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A manifestation of the light of God to a dark world.

Posted by appolus on November 15, 2022

2Co 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Isn’t it so comforting to know that God commands light to shine forth from darkness? The greatest darkness the world has ever known was the gross darkness that fell upon the earth as Jesus hung there on the cross. An earlier example of such darkness was the ninth plague on Egypt when the darkness was so total that the Egyptians had to feel their way around. A darkness that renders you blind. A darkness that causes you to see no way ahead. An all consuming darkness. This was the darkness that surrounded Jesus and He cried out in great despair. And then finds the way forward “Father, into thy hands I commend my Spirit.” And God commanded light to shine forth from darkness. What looked like a terrible defeat was actually the greatest victory there has ever been.

Many of you reading this will know something of this darkness. You will have experienced great despair, maybe even of life itself. Brothers and sisters, you are in good company. While most difficult, this is common to the saints who walk the narrow path. Oftentimes in our journey we shall experience great trials where there seems to be no way ahead. You might be there right now. “Father, into thy hands I commend my Spirit.’ This is the way forward through the gross darkness.You may be hard pressed on every side yet you shall not be crushed. You may be in despair, even unto death, but you have a High Priest who knows this and Paul and others who experienced this very thing, and like them you shall not drown in this despair, the Hand of God will hold  you, the anchor will hold in the storm that rages. You may be struck down and afflicted, but you shall not be destroyed. Light shall indeed shine forth from the darkness of your situation.

Therefore brothers and sisters, do not lose heart. Even though your outward appearance may be perishing, the spirit within you is being renewed one day at a time. This momentary affliction, life itself, is but a moment in the vastness of eternity. Look brothers and sisters, look with spiritual eyes and see what cannot be seen. See the eternal glory of God. While we continue to look upon the glory of  God and our eternal walk with Him, rather than look to this world with all of its sin and decay, including our own bodies, then we begin to store up for ourselves an “eternal weight,’ of glory. Do not lose heart at your trials and afflictions, for we are called to such things. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus sake, that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal bodies. Can you see the truth of this brothers and sisters? Light is shining forth out of the darkness of our flesh by the very commandment of God. For we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power of God may be seen by men. We, the saints, are a manifestation of the light of God to a dark world.

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The inevitable Christian loneliness-The price of truth.

Posted by appolus on November 15, 2022

 
There is somewhat of an inevitable loneliness of the walk of the saint who has stepped behind the veil so to speak. Certainly it has always been this way. Yet in these days this loneliness the saint feels, this isolation that plagues him can only get worse. For part of this loneliness has always been associated with separation down through the corridors of time. In every age every group of saints has faced the challenge of their time and they faced it, for the most part alone or in smaller groups.
 
Now why do I say that it can only get worse? I believe that it will only get worse because this world is growing darker, darker than it ever has been before. Before it is all over, right will have become wrong, day will have become night and every saint who has walked in the garden of the Lord’s heart will be more isolated that any group of saints have ever have been in the past. Every saints yearns for deep genuine fellowship. It abides within the depths of who we are. Yet there is something that is deeper still, its an unyielding powerful force that grips us. It lies at the very center of who we are. If we could see with spiritual eyes into the deepest parts of who we are we would see this. What is it? Its a gift that we received upon which everything stands. It is the Truth and our love for it.
 
And with all unrighteous deception among those that perish, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2Th 2:10-12)
 
It is such a serious thing is it not, the truth? By it we stand or fall. Those who receive the love of the truth are saved, those who do not, perish. Now, if you have received the love of the truth, nothing will compel you to give it up. You have received it as a gift from God Himself and it burns in your bones. This is why there is more loneliness ahead in this world for the saint. For the world and indeed much of Christendom has turned its back on the truth. They are willing to trade the truth for the love of man and the acceptance of the world. We know that perfect love casts out all fear. This love, which we saints have received will do its perfect work. It will keep us in power and give us a mind that is not shaken by circumstances, a heart and a mind that stands upon the unshakable Word of God. Yet not just the Word of God but the dynamic reality of the presence of God.
 
And that is the separation. Only in like-minded saints can we ever find fellowship. Only that kind of fellowship moving forward will be acceptable. The reality is that there is an ever-widening gap between those who call themselves followers of Jesus and those who have seen as opposed to heard. On the road to Emmaeus two saints said ““Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” The Holy Spirit opens up the Word to His saints as they encounter the living God in their hearts. He leads them and He guides them and at the bottom of it all is Truth and the saints love for it. What is Truth? Jesus is Truth and in that Truth He give us life and that more abundantly and He shows us the way. If that way leads us down the dark and narrow road of circumstances and loneliness, then that will not stop us from going down that road.And so the gap indeed widens for the genuine saint who has received the love of the truth.
 
The world and all of its ways have forced itself into Christendom and demands allegiance. Not total allegiance to begin with for that old serpent is far too wise for that. Just a foothold, juts a little foothold that’s all for today, but tomorrow comes the stronghold and then the stronghold becomes the base from which total dominance of all the land becomes a reality. The genuine saint flees away from all of that and will find less and less places of refuge until at last he has no where else to run. Yet the man or the woman of God has found a hiding place that can never be conquered or taken. It is the high tower of the Living God. It is the shadow underneath the wing of the most high. It is the secret garden of the heart of promise given to us. There we walk saints. It is a place where we know. It is common to us. I have met saints from all over the world who ” know,” this place. And my spirit witnesses with theirs and theirs with mine.
 
There are but two worlds, two realities. This world and the Kingdom of God. When the Lord returns, which world will He find us in? Each world is exclusive and demands total loyalty. We are witnessing the stripping away of all of the pretense of this world. There is more stripping to come as the master of this world exposes himself for who and what he is. And antidote to this world and the father of lies is the Truth and our love for it. Let us stand fast in the coming days and follow the passion of our hearts no matter where it leads us. In the end, it is better to have fellowship with God than to be friends with the world. In the world people gather round a flag pole. In the Kingdom, saints gather round the truth. It is the fire that will keep us warm as the bitter cold winter of the worlds discontent fast approaches its inevitable end.

				

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