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Here I still stand whole!

Posted by appolus on October 30, 2015

This piece is about coming through a trial and at the end of it being able to make a declaration. No matter what you are going through right now, in Christ, you will make this declaration to the enemy of your soul.

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Standing tall behind the Wall

Posted by appolus on October 29, 2015

And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage. For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem. (Ezr 9:8-9)

We know that a person’s worldview affects most of their opinions, it is through this prism that their thoughts and actions are affected. So, how you view the world then greatly determines how you live your life. If you were to look at Christendom today, Christendom meaning everything that calls itself by the name of Jesus, what do you see? Do you see something healthy and prosperous? Do you see something that has largely remained the same for centuries but is simply facing and adjusting to the modern world? Do you see the status quo? Or do you see something that is in total ruins, something all but dead but at the least, dying?

How you answered that question will determine how you live and what you make of events that are shaping our world. Are we free or are we in bondage? Is Christ almost at the door or is His return something in the far away future? Do you even truly believe that Christ is returning for His Bride? If you see Christendom in ruins and believe that Christ is at the door, then can I suggest that you are living your life radically different from someone who does not see much of a problem in the land of Christendom and that if Christ is even returning physically, then it is a far off event.

In Ezra’s time, God had called a people to come home, He had called a people to return to a place of worship and repair broken down walls. He was reviving a remnant in the midst of a very hostile world. In fact often times they would have a trowel in one hand and sword in the other as they re-built the wall. These were the ones who eyes had been enlightened by God in the midst of their bondage. Yet, it was vitally important for the remnant not to mix with the world so to speak. They were giving their children in marriage to the children of the world. In a sense they were selling their birthright to a pagan world by expressly disobeying the clear commands of God. To be separate from the world, to come out of the world was a clear directive from God. They had come out of Babylon and yet they were hurting themselves by mixing and intermarrying with the pagans of the surrounding lands.

God is calling out a remnant today, He is calling them out of the world and back to a place where they can repair the breach, build up the wall again of Jerusalem so to speak. My own worldview or churchview is that the church lies in ruins, its walls are broken down and it is in a place of desolation. The world has invaded the church and the church has given its children to the world in marriage. The consequences have been devastating.The influence of the world in the church is now so strong that what passes for the church, Christendom can no longer hold back the influence of the world. It is in the process of giving itself fully over to the world. And so God enlightens the eyes of His people to see the situation through His eyes. Burning at the heart of His called out people is obedience to Him and to His word. They are sold out to His word and His commands even although by doing so they are ostracized and ridiculed and hated.

How else can the walls be reestablished? God is calling His people out of the world and is calling for His people to take the world out of their hearts. When they do this they are rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem the place of true worship, not the physical Jerusalem but the Jerusalem of the heart. This wall will be vital in the coming days of persecution. It is this wall that will keep the enemy at bay. Behind these walls God’s people will find safety and security. This is the nail or the peg that God has established, a place of security in the midst of the storm.

The original church had such a wall. Even although the Apostles were killed one by one, they were all secure behind this wall. A place of strength and security. Stephen knelt behind this wall as he was stoned to death and cried out to God not to hold this charge against them. The martyrs in the arena knelt behind this wall even as the lions descended upon them and they lifted up their hands and prayed to God. The saints that were burned at the stake knelt behind this wall even as the flames licked about their mortal bodies but their spirits sang out in freedom and security. Gods remnant saints are rebuilding this wall and they too will kneel behind it even as the world turns on them and comes after them with a ferocity never before seen. God Himself is a wall of fire that surrounds His children and it consumes the flesh of men. What can the world do to us? They can burn our bodies with fire, they can stone us and they can remove our heads from our bodies but they cannot penetrate the wall of fire that surrounds our spirits. He who the Son has set free is free indeed.

The building of this wall is a vital work and God will complete that which He has begun. It is a high tower, a place of refuge and many will find security behind it in the coming days. It is the only secure place. The whole world is being shaken and will be shaken even more. Every single thing that is not tethered to God and Him alone will be shaken from its place. The only secure place is behind His wall. Even the stars will fall from the sky but God’s people shall not be moved. Behind this wall, fortified with grace and mercy , love and obedience and the fire of God, God’s people will dwell. More and more will come to this place until their numbers are fulfilled. The whole world will come against and surround those within these walls. Yet the walls shall never be breached. Though the body may die, the spirit shall not be taken. We do not fear those who can destroy the body, we fear and reverence the one who holds eternity in His hand. Stand fast saints, God is with you.

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In the beauty of Silence

Posted by appolus on October 27, 2015

In the beauty of silence, in the psalm of His hand is about those moments in your life when you cannot switch your head off and all you want is rest for your mind. Click below to hear it and click here to see other similar videos on my new channel Psalms for Today

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Living with the prophets of Baal

Posted by appolus on October 26, 2015

Madam Guyon writes…………….I am deeply grieved that so many in this day(she lived 300 years ago, people never change)even some good people, allow themselves to be led astray by the enemy. Has not God warned us against false prophets and lying wonders of the last days? All true prophets have spoken in the name of the Lord-“Thus says the Lord.” The enemy gains great advantage because people love extraordinary manifestations, signs and wonders. I believe the inordinate love of external signs is used of the enemy to draw people away from the Word of God and from the inward way of faith.The signs that come from God encourage you to die to yourself. Manifestations that come from God will humble, quiet, and edify you. Elijah appeared alone among four hundred prophets of Baal. These prophets were all stirred up and were attracting much attention by their loud prophesyings.But when Elijah was told by the angel that  he would see the Lord in Mount Horeb, he went out and hid in a cave, and he saw the earth tremble. God was not there. Then came the whirlwind, God was not there. Then there came a gentle, little breeze. God was in the still, small voice. The only true and safe revelation is an inward revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ in the quiet of your spirit. ” My sheep hear My voice.”

We are living in the days of Baal and he has many prophets. The closer we get to the Lord’s return and the closer we get to the approaching storm with all of its darkness, the louder the noise becomes. It is vital saint, that you can drown out the noise of the world and its many prophets and seers. The world has them, Christendom has them and they make much noise but the Lord is in the quiet breeze. He is in the depths of your spirit. He is in His Word which has saturated your soul. Take no heed of the world but listen for the still, small voice that resides in the depths of your heart. The world has its prognosticators, turn on CNN and Fox News and listen to their “pundits/seers,” tell you what is happening and what will happen if you do not do this that or the other. On these shows you will also see politicians who also act as seers and who have their followers. All men merely chasing after the wind.

Christendom also has its prophets of Baal. They love the applause of men. They love to be admired. Their talk is almost always about miracles and money, miracles and money. They will talk to you about riches and faith as if faith itself were a thing to be worshiped and adored and sought after. They will tell you how to live your best life now and they will lead by example. While the Son of man had no where to lay His head, these prophets who worship money live in mansions bought and paid for by peddling the Word of God. They sell wisdom and faith and miracles and yet if they were truly wise they would know what their end will be for all those who make merchandise of God’s little one’s. ” Depart from me ye workers of iniquity for I never knew you.”

It is vital saints that we take refuge in the still small voice. God will speak in the stillness, He will lead and guide you in the depths of your spirit and through His Word. Saturate yourself with His Word and carve out for yourself quietness. You must get alone with God and away from the maddening crowd. Do not follow after signs and wonders let signs and wonders follow after you. The Lord Himself would attract crowds yet He almost always withdrew from them to get alone with His Father. Prophets of Baal promote themselves and chase after crowds to put on ” miracle shows,” in the crassness of their folly. The Lord did the exact opposite. When the crowd would crown Him, He would not commit Himself to them for He knew what was in the heart of such a crowd. This crown that the Lord rejected is sought after by the prophets of Baal. With this crown comes the applause of man, with the crown of thorns comes the ridicule of man. The crown of men lifts up their prophets onto an exalted platform, the crown of thorns lifts you up onto a cross. The crown of men clothes you with the finest robes, the crown of thorns strips you naked. The crown of men causes the world to love you, the crown of thorns causes men everywhere to reject you. Which crown does your prophet wear? Which crown would you wear? Choose the crown of thorns and live eternally, choose the crown of Baal and die eternally. Listen, can you hear what the Lord says? It’s in the quiet breeze.

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A lighthouse in the Darkness!

Posted by appolus on October 24, 2015

A Lighthouse on the Darkness is a piece about finding yourself in a place where there seems to be no escape. You can find other pieces here at my new youtube channel Psalms for Today


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My new video Channel

Posted by appolus on October 23, 2015

Hi Guys, the link I have on the previous post is broken. You can click on below and it will take you to my new YouTube channel. The idea behind the videos is just simply to encourage the saints. They are just a few of minutes long, but designed to be passed along to someone who may be hurting or needing encouragement and so on. Click on this …..Psalms for Today

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Posted by appolus on October 22, 2015

This is a video from my new Youtube channel  Psalms for Today  There are many videos there to help and minister to those who are going through trials and who need encouragement. Please pass it along to anyone you believe may be blessed by it. The video below is a good example of what can be found there…….bro Frank

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Under the shadow of a fallen tree

Posted by appolus on October 20, 2015


I was out walking with the Lord and I saw this mighty fallen tree and the Lord spoke to my heart. There was a new tree growing out of the foundations, the roots, of the old tree. I could see God’s remnant saints growing in the shadow of an old tree that had toppled over. God is doing a new thing and a branch of the old is now taking root. I wrote the poem below under the inspiration of these thoughts.


Under the shadow of an aged fallen tree
Springs forth a root that will surely honor thee
Pour forth thy rain on a fasting remnant bride
Pierce the darkness till there’s nowhere left to hide

What was established will shortly pass away
As we wait upon on our Groom for the marriage day
Though the storm is approaching and hell is up and off its knees
You shall rend forth the heavens and water our thirsty pleas

For though we see the storm approach with all its thunderous noise
We see that Christ behind it comes and in this we shall rejoice
Our eyes forever fixed on Him as foundations begin to crumble
And structures fall and pass away and proud men faint and stumble

The saints around the world cry out from barren wasteland places
And down the Spirit falls on them and shines upon their faces
Yet darkness falls around the world but in the hearts of saints
Your light it shines, the Kingdom comes where no one ever faints

To soar with the eagles high above, to run to the darkness and that with love
Shall conquer every mountain high, till we see His glory split the sky
Let every fountain burst asunder, as you come down and speak with thunder
Then men around the world will say, tis Christ the King and judgement day!

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To the remnant of God

Posted by appolus on October 19, 2015

Isa 51:1 Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.

There was a remnant of God living in Babylon just prior to their return to Jerusalem. Seventy long years and most of Israel that had been carried off were now completely consumed with the things of the world. Babylon offered some of the most modern living and comforts the world had to offer in those days. It seems that two-thirds of the Israelites, when given the opportunity, would not return to a broken down city with no walls. Much of that generation had never experienced what it had been like to live in Israel or worship in the temple.

And so the prophet has some advice for the remnant who still followed after righteousness even although they lived in a pagan world. He tells those who still sought after the Lord to lookback unto the rock from where they had been chiseled out and to the hole from where they had been dug up. He was telling God’s people to look back and remember what God had done for them, how they had been redeemed and called. Maybe as you look around and see the state of the world and the state of Christianity, you too are deeply discouraged. But I want you to remember your salvation, I want you to bring to your mind the darkness of sin that God called you out of into His marvelous light. I want you to think about all the trials and tribulations that the Lord has brought you through. I want you to consider your very sanity in a world gone mad, even the state of your mind is directly due to the God of our salvation, our heavenly Father. Praise God that we still stand.

Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him. For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.(Isa 51:2-3) Read the rest of this entry »

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The valley is the gateway to the mountaintop.

Posted by appolus on October 13, 2015

The title of this piece is ” The valley is the gateway to the mountaintop.” How can one be in a valley and take a few steps and be on the mountaintop? In this post the valley is trials and tribulations and the mountaintop is the manifest presence of God. Can I tell you that you are never nearer God than when life comes against you and threatens to overwhelm you. And so, if there is indeed a gateway that leads from the valley to the mountaintop then what is the key that opens the gate? Can I suggest that it is attitude?

What is your attitude when you face the trials of life? Can you truthfully say that your attitude is one of thankfulness? Now I am not talking about thanking God for the very trial that afflicts you, although I do believe that the mature saint who has walked through many fires and passed through many waters can reach a point where he has learned to be content no matter what situation he finds himself in. No, I am talking about being able to thank God for who He is and what He has done for you. Is this the thrust of your life? Can you “enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” (Psalm 100:4) When you do this you are taking your eyes of your circumstances and lifting them to God. Your circumstances is the valley, when you see God you are on the mountaintop.

The saint who has learned to look at his or her life through the eyes of the Spirit, who can see beyond the scope of his current trials, who can see the majesty and the glory of God, who can see eternity stretch out before him, he is the saint who will find God in the midst of his calamity. I want you to think about Paul and Silas in Acts 16. They had been sharing the Gospel and seeing people saved. They were about God’s business and so perfectly innocent, yet they find themselves receiving 39 stripes or lashes, which often times killed a man, and then being flung into prison. Now, the jailer put them in the deepest part of the dungeon and had their feet put in stocks. Can I suggest that there was much room for self-pity and no apparent cause for rejoicing. Yet we see that they, at midnight no less, began to pray and sing praises unto God.

Perhaps you find yourself in a very dark place, a deep valley or a dark dungeon of circumstances from which you can see no way out? Can I suggest to you dear saint that you are but a hairs-breath away from the glorious presence of God. David says to God in psalm 139, where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I were to fly to the heavens you are there, if I were to find myself in a bed in hell, there you would be. If I were to take the wings of the morning and fly to the uttermost ends of the earth, there you would be. And we could add that if one were to find themselves in a deep dungeon, shackled and bleeding and in complete darkness, there you would be in the midst. This is what Paul and Silas found as they decided, by an act of their will and according to the attitude that guided them, to pray and sing praises unto God.

We see that when they did this, they were a witness to all the other prisoners, the prisoners could hear them and must have marveled. Can I suggest that when we display this kind of attitude in the midst of our trials then the unsaved and the unlearned marvel as well. It is one thing to pray and sing praises to God when all is well with us, yet it is something other-worldly to pray and sing the praises of God when we are surrounded by darkness and find ourselves without any natural hope. The supernatural is unleashed by the un-natural act of praising God and giving thanks despite our circumstances. To many times the Christian church has chased after the miraculous so that they can prove to a dying world that there is a supernatural God in heaven. Yet how many opportunities have been missed to ” bring God down,” in the midst of our calamities?

Satan says to God about Job that he only worships him because of the blessing that God has bestowed upon him. Satan accuses and says that if these blessings were removed, if he was given entrance through the hedge that God had around Job, that Job would simply curse God and die. You see, the way that we truly give glory to God and bring down His power is to confound the darkness that we find ourselves in. When we cry out to God and give Him thanks and praise in the deepest part of the valley, we will find ourselves loosed from the darkness that had previously contained us and a door is opened to us, a gate swings open and we find ourselves on the mountaintop. True freedom is delivered to us by God and no prison nor any darkness nor any set of circumstances can contain the power of God, quite the opposite. To discover this secret is to throw of the chains of the reality of this world and exchange them for wings that allow us to fly away to the mountaintop of the Kingdom of God which is our true reality.

For the prisoners sake we willingly take our place in the valley. We step down from that place of glory and walk through this world with all of its trials and darkness. Yet we do it knowing that our reality is Jesus Himself and His kingdom, a kingdom that we are already walking in. Can you see it brothers and sisters? Can you lift up your eyes right now and see the Kingdom reality of God? It is there and it is more real than the world that we see with our human eyes. When we can do this we can cause two worlds to collide, we can bring the supernatural reality of God and His light into the darkness of this world.

Act 16:26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

Shall we shake this world to its very foundation? Shall we shake our own lives and the lives of our families and friends? Shall we step out of the deepest valley and onto the highest mountaintop of His manifest presence? The power of God already resides within you, for greater is He that is within you than He that is in the world. Do you believe this? Can you pray and give thanks and praise the living God no matter where you find yourself today? It is the key to loosing the bands of the enslaved, to bring the reality of God’s kingdom right into the darkness. The mountaintop comes down to the valley. Christ came down to earth. God steps down and walks among men. He is God amongst us, will you call on Him today?

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I will bless the Lord!

Posted by appolus on October 7, 2015

And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. (Job 1:14-22)

Horatio Spafford lost most of his business in the great Chicago fire of 1871. Just two years later a great economic depression hit all but ruining Spafford. He decided to move to Europe but at the last-minute had to take care of business so he sent his wife and children ahead and planned to join them later. In the middle of the voyage the boat sunk and all four of his children were drowned. Later, as he sailed to join his wife who survived, he passed the very spot where the ship went down and he retired to his cabin and wrote the now famous hymn ” It is well with my soul.”

I want you to imagine the grief of Job. He has lost everything that he had and then he learns that all ten of his children have been killed in a Tornado. The first thing that he does is fall down and worship God. He cries out ” Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Are you not astonished brothers and sisters? Does that not run counter to much of what permeates Christendom today? God is worthy to be praised regardless of our circumstances. In doing this, Job directly refutes the accuser of our souls. He establishes the truth of God before the throne of God. Now Job’s sufferings were not over and of his anguish one can only imagine. Perhaps some of his sorest pains comes when he is accused by his friends and then abandoned by them. Horatio Spafford went on to have three more children and even then, one of his children died at the age of four with scarlet fever. The Presbyterian Church considered Spafford’s tragic circumstances as divine punishment. Men have not changed much since Job’s time. The Spafford’s left the Presbyterian Church and formed a group called ” The Overcomers.”

I want you to see brothers and sisters just what a great deception has taken hold of Christendom. I also want you to see that this is nothing new, in fact it is ancient. It goes directly back to the beginning of man and the accusation of Satan. Satan was determined to diminish God’s relationship with His creatures by smearing it. His accusation is that the love of man for God comes only through favorable circumstances. Does this very same thought not run through all of the Word of Faith movement? Does it not run through the prosperity Gospel? And not only these movements but much of Christendom. Much of what passes for Christianity is simply the avoidance of hell and the desire that by doing the right thing then God will bless us. And by ” bless,” we so often mean favorable circumstances and material things. Yet the majesty and the glory of God is to be found not in the sum of our circumstances, but is to be found in the depths of our relationship with Him. To our spouses we make vows to love them in sickness or in health, for richer or for poorer for better or for worse. This was, for so long, the foundation of a loving relationship.

We must grasp this truth that God is worthy to be praised despite our circumstances or what men may think of us. The days of deception are upon us. There will be no glory nor benefit from serving the living God and standing upon His truth. We must stand ” by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report;as deceivers and yet true; as unknown yet well known; as dying and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor yet making many rich; as having nothing yet possessing all thing.” ( 2 Cor 6:7-10)

You see brothers and sisters we stand by the power and for the love of God. We are armed by His righteousness. In heaven we are honored but on earth dishonored. In heaven a good report but on earth an evil report. In heaven we are true yet on earth cast as deceivers. In heaven we are known yet on earth we are unknown. On earth we are dying yet in heaven we have already passed into the Kingdom of God and we have life and that more abundantly. On earth we are chastened yet we do not die but live life all the more closely to God. In may seem to the world as though we should be overcome by sorrow yet deep in our hearts no matter what the circumstances we shall fall down and worship the Living God and cry out ” Bless the Lord.” In all theses things, though it may appear that we are wretched and poor, we by our praising of God make many rich. The world may consider us to have nothing and to have lost all, yet in truth we have come to possess and be possessed by the living God and this is treasure beyond all measure. No matter what circumstances you face today and tomorrow, consider this saints, God is worthy to be praised and glorified and out love for Him is unconditional because His love for us is unconditional. We can love Him in such a manner because He first loved us in such a manner.

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Light will shine out of darkness

Posted by appolus on October 4, 2015

If you talk a lot or write about things to come, especially about persecution for the Church, it tends to be a very unpopular word. After years of writing about such things, I know that many tend to shy away from it. First of all, it is not natural to expect that people would embrace such a message. It is often cast into the ” doom and gloom,” category or it is lumped in with the undoubtedly numerous quacks and fear mongers that are out there and have always been out there. I think this is inevitable and like a parable, then only those who truly have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church will hear, and only those with spiritual eyes will see what is coming.

Let me tell you how I see this dark subject of persecution soon to come. I see it in glorious terms. God has commanded that light would shine forth out of darkness. The greater the darkness the greater the light.2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. You see, God first illuminates the hearts of those who hear Him and then He commands that the illumination, the light, be shone forth into the darkness of this world.

Those who ” know,” God, who are intimate with God see Jesus. To know God is to know Jesus for we see the glory of God illuminated in the face of His Son and with this light we light up the world. No where is this better illustrated than in the persecuted saint. The persecuted saint, though surrounded by troubles on every side is not distressed and this not being distressed is supernatural light. The saint who suffers persecution is often struck down but is not destroyed, he seems to be forgotten but not forsaken in his loneliness. He has a treasure inside of him that illuminates all the brighter when he is hard pressed, that treasure is the glory of God that resides in him. Tear down his flesh and you merely reveal the glory within.

When we are torn down and ridiculed and persecuted for His sake then our flesh is stripped away in death and the life of Christ is revealed in us, it becomes a witness to the world. Many times the world can come up with excuses for the Christians joy, just like Satan’s accusation in the opening pages of Job. Yes of course they love Jesus, look what He has done for them, look how He has blessed them. All of these accusations are stripped away in the backdrop of persecution. For the saint who is fully given to God, his tears will give way to joy. His despair will give way to hope. His degradation will give way to humility in Christ. And of course persecution comes in many shapes and degrees. You may be suffering many of these things in your present situation. Perhaps at work or in your own home or by your spouse.

We know this, that all who live Godly in Christ Jesus can expect to suffer for His sake whether on a personal level or community level or national level. We also know that there is a tremendous blessing reserved for those who are accused and abused for His name sake. There is a spirit of glory that rests upon us when we suffer for His sake. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.(1 Pet 4:14) Now imagine this saints. If the Spirit of glory rests upon you as an individual when you are persecuted individually for His sake, can you imagine what the Spirit of glory will look like when every saint in the land is persecuted? Now imagine saints what that glory will look like when every saint in the world is persecuted for His sake. Indeed as the Scriptures tell us, the glory of God will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea  (Hab 2:14)

So, when you are tempted to be fearful about the future, remember that the glory of God is going to rest upon you as you have never experienced it before. Darkness will become light to you. Even if you are made to lie down in the valley of the shadow of death, Christ Himself will be your rod and your staff and you will fear no evil. In the midst of that dark valley of persecution He will lead you to pastures you have never experienced before. He will feed your soul in ways that you cannot even begin to imagine. While others will experience stormy and turbulent seas as circumstances grow darker by the day, you will experience still waters. A peace that surpasses all understanding will take possession of you as perfect love casts out all fear. You will stand on the unshakable ground of Christ. Do not let others speak to you of doom and gloom, for it shall only be doom and gloom to those who are perishing, but for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear then it shall be the ultimate glory, the ultimate witness for Christ just prior to Him coming, and then He comes. Stand fast saints. Days are coming upon us such as we have never seen before. Yes, tremendous darkness. Yet the greater is the light that is within us than the darkness that is in the world.

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Christians in the cross-hairs

Posted by appolus on October 2, 2015

Yesterday we witnessed yet another massacre by a lone gunman. It seems that we here in the States have become desensitized to these kind of stories. It is strange that the most disturbing part of this story is being under-reported. Christians were identified yesterday and then got a bullet in their head. Can you imagine the outrage or the furor if gay people had been identified and shot in the head? Undoubtedly homophobia would be to blame and there would be calls to shut down all avenues of homophobia. What if Muslims had been singled out and shot in the head? A huge cry would have went up about Islamaphobia and there would have demands to shut down any voices that spoke against Islam. If black people had been identified and shot, the cry would have been, and rightly so, racism was at fault and it would have been decried from the highest offices in the land.

Yet what happens when Christians are identified and shot? The silence is deafening. This should be disturbing to you. Every day we are constantly bombarded with stories about how Christians are haters and bigots because of their Biblical views. They are decried as narrow minded idiots who belong in the uneducated past. When they are killed here or elsewhere in the world it largely goes uncritisised. I read yesterday of an Islamic convert to ISIS, a white woman from Britain, a former member of a punk rock band. She stated that every Christian should have their heads cut of slowly with a blunt knife.

In the world of the secret service, they have a saying called ” chatter.” It is information that they hear from various sources around the world. And from all these different sources of information often times a story begins to emerge. So, if there is a rise in chatter they know that very possibly an attack is coming. Can I suggest to you that Christians are being targeted all around the world. To me, this is chatter. A story is emerging. This is information on a spiritual level of something much bigger to come.

The sea level of spiritual activity against Christians is on the rise. And up with this tide first comes the crazies. In the early 30s in Germany there were isolated incidents against Jewish people. As the Nazis came into power and began to pass sweeping laws against Jews, then the general public began to be swept up with this. First it became impossible for Jewish people to hold jobs with any kind of authority. Jewish teachers were targeted in schools and Universities and police forces. They were ousted from their positions. Then Jewish doctors and small business owners were targeted. There was a slowly rising crecendo of hatred and discrimination until a catalyst moment, the burning of the Reichstag, when the flood gates were opened and open hostility towards the Jewish people was legitimized.

I would like to suggest to you that in the very near future, if you hold to traditional Biblical views, you will be routed out of the education system. It will no longer be acceptable for Christians who hold certain views to be allowed to teach our children. Positions of authority of any kind, sanctioned by local or national government, will no longer be open to Christians who hold to Biblical authority. Small business people and larger corporations will be targeted if they hold to certain views which are deemed to be unacceptable. This is our brave new world. A sociopathic world where the tolerant are accused of the crime of intolerance by the intolerant.


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