is the measure of all things. We rely upon Scripture alone to provide our goal-posts. We know that cultures and people and this world are ever-changing. New trends, new thoughts, new ideas, but the Word of God never changes. We know that Heaven and earth shall pass away but the Word remains forever. Within it lies the thoughts and commands of God. It is His diary and His auto-biography and every true saint of God loves the Word and is led and guided by it by the power of the Holy Spirit. No revival ever takes place without first the acknowledgement that how we are living or how we worship God is deeply lacking or flawed. This is the beginning of it and the end of it is actual change. If there is no willingness or desire in us to change how we live or how we serve God or how we conduct our services then should we expect any change? It’s a wee bit audacious to cry out to God to come down when at the same time we are willfully ignoring His express instructions on how to gather. Here is the piece by Joseph John Gurney taken from his book of 1842………….

In order to bring our subject to a satisfactory conclusion, we must, in the last place, inquire what was the primitive plan of conducting congregational worship. If the clerical system which crept into the church in times of diminished vigour and purity, and to which the generality of Christians are accustomed in the present day, had been instituted by our Lord, and practised by his earliest followers, there can be no doubt that we should have found ample notices of it in Scripture. We should have read of the congregations of the Lord’s people, each under the presidency, guidance, and teaching of some one appointed preacher who should act as the head, heart, lungs, and tongue of the whole assembly; on whose lips all were to hang; on whose doctrine all were to depend, to the utter exclusion of the rest of the congregation.

Page 162. But so far are we from finding such a pattern in the New Testament, that a directly contrary view is there presented to us. The apostle Paul has given us, incidentally indeed, yet most graphically, a living description of the Christian assemblies for divine worship as they were held in his own day see 1 Cor. xiv. There we find that the vocal ministrations, practised on these solemn occasions, were, in no degree, restricted to the individual tenant of a pulpit; but were completely congregational, conducted under the immediate influences of the Spirit in the liberty of the Holy Ghost. One had a psalm, another a doctrine, another a tongue, another a revelation, another an interpretation. On all were poured forth, under different administrations, the gifts of the same Spirit.

Above all the blessed gift of prophecy, through which the word of truth was freely preached, was liberally diffused by the Great Head of the church so that “all might prophecy” (when rightly called to the work), and all be edified. Here the whole body is represented to us as alive in the native power of truth a joint and united spiritual priesthood, prepared of the Lord to offer up “spiritual sacrifices, acceptable unto God through p163 Jesus Christ.” Now since all the vocal offerings of primitive congregational worship, were thus prompted by the moving of the Holy Spirit, it follows that when no such divine motion was felt, the congregation must have remained in silence. Nor is it, as I apprehend, possible that such a system of worship could have been conducted in true decency and order, on any other basis. “Keep silence before me, all ye islands, and let the people renew their strength; let them draw near, then let them speak.” “The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.”

When we gather in These awful commands must surely have been found to have a virtual application to the primitive assemblies of God’s people; composed, as they were, of persons who dared not speak aloud in divine worship, except as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance. At such times of awful silence, the Lord Jesus Christ must have been felt to be present with them, taking the office of Preacher into his own hands, and ministering to every member of the body, according to its need. He is indeed “the Minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which God pitched and not man” our Prophet as well as our Priest, who still speaks, p164 by his Spirit, “with authority” “as never man spake;” and it is only as we are gathered to a living dependence upon his teaching, that we can really grow and flourish in religion, and bring forth the fruits of righteousness to the praise and glory of God. In the whole matter of Christian ministry as its author, conductor, inspirer, and theme, and above all, as He who teaches us immediately by his Spirit our Lord Jesus Christ is, and ever will be, our ALL in ALL. Could we but renounce our dependence on the systems, forms, and contrivances of men, and put the fulness of our trust in His wisdom, love, and power, there is every reason to believe that his truth would spread with wondrous energy; and mightily would that blessed day be hastened when “the kingdoms of this world” shall “become the kingdoms of our Lord; and of his Christ.”

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Why is there no revival?

Posted by appolus on July 30, 2018

Revival is not a moment in a service, nor even one service, revival brings meaningful and lasting change. Revival is radical and alters the course of our lives and how we do everything. No revival ever takes place without first the acknowledgement that how we are living or how we worship God is deeply lacking or flawed. This is the beginning of it and the end of it is actual change. If there is no willingness or desire in us to change how we live or how we serve God or how we conduct our services then God indeed will give us the desire of our heart.

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Being found worthy of the enemies attention.

Posted by appolus on July 29, 2018

Every great relationship with Jesus attracts the enemy. He cannot stand to see someone get close to Jesus and so he comes against that one. He has never learned, not ever, will that the more he comes against this one who has decided to follow Jesus no matter what, the more he drives him deeper into the heart of God. It must be an agonizing dilemma for the evil one, leave him or her alone and she will do great things for the Lord. Come against him/her and she will shine like the brightest star in the darkest sky, so much is the illumination that so many more will see and hear of the glories of God. Is the enemy at your heels today saint? has he come against you over and over again? Victory in Jesus, you have been counted worthy by the enemy as an enemy of his kingdom, you have been counted worthy to suffer for His name sake and you will be counted worthy to rule and to reign with Him throughout eternity. This is the word of God, anything else is the lies of the enemy. Sleep well saint, you are in good company.

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