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The magnificent good news.

Posted by appolus on June 29, 2020

Are you drowning in bad news? Everywhere you turn, the darkness of it all is pulling you down. Arise today in the glorious good news of Jesus. His glory is still transfixing me. My heart is still enraptured by my God who died to set me free. The mayhem and the chaos of this world has not changed Jesus one little bit. Indeed He is your anchor in the gale. He is the one who never fails. He is my north star and He leads me. He is the my safe harbor, can you not see oh lost and dying world? In an ugly divisive world He is beautiful and His banner of love unfurls over His children.

Brother , sister, turn it all of. Can I tell you that He waits for you in the silence. Wont you come away with Him to higher ground? To a place where the only sound is the sound of glory. Oh cant you hear it saints? The glory of a million saints crying holy, holy, holy to the Lord God almighty? In this place you will find just where you belong. You belong among the heavenly throng. Walk today in the Kingdom that you cannot see. Walk not in the flesh but in the Spirit that has set you free. The whole world can fall and crumble but the Lord of hosts, the one who never stumbles calls to you today. In the beauty of Holiness and and in awe of His magnificence, rest, and leave the world behind and and come away.

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What cause do you champion?

Posted by appolus on June 26, 2020

Hi saints. How many of us know that love of country is not the same as love of God? In America we see a very unhealthy mixture of love of country or love of culture with the love of God. There can be no mixture. Wait Frank, are you saying that it is wrong to love one’s country? Are you saying it is wrong to love my culture or my race? What I am saying brothers and sisters is that there can be no competition for the seat of our affections. Jesus must have all of our heart, all of it. No matter where a saint lives, if it is difficult or if it is easy, when God calls us to leave it behind we must be willing to do that. In this day and age when it seems so clear that the Lord is coming, we must hold all things loosely, all things. He cannot have all of our heart if much of our heart is caught up in the raging issues of the day.

Love of country or love of race is not the province of the child of God. The child of God’ eye is on Jesus and on the Kingdom that is and was and is to come. That is why we are sojourners and ambassadors for Jesus and His Kingdom. This is the kingdom that presently dwells in our hearts. To be wrapped up in a political war or a cultural war is to be AWOL (absent without official leave) from the real war, the war of light against darkness. The war against principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places.

When the Lord calls you out of Babylon, will you be so enamored of the things of Babylon that you will not be able to leave? When Lot’s wife had to leave Sodom, did it go well for her? What about when it was time to leave Babylon and return to Jerusalem after 70 short years, did most leave? The comforts of Babylon were too much for most, they would rather stay where they were than join the remnant people in the difficult place. A place where they were surrounded by enemies as they attempted to re-build the temple. Only one third of the Jews living in exile in Babylon left for home when they had the opportunity.

Those who chose to follow God in our day, follow Him and Him alone, whether they are black or white, will be deemed to be traitors to”their own.” We must have our identity in Christ and Christ alone. When we have that then we transcend partisanship and cultural backgrounds. We are a brotherhood, we are a royal priesthood, and in that alone we should find our identity under the Lord Jesus Christ. Will you fight for your race? Your culture? Your national identity? Where can that possible end be if the races retreat into their own corners? A house divided cannot stand. What house do you belong to? Is your house a cultural one? A national one? Or do you belong to the house of God? You cannot belong to two households, you will only be loyal to one.

Running with the crowd, no matter what that crowd stands for, is to run against God. You are a pilgrim on this earth, a sojourner. We are traveling through this world on our way home down a narrow path. The problem is, most confessing Christians do not believe that. They have joined camps. permanent camps. And each camp has its own interests which rarely if ever align with other camps. And so we war, it is what warring camps do. What has any of that to do with God? Culture wars, political wars, race wars. All of the devils making and none of it has anything to do with God. There is one God, He has one people, one Christ and one Kingdom. If you belong to any other camp, no matter the emotional appeal, you are in a state of backsliding. Separate yourself and only ever bow the knee to God even under pain of death.

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The only sign to be given.

Posted by appolus on June 26, 2020

Mat 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas.

The Lord will not commit to those who are not committed to Him. This present generation of loud and “tumultuous,” believers are seeking to establish the Lords kingdom here on earth. The sign the Lord gave them is not good enough for them. What sign did the Lord give them? He gave them the sign of the Prophet Jonah. Jonah was swallowed whole by the whale and to any observer, was dead, yet three days later he is miraculously alive and goes on to call Ninevah to repentance. Jesus would find himself swallowed up by death but three days later He would arise and He has been warning us ever since through His word and through His people and through every soul that has been resurrected from death into His glorious light of eternity.

In the quiet of faith, the Lord will respond to His own, He always has and He always will.He will not respond to a crass church which seeks to gratify their own corrupt lusts. So all of the church’s that cry out for miracles, the Lord knows the motivations of their heart. Signs and wonders would follow. Follow what? The preaching of Calvary. The proclamation of the Truth. The bold witness for Christ. The genuine love of the lost. So, those who place greater importance on signs and wonders rather than salvation’s do so for a reason. And in doing so, they expose the fragile nature of the faith that they claim to have.

The Lord will not commit to those who have built their houses on sinking sand. This is why we see the “house,” of ”believers,” come tumbling down when faced with “unanswered prayers.” For they are not established on the solid Rock of Jesus Christ and the cross of Calvary. “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.” Does your faith depend upon you seeing a miracle? Or does your faith stand upon the finished work of the cross of Calvary? Miracles are a bi-product of a glorious gospel not the primary object. That primary object is Jesus. And only when He alone is lifted up can we expect to see anything, as a byproduct of His glory.

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My sheep

Posted by appolus on June 25, 2020

Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

What does it mean to hear God? Seems like such a simple question. You would imagine that no Christian would object to “hearing,” God speak to them. That still small voice, the voice of the shepherd speaking to His sheep, and His sheep recognizing His voice. The Holy Spirit whispering into the hearts of believers. The Holy Spirit leading and guiding and magnifying the Lord Jesus in our hearts. A man went into the supermarket to buy his wife a rose. It was his practice to do this every week. He picked the rose that he wanted and made for the checkout lane. As he walked toward the line, the Holy Spirit spoke to him, that still small voice from the Shepherd. “Give the rose to the old lady over there.”

Immediately the man resisted. “Lord that makes no sense. What if she thinks I am hitting on her? What if she thinks I am crazy? What if others hear and think I am a weirdo?” There was great resistance in his flesh, yet he knew the voice of the Lord, and he knew he had to be obedient. So, he took a deep breath and walked over to the lady and said to her “The Lord wanted you to have this rose.” The woman looked at him for a second, then looked at the rose, and as she reached out to take it, she began to weep. She explained. ”My husband died several months ago. Every week, for years, he would buy me a rose. This morning I was feeling so lost and forgotten, I cried out to God and asked Him if He had forgotten me, I told Him that I needed to feel loved.” The man cried too. You see how the Lord loves us? You see how He speaks to His people?

God not only hears the cries of His people, He speaks to them and they know His voice and they hear Him. We need to pray for ears to hear and eyes to see what the Lord is saying and doing. God knows His sheep. He sees you. He hears your cries, he sees your afflictions, he sees the tears that no one else sees, He knows. He Himself was despised and rejected, He was a man of sorrows, He was well acquainted with grief. He bore all our griefs and sorrows. He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities.

The chastisement of our peace was upon Him according to Isaiah 53. By all of theses things He secured for us peace and healing for our sins and transgression. The sheep had gone astray and now, by His stripes the sheep were healed of their transgressions. Now we know His voice and He bids us to follow His lead. Perhaps if you asked for a rose today you will find yourself in a garden. Listen for that still small voice today, He often talks to us in ways we do not expect. His word is a lamp unto our feet in the darkness and His still small voice assures us that we are known and that He sees us.

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Be content

Posted by appolus on June 22, 2020

Php 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Oftentimes when things become more accessible they become less desirable. There is a fundamental flaw in humanity, you can call it the Adam and Eve flaw. We desire what we cannot have and oftentimes take for granted what we do have, until of course we do not have it. The object remains the same, what determines the attitude depends upon whether we have it or not. The ability to be thankful for what we have is a gift that must be learned practically. It can only be learned in the classroom of life. Many never learn , a fortunate few discover that there is great peace and contentment within the heart that is full of thanks.

The great danger is that we take our relationship with the Lord for granted. Time and time again we see Israel drift away from the Lord in times of prosperity. When we are in battles in life, or struggling to survive, we have a high dependency upon the Lord. We stay close to Him and we cry out to Him to keep us. The key for our walk with Jesus is to stay close to Him whether we are full or whether we are hungry, whether we are clothed or whether we are naked. In short, we must learn to be content in whatever situation we find ourselves in.

Staying thankful, staying intimate, spending time with the Lord lies at the heart of our relationship with Him. Thankfully we have been called to a battle-field and not a playground. If we are living Godly in Christ Jesus we will experience persecution and this persecution keeps us close to our Lord. That is why it is important to thank God in everything, to rejoice in Him at all times and in everything. Not for everything but in everything. For the steps of a righteous man and woman are ordered of God. We are His servants and it is He who keeps us. He keeps us when we go through the waters, He keeps us in the midst of the fires and He keeps us in quiet tranquil days when there is not a cloud in the sky. If He is the center of all things then we shall be grounded and centered in Him no matter what the circumstances of our lives.

When all around us are being devastated by circumstances and tossed like waves in a sea overcome by storms, we can stand above those waves when we fix our eyes on Jesus. Rather than the circumstances of life tearing us apart, with the right attitude of our heart, they become elements which make our faith deeper and stronger and actually propel us further into the heart of God. It is the will that keeps us. The will rules the emotions. Jesus in the garden, by an act of His will, submits to the will of His Father. It brings Him great peace when the matter is settled. Indeed it brings Him joy. You must settle in your mind if you will trust Him in all things. If you do that and then put it into practice, put flesh on the bones of what you believe, then you will be able to say with Paul that you have learned to be content in every situation.

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Standing as one in a fractured world.

Posted by appolus on June 20, 2020

As we gather unto Christ, we gather unto each other, and the nearer we get to Christ, the nearer we get to each other. If there was something down at the front of the church, some curio or missionary exhibit that I wanted you to get closer to, I would invite you to come down and see it. As you came unto it, you would come unto each other. The closer you got to it, the closer you would be to each other until finally, shoulder would touch shoulder and you would be pushing close together to see this exhibit. When we come unto Christ, we automatically come unto each other. (A.W.Tozer)

This is such a simple yet profound truth shared by brother Tozer. If Jesus be lifted up, if Christ be preeminent, if He and He alone is the center of our attention and affections then the Body of Christ would get closer and closer and closer. Yet in every century for the last two thousand years, the traditions of men and the wisdom of this world has chipped away at the centrality of Jesus in our worship. He has been replaced by so called sacraments and relics and statues and even teachings. All of them became idols in their own way, for as men, when we lift something up, we adore it. Pomp and circumstance and other forms of pageantry has tragically dethroned Jesus from His rightful place. If Christ is not lifted up He is simply not there. He would never allow Himself to be demoted to a mere spectator of the aforementioned pageantry. Raise Him up or tear Him down for there is nor can be no middle ground. If there was such a middle ground it would be nothing more than slow acting sinking sand. Grand Cathedrals slowly sinking into the mire of their own making.

When we raise Jesus up. When He is the center of everything that we are and He sits upon the affections of our heart, then and only then can men and woman from a million different backgrounds be brought into a place of intimacy and closeness. Social barriers fall away like the falling banks of a river. Men and woman become color blind. The old social orders are swept away by the very river that causes the banks to collapse and thus changes the very nature and direction of the river. All who belong to Jesus are swallowed up by the river of God that flows from the throne. They become one with the river. Every single effort of man, be it politics, be it social polices, be it well meaning church programs will fail and miserable will be its failure. Christ and Christ alone and He being the centerpiece of all that we are brings men and woman closer and closer together into the glorious union of the Body of Christ.

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The power less sought.

Posted by appolus on June 20, 2020

One of the most powerful and oft quoted Scriptures is also one of the Scriptures most quoted out of context. Consider 2 Cor 12:9. Typically when we quote a verse, we quote the whole verse. Yet for some strange reason (really not that strange) when we quote some verses we only quote a portion of it.

” And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Now consider the rest of that Scripture ,

“Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

The glory is in the midst of the “infirmity.” In fact we see that the power of God rests upon those who truly discover and encounter His strength in the midst of their weakness. We are never more weak or vulnerable when we are faced with disease and death. And so in the paradoxical Kingdom of God, when we are weak, then we are strong. This strength is what glorifies God. For all of us can glorify God on the mountain-top. Indeed this is the accusation of the Devil in the opening chapter of Job.

Yet only the few can glorify God in the deepest part of the valley, the depths of the dungeon. To glorify God when all is going well is very natural and is something the world understands. To glorify God in the depths of our infirmities, the depths of our dungeons like Paul and Silas, is supernatural and the world marvels at something so other-worldly. Indeed with Paul and Silas we get to see that supernatural power. The building shakes, the the captives doors are loosed and the jailer and his family are saved. All of that began with Paul and Silas glorying in their infirmities and praising God in one of the darkest moments of their life.

I believe peace to be our spiritual barometer. In the midst of a set of circumstances, what is the “atmosphere,’ around us that emanates form the condition of our hearts? Many people stoically go through situations, many are angry and bitter and unapproachable. Yet on the cross, even in the midst of unspeakable anguish, we see Jesus caring for his mother and giving directions for her well being. In saints who walk with the power spoken of in 2 Cor 12:9 we see them minister to others despite their situations.

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beware

Posted by appolus on June 19, 2020

1Co 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

I have a GPS system in my car. I simply put in the address and follow the blue line and I inevitably end up at my destination. Yet even with this system in place you can take wrong turns and the system will automatically “recalculate,” and give you new directions to get you back on track. This almost always involves “taking the next exit,” or doing a “legal u-turn when possible.” Sometimes when you take the wrong road but it runs near to or initially parallel with the correct road, the system still believes you to be on the right road.

As the wrong road slowly veers away from the correct road, the system at some point finally figures it out and re-directs you. Much of Christendom has taken the wrong road. Initially it runs almost parallel to the correct road and, without discernment it is almost impossible to know that you are on the wrong path. Most will simply plow ahead down the road they are directed and it’s at a point of getting lost that the person realizes that they have went astray.

When Amelia Earhart attempted her epic flight, it is reckoned that she only had to be a tiny fraction off in her calculations to miss the Island that was in the middle of the vast Pacific ocean, by hundreds of miles. To continue flying and being slightly of course, would take her ever further away from her destination. Today, Christendom is moving further and further away from its destination.

When the destination ceases to be God Himself, and the destination becomes something other than His presence, His Tabernacle, His alter, His throne room, then we simply get further and further away from Him and the narrow path that leads to Him. Only by getting off at the “next exit,” or doing a “legal u-turn” can we get back on the narrow path. The address, the destination itself must always be God Himself. Are you headed in that direction, is that what is plugged into your spirit, is He alone your destination?

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I saw a great multitude

Posted by appolus on June 15, 2020

Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

There may be many Christians alone in this world or feeling isolated. Yet, there is coming a day when all brothers and sisters, as children of the living God, will gather around the throne. There will be millions, perhaps tens of millions from every tribe and every tongue and every nation on earth. As far as the eye can see they will stretch out and with one voice they will sing of the glories of their God. And if we could shut our eyes and imagine the wheat fields of Kansas that stretch for endless miles in every direction, then one can begin to imagine that day when we gather around the throne, swaying as the wind of the Holy Spirit moves through us, individual yet as one. One Body, enraptured in the unadulterated presence of the Living God and continually praising Him. The trials and tribulations of this world at an end.

Every tear wiped away. No more sin, no more death, no more separation, only the glorious light that emanates from the throne itself.Yes, even in the very depths of our trials, we can call upon that name, the name of Jesus, the name that is above every name. The name by which everything must bow. Darkness becomes light in the name of Jesus. Hopelessness becomes hope in the presence of the Lord. Bitterness becomes forgiveness, strife becomes peace, captivity becomes freedom…..2Co 3:17 And the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Freedom to praise Him. And all of this because of Calvary. The way has been made. The gulf has been spanned. Our vision is ultimately an eternal vision. Look again, the endless miles of wheat, each stock moving and swaying in the wind like billows on the sea, are actually saints around the throne. Moving as one as the wind of the Spirit moves in and through us. One in mind and spirit praising the Living God with all the host of heaven. They cried “Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.”

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And the next judgement came quickly

Posted by appolus on June 12, 2020

Not so long ago, in a word given to me by the Lord, I warned of possible famine. The word was based on Lamentation four. We failed to repent when the virus hit and the Lord showed me the next judgment would come quickly. Then came the riots and the looting and the further spreading of the virus. I believe the next judgment will come quickly. A famine? An earthquake? Locusts? God knows. Everything is being shaken, everything.

The wisest men in the world are being shown to be fools. The culmination of anger and bitterness and hatred is spilling out, spewing forth. We are an unthankful people, a discontented people. Even the poorest people in the country are living better than most of mankind that went before them. You see, even if people had a whole glorious garden set before them, they would complain about the tree they did not have access to.

And there it is, the fatal flaw. That snake who once whispered into the ears of Eve, now screams from the mob. The devil is on the march and his followers have murder in their heart. The divided house will fall. A third of the angels fell, they fell from paradise. Even there they were not content. Free will, it will either draw you to a loving God or it will destroy you. And the next judgement came quickly.

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Melt like wax

Posted by appolus on June 12, 2020

Psa 97:5-6 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

No one stands in the presence of God, all are silent before His majesty, all are hushed as awe descends like a blanket upon the heads of His people and their heads are bowed and their hands raised up and trembling. Not because they were instructed to bow their heads or raise their hands , sit , stand , jump . No, no, not in the presence of God. One assumes a position before the living and the mighty God just as a natural instinct. No instructions are required as one is prostrate in His holiness. Every part of who you are is penetrated by light. It is glorious and traumatic all at the same time.

And the oil that dwells within your chest is set aflame by this light, this fire from the throne itself. “Did not our hearts burn within us as we walked with Him?” Yet we are not walking now, we are in the throne room itself, God has come down. Our whole body burns with a beautiful warmth. All things are possible, eternity stretches out before us and we never want to leave this place, we never want to leave this place. The candlestick burns. God speaks, sin melts like wax, refining, yes refining. We offer ourselves and the dross that lies within and the Lord says “Come.”

What we have today bears no resemblance whatsoever to what God initiated. We have man centered church. Programs of men. Teachings of men. Musical programs. None are bad in and of themselves, they are just not God ordained. Religious social clubs. I believe that shortly, God’s people will come out of the social clubs because they will be desperate to rediscover the glory and the majesty of God and they will seek Him where He can be found.

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So you rely upon experts?

Posted by appolus on June 9, 2020

This morning the W.H.O announced that it is highly unlikely for asymptomatic people to spread the virus. This is a direct contradiction to what they have said before and it directly contradicts what the CDC tell us. It was several weeks ago that we were told that masks were of no use in fighting the virus if we were healthy, now of course they tell us the exact opposite. What is going on here?

As a Christian, while I listen to the advice of doctors and specialists, my final arbiter is always God. He is my expert. At one time in my life, shortly after becoming a Christian, I was diagnosed with third stage pulmonary fibrosis. A third of each lung was covered with irreversible fibrosis and would lead to the need for a lung transplant. It was not curable but with high doses of prednisone, they would try and keep the spread of the fibrosis at bay. Long story short, the Lord said I was to trust Him and not take the pills.

Non Christians tend to rely completely on doctors and specialists and experts. They are their final arbiter. What do they do when the people they rely on the most tell them completely conflicting things almost on a daily basis? It must be horrific for them when the wake up one day and realize that politics rather than science tends to determine what these experts are saying or that science is not as reliable as they thought or were led to believe. It creates fear and insecurity. There is a dying world out there desperately looking for something they can hold onto. Something they can actually trust.

I believe that the world is being primed to receive a king. A strong man that they can entirely rely on. The stage is set for a person to step forward. A person of wisdom. A statesman, a strongman. A charismatic man. A man of peace who will bring peace to a world in turmoil. Then the world will celebrate that peace. They will cry out in the streets “peace, peace.” And with a viciousness never seen before, they will turn on anyone who is in conflict with their man of peace. The mob that you see today, will tear into anyone who disagrees with them and their man.

Twelve weeks after refusing to take any medication for my pulmonary fibrosis, and having great difficulty breathing, I received a call from my mother at 5.30 in the morning. She had received a word from the Lord. She apologized for calling me so early but the Lord had told her that he was going to heal me. It was a Monday. She was to go to a prayer meeting on the Tuesday and ask for prayer for me. On the Wednesday I went for my regular x-rays from the specialist who had been so angry with me and who had told me I was going to die. He came into the room and before he switched the light on for the x-ray board to see the x-rays he said this, “I don’t know what you are going to call this.” He flicked on the light to reveal perfectly clear lungs. The “irreversible,’ fibrosis was gone.

God alone is a lamp unto our feet. He alone leads us and guides us. He is out light in a very dark world. In a world that is constantly changing and lurching to and fro He never changes. Who will you follow? Experts? Doctors? Specialists? Politicians? They all have their place and it is somewhere far beneath the throne of God. The wisest man in the world is as a fool unto God. In all your ways trust in HIm and lean not upon your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all of your ways and He will direct your path.

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There is always fish and bread

Posted by appolus on June 8, 2020

“As soon as they had come to land they saw a fire of coals there, and fish on it, and bread.” (John 21:9)

All night long the disciples had fished and had caught nothing, yet one word from the lord and the nets were full. Notice that when Peter jumped overboard and swam ashore, there was already fish cooking on a fire of coals and there was bread. So often in this world we strive, just like the disciples, for what we need but we do it without Jesus.

Remember when the disciples were rowing across the waters in the midst of a great storm and were getting nowhere? They were exhausted and probably frightened. Then Jesus comes walking on the water through the storm and enters their boat and suddenly they were at the other side. As soon as Jesus enter the situation all striving ceases. Have you found such rest in Jesus? Do you get caught up with this life and its constant demands? It’s exhausting isn’t it?

To be content with where you are right now is not to be passive at all. One can work as unto the Lord but still the focus being on Jesus. If I know that even if all my hard work does not produce the results I was looking for, that there is still fish cooking on a coal of fires and bread from heaven to eat then I am at peace.

And the irony is, when we are anxious for nothing, when we do not worry about the things that worry the people of the world, then so often there is a net of fish so full that it seems impossible that it would not break. In God there is peace, shall we not invite Him in to our boat today? Simplify your life today and simply follow His instructions. By doing this, by seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, by being content with a coal of fires with some fish and some bread, then the Lord can safely fill our nets. Be at peace in Him, let Jesus be the delight of your heart and all these things shall be added unto you.

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Racism

Posted by appolus on June 6, 2020

Oh no, he is going to write about racism! Yeah, that’s right and I already know it will upset both sides. Who am I to write about racism in America? Well, I would consider myself an impartial observer. I hear the snorts of my black brothers and sisters because I am white. No matter, I do have an impartial view. I came to the states 30 years ago. In that sense I am an outsider. I am also a passionate historian, so I know about the civil war, what led up to it, its conclusion, reconstruction and finally Jim Crow. I know who John Brown was and I know who William Wilberforce and John Newton were. If you do not know any of those details you really do not have an informed opinion.

Okay, so now I claim to be impartial and informed. The country that I came from is Scotland. The black cause and the native American cause was well known where I come from. The reason? Scottish people have been discriminated against for the better part of a thousand years. Subjugated for centuries, identity robbed, clothing and speech that spoke to who we were as a people, made illegal. The Highlands of Scotland were “cleared.” Cleared you ask, what is that? The people were literally burned out of there crofts and houses and “sent away.” Many ended up in the lowlands of Scotland and many were sent to the States, oftentimes as indentured slaves.

When I came to the States I worked in construction, I was a bricklayer. And I ran into racism quite often, meaning I would hear guys speak on the subject of black people in racist terms. Here was my argument and lived experience that upset both black and white people here in the States. I would tell both sides of where I grew up. I grew up in a “scheme.” The full title was “housing scheme.” It was cheap local government owned properties that housed, for the most part, poor working class people. Now here is the thing. I would ask the white guy to explain why, where I came from, we had the exact same crimes and problems that the projects had and not a black guy to be found. We had drugs, gangs, addicts, prostitution single mothers with many different children to many different fathers. The only thing we did not have was gun violence for the most part, praise the Lord, although my mothers friend had her son gunned down in the street and killed.

Where I came from gangs and drug “lords,’ were basically untouchable. Indeed ask any person from my home town, who owns the buses and the taxis and the bars and many other “legitimate,’ businesses? They could tell you their names. Drug dealers. Witness a crime, tell the police? Nooo. That would be grassing and we were raised in a culture never to grass. We hated the police. And anyway, tell what you saw and most likely your apartment would be burned out and things would only get worse after that. We were locked into generational poverty and all the curses that goes along with that. The white guys hated that story. Why? Because it meant that the projects in America and all its problems had nothing to do with the fact that the people in them were black. It was easy to just look at the projects and think “look at those black people.” It unsettled their worldview, which of course was extremely narrow.

Now, why would it upset my black brothers and sisters? Well, if it were true, they could not hang all of their hat on racism. If there was an identical group of people on the other side of the world living exactly like them and they were all white, where would racism fit in? How would you explain the large percentage of young children growing up with multiple half brothers and sisters? How to explain drug addiction and crime and generation poverty? It is exactly that, it is generational poverty for the most part. America has the added complication of its slave history, its original sin if you like. Can you escape a housing scheme? Yes, but it is very difficult to do. Even if there were opportunities like there are in America, the psychological hurdles that have to be overcome are enormous. The same would apply to any young black boy or girl who has been raised in the projects. It is not just a matter of pulling your socks up, it goes so much deeper than that and if you were not raised in these situations you would not understand. People who are raised in projects and schemes know that for whatever reason, they are shark infested waters. Predators abound and it can often be survival of the fittest. It is the predators and the sharks who do the looting.

So, how did I do it? Well I became a born again Christian at the age of 26. I was changed from the inside out. The thousands of wires that were crossed in my head, Jesus began to uncross them. Jesus is the solution for the projects, the schemes and the world. He deals with the inner man first and foremost. He gives worth to each person He saves. He deals with the fears and the insecurities. He gives a person confidence. They are able to do things they never thought they could do because they know He is with them. Maybe that would be walking through the doors of a community college even although no member of you family has ever been to college. He changes out hearts so we are no longer sleeping around and having children out of wedlock. We are no longer drinking and drugging away the little resources we have. The little resources we have when we come to Jesus become seed. We plant what we have and the Lord gives the increase.

And little by little we begin to ascend the steep valley walls of generational poverty and destruction. It is Jesus who free climbs above us and throws a rope back down to us. He is our forerunner. What He has done for His people, His genuine people, is to break generational chains of sin and slavery. And when those chains are broken the snares of generational poverty are broken and we are set free. Only in Jesus white man. Only in Jesus black man. This is not the freedom the world offers, for what the world gives it can take away, consider Jim Crow. No, this is the freedom wrought on Calvary that no man can take from me. No power on earth can wrestle this freedom away from me. They cannot beat it out of me or kill it out of me for it is eternal and God given. And when the Lord Jesus frees you into this realm then and only then can you say this and have it be true There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.(Gal 3:28) And might I add that in this Kingdom of God there is neither black nor white, yellow or brown. Just children of God, one in Christ. And it is this oneness and unity that the devil hates more than anything. He will rage against it and divide us and his end is to destroy us.

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The sword shall not depart

Posted by appolus on June 5, 2020

2Sa 12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

King David is in a very bad situation. He has committed adultery with Bathsheba, he tried to cover his tracks when she got pregnant, but a foreign convert , Uriah the Hittite , the husband of Bathsheba was more honorable that David. Therefore David’s attempts to cover up his adultery was foiled so David had him killed. This is such a low state for the man after God’s own heart. And after Nathan the prophet comes to David and exposes him, God speaks. God speaks brothers and sisters, one should be very afraid when God speaks, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God. And here is the charge that God levels against David, His beloved. ” You have despised me.”

Now this word despised in the Greek is ” baw-zaw,” meaning to disesteem, to think lightly off. It is the same word used in Gen 25:34 to describe Esau’s selling of his birthright for some bread and some soup. Can you imagine selling your birthright just simply to satisfy your immediate needs? Can you imagine that food on the table would be thought more highly of than the Living God and the birthright that He has given to us? And yet, do we not live in a day and age where our immediate needs, meaning the basic needs of this world and our day-to-day living are thought more highly of than God?

Are we not encouraged to live our best lives now? Have we not allowed our desires and hungers to be elevated above our love and desire for God? And are we not blind to it, so terribly blind to it? If David needed a prophet to reveal his wickedness, and this a man after God’s own heart, beloved of God, are we so proud as to think that we would not need this level of rebuke?

Christendom today has despised God in the fullest sense of that word. They are as blind to their sin as David was to his. And unless they hear God directly and acknowledge and repent of their sin as David did, they will be hopelessly lost to, and be entangled by the cares of this world. I praise God that He never leaves us without a witness, whether it is one crying in the wilderness or a remnant that refuses to bow the knee to the gods of this world. God will have a spotless bride, He will raise up a generation that will follow Him and Him alone.

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How many miles shall you walk?

Posted by appolus on June 4, 2020

The radical new creature in Christ gives up his former identity and is now immersed in the identity of the Lord Jesus. Where once he would have resisted in righteous anger to go one mile, now he goes two. He disarms the flesh and in doing so disarms his enemies. Jesus advice to the oppressed is rejected by a dying sin sick world. They want no part of what He has to say. They rise up in revolution but not the revolution of the heart and mind and soul.

In this world we have two basic choices. We can choose Barabbas or we can choose Jesus. Who do you choose? Don’t rush to answer that or you may get it wrong. The saint chooses the way of Jesus and it leads to eternal life. The world chooses the way of Barabbas and it leads to eternal death. Now, for a while you may gain the world, maybe even the whole world but what profit to your soul? The way of Barabbas is political intrigue and violence and a striving for your rights. He was a revolutionary and his answer was a violent overthrow of Rome. This pleased the mob. They detested the heel of the Roman boot upon them. It burned into them. How much you ask? “Let His blood be upon our heads and the heads of our children and our children’s children.”

They were willing to reject the living God and His ways in order to have their own way. Now what happened to the revolutionaries who followed the way of Barabbas? They would all die a few decades later when Rome tired of their constant insurrection. The blood of their children and their children’s children was indeed spilt. Over a million slaughtered in Jerusalem, the nation of Israel ceased to be and the temple was torn down stone by stone.

Rebellion and insurrection leads to destruction. It is the way of the world and the world loves it. It is not the way of God. Jesus gave us instructions on how to behave when occupied and terrorized and killed by our enemies. They do not line up with those of the world, they run counter to the world. The world detests the notion of loving our enemies and doing good to those who persecute us. Why is this important today? The saints of this earth are soon to be tested and tried in such a manner, in fact they will be tested and tried by a fire seven times hotter than any fire ever known to man because they shall refuse to bow down to the gods of this world. Jesus is our example. He willingly gave up His life. He was dumb before His accusers. He cries out in the midst of it all to His Father to forgive those who crucified Him.

We follow Him brothers and sisters and His ways because we were the ones who nailed Him to the cross. Our sins were the cause of Calvary. And if He forgave us for crucifying Him, then we are called to forgive those who will crucify us. This is the dying to the world, not just the death of this world but the death of the cross. Many will die for a cause, few will die for a cross. We are the ones who are called to die for the cross and by the cross. Stand strong brothers and sisters, the days are dark and getting darker, but the light of Christ in us is growing stronger. The enemy has come in like a flood and the Lord is raising up a standard.

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He believed in hope

Posted by appolus on June 3, 2020

Rom 4:18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

In this particular case we see that Abraham and his wife are well beyond the age of bearing a child. Sarah’s womb was dead, it could carry no life. And so in life we oftentimes run into situations that defies hope, that stands diametrically opposed to hope. All the evidence of the rational world and the finest expert opinions dash any worldly hope upon the rocks of hopelessness and despair. Yet brothers and sisters, it is a glorious thing to remember that our hope is not the hope of the world. Our hope is founded upon our God and His word, His promises. His word is not broken, His promises cannot be broken. And it is this hope that is a wellspring of joy and peace and love and a sound mind.

Abraham, the father of faith believed God and life sprang forth from death. Now from the first promise until the fulfillment it took 25 years. Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 when Issac was conceived. This defied all the evidence of the rational world. In the world Abraham would have had no hope, in the world we too would have no hope, yet praise God we may be in the world but not off it. We walk according to the Spirit of God, we stand upon the Word of God, we believe in the promises of God and we walk in the Kingdom of God. This kingdom is and always has been a place of miracles and a wellspring of hope.

The birth of Issac is the birth of a nation. It is this line that would bring forth Jesus, the seed that would bless all the nations of the world. It sprang forth from the impossible which is the realm of the miraculous. This realm has a throne and upon that throne sits our heavenly Father. Can hope come forth from hopelessness? Yes indeed, just as Jesus came forth from His heavenly realm and stepped into our world, then sight can come forth from blindness, joy can come forth from despair and Lazarus can come forth from the grave. He is my blessed hope, all other ground in sinking sand.

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Casting down imaginations.

Posted by appolus on June 1, 2020

2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

It’s a terrible thing to be held captive by our own thoughts. How exhausting it can be when we allow them to consume and overwhelm us? They can begin to eat away at us. They can even rob us of sleep and leave us tired and weary and walking the floor at night. I thank the Lord that He freed us and gave us the ability to take every thought into captivity and focus on Him. If a specific situation or trial has taken hold of your mind today, know that there is a way of escape, you are no longer slaves to the flesh but bond-servants, willing servants to the Lord of power.

If you have been set free by the Lord then you are free indeed. You now have the power to take those thoughts captive, they must bow to the Spirit of God in you. By an act of your will, take your eyes off of that situation today and turn them to Jesus and draw close to Him and peace will flood your soul. “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke on you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest to your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28-30)

Commit your heart to trust in Him today. Determine in your heart that you will no longer walk in fear. Give it to the Lord of hosts, let Him take the burden. He will take it if you will give it to Him. Your situation may not change but your attitude in the midst of it will. It will give you clarity of thought and the ability to focus and speak to the Lord. As your mind is drawn away from the pressing situation and the darkness of it, and you are drawn to the light of your Lord who loves you so much and is jealous for your thoughts, His light will begin to fill you. God bless you this day as you begin the task of taking your thoughts captive.

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Who wears the white hat?

Posted by appolus on May 30, 2020

As a young boy watching western movies I was always impressed by the sheriff who was willing to lay down his life for the despicable bad guy he had in his jail. The screaming lynch mob were outside demanding he be handed over to be hung without trial. The sheriff would say something like”your gonna have to shoot me first.” I remember wondering what I would do in such a situation. Would I be the sheriff or would I be part of the mob? Justice or anarchy? I think it is the path of least resistance to be part of the mob. Then the very evil that was personified by the despicable bad guy triumphs and justice lays dying on the streets.

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Running with the mob

Posted by appolus on May 30, 2020

Anytime you’re running with the crowd you’re running away from God. It does not matter what side of the issue you are on, if you are running with the crowd, you are running with the world. You could be running towards a riot. or running with the virtue signalling crowd, the crowd are cowards and cowards look for cover among their own. There is but one antidote to this, speak the truth in love regardless of the fear or favor of man.

The world is descending into chaos and there are no statesmen. This is part and parcel of the judgement of God. We are in the throes of Matthew 24:7. “For nation shall rise against nation.” The Greek word for nation is ethnos, it is where we get our word “ethnic,’ from. People groups are rising against people groups. If you get caught up in that, if you cannot see that and get involved with that then you are running with the world. There is a scheme going on here. It’s design is to tear society apart.

So saints, now is not the time to see the battle lines that are forming and to choose a side. This is not the work of God, this is the work of man and man is bent on destruction. There is the world and all its many divisions and there is the Body of Christ. We are not called to be a sub-culture but a counter culture. The hated Romans who ruled with complete arrogance over the Jews were hated by the Jews. Jesus told them when they were compelled to walk one mile, walk two. When they demanded taxes, give it to them.

Paul told them to respect the authorities. Now think about the rulers of that day. Caligula and Nero, just two examples. The latter would dip Christians in tar and hang them upside down and set them alight to light up his parties in the evening. The evil the saints suffered not only at the hands of the Roman authorities but also at the hands of the Jewish authorities is hard to describe. What did Jesus command? Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.

Will you be sons and daughters of your Father in heaven? It is a heavy burden and a rugged cross we bear who actually follow Jesus. Hear these words in mind from a statesman who is no longer with us.

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate…Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr.

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