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The battle for freedom in a divisive world

Posted by appolus on September 27, 2017

Whether it is NFL protests, or racism or police brutality, we hear a lot spoken about freedom in our age. Every day we here that we are free to protest, we are free to resist, free to fight back free to express whatever that is on our mind. The following article is solely for Christians whether black or white. It is not for the secular mind which could not possibly even begin to understand what true freedom in Christ means.

As a man born in Scotland, there is a mythological notion about what it means to fight for freedom. It is wrapped up in the psyche of the people and Scotland, in many ways, has become synonymous with freedom, thanks mostly to Hollywood and history. Indeed the declaration of Arbroath was the forerunner, by centuries, to the declaration of Independence. This notion of rising up and throwing off our oppressors is a very glamorous notion. Rebellion and rejection of authority is fundamental to the very essence of what it means to be American and really what it means to be human thanks to the garden of Eden. Shortly after coming to Jesus I had a vision. It was a powerful vision that took my breath away and changed forever my notions of freedom. Here it is……………

I felt the rush of air rising beneath me, lifting me in the updrafts of His presence up and through the clouds. Suddenly a mountain top appeared, rising majestically through  a sea of gray.The mountain trembled and the thunder clapped and I heard Jesus say, ” go.” I flapped my arms effortlessly and soon the mountain was far behind as I flew over rivers and valley’s and great forests of pine. Then I came across a great assembly of men gathered together on a bleak and desolate Scottish moor as the rain began to fall and the wind howled in anguished anticipation. Words of freedom echoed up to the sky above from the ground below. And Jesus said to me “will a man die for freedom? How many men have spilled their blood and hastened their souls to eternal damnation for that which is not even a shadow. These men fought and died not knowing that it is not in the winning or the losing, neither can that which they seek be attained by knife or sword.” I flapped my arms once more and suddenly the mists of time rolled back, back, unto the dawning of a different age. Below me, another assembly of men, angry men. These men were not fighting for freedom, they were seeking to destroy it. They shouted,”crucify Him, crucify Him,” and freedom hung in the balance. And all of hell’s fury cheered as the sky grew dark and the lightning flashed and the earth stood still in utter dismay. Would the sun ever rise in the sky again, or had darkness won the day? Then after three days and three nights, from a sea of darkness and gloom, rose majestically, a pure white standard that shattered the darkness forever. Now the white flag signifies surrender, when we surrender our life’s to Jesus, we gain victory from the jaws of defeat and the darkness is destroyed forever.

Jesus shattered my notions of freedom by this vision and word. What a tragedy that men and nations could fight for political freedom, could throw off the shackles of slavery and then die knowing nothing of true freedom. This freedom was given to us, not by men, for what is given by men can be taken by men, no, this freedom that was given to us by God Himself on the bloody battle-field of Calvary of which no man nor power that exists can take from us. Would it not be better to live as a slave in this world but be a free man in the world that was and is and is to come? What a tragedy to throw off the shackles of human slavery and yet die a slave to sin and eternal damnation. Temporal political freedom means nothing in the Kingdom of God. The only freedom that truly matters is the freedom that we have in Christ.

I am wearied of any identity that exists outside of our identity in Christ. Identifying and highlighting our so-called differences runs counter to the Scriptures. If we are in Christ then we are one. Christians should not allow the secular world to divide that which the Lord has united. It is the work of Satan himself in the guise of clever and devious politicians to divide and conquer. I see no black man, I see no white man, I see no brown man, I see no yellow man.I see Christ in my brothers and sisters and in that there is true freedom. Freedom from hatred, freedom from bitterness, freedom from anger, freedom from the desire for revenge. The Body of Christ should be the shining city on the hill. Do you hate or dislike another man because he is white? Do you hate or dislike another man because he is black? Then you are a slave and you know nothing of the freedom of which I speak. You will gravitate towards secular men and away from Jesus as the sting of slavery begins to bite deeper and deeper. Would you be free today? Lay down your rights. Would you be free today? Lay down your long-held grievances for you cannot serve two masters. The true master told an enslaved people that when their earthly masters compelled them to walk one mile, they were to walk two miles. Anything outside of this is to worship Barabbas and reject Jesus. The spirits of the age, like the sirens of old, are luring your ship onto the rocks. The lighthouse that shines in the darkness warns us to flee from such spirits and to put Satan behind us.

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I run the race

Posted by appolus on September 26, 2017

One hundred evil hands reach up
They try to pull me down
One thousand hands reach from the sky
And lift my weary soul on high

There is a heavenly host above
A glorious cloud that covers with love
That sees your struggles and your fight
As the darkness comes against the light

But I will rise and not stay down
I will get up and claim my crown
And whether I am rich or poor
In Christ alone I will endure

I may be naked but clothed in light
I may be distressed but still ready to fight
I may be cast down but not defeated
For I lift my eyes to where Christ is seated

For in this vessel dwells heavenly treasure
Tis Christ alone who is my measure
For light is my affliction and Christ my story
I run the race for eternal glory

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William Gurnall- The Christian in Complete Armour

Posted by appolus on September 25, 2017

My dear sister Fiona asked if she could post this piece and direct folks to her website. I am happy to post this. God bless you sister………………bro Frank

Frank is kindly allowing me to share with you a blog the Lord has had me doing for the past few months. The blog is based upon William Gurnall’s book, “The Christian in Complete Armour”.

The Lord led me to Mr. Gurnall’s book, and laid it on my heart to do a blog that follows the teachings found in Mr. Gurnall’s book. You can find the first chapter of my blog here:

http://gleaningsfromgurnall.blogspot.com/…/06/chapter-one.h….

I strongly recommend that you read the chapters in order as they do build upon one another.

For background on the book itself, please go to my other blog: http://growingasadiscipleofchrist-fionab.blogspot.com/…/a-m….

Thank you, Frank, for allowing me to share this with others. I truly believe that serious-minded believers need to learn how to correctly utilize their armor so that they are able to defend themselves when necessary, and properly engage the enemy when asked to do so by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Oh to stand under an open heaven!

Posted by appolus on September 12, 2017

There is so much noise in the average persons life, noise and activity and business. Yet, at the beating heart of who we are, is Jesus, the lover of our souls. I dearly wish that a great hush would fall over the church. That all the noise would simply be replaced by a holy quietness. The musicians would put down their instruments, the talkers would stop talking and there we would remain until the Lord came upon us. The cry of our hearts should be audible in the congregation. The longing seeking heart should replace the noisy professionals. Just one cry, crying out the name of Jesus with all the longing of a desperate heart would surely bring heaven down to earth. Rain would fall on a dry and dusty land. Our hands would be open to heaven like a chick’s open mouth in anticipation of being fed.

Oh God in heaven come down. We are dying here without your burning love consuming us. We were reborn to be passionate, we were reborn to be lovers, we were reborn with a zeal for you that knows no bounds. We were reborn in your image Lord and we are designed to praise you. Oh that we would have eyes only for you. That we would put aside everything that vies for our attention and love you and come to you and be moved by you and anointed by you and inspired by you and revived by you and refreshed by you and forgiven by you. That we would know the heights of heaven and take some of that glory down into the valley of this world. Lord help me this day to come to you with an open heart so that I may stand with you under an open heaven.

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The sheer joy of finding saints along the way!

Posted by appolus on September 12, 2017

After 27 years in the States I believe I have encountered most sects of Christendom It has been was very depressing to meet people so sold out to a doctrine, so lacking in love for Jesus Himself and so obsessed with portions of Scripture that are so often taken out of context as to make no sense on any level and on these differences they build divisions. Our grand obsession should be Jesus.

No matter where you go, if you find people whose grand obsession is Jesus you wont go far wrong. I want to meet people who love Jesus with all their hearts and souls and minds and body. I want to meet my brothers and sisters from every background, from ever tribe and from every tongue and from every nation. I want to walk along the pilgrim way a while with my fellow sojourners. It refreshes me and revives me and lifts me up.

We shall be known, it is written, by our love for one another. Give me a man or a women who has no agenda to push, no ministry to laud, no kingdom of his or her own to build, but simply loves Jesus with such a burning passion that all they want to do is talk about Him and what He has done for them, how He has changed them and transformed them, how he has filled them and fulfilled them. How He has completed them. How they would certainly die without Him, how they would have lost their minds without Him. How He lifted them from the gutters and made them to fly in heavenly places.

That is the folks I want to meet. New creatures in Christ. Next door down here at the lake the folks have an 18 month old baby and this morning he was in the canoe with them. He was looking around in wonder at the sky and the water and the trees and the hawks flying overhead. With wonder and awe he was taking it all in. It reminded me of my own new birth. The wonder of it all. To look at the world through virginal eyes, to see everything through the light of God. Behold, all things were new in the light of Him in the glory and the simplicity of loving Him. Lord, I want to ever walk in the glory and the simplicity of knowing you and wanting more of you and loving you and loving your creation and loving everything that you love.

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A generation of prophets arise

Posted by appolus on September 12, 2017

I have met so many people who think the church is just fine and everything is the way it has always been and anyone who says anything different is generally castigated. There is a sizable remnant who do see it and I thank God for them. They are, of course, rejected and generally hated because they are in effect, party poopers. They don’t go along with the flow, they disrupt the flow, like a large stone in a flowing river, they cause turbulence and turbulence is uncomfortable and folks don’t want to be uncomfortable. They are for the most part sleeping and they do not want to be woken up. And this remnant are constantly shouting ” wake up you sleepy Christians, wake up, Christ is at the door and the bride must make herself ready to receive her King.”

How many of us can relate to lying in bed, warm, comfortable and cozy. Its winter outside and you are wrapped up in your bed. Then the alarm goes of. Who likes the alarm? It compels us to arise, get up! It is not a pleasant noise, in fact it is designed to be a most unpleasant noise. If it were pleasant we would simply roll over and go back to sleep. The rising remnant of God are His alarm. He is sounding His warning that the time is short. The message is hated. Generations of movements such as the prosperity gospel and the word of faith movement have seeped into Christendom like a contagion. A cancerous contagion that has infected us. The dream of many in the very early church was that they would be counted worthy of martyrdom for the sake of Jesus. How far we have fallen. This notion would almost always be rejected out of hand in our day. False prophets ply their trade in churches across the globe. They come and tell folks that this coming year will be better than the last, God has great things in store for you and breakthroughs will be yours. Now, you can add to that general theme, but it is always some variation of it..

The true prophet of God does not arise to tell folks things they want to hear, the very opposite is true. The prophets of God will always be rejected and despised. God is, in these last day, raising up a generation of prophets. Men and women who can see clearly the true state of things. They see that Jesus is on the horizon and it is a fire that burns in them. They see the approach of gross darkness prior to His return and they sound the alarm. They run from camp to camp and compel people to make sure they have their armor on, because they are going to need it. In most camps they find rejection, because even although it is written, they do not “see,” and they do not see it because they do not want to see it. If you see it, I want to encourage you today. God sees that you see. Yes you are misunderstood but that is part of the price. You find yourself isolated? Another part of the calling. You march to the beat of a different drummer? You speak of things the Lord has “shown,” you and people look at you like you are an alien? Then my friend and brother and sister in Christ you are on the path that the Lord has called you to. It is of course a calling. No one fully volunteers to be unpopular and to be hated and despised and rejected even and especially within their own communities.

The remnant of God are the broken of God. He breaks them by His own hand. Yet He does it in cooperation with His children. It can be traced back to a prayer that might have went something like this. “Oh God please use me, whatever it takes for me to be useful to you, so be it Lord.” Now, when you prayed that prayer you knew you touched heavens throne. What you did not fully realize was just how brutal the breaking would be. What you discovered in the midst of it was that despite the pain of it all God was faithful. You may have had long periods where you cried out “My God my God why has thou forsaken me,” but always in your heart of hearts you knew He was right there and He was your very sanity. You knew that no matter the circumstance or seemingly never-ending series of circumstances that He was shaping you, refining you, cleansing you. You were inevitably heading towards that place Paul found himself in when he said that he had learned to be content in ever situation. He had known what it was to abound in the things of life but he now knew what it was to be abased and still praise God. He knew how to have a full stomach and praise God and he knew how to be hungry and praise God. These are things that he learned, these are the lesson of God. At the start of that chapter in Philippians Paul starts out, and this is the point of the chapter to “stand fast in the Lord.” To the remnant saint who is reading this I say stand fast in the Lord. You are no alone, you are loved and you are called.

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The seasons of our life

Posted by appolus on September 10, 2017

The seasons of God are good and there is a time for weeping and mourning. Yet, if that is all that we have, if we live forever in a perpetual winter of weeping and mourning, then nothing will ever grow. We will not grow in the knowledge of God. Yes, there is conviction in the presence of God. There is a time to rend our clothes and throw dust on our heads, yet if this one season becomes the whole then we render ourselves weak and ineffectual. Our real strength comes in the Joy of the Lord. If we cannot put on a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness then we will not stand in the evil day. We will be overcome by trial and tribulation and persecution.

To be able to break through into peace and joy in the midst of our circumstances is truly the sign of a victorious saint. Now, that is not to say that we shall not weep and those who preach that no saint will be touched by trial and suffering are mere charlatans. Consider David before he became king. Upon return to Ziklag, the city where he was staying, he and his band of rejected men discovered that the town had been sacked and all their wives and children were gone. Everything lost. It was perhaps the lowest point of David’s life. It is said in the Scriptures that he wept until there were no more tears to weep and now even his band of men turned on him.

Can you relate? Have you experienced times in your life, or perhaps even right now, where everything has gone wrong? You have suffered loss, one trial seems to follow another as if they were waves of the sea threatening to overcome and drown you. I want to encourage you, you will not drown. You are not abandoned. It may be dark but the morning is coming. ” But David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” Be encouraged today saint. The Lord your God is with you. You will prevail and overcome. Stand and you will see that this time, this season will pass and the ashes of your present situation will one day be beautiful and you will be able to say with Paul that you have learned to be content in every circumstance because you will know that the Lord your God was with you in the Fire.

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Overtaken by an immoral revolution.

Posted by appolus on September 5, 2017

“I don’t know, I’m not a good enough prophet to know what direction things are going to take. I do know that I hear strange things in evangelical circles these days. I hear people re-thinking things. We’re re-thinking Inspiration, we’re re-thinking the Deity of Christ, we’re re-thinking sin, we’re re-thinking morals.. “We’re re-thinking things. We’re even re-thinking whether God really created the heaven and the earth; and man after His Own Image. The evangelicals are now re-thinking things that the generation-ago-evangelicals took for granted and never gave a thought to. So I don’t know what direction we’re going to go from here. They asked me – a newspaper in Miami, Florida – whether I thought that there would be more unity in the church in the days to come, and whether I thought there ought to be. And I said no, I thought there ought to be more division. Because I thought that there ought to a group of godly people who wouldn’t be taken in by apostate churches and preachers, and that they ought to stand out and stand up and be counted…” ~ A.W. Tozer

One can only imagine what men like Tozer would make of the times in which we find ourselves today. There has been a slow boil of Christianity over the last few decades, like a frog put into lukewarm water. “The premise is that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out, but if the frog is put in tepid water which is then brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death.” Can I suggest that we as a society, and more specifically Evangelicalism and denominationalists, are being slowly cooked to death. The moral conscience of our institutions and nations has been seared. The skeletons have come out of the closet and have taken over in a revolution that most never saw coming.

On September 17th of 1793, in Revolutionary France, the law of Suspects was passed. This law allowed people who were merely suspected of opposing the revolution and its ideas to be arrested. Previously there was some semblance of procedure in the “tribunals” and some people were actually acquitted of the charges that they faced, mostly of being anti revolutionary. Now, because of pressure brought to bear, the procedure was “streamlined.” You could be arrested, “tried,” (without defense or the ability to call witnesses on your behalf) and executed all within three days. Marie Antoinette was an infamous example of this.

We in the west are now at the beginning stages of politically motivated courts who serve the immoral revolution. Those who oppose the ideas of this revolution are in the process of being criminalized. And those who call for that criminalization are no less zealous than the prosecutors of France’s reign of terror. Not surprisingly, a main contributor to France’s reign of terror was a journalist named Jacques Hébert, who was also a key witness in Marie Antoinette’s trial. He was also a central figure in the process of what was called “radical dechristianization.” This was embraced by the politicians and most of the people of Paris during the revolution. Can I suggest that there is now a process, again led by the media and politicians to “dechristianize,” our society.

We now live in a world where fighting against so-called homophobia and Islamophobia is a moral imperative. And just so we are clear, homophobia now describes anyone who disagrees with homosexuality in all of its many forms. The same is true of Islamophobia. And so, speech itself must now be criminalized. Speech is the expression of our thoughts and ideas and if these thoughts and ideas differ from the immoral revolution then they must be crushed by zealous and violent groups like ANTIFA, the so-called anti-fascists which is of course, a text-book example or irony for they themselves are the very essence of fascism.

Now, where does that leave genuine Christians? Where we have always been since the Church began. We are standing in the gap. We are the true moral conscience of the world. We represent Christ here on earth and as light we shall be violently opposed by darkness. And of course, when darkness has an opportunity to sweep away institutions and societies then its first and foremost target is the light that opposes it. To one degree or another this has been our role in the world since Jesus walked the earth. And it will be our role until He returns.Stand fast brothers and sisters and let the light of Christ shine out as we become the enemies of the state. Remember, your Lord and your God was also the enemy of the state and if they hated Him they will hate you. But be of good cheer for when they hate you without cause and for His sake, great is your reward in heaven.

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The church that entertains.

Posted by appolus on September 1, 2017

The church that can’t worship must be entertained. And men who can’t lead a church to worship must provide the entertainment (A.W.Tozer)
In most of Christendom we are living with the triumph of form over substance and the evidence of that is the depth or lack thereof of Christianity in our society. Now three of four generations into an entertainment driven church we are left with a shallowness of showmanship that merely engages the “audience.” I would argue that all across Christendom we are seeing leaders who lead the people by providing entertainment.

You will hear excuses about staying relevant and keeping up with technology and so on. I personally have nothing against technology but when it becomes an integral part of creating a “show” on a Sunday morning then you know that the plot has been lost. Today we are being driven by the form and not the substance. The cultural winds have simply taken a hold of the church and the church is being driven along by these winds towards what destination? What is the end for such a church? The complete amalgam of the world with the church. This is a tragedy.

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