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There is no magic wand!

Posted by appolus on July 6, 2017

Philippians 3:7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.

How many times was the Lord rejected? How many times was He ridiculed and scorned? How grievous the journey knowing the end? How savage the battle in the garden? How savage the treatment at the hands of Romans? How cruel the desertion of all of his friends, including his best and dearest? How indescribable the drinking of the cup? Yet even in the midst of one of the cruelest deaths known to man, He ministers. How deep the love that cries “forgive them Father?” How dead to the flesh a man must be to cry “hold not this charge against them.” How transformed must the flesh be that has a vision in the depths of being stoned by his countrymen? And brother Stephen was taken home loving those who bore the stones.

Would I respond in kind in the same situation? I pray that I would, I pray that every trial and tribulation I now suffer is a mile run by one who trains for a marathon. Can I see my trials as blessings? Can I walk counter to modern Christendom and count my trials as I count my blessings Could I sing “Count my trials name them one by one, count my trials see what God has done, count my trials, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done” This is the deeper life brothers and sisters. This is the counter-culture. This is the way of the remnant.

This is the narrow path. This is counter to the way of modern Christianity. Shall we look to stay on this path? Shall we arrive at such a place as to rejoice in our sufferings? How can a man rejoice in his sufferings? Well, a man cannot, only a saint empowered by the Holy Spirit can. “And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.”(Act 5:40-41) There is much power in their obedience and rejoicing.

There is no key or magic wand or instructions on how to rejoice in the depths of suffering. There is only encounter, there is only desire, there is only that thirst spoken of by David when he spoke of the deer that panteth after the waterbrooks. Make no mistake brothers and sisters, this place, this walk of the saints, this place of peace that surpasses all understanding in born out of fire.

We have to encounter the Lord Jesus in the depths of the fiery furnace. We have to encounter Him when He reveals to us by His loving Spirit exactly who we are. Is there another way? No. It’s the narrow path, it’s the taking up of the cross, it’s the decision made in the garden of Gethsemane and even that is not it, there is still the death, even the death of the cross. Many men will die for the cause, how many are willing to die for the cross?

4 Responses to “There is no magic wand!”

  1. Rebecca said

    This is one I will print off and place in my Bible. It is only when I realize the bondage some are in that I can let go of the hurt and pray … pray … and pray some more … for the truth to somehow penetrate hard hearts … pray for Satan’s grip to be loosened. It is horrific to see family and friends turn to another Jesus while clinging to some sort of misguided heresy leaving the truth behind.
    I can see how over time the lie becomes believable because they look to the man and not to God … the Bible lays dusty and discernment is no more. I must guard my own heart … stay in God’s Word and learn more and more to submit to be obedient in all things … even things I do not yet understand.
    The Holy Spirit said, “Live each day as if the LORD was returning.” I don’t always do this … I get caught up in the hustle and bustle but I know there is a time coming and it seems to be coming sooner than later where we all will need to be filled to the brim with His Holy Spirit. I desire to stand and give glory to Jesus with joy in my heart … no matter the cost. I think about actually seeing Christ and then all will be worth it.

    • appolus said

      Rebecca says “I get caught up in the hustle and bustle.” I think this is the great challenge to all saints. An eternal perspective is truly a supernatural thing………………..bro Frank

  2. Robert Taylor said

    Brother Frank…..We have been out in the field again. We went deep this time, and was gone for about a week. I am just now getting caught up with things here at our base. I want to make a comment on this excellent article, then I see that you have another one waiting that looks very interesting, and hopefully I will get to it later on today. This article here is a home run brother Frank. It hit the nail right on the head. A “Cause without a cross” describes probably 98 percent of the professing Christian world today. An entire movement going full steam ahead with a cause, without even an inkling in their minds that there is even a cross to be considered. And it is exactly as you say, many will even die for a cause, I saw this demonstrated on the battle field in Vietnam, but how many will even consider dying for the humiliation and agony of the cross. Much food for thought brother. Blessings from Mexico………Robert

    • appolus said

      Robert writes………..”I saw this demonstrated on the battle field in Vietnam.” So many men down through the ages have died for their countries. They have died defending “freedom,” and other human aspects. In human terms, there is nothing more noble than laying down your life for another and the Lord even uses this as an example of great love, but imagine the tragedy of laying down your life for a cause but dying without the love of the Lord burning in your heart and ending up eternally separated from a loving God…………………..bro Frank

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