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Revival or Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

Posted by appolus on October 15, 2018

“Now see, we try to take that concept of “revival” and we apply it to things that are dead, things that are outside of the Ekklesia – our church buildings, our religious programs, our church services, our membership – and we hope that through “revival” we are going to increase our ministry, enlarge our church, get more people saved, or whatever the goal is. But my point is that the Ekklesia does not need revival. You are trying to raise something from the dead with revival, but the Ekklesia is living.” (Chip Brogden)

What Chip says there is really quite profound. When Paul Washer spoke to the 5000 Baptist youth, I imagine that there would hardly have been an eyebrow raised if he told the crowd they needed revival. Yet he told them to consider the fact that they had never been alive in the first place. When you consider men like Ravenhill who claimed only about 7% of professing Christians in America were actually saved, then rather than revival, we would need the kind of power that Peter spoke with at Pentecost.

Peter spoke and the people were “stabbed in the heart.” They were not revived, they were stabbed in the heart, hearts that were hardened and dead through sin but convicted by the power of the Holy Spirit and life sprung up from death and thousands were saved.

What is there is a desperate need of today in Christendom? The power of the Holy Spirit, the same power that came upon Peter, yet, as we know, almost all of the denominations and the majority of churches throughout the land deny Him His place in their midst. Now, if one wanted to repent, there would be a good place to start. Leaders repenting that they have usurped the Holy Spirit and robbed Jesus of His preeminence.

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Draw ever closer

Posted by appolus on October 7, 2018

Anoint me Lord for all my days
That I may walk with you a ways
Not just to follow where you led
But walk to where you died and bled

To walk with you sets my heart on fire
To walk with you lifts me ever higher
Not only shall I take your lead
But stand and fight and die and bleed

For I could follow from afar
And you could be my true north star
But when we walk both hand in hand
Forever on the Rock I stand

Tis one thing Lord to follow You
Believe the Word every part be true
It’s another for the world to see
That you Oh King doth dwell in me

For then I am both salt and light
And they behold your glorious sight
Your perfect love casts out all fear
When you to me are very near

Draw nigh to me then I to you
With power from on high endue
Then you shall walk each day with power
And know you need me every hour

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My thoughts on Truth

Posted by appolus on October 5, 2018

A truth revealed by God is a fire released into the bones. This fire can never be extinguished. A truth heard and agreed with is a spark created from a fire built by man. It will not last nor stand the refiners test. I have seen it myself in men that I love dearly, they always gravitate back to the religious. They are not bad men, they simply lack the fire that cannot be extinguished and that fire is a revelation.

As a Scottish boy growing up in a housing scheme high up on the hills of the Clyde Valley looking down on the estuary below, I walked into the wind and the rain a thousand times. Not just ordinary wind, but a driving wind that seeks by force to hold you back and impede your progress and all the time being soaked to the skin by rain and chilled to the bone by cold. No one in their right minds wants to walk into the wind and the rain, it is so much easier to have the wind at your back. More often that nought, when the Lord gives you a word, fire from the altar, to carry it forward you must walk headlong into a driving rain and a force ten gale. This wind, this rain this uphill battle is the efforts by man, fueled by the enemy, to try and extinguish the fire in your bones. In order to carry a message from God you have to die to this world and any desire to please it. Pleasing man is one of the deadliest of all temptations, it manifests itself in a million different ways but always has the same result, God is relegated to second place in our lives.

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He is sufficient for you today.

Posted by appolus on October 3, 2018

As a people, Americans in general are self-sufficient. It was one of the first things I admired about them when I moved to Kansas from Scotland. It seemed that no matter what obstacle they faced, they came up with a solution by their own resources and by their own hand. I have no doubt whatsoever that living in the vast plains of North America for the last couple of centuries only enhanced their abilities to come up with solutions to problems that would typically require a new part or a replacement. These things were usually weeks away.

This, I would suggest, is a blessing and a curse. The self-sufficiency of man may work very well in the world, but in the realms of the Spirit it serves to hinder us. This is a nuanced problem as it requires balance as do almost all things in life whether in the world or in the Spirit and the balance would be to be self-sufficient and resourceful in the world but in the Spirit be completely reliant upon God. The problem is that when we are self-sufficient in life, we tend to have less “need,” for God. And as we have less need for Him we begin to drift away, slowly but surely.

For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life 2Co 1:8. It seems that the Apostle Paul is learning dependence upon God at levels few of us ever have to.

The Apostle Paul, a man esteemed above most others in the Christian world, here, with remarkable transparency and raw honesty tells us that he despaired even of life. Have you ever been so desperate and so in the depths of despair that you thought you might die? It seems strangely out-of-place in our modern world of heroes who valiantly face each and every danger with stoic strength and immovability. Yet, the ability of recognizing our dependence upon God is our very strength and the greater you are tested in this the deeper is your depth in Him.

And so trials and tribulation and sufferings tend to hammer home our need for God. We are told that we will not be tempted more than we are able and that the Lord would give us a way of escape. Many folks tend to think this means that we will avoid the very situation that Paul is speaking of in the above Scripture. Yet here the eminent Apostle Paul himself finds himself seemingly tempted more than he was able, so much so he despaired of life itself. The overall situation was above and beyond his capability and strength, spiritual or otherwise. Does this then contradict the Scripture that He would never tempt us more than we are able? Not at all, He has given us a way of escape, God Himself is our way of escape.

Maybe you find yourself in a place where you are in despair? You cannot see a way ahead. You cannot fix something no matter how resourceful and self-sufficient you are. No friends or loved ones can help, your pastor cannot help. God is your way of escape this day. He and He alone is your life-line. Fall upon Him today and humble yourself by acknowledging, just like Paul, that you are in despair. You will discover that the Lord your God is faithful. He is calling out to you and He is drawing you in, deeper into His heart. Will you take His hand this day and lay down your burdens?

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