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Stepping away from fear.

Posted by appolus on January 18, 2021

Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Are you wearied of living in fear? Fears of all kind are the enemies of our soul, indeed oftentimes fear is the opposite of faith. In the end, fear is actually sin. I do not say that to bring condemnation upon anyone, simply to identify it and highlight how it can separate us from our relationship with the Lord. God does not condemn us in this but He would that we would live in the freedom that He wrought for us on bloody Calvary.

When we run away from a situation or hide from it because of fear, it never solves the problem, it still lies in wait for us as we go around the mountain again. The obstacle must be confronted if we are to pass it by and move on upwards. Every single time we give into fear we are saying “Lord, you are not Lord of my life,fear is.” And in this we recognize the fact that we are slaves to sin and not servants of God.

We cannot be slaves and free men all at the same time. If the Lord has set me free, if He has come and opened up my jail cell, what was I doing still looking out at the world through the bars? Why had I not walked through the door that the Lord had opened? Was it safer for me to stay where I had become accustomed to?

There comes a time in our lives when we decide that we have to get up and get out of that cell. The Lord did not open it and free us just so that we could be technically free, He wants us to be actually free. I don’t know what is keeping you in that cell this day but we both know the Lord who opened the door. He bids us to step out of the shadows of the cell and slavery and to walk out and into the light of freedom. One step at a time, one day at a time, listen and follow Him one word at a time.

Step by step. As you overcome in Him you will be putting distance between you and your former cell or self. There will come a time when you will look back and be astonished how far you have come in Him and how by the power of His Spirit you have overcome. You were called to freedom. Take that first step this day and deal fear a lethal blow by being obedient to the Word of God and His still small voice.

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Making no spiritual progress?

Posted by appolus on January 15, 2021

Probably the most widespread and persistent problem to be found among Christians is the problem of retarded spiritual progress. Why, after years of Christian profession do so many persons find themselves no farther along than when they first believed? The cause of retarded growth are many. It would not be accurate to ascribe the trouble to one single fault. One there is, however, which is so universal that it may easily be the main cause;failure to give time to the cultivation of the knowledge of God.

The Christian is strong or weak depending upon how closely he has cultivated the knowledge of God. Progress in the Christian life is exactly equal to the growing knowledge we gain of the Triune God in personal experience. And such experience requires a whole life devoted to it and plenty of time spent at the holy task of cultivating God. God can be known satisfactorily only as we devote time to Him (A.W.Tozer)

Tozer is really highlighting the fact that diligence in seeking God, or the lack thereof is the primary reason why so many seem to lack any progress at all in becoming more like Jesus. And why they never move from being babes in Christ to being mature saints. This diligence starts with the Word of God. Show me the man or woman who has little time for the Word and I will show you people who are taken up with this world and not the next. They are taken up with the kingdom of men and their place in it rather than the Kingdom of God and walking there.

Being hungry for the Word of God leads to hunger for the God of the Word. And once one has tasted the goodness of God, then it creates a hunger for more. Once one has drunk from the heavenly well, it creates a thirst like the deer that panteth for the waterbrooks and a longing soul. Therefore the Scriptures tell us that we should move on unto perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God (Heb 6) We have to make a decision as to what world we belong to. When we seek His Kingdom first and His Righteousness then the abundant life ( spiritual) and the contented life will be ours as we walk with our God.

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I am the weakest man.

Posted by appolus on January 15, 2021

Jdg 6:13 Oh my Lord, if the Lord is with us, then why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles which our Fathers told us about saying,”Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?” But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.

After Gideon gets through with his complaints to God, the Lord speaks to him and says “Go in the might of yours and you shall save Israel-have I not sent you?” (v 14) You see how God refuses to take on board what Gideon has just complained about and again affirms His calling on Gideon’s life? Saints, take heart at this for God has called you. listen to how Gideon replies and see if this reflects your own heart. “How can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manassah and I am the least in my father’s house.” (v15) To which the Lord replies “Surely I will be with you.”

The Lord picked the weakest man from the weakest clan. It’s not about the man brothers and sisters, it’s about the God that goes with the man. If God is with us, who can be against us? This truly represents the remnant believers today. We are the weakest men and women. The reply that Gideon gave to God is the right reply in the right spirit. Without God we are nothing and can do nothing, but by the same token, when God is with us, and He says to Gideon “Surely I will be with you,’ then there is nothing we cannot do. This is the spirit of the genuine saints of God today. They acknowledge their own weaknesses.They have experienced failure and they know what it is like to feel abandoned, this has been a journey and it ends with them knowing their utter helplessness without God being with them.

I want you to remember who you serve this day. No matter what situation you face today, the God who created the whole universe and set the foundations of the earth and hung the stars in the heavens above is with you. For His will and for His good pleasure God has been working on you and He is faithful to complete that what He has started. God is raising up an end time Gideon’s army and filling its ranks with the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Genuine saint, you are a mighty man of valour, you are a mighty woman of valour. What qualifies you to be counted in these ranks? God has called you, God is with you and God will equip you.

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Where our God reigns.

Posted by appolus on January 13, 2021

To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
(Luk 1:79)

The world is a dark place. It always has been. If you dwell in the world there are various degrees of darkness and shades of grey. Various degrees of sin and pain and tragedy that adds to the existing darkness. To live a life in shades of grey mistakenly considered to be light is perhaps the greatest tragedy of them all. There is a great light in which there dwells no darkness at all. This great light came down from the treasures of heaven to walk among the darkness of men. To lead them and to guide them away from the darkness of the sin that shapes them and keeps them from the light. To open up the eyes of the blind. There is only eternal death dwelling in the shadows. One can be found in the depths of darkness or dwelling on the outer edges in shades of grey, yet it is all the one kingdom. There is one kingdom of darkness and one Kingdom of light. Each kingdom has a king. You can only have one king. You cannot serve two kings. When you die, you dwell eternally with the king that you served here on earth.

The Lord has not abandoned us to the darkness. He came from the light of heaven and traveled to the very center of the kingdom of darkness and there confronted its king on our behalf. There He was abused, tortured and killed yet He overcame it all and conquered the power of the kingdom of darkness and took captivity captive. He triumphed and He has given light to those who dwell within the kingdom of darkness. He beckons all of them to follow Him and dwell within the Kingdom of light and of peace. He stands like an immovable lighthouse that illuminates the way for those caught up in the darkness. Though the storm beats upon and ravages the lighthouse, it cannot be moved for it stands upon and is built on solid rock. Christian, you are that light. It is the very reason that you exist. May the light that dwells within you lead many up and out of the Kingdom of darkness into the marvelous light of the Kingdom of God where our God reigns.

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No where left to run?

Posted by appolus on January 11, 2021

Many times in history, Christians have had to run and seek refuge. The Moravians fled in the late 1400s and early 1500s and again in the 1700s. The fled from place like Bohemia and Moravia to Saxony. And in the 1700s they would find refuge there under the protection of Count Zindendorf at Hernhut. Christians had fled from England to places like Amsterdam in the 1500s. These pilgrims would then move on to the American colonies from there and England and from all over Europe.

This is just some of the heritage of the Christian story as pilgrims. For this is what we are, is this not correct? We have no abiding city in this world. Think about what it meant to leave your home country back in the 1500s and 1600s. Leaving everything that you know behind, oftentimes with just what you could carry. And why endure all of this? For the freedom to worship God as they were led. It was monumental and yet they were actually living the pilgrim life. The Spirit of God was with them. They may not have had a country to call there own, but they were comforted by their convictions and by the Lord their God.

Now saints. Where shall we run to? In an increasingly hostile world is there anywhere left to run to? Do we even have a people that would be willing to leave everything behind them, including their national identity, the home of their birth, their roots? Would we be willing to uproot ourselves for the sake of being able to worship the Lord our God as we please and be able to stand upon and walk in the great truths of the Scriptures? Would we/will we have the strength of our brothers and sisters who came before us?

I believe that God’s genuine children do have that same strength because they have the same Spirit burning within them. The Kingdom of God is more important to the saints on earth than the kingdoms on earth and the places of their natural birth. I believe that the Lord is indeed preparing places for us to run to. It may be regions of the world that you would never have imagined. It will be a double edged sword of course. For as we gather together in these places as the persecution arises then we will, in the end, ultimately, be an easier target. Yet this is our calling and the Lord will be with us. Let us pray our flight will not be in winter.

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The knowledge of the Glory

Posted by appolus on January 11, 2021

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

Do you walk in the light of the knowledge of the glory of God? When we speak of knowledge we are not speaking about information. The knowledge of the glory of God is an encounter. It is not information it is an experience. Only by experiencing the knowledge of the glory of God can we be transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord

This is the heart cry of our age. To stand in “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Let us lay aside everything else until we have stood in that light and have been transformed from glory to glory. Only then can we share with the passion that inevitably comes from such an encounter. People who dwell in darkness will be drawn to Christ by the light of the knowledge of glory that is in you, that is seared upon your heart, that makes you alive to the Spirit and dead to the world. Dear Lord in heaven pour out your glory into the hearts of men.

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The Triumph and the glory.

Posted by appolus on January 8, 2021

2Co 2:14  Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. 

Do you walk in triumph? Do you diffuse the fragrance of His Knowledge in every place? If you have not experienced the knowledge of His glory then how can you radiate and reflect and diffuse the beauty of His presence and the manifest glory of who He is? If you have not stood in the manifest presence of God and been ruined for the things of this world from that encounter then how can you effectively share the reality of Jesus in your life? Those whose hearts are veiled to this knowledge of His glory, who have not yet stepped behind that veil and experienced the glorious majesty of His presence cannot walk in the life of Christ that flows from that place.

The reality of God is manifested in His reality manifested in us. We broken vessels, broken from the things of this world, are changed in fundamental ways by His hand and by His glory. And this is the triumph in Christ. In Christ we are more that conquerors and that living reality, the reality of it seen in our changed lives is the victory. The knowledge of Jesus means the intimate reality of our relationship with Him. By this intimacy, by this “knowing Him,” then and only then are we a sweet fragrance to the world. Are you a sweet fragrance to the world? Can others, by their encounters with you, breathe in the beauty of the Lord? Most importantly are we, the children of God, a sweet smelling fragrance of Christ to our heavenly Father?

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What hill will you die on?

Posted by appolus on January 6, 2021

What happened at the Capitol building was that the Ivory castle was touched by behavior that it had encouraged or ignored for six months. I detest violence, all violence and I detest hypocrisy and this country is drowning in it. Just prior to the French revolution, the peasants of Paris marched 16 miles to the palace of Versailles.

An opulent over the top palace where the elites lived, untouched by the ravages of what was going on in the rest of the country. The mostly peaceful protesters demanded that the royal family return to Paris and see what was going on because over a long period of time the elites had become hopelessly out of touch.

Saints, we are living in very dangerous times. My advice to you is to break any strongholds of the world that may exist in your heart. The world is falling apart. You can see that. A house divided cannot stand, it will fall. And by fall I mean that it will fall into the dark abyss of secular atheistic authoritarianism.

The next great enemy for the authorities to conquer is all those who oppose or stand against their ideas. That is you and me. In case you are wondering what the strategy of the devil is here through the smokescreen of political agitation, he is after this one single truth and in the end he will kill anyone who propagates it

“I am the way, the truth and the lifeand no man come to the Father but by me.” Do you want to die on a hill? This is the hill to die on. This is our line and we will hold it to the last man. Political intrigue is just that. This is Kingdom business.

So get ready. Our weapons are not carnal, they are spiritual and to be used for the pulling down of strongholds. When you are surrounded on every side, then you stand back to back and side by side. I look forward to meeting you, my fellow brothers and sisters on this battlefield, on this the final hill. A hill we shall never surrender. This is our battle.

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Have you knowledge of the glory?

Posted by appolus on January 6, 2021

11 Cor 4:6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Have you knowledge of this glory? Can we walk as Christians if we have never experienced the glory of God? We cannot be victorious Christians outside of this “knowledge.’ Those who have experienced the glory of God walk in victory. It is this victory that allows for joy even in the midst of suffering. For those who walk in the presence of God cannot help but radiate His glory. It is not something that is achieved by effort.

If I radiate His glory it’s because I am like the moon. The moon is a dead object, yet the light of the sun reflects off the moon and lights up a dark world. And just as the moon, by virtue of its position to the sun and the earth, radiates the light down into the darkness, then those of us who come before the throne and kneel before the King radiate the light from this glorious place into the darkness of this world.

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A clash of two authorities-he that is not with me is against me.

Posted by appolus on January 5, 2021

What has happened this last year is just a precursor for what is to come. We are being conditioned to comply “or else.” This is the China model being brought in by the back door. Social scoring and social punishment for non compliance. It does not take a rocket scientist to see where this is heading.

It is heading towards an inevitable clash of “authorities.” Study Church history and you will see that the vast majority of martyrs were martyred because they refused to recognize the authority of the rulers of this world as greater than the authority of God.

Satan’s desire was for Jesus to bow the knee to Him and he offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and a way to avoid the cross. If our Lord and Master was so tempted, then so shall we be. We shall be offered the world and the benefits thereof, and the chance to avoid persecution if we will only bow the knee. Most will bow the knee. What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his soul?

In the end there are two authorities. The authority of God and the authority of man. Genuine saints will never bow to the authority of man that seeks to usurp the authority of God. In all other matters, genuine Christians make the best citizens. Their desire is to respect human authorities and live peaceably among men. Yet in every generation,down through the corridors of the last two thousand years, time and time again there comes a clash. Men demand that the saints bow down to them and acknowledge their authority over them that usurps God’s authority. This has mostly come in the guise of religious men.

They claim to have authority from God and therefore all must follow their dictates. For the saints, the final authority in this world is the Word of God and the Holy Spirit that opens up the Word to them by inspiration. An example would be the Catholics insistence that the “Eucharist,” is the actual Body of Christ. Hundreds of thousands of saints would be burned to death for not complying with this. Infant baptism would be another. Countless people would be burned to death for refusing to acknowledge infant baptism and therefore refusing to baptize their babies.

Rome, prior to Constantine would be another. Unless one was willing to recognize Caesar as a god, then one could well find themselves in the arena with lions. It is always about authority because this is what the enemy of our souls desperately wants. He wants to usurp God and have God’s children bow the knee to him. There is nothing more lethal for the saints than when the civil authorities and the religious authorities walk in lockstep to come against them.

And so we see the stage being set for the most lethal time the world has even known for the saints. The forces of religion and secularism and the civil authorities are, as we speak, aligning themselves. Remember when the Pharisees and the Sadducees and the Herodians and Rome all came together in agreement to kill Jesus? This was the combined forces of the religious and the political and the empire all finding common ground in their desire for self preservation and dominance. It was argued among them that is was for the common good of all that Jesus must die.

It will be the same argument when it comes to the saints in the last days. It will be argued that it will be for the common good of mankind to get rid of Christian who will not comply or compromise their faith. Christians will be seen as a thorn in the side of humanity. In an effort to drown out their collective conscience, the world will gnash their teeth.This is what happened to Stephen in Acts 7:54. Unleashed rage because Stephen by the power of the Holy Spirit exposed them and their arguments with irrefutable heavenly wisdom.

They fell upon Stephen like dogs. In Job 16:9 Job says of his enemy “He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth.” In Philippians 3:2 Paul warns us by saying “beware of the dogs.” Men so full of rage and inner turmoil than when they hear the truth spoken by the power of the Holy Spirit there is an explosion and an unleashing of hell. Law no longer applies. The forces of anarchy unleashed. For a moment, for a day, for a season for a time of persecution.

This is the clash of two authorities.Wow worlds collide. Heaven and hell. Darkness and light. Jesus and Satan. In the end only one can stand and Satan knows this. The wheat and the tares can lo longer co-exist when comes the harvest. There is a coalescing of both groups that will take place. The many disparate groups of both camps coalesce in the final days. Jesus says in Matt 12:30 He that is not with me is against me. It comes down to that in the end. There is no room for neutrality. There is no lukewarm middle ground upon which to stand. You will either be for Jesus or you will be against Him. He is either preeminent in your life or He is not.

In times of relative peace we are surrounded by the lukewarm and the so called nominal Christian. The truth is there is no such thing. Fire tests the reality of our claims. There is a fire coming such as never before and it will do its work. Remember saints, Jesus is coming for His bride. Not a lukewarm bride or a nominal bride who has barely enough oil to light a wick, but a spotless bride and a pure one. One who can stand in the holy place. One who has clean hands and a pure heart who is not taken with vanity nor has made false claims about who they are.

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Expectations- don’t scream at your dog.

Posted by appolus on January 4, 2021

As I was walking my dog the other day, there was a younger man in front of me coming onto the trail. He was running with a backpack on and he had a dog with him. The dog was off leash which always makes me a wee bit bit nervous, especially if its a big dog because my dog is smallish. It’s ironic that it makes me nervous because I walk my dog without a leash. I always have with my dogs over the years. This young man was shouting at his dog every 30 seconds. He was shouting as loud as he could “back.” Even when he was way ahead of me and I could not see him anymore I could still hear him shouting “back,’ and the anger level was noticeably increasing.

It made me think about how I communicate with my own dog. I never really speak to her at all when we are walking. She understands my “expectations.” It rarely has to be communicated by words. If I speak at all I get her immediate attention because its not typical for me to have to speak to her. We have an understanding. Now, that did not happen overnight. It took a significant portion of her younger life for her will to bend to my expectations. I was unmovable so if something was going to change it was going to be her. She had to understand her place.

When she finally yielded to my expectations then everything changed. Her life got a lot less complicated. Her freedom increased dramatically and her anxiety level was dramatically reduced. She had found her place in life. She understands my expectations without me having to speak. I know what God expects of me. I know His expectations. Not just through the written word but also through His Spirit. The older I got and the more I yielded the less He had to “speak to me,” in a sense. I never want to disappoint my Lord. I love Him and I desire to please Him.

When my dog displeases me her world is not right until she makes it right with me. She will come to me again and again and nuzzle into me. She has to know that things are right between us. she will not settle down until she senses that we are good. Us being “good,” is the foundation of her life. She knows my expectations and we know the Lord’s expectations for our lives.

We do not have a God who keeps shouting and screaming at us. He is not trying to dominate us, He is looking for cooperation with His expectations for us and love is the glue that holds it all together. I always want to be right with my Lord because I love Him and the last thing I want to do is disappoint Him. It makes me come to Him again and again with a broken and a contrite heart until I “know,” that we “are good.’ The young man who was screaming at his dog represents religion and its efforts to control people. The Lord who shares His expectations with us in love represents relationship.

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Living in the Spirit.

Posted by appolus on January 4, 2021

Gal 5:16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Walking in the Spirit is walking in fulfillment of His word. When someone offends me, but I do not take offense, I am walking in the Spirit. When I am insulted, yet I do not care because I am dead to myself and alive to Christ, I am walking in the Spirit. When I love the unlovable I am walking in the Spirit. When I agree with my enemy quickly and he is disarmed then I am walking in the Spirit.

When I look upon a woman, not with lust but with pure eyes then I am walking in the Spirit. When I refuse to be anxious but make a conscious decision to do all things by prayer and supplication and thanksgiving then I am walking in the Spirit. All these things and so many others brothers and sisters is the fruit of my walk in the Spirit.

As I do all these things and the peace that is beyond understanding fills me completely, then I know that I am walking in the Spirit of the Living God and my heart literally burns within my chest. And as it burns, it gives off a light that men can see and they are drawn to Christ in me. When this happens, I know that I am walking in the Spirit! My part is to surrender and yield to the Spirit that is within me. I must also be able to hear that still small voice that leads and guides me.

I must also be genuine in all that I do, my outward actions must be a reflection of my inner life. That right there is the difference between life and death. I must cultivate my relationship with Jesus because my ability to walk in the Spirit is directly tied to Christ in me and my relationship with Him. I must be able to come into His presence. It is only by walking in His presence, which is walking in the Spirit, that I can be used of Him to be light in the darkness.

Experiencing His manifest presence as opposed to having a faith in information is life and manna to your soul. Giving a mental assent to an abstract truth cannot feed us, we can only be fed in the Spirit. If we are walking in the Spirit we can be fed. We are not only fed fed by bread alone but by every word that proceeds forth out of the mouth of God. It is in the context of His leading and His guiding that our souls are edified. It is in this walk that the desires of the flesh begin to recede and Christ in us begins to increase. May He increase in you as you walk out your life in the Spirit for there is no other way that He can increase and be lifted up.

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Well done good and faithful servant.

Posted by appolus on January 1, 2021

Mat 25:21 His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over a few things; I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.

The seasons of God are good. One of those seasons is a time for weeping and mourning. Yet, if that is all that we have, if we lived forever in a perpetual winter of weeping and mourning then nothing would ever grow. We would not grow and neither would our effectiveness for His kingdom. Neither would we grow in the knowledge of God. There is a time to rent our clothes and throw dust on our heads, yet if this one season or any other one season becomes the whole then we render ourselves weak and ineffectual.

To be content in every situation, in every season is the high water mark of the servant of God. We have been called to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect. He is our measure, none other than God Himself. This word perfect is to be complete. To find the fullness of the measure, to be mature. We were children and we played as children, now that we seek the fullness that is in Him then we put away childish things.

The fullness comes when we can walk in the Spirit whether the sun is shining high in the sky or whether the storms clouds threaten to explode over our heads. This is the measure of the fullness, to be unmoved from our standing before the throne. To weep? Yes. To laugh? Yes. To mourn with others? Yes. To comfort others with the same comfort we ourselves have been comforted with? Yes. This is the good and faithful servant. To be standing in this world, very much a part of it, but to be breathing the rarefied air of the Kingdom. To walk through this world but to exist in the atmosphere of the throne room.

The atmosphere. Science would tell us that this is the unseen gasses that surrounds the planet held in place by gravity. Ours is uniquely designed for life, made up of nitrogen and oxygen which we breath into our lungs and it sustains our lives and all life. The atmosphere before the throne is made up of holiness and glory and majesty. This is what surrounds the saints. The Holy Spirit holds it all in place. Our gravity is the word of God, our atmosphere is the Spirit of God, and it produces and sustains our spiritual lives.

We are called to be faithful in a few things. Just a few things, a few foundational things. Patient perseverance in doing what is right. Loving God with all of our hearts. Doing what our Lord commanded us to do. Seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Glorifying God as we yield and surrender to His work in our lives. Do this brothers and sisters and you will hear those words we all long to hear “Well done good and faithful servant……..enter inot the joy of the Lord.”

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What is the value of your suffering?

Posted by appolus on December 31, 2020

Are you tired today? Weary? Tiredness and weariness is a tough part of the journey. A dangerous part no doubt, but it is something that we saints all face. In the end it comes down to “will you put one foot in front on another?” Will you persevere? Will you endure to the end? You may wonder what part this plays in your journey. What part loss? What part pain? Tragedy and desperation, do any of these things have value?

A vital aspect of all of this is that it fundamentally refutes the accuser of the brethren. Many saints think that because their suffering is not directly related to the cause of Christ that somehow it does not count. That is a lie from hell. Satan has a insatiable appetite to see you fall, to see your testimony crash on the rocks of your trials. If he can see this come to pass, it bolsters his lie before the throne.

In the very first pages of Job we see the enemy of our soul come before God and basically say that those who claim to love God only do so because God blesses them, He protects them. Take that away and they will reject God, they will curse God. And so as we journey on through the straight and narrow path, we are a living witness in an ancient court room drama. No where is this more dramatically played out than on Calvary itself where in the darkest moment of the life of Jesus He believes He has been forsaken. His soul had been flooded with the dark waters of despair and even a gross supernatural darkness that has fallen across the land.

The Lord never rejects His Father. In fact we see the Lord minister from the cross. He is thinking about His mother, He is asking for those who did this to Him to be forgiven, He is reaching out to the thief. He is doing all of that because He is acting according to His nature. We, His children, will in the end act according to our nature. Not the old one, but the new one and this new one will be and is being proven in the very midst of the fire. All faith is tested.

Imagine the power of the witness who cries out from the depths of darkness of their love for God. Imagine how this shakes the very foundations of hell. Hell itself is built on a foundation of lies. And every act of faith by the children of God is an earthquakes that shakes hell’s foundations. Every act of faith is a flaming fiery arrow that ricochets off and is deflected by a golden shield and the arrow returns and pierces the one who fires it. The fire of hell is the refuted lie.
The accuser of the brethren truly falls when the sons and daughters of God praise Him in the midnight hour.
In the darkest hours of our lives, when everything we have has been stripped away, when our lives have been dismantled, when the enemy waits with baited breath to hear you curse God and die but instead he hears “even if you kill me Lord yet will I trust you,” then the gates of hell are breached. The gavel falls, the accuser is exposed and the sentence is passed.

This dear saint is the value of your pain. It’s the value of your suffering. Your loss, your tiredness and your weariness is the backdrop to the reality of your genuine unconditional love for God. It’s a witness to what God said. It is the evidence that convicts the enemy. It is God’s creation and it is marvelous and wonderful. He first loves us as proven by Calvary and we in return love Him. And so shall it ever be for all eternity.

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Transformation brings glory.

Posted by appolus on December 30, 2020

Isaiah 63:14 As the beast goes down into the valley and the Spirit of the Lord causes him to rest. So you lead your people to make yourself a glorious name.

When you follow Christ into the valley the world will be changed but do not think you were called to change the world, you were not. No, brothers and sisters, we were not called to be world changers, we were called to live a transformed life. We were called to have our own lives transformed and in that transformation the world is changed as a by-product of our primary purpose. Our primary purpose is glorifying God by our own lives. Focus on changing the world and you become a humanist, Christendom is all but lost today to humanism.

We are not called to alleviate the sufferings of the world beyond giving to the poor. We are called to be salt and light, a city set on a hill. If you clothe the naked but share not the love of Jesus then what have you gained? If you visit the prisoner and leave the prisoner a captive then what have you gained? It must always be about Jesus and if not, then one can join the ranks of the social services.

Jesus walked through the valley and it led to the high hill of Calvary. And from that momentary lofty place, we meet Jesus and He asks us to return to the valley. He is not asking us to do what He would not and did not do Himself. He came from the glories of heaven to walk in the pain and suffering of the valley. And in this moment of transfiguration, where we encounter the living God in the high place, we decide to die to ourselves and follow in His footsteps.

Lord give me a heart that even when I am persecuted for righteousness sake, I still go on loving this world. Give me a heart that even when men say all manner of evil against me that I rejoice and am exceedingly glad for your sake. Let me be the salt of the earth. Change me so that I will be a city set on a hill and all those who travel through the valley will be comforted when they see the light that is in me.

And mankind will glorify God when they see what marvelous works He has performed in you. A willing servant to God and a free man and a free woman. Free to glorify God in heaven for all His marvelous works in and through you. It is your work in your children Lord that is a witness to your power. Let us not be ashamed of your work in us rather let it be known to all who would hear that this is your power, the Gospel, the power of God unto salvation. We were called to be witnesses, let us be witnesses and expressions of your power, the power to transform. Let us rest in that,

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The depth of His love.

Posted by appolus on December 28, 2020

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.(Eph 3:17-19)

If it’s the moon they say 250,000 miles or if it’s the sun they say 93 million miles. But after that they start talking in light years. They say that there are bodies millions of light years away—say 10 million just to get a start. So if you want to know how far it is from earth to that body I’m talking about, you multiply 5 trillion, 862 billion, 484 million by 10 million. Doesn’t that stun you? It makes my head ache! Seen over against this, you and I are terribly small (A.W.Tozer The Attributes of God)

Can you see what Tozer is getting at? He is showing us just how vast the universe is and yet how infinitesimally small it actually is in comparison to God almighty. This is beyond our ability to comprehend. It is too big. Yet right there in the Scriptures it says that those who have Christ in their hearts, and are rooted and grounded in love can indeed comprehend God. Think on that a while. Comprehend God. We can know the breadth of His majesty. We can know the depths of His love. We can know the heights of His glory. In short, we can know that which is beyond knowledge. We can be filled with the fullness of our God who is infinitely vast. This is astonishing that we can enter into and be filled with His fullness. It’s an invitation by our Lord who owes His creation nothing. And yet He beckons us to come into the glory. Our God wants to share this with us. And there is purpose in it.

For this purpose Paul bowed his knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus, his Father and our Father. The purpose is that we faint not in the midst of tribulations. When we apprehend His glory we comprehend His glory. When we comprehend His glory we are strengthened by His might in the inner man. On the outside we may be in prison, we may be hard pressed on every side, perplexed and persecuted and struck down but we stand fast and we are not overcome. We stand and do not fall because He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or even think according to His power that is in us, the fullness of His power. Glory to God in the highest. He causes us, whose heart He dwells in by faith and who are rooted and grounded in love, to stand.

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The highways and the byways.

Posted by appolus on December 27, 2020

To be in one world and suddenly in another. To be a pauper, and suddenly to be raised up and out of the gutter. To be taken into the first estate and to marvel at it all. To see the ones who’ve fallen and marvel at their fall. From the highways and the byways the beggars they all came, the blind and the broken, the rejected and the lame. The poor and the afflicted, all were welcomed in, delivered and set free from every kind of sin. And they came rejoicing.

In my wildest imagination I could never have imagined being here. A place of unparalleled beauty, a place where there’s no fear. To come from the lowest reaches and find yourself among the highest mountain peaks, to sit at the feet of Jesus and know that our Creator speaks, is to travel from life to death. Who will come? Wont you come? There is room at the cross for you. And in my Fathers house there are many mansions and one awaits for you, tis true. If it were not I would have told you so. There’s an invitation sent to the highways and the byways to see the God of glory, the universe displays. In all His finest majesty and magnificence He still reigns yet walks beside the pilgrim saint His presence there remains.

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My three lives.

Posted by appolus on December 26, 2020

Jesus is the bridge between two worlds. The seen and the unseen. The seen world relies upon the head, the unseen world relies upon the eyes of the heart. Our senses, as great as they are, can only serve us in the seen world. Any interaction with the unseen world must come through the prism of our spirit/heart. Not the physical heart you understand. The physical heart pumps life giving blood in a somewhat mystical way, but the Spirit is the wellspring of a substance called life.

In this context I am talking about the Scriptural word Zoe. An example of this would be John 1:4 “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” This life is the divine life of God in man. This is the abundant life of John 10:10. Jesus had come so that we may have a superabundant never-ending wellspring of divine life in us. This is the divine life that flows through the supernatural heart of a man or a woman.

When this life is flowing through us it comes crashing into interaction with the life that we can see, the seen world. Our life in this world, our actual physical lives is described in the Scriptures by this word, Bios. It is where we get our word biology from and an example from Scriptures would be Luke 8:14 ‘with cares and riches and pleasures of this life.” And the context is the seed that fell among thorns.

Anxieties and worries and cares, all drowning the life, Zoe, divine health, out of us. One has to go. Divine life and the cares of this world cannot co-exist and so those walking in the divine life of God rise above the cares and the anxieties of this world. They can “see,’ the truth that lies in the unseen world and it can be used to over-ride the senses that so dominate this world.

The last use of the world life in the Scriptures comes in the form of this word, Psuche and the Scriptural example would be Matt 16:25 “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” This of course is not referring to your physical life, that would be the word Bios. This word psuche is referring to your soul/spirit. Your soul/spirit will come into its own when it is infused by the life(Zoe) of God through the Spirit of God.

God will “breath,’ into you and it will abundantly overcome all other life in you and your actual physical life. So brothers and sisters, what “life,” dominates your life? Zoe? Bios? Psuche? Zoe life is the life of God flowing in us. It is the light of men living in a dark world. We cannot be light to the world or a city set upon a hill if we are not dominated by the Zoe life of God.

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Actually looking at Jesus.

Posted by appolus on December 23, 2020

Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;

Only that which flows from an uninterrupted gaze on the Lord Jesus is real. Everything else is the shadow of the object. Granted, the shadow of the Lord is more powerful than all that can be seen, and one can even enjoy the heat from the sun in the shadow. Yet the glow from the face of Moses was not the glow of a man who stood in the shadows. I believe that the Lord can pour out his unadulterated light if it is not diffused by the efforts of self appointed middle men or intermediaries.

Can it be that simple? Can we simply come into His presence and be changed? Does everything begin and end with the Lord Jesus? How does one continue to look to Jesus? It is a conscious act of the will to take our eyes off our circumstances and cast them upon Jesus. This is the great battle of our lives, not our circumstances. Our circumstances can simply be doors that if walked through leads directly into His presence. It is in that place, looking unto Jesus, that we are changed. Trust is the key that opens the door. To trust in God is to walk through the opened door of our circumstances into the throne room of God.

There are two Kingdoms. The kingdom of the world and the Kingdom of God. One is seen and affected by our senses and circumstances. The other is unseen and if walked in, relegates our circumstances to mere opportunities to go deeper into its depths. Now these two kingdoms compete for our attentions. You must cry out to God every day to bind up the reality of the kingdom of this world and to loose the reality of the Kingdom of God in your life. Cry out to God to give you eyes to see what He sees and how He sees it. Can you imagine the prospect of every situation you face being an opportunity to grow in grace and power? This is the Kingdom reality, will you walk in it today?

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Victory.

Posted by appolus on December 22, 2020

1 Cor 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Death is swallowed up in victory.” There are many kinds of death just as there are many kinds of victories. There is of course physical death and for those saints who “have the victory,’ then every aspect of death’s power, fear and dread and darkness are swallowed up by the life of Christ. For we know that because He lives then so shall we. The darkness of this world shall be swallowed whole by the light of Christ that is brighter than a thousand suns. Let all you suns of the universe hide yourselves in shame as mere candles in the wind when my Lord appears.

And because we “know” Him we have already been touched by the glory of His light. Can you feel it’s glow even now deep within your heart? It burns at the center of who we are. There is life in this light of God. There is power and there is victory and because there is we can say with full authority to death- where is your sting? Oh grave where is your victory? You have been defeated and you have been swallowed whole. The victory belongs to Jesus. His very life is our victory and His eternal throne means that out victory is eternal.

And therefore if death has been overcome and we ourselves have died to this world then we are now alive to walk in His Kingdom. And in this Kingdom we walk in victory. In every situation we have something that belongs to Jesus and was created by His very life. The light of Christ. It overcomes every darkness saints. When you apply this light to whatever battle that you are in you will find the victory. There is victory in the glory. Just as the glory of God fills all of heavens chambers that are vast beyond imagination, then it also fills you. His glory is your victory. For it’s release from your spirit lights up the darkness of every corner of your soul.

Victory. That is what you have today saint. It lies within you for the Lord rules and reigns in your heart. You are a single tear drop away from His glory. No matter your situation today saints, search, like the deer, for the waters of life, the glory and the victory that lies within you. There is a fountain, an eternal spring and its waters have life and they have been prepared for your use. Desperation is often the key that opens the door of humility revealing the source of life and victory. Jesus is the life and the light , the watererbrooks, the eternal springs and the glory and the victory.

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