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Who will walk the narrow path?

Posted by appolus on June 4, 2012

My little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you. (Galatians 4:19 ESV)

T.A.Sparks writes………………..

The profaning of the Lord’s Name, and the taking away of His glory, is the inveterate habit and course of the old creation nature. Should you see any of the old creation getting into the realm of the things of God, what is the result sooner or later? That man takes the glory, and dishonors God. Is not that the tragic, dark story of “the Church”; man in his old creation powers and life pressing into the things of God, and making a name for himself? The Church has been the happy hunting ground of men for reputation, position, influence and all such things. The flesh always does that. It takes God’s glory away, it profanes God’s Name. In order that that might not be so there must be a new creation, where all things are of God…. I see the appalling state of things today amongst the Lord’s people everywhere; death, weakness, limitation, defeat, failure, inability to stand up, to go on; and, without being critical, censorious or judging, you have to come to the conclusion as you speak with so many, that the measure of Christ is pathetically small. Sometimes when you speak about the Lord to people, who have borne the name of Christian for many years, they gape at you as though you were talking a strange language.

Let us ask the Lord that, so far as we are concerned, there may be an increase of Christ in every way. Let us seek grace for any fiery furnace in the light of the explanation, that it is neither what is of Christ that is being tested in us, nor any good within ourselves, but that what is not Christ should disappear, that it should be Christ, only Christ. At last this universe will know nothing but Christ. He will fill all things, and that will be a great day! May He be fully formed in us.

Php 2:5-8 For let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, (6) who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, (7) but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. (8) And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Those who have decided to follow the narrow path and press in close to the Lord will undoubtedly have many trials and tribulations. You will certainly be harassed until the day that you die. You face a ruthless enemy and he will relentlessly come against you and the great danger lies in this cry, its a death cry of the flesh………….. ” have I not had enough?” It’s an ever present danger. The key to overcoming this deafening cry of the flesh, is to be able to find joy and praise in the darkest dungeon. This , to me, is what truly separates Gods NT people and the OT Israelites who hung their harps on the willow tree by the rivers of Babylon and could not, when taunted, praise the Lord.

We see Stephen and Paul and other NT saints graphically demonstrate the new covenant heart by praising God in the most dire of situations, of course we also see Paul despairing and being fearful which gives you the whole picture. Dear brothers and sisters, this walk is our walk. When the enemy looks at us, will he be able to mock? Or will he see the mystery of Gods plan fulfilled in a people that refuses to give up on their God , refuses to curse God and die, a people who no longer laments the day that they were born but whether in life or in death desire to bring glory to God. This is the challenge before us, this challenge will increase in the ever darkening days in which we find ourselves. This will be a witness and a demonstration to a world that is being consumed by its flesh and the lusts of it.

For two whole years I prayed to God to give me a spirit that desired to stay on this planet, this was just after I was saved. I had been saved out of a wretched life, released from the solitary confinement of a heart made of steel with doors of iron. And in the light of that experience I wanted to go immediately to the Lord and bypass the wretchedness of this present life, yet the Lord would not grant me that wish for I had to learn to yield and to die, not just dying but the death of the cross. I am still dying the death of the cross brothers and sisters, yet the Lord prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies. We can find joy in the deepest valleys as though we stood upon the highest mountain, and indeed the mountain stretches down into the valley. Every deep experience and encounter with Jesus comes with a price. We see ourselves as we truly are and we see the sin ravaged world and the woeful state of the church, all of which could be enough to see nothing but perpetual desolation.

Yet, thank the Lord we also get a greater understanding of time and eternity, we know the shortness of our time here, we see it in the context of an eternity that stretches out beyond the limits of our understanding but somehow, because of the Spirit, our spirits “know.” This knowing, this having seen the King and the glory that fills the temple, makes this life here on earth livable, and not only livable but overcoming and victorious and this is the victory of Calvary and the death of the cross. This is why ultimately we can see that we count all of these trials as momentary and light and that all else is garbage in comparison to knowing Him. One ” day” in eternity we will marvel at the grace and the mercy that held us and the blood that covered us and the victory He gave us.

And so we are called to suffer. What a paradox, that true joy can only come from entering into His sufferings.This pain is a barrier that must be passed through, a long winding narrow path that leads from the lofty heights of Calvary, back into the darkness of this world and the valley of suffering. Just as the Lord Jesus came from heavens heights and humbled Himself and came to this world in the flesh, willingly, to die and to die not a noble death on some famous battle-field, but to die, so rejected and despised by the very ones He had come to save, His very own. To die outside the walls. These walls represent the barrier between the children of light and the the children of disobedience.

And so, to have this encounter with Jesus is to ruin you from any hope of joy outside of the Lord Himself. It must be measured, it must be moments, it must be. Who would choose this sin-drenched world over the glories of Heaven and the presence of the our Father? Ah brothers and sisters, but this is exactly what Jesus did. He left the glories of Heaven to walk in the mere shadows of this world. He calls us , He bids us to do the same. What love must take hold of our hearts to be able, to be willing to walk this path? The burning love of God Himself and His glorious Son. I once had a brief vision, it was of a mighty forest and the Lord showed me how these mighty trees took in poison and exhaled oxygen. They were uniquely designed for this task. This forest represents the Church. We must take the poison of this world, for He has designed us to bear the blows of evil, and render life giving love in return. This is the breaking of the chains, this is the power that shakes hell itself and makes the enemy tremble, this is the power of Calvary. The flesh must die in order for this metamorphosis to take place. As we empty ourselves of flesh, then our ability to love increases.

This is the measuring rod. We can have every other thing, we can see what only angels see, we can understand mysteries and have the wisdom of Solomon , but if this hell shaking love has not arrested us and taken our hearts then we are of little use to the Kingdom, I don’t say useless, just of little use. There are so many lost sheep brothers and sisters. They are dying, yes indeed malnourished. Its a strange thing just how difficult it is to consume food minus hunger. We must pray that Gods people will get a hunger back, a hunger for the Lord Himself. There will be no eating outside of this hunger. The malnourished will die if they do not begin to cry out to God to give them the hunger that they lack. Hunger it seems, is the key to life, not food. There is a three fold part to this cycle of life, hunger, consumption of food, satisfaction.

Much of Christendom force feeds itself just enough food to survive but there is no hunger, no thirsting after the things of God. There is a direct correlation between the extent of our hunger and the satisfaction we feel upon the consumption. Just one piece of bread to a starving man would be a kings feast. Yet a whole banquet of food to the man with no hunger means nothing to him. Can you imagine brothers and sisters, the feast that is in store for us who are surrounded by the enemy? In the dark days ahead, we know that the Lord will pour out His Spirit upon His people and no matter how deep the dungeon, how dark the pit, the enemy will hear the praises of Gods people as they feast upon the presence of the Lord. The love will increase as the hatred increases, and no matter how deep the flood of hatred that comes to sweep away the people of God, God will raise them Higher, to the very throne room itself.

Those who wander far from God
And find no place to dwell
they begin to hunger and to thirst
As they approach the gates of hell

Then they cried out unto God
In the depths of their distress
He delivered them and set them free
And they thanked Him for His goodness

He satisfies the longing soul
He fills the hungry heart
He gives living water from above
And every soul a brand new start

Those who dwell in darkness
And refuse to hear their God
Their hearts are brought down very low
As they rebel against God’s word

Then they cried out unto God
In the depths of their distress
He delivered them and set them free
And they thanked Him for His goodness

He has broken down the gates of bronze
And cut the bars of iron in two
The gates of hell shall not prevent
The Lord and what He has to do

Those who say there is no God
Are fools and are afflicted
Their sins will lead them near to death
Unless they are convicted

Then they cried out unto God
In the depths of their distress
He delivered them and set them free
And they thanked Him for His goodness

Gods children often times are caught
In storms that God did send
They discover that they need Gods help
As they come to their wits end

Then they cried out unto God
In the depths of their distress
He delivered them and set them free
And they thanked Him for His goodness

God hears the cries of those who call
He creates rivers in the barren place
But the proud mans voice is never heard
From them He turns His holy face

6 Responses to “Who will walk the narrow path?”

  1. W.E. Smith said

    Dearest brother, my what a wallop this message brings. Every now and then there is a message shared that represents a line drawn, and a most ultimate challenge to come over to the Lord’s true way. This is one of those certainly. Praise God!

    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (or completely satisfied). (Matt. 5:6)

    As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1)

    For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. (Rev 3)

    Oh my brother, my heart aches for those who have no hunger, no taste, no thirst for the Lord Himself. Not His gifts, but He Himself in pursuit of His Father’s glorious purpose. Yes once we have seen Him, and tasted this new life in Him, we are ruined for everything else; it is bitter no matter how hard we try to make it sweet. It is Father’s will to fill all things with His Son, starting with this mysterious thing called His Body.

    As you say, He is a rich feast but so many of us are satisfied with bare subsistence, with meager rations – theology, religion, group-think, man-worship, church programs, inspiration, candy-floss sermons and books, anything really that keeps Him from consuming the very center of all our being.

    Well, will He stand much longer to be outside knocking? The letters to the churches reveal the answer to this. The hour is late.

    Frank – I will pray that this word will go forth with a great wind of power, shaking the fleshly foundations of mediocrity and pretense that His testimony has become in this country and so many others.

    Thank you brother for such boldness and courage.

  2. appolus said

    Thank you brother Wayne for our private correspondence that inspired this post, iron sharpening iron, I appreciate you so much……………bro Frank

  3. Not Alone said

    “Or will he see the mystery of Gods plan fulfilled in a people that refuses to give up on their God , refuses to curse God and die, a people who no longer laments the day that they were born but whether in life or in death desire to bring glory to God. This is the challenge before us, this challenge will increase in the ever darkening days in which we find ourselves. This will be a witness and a demonstration to a world that is being consumed by its flesh and the lusts of it.”

    “Hunger it seems, is the key to life, not food.”

    Amen & amen! The title of this post caught my attention as I recently posted about a dream I believe God gave me about taking the narrow road and exhorting others to do the same! http://notalone2.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/the-narrow-road/

    The hour is indeed late, very late. “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” – Luke 13:23-24 NASB

    • appolus said

      Thanks for dropping by Not Alone, the hour is indeed late and there is a coming storm against the Church. We need to be ready………………….bro Frank

  4. Tim Shey said

    Excellent post. Powerful message. The more we die to self, the more we are filled with God’s Glory. And the more we are filled with God’s Glory, the more we shake the gates (the strategies) of hell and destroy the works of the devil. Praise the Lord!

  5. appolus said

    Amen brother Tim…………………bro Frank

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