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The Rock that is higher than I

Posted by appolus on February 8, 2012

It’s very dangerous to elevate men. It happens time and again in Christianity where men are revered, relied upon for doctrine and answers to every question. It is not only dangerous I believe, but sinful and harmful. Every single Christian must be grounded first and foremost on the solid Rock of Jesus Christ and led by the Holy Spirit alone. Once this is established, then other mens opinions and teachings can be considered in the light of your own revelation and illuminations from God and from His word.

In this personality cult age, the danger is even greater. The one name that you should find yourself talking about and discussing is Jesus. I guarantee you, that if you decide to pursue the deeper life, if you truly decide to follow after the Lord with your whole heart, then you will be brought to a point where this absolute co-dependence on Him will be established. All men will fail you, all agenda’s will fall, every pre-conceived notion will be tested in the fire, every formula will evaporate until you stand naked, stripped of all comforts and desperate.

You will be like the deer that panteths for the waterbrooks, you will seek God with your whole heart because if you do not you will die. In that desert, you will learn to depend solely on God to minister to you. Your husband or your wife will not do, your favorite preacher will not do, your most spiritual friend will not do, only the Rock that if higher than all “I,” will do.

GOD ABOVE MAN

Even though a man may die
I will lead him to the Rock
That is higher than I

Men will say ” I will pray”
“I will take authority, I will bless”
Man thinks too much of himself
and his own holiness

Even though a man may die
I will lead him to the Rock
That is higher than I

Men will say ” you can depend upon me”
” I am a man of God, can’t you see?”
“I am holy and wise, why I am a spiritual giant
to all the powers of hell, I’ll be defiant”

Even though a man may die
I will lead him to the Rock
That is higher than I

And when you find that there’s no way ahead
Turn away from men and turn to God instead
And you will find peace in the midst of your sorrows
Even if there shall be no tomorrow’s

Even though a man may die
I will lead him to the Rock
That is higher than I

When my heart is overwhelmed
and darkness fills the sky
when I have reached the ends of the earth
I will run to the Rock that is higher than I

4 Responses to “The Rock that is higher than I”

  1. W.E. Smith said

    Dear Saints – this sheep-like and perilous tendency is found in all of us if we are honest, to seek the one true thing, the one true man, the one true church, the one true model or pattern. Yet the Master said “Follow Me” and “Come and see” and “Take My Yoke…”. We are enjoined, nay commanded to look to Him alone, above all else. Whatever plays out must flow out from the life and living truth that is found in Him alone. We are now His Body, His living tabernacle and He alone is our High Priest, under all orders whether Aaron or Melchisedek. As we come completely to Christ all that came before must fall away, everything that pointed to Him, and shadowed Him in the old way. These were mere parables and reflections of the One True Reality! If we are honest, as we look out at the landscape and even inwardly at our own hearts – it is Moses or Elijah we want, for we can see them, and they are of the earth. And this desire, this subtle and powerful persuasion to follow those who follow the Lord, those who have seen something – this is foolishness at best and delusion at worst. “You have no need for any man to teach you” wrote John. What did he mean? And the Lord said “the Holy Spirit will teach you all things.” What did He mean by this?

    Dear Saints, what our dear brother Frank has shared is great wisdom, pearls in fact. I pray we will take these words to heart, and let them become a walking wisdom for all of us.

    And for the record, I have followed men in one way or another all of my life, when I should have been following my Lord! They were good men, many of them, sincere men, saintly men for the most part, but they were sheep just like me, and I had no business following another sheep. Then one day I heard the voice of the True Shepherd, and only He can protect me from the wolves without and the wolves within (other sheep in fact). Sometimes it is far easier and more natural to see and hear the other sheep, but by His grace I must learn to follow only Him, for He is the Way to the Father’s pasture.

    Thank my brother. May the Lord breathe on these words to His people in this dark hour.

    • appolus said

      Dear brother Wayne, you said it better than I. Let us follow no man, let us follow the Lord Jesus. Only Jesus can come to the gates of hell and deliver us from deep darkness. Circumstances will teach us this truth. I love you brother………bro Frank

      • W.E. Smith said

        “It’s very dangerous to elevate men. It happens time and again in Christianity where men are revered, relied upon for doctrine and answers to every question. It is not only dangerous I believe, but sinful and harmful. Every single Christian must be grounded first and foremost on the solid Rock of Jesus Christ and led by the Holy Spirit alone. Once this is established, then other men’s opinions and teachings can be considered in the light of your own revelation and illuminations from God and from His word.”

        The moon has no light of its own. It is bright in the night sky yes, and helps many a sailor on the seas, but its light is a borrowed, reflected light. We must follow the Son, who is the source of all light, and then the moon will have its safe and rightful and blessed place. To be blessed and edified mutually in the body through the light and revelation and testimony of of others is good, but we must not elevate or follow any man. A young sheep can benefit from the experience and wisdom of an elder more mature sheep, but once this elder sheep assumes an elevated place, then this moves from edification to idolatry. Yes Moses and Elijah stood with the Lord in the glory, but heaven forbid we should be tempted to make tabernacles for any but the Lord. I share this because no doubt many will respond to Frank’s message with something like – “but doesn’t the Word endorse the role of teachers and elders? Are we not to learn from one another, especially those who have walked long with Lord through the valleys and mountain tops?” Indeed, but it is a fine line, one drawn subtly by the deceiver, from teacher to to leader to celebrity, with many traveling miles to fill stadiums to hear this one or that on, to make them rich off the merchandising of their every word and activity.

        • appolus said

          Brother Wayne, you are spot on. It is a fine line. Christ is the light that illuminates our path and shows each one of us, quite uniquely, how to move forward. Men love formulas and fixes and incantations, yet if this is what was required, we would not have to listen carefully to that small still voice. What is right for one man may not be right for another.

          Today, more than any other time, we have people follwing teachers and enriching those teachers. Now this has always been a danger, indeed some men still call themsleves after other names such as ” Calvinists,’ and so on. This is so sad. All of our identity must be found in Christ and in Christ alone. Part of the crisis in Christianity today is an apalling lack of knowledge of the Word of God. How can God illuminate the word to us if we do not read His word and cherish His word? Instead, we look for regurgitated words from others. Most are quite happy to sit and listen to what their pastors have received, and most pastors, despite what they might say, are quite happy to have it this way. If you have a congregation that is dependent apon you, then your importance is elevated. We, as ministers of the Gospel are called to equip the saints, point them toward Jesus, elevate Jesus, lift HIm up, encourage others to seek HIm out continually. God forbid that men would every rely on us. I want to hear what God is saying to people. I dont want to hear them only every quoting some other man of God who shared what God said to him. While that will be interesting and edifying, nothing can replace God speaking to you. If we are sustained by every word that proceeds from the Lord, and people are not reading the Word and hearing the Lord speak to them, then those people are slowly starving to death. And that is why I believe that we, right now, are in the midst of a great famine. A famine of the word of the God and a famine of God speaking to His people. It is time for Christendom to wake up and realize how malnurished they are. It is time to seek the Lord with all of your heart that you may hear Him personally and live. ………………….bro Frank

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