Posted by appolus on July 28, 2016
In the emptying process He removes the stones and rocks and the clods from our hearts and refines the flesh. The desires of the world lose all their allure as He draws us to Himself. If we yield to the process then He draws us closer. I would love to say that in my experience it has been a one-time yielding, but no, not so simple. Time and again the calling comes. The deeper and the closer we come, oftentimes the deeper the cut. Shall we yield to the surgeon’s knife? Shall we yield to the sculptor’s chisel? I would say that only a vision of heaven itself could draw us to such yielding.
Just one moment in His presence. Can a single moment ruin us for the things of this world? Is it possible that after that moment the world turns to black and white? Then another miracle happens. As we begin to look at the world through those captivated eyes, the color begins to return but it’s not the color of the world, it’s the color of heaven. Now one truly sees the sunset because one has been intimate with the artist. I can see a waterfall and my spirit soars because I know the hand that crafted it. The mountains raises me up to higher places,to the place where they were born. The stars in the heavens draw my eyes upwards and my spirit follows the path of my gaze and I find myself in higher places. The hand of a child, a single ray of sunshine through the clouds, a wave that crashes to the shore, soon enough I see my Lord in all of it. I see His beauty everywhere.
Yet the darkness prevails and time and time again it comes against the light. Yet, out of that moment, out of His presence there is born an eternal longing that no darkness can quell just as no hand could hold back the tide. He comes. Yes and He comes again to those who would wait upon Him. How long shall we wait? However long it takes. This is the kind of love that would wait a thousand years. The kind of love that would fill an ocean with tears. The kind of love that was birthed in heavenly places. And so we yield, and so we die to this world. And we are drawn ever closer to the next until the day comes when we step over into the world that has touched us and called to us.
There is glory in all of it. It is a grand tapestry and we are but a thread. Can we see the vision of the artist? Can we see the vision of the sculptor? It is not so important to see the vision of the artist or to see the finished sculpture, it only really matters that we see Him, Him who creates it all. And in seeing Him we see everything in a single moment. Now with eyes that have gazed upon the Master we see it all so differently. Have you seen Him? Can you see the world through the eyes of Him who made it all? It’s a glorious vision and it continually draws us.
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Posted by appolus on July 26, 2016
We may expect, therefore, that in these end times, when the events of the ages are to be focused into one, that we shall discover the pattern of this great hour prefigured and typified everywhere in the sacred Scriptures. This is the day of the “fulness of the times.” The ends of the ages have come upon us. Not the end of the age; not the end of the ages; not the ends of the age; but even “the ends of the ages” (1 Cor. 10:11, Literal). And therefore, just as the river which begins as a trickle in the top of some mountain, flows down the steeps and through the plains, and gathers into its flow the waters from all the springs and rivulets and streams along the way–and finally empties all its accumulated waters into the ocean, so it is with the stream of God’s purposes.
There was judgment and there was glory with every age and every dispensation that God ever gave; but now we have come to the ends of the ages when all the judgments as well as all the glory of bygone ages are to find their focus in this great hour. Why did Jesus say of the Jews of His day: “That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation?” (Lk. 11:50). Simply because the sum and substance of all the promises of the Scriptures were heaped together and offered to that generation in the Person of Messiah; and therefore in their rejection of Messiah all the judgments which were due to all preceding generations were heaped together and laid upon that generation. And so it actually came to pass, and was fulfilled in the desolation of Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans in A.D. 70.
Now we have come to the ends of the ages. Once again there is an apostate religious system, upon which the wrath of God shall descend in great fury; and then shall be fulfilled the Great Tribulation, of which the desolation of Jerusalem in the days of Emperor Titus was but a type and shadow. That was a local event, concerning only the natural Jerusalem; this shall be a world-wide event, and all the earth–especially apostate Christendom–shall feel the mighty impact of the Day of the Lord. But as we have already discovered, the Day of the Lord is the unveiled might and power of the God of Heaven, descending in wrath upon the ungodly, but in great power and blessing upon the overcomer.
The dispensation of the Law could only end in tribulation and the curse: for it is a ministration of death. But the dispensation of Grace must end in glory and victory: for it is a ministration of life. The universal Church, however, has refused to accept the dispensation of Grace, and has continued from the earliest times to live under the dispensation of the Law. Religion continues to patch that which Christ has declared useless. The veil that He rent in twain has been sewn together, and the flesh continues to rule in the place of the Spirit. Instead of the blood of Christ, there is the work of man. Instead of new birth, there is moral rearmament. Instead of the Holy Spirit, there is fleshly entertainment. The Day of the Lord is at hand, even the ends of the ages, and great shall be the display of God’s glory. It shall be light, glorious light, or it shall be darkness, gross darkness; and that will all depend upon our position before God.
Just as all the wrath and judgments which were due to all preceding generations were heaped together and laid upon the generation of Christ’s day; so now, not only all the wrath but all the glory ever administered or ever offered to all preceding generations, shall be heaped together and laid upon our generation when the Day of the Lord is revealed. It shall therefore be Great Tribulation, such as was never known from the foundation of the world; but it shall also be Great Glory, such as was never known from the foundation of the world. To the one class of people it shall be a day of “darkness” and of “gloominess.” But to the other, “as the morning spread upon the mountains.” (Joel 2:2).
This is the focal hour of history. The glory of Moses’ day is for us; the glory of David’s kingdom is for us; the glory of Solomon’s kingdom is for us; the glory of the restored temple of Ezra’s day is for us; the glory of Enoch’s day, and the glory of Elijah’s day, and the glory of Paul’s day,–all this glory and much more is available to us, if we can hear His voice. (George Warnock)
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Posted by appolus on July 15, 2016
Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a cover from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken. The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly. (Isa 32:1-4)
When Christ rules in the heart of a man or in the Body of believers then righteousness flows like a mighty river. When Jesus has His place among us then and only then are we salt and light to the world. In a dark world which grows darker by the day, the Lord has called forth such a people. Not a people who are corrupted by the things of this world, not a people who are compromised by the cultures in which they live, but a people who dwell in the Kingdom of God here and now and who worship that Kingdom’s King, Jesus.
Then we shall be a hiding place from the wind and a refuge from the calamitous storm that is slowly but surely engulfing the whole world. God has His people and He is calling on them in this day, the day before He returns, to come out of the world and be found in Him. When we are found in Him, when we have separated ourselves from the compromised then we become as a river in a dry and thirsty land. We become the shadow of the Rock, which is Christ, for those who are caught in the unrelenting demands of a Babylon.
When the Lord rules and reigns in our hearts we will have eyes to see what is truly unfolding around us. We will see with Spirit’s eye the schemes of the enemy and the snares and the traps of religion. We will hear what the Spirit is saying to the Body of Christ, we will hear and we will know. And when we hear and when we see we will have tongues to speak plainly of what we have seen and what we have heard. Without the Lord ruling and reigning in our hearts we are as blind men stumbling around. We are no better than those who hunger and thirst in a dry and weary land. It is our calling to be like the moon. The moon is a dead object that primarily lights up a dark work by reflecting the light from the sun. The moon, by its position affects the cycle of life and the tides rise and fall because of it.
Are we having this kind of effect on the world? Do we, by being dead to ourselves, reflect the light of His glory into the darkness of our surroundings? Is there a spiritual gravitational force around us that pulls others towards Jesus? This is our calling brothers and sisters. This is the purpose of the Body of Christ and all the more so as we see those days approaching. Let Him rule and reign in your life today and lean not upon your own understanding and He will open your eyes and your ears and He will direct your mouth to speak to a dying world that stand on the precipice of judgement. Let all this be done for His glory.
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Posted by appolus on July 13, 2016
I am not waiting on a move of God, I am a move of God. ( William Booth)
Amen! Every genuine saint is a move of God, a force of nature, supernature. We are taken up with the Holy Spirit of God and we are a light in the darkness. We are not called to be a light, it has been declared that we are the light, the light of Christ shining into the darkness of a world reeling to and fro from a shaking. Saint, there is power in the Blood, the blood of Christ that flows through your veins. You are a move of God!.
The quote was not about separating who we are, mine or His, it is about the oneness of who we are in Him. People who understand who they truly are in Christ do exploits for their Lord. It is not broken down into a point of theology, it is the living reality of knowing that we are priests in a royal priesthood and that we are sons and daughters of the living God that truly empowers people to first be changed themselves. And as they live out that change and reality before men, draw all men to the very agent of that change, Jesus.
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Posted by appolus on July 7, 2016
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luk 18:7-8)
True faith rests upon the character of God and asks no further proof than the moral perfections of the One who cannot lie. It is enough that God said it, and if that statement should contradict every one of the five senses and all the conclusions of logic as well, still the believer continues to believe. ” Let God be true and every man a liar.”(Rom 3:4), is the language of true faith. Heaven approves such faith because it rises above mere proofs and rests in the bosom of God.(A.W.Tozer)
We live in a day of science and knowledge. Technology has propelled man to dizzying heights. And right along with that has risen in the hearts of man unbelief. This is the age of self-righteousness. Now of course there has always been self-righteousness but this age uniquely belongs to it. Pride and haughtiness haunt every corner of the land. All around the world people of faith are hated like never before. And we are simply at the beginning of this age, this new order, these birth pangs. Now more than ever we must simply rest upon the character of the God that we know. No matter what is happening outside of our doors, no matter that the whole world is in moral free fall, we must stand upon the Word of God and let God be true. We must be at rest in the heart of God and have it settled in our minds that we shall be hated by all the world.
When the Lord comes back for His own will He find faith on the earth? Yes He will find a remnant of people whose faith has been tried in the crucible of afflictions. He will find a people purified by the fires of persecutions. He will find a people tried and tested in every aspect of who they are but who stand because they know who He is. In the end it will simply come down to believing God and His Word. So wherever you are brothers and sisters, stand fast in what you know to be true. Stand fast in the Word. Stand fast in the Lord, stand fast and let faith do its work. No matter what it costs you stand fast today. Stand fast and allow the Lord to take care of your tomorrows. Take no thought of it, for the Lord goes before us and the future belongs to Him. Know that as the days grow darker , for those of us who stand fast the light of Christ in us shall grow brighter. His Spirit will rise up in us and overflow. In the midst of the great spiritual drought we shall overflow our banks. In the midst of spiritual famine we shall sit down at a table prepared for us by the Lord Himself in the presence of our enemies. They will gnash their teeth and be stabbed in the heart as they see us eat and drink of the Lord freely. Some will sit down and join us as they witness this, most will rise up in anger with murder on their hearts.
Yet, no matter. They may take our way of life. They may take our positions in society. They may remove us from their institutions. They may ridicule us and condemn us with the unjust. They may turn our children against us. They may have their day, yet there is an eternity that stretches out before man. The man who lives for the day and is caught up in the current of the culture and is swept away by the tide of moral depravity and departure from truth is the man who will find that he has gained the world but has lost his soul. The saints who stand fast and willingly suffer loss in this world will find that all that they have lost is but nothing for they are found in Him and not only for a day or an age but for all eternity.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (Heb 12:2-3)
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Posted by appolus on July 5, 2016
I have to believe that even reasonably minded people must be left feeling slightly disturbed that Hilary would not face any ramifications for breaking the law. Now we all know that there are certain people who are above the law, but it has never sat well with your average American. I think we all know that if this was a ” little guy,” he or she would have faced charges.This happens on both sides of the isle. It is not a Democrat thing or a Republican thing it is a power thing. Those with power and money have a different kind of justice than the ordinary man in the street.
Aren’t you glad that we serve a God that is no respector of peoples, that in the eyes of God all men are equal and are judged equally. There is an ultimate justice, a court with no jury, no lawyers only an all knowing God who is justice itself. There is a line from an old spiritual song and it goes like this ” If salvation was a thing that money could buy, then the rich would live and the poor would die.” Are you not glad today that we serve and belong to a Holy God in whom there is perfect justice, perfect peace, perfect love and perfect holiness. He is without shadow and in Him there is no darkness.
Oh how this compares to the corruptions of man. Please, this thread is not about the Clintons or the upcoming election, this is about an ever increasing corrupt society that has thrown off and is throwing of as we speak, all sense of what is right and what is wrong. The casting away of absolute truth and the stampede to follow that old ancient Pied Piper, our own desires and what seems right in our own eyes. If the Word is a lamp unto our feet, and it is, is it any wonder we live in an ever increasingly dark world? We have thrown away truth and now walk by the light of our own desires. God help the world, it can only end one way.
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Posted by appolus on July 4, 2016
I am my Father’s son and together today we are one
I am my Father’s son and together today we are one
With then high praises of my Father
And the glory of His Son
And the power of His Holy Spirit
We shall fight till the fight is done
I am a daughter of the King
It’s to Him I raise my voice and sing
Through the power of the Spirit
And the Blood of Christ my Lord
I’ll lift my voice in victory
And then I’ll swing my sword
We are sons and daughters of blessed liberty
We shall fight and die for the one who set us free
And with the high praises of our Father
And the glory of Christ His Holy Son
We shall run this race and we shall not faint
We shall run this race till this race is done.
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Posted by appolus on June 28, 2016
The Holy Spirit laid this thought upon my heart today…….. There are no deeper connections made than when we experience the touch of the Holy Spirit in some of our darkest moments. It can be like hope in liquid gold form flowing through the deepest parts of who we are. What would this world be like without the hope of glory stretching out before our often weary feet? Yet we know this, that those who could have fainted faint not, those whom weariness threatens to overtake suddenly can run. And right out of the blue we are taken up on eagles wings and just for a moment rest in the updrafts of His presence. It restores our souls and strengthens us to endure and overcome for we ” know,” when we are finished running our race it will be no longer moments in the updrafts of His presence, it will be for all eternity.
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Posted by appolus on June 26, 2016
There is a growing discontent with the status quo. The establishment of the Republican party is no difference than the establishment of the Democrat party. In Britain the established political parties were abandoned in favor of rebellion. I do not believe the establishment will stand idly by and allow their power to simply slip away wither in Britain or in America. Jesus had to die so that the establishment in Israel could maintain the status quo so in the end Pharisees and Sadducees and Herodians ( the political class) came together to get rid of the one man who could truly rock their society. They supposedly hated each other but found common cause in protecting themselves. That is what all establishment does, whether it is religious or political. God says that judgment begins at the house of the Lord. We have seen that already and it is ongoing, now we see the structures of Western society begin to unravel. And the scary thing should be for the world, once it begins it can really only have one end. The western world will ultimately choke on what they call freedom.
The civilized always reverts to the barbarian because everything they do lies within the realms of their own human nature which is ultimately corrupt. Only a reborn spiritual man stands against the lusts of men and that stand typically is awash with blood. The blood of the saints will be spilled and it will be spilled by a world in total rebellion against God. One could well argue that the blood of the saints is being spilled on a grand scale right now in various parts of the world. That is correct. Yet we can dismiss this in our minds as the actions of barbarians whether in parts of Africa, the Middle East, China, North Korea and so on. Yet all men are barbarians. No where was this more clearly revealed than in the two world wars of the 20th century where men died on a biblical scale. In fact the slaughter of those two wars make any previous barbarians look positively civilized.
Yet let me encourage the saints. When men are at their worse, Gods children are at their best. What brings out the worse in men brings out the best in the children of God. As gross darkness rises in the land then the bearers of the light stand out. We are the bearers of the light. By virtue of that we shall stand out and be separated from the rest of the world. When we are separated from the world, truly separated from the world, our true identity is established in the eyes of men. When the eyes of men are turned on the children of God with wickedness in their hearts then God begins to raise up a standard in His children. He will not allow this flood of evil to drown us, He will raise us up to higher ground. He will draw us deeper into His heart. He will be with us as we pass through these turbulent waters and the waters shall not overcome us. He will be with us as we walk through the fires and the fires shall not consume us, no, quite the opposite, it will merely burn away the chaff, the flesh that lies within us and make us to shine greater than we have ever shone before. We will be a witness and then the end shall come.
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Posted by appolus on June 24, 2016
The world was shaken today. The vote in Britain to leave Europe is highly significant and I believe has prophetic consequences. Put your seat-belt on folks. There is a stirring in the world and an air of rebellion against all things established. It is a rejection of the old order. There is a new world order coming. Just another stepping stone in a rapidly evolving or devolving world that is anti-christian at heart and deeply discontented with all things established. Typically when the extreme right is on the march they require a scapegoat as does the extreme left. Either way, there is trouble ahead for a world without statesmen. Into the vacuum that is being created will step the strong man, the deliverer. The world is in desperate need of a strong visionary and that old enemy of our soul has just the man in mind. Tick tock, the prophetic calendar is running down. Stand fast brothers and sisters for we who stand on holy ground are not shaken.
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Posted by appolus on June 22, 2016
This short video is about who you are. In modern day politics men and women seek to brand their opponents. They attach a name to them and continually call them that until it is established in the minds of the people and they begin to associate that person with that name. The enemy of our souls has done that for two thousand years. In every century genuine saints have been branded by the religious and by the world. In the 18th century genuine saints were branded as ” enthusiasts.” Now that may sound okay today and but believe me it was a derogatory term and was used by the religious to brand the genuine and separate them out for ridicule. We are moving into a time where the religious and the world will brand us a ” bigots,” and ” narrow-minded,” and ” haters.” Anyone who stands fast on the Word of God and lives their lives according to the Word will be branded. I want the saints to be encouraged. It is not what the world says that establishes truth, it is what God says. We stand upon that. Stand upon that today saints and stand fast in this wicked and adulterous generation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjw4qHdtxw8
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Posted by appolus on June 21, 2016
Gospel fellowships, which is a branch of sermonindex.net is having a gathering on July 9th ( a Saturday) here in Olathe, KS. It is one of twelve regional gatherings. I will be moderating. The reason for the gathering is to discuss the times in which we live and what lies ahead for the saints in an increasingly anti-Christian society. Making connections with saints of different backgrounds but similar mindsets. Now, I don’t mean come and listen to a couple of guys, I mean come and share what the Holy Spirit has been showing you. The meeting is from 10am to 3pm breaking for lunch. The afternoon session will be a time for corporate prayer. It will be held in the Olathe Healing rooms ( where I will share next Friday evening) You can e-mail me Frank McEleny, for details at firstname.lastname@example.org. The details will include the schedule for the day and local hotel if needed.
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Posted by appolus on June 17, 2016
I have a capacity in my soul for taking in God entirely. I am as sure as I live that nothing is so near to me as God. God is nearer to me than I am to myself; my existence depends on the nearness and the presence of God. … Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?),
Brothers and sisters can we say what brother Meister is saying? You see when he said it? Somewhere back in the late 1200s. No matter when in the last 2000 years, the presence of God has always been of the utmost importance to the saints. He is saying that his very existence depends upon the nearness and the presence of God. Now he is not talking about his physical existence, although we know that God holds everything that exists in the palm of His hand and without Him nothing would exist or survive for He is the very fabric of the universe, He spoke it into existence and it exists and is sustained solely because of Him.
No, he is talking about his existence as a child of God. Our capacity to walk through this world as a spiritual child of God depends entirely upon the nearness and the manifest presence of the living God flowing through our lives every moment of every day. Outside of this awareness, outside of His nearness to us then we are simply like other men walking through this world. If we are to walk through this world in the Kingdom of God we must know and understand and be taken by the presence of God. We must see God in our lives on a daily basis. He must be with us as we walk out the door in the morning, He must be with us on our way to work and as we interact with people on the way to work. He must be with us throughout the day. He must be with us in the midst of our family and friends and our circles of influence. He must be our first thought when we awake in the morning and our last thought as we lay our heads down upon our pillows.
This is what it means to walk in the Spirit. To walk in the awareness of God’s nearness. He is so near that He fills up our very souls. He is inside of us, He is beside us, He is above us and below us. He goes ahead of us and He is behind us watching our backs. He is all in all and to walk with any meaningful power to manifest Him to others, we must be consumed by our God and know, not in our heads but in our hearts, that He is indeed everywhere. It is the fact the He is indeed everywhere, and that we know this in our hearts, that creates a unique all-consuming intimacy. This is the power of God on our lives……bro Frank
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
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Posted by appolus on June 13, 2016
There is, without a doubt, a spirit of intimidation that stalks the land. It has all but silenced Christians of every stripe. It is a bold swaggering spirit not unlike Goliath as he poured scorn on God’s people. There has to be the Spirit in us that was the same Spirit in a young shepherd boy. We must not be silenced. And I am not talking about any one sin, I am talking about the fundamentals of our faith. This is a fact, there is only one way to heaven and that is through Jesus. The swaggering spirit is trying to shut that truth down. People do go to hell if they reject Jesus. This has been all but shut down and is just a step away from being considered hate speech.
The answer in this dark day is the same answer. We need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit that enables us to be bold and unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation. Can we see the connection between un-ashamedness and power? One goes along with the other and of course the reverse is true. There will be no power of the Holy Spirit in your speech if you are ashamed of the Gospel or the name of Jesus. If we are ashamed of the name of Jesus before this wicked and adulteress generation then the Lord will be ashamed of us before His Father in heaven. This should cause us to tremble.
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Posted by appolus on June 11, 2016
The way of the cross is supernatural and the fruit of this is the joy and peace that is exhibited by those who travel along the deepest valleys and in the shadow of death. The world understands peace and joy when circumstances are correct and pleasant, the world does not understand joy in the midst of trial. The closest the world has come to is stoicism and I have witnessed much stoicism in Christendom, but stoicism is not joy and peace.
Stoicism is the endurance of pain or hardship without a display of feelings and without complaint. The English might call it the stiff upper lip. Yet the way of the cross is entirely different. It elevates the spirit above the storm. It produces peace and joy and even epiphany. Think of Stephen as he was stoned as an extreme example of moving in the supernatural. He had his vision and cried out that those who stoned him would not be held guilty for their crimes.
The lowliest saint who walks the way of the cross is more noble than any nobleman that has graced the pages of our history books. The saint who walks in the way of the cross walks in the shadow of the Almighty and casts the shadow of the almighty on the earth because the Lord Himself dwells within them. This is our calling saints, it always has been. This calling has to be understood in the depths of the saints soul and when it is then that saint is prepared for their own bloody Via Dolorosa. The Body of Christ is soon to walk this path corporately. What a glorious triumph of the Spirit this will be. Evil shall be overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimonies and the world will witness that the Body of Christ loved not their own lives unto death.
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Posted by appolus on June 7, 2016
In Wales there are plans to inspect and register so called unregistered churches, youth groups and so on. “The plans would require any out-of-school educational setting that taught children above a certain threshold to register with the government. Many church youth groups could fall above the threshold and therefore have to join the register and face inspections by government officials.”
Brothers and sisters, this will spread across all regions of the Western world.The days are coming soon when teaching our children the truth will be considered child abuse and it will be outlawed. It would be wise for all saints in the West to begin to gather in small groups of at least two or three in preparation for the inevitable rise in persecution from an increasingly aggressive secular society……………..bro Frank
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Posted by appolus on June 6, 2016
Every person is a vast unexplored universe. Only Jesus has the ability to navigate the human heart and map it. Without the navigator, without the map all is chaos and darkness. Without the ship of God and Jesus the Captain, you will only ever stare at the horizon of your souls and be fearful of what lies beyond.
People are vastly complicated, God much more so. The door to the deeper walk with Jesus is the unexplained. When you come to the end of yourself, when your dogma fails you, when you cannot explain or understand your situation, then you are at the door. And the password? “Yet though He slay me, even then I will trust Him.” If you want to go deeper with God, allow Him to search you. Join Him in the journey that goes beyond what you understand, into the deeper waters, and beyond the horizons of your understanding.
Every trial that you face, every difficult situation that arises is an opportunity to explore the depths of God and who you truly are in Him. Situations can either draw you deeper into the Father’s heart or they can cause you to bury your treasures in the sand. God has poured into His children wonderful treasures from the storehouses of heaven. What will you do with such treasures? Will you give to others the treasure of your love? What about the riches of your forgiveness?
So brothers and sisters will you explore the vastness of God today? Typically the vehicle used to go on this kind of journey is the vehicle of difficult situations. I am not sure what your difficult situation is today but I know that it presents to you an opportunity to praise Him in the midst of it which unleashes great power. God inhabits the praises of His people and no-where is the manifest presence of God so felt, so experienced than in the midst of great trials. Truly you can have the greatest mountaintop experience with God in the very depths of the lowest valley.
Eph 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
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Posted by appolus on June 3, 2016
John says “We saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” ‘The law was given through Moses;grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.” “For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.” What the law demands, grace supplies. The contrast that John pointed out is expounded by Paul; The law came in so that transgression would increase,” and the way be prepared for the abounding grace more exceedingly. The law demands, but makes no provision for its demands being met. The law burdens and condemns and slays. It can awaken desire but cannot satisfy it. It can rouse to effort but cannot secure success. It can appeal to motives, but it gives no inward power beyond what man himself has. And so, while warring against sin, it becomes its very ally in giving the sinner over to a hopeless condemnation. “The power of sin is the law.” (1 Cor 15:56) (The Two Covenants, Andrew Murray)
Isn’t it fascinating that without grace the law becomes sin’s ally? If we know only law then we have a two-pronged attack against us that leaves us in hopelessness. Yet grace, the unmerited favor of Christ on the cross and His shed blood for us, accepted and embraced, delivers us from the law of sin and death and showers us with hope and joy and life.
Yet even then, sin tries to worm its way back into our lives and have dominion over us. And again, it uses the law to bring the saints under condemnation. It is vital that we can identify ourselves. In an age of ” gender confusion,” identity is under attack. Even in the very beginning God says that He made male and female. This very fundamental concept is under attack and make no mistake about it, it is the enemies work. Adam and Eve knew who they were until their identities were attacked. They tried to be something they were not and could not be. Lucifer tried to be something he was not nor could be. The results of Adam and Eve’s sin was that they hid themselves from God and refused to come out when He called on them, they were ashamed.
We must know who we are. The devil says to Jesus in the desert ” If you are the Son of God.” Can you see him trying to undermine who Jesus is in the subtlety of the question? Of course he was the Son of God and the devil knew that well. You, saints, are the children of God, that is your identity. You are sons and daughters of the Living God. You have the Spirit of God burning inside of you. Yes Frank but you do not know what I did yesterday. I can no longer be used of God. Lies!!! All lies from the father of all lies. God has given us a means whereby we can come before the throne of Grace and be forgiven. But I can’t come I am too ashamed. You must come because outside of the grace that you will find there, there is only darkness and condemnation. The law itself will work against you allied with your sin if you resist the grace of God, if you refuse to avail yourself of the work of the cross, reconciliation.
A way to the Holy of Holies has been wrought for you at a terrible price to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Who would like to see you separated from that? Yes, the enemy of your soul. You come right now to God dear saint. Do not let sin separate you from your loving Father. I am not talking about eternal separation here, I am talking about being estranged, walking outside of manifest presence in your every day life. The times are too dark to walk like this. We are light to the darkness of this word and must continue to be so. This is our work, we glorify God by allowing His work to be poured into these earthen vessels. You are a child of God, you are a priest in a royal priesthood you are a mighty man or woman of valor. You are. God says it. Who are you gong to believe? It is time to arise and fulfill your destiny in Him and by Him and for Him.
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Posted by appolus on May 29, 2016
Phil 4:11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
Paul is a great example to us when he tells us that he had “learned” to be content. There is no magic wand to arrive at this position. We must “learn” And we learn by walking through the fires and the floods. Giving ourselves over and surrendering in every situation so that we can find the freedom that is found in the darkness. What do I mean by that? Well the greatest freedom ever wrought was formed and delivered to us from Calvary. It is on the tree that Jesus set us free from the laws of sin a death. Gethsemane, Calvary, the cross, the resurrection, this is the path. There has to be a willingness to take up our crosses and die. I do not believe it is every forced upon us. Well I remember the day in 1995, four years after I came to Jesus, that I cried out to my heavenly Father” whatever it takes Lord for me to be useful to you.” One of those prayers that you know that you know that has been heard before the throne.
The next 20 years there was one trial after another. The kind of trials that make you fall to your knees. Over and over again. Yet, I began to discover deep truths in these trials. After so many of them it occurred to me how faithful God was to me in the midst of them. How He was always there. How disappointed I was by my lack of total trust in Him a I walked through them. How I was determined in my spirit to walk through the next one, which I knew that was coming, with more faith and trust in the faithfulness of God. I discovered that this journey was a journey not about my own faith but about discovering just how faithful the Lord was to me. It was all about His faithfulness!! And the light bulb began to come on. I was “learning.”
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Posted by appolus on May 25, 2016
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?
Will you manifest His presence today to the world? Will the light from His glory radiate off you as the light from the sun reflects off the moon and lights up a dark world? The moon is a dead object yet it has tremendous influence on the world. If we die to ourselves and live for Christ then we too can have an enormous influence in the world by the mere light that reflects from us. As you speak to people today remember the glory, move in the glory be led by the glory.
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