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The gift of God

Posted by appolus on November 18, 2019

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Eph 2:8)

Faith delivers what Grace provides-Don’t measure your faith, measure your God-David Legge.

If faith is the evidence of things not seen, and it is , then it is first and foremost the evidence of God. We see God in the man who walks in faith. We see God in love and hope and mercy and forgiveness. We see Him in joy and peace and self-control. We see Him in all of these attributes distilled in us and we see Him more clearly the darker the background. The more difficult the circumstances of our lives then the greater the canvas for memorializing God in the hearts and minds of the world.

And so, if the unmerited favor of God first and foremost provides salvation, justification, then it also provides us with the means of how to live out that justification. Grace gives us access to faith and faith is the evidence of the man or woman who walks in close proximity to God. The closer the walk, the greater the faith. The greater the faith, the deeper the love. The deeper the love the more abundant the hope. The abundance of hope leads to an abundance of mercy and forgiveness and thankfulness.

And finally, the greater the faith the greater the expressions of joy and peace and self-control. And all of these add up to an expression of the reality of God seen in us. An expression of the reality of the unseen God. A light that pierces the darkness of this world, the hope of this world. The measure of your faith depends upon the vastness of God in your life. An all consuming relationship with God produces the greatest expressions of faith for a dying world to see.

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Power and the men who love it

Posted by appolus on November 16, 2019

Men who have power in Christendom, mostly pastors, will never recognize their need to radically change their ways. They love the power and anything that would change that will be violently opposed. For them it runs counter to multiple centuries of tradition. The truth is, for the most part, they love being important. It would be akin to the Hollywood stars who love the adulation of the crowds. Or the Pharisee who loves the best place at the table. The biblical form of leadership strikes at the heart of their vanity, it delivers a death blow to their pride. The departure from an elite group of leaders or one man power system is the radical nature of what the NT teaches.It is an absolute revolution against every part of the flesh.

The institution and the keepers of it will do everything to maintain their power. The Pharisees and the Sadducees and the scribes and the Herodians and the Romans all came together in the end to kill Jesus to maintain their order, and keep their positions, they were keepers of the status quo. It was decided by a disparate group of religious people and politicians that “it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” A similar disparate group of religious people, and politicians will come to a similar conclusion about those who call for a sweeping away of the old in favor of the exclusive teachings of the New Testament. That group will morph into the great whore church, attended by the ranks of the fallen away. They will be the deadliest enemies of the remnant saints.

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The horizon of thankfulness.

Posted by appolus on November 13, 2019

For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. (2 Cor 4: 15-16)

Lord I pray that my heart would be forever fixed upon the horizon of Thankfulness. I can see how love and joy and peace and contentment and life are all attached to a heart that is fixed and focused upon thankfulness to God. When we take our eyes off of this horizon, when we deviate to the left or to the right from this perspective then the floodgates crack open and into the fields of our hearts bitter waters waters begin to seep. Discontentment begins to rise, roots of bitterness begin to break through the surface. All this begins to happen when our horizon changes, when thankfulness and gratefulness are no longer our dominant state of mind. We all know folks whose hearts have been flooded with bitterness. They have no peace. They have no joy. They are quick to anger. They cannot appreciate anything they have, they are consumed with the things that they do not have, the things that they have missed out on or lost in life.

And they begin to die, spiritually. The bitterness that seeped into the innermost fields of their hearts begin to seep out to the surface. What was once hidden away in the heart begins to manifest itself on the outside. Family are the first to suffer, then co-workers and friends. They do not see someone who is filled with the love of God and the light of His life, but someone who is embittered and filled with darkness. Unless thier eyes are drawn back again to the horizon of thankfulness then there can be no hope. Those afflicted with this malady, this disease, lets call it what it is, this high crime, will wander in the wilderness and they will die there.

The antidote to all of this is a life of thankfulness and a heart that always leans towards being grateful in every situation. Give thanks to God in all things. No matter the darkness of your surroundings you give thanks to God. As a saint you have the greatest gifts of all, you have the treasures of heaven, you have eternal life in heaven bought for you at a terrible cost. We could live a thousand lives and never be able to repay the cost of the cross. Run to thankfulness when you are hard pressed on every side. Run to thankfulness when you have been crushed by circumstances. Focus on the light when darkness presses in all around you. With your dying breath give thanks to God. This decision of the heart, this deliberate act of the will, is the power of God in your life. This is overcoming. This is enduring to the end. This is the fire. This is your sanctification, this is your narrow path that leads to life. Find it, walk in it and keep your eyes fixed upon its horizon.

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Enter into the glory

Posted by appolus on November 12, 2019

The true power of those who walk the Kingdom walk lies not in an alleviation of circumstances but an elevation of Spiritual awareness that enables us to enter into the Glory. Just one glimpse of His glory elevates us high above the circumstances of our lives. His Glory is the updraft that lifts us high above our circumstances. To look into the eyes of Glory means to rise above the storms of this world. There is no set of chains that can restrain the child of God. There is no trial on earth that can hold our bodies down. When we see His Glory, when we fix our eyes on His majesty then no matter what our circumstances are we begin to rise up.

There is a heavenly choir of glory that beckons us to come up. The only thing that can hold us down is our own hands. When we let go of our circumstance and lift our eyes up to Jesus that name which is above every name, then we begin to rise up. Will you lift up your eyes towards the King today saint? The Lord sees you in the midst of your trial, can you see Him? Will you let go today? Will you release your grasp today from the circumstances which threaten to destroy you? No matter how terrifying this may seem, will you let go today, there is glory that awaits you. Lift you voice in praise today, let it rise up to heaven itself and suddenly you will find yourself in the midst of Glory.

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The gross darkness

Posted by appolus on November 11, 2019

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.(Rev 13:7)

This scripture alludes to the darkest time of all the ages. There is a coming war against the saints and the saints are overcome. The great tribulation to come will produce this situation which is why the Scriptures warn us over and over again that it is those who overcome, who endure to the end who will be saved. Let us consider a time in history where we see such a darkness over the earth. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.(Mat 27:45) From the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was a gross Satanic darkness that engulfed the world. Somewhere between three hours and four hours. At the end of this Satanic darkness Christ Himself cries out my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Mat 27:45) This is not only the darkest hour materially, but also the darkest hour spiritually.

We who are alive in the great persecution soon to come, will have to face this same kind of Satanic darkness, a period of time where it appears that we have been abandoned by God. It wont be for a few hours, it will more than likely be for a few years. Think not that if the Lord Jesus Himself cried out this agonizing cry in the midst of gross Satanic darkness, that somehow we saints shall avoid coming to this same moment. This three or four hours of Satanic darkness, I am convinced, symbolically represents the time alluded to in Rev 13:7. A time, when we have, just like our Lord, been handed over to our enemies. Judgement begins at the house of the Lord.

Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.(Jer 30:10) God Himself is the affecting agent on Israel as they are taken into captivity to Babylon. The Lord says in verse 11 that I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished. If judgment indeed begins at the house of the Lord, and it does, it is necessary for the Lord to do it. Imagine if you will a a man on your street who has spoiled undisciplined children. He then comes across your children doing something wrong and he severely disciplines them. He who does not discipline his own has no authority to discipline others.

God is not like men. He does discipline His children. He scourges those He loves. And so we see in Jeremiah chapter 30 that even although His children are going into captivity, He has not forgotten them. Even although they deserved punishment, lest they lose hope in the midst of their captivity,God promises them that He would save them from afar. At the end of the gross darkness on Calvary, the Lord cries out to God once more and He says “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” You see, He now addresses God as Father. The doubt is gone, the victory is won and the intimacy has returned. We too shall be driven into the deepest intimacy we have ever known as we pass through the valley, the deepest darkest valley ever known.

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An open door

Posted by appolus on November 8, 2019

Rev 4:1  After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven:

A door opened in heaven!! What is this, what can it mean? If such a door existed and we had access to it should we not find it and walk through it? Just a few sentences earlier we hear about the door;Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.(Rev 3:20) There is, it seems, a door that we as children of God can open, and when that door is opened we can sit down with the Lord at His banqueting table, glory to God. Again a few sentences before that we hear Jesus say I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.(Rev 3:8)

This open door to glory, this door to heaven, this access to the throne room belongs to the child of God. The ability to come before the Father and bow down and cry out Abba uniquely belongs to the overcoming, enduring child of the living God. No man can shut this door, no power on earth can shut this door, Satan himself cannot shut this door. It has been given by the hand of God to His child and no one can rob him of it.

This is the glories of walking with the Lord with an open heart, to walk in His presence and according to His ways. This is the promise of Jesus to His faithful followers, that no matter what happens, no matter how dark the hour , no matter how fierce the opposition, the saints will walk in the glories of God and have access to His throne and to His presence and that He would keep them from the hour of temptation. Now that word keep is better translated guard. To the loving Church who does not deny the name of Jesus and keeps His word, He guards them from that hour of temptation that is coming upon the world. Temptation loses its power for those who draw near to Jesus. To draw near to Jesus we must have an open door in our hearts, our hearts must be open to His glories and then we shall have the power to stand fast and let no man steal our crown.

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Now is the time to enter in.

Posted by appolus on November 6, 2019

Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.Isa 26:20

When the indignation of the Lord comes, when the Lord steps down and the judgement begins, then we shall enter into our chambers. The children of Israel in the Passover not only had to have the blood of the lamb over the lintels of their doors, they had to be inside their chambers. This word chambers is from the Greek word cheder which means innermost. In the time of our troubles we must enter into the innermost chambers of the Lord. We must be found in the Holy place, the place of holiness. The Lord our God is a shelter to His children, He is a strong tower that protects us from our enemies. We shall abide in His tabernacle and trust in the cover of His wings. The name of our Lord is our strong tower, the righteous run into it and they are safe (Prov 18:10)

This is a call to come out of the world and enter into your high tower, enter into your chambers, the innermost depths of your heart. Come away from everything of the world, everything that is not of Him and in this place you shall be safe. Do not be found with the world for you shall be judged with them. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.(Psa 27:5) This high-tower, our high-tower, is the Lord Jesus, He is the Rock upon which we stand, He is the tabernacle in which we fellowship.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.(Col 3:2-3) In order to stand in the evil day, in order to overcome and endure until the end we must be hid in the Lord Jesus. The seat of our affections, everything that we hold dear must be in Jesus and Jesus alone. If you set your mind on the things of the world, if there has been no clear separation from the things of the world then when the world is shaken and everything begins to spin out of control you will be tossed around like a wave upon the sea driven by the cultural winds. Only those whose sails are fully unfurled will be able to be controlled, not by the cultural winds but by the wind of the Holy Spirit who charts a course into the depths of the Father’s heart where we will be safe.

 

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He is the way

Posted by appolus on November 4, 2019

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.(Joh 14:6)

There are many earth shattering moments when Jesus spoke. Moments and words that changed everything. This scripture is among the most profound truth ever written. This is why in the end of end days it will become the most infamous of all Scriptures. This will be banned and become illegal to share in our life time. It will be deemed as hate speech and once that occurs, almost all of what Jesus spoke will be considered detrimental to the spiritual health of the population at large. His words will then be cherry picked and the rest will simply not be spoken about, much like the Jewsih people who ignore Isaiah 53.

Let us affirm this truth. Jesus is the only way to heaven and every other road leads directly to hell, whether that be the Islamic road or the Judaic road or the Hindu road or the Buddhist road. The only way to God is through His son Jesus. He is the way. And in the depths of that meaning we are shown that it is not good enough to say that you are His or that you believe in Him, there must be fruits of your salvation. We will know a saint by the way that he or she walks. In the days of the inquisitions, many saints were identified for persecution because it was said of then that they lived “exemplary,” lives. This is the way of Christ. We live and we strive to live as He did and taught. The truth is the word of God. It is not open for debate among saints, starting with the above Scripture. Jesus is the Truth and Jesus is the word made flesh and we stand upon it, even with our very lives. It burns at the center of our souls, it is a fire in our bones and flames upon our lips. The truth spoken in love scorches a Godless earth. To the ungodly it is a fire that must be extinguished.

Finally He is the life and no man truly follows Him without having His life in Him. His life in us is joy and peace in the Holy Spirit. It is peace when all around us is turmoil. It is joy even in the depths of despair. It is love when we should hate. It is self control and meekness. It is a giving of ourselves and a crucified life. In all of this we are long suffering and the very least those around us will say is that we are good people. And so saint even in these ever darkening days let us stand upon the fundamental truth of our Lord and never waver even as the inevitable assaults come flooding in. He is true and let all men be liars.

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Lost in the glory of God

Posted by appolus on November 2, 2019

The other morning I was swept up in worship. It seemed like I found myself in the throne room of God. There, a million virtuosos played upon their violins with such beauty that the music itself became our dance partners, lifting us up with an incredible grace. I was dancing with others, so many, vast, without number, and yet intimately close before the throne. We became one in our worship. It was glorious and all consuming and I never wanted it to end. An eternal oneness of worship before magnificence.

One day the Lord will rend the heavens and His glory will flow down the mountains and fill every valley with His majesty. The seas will flee at His presence, the mountains will humbly bow and say ” Glory , glory to the risen King.” The sun will turn its face away in shame for it is outshone by the brilliance of His illumination. The moon and the stars will cry out ” Holy, Holy is He who was and is and forever shall be.” And every voice from every tongue will say “Jesus,” and acknowledge the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. And the beasts of the earth will fall down and cover their faces and then the lion will rise up and approach the lamb and they will lay down together. And every knee shall bow in every tribe and in every nation and even the hordes of hell will fall silent as He approaches.

The earth itself will grow silent and shall be still and then a glorious noise will begin to rise and will fill the earth, it will fill the sea it will fill the night skies it will fill the whole universe and all that will be heard will be the choirs of angels, that heavenly choir and the glory of God will not only cover the earth but will fill up everything that there is or has ever been. Gods saints, His children will rise on this glorious symphony, they will arise in the updrafts of His glory and majesty and it will carry them into the heart of God. And those who rejected this magnificent glory will fall and their cries will be heard as they fall into the depths of darkness, for what eyes can ever see light again that were not sanctified eyes. And He will reign forever.

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Falling short of the glory

Posted by appolus on November 1, 2019

Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 

What a great tragedy that all men sinned and had fallen short of the glory of God. Jesus our Lord is the glory of God. When men fall short of God’s glory they fall short of Jesus. He is our prophet, our priest and our King. The prophets had longed to see the day that the Messiah walked the earth, and now, here He was. Yet He had come not to bring righteousness to men through the law, but by grace through faith. The unmerited favor of God would be extended to all men, the Jew and the Gentile, for all had fallen short of the glory that was manifested in Christ the King. Yet now all the world would be extended this righteousness of God by faith. Trust in God and believe in Him and you shall be saved. Saved from sin, saved from death, saved from darkness saved from eternal darkness.

And now we who know Him, do not fall short of His glory. We stand amazed in it. We revel in it. We children of the living God are one with the Father and the Son by the power of the Holy Spirit. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:(Joh 17:22) We are one in Him and we have beheld His glory. We no longer fall short of it, we are immersed in it. This is our destiny, that the world will see Christ in us, that they will see His glory from afar, and be drawn to it so that they too may behold His glory and not fall short of it. If He be lifted up, the Christ, our Lord, the name of Jesus on the lips lips of sanctified saints baptized by fire, then they that are drawn to Him shall also be engulfed in the fire of His glory.

God has no pleasure in those who draw back from the glory. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.(Heb 10:38) The saints of God ever want to please their Father in heaven. God’s overcoming saints are not those who draw back. They are those who with boldness enter into the holiest by the blood of Christ our Lord. By a new and living way we draw near, through the veil, into the presence of our High priest; with true hearts and holding fast the full assurance of our faith. Men who profess His name may draw back and fall short of His glory, but we saints shall draw near and stand amazed in the glory. And the world will know that Jesus and all His glory was sent from heaven as the manifest expression of God’s great love.

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In Him

Posted by appolus on October 30, 2019

Act 17:28  For in him we live, and move, and have our being;

The Lord is the very source of our lives. We breathe because He first breathed life into us. The very essence of our lives , our existence, depended upon and depends upon God, whether men know this or not. He holds it all together. Not only is He the creator but He is the very fabric of all that exists. We move because He created these bodies and we think because God created our minds. This is the universal truth of all men whether they care to acknowledge it or not.

Now the twice born man is very different from the once born man. He no longer lives, in the sense that he merely exists. It is now Christ that lives in Him. He is a new creation in Christ and is a son of the living God. The Father and the Son have taken up residence in Him by the power of the Holy Spirit. So his life is now supernatural. Yes he exists, he lives, but its no longer he but Christ in him. This body of the saint that was once only a vehicle for the soul of man, is now the residence of the most High God. The life that he now lives is maintained and sustained by faith.

To move in God is to walk in the manifest presence of the Lord. In the natural, to move means to go from one place to another. In the supernatural, to move in God is to draw deeper into the heart of the Father. And from that place comes power, and so we can move in the power of God. We can move in the love of God. We can move in forgiveness and grace and discernment. Like the natural man, when the spiritual man moves, he is moving from one place to another. It is part of his spiritual journey home, from precept to precept. Ever closer, ever deeper.

Our being is our very existence. Every human being exists in time and space. Yet the man or woman who is born again now exists not only in time and space, but in the Kingdom of God that was and is and is to come. When we have our being in Him by virtue of the new birth we live and move and have our being in the Kingdom of God. We breathe rarified air. Our atmosphere is different from the rest of humanity. We breath in the poison of the world and we breath out life. In the place of darkness we bring life from the light of God like spiritual photosynthesis. Brothers and sister, let us reckon this to be so as we live and move in this world. Know your place, you no longer belong to this world even although you are in it, you are not of it. Your place is in the Kingdom of God before His throne.

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Do you know?

Posted by appolus on October 28, 2019

Heb 11:1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith, what an incredible word. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. Not the hope of man that comes out of the abundance of his worldly desires. Faith is a foundation, its a complete reliance upon the the Word of God whether written or spoken. Jesus told us that He was the Son of the Living God. Peter believed it, we believe it. Not in our heads but in the very depths of our hearts. The world tells us to put our money where our mouths are. They mean to say ” show us how much you believe in something.” Jesus says that if a man tries to save his life he loses it, but if he loses his life for the sake of the King of Kings then that man has put his life where his mouth is.

That is how much he believes it. With everything that is in him. Whether in riches or in poverty, whether in sickness or in health whether clothed or naked, hungry or full, it matters not for we have cast our all upon the altar of God. That right there destroys the so called word of faith movement. It utterly shatters the health and wealth movement. True faith, like the love between one man and one woman, is for ever, no matter what comes our way. What God has joined together, our hearts with His, let nothing separate it. Job, having lost everything and sitting atop a pile of broken pottery scraping the boils that covered his whole body refused to give up on his God, would not curse him. He says that even if God slays him, yet will he trust him.

Trust, faith, belief. The Holy Spirit has given His saints a love of the truth. The things that we hope for are eternal. The things that we hope for, the desires of our hearts are His hope and His desires, that is why we know. This knowing that has been given to us, is the evidence of the things to come. The evidence of things not seen, that sentence absolutely runs counter to everything man is and knows. There in enmity between the heads of men and the hearts of the saints and never the twain can meet. There is a vast gulf between the two and it is impassable. One reasoning belongs to the world, what they can see, and the other “knowing,” belongs to the Kingdom. Do you know?

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Through the vale of tears.

Posted by appolus on October 25, 2019

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;(Php 1:29)

A wise man once wrote ” Friction is the polish that shines our graces.” Another way of saying that could be ” suffering is the path that leads to glory.” This is never a popular teaching, but suffering is a gift from God in the sense that it helps to sanctify us and shape us and teach us. The flesh screams out against ever going down that path. As mere humans we would never personally choose to go down such a path. Yet do you know what that path is called dear saint? It’s called the narrow path and it leads to life. One might ask “how can trials and humiliations , pain and suffering and even sometimes death lead to life?” As Christians, do we really need to ask that question? This was the life of Christ. He was acquainted with suffering, He was a man of sorrows. Some would teach that He suffered so that we would not have to. This is not true. He overcame suffering and hell and death so that we could overcome too in His name and by the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures tells us that “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; (Heb 5:8-9) If you are suffering today and in the midst of a sore trial, I want to encourage you. God is in control. He knows and He sees. There is nothing lost not a single tear. One day soon, all of those tears will be wiped away in the glories of heaven. Dear saint, you are not alone. You have brothers and sisters all over the world who too are passing through this vale of tears, this passage through the valley of weeping.

Now weeping may last through the midnight hours but joy shall find you on the morrow. You have a heart that cries out to the living God. Your soul longs to be away with Him to that place, the courts of the Lord. That place where just one moment in His presence is better than a thousand elsewhere. These moments are found along the valley floor, the valley of weeping. They are pools of living waters to refresh the weary saint as he journeys home. Living waters and the tears of all the saints that have went before you. Lift up your eyes saints and see the journey’s end. The Lord Himself and the place that He has prepared for you. Keep your eyes on the eternal horizon and remember your calling. It is calling to you, it is reminding you by by a whisper on the wind and that small still voice in your ear which speaks to your heart. Can you hear His voice calling you? Your steps are ordered of God, never let the enemy convince you otherwise. Put one more step in front of the other and the Lord will strengthen you. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.

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All that He’s created

Posted by appolus on October 24, 2019

When the heat of the summer’s over
And the leaves begin to fall
And winter fast approaches
I feel so very small

The grandeur of the seasons
Tis God’s own ticking clock
And through the seasons of my life
I’m compelled to simply stop

And survey the wonders of the heavens
That declare the glory of my King
And all around I see His beauty
And to His throne my praises bring

To stand atop the highest mountain
To soar with the eagles up above
To gaze at the stars in all their splendor
Does not compare to His rapturous love

For one so small I stand amazed
In the throne room so serene
For his glory eclipses everything
That I have ever seen

Come now oh children of the Lord
And hear what I have stated
The handiwork of Christ our King
And all that He’s created

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Count it all joy.

Posted by appolus on October 23, 2019

Mar 8:33 But when He had turned around and looked on His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, Get behind Me, Satan! For you do not mind the things of God, but of the things of men.

How many times have you heard people say “There there, everything will be okay.” Having lived long enough, I know that not to be true, yet still people somehow cling to that notion and draw comfort from it. When Peter , hearing Jesus talk about the things that He must suffer, rebukes Jesus and tells Him these things shall never be, Jesus uses the same rebuke that He used with Satan when Satan tempted Him. And so, those who mind the things of the world will always be offended at the notion that we have been called to suffer. We know that all who live Godly in Christ Jesus will suffer, yet we also know that there are many who would rebuke us for these thoughts. And why? Because they mind the things of this world and do not mind the things of God. My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.(James 1:2-4)

Here we see the connection between our various trials and our sanctification. Trials are the testing of our faith and our grade is measured by the joy that we experience in the midst of it. Many many things can be counterfeited in the Christian walk, but joy in the midst of suffering is not one of them. It is not natural, it is supernatural. I have a brother in Christ in hospital right now, he is very sick and has had tests and is waiting to see if he has cancer. One of the nurses requested him as a patient because of his wonderful attitude as a patient compared to others in the same situation. He told me that whether he lives or whether he dies he wants to glorify God. He wants to finish strong. You see, patience is working in my brother because he is able to count it all joy. He is lacking in nothing for Christ is his all in all. When we surrender to the things that we have no control over and we determine in the midst of it to glorify God and revel in His presence then we are as a light that shines forth from darkness. Witnesses to an astonished world that there is something more important than our lives and the circumstances of them. It is God and His Glory. To know that and to walk in it is the key to our lives as saints. It is also the key to joy and peace by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Running with the footmen

Posted by appolus on October 21, 2019

If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?(Jer 12:5)

When the saints are brought together, most likely by persecution, they will be like a well watered garden spiritually. Their hearts shall be glad that all the pretense of this world shall be cast of. They will have counted the cost and the price will be total separation from a world that has turned on them. When the Lord passed through the veil of tears of Gethsemane and totally surrendered to the will of His Father in heaven, for the joy that was set before Him, He willingly endured the suffering of the cross.

If you are now wearied by the world’s attitudes towards us brothers and sisters, what will you do when you have to contend with universal persecution that is surely at the door? If the very thought of it perplexes you greatly, what will the reality of it do to your peace? Do not grow weary brothers and sisters in a day and age where those who call themselves by the name of Jesus reject you and despise you and would exclude you. We must not let the complaint of this be foremost in our minds but rather of Jesus and that we are His servants. The trials to come will be severe and we must be able to walk in it by faith and with love and with power and a sound mind. Today is the the day of our preparation for tomorrow comes the battle.

I would encourage you today, not by telling you that all of our problems are behind us, indeed they are not and the greatest challenges lie ahead in the near future. No, my encouragement to you is that our souls will be like well watered gardens even in the middle of a wilderness desert of persecution. The greatest fellowship you will ever experience, as some now so desperately desire, will be yours as the enemy comes in like a flood and the Lord raises up a standard. Firstly your depth of relationship with the Lord will exceed anything you have ever imagined, and after the wheat has been separated from the tares, your fellowship with your fellow brothers and sisters will be sublime. Let us now run with the footmen and not grow weary so that we shall then be as swift as horses in the Kingdom of our God.

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Men say there is no help from God.

Posted by appolus on October 18, 2019

Psa 3:3  But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. 

The episode here described in this psalm of David is from one of the lowest accounts of his life. It is one thing to have enemies, its hard and we have to deal with that. It is quite another when it is a loved one who stabs you in the back. David’s own son Absalom has turned against him and has convinced most of the country to turn on David. So many of us can relate to Davids situation, he has troubles on every side. He is not a young man anymore and one could forgive him for thinking “have I not suffered enough?” People all around him are telling him that there is no help from God. Yet this is not David’s reaction. He has learned to trust God after all these years of serving him. He says that he cried out to the Lord and the Lord heard him from His holy hill. He did cry, we see that in 2 Sam 15:30 where he and all the people who were loyal to him weep as they make their way up Mount Olivet. What a sad tragic scene.

Yet David says that the Lord heard his cries. He acknowledges that the Lord is His shield and the lifter of his head and that in the glory of the Lord there is strength and peace to be found. So much so that David could lie down and sleep. As so many of you know, in a crisis, sleep rarely comes easily. Yet David slept for the Lord sustained him and he was not afraid. He trusted God so much that he sent the Ark back to Jerusalem and announced that it would be God who would determine the outcome of this situation. Whether on a throne or on the run David recognizes that God is his shield. He recognized that there was power in the glory of God and that this power was able to lift up the hands that hung down low and lift up the head to survey the heavens, from whence his help came from.

Those around us, who do not have eyes to see the glory, many well intentioned people, whisper in our ears along with the devil himself that there is no help from God. The man whose eyes are fixed on the glory of God, he is drawn away from his doubts and fears and drawn deeper into the heart of God. He abides under the shadow of the Almighty’s wing. And so we see here a principle that was so clearly demonstrated by Peter when he walked on the water. If your eyes are upon Jesus, He elevates you above the storm. The storm is still raging yet it cannot consume you. If your eyes are upon your situation then you start to drown, you will go under.

Maybe today you face that kind of situation with a loved one, or perhaps you are just surrounded on every side by trials, or maybe it is your future that deeply troubles you for any number of reasons. Remember this dear saint, God is a shield for you and in His glory He will lift you up. You keep looking to Jesus and you will lie down and sleep. He will give you the strength to arise every morning. He is well able. He knows your situation, just as he knew David’s. And David knew that. And in that trust that David had developed over decades of troubles, he could say with the Apostle Paul “I have learned to be content.” Be content today saint for God knows your situation. He will be with you through the fires and through the floods. He will not allow you to drown nor to be consumed by the fires of your trials.

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Not with enticing words

Posted by appolus on October 16, 2019

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.(1Co 2:4-5)

There is such a revelation in this Scripture that goes right along with everything that Paul was teaching not only the Corinthians but also the Galatians, every saint of that day, down through the ages and our day. If your faith stands because of the wisdom of men, and in this case it is the wisdom of enticing words from the pulpit, then your faith will not stand.

Only by the power of God can our faith be sustained, not by the persuasive words of men. One word from the mouth of God, even if it was from the mouth of a donkey, is better than ten thousand words from a very clever and persuasive man.

Many men can demonstrate wisdom, how many men can demonstrate the power of God? We applaud men for working for weeks on a sermon, but outside of the power of God and Him moving in our midst where does it leave us? Wiser and more educated? Perhaps. Changed in the very depths of our heart? Hopefully. This is the power of God. We cannot finish in the flesh what was begun in the Spirit.

Much of what we hear from pulpits today are enticing words of mans wisdom. Our faith in God cannot be sustained by this. If this is all that exists then slowly and surely the faith and the spiritual life of the sheep will spiral downwards leaving nothing but flesh and bone. The well fed sheep is he or she who grazes in the green pastures of the power of God and His word spoken, by that very power. It is this atmosphere that God alone is lifted up. In the power of the flesh and the wisdom of man, only man is elevated.

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The heathens rage in their vanity

Posted by appolus on October 16, 2019

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.(Psa 2:1-3)

The world in which we live grows ever more angry against the Kingdom of God and His saints. As each day passes we see more and more that the heathen, the unbeliever and the people in general are aligned with the kings and rulers of this world against the anointed of God. The anger is rising in the hearts of men against the saints of God. Pretense is being cast away and kings and governments are showing their true colors, they are showing us who they really worship, the ruler of this world, the prince of the power of the air.

Yet the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords still sits upon His throne. His kingdom and His people shall carry the banner of light into the valley of darkness. Though the whole world rises up in a crescendo of darkness and evil, the saints, the bearers of the light shall stand firm upon Holy ground, they will not be moved. Those who serve the Lord with fear and who tremble in His manifest presence are soldiers in the Army of the Lord. We do not fight with the weapons of this world, our weapons are mighty for the pulling down of strong-holds.

Every saint who has ever walked Godly in Christ Jesus knows something of the heathen’s rage. You know brothers and sisters, you know. God has seen your suffering and is well pleased that you have stood strong against the exploits of the people in general around you, perhaps even those of your own household. Now consider our Lord and Savior Jesus, how in His day the rulers took counsel together to destroy Him. Kings and rulers, Pharisees and Sadducees, Herodians and the mob all came together against Him. The whole world turned on Him and yet He was true to His calling until He gave up His last breath.

Though the whole world come against you dear brothers and sisters, and it will, let us follow the ways of the Lord and stay true to our calling until we breathe our last breath. Whether we live or whether we die let us glorify the Lord. And whether we are still alive or have gone on before we shall all join our Lord in the sky in that great and terrible day of the Lord. The Kings and the rulers of this world and the raging heathens and all the vain peoples will bow their knees and acknowledge the Christ and receive His judgment.

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By the rivers of Life

Posted by appolus on October 14, 2019

Psa 1:3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 

The heart of those who receive the word with gladness, in whom the seed finds a ready and deep soil, is the tree planted by the rivers of water. The good tree is good in any season by virtue of its closeness to the eternal resource of the river of the living God. Dear saint, do you meditate on the Word of God every day? Do you hide it away in your heart and absorb it into your very soul until it becomes a very part of you? Are you like the branch abiding in the vine? Jesus tells us in John chapter eight that if we continue in the Word, which means to abide in it, remain in it, stand on it, endure with it, dwell in it, then you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.

The word “know,” here is of particular interest. In order to be free we must daily walk in and with the Word, and when we do that we shall “know.” To know Christ is to be free. It does not say to know about Him or to know off Him, it says to know the Truth. We must be intimate with the Lord if we are to walk in the freedom that He had gained for us on Calvary. Jesus gave us many instructions. We were to take up our cross daily if we were to be His disciples. We were to abide in His word daily if we were to be His disciples. And so, when we do these tings we begin to grow in maturity. We are able to draw from an inexhaustible source of power and love and mercy and forgiveness given our proximity to this power for we are like a tree planted by the rivers of life.

Because of this, we become a source of blessing for others in season and out of season, for we are evergreen trees. In the darkest coldest winters we still retain our foliage. We saints whose delight is in the Lord and His Word and His commands, become vessels that hold and retain grace and love and mercy and forgiveness because it is flowing in and through us directly from Christ Himself. He waters us that we may water others. He comforts us so that we may comfort others with that very comfort He comforted us with. It is the cycle of our Spiritual life in the Kingdom. He invests in us all these things, not to bury them or greedily keep them to ourselves, but to gladly and with great joy share them with others. Freely you have been given and now freely you must give.

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