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There is a legacy.

Posted by appolus on March 8, 2021

In the very first commandment we see that God says He is a “jealous God and that He visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me.” Yet, he says that He shows “mercy to thousands to those who love me and keep my commandments.”

Now in our time, three or four generations is about one hundred years. Seems like a long time and we know that God’s mercy can break the iniquities of unbelievers. Yet His mercies extends at least that long and more to the generations that love Him and keep His commandments.

I can trace my own Christian lineage back to just over 100 years. My great great grandfather was a drummer in a Scottish regiment in the first word war, that is him with the mustache in the picture. I know next to nothing about him, but I have two pictures of him. One in his uniform, kilt and all, and the other in the uniform of the Salvation army. I can only surmise that he saw all the horrors of the first world war and gave his heart to Jesus around that time.

The Salvation Army at the turn of the last century was a powerful force for the Gospel. They marched into tenement slums where “angels feared to tread.” Enough to say that if you were in the Salvation Army at that time is was because you had been gloriously regenerated and wanted to serve Jesus in the saving of souls. And so the lineage was passed down to my mothers generation and some of her brothers, and now she is 80 and the last of ten siblings still alive.

I and a few of my cousins have taken up the banner and are moving forward in the battle. This is the mercy of God shown to the third and fourth generations and beyond. A legacy of Christ in my family on my mothers side. Interestingly, although he was the only Salvationist in our family I know of, my mother was born again in a Citadel. She did not join the Salvation Army but you can see the thread of the Lord working to the third and forth generations staring with my great great Grandad.

There is a legacy brothers and sisters. Gods faithfulness to us, and His mercy that runs down through the generations. So no matter what the state of your family when it comes to those who are saved or not saved, keep shining the light of Christ. There is a lot more going on than you know. I know that it can be discouraging sometimes when we look at the landscape of our families. Yet we are not laboring in vain, the Spirit of God is at work and His mercy, we are told, endures forever. Take heart, keep shining your light, keep praying, keep loving, keep forgiving and we shall see God’s mercy at work in the land of the living.

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Vital connections

Posted by appolus on March 8, 2021

Zec 4:3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.

One hot summers day as I was walking and talking with the Lord, I thought about how important it is to be filled, to be constantly filled by Him and with Him. I had been reading recently in the Scriptures about the two olive trees in Zec 4. I read that the candlestick was constantly supplied by oil from the bowl that was connected to the two olive trees on either side of the bowl.

Now, it seems clear from Scripture that these trees represent for us, Jesus on one side and the Holy Spirit on the other. And when we are connected to Jesus by the Holy Spirit, then our bowls, our vessels are filled with a never ending source of power, the power of God and the grace of God. In that same chapter we see, and it is such a well know Scripture, that “It is not by might, nor by power but by Spirit says the Lord.”

Then Psalm 133 came to my mind. I thought about the precious oil that anoints the head of the priest. An abundance of oil, so much so that it flows down from the head, onto the beard and covers the garments of the priest. Can I ask, do you have such an anointing brothers and sisters? Do you long for it? Are you intimately connected to the source of such oil? Does it cover every part of you as it did the priest in the Psalm?

As it was early in the morning that I was walking everything was dripping with a heavy dew. Even although it had not rained for many days, the grass was totally soaked and to walk through it meant getting very wet. Here I was, in the middle of a Kansas summer, soaked by the dew that fell from heaven. This is how it is likened in Psalm 133 ”Like the dew of Hermon that flows down the mountains of Zion : for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life forever more.”

Oh brothers and sisters I thought about that life, that life that is in me, that abundant life that overflows out of the abundance of my heart. Unless our heart is like a vessel, connected to the two trees, how can it ever be filled? How can the light of Christ keep shining in us unless we are abiding in Him, connected to Jesus and His Holy Spirit? And how can this oil of gladness, this oil of unity, this oil of life overflow and pour down our garments unless our hearts first be filled to capacity? In this the Lord Himself commands a blessing of life. Only in this is life. Can you see the importance of the two trees? Can you see how important it is to be connected to both?

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