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Where two or three are gathered in My name

Posted by appolus on September 8, 2019

A building or a heart, where does the Lord dwell ? A heart beats, it has chambers , it has blood that pumps and travels to every part of the body bringing life sustaining oxygen. The Body, while complex and made up of many parts, is totally dependent upon the heart. To meet in the name of Jesus is to meet with saints who are identified by the character and the nature of Jesus.

People who have His blood pumping through them, have His Spirit that has set them ablaze. Burning embers gathered together create the potential for a great fire. Throw a log on one ember and it may catch fire after a while, throw a log onto a group of burning embers and it will catch fire right away. One fire, many embers greater light, greater heat. Now, gather a bunch of branches together with no fire and you will just have a bunch of branches. It could not call itself a fire for it clearly is without fire. Just because you call yourself a Christian and gather in the name of Jesus means nothing if you are not actually Christians. A bunch of dead wood is a bunch of dead wood.

Yet, those set ablaze, gathered together could potentially turn the whole word upside down as it burns away all the dross. This scripture that where two or three are gathered in my name, is far more important than we know. To gather in the name of Jesus is a deeply spiritual thing for those who have been born again according to His Spirit, His character and His nature. The enemy has done his level best to dilute that to the point where any fire that existed would be smothered out. The name of Jesus in the form of the word “Christian,” meaning follower of Christ is no mere adjective. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.

Being a Christ follower means to bear the life of Christ in us. So, when two or three genuine Christ followers come together for the sole purpose of Spirit being drawn unto Spirit then there is a magnification that takes place. Like a magnifying glass that captures the light of the sun and turns it into something so very potent, then the Holy Spirit takes the light that is within us, the tow or the three or the however many and turns it into something very powerful. Darkness is the mere absence of light. It cannot be magnified. Take a thousand dark souls and gather them together and what do you have? Darkness. Take the light from two or three or one hundred or a thousand genuine saints , undiluted by the darkness of unbelief and down comes the power of God in a unique way.

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Just an empty room?

Posted by appolus on September 6, 2019

The temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 70ad by Rome. They Roman army that destroyed Jerusalem and the temple were led by a general named Titus. He gave instructions that no one was to enter the famed room in the temple, the holy of holies. He would have that honor. He entered behind the veil and when he re-appeared he reportedly said “what was all that fuss about an empty room.”

You see, there was no Ark of the Covenant there. It was quite simply an empty room. It was reckoned that the room had been empty for almost 500 years when the temple had previously been destroyed. Some think Jeremiah may have removed it and hidden it, but no matter what actually happened to it, the fact is that for several hundred years the Ark of the Covenant , the presence of God, was not there. So the question becomes “why were the high priests going through the rituals every year knowing fine well that at its very core, it was lie.”

Now, let us think about our own religious organizations. Are the pastors of today any better than the high priests of Israel? Do they not have the same motivations that the high priest had? The system itself was all important. Without the illusion of the presence of God at the very heart of it, it could not have survived. For it all to work the people had to think that the Ark of the Covenant existed, dwelt in the temple. Yet, when the veil was pulled back, just an empty room.

Thirty seven years prior to the destruction of the temple, where not one stone was left un-turned, Jesus hung on a cross outside of the walls. God Himself rent the curtain from top to bottom at that time? What was He revealing? He was revealing that the true presence of God, Jesus Christ, was not behind a veil in a room in the temple, He had been rejected and taken outside. The presence of God was to be found at Calvary, not at the heart of a system that had long since lost the presence of God.

How many churches could you walk into next Sunday and there be struck by the manifest presence of God? I ask you reader, do you know a single church where the manifest presence of God is found in the midst of the gathering? Is the cloud of His glory there? Do people stand with their heads hung low in the glory? Do hands rise and tears fall as the glory of God overtakes His people? If that is not so for the vast majority of churches, then why are the pastors of these churches any different from the high priests who for several hundred years went in and out of an empty room and let the people think that the presence of God dwelt there in the heart of their religious activity?

The charade only ended when Jesus Himself walked into the midst of it and was rejected and killed by it. God has a “house,” a temple and has a zeal for it. He created a royal priesthood of believers and built Himself a temple out of each and everyone of them, living stones one and all. This is the temple that He inhabits and this is where the Spirit and Truth reside, in the beating hearts of his saints. Men may rebuild temples and make claims about them, but without the presence of the living God we now have a million empty rooms. God dismantled and destroyed one religious system devoid of His presence, stone by stone, will He not do that again? There are royal priests and their are high priests, we now call them pastors, which one serves God and His presence and which one serves the system? You cannot serve two masters for you will love the one and despise the other. Who do we serve?

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Why should we not be weary?

Posted by appolus on September 2, 2019

O soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior
And life more abundant and free

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Why should we not be wearied and troubled if we take our gaze off our Lord? Christendom is wearied and troubled. To think that the answer is this close. A turning of the head away from the world. Away from the traditions of men. Away from systems and institutions. Away from men themselves. To look into the fullness of God. To look full into His wonderful face. To stand corporately where there is no division, but simply a royal priesthood gazing upwards.

There is an abundance of life that awaits the royal priesthood. To stand in the unity that the Lord Jesus spoke of in John 17 is to stand in awe as the cloud descends and fills the temple with Glory. This is the glory, this is the presence that the Father and the Son dwelt in before the world began. Lord, let your glory fill your house, your temple. Fill us with your glory for your name’s sake. Let the things of this world grow strangely in the light of your glory and grace.

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The prophet and the pain

Posted by appolus on August 31, 2019

The wounds of the prophet’s heart are too numerous to count. A man or woman who has stood in the throne-room of the living God, who has cried out ” I am undone,’ who has been penetrated to his or her very core can never walk the world as they once did. Everything illuminated by the light of God is a terrible weight on the soul.

A mountain of magnificent Truth ever lies before such a saint and everything that assaults that Truth is felt in the inner man like the blow of a blunt instrument. It wounds, it breaks it pains the heightened awareness of the awakened soul. Truth courses through the veins like molten rock, a fire that consumes the bones. Will he or she speak? Can it remain in the heart? It can only guarantee more blows, yet this fire cannot be contained. It seeks relief.

The Lord shakes the earth, but not just the earth, He shakes the very heavens.Shall we resist the shaking, shall we refuse the voice that speaks in the midst of the shaking? What now is the Spirit saying to His Church? He is removing all things from His Church that can be shaken, only that which cannot be shaken shall remain. Our God is a consuming Fire.

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Two men but only one true God

Posted by appolus on August 29, 2019

I want to contrast two men from the Scriptures. First, the Roman centurion from Matthew chapter eight and secondly, Diotrephes whom John speaks of in 3 John verse nine. Look and see the Roman centurion. We are told that Jesus marveled at his faith, in fact we are told that according to Jesus there was no greater faith in all of Israel. Imagine that, God Himself marvels at your faith. Isn’t that a wonderful thing? The centurion gets it, he understand what authority is. He himself is under authority, but in the presence of God he knows that Jesus has all authority, whether it is over the wind or the rain or storms or even life or death, the centurion gets that and bows to that. He acknowledges that he is not worthy, and specifically not worthy to have Jesus come under his roof. He knows that the one to whom he is speaking to is preeminent and with just a word Jesus can heal his servant. Jesus is blown away with this man who is humble and contrite. The centurion will be known for all time because he is memorialized by Jesus Himself in the Word of God. What a beautiful thing.

Now, contrast that with Diotrephes. John the beloved writes of him as one who loves the preeminence. This could very well be the start of the one man system. A man elevates himself in importance and refuses to entertain the apostle John. Imagine telling John that he was not welcome among them because he wanted the limelight for himself, he wanted the preeminence. In this letter John starts out referring to himself as an elder. He does not elevate his status. True men of God do not elevate their status, they never seek the preeminence. Men who seek to build their own kingdoms are enemies to any man who would humble themselves before men and who elevate Jesus. The centurion remains nameless to men but known of God as one who has possibly the greatest faith in all of Israel. The centurion’s reward would come by the fact that his servant was healed, but his reward would also come in the world to come. Diotrephes undoubtedly wanted to make a name for himself, he wanted to be known by men. Well, he certainly got that wish just not in the way that he imagined. For sure God knows the heart of men. Jesus says that many who are first shall be last and again a few paragraphs later the Lord repeats Himself in order to show the importance of what He is saying “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” Mat 20:16 Many are called brothers and sisters, but few are the remnant saints of God. When a man’s name is elevated, he surely8 finds himself on dangerous grounds for the Lord our God is a jealous God and He will have no other before Him.

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Confronting the nominal

Posted by appolus on August 27, 2019

When the spiritual stands to confront the merely formal, traditional, nominal and “natural,” then there is going to be trouble. This is not now merely the reaction from the world: it is the reaction from religion. I would go further, and say it may be the reaction from Christianity. There is a very great difference between formal, traditional, nominal, “natural” Christianity, on the one side, and spiritual Christianity, on the other; a great deal of difference. So much so, that this also becomes a battlefield – the battlefield of a lot of trouble.

Leave formalism alone, and everything will go on quite quietly. Leave traditionalism alone – that is, the set order of things as it has always been; that framework of things as it has been constituted and set up and established by man; that Christianity which is the fixed, accepted system of things – and you will escape a great deal of trouble. But seek to bring in a truly spiritual order of things, and trouble arises at once. And YOU are the trouble maker! The truth is that the trouble lies in the existing condition, the situation, the state; but it is only brought out by your action.

And so spiritual men and women, and spiritual ministry, are called “trouble makers,” because the two things cannot go on together. That is where Israel was. They had the traditions, they had the oracles, they had the ordinances, they had the testimonies; they had the forms, they had the system – they had it all; but, in the days of the prophets, there was ever this vast gap between the “externals” and “internals” of life in relation with God. The heart is far removed from the lips. The spiritual reality is not found in the formal. You may have it all – but then bring in the truly spiritual meaning of things, and trouble begins in that very realm. It is the trouble which arises when what is external and traditional comes into conflict with something which is truly spiritual……T.A.Sparks

Brother Sparks has identified an eternal truth. There is enmity between the flesh and the spirit. Can the two co-exist? No, one must die. It is often a slow tortured death, but death nonetheless. We cannot serve two masters, Jesus identified this truth for us. We are told that we shall love the one and hate the other. This word hate is the Biblical word for prefer. People take comfort in the fact that they do not hate “the other.” No, but they prefer the formal, the traditional, the nominal. In the end, we can only worship God in Spirit and in Truth. Take away Spirit and Truth and you are left with an argument about where you should worship. It is not where we should worship, it is how we should worship. In Spirit and in Truth. The flesh, represented by the formal, the traditional the nominal and the natural is the deadliest enemy of the Spirit and the Truth.

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We the branch, He the Vine.

Posted by appolus on August 24, 2019

When the branch is cut from the world, it must then be grafted to the vine. To cut the branch it must be wounded, to receive the branch the vine must be wounded. For the branch to be successfully grafted in, it must enter into the wound of the vine, and then stay there, abide there. We enter into His sufferings. We cannot run from the sufferings of the Lord, we have to be a part of it, enter in to be vitally connected to the Lord.

In the parable of the ten virgins all were virgins. All had lamps. All had oil, to one degree or another. All gave of light. Yet when the gross darkness came, when the Lord’s trumpet sounded to signify His return, only the virgins that had oil in their vessels were ready. To have oil in our vessels we, like the lamp-stand, must be vitally connected to the olive tree. Oil must pour directly from Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, into the deep vessels of our heart.

So why do we suffer as Christians? It strengthens the vital connection between our Lord and ourselves. Only by abiding in Him and His word can we have the strength to overcome and endure. Weightlifters lift weights and by overcoming resistance they become strong. If they stop lifting weights they quickly lose that strength and the muscle can become fat and they become weak.

When we resist the enemy by the power of the Spirit we become strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Our strength and the ability to shine our light in the darkness, not just for a moment but unto death if need be, is directly related to the oil in our vessels. Are you vitally connected to the Lord Jesus and His Holy Spirit? Is He your life, your beating heart, the reason that you get up in the morning?

Those who run from trouble, who actively avoid the entering into His sufferings, disconnect themselves from the vine. It is not always readily apparent who has done this. For the light can still shine, even if it is just for a period of time. Yet in a sustained period of suffering or trial or storm, then we see who is vitally connected, whose light will go on shining even when it seems the darkness will never end. Many of those who profess faith in the Lord Jesus, who initially heard the word with gladness will be consumed by the darkness as their light fails in the coming prolonged period of darkness. They draw back into perdition. Their shallow root shrivels up in the heat of affliction. The few will continue to shine their light as a witness to their vital connection with the Lord our God through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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A pale imitation

Posted by appolus on August 21, 2019

2Ch 9:16 And three hundred shields made he of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of gold went to one shield. And the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon

Can there be any doubt that King Solomon was the richest man in the world? Lets consider the shields that are spoken of here in Scripture. In today’s market, if a shekel represents 17 grams of 24k gold at $47 a gram for a swiss ingot, then one shekel of gold would be worth $800. If there was 300 shekels of gold in a shield, then each shield would be worth $240,000. And since there was 300 shields, that is $72,000,000 in gold . This was a tiny part of the treasures of Solomon.

The glory of Solomon’s kingdom was known throughout the earth. He was courted by kings and queens from all over the world. They came to see his glory and to hear of his famed wisdom. Oh the beauty and the splendor of a man who displays the treasures of heaven. Are men not drawn to those who have treasures even greater than the treasures of Solomon? For some perspective from God we can see in Matt 6 that we are to consider the lilies of the field, how they neither toil nor spin and yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed in such splendor. Can I suggest that God’s children are more glorious that the lilies of the field. It’s not in our toiling nor in our spinning that makes us glorious, its in the treasures that lie within us. Its in the fact that we are a light in the great darkness of the world because it is no longer we that live but it is Christ who lives in us. We contain these treasures in earthen vessels.

The treasure that lies within us is the treasure of Christ Himself. He alone is our exceeding great reward. His presence is more glorious than all the shields of Solomon. We can imagine these shimmering shields of gold. Along with these in the throne-room of Solomon was a throne made of ivory overlaid with the purest of gold. There was six steps up to the throne and there beneath the throne sat a footstool of solid gold. All the drinking vessels were gold, there was no silver to be found. There was nothing like this in all the earth. No king was more arrayed in splendor than Solomon. The glory of this place took the breath away of all who entered.

What are the riches of our dwelling place with the Lord. Out of the beauty of dwelling with Him, do we have the finest gold of unconditional love? Are the walls of our dwelling place encrusted with the jewels of forgiveness and mercy? Are the windows of our dwelling places draped with meekness and humility? Do trophies of grace hang on every wall? Are they framed with the finest materials of patience and kindness? Do we pursue the riches and the glories of heaven with the same vigor and single-mindedness that men here on earth pursue gold and silver? And the treasures that we have attained in Christ, do we protect them with all the resources that we have? Do we value the treasures of our heart in the same way men value their wealth? There is a direct correlation between how much we value something to the lengths we will go to protect it.

And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him. And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the LORD (2Ch 12:1-2)

So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made. Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance of the king’s house.(2Ch 12:9-10)

Rehoboam brought about the division of Israel. In its divided state, the Egyptian king, Shishak came against Jerusalem and stole the treasure of the temple. The world invaded the weakened kingdom and took away all of its treasures. Can I suggest this is what has happened to Christendom? The world invaded it and took its treasures for itself. Now, look at what they replaced those 300 shields of gold with. Brass! Pure gold replaced by brass at the entrance to the kings house. What a disaster, pure gold replaced by a pale imitation. In a place where there was once so much gold that the Scriptures said “it made the silver in Jerusalem as plentiful as the stones,” now it had to replace the gold shields with brass.

The tragedy for much of Christendom is that the pure gold of the Lord’s presence has been replaced with the pale imitation of brass. Where once we stood in an atmosphere oh holiness surrounded by the glory of God, now we stand and watch smoke machines pathetically try and recreate this. Dimmed lights and loud drums and noisy electric guitars add to the “atmosphere.” One can try with all the skill they possess and alchemists toiled for centuries in this pursuit, but one cannot recreate gold. One cannot recreate the presence of God. The burning bush and the Holy ground only exists in the presence of God. Take God away and all you are left with is a common bush and some sand. How terribly tragic to see modern Christendom worshiping a bush and some sand and a handful of brass shields. God help us. Lord we need the gold of your presence. We need to stand in a unity that stops the world from invading the Church. Forgive us for our divided hearts.

Only the shield of faith can stop the fiery darts darts of the enemy. It must be real faith. The kind of faith that trusts God above all else no matter what our circumstances are is the faith of pure gold. This pale imitation that can only trust God for worldly treasure and ambition is but common brass and is the currency of the world. What kind of faith do you have?

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Rarified air

Posted by appolus on August 17, 2019

There is the presence of God to be found in enthusiastic and energetic worship, the kind of worship that lifts your spirit. It can lift up the head that hangs low and invigorate the heart and fill you full of joy and leave you strengthened. This is good worship. Yet there is another kind of worship that seems to have fled the land. A worship where we breath in rarified air. Oh how desperate is our need for this kind of encounter in our day.

The first kind of presence lifts your heart to gaze upon the Master, the second kind of presence invades every part of who you are. It falls from heaven like a heavy dew, heads are lowered and hands are raised. All becomes quiet, one barely dares to breathe as the Spirit of God slowly descends down through our out-strecthed hands and our hearts and minds and down to the very soles of our feet, and the ground upon which we stand becomes Holy ground. The first kind of presence uplifts us, the second changes us fundamentally. As living waters pour into us then it rises up like a great river that is so full that it overflows its banks.

The banks themselves begin to crumble and fall into this river of pure life as it swells up and floods through every part of who we are. The landscape is being changed by this flood, the very topography of our lives is being flattened by its powers and everything that is not securely rooted to its foundations is simply swept away. Changed forever. And when the flood recedes we are left with a glorious afterglow. As the deer pants for the waterbrooks, I wonder, do our hearts pant after this kind of encounter.

The Lord Himself does not need professional worship teams. He does not need people to encourage us to stand and jump up and down and raise our hands. In the Welsh revival two young women singing either acapella or simply backed by a piano typically sang “Here is love, vast as the ocean.” And there was Love, in the very midst of them, vast as the ocean, flooding the hearts and minds of all who attended.

Brothers and sisters, in all our modernity, what have we lost? In the programs of our churches and the professional class of worship leaders and pastors have we lost the simplicity of it all? And in the losing of it we now have to entertain the people. Spirit led worship is exactly that, it is Spirit led. In work we have a routine. In life we have a routine. Prisoners in prison have a routine. Oftentimes we are slaves to the routine, it is what gets us through life.

Yet, there is nothing routine about the Holy Spirit of the Living God. He is dynamic and you can never know what way the wind will blow next. Have we sold out our souls to the routine? Routine in the home, routine at work, routine at church. Routine people do not change the world. Routine people do not do wage war on the battle-fields of life. Saints, you are extraordinary because of the great treasure that lies within you. Extraordinary people change everything by the overflowing power of God that flows through every part of who they are.

The Spirit of God is dynamic and those filled with His “dynamis,” change the environment around them because of the environment inside of them. Their spirits have been filled to capacity and is overflowing their banks. And all who come near are caught up in the flooding overflow of a mighty all consuming God. Lord fill us again to overflowing with the kind of presence that invades every part of who we are and may all that we encounter be caught up in the flood that overflows our spirit.

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Whipped and flogged

Posted by appolus on August 16, 2019

Heb 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

I watched a movie one time. In the movie there was a man who had been falsely accused of a crime and, bayed on by the angry townsfolk, three men stepped forward and took this man and stripped him and began to whip him. The crowd cheered as the man was punished and the men ferociously whipped him. At first he screamed and tried to get away, and the crowd cheered as he was pulled back and the whipping continued. Then he fell silent but the three men were in a frenzy. Now the crowd grows silent as the men continue to whip their victim, even although all resistance is gone and he lies face down motionless. One by one the crowd disappears and the man is whipped to death, unrecognizable. His tormentors are unrepentant as they finish their work, feeling nothing as they eventually kill the man. This is a graphic illustration of what Satan and his workers do to their victims. They whip their victims with the cords of un-forgiveness, bitterness, anger, hatred and murder in the heart and they will flog their victims until there is nothing left and all is lost in their soul.

I talked to a woman one time. She was caught up in a storm of bitterness, anger and un-forgiveness for her husband for what seemed like a small and reasonably insignificant incident. What I saw in the Spirit was a woman enslaved to fear and insecurity and past hurts. Each of these elements fueled the others. The original tormentors name was “past hurts.” He went out and had insecurity and fear join him and then let anger have the mastery of them as they mercilessly whipped this woman. If you find yourself today with even the slightest of these feelings, or perhaps you are caught up in a violent storm of hatred and bitterness and un-forgiveness, you must look to the anchor of your soul. He has gone ahead of you and just beyond your temper, just beyond your un-forgiveness, just beyond the outer edges of your despair, there lies the safe harbor of peace. The entrance to the harbor is forgiveness and obedience. We can find this entrance to peace in Jesus. He has come to set the captives free. Will you not be free today? Do you desire to be right with God above all things?

Take the whip out of the hands of your oppressors today as you honor God with your forgiveness. If you have made a rod for your own back then you shall suffer terribly. No saint walks in un-forgiveness without losing his or her peace. The above scripture indeed confirms that you will fall short of the grace of God. You may think you can get away with it, bury it in a compartment in your soul and forget about it. It will not work. Like a planted seed, it may seem buried and gone and day after day nothing, but then suddenly the root grows and springs up through the surface for all to see. Rip out out by the roots saints. It may seem lie an unpleasant thought to forgive someone you believe may have wronged you, but it pales in comparison to falling short of the grace of God in our lives. Father, in the name of Jesus, will you today open up the hearts of any who have fallen afoul of unforgiveness. Before the sun sets on the day of them reading this, may they decide to lay it down before your feet and walk on in peace and love and forgiveness and revel once more in your grace.

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Revelation is rare in our day

Posted by appolus on August 15, 2019

So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.(1Sa 4:4-5)

This is a truly horrifying scene. The ark of the covenant was in the hands of Hophni and Phinehas, two very evil men. In the beginning of Chapter three of 1 Samuel we see that “the word of the Lord was rare in those days, there was no widespread revelation.” So, when the people were facing a great calamity they could not turn to the Lord, they did not even know why they had been defeated that day because the Lord was silent to them. They had to rely on their leaders who could not or would not see their present state. We can be sure that when men have turned from God they are left to their own devices and their own solutions.

Perhaps today we see that in the form of dimmed lighting in the sanctuary which is very ironic when we consider that it is the light of glory they are seeking. Or perhaps a smoke machine that would conjure up an “atmosphere,” of holiness? What about a worship team that could create a great noise, much like the noise that was heard in the camp of the Lord that day in the scripture above? So, when is a noise, just a noise? When the presence of the Lord has departed. Even if it is a beautiful noise, we know that the world creates beautiful noises as well. That very day the Irsaelites were slaughtered in a great slaughter and “every man fled to his tent.”

We live in an age where the word of the Lord is very rare and there is no widespread revelation. Do not be mistaken, we are not talking about the Scriptures here. This is not the word Logos nor the rhema word, this is the word debar. This word means to answer, to appoint, to bid, to command, to commune, to declare to promise or pronounce. Can you see what is missing in times of God’s presence being withheld? Men seek answers to specific problems and they get no reply. In the absence of God’s presence they appoint men like Hophni and Phinehas.

They lose their ability to commune with God, to be able to make any declarations or pronouncements. Into this vacuum comes the false prophets. Yet in the midst of all of that, God speaks a “word,” to Samuel. It is a hard word, a very hard word indeed, especially when you consider its his first word from God. The word is judgement upon the leaders of a corrupt system. Samuel was compelled to give it to Eli. God is raising up a generation of Samuels who speak a hard word of judgment to those of our own household so to speak just as Samuel was compelled to do. Time and again we see God raise up His anointed to replace the established.

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Ichabod and the priests of Baal and the remnant.

Posted by appolus on August 13, 2019

The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?(Jer 23:28-29) We live in a day when the chaff is in the wind. Everywhere we look there is chaff. Every other day we here of some “Christian leader,” or other, publicly forsaking the Lord Jesus and refuting their “faith.” Ultimately chaff will blow away in the wind. God Himself says “what is chaff to the wheat?” Why should the wheat take notice of the chaff? It is the wheat the feeds the soul, it is the wheat that makes the bread that feeds the saints. In the beginning of this chapter of Jeremiah he says “thus says the God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people;you have scattered my flock, driven them away and not attended to them, behold I will attend to you for the evil of your doings.” Is it just me or should that terrify a man when God says I will attend to you for the evil of your doings? What was their great evil? They fed the sheep chaff and not wheat. The chaff is nothing, the wheat, the true word of God is a consuming fire, it is a hammer that breaks the rocks of opposition to pieces.

Jesus asks Peter three times in John 21 if Peter loved Him. This of course grieved the heart of Peter. Each time He asks the question and Peter answers Jesus says “feed my lambs, feed my sheep, feed my sheep.” The evidence that a shepherd loves the Lord His God above all else is that he feeds God’s sheep. The evidence of a shepherd or a minister who loves something more than God, is that he feeds himself. He promotes himself. His works, his ways, his words and the name of the Lord is forgotten as they elevate their own name, their own words, their own ways. How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal Jer (23:26) God is usurped by the false prophet and the unspiritual pastor. Jesus loses His place of preeminence as something other than Him is elevated. We elevate faith, prosperity, healings, revivals and other things above Jesus. Anything that elevates itself above the person of Jesus is chaff which shall be blown away in the wind.

In the beginning of 1 Sam we are introduced to Hophni and Phinehas, the two wicked priests who were the sons of Eli. Huge enormous fat men who engorged themselves with the food the people brought as a sacrifice and who slept with the women who gathered at the door of the tabernacle. Total degradation. Now, Eli, who should have known better, allows all of that to take place. He does rebuke his sons in 1 Sam 2:22 but at best, it is a half-hearted rebuke and they keep right on sinning. Now we see in verse 26 of the same chapter that “a man of God,” comes and severely rebukes Eli. God says to Eli in verse 29- “Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?” You see, although Eli lightly rebukes his sons, we see why it went no further than that, he himself was hugely fat by the overindulgence of the sacrifices given to God by His people. Now, at the very same time, God is raising up a His own man, Samuel.

So, what is the sin of those who lead the flocks today, those who call themselves shepherds and pastors? It is the same sin as the sin of Eli. Even although some may rebuke the sins of the Hophni and Phineahs’s of our day, they still participate is a system that promotes and allows this to continue. Why? Well, by that very system they get fat themselves. For Eli to fully rebuke his son’s in a proper manner, by removing them, he would have to repent of his own participation and step down himself. This is a bridge too far for Eli and also a bridge too far our present generation of shepherds and pastors. And so, Samuel continues to grow in the shadow of great wickedness and corruption. And we see that the very first thing God says to Samuel, his very first prophecy which will be as a fire and a hammer that shatters the rock is this in chapter 3 of 1 Sam ……………

And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.(1Sa 3:11-14)

Eli’s sin? He refused to restrain them, even although he knew. When a man who represents God refuses to speak, refuses to do the hard thing, refuses to take himself out of that which he knows to be corrupt,so that he might still gain the fat of the land, whether that be food or money or reputation or standing, he will find himself judged as harshly as the wicked sons of Eli and indeed Eli himself. When there is a refusal to restrain and a continued participation in what you know to be corrupt, then what happens next? In 1 Sam 4 we see that the Ark of the Covenant is captured. Israel has suffered defeat and in their panic and desire for God to move on their behalf, they bring out the Ark of the Covenant, as if the presence of God could be uses and manipulated like a genie in a bottle. The Israelites were defeated and the sons of Eli were killed. God had withdrawn His presence and allowed the symbol of His presence to fall into the enemies hands. Eli hears the news, falls over backwards and breaks his neck, being that he was so heavy. His indulgence over all the years that he did not retrain wickedness and was in fact a participator in it, finally catches up with him and kills him. Ichabod is born to Phinehas’s wife and she pronounces “The glory of God has departed from Israel.”

I would like to suggest, that for the most part today, the glory of God has departed from a system that is corrupt. Yes they try and use the symbols and traditions of God but He will not hear them. Yet just as David was being established in the time of Saul, and Samuel was being raised in the time of Eli and his sons and Jesus was being raised in the time of the Pharisees, God always has a witness and is raising up a remnant people who will be led by shepherds who love Jesus above everything and whose one desire is to serve Him and feed His sheep. God says in Jeremiah 23 that “I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.(Jer 23:3-4)

That word countries can also be translated “wilderness.” And the word “fold,” can be translated “pleasant place,” or “home.” So the Lord promises to gather the remnant from the wilderness places and bring them back to a pleasant place or home. And He also promises to raise up shepherds which shall feed His lambs and feed His His sheep. All over the world the Lord is raising up such shepherds for such a time as this. A time of Ichabod all across Christendom, but His presence is secure in the hearts of His children. He assured us that He would never leave us nor forsake us and our God is a God who never lies. Lift up your eyes brothers and sisters, for while there is great darkness and corruption in the land and persecution is riding towards us as hard and as fast as it can, and fat and unholy hirelings increase their judgments, Christ is coming. And even although the judgements will be severe the glory of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.

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Being dismantled

Posted by appolus on August 7, 2019

Tozer writes…………….. In every Christian’s heart there is a cross and a throne, and the Christian is on the throne till he puts himself on the cross; if he refuses the cross, he remains on the throne. Perhaps this is at the bottom of the backsliding and worldliness among gospel believers today. We want to be saved, but we insist that Christ do all the dying. No cross for us, no dethronement, no dying. We remain king within the little kingdom of Mansoul and wear our tinsel crown with all the pride of a Caesar; but we doom ourselves to shadows and weakness and spiritual sterility. (Tozer)

The simple fact is that spiritual dying is brutal. Crucifixion was the most brutal death that the Romans, with all their ingenuity and brilliance, could come up with. It often took several days to die and every single breath was an agony. Are you dying? Is there a cross on your back? I often think of the agonizing walk that took the Lord from a place of torment and scourging, to the agonizing death of the cross. Can you honestly say that you have even submitted to the process? Have you had your Gethsemane moment? There will be no death for the Christian, no dethroning of the flesh, until we have our own Gethsemane. The will, my will, your will, has to come into the shadow of the cross. It has to look at the cross and all that would entail and it then has to shrink back in horror, struggle, agonize, then submit. All of us know in our hearts what holds us back from this. What part of your life keeps you on the throne of your heart?

The special forces in America are volunteers drawn from the ranks of servicemen. Their training is brutal. They are ” broken down and rebuilt.” Their brutal training ends in what is known as ” hell week.” They have a failure rate that averages about 80%. Those who fail, return to their units. They are still soldiers. The special forces soldier will be involved in combat in the most dangerous of situations, typically behind enemy lines. They will never be publicly recognized. There will be no parade ground and applause. No medal pinning ceremonies.

What kind of Christian life do you want to lead? Are you living in ” shadows and weakness and spiritual sterility?” Are you waiting for the Lord to wave a magic wand over your life so that you can become a spiritual giant? There is no such wand and all waiting of that ilk is futile. In order to serve the Lord with your whole heart you must be dead to this world but your heart must be open to this world. It will not be good enough to forgive your enemies. There will be no virtue in this, you will be called to love your enemies. You may complain ” I am simply being sanctified.” I believe in the sanctification process, but not as an excuse for sin. The truth is , one is fully sanctified the moment one is genuinely saved.

The process is reckoning that to be so. The process is reaching out and taking a hold of God’s promises for our lives. He has called us, He has equipped us. We have everything that we need to live a Godly and Holy life. Now it’s not a simple thing. Is there anything worth having that is simple and easy? Was it simple and easy in the garden of Gethsemane for our Lord? If it was difficult for Jesus, then do you suppose it will be easy for you? When you survey your life, when in the deepest parts of you, you know what has to die, will you bend the knee knowing that when you bend the knee that this will lead to the brutal death of the cross? Victory comes in bending the knee, the decision is made, but then the death will come.

The genuine Christian life is no mere cliché. How many times in Christendom do we hear the phrase ” oh, you have to pick up your cross.” “Lord, bend me.” These are mere words. If the words are uttered with a genuine heart there is a brutal reality that lies behind them. Your life will be totally dismantled, piece by piece. Everything that you hold dear, everything, will pass through the fires, everything brothers and sister. It is a terrifying prospect. Reject any notion that the Christian life is a play-ground, it’s not a play ground, it’s a battle-field. Yet, it is a choice. You can choose the play-ground so to speak. That’s not to say that you will not suffer hard times in the play-ground, for all men suffer hard times if they live long enough.

This is not the cross, this is the shadows and the weakness and the sterility of the regular life. If you choose the battle-field, if you ask to be broken, to die, to go deeper, then you will have what you ask for. Jesus knew what lay ahead when he sweated great drops of blood. Paul knew what lay ahead as he started out in his ministry. Knowing that every part of you, every part that you hold dear will be dismantled and passed through the fire, will you still cry out to the Lord ” Here I am Lord, send me?” ” Break me Lord.” I pray that you will. If you do, then you will dethrone your flesh. The shadow that you will stand in will be the shadow of the cross. The weakness that you have will be for Gods glory and you will not be sterile but give birth to hope and joy, living waters will be poured through you and everywhere the waters go, there will be healing.

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The garden, the cross and the crown

Posted by appolus on August 7, 2019

If you do not enter into His sufferings you will not be caught up into the glory. (1 Pet4:13, Ph 3:10,Luke 9:23, 2 Tim:2:12) It is in the garden where your will is submitted to His. It is there that the decisions are made in the lives of the saints. There will be many of these moments in your lives brothers and sisters, some smaller, some more overarching, but all are important in our walk with the Lord and all follow the same pattern. For us mere mortals, time and again we shall be faced with the decision to bow the knee to God. To count the cost and then to cry out “not my will but thine be done.” After every garden encounter comes the cross. The cross is where we put flesh on the bones of what we have agreed upon with God. The cross is a place of great suffering, yet without that suffering for the cause of Christ we can never be caught up into the glory. In order for life to arise in victory then first comes the humiliation. It takes humility to draw close to God, it is a part of the pathway to glory. God says that He dwells with the broken and the contrite. He loves a humble spirit, He revives the humble spirit and gives life to the hearts of the broken ones (Isa 57:15)

We are not without the power of God when we walk out of the garden. Once we have made the decision to follow Him to Calvary and beyond, incredibly, in spite of what lies ahead for us or even in the midst of it, we are empowered by Joy. We are told that Jesus, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame and was then sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb 12:2) We know that the joy of the Lord is our strength. We are strengthened and enabled to endure all things for His sake. We are not like the Israelites who stood before a mountain that could be touched, something external and dark and frightening such was their experience at Mount Sinai. We saints ascend the spiritual mountain of Zion to draw near to God. It is altogether wonderful and marvelous and this my soul knows well. It is impenetrable light invading every part of my being, filling me with a light that dispels the darkness that has come to peer at this oddity full of joy. In that presence there is fullness of joy, we do not draw back from it, we press on in (Heb 12:18-22)

Can you see beyond your sufferings dear saint? Can you see the glory? Can you see the throne-room of His majesty? This is the garden, the Cross and the glory. Can you say with Paul that you consider the loss of all things as nothing in comparison to the excellence of the knowledge of God? To be found in Him.To know God and Him crucified and Him glorified. The man or the woman who comes out of the garden, humbled and obedient to the calling of the cross, is the man or the woman who can and will revel in the glory of God and endure the cross that is set before Him with joy. A place where the darkness of mourning should reign supreme, but is conquered by the glorious light of majesty. Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever. (Psalm 30:11-12)

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Will it rain in the desert?

Posted by appolus on August 6, 2019

Years ago I saw a documentary on a certain part of Africa. For 10 long months it sees no rain. First the mighty river dries up and then it becomes pools.Then the pools slowly shrink until they are nothing more than mud-holes. In this particular documentary, it showed a giant crocodile that had taken up residence right in the middle of a mud-hole. Despite its presence, deer and other animals risked their very lives in order to partake in the last of the water. A small number of animals undertook a long migration in search of water, some died on the journey, many found the water that they were looking for. Yet almost all the animals that were indigenous to this geographic location, died before the rains came. Animals that in normal circumstances would never come within 100 yards of a crocodile, came right up beside him in a desperate attempt to get some satisfaction, relief, from this drying mud-hole. When God withdraws the rain of His presence from His church we see many strange things. Let us pray to our faithful Lord that the He will send the rain to a people who have learned not to take for granted His presence, and are focused on nothing else. What was very clear from the documentary was that the animals knew that this was life or death. The tragedy for many in the church is that they can live a life, devoid of His presence, and not even know that they are dying. Imagine that this ten months without rain is a season or seasons in Christendom. Generation after generation sucking on mud, barely surviving on the moisture that remains in the mud hole. Getting down and dirty in the mud, and being dangerously close to the world as they try to survive in the dry season. Never having known or experienced the flowing river of God that brings life and healing to all who are carried by its current.

To try and operate in this world as a church without the Holy Spirit and the presence of the living God is to be reliant upon a mud-hole. Some vestige of some by- gone days where once the river flowed. Talk of past victories but no present life. Living on memories and manna from a bygone age. A Spirit filled sister in Scotland wrote to me many years ago about this very subject and what she was seeing in Spirit……………….

“It seems that wherever we live in the Western world there is a dearth in our churches..a dearth of the reality of God`s holy presence. But we must get our eyes off the impotence of our church organizations and gatherings and turn our eyes upon the One Who alone can, and will, make ALL the difference in response to EACH one of us seeking Him with ALL of our heart. Yes, the Giver and not the gifts. Are we truly able to cry, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” God says “Men ought always to pray and not to cave in” – We must cry to God FOR prevailing prayer, so that we are able to pray WITH prevailing prayer. That prayer that persists and will not give in UNTIL the Lord comes and sends floods upon our dry and thirsty land. Has He said and shall He not do it? “He turns a wilderness into pools of water, and dry land into watersprings..”

Throughout the whole earth there is a thirsty cry…it may begin as a selfish whimper but as thirst increases it becomes a desperation – our hands must be emptied of everything as we lay hold of Him. Then our hearts will burn within us as we steadfastly keep our gaze on Him Who said, “Call unto Me… and I WILL answer thee ”If we are discouraged by outcomes of our genuine efforts..if the ground remains cracked and parched..we must stop digging in the dry river beds..and look up, for He WILL send rain upon our barren land and cause His floods to lift His people from our own good intentions into His abundance. Upon every one blade of grass He WILL send His refreshing..His restoration upon our withered land…wherever we are. We will see a cloud the size of a man`s hand, that will become a deluge. Remember dry cracked land does not appear to soak up the first showers (look past appearances or feelings), then it drinks freely..and new life will spring forth! Let each one of us begin the cry for the `dry land` of our own heart”

That was a good word from a dear sister in Christ. I believe that saturation is what it is going to take because the ground is so very dry. There has been much breaking down of the clods and ploughing ( prevailing prayer) and yet, that work only makes sense if it will indeed rain. One would be very foolish to partake of such ploughing if one did not believe that there is a rain coming, a soaking rain, a saturating rain, that will penetrate the deep dryness. As someone who now lives in Kansas, a place that only gets about 33 inches of rain a year, I know how dry the ground can become and how deep that dryness is. At first when it rains the rain merely flows over the top surface. The ground is so hard it does not penetrate. Then it rains for several days and the ground becomes saturated, thoroughly penetrated, indeed to such an extent that it takes days or weeks to dry out. Flash floods come and go very quickly and when it is gone, it is like it has never rained because it never penetrated. Yet, when it rains consistently for several days, the effects are deep and lasting.

After the drought comes the rain. Perhaps you feel like your in a drought? Perhaps its been a long time since you encountered the presence of God? For those who believe and prevail and overcome, can I tell you that there is a cloud , the size of a hand, on the horizon. There is a deep penetrating rain coming for Gods people. He has taken His people into the wilderness, the valley of death, the valley of decision. Because of the intensity of the battle that lies just ahead, it was and is necessary for the Lord to take His people into the desert of testing, a place of scourging and stripping away of every single thing that we have relied upon that is outside of Him. A place where survival depends not on tradition or past victories or heritage, a place where we once again cry out to the Living God for Him and Him alone. Only those who truly desire Him will stay in this place of testing. Many will return to Egypt, many will look back to where they came from and be turned into pillars of salt. Yet, the Remnant of Gods people will prevail. And our God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Yes there is an intensity of persecution for Gods people just appearing on the horizon. There are storm clouds gathering even as you read this. There is coming a time such as has never been seen before for Gods people. Yet with storm clouds come great rain falls. God will pour out His Spirit in a such a way that His children will stand in the pouring saturating rain of His presence. And despite the intense persecution and all out war that the old serpent will wage on us, we will rejoice and glorify and lift our hands on high. We will praise God for the rain that falls. The persecution will seem light in comparison to the eternal weight of glory that is to be experienced in His presence. God will inhabit the praises of His people who worship Him with their whole hearts. Gods people will only care that His presence is with them. As long as He goes before them, they will follow. They will follow Him right into the valley of the shadow of death. They will allow nothing to separate them from their God. Stay the course brothers and sisters, the rain is coming, and then comes the King.

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Finding the higher ground,

Posted by appolus on August 4, 2019

Two great tragedies overtook America yesterday. Twenty nine people dead in two shootings. May the God of all mercies comfort their friends and loved ones. Sadly I already know the response from politicians and TV pundits. The very people who stoke the fires of hatred will blame each other in an effort to further their own causes.

There is an open wound on the southern border of America. I am not a medical person but I believe that if an open wound is not treated and closed, then without a doubt it will get poisoned and fester. Then gangrene will set it, then amputation is required or the patient will die.

The politicians have not fixed this problem over decades for two main reasons.

1. It serves the purpose of both sides. When I first came to America in the 90s it was the Democrats who were totally against an open border. They were trying to protect union workers from a flood of cheap labor which lowers labor costs. The Republicans could care less at that time since they tended to represent corporate entities and small business owners who welcomed the cheap labor. In classic political style and further proof of the absolute hypocrisy of politicians, the wind changed direction and so did they. Now it is the Democrats who desire open borders and the Republicans who do not.

2. No side wants to give a victory to whoever is in power. They would rather have the chaos at the border remain if it furthers their own desires for power and control. This is the reason this has went on for decades and why even this tragedy will not produce a deal that would fix the problem. It will not be fixed, there is too much to be gained by not fixing it.

Right now in America there is an atmosphere of hatred. In classic political style one side will blame the other, first to avoid any culpability and secondly to further their own causes. All this will do is add to an already toxic atmosphere. Twenty four hours a day, cable news pours out gasoline onto a burning fire. They sanctimoniously refuse to accept any blame for the atmosphere that produces incidents like what occurred yesterday.

What should we expect next? The assassination of the President? When there is such a level of hatred, spewed out day after day, on any subject, a rising tide if you like, that rising tide raises up the crazies. The soul of this nation is being ripped out and the next two years of political hatred will be horrific. I call on my Christian brothers and sisters not to get caught up in the madness. To even get close to it will be extremely dangerous. There is an enormous vortex that is is spinning faster and faster each day and the faster it spins the the more powerful its pull becomes.

As Christians we have been called to be a counter-culture, not a sub-culture. As the darkness increases and the divide becomes greater and greater, it is very important that we not be found on one side or the other, but let us be found on higher ground. Let us be a city set on a hill that beckons to both sides of a conflict. Let our light shine in the darkness so that both sides of a conflict, caught up in a a great storm of darkness, have as place where they may find peace for their weary souls.

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A word to the suffering remnant saints

Posted by appolus on July 31, 2019

I want to convey to the saints a word the Lord gave me yesterday (29th July, 2019) He gave me Joshua chapter four and then opened it up to me. I pray that this word will bring you some peace and understanding. It is much easier to suffer when we realize what we are suffering for. May your eyes be opened to see how the Lord is using you. This is the bigger picture and it effects all remnant saints around the world. God bless you my brothers and sisters, you are not alone in the battle.

In Joshua chapter four we see the children of Israel passing from the wilderness, across the raging spring swollen river Jordon, into the promised land. It is a highly significant event, it is as significant a day as any in the Jewish calendar. It is akin to the Passover and was to be remembered as such. This was indeed another kind of Passover as they passed from the wilderness and forty years of wilderness wandering, into the promised land. The Apostle Paul in 1 Cor 10:1-4 likens the journey of Israel out of Egypt and into the wilderness as our baptism in the sea and in the cloud. They all ate spiritual meat ( manna) and drank spiritual water from the Rock (Christ) And yet our baptism is not the end of things, it is the beginning of things. The Israelites were at the beginning of their forty years in the wilderness. Now the time between the Lord ascending through the clouds and coming back in like fashion is the time of our troubles. A time of trials and testings. In this time we see who has a firm foundation and who does not. Who would stand in the many evil days and who would fall? Flesh and sinew was being added to the dry bones in the valley.

At the end of the wilderness wanderings it comes time to pass over into the promised land. I want to suggest to you saints that we have come near the end of the wilderness wanderings of the saints. Christ is at the door of our own promised land, and He ushers us to come in, come across the river and enter into His rest. In order for the saints to cross, the raging river must be stopped. On the one side we have the wilderness where all who name the name of Jesus dwell. This wilderness is a place of separation. It tries and tests the saints for loyalty and strips away everything until only Christ is left. The times of trials and testings will soon reach its zenith and so it is time for the priests to take up their places in the middle of the river holding aloft the glory of God.

The river signifies the force of this world, it is a barrier separating the wilderness from a land flowing with milk and honey. The remnant saints find themselves in the middle of a river holding back the powers of darkness represented by the rivers flow. They cannot move from this place until the Lord Himself directs them. The priests could not move until the children of God crossed over. God’s presence in the midst of the river stops the circumstances of life from overwhelming the saints as they cross to the other side. His presence interrupts the works of darkness, His light, His manifest glory allows for safe passage and His promise is that He would be with us as we pass through the waters.

When the ark is removed then the flood waters will come back unabated. There is no crossing the river when the priests and the presence of God is removed. From the world to the wilderness to the promised land, God makes a way. He removes mountains and splits the seas wide open and stops the flow of mighty rivers. All of these things are barriers. Mountains, rivers and oceans, all bow to Jesus. It is He who gives us this way of escape. There is no force that can stand against our God. The very way of escape for His children becomes the means of judgment for His enemies. The might of the Egyptian army found this out. When God lifts His hand, the seas return and drown His enemies. When the presence of God is removed from the Jordon, the waters return and render the river impassable.

Remnant saints, you represent the presence of God. By holding up the glory of God in the midst of the river bed, you are beckoning and directing those still languishing in the wilderness. Most of Christendom dwells in a great wilderness desert. God is calling to all those who are named after His name. He is warning that soon the presence of God will be completely gone from this wilderness place and Christendom. The time to pass over is now before the priests who hold aloft the presence of God are commanded to come up out of the river and the waters of this world return with a great force.

There are two monuments to this passing. One is seen, the other unseen. They are intimately connected to one spot, the very place where the priests stood with the glory of God all around. And command ye them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst of Jordan, out of the place where the priests’ feet stood firm, twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night (Jos 4:3) And then again in verse 9. And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day. For the priests which bare the ark stood in the midst of Jordan, until every thing was finished that the LORD commanded Joshua to speak unto the people, according to all that Moses commanded Joshua: and the people hasted and passed over (Jos 4:9-10)

To my brothers and sisters in the Royal priesthood can you see the two monuments? One at Gilgal which is seen and celebrated and God is given all the glory, and the other unseen, but marked by God, known by God. The remnants work is for the most part unseen, not applauded by men but marked by God. God sees your work brothers and sisters. He sees your anguish. He knows, He knows. He has marked you on the forehead with an ink-horn. That which is done in secret, one day God will reward openly. He is using you to uphold His glory, to maintain His presence in a day and age where gross darkness has overtaken the land like a mighty rushing river.

Remnant saints, your place is in the middle of the Jordon until the Lord commands you otherwise. The Lord is using you as a marker, a sign post if you like, along the narrow path that leads from death to life. In the crossing the people rushed over while the priests held steady in the midst of the river, a crossing only possible because they held aloft the glory and the presence of God. Few hold up the glory, most rush on not wanting to get swept away. We walk according to our calling. Hold steady, stand firm, do not move. God will direct you. He will tell you when. Keep lifting up the name of Jesus.

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The coming persecution of the saints

Posted by appolus on July 25, 2019

The coming persecution of the saints.

Prosecution plus politics equals inquisition. In an inquisition it is not about guilt or innocence. One is already presumed and announced to be guilty. Only by bowing to the authority of the inquisitors can one be exonerated. You may believe what happened to Brett Kavanaugh or President Trump are isolated cases of judicial madness, where the strongest and most dominant voice in the room is the shrill scream of the demented masses, but you would be wrong.

These are unfolding precedents, harbingers if you like, of a sweeping darkness that will cover the land. A land where the mask is ripped away from lady justice and her scales have fallen in the street. Fundamental elements of law in the west, such as habeas corpus and innocent until proven guilty, are under attack by unseen forces, the spirit of anarchy. Now, there is a method behind this madness.

In places like China, people are whisked away never to be seen again. Habeas corpus literally means to “produce the body.” This means that the authorities under habeas corpus are duty bound to bring a defendant before the court and give a reason for their confinement and an opportunity for defendant to defend himself. In the west, until now, a man is presumed to be innocent until the authorities can prove he is guilty.

The introduction of the word exonerated into our legal system is interesting. It was announced that President Trump was not exonerated. The word exonerate means to absolve, at its root it is where we get absolution. The word absolution is defineD as “an ecclesiastical declaration of forgiveness of sins.” More and more we hear the word moral being introduced into our political discourse. We have even been told that it is immoral to be against abortion. It is, apparently, immoral to believe that homosexuality is a sin. Hilary Clinton, while addressing a homosexual audience infamously dropped the phrase ” a basket of deplorables.”

What is not so well knows that in the same speech, written beforehand, indeed in the same paragraph, she used the word “irredeemable,” to describe anyone who disagreed with her in matters related to sexuality and other issues. Now the word irredeemable means “not able to be saved.” Why are we seeing the introduction of religious language into our political system? Why are the fundamentals of law and order in the west being undermined? Let me suggest to you that one of the darkest periods in the history of the west was the period where the inquisition ruled supreme. That lawless force is coming back.

The force used so fiercely by the Catholic church to bring about conformity using any means necessary is returning. The orthodoxy will be different, we will now bow down to the forces of homosexuality and transgenderism and globalism, but the means will be the same, only much more intense. The inquisition by the Catholic church began in 1231ad and did not end until 1826ad when the last man was executed. Seven hundred years and millions killed, an untold number. The coming inquisition will be much worse and the target will be, once again, genuine saints who will refuse to bow their knees to the gods of this world.

The devil demanded that Jesus bow His knee to him. He would not. It was demanded of Daniel and the three Hebrew children that they bow their knees and pray to the gods of their day, they would not. All throughout the history of man, Satan has demanded that the knee be bowed to him. It is about authority. The same demand with the same results will be demanded of the remnant saints of Christ in the earth, they will not bow their knee and for that they will pay the ultimate price. Be of good cheer saints, for Christ has overcome this world. His kingdom is not of this world. We belong to another kingdom and another King. This world is fallen and it will not get up. The writing is already on the wall. We who stand in Him shall not fall in the evil day. Just as the Lord Himself came to the children in the midst of the furnace, so shall that light come unto us in our darkest day and He will gloriously uphold us.

Consider the Hebrew children in the midst of the fire, communing with the Preincarnate Christ. Consider Stephen as his mortal body is being destroyed yet he himself is in the midst of a glorious vision. Consider the countless number of saints burned at the stake yet so many being heard to be singing the praises of God even as the flames consumed their mortal bodies. The martyrs cry out from beneath the altar for justice, not the corrupted justice of this world but the justice of God and they will have it once their numbers are complete. God is raising up those very saints who will make up that number. What a fierce battle that lies ahead yet we know this saints “greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1Jn 4:3-4)

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I have learned

Posted by appolus on July 23, 2019

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. The condition of our hearts are vitally important. Staying close to the Lord is vitally important. Just as we can neglect our spouses by not talking to them or shutting them out, we can do the same with Jesus. In times when things are going well we can become distracted by shiny things of no importance and begin to drift away from the Lord. I would argue that this has been one of the major problems in the West in the last couple of hundred years and has added to the great falling away that we have seen.

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.

He is the eye of the storm. He is our center. When all around are being devastated by circumstances and tossed like waves in a sea overcome by storms, we stand above those waves 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. The great roller-coaster of life is the emotional world. If it rules you then you will find yourself on a constant wild life of ups and downs and violent twists and turns. Lost of screaming and noise. Emotions are good and should not be avoided, but they should not rule us. We can have wonderful emotional experiences without strapping in to a roller-coaster. It is the will that keeps us. The will rules the emotions. Jesus in the garden submits to the will of His Father. It brings Him great peace when the matter is settled. 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.

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

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Divorce and division

Posted by appolus on July 16, 2019

At some point after you were born, did you have to fill out membership forms to join your family? Were you not a member of your family the moment you were conceived? Was there not great joy in your family the day that you were born? The day that you were born again was there not great joy in heaven?

Are you a member of that heavenly family due to signed paperwork or rather are you a member of that heavenly family due to you being born again? In your family as you grew up did you all believe the same thing? Did you form yourselves into groups according to your opinions? Did you turn on one another based on disagreements? How did that work out?

Did you parents divorce due to irreconcilable differences? How did that effect the family? Did it help? Do you know many of your friends whose parents are divorced due to irreconcilable differences? When did divorce become a legitimate way to resolve our problems? Where was God in the midst of all that? Does God like divorce? Is divorce His solution to problems?

Of course, in all of this I am talking about The Church using the tragic analogy of our modern culture of divorce. If we are truly born again we are one Body in Christ, not some ecumenical or utopian dream, but one as He and the Father are one. We are one in Him. This was His plan.

We were not to be unequally yoked but rather equally bound together in Christ our Lord so that the world may know that He was sent by His Father. And the glory which was given to Christ, He has given to us. Father forgive us for not walking according to your Word. Forgive us for being more sold out to the systems of men rather than to the Word of God.

You instructed us not to be unequally yoked yet in order to maintain a system devised by man we ignore that, somehow believing that by defying the Word of God we are fulfilling the will of God. What blindness has overtaken us Lord and we wonder why we have fallen into a ditch. Open the eyes of our hearts Lord, we want to see you, high and lifted up, where the Glory is, the very glory that you have given unto us.

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