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Taking off the overalls.

Posted by appolus on January 26, 2016

We need to remember that God is allowing us to live on two planes at the same time. He lets us live on this religious plane where there are preachers and song-leaders and choirs and pianists and organists and editors and leaders and promoters and evangelists, and that is religion. That is religion in overalls-that is the external garb of religion and it has its own place in God’s work and plan. But, brethren, inside that and beyond that and above that and superior to all of the externals in our religious experience is the spiritual essence of it all- and it’s that spiritual essence for which I am pleading, and what I want to see enthroned in our communion and fellowship in the Church of Jesus Christ……If we do not see beyond the visible, and if we cannot touch that which is intangible, and if we cannot hear that which is not audible, and if we cannot know that which is beyond knowing-then I have serious doubts about the validity of our Christian experience ( Tozer)

If our Christianity is not supernatural then it is superficial ( David Legge)

At the beating heart of everything that we are and do must lie the Golden chalice of Christ Himself. Our relationship with Jesus quite apart from any religious externals must be the driving force of our lives. Externals can change and even fall away but our relationship with Jesus never changes. He walks with us daily, He comforts us hourly, He intercedes for us at all times. It is Jesus that is the centerpiece of who we are.

I know people, good people who will say things like, and with all sincerity, ” you must come to my church, you must hear my pastor, you must come and see our worship team,” and so on. I have said it before and I am sure many readers have heard it and said it before as well. What happens when your church fails, when your pastor falls, when your worship leader runs off with the youth pastor? Now hopefully that will never happen and I say it tongue in cheek but you get my point. Each one of us should have such a relationship with Jesus that if we ever happen to have an opportunity to speak to anyone about eternal life and eternal death matters then we should be able to talk about the Jesus we know.

I say that we are for the most part, a spiritually impotent generation. And let me say first and foremost that it is our own fault. Each of us who know Jesus have the ability to share with others. Remember that the steps of a righteous man and woman are ordered of God. If you ” happen,” to be speaking to someone and that conversation turns towards the spiritual then know that God knew that and the fact that you are speaking to that someone is no surprise to God who brings order to the universe. He knows that person and He knows you. He makes no mistakes.

Yet, the very overalls, the religious externals, have grown to discourage that kind of sharing. We have made professionals out of our churches whether it be our pastors or our worship leaders. Only they teach, only they lead, only they or something connected to them is ever shared from the pulpit. The dividing line between the clergy and the laity has fundamentally weakened Christendom. It has served to disenfranchise the believers and has turned most of them into pew warming spectating tithers whose main purpose is to pay the bills and play their part in a religious spectacle that typically serves to promote the professional pastor and the professional worship leader so that they can build their kingdoms and franchise their organisations. And since we now have the technology, when it is franchised then they can simply pipe in the original ” team,” into another location thus nullifying the prospect that anyone may rob them of any of the glory they have so dearly sought while typically hiding it under a mask of humility.

If our denominations and churches only exist on the plane of external religion, then how can they ever make any significant impact on our communities? If our communion, our fellowship, is not enthroned upon the Spiritual, if the central aspect of our gatherings is around anything other than a supernatural Jesus who gives sight to see that which is not visible and gives ears to hear that which is not audible then what do we have? If we are left only with the religion externals then all we have is religious entertainment of one sort or another, a building or an organisation that only truly exists to perpetuate itself and promote certain individuals. We must cry out for Jesus and for Him to once again be preeminent in our gatherings. If we make Jesus the centerpiece, if we allow Him through His Holy Spirit to be central in our gatherings then I believe we would then be truly equipping the saints to be witness to His glory in season and out of season and especially in this day which could very possibly be the end of the ages.

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Seeking the treasure found in darkness.

Posted by appolus on January 20, 2016

There is a kind of suffering known only to the Christian. It is voluntary suffering deliberately and knowingly incurred for the sake of Christ. Such is a luxury, a treasure of fabulous value, a source of riches beyond the power of the mind to conceive. And it is rare as well as precious, for there are few in this decadent age who will of their own choice go down into this dark mine looking for jewels. But, of our own choice it must be, for there is not other way to get down. God will not force us into this kind of suffering. He will not lay this cross upon us not embarrass us with riches we do not want. Such riches are reserved for those who apply to serve in the legion unto death, who volunteer to suffer for Christ’s sake and who follow-up their application with lives that challenge the devil and invite the fury of hell. Such as these have said good-bye to the world’s toys; they have chosen to suffer affliction with the people of God;they have accepted toil and suffering as their earthly portion. The marks of the cross are upon them and they are known in heaven and hell.

But where are they? Has this breed of Christian died out of the earth? Have the saints of God joined the mad scramble for security? Has the cross become no more than a symbol , a bloodless and sterile relic of nobler times? Are we now afraid to suffer and unwilling to die? I hope not but I wonder. And only God has the answer.( Tozer, The radical Cross)

Interesting questions Tozer presents. Has this breed of Christian died out today? Do we even, in our modern age, understand the notion of what it means to ” mine the darkness for jewels.” Are we afraid to suffer and unwilling to die? Is security, that which the world highly values, is that what we seek? To be honest, if you listen to those who supposedly represent Christianity today you would have to conclude that above all else security is prized. Whether it is financial security or national security or even social security. We have insurance to cover almost every possible scenario. I do not say that there is anything wrong with security and insurance in and of itself. Yet, when it rules us, when it dictates our actions, when we lay all our hopes into its tenuous hands then we will undoubtedly find ourselves in trouble.

We cannot be ruled by these fears and at the very same time serve the living God effectively. To answer Tozer’s question about whether this breed of Christian has vanished from the earth, I say no. I see saints in war-torn countries continue on serving God and being martyred for their Lord, they are such a breed. I have met countless saints from all around the world whose desire in this world is to serve God, they only live to serve God. I have met and heard from so many American saints, ( American saints often have a bad press around the world) who love the Lord with all of their hearts and who have willingly suffered for His sake and who would suffer more is asked, they are of this breed.

I see a time ahead, not in the too far distant future, where God will raise up out of the shadows such a breed as Tozer spoke of. A people who have been taught by God Himself and who have been enriched by the treasures of the ” dark mine.” They have been taught obedience and reliance upon Him. They have been honed by the hammer and the chisel to rightly fit into the plans of God for such a time as this. They have been secretly drawn into the desert and there, where no life should be found, they have found life and that more abundantly. This abundant life is not the abundant life spoken of by heretical teachers of health and prosperity. No, this is the abundant life of the cross-bearers; Those who willingly suffer for His sake and would have it no other way and have found an abundant source of joy and strength to endure and in enduring, overcome.

God has His people. And whether they live or whether they die their aim is to glorify God, it is their chief all-consuming desire. As the world plunges into darkness and chaos, and all around are losing their heads, there is a breed of Christian who have learned to walk among such darkness with a peace that surpasses all understanding. God has mighty plans for such a breed of people. Not the plans of the false prophet who tell the people of a glorious future in this world and only speak of peace and prosperity. No, the Lord will bring forward a breed of people to lead the Body of Christ in the way of the cross. A people who will show that there are mountaintop experiences to be had in the very depths of the deepest valley’s. Their light will shine in such darkness for their light is the light of Christ Himself and when He and He alone is lifted up then men and women shall be drawn unto Him.

I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. (Isa 45:2-3)

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We desperately need God

Posted by appolus on January 19, 2016

We have so degraded our religious tastes that our Christian service is largely exhibitionism. We desperately need a divine visitation-for our situation will never be cured by sermons. It will never be cured until the Church of Christ has suddenly been confronted with what one man called ” mysterium tremendium,”- the fearful mystery that is God, the fearful majesty that is God. That is what the Holy Spirit does. He brings the wonderful mystery that is God to us and presents Him to the human spirit. ( Tozer)

It is very sad to see the present state of politics in America. It started out with such high ideals and yet here we are, thoroughly corrupted from start to finish. Greed and corruption and vanity has ruined the whole system. And now the people, in general, who know it is so, are so desperate that they would even consider a man like Donald Trump to be their leader or a man like Bernie Sanders. Desperate people who long for something better make desperate decisions.

Christendom on the other hand faces its own crossroads. If the honest man can say to politicians ” where are the statesmen?” then Christendom might well ask ” where are all the Godly men?” Or a better question may be ” where is God in all of this?” Christendom in general has lost sight of God. They have lost sight as Tozer would put it of the ” fearful majesty that is God.” They have lost sight of the mystery that is God.

In our high-tech gadget driven slick churches where professional musicians entertain the masses and offer something far far lower than God Himself, the people are starving to death. It is a dreadful thing to see a person who suffers from anorexia just waste away to nothing in front of you. And the horror of it all is that they look in the mirror and see an overweight person looking back. Spiritual starvation mimics anorexia to a certain extent. While the vast majority of Christendom is suffering from spiritual starvation, they look in the mirror and see something healthy looking back.

The major difference between someone with anorexia and a spiritually starving person is what people say to them. When we see a person with anorexia we are horrified. We try to convince them that they are wasting away. We seek help for them. We have interventions with them. The people who are spiritually starving have quite the opposite experience. Week after week they are told they are fine. They are told that tomorrow will be their best day, the next year will be their best year. There will be no intervention for them.

How horrifying would it be if there were whole churches full of anorexic people? The congregants were anorexic, the pastor was anorexic, the worship leaders were anorexic, the ushers and the elders, all anorexic, all thinking that not only were they not wasting away, but in actual fact believing they were overweight. And yet we live in a time and a country where church after church is full of spiritually anorexic people. A people wasting away and having no idea at all what is happening to them. They have conditioned their leaders to tell them only good things.

There are two great things God can do for a people. He can reveal Himself to them and He can show a man his true state. We desperately need both in our age in either order. Only God Himself can reveal the true state of Christendom. I believe that God will not stop reaching out to those who call themselves by His name until He returns. He is shaking everything that can be shaken in order to show us what kind of ground that we are standing upon. He is compelling all of us to consider what, if any, foundations that we truly have. He is raising up men and women who can see and compelling them by a fire in their bones to speak and not remain silent.

For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
(Isa 62:1-4)

True prophets of God will not hold their peace, they shall not remain silent until God’s people rise up in righteousness and that righteousness shines forth with brilliant brightness for all the world to see. The gentiles will see this brightness, they may not like it, they may despise it, they may run from it or try to destroy it, but they will see it. His Church will be the crown of His glory and be like a royal diadem in His hand. No matter how desolate or forsaken God’s people seem to be, they are not forsaken and out of their desolation, out of the great darkness that will try to swallow them whole there shall come a great light that will pierce the very darkness.

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The Remnant shall Stand-T.A.Sparks

Posted by appolus on January 18, 2016

And the remnant… shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. (Isaiah 37:31)

The Lord must have something which cannot be carried away, which cannot be removed, cannot be shaken, and certainly something which cannot be rooted up. That is His remnant. That, He must have for His own glory, and, that being so, He will take every measure with His remnant to have them after that kind, with roots downward. Of course, unto fruit upward. We speak much about the upward side of things, life in the heavenlies, sitting in the heavenlies, and our warfare and work – the fruitfulness of our life in union with the Lord. That is only possible as our roots are downward. In order that that might be so, we have to get into a place of unshakeableness where the roots have got such a grip that nothing can overthrow. And I believe that explains a very great deal of what the Lord is doing with His own spiritual people in these days.

It is true that the true children of God are going through a time of intense trial and testing spiritually in these days; everywhere it is so. Why? Because the Lord must have something against which hell is impotent and by which He demonstrates to the universe that strength of His might which causes to stand and withstand, and having done all to stand. If one were asked what the last issue for the Church in this age is, I would say that it stands, and that is saying a tremendous thing. Oh, you say, that is surely limiting things, are you not expecting much more than that? Progress, advance, sweeping movements?

The Church will have all its work cut out in the end to stand, but its standing will be its victory. Just to be able, through testing, trial, when everything is blowing round you like a blizzard; when everything is dark, mysterious, and even God seems far away and unreal, and faith is tested and you are being assailed on the right hand and on the left, and there is every reason outwardly for your moving, giving up, falling down, surrendering, lowering your standard, just to stand and not be moved in your faith is the greatest possible victory…. We are passing through deep experiences, the enemy is doing it and the Lord is not preventing him, but we are coming to a fuller knowledge of the power of our God and a deeper rooting beyond all previous shakeableness. And the Lord is seeking to have a people who cannot be shaken, against whom hell with all its demonstration of arrogance and pride, is impotent. “And the remnant… shall again take root downward.” That is what the Lord needs.

By T. Austin-Sparks from: Rooted and Grounded

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Digging deeper-getting closer.

Posted by appolus on January 14, 2016

To be filled with the Spirit of God is to have come through feelings, disturbance, anxiety, disappointments and emptiness. When you reach that place of despair, when you have gone to the last person and you have written the last editor, when you have followed the last evangelist around, and hunted down the last fellow to counsel with you-when no man can help you anymore and you are in a state of inward despair-this is when you will recognize that you are near the place where God can finally do what He wants to do for you. When there comes that despair with self, that emptying out of you and that inner loneliness, you are getting close.(Tozer)

This is the most difficult place for the saint on the journey home. Tozer says it well, you are getting closer. When all the world has lost its appeal to you When you find yourself wandering in the wasteland dunes of anxiety and emptiness and disappointments, know that God is near. You must know it for you will not feel it. Keep walking saint, this is the desert place known as despair. No man or woman can help you. This is simply between you and God and the refiners fire. You will be tested in this. God is looking for a people who seek to worship Him with their whole hearts.

And if you think that all of your troubles are without purpose then you are wrong saint. There is a purpose in every trial, in every trouble, in every disappointment. There is a purpose in every step you take through the desert of despair and loneliness. Yes indeed you must pass through these places in order to continue the journey home on the narrow path, it is true that there are no short-cuts, no way around these difficult places of death. The enemy will whisper in your ear when you seem to be surrounded by darkness and defeat ” what was it all about.” He will ask you to consider the possibility that your life has been for nothing and that there has been no purpose in any of your suffering. Liar! Brothers and sisters, he is a liar and I know I speak to someone who needs to hear that today.

Psa 84:6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

The Valley of Baca, the valley of weeping, the valley of tears. The road to the altar, the tabernacle, traverses many valleys. Some are narrow some are deep . There is no avoiding them. You will shed tears in these valleys. You will often times feel abandoned in these valleys. What should you do as you travel through these valleys? Dig deeper. Dig holes in these valleys brothers and sisters. These valleys are without rain and it would seem to many that they will surely die as they go through it. You will not die. So why should you stop and dig holes in this valley. Why not rush through as quickly as possible? The truth is, this valley cannot be rushed. No matter how much you run, to the left or the right, you have to go through the valley. Even if you run straight ahead, the valley will last exactly how long it is supposed to last. So, when you stop in the midst of it, when you resist the urge to panic and fear, when you embrace the fact that this valley has to be gone through, these “dark nights of the soul,” will become an oasis and a place of refreshment to those who have faith and continue to trust in the Lord.

You will not be tempted more than you are able. The Lord has not abandoned you. He will minister to you. When you dig deeper, you are emptying yourself in preparation to receive the Lords presence. He will come to you on your journey, on your pilgrimage , in your deepest valleys. And to those who dig, their holes will be filled abundantly when the flash flood of His rain comes. The steeper the valley, the bigger the flood. The holes ensure that when the flood ends, their will be pools of water left over that will not only minister to you, but will comfort and encourage those who come along behind you, for remember, there is only one path, the narrow one, and all must traverse it. Let your tears fall saints, your tears shall remain. They shall refresh another. Stand fast brothers and sisters. You keep on walking no matter how dark it has become. You are surrounded by troubles on every side and inwardly there are fears? You are not alone, this is the path and you are where you should be and it shall not overcome you.

Inside of you lies the treasures of God, inside that earthen vessel. You have been called to comfort those with the comfort you yourself have been comforted with along the way. When you pass through this place of death and you are not overcome, you will testify of it and comfort others and glorify God. Remember saints, we are always bearing about in the body, the dying of the Lord Jesus, the life of the cross, the way of sacrifice, that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our lives. The greater the trial the closer our God. You say ” but this trial is such that I cannot feel Him, I cannot sense His presence.” Saints, one of the greatest trials of all is trust. Our foundation is built upon faith. The enemy will try to pull you down and destroy you by coming against the very foundation of your life, your faith. Your life in the Spirit stands upon faith in Jesus. Stand today brother, stand today sister.

Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Wait upon the Lord and He will come to you. Wait, wait, keep waiting, keep trusting, keep abiding, keep praying, keep trusting, keep praising, keep reading His word. You will not faint, you will not fall in this desert. When the rain comes and it will come, you will walk and you will run and you will mount up with wings as eagles and you will revel in the presence of God. One day, one moment in His presence is better than a thousand elsewhere. In one moment, in one word, in one breath of the Holy Spirit there is life and eternity and hope and joy. One more thing brothers and sisters, and never doubt this. Your Father loves you. He sees you. He has not forgotten you. His love for you is an everlasting love. His thoughts towards you cannot be numbered, they are greater than the sands of the seashore. Stand fast in this and know that you are known. Let you tears fill the valleys, none are lost.

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Living through the Pages of my life-one poem at a Time

Posted by appolus on January 13, 2016

These are the poems I wrote in 2015. There are twenty. To me they are like a spiritual diary. I pray that they may bless you…………..Frank

A Lighthouse in the Darkness

When the cliffs are to your back
And the tide is coming in
When the waters surely rising
And you know you cannot swim

And the water comes so slowly
But you know there’s no escape
It laps around your ankles
It will take what it will take

You know your slowly drowning
But you do not seem to care
What you really are afraid of
That come the morning your still there

How many tides have come and gone
How many fogs have rolled on in?
How dark has been the darkest night
It tries to drown the light within

And suddenly you realize
You are a beacon in the night
You stand above the highest tide
Eternally a shining light

A lighthouse standing on the Rock
For all the world to see
Standing whole and strong above the storm
Shining light for all eternity

Through endless storms and ages past
Through every dark and stormy night
You’ve come to learn this single thing
There always comes dawns early light

You Hung there on That Cross

You hung there on that cross
Bruised and battered and torn
You hung there for the Father’s glory
Yet it was not for that alone

You hung there on that cross
Naked, for all the world to see
For the joy that was set before you
You died there just for me

I’d often have my trials cut short
And wish the pain would go away
Thank you Lord in heaven above
You hung there till the end, that day

You hung there on that cross
On Calvary’s bloody hill
Twas there you suffered loss
Just to do your Father’s will

Oh Lord in the depths of my trial
Give me eyes that I might see
That you stayed there in the fires of hell
Right to the end at Calvary

Oh Lord give me strength for the battle
That I would not fall but continue to stand
To the end, to the end to the end of the road
On the Rock that is Christ not today’s shifting sand

I know why I Stand

I know why I stand
I stand because of you
I can walk through burning fields
And fly in skies of blue

I dwell in high and lofty realms
And darkened dungeons I dwell too
I do it all and stand this day
I stand this day because of you

In lavender shades and purple hues
In evening skies of reds and blues
My heart enraptured by it all
In Him alone I stand or fall

Come Lord Jesus fill the sky
To live or die we’ll glorify
The Risen Son the chosen One
Till our last breath and the race is done

And so I stand and I know why
I stand this day because of You
Before the world I’ll testify
You are the Lord, forever true.

I am but a Flower Read the rest of this entry »

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War against the Saints

Posted by appolus on January 10, 2016

“The messengers of Jesus will be hated to the end of time. They will be blamed for all the divisions which rend cities and homes. Jesus and his disciples will be condemned on all sides for undermining family life, and for leading the nation astray; they will be called crazy fanatics and disturbers of the peace. The disciples will be sorely tempted to desert their Lord. But the end is also near, and they must hold on and persevere until it comes. Only he will he blessed who remains loyal to Jesus and his word until the end. But when the end comes, the hostility towards Jesus and his disciples will be made manifest the whole world over, and only then must the messengers flee from city to city, in order that they may proclaim the Word where it can still find a hearing. If they run away then, they will not be running away from the Word, but holding fast to it.

The Christian will be hounded from place to place, subjected to physical assault, maltreatment and death of every kind. We are ap­proaching an age of widespread persecution. Therein lies the true significance of all the movements and conflicts of our age. Our adversaries seek to root out the Christian Church and the Christian faith because they cannot live side by side with us, because they see in every word we utter and every deed we do, even when they are not specifically directed against them, a condemnation of their own words and deeds. They are not far wrong. They suspect too that we are indifferent to their condemnation. Indeed they must admit that it is utterly futile to condemn us. We do not reciprocate their hatred and contention, although they would like it better if we did, and so sink to their own level.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. (Rev 13:4-7)

He makes war against the saints and overcomes them. This is not to be confused with the gates of hell prevailing against the Body of Christ, this is more in line with Jesus being crucified. Satan thought he had accomplished a great victory at Calvary but in actual fact, an open shame, a humiliation was being made of him even although the exact opposite seemed to be true. We know that just a few days later ” up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph o’er His foes.” Satan again will believe he has won a great victory then Christ will come in all His glory and every eye will see and every tongue confess that He is Lord to the glory of God the Father. The question in all of this for the saints will be ” are you willing to be overcome in the flesh that you might triumph in the Spirit?” Are you willing to glorify a God that has called you to Martyrdom? This same question has been asked by every Martyr down through the ages. By allowing ourselves to be Martyred and not resisting in the flesh, other than fleeing from city to city as circumstances warrant it, we will make an open shame of our enemy and it will be a witness for all the world to see. They will hate us all the more for our actions will be counter to the flesh and bring conviction to their hard hearts………..and then the end shall come……bro Frank

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The Spiritual man

Posted by appolus on January 8, 2016

The truly spiritual man is something of an oddity. He lives not for himself but to promote the interests of Another. He seeks to persuade people to give all to his Lord and asks no portion or share for himself. He delights not to be honored but to see his Savior glorified in the eyes of men. HIs joy is to see his Lord promoted and himself neglected. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation for being dull or overly serious so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces( see psalm 45:8) and finding few or none he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.
It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God………Two things remain to be said. One, that the lonely of whom we speak is not a haughty man, nor is he the holier than thou, austere saint so bitterly satirized in popular literature. He is likely to feel that he is the least of all men and is sure to blame himself for his very loneliness. He wants to share his feelings with others and to open his heart to some like-minded soul who will understand him, but the spiritual climate around him does not encourage it, so he remains silent and tells his griefs to God alone ( Tozer-The Radical Cross)

Can you see what Tozer is saying? There is so often a lonely path for those who have chosen the narrow way. And the days in which we live only intensify that all too common reality that has been with us down through the ages. Truly, if one is to follow hard after God one has to come to the place where he no longer considers the opinions of men. This has been the hardest lesson for myself to learn in my 25 years of following Jesus. Fear of man is a major obstacle in the life of the saint. To walk the path of conviction is to walk a lonely narrow path. Don’t get me wrong, there is much wisdom in seeking the council of Godly men and women whom you know and Godly men of the past in their writings. Yet in every age, God speaks to His children and we must have an ear to His voice and His leadings. He is an ever present help in time of need. In every age He leads His children and feeds them with the fresh manna of revelation and inspiration. And it must be so if we are to rely ultimately on Jesus for directing us in our walk and how we walk in this present generation.

Consider chapter six of the Gospel of John. The greater the revelation of who Jesus is, the smaller the crowd got until there was only His twelve Disciples left and He asks ” will you leave me too?” The deeper into the Father’s heart you journey, the smaller and narrower the crowd around you will become. The more ungodly the world and the church becomes and the more you are convicted and determined to follow hard after God, the more unpopular you will become even within your own ranks. Yet, if your life has been radically changed by the Jesus and you follow hard after HIm, you too will be left with this though ” where else could we go Lord for you have the words of life.” Where else can you go saint? Where else? There is no where for you to go but to follow after your Lord. You cannot go back to the world from which you were delivered for you know that is but mere death. You cannot follow the religious crowd who seem so eager to appease and compromise with the world for a mixture is even more nauseating than the deadness of the world.

In the Tozer quote above he stated that two things remain to be said. Here is the second thing ” The second thing is that the lonely saint is not the withdrawn man who hardens himself against human suffering and spends his days contemplating the heavens. Just the opposite is true. His loneliness makes him sympathetic to the approach of the brokenhearted and the fallen and the sin-bruised. Because he is detached from the world he is all the more able to help it.”

We must be aware of the condition of our hearts. It requires a diligence and an abiding in the Lord. If we are not diligent and if we are not abiding in the Lord and in His word then we are in danger of drifting away from a nearness to His heart. As we drift away, our own hearts will grow cold and distant and powerless. And when that happens, we are vulnerable to temptation in a way we never were when we remained close to Him. It is a vital act to understand the condition of your heart and make the condition of your heart the priority of your life.

And so brothers and sisters, no matter how bad the world becomes or how compromised the church becomes we saints must follow hard after the Lord with a soft heart towards all but a fearless heart when it comes to men. Fearing God rather than fearing men may lead to a lonelier walk but those of us who know Jesus personally will understand that He is life itself and in Him we find our life and our joy and our peace. We are fulfilled in Him and He is our constant companion is He not? Better to walk an intimate life and relationship with Jesus than to be popular with men.So brothers and sisters, stand fast in the power of His might. He who has begin a good work in you is faithful to complete it. He is our ever present help in time of need. And that time of need will never be more felt than in the coming days, yet to those who stay close to Him He will empower them to endure and to overcome. Stand fast brothers and sisters in the beauty of His Holiness.

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Peace, peace, where there is no peace!

Posted by appolus on January 7, 2016

I sense the darkness.Even now I can see that it is slowly surrounding the saints. It has its eye on every saint I believe. I can hear the world cry out in victory, in a brotherhood of man moment, a revisiting of the tower of Babel if you like. Just beyond the horizon I see men and women and children around the world holding hands and exchanging gifts in celebration of the coming together of man. Can you hear them crying out ” peace at last, peace at last.” Yet, a relatively small number of saints will know that there is no peace, this great delusion which is and will swallow up the great religions of the world will also swallow up the world and so much of Christendom.

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The river of life or the forest of affliction?

Posted by appolus on January 4, 2016

Many years ago the Holy Spirit showed me two groups of people. There was a river and it had a current , the strongest part being found towards the middle. On either side, dense forest, almost jungle like in its density. There were some who had entered into the river, not up to their ankles or knees or waist, but fully immersed, no longer standing on their own two feet, but being taken down the river by the current. Then I looked and saw there was another group. Headed down the river no doubt, but on dry land on their own two feet hashing and slashing their way in exhausting efforts to beat a path through the dense forest.

The river was God and the Holy Spirit was the current. The forest was this life and the efforts to make forward progress was the flesh. I wonder, are you floating down the river or maybe you are on the banks of the river blasting your way through by your own efforts, thinking those efforts are virtuous. Perhaps even throwing rocks at those who have found the current of God and who never seem to tire? This year, find the river of life and immerse yourself in it and allow yourself to be taken where it will take you.

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