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The trouble with the flesh.

Posted by appolus on February 17, 2020

The battle against the flesh is epic. Once we knock down and overcome its obvious ramparts it manages somehow to sneak up on us from behind and follow us in the shadows waiting patiently. Waiting for the insult or the injustice and it springs to our “defense” like a mighty Trojan horse filled with all manner of bile and poison. It pretends to be the antidote but it is truly the source of what ails us.

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The magnificence of God!

Posted by appolus on February 17, 2020

Some of us have had the great privilege of seeing the majesty and the glory of God’s creation in places like Niagara Falls or Yellowstone Park or the mighty peaks of Colorado. There is the breathtaking beauty of the Columbia river gorge and the mighty forests of the pacific northwest. Killers whales in their natural environment of the coast of British Columbia or Bald Eagles soaring over magnificent valleys. The Sierra Nevadas rising straight up like a glorious towering cathedral encapsulated in the dramatic Half Dome or its nearby cousin El Capitan. Four thousand feet above the valley floor and eight thousand feet above sea level, the magnificent monuments to the glory of God were first thrust up from the earth and then carved out by glaciers. Imagine four thousand feet of solid ice carving its way through solid granite inch by inch until all that is left is the grandeur and the glory of God. If the heavens declare the glory of God, and they do, so too does the architecture of our landscapes.

Now consider this brothers and sisters. You are more glorious than the stars in the heavens and the mighty mountains and raging rivers. When God saw His handiwork in the heavens and the earth He said that it was very good. Yet in you He breathed His very life and you became a living soul created in the image of God. Now when you came to Him you were like a piece of clay taken from the ground. You were without form and in your spirit you were void. You had a soul but the poison of sin had robbed you of a spirit that was alive, you were dead in your sin. And yet the Lord took that piece of clay and He prepared it. The Potter put you upon the wheel and by His very hands He is shaping you for His own good pleasure. You, saint, are His creation. He is shaping you and molding you for His glory. You are His El Capitan. He causes you to rise up in your spirit higher than the loftiest peaks in the world. You can soar above the eagles, in fact you can rise all the way up to heavens throne. Your role in all of this is simply to yield to that Master’s hand and trust Him. He knows what He is creating in you. He saw it before He began. Can you see it? Do not lose sight of what the Lord has done in you and what He is still doing. Remember, the Lord is faithful to complete that which He begun in you. You are His creation and you are being rightly shaped to fit perfectly into His plan. Take a moment and give glory to God and magnify Him in your heart today as you consider His handiwork.

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Continual prayer

Posted by appolus on February 17, 2020

1Th 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

Most of us have a concept of prayer that is all about talking. We start of by giving thanks, then we make our requests, we pray for family members and before we know it has become ritualistic and barren. Prayer should be much more like breathing. When was the last time you thought about breathing? You’re probably not even conscious of your breathing yet you do it continually and it sustains you and gives you life. Prayer is our relationship with God. They are one and the same. If we attempt to separate them then we will get lost. There are no formulas, no secret methods, prayer is being in the presence of God.

Prayer times and quiet times are good. For many this is our moments when we connect with God. In the morning and in the evening before we go to bed. Yet if we have neglected His presence all day, our prayer times will not be as effective. In our minds we must take God every-where we go, whispering to Him all through the day as we face the challenges, trials and temptations that come with life.

Begin to see God everywhere. Don’t simply walk out the door and leave Him behind to pick Him up again in the evening. Let the Lord invade every part of your day. You will be amazed at how this will change everything. You will not just be talking to Him in your prayer times and quiet times, He will become an integral part of everything that you do and think and say. Remember, He is the reality, the world we go out into every day is but the shadow, walk in the reality of God.

Each whisper, every God-ward thought, every word spoken, each moment of silence spent in His presence is like a musical note to the Lord. The Scriptures refer to the Lord as “He who sits above the circle of the earth.” And so He who sits above the circle of the earth sees each and every one of these musical notes from around the world from the Body of Christ rising up in a majestic symphony of love and worship and it is a sweet, sweet sound in His ears.

Wont you become part of that symphony today? Let your day be filled with thoughts of Him. Release whispers of love to add to the music of prayer. Simply whisper the name of Jesus all throughout the day. Remind Him of how much you love Him and thank Him continually for the day, no matter what kind of day that your having. Rediscover that bond of love and joy and peace that comes simply by being in His presence. When you do this brothers and sisters, your prayer life will change dramatically, but not only your prayer life, life itself.

For when we walk in continual prayer we begin to see the beauty of the Lord everywhere. If it rains, we see His beauty in the raindrops. If the sun shines then we see His beauty as the flowers turn themselves around to face the glory of the risen Son. If it is cloudy we can see his beauty break through the clouds in beams of light that remind us that despite the momentary darkness, He is not finished with us and that His light is ready to break through the darkness of our situations and this world. When we fly above the clouds we discover that there is a perpetual blue sky. In the same manner brothers and sisters there is a table set before you. Can you see it? Goodness is the meat to the hungry soul found in the Word of God and mercy is the living waters of life to the thirsty saint found in His presence. It is His promise that these shall follow you all the days of your life.

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Vast beyond compare

Posted by appolus on February 14, 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 is 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 His Spirit 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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Silence, the King has come.

Posted by appolus on February 12, 2020

He comes to us in the majesty of silence and we are hushed and our heads are bowed in the glory. Tears begin to flow as He inhabits the very atmosphere around us and we breath Him in and He invades every part of who we are and we are willingly conquered. Trembling hands are raised up into the glory that now surrounds us and fills us to full and overflowing.

Surely our hearts and our souls will explode, surely our trembling bodies shall not be able to contain such glory? And we are changed forever. Modern worship can never really experience this because they can never simply be quiet and bow to the fact that the King has come, let all men fall before Him. He competes with no one. He is preeminent or He is not, there is no in between.

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You who are called to love!

Posted by appolus on February 12, 2020

It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth (Matt 15:11)

Isn’t it interesting that Jesus would say that it was not what man takes into him that defiles him, but it is what comes out of him that can be defiling. As I was praying I caught a vision of tall trees, a vast forest. It occurred to me that trees soak up the carbon dioxide that we as humans breathe out, and in turn the trees turned this poison into life giving oxygen.

We, the children of God are the trees of the world and we move in harmony to the wind of the Spirit. We take upon us the offenses of this world. The hatred, the bitterness and the false accusation and we do this all in our every-day lives whether it is with coworkers or family and friends or even brothers and sisters in Christ. We are called to this brothers and sisters.

Do you have the grace and the faith and most especially the love to be able to fulfill your role? Are you dealing with difficult people right now? Have you been hurt and offended? Breathe deeply brothers and sisters, yes take it in and breathe out life giving love in response. The closer these people are the more difficult this will be. Who can hurt us more than our spouses and our children? Yet the degree of difficulty only magnifies the love and the power of God in us. Nothing tills the soil of our hearts more than this. Nothing removes the stones in our own hearts more than this. It is power in the Kingdom and weakness in the world. What Kingdom shall we walk in saints? How then shall we grow?

You have been supernaturally created to be able to take this poison and darkness and expel love and light in its place. It is our calling. When we stand before the Lord, I am fully convinced that this will be our offering to Him. For what reward will the world give you to take the insult? Where is the pat on the back for returning love for evil? There will be no recognition, no standing ovation in this world, but the Lord will see and what He sees is pure gold. And this is the treasure that will meet us in the world to come.

Into the darkness of this world we shall bring the light of Christ, for we are the bearers of the light. The love of Jesus our Lord, the love of God the Father, poured out upon us who deserved nothing is a monumental thing. In the light of this love we have been called to love the world. We who have been forgiven for so much have been called to forgive. Will it tear the flesh from your back? Will it scar you? Certainly it will. Look to Calvary and see the scars upon our Saviors back, see how they pierced Him and hated Him. You scars tell the story saints, it tells the story of His glory. Not on some majestic mountaintop but down in the mud and the mire of the deepest valleys. This is how we share His glory. Treasure in the Kingdom and garbage to this world. Diametrically opposed worlds separated by paradoxes. Jesus sees your scars, and the secrets that He sees He will one day reward you openly for. Maybe not in this world but certainly in the next.

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Where swings the sword.

Posted by appolus on February 12, 2020

Who will join me in the valley
Where swings the sword and flows the blood
Where the gates of hell are fully opened
And the enemy comes in like a raging flood

Up and out from these depths He came
His standard fluttering in the wind
Victory in Christ our Lord and Saviour
For every man who ever sinned

Who will lay their burden down
Broken and contrite beneath his feet
Who will be washed in the Blood of the Lamb
Who will march on forever and never retreat

Where swings the sword and flows the blood
In the valleys darkest mire and mud
There march the soldiers to drum and beat
There falls the darkness to utter defeat

In Christ our King we stand or fall
Upon the Truth we are standing tall
One in Him or not at all
The battle belongs to our God.

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Every circumstance is a door.

Posted by appolus on February 10, 2020

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

Only that which flows from an uninterrupted gaze on Him 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 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 of 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 lead 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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Jesus died for my mistakes?

Posted by appolus on February 7, 2020

A trimmed down Gospel never saved a soul. A trimmed down diluted, edited religion is not the religion Christ died to establish. Heaven is not filled with weaklings who had to have someone go along and help them over the rough spots, it is full of soldiers and martyrs and the dreamers and the prophets and the clean man who loved his God and loved his generation and lived and died living a good life-a hard life. (A.W.Tozer)

In this quote Tozer identifies that saints will live hard lives. They will not be loved by the world, they probably wont even be loved by their own families. A saint living a Godly life reflects badly upon those who are not. A saint living a bold and unashamed life in Christ reflects badly upon the ones who are not, whether of the world or religious professors. A saint who speaks the truth in love with fear and favor for no man reflects badly upon those only share convenient truth. I know a man who refuses to use the word sin when preaching. It is too offensive and he loves people too much to use the word sin. Apparently he is more loving and Holy than the Word of God and Jesus Himself. Instead he uses the words “errors,” and “mistakes.” He will actually say that Jesus died for your mistakes. This is the essence of being ashamed of the Gospel. A trimmed down edited for local consumption Gospel but not the Gospel that Jesus died to establish.

Grace is high-jacked in these circles, the Gospel is edited and men believe it to be virtuous, it is not virtuous it is cowardice. It is not the language of the soldier for Christ. Nor is it the language of the martyr or the prophets or the good men who strive with everything that is in them to speak the truth in love. These men are not ashamed of the Gospel before a wicked and adulterous generation. Listen to how Godly men, filled with the Spirit spoke. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?………Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Act 2:36-37) You see how the language of the Holy Spirit speaks? He reminds the crowd that they crucified Christ and then when they are shaken to their very core- that they should repent. Repent of what? Their errors? Their mistakes? No, their sins.

You know who hates the concept of sin being spoken about? The author of sin. The deeper we move into the last days the more he becomes infuriated with the word sin. He has managed to get society to all but outlaw it. It will be soon. It will be hate speech to call out sin, especially the favorite sins of a wicked and dying society. At best you will be mocked for using that word. The soft men will tell you they do not use it because they love people so much and do not want to do or say anything that would allude to it, rather they say things like “well, we have all made mistakes.” How badly this compares to the saints of the first century. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.(Act 3:14-15) Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.(Act 4:10) The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.(Act 5:30) Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:(Act 7:52)

Can you see the language and the power and the boldness that penetrated the hardest hearts of men and established the Church? They were not ashamed of the Gospel, the full Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Calvary was an amalgam of justice and mercy intertwined on the cross. It is where sin was judged and grace was found. Preach one without the other and your words will never penetrate the hard hearts of men. You will create religious men or anemic converts. There is a baptism of fire for the soul that has been penetrated by the Holy Spirit. And out of that fire they cry out- and out of that fire they are plucked by the hand of grace, the Lord our God. Errors and mistakes are what happens when you take an arithmetic test. Sins dealt with and souls saved is the work of Calvary.

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Truth in the depths

Posted by appolus on January 27, 2020

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
(Psa 51:6-7)

In another verse from this psalm David cries out “Cast me not away from your presence oh Lord and take not your Holy Spirit from me.” Here we are witnessing the agonizing process and the inner workings of a broken and a contrite heart. David knows his problem is an internal one. The external sin of adultery and murder was a direct result of the inner workings of his heart, his hidden parts. He realizes that he has sinned against God alone. This is where it started and this is where it must be finished. The sin is a mere symptom of a disease that was working deep inside his heart. When we are stricken in such a way as this we no longer have the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Joy has fled from us as the darkness of our souls floods the inner sanctums of our heart.

God sent a prophet to speak to David. The prophet reached into the dark places and exposed the process of David’s spiritual death. He brought it into the light and the full horror of Davids actions are suddenly visited upon him. He staggers into the light from the depths of his darkness. God had called David out from the grave. David had placed himself into the tomb and a stone was rolled in front of it. In the story of Lazarus, Jesus has the stone rolled away and commands Lazarus to come forth. He staggers out of the tomb and the grave clothes are removed from him. Who do you know that has buried their hearts in the depths of darkness and rolled a stone in front of it? Perhaps the garden of your own heart, the most intimate part of who you are has been buried in death and sin? It has become a grave and you have robed yourself in the the death clothes of sin and separation from God. The Lord requires truth in the inward parts, the most intimate part of who we are. Without this it is impossible to walk in fellowship with God.

God desires that the joy of your salvation would return to you. He desires that you would walk in the newness of life in the Spirit and not the darkness of spiritual death. In the very depths of you He desires to create in you a clean heart and renew a right spirit within you. The question is, do you desire such a thing? Do you want to have ears to hear the Lord cry out ‘come forth.” Do you want to have eyes to see the light of a brand new day? Do you want to awaken the dawn with the praises of God? Listen to what the Spirit is saying to you and with a contrite and broken spirit come back into that place from where you have fallen. Today is the day.

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The arc bends

Posted by appolus on January 24, 2020

Mat 21:44  And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. 

The Word of God is immovable, it sits as the cornerstone of all that exists. The arc of our lives must bend towards the Word of God.Time and space itself bends to the Word. The revealed truth of God establishes the foundations of all existence. In the beginning was the word and God created the heaven and the earth. The spoken word of God calls forth light and the light creates a separation between itself and the darkness. The light of God is still separate from the darkness. And in the end the Word remains and every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

The word of God speaks to the sons of light and it calls them to bend. If the arc of your life does not bend to the word of God then the word of God does not hold sway over your lives. It may intrigue you. It may fascinate you. It may challenge you. You may argue about it and it may be mere philosophy to you, but if it has not bent you, if your life has not been broken by it and renewed and put back together by it then it does not sit on the throne of your heart. The truly broken will bend, yet in the end all those who resist and reject the chief cornerstone, that stone shall fall upon them and they shall be ground to powder and be scattered like dust.

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Strange companions

Posted by appolus on January 23, 2020

Ecc 1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

The more we know, the more our sorrow increases. Grief follows wisdom and sorrow follows knowledge. True wisdom from God is surely mingled with grief because our spirit resides within flesh. When a wise man hears the foolish speak then he is grieved in his soul. It is said that you cannot put an old head on young shoulders and it is true, yet neither can wisdom prosper in the hearts of the unwise. Only those who truly seek after the Lord can benefit from the wisdom of God.

To know the deep things of God, to have been touched at the very center of your soul with something of the knowledge of God brings with it sorrow. No man can stand before the presence of God and grasp something of His majesty and be filled with his eternal beauty and not suffer upon his return from this place. The world grows dim and dark and exists in shades of grey to the one who has stood in this impenetrable light. The closer we move into the depths of His heart, the harder it is to live in a fallen world. It is a very good thing to know God more and to move in His wisdom. Yet let us be clear, all attachments of this world will begin to lose their grip upon your soul. And one might say then where lies the problem? To the man or woman who walks only in the Kingdom reality it is no problem, yet for the rest who still has something of this world in them, which is most of us, then sorrow and grief are like two intimate companions.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (Isa 53:3) No one knew sorrow and grief like our Lord knew them. Everything stood before Him, He knew it all. He could see the destruction of Jerusalem and He wept. He could see His own rejection and crucifixion and yet He loved. The greater the knowledge of Him, the greater the cost. The greater the wisdom of God in us the more we share in His grief. And yet all of this is offset by the glory and the joy. In this world knowledge and sorrow are life long companions. Wisdom walks hand in hand with grief. And yet for the joy that is set before us let us endure all things looking unto Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith and let us ever come before the throne.

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Into the crucible.

Posted by appolus on January 21, 2020

The uniqueness of genuine Christianity is found in the refiners fire. When a precious substance is tested by fire the only thing that is burned up is the dross. The purity of the substance is brought to the fore by the intensity of the fire. The crucible is our lives, our families our reputations, our place in society and our religious affiliations. This is the place of testing where the fire is applied. The fire shall discover the dross. It will be separated from the precious substance and in the end all that shall be left is the essence of who we are in Christ.

The very first believers stepped directly into the fire. The word believe in the Scriptures is very different from what we now perceive it to be. It is no mere mental assent to some abstract truth. In the context of John chapter three verse sixteen “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,’ that word believe means to put one’s trust in, to commit fully to, to have faith in the object, to entrust one’s spiritual well being and life with it. You see how big that word believe is? And to those who truly did all that, they were born again. And immediately they stepped into the crucible. The fire burned upon every aspect of their lives changing everything and in so many cases costing everything including their lives.

The giving up of everything that you know, starting with your lives, is the entrance to the Kingdom of God. It is a baptism of fire. Those who are baptized in this fire are known by their love of God and their all consuming desire to please Him. They have an eternal perspective because they have glimpsed eternity and such a glimpse is a burning fire in their spirits. A flame that never dies. A light that causes this world and all that it has to offer to be at best, shades of grey. God has His witnesses, His saints, His children in every village, every town and city, every nation and kingdom in the world. No matter the rise of gross darkness, God’s children burn with the same fire that covered the children of Israel by night in the desert.

The fire and the cloud was leading them to the river Jordon and over into the promised land. Our fire is leading us home. Through a desert no doubt where all around us is death, but in Christ we walk in light and life. John the Baptist dwelt in a wilderness and in that wilderness was ministered to and received revelation. And the revelation was this “repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” “Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world.” We saints today stand in the midst of a great wilderness, a place of famine and drought. The people starve for lack of Spiritual food, the Word of God. And they die of thirst for lack of living water. Yet we do not hunger neither do we thirst. He ministers to us. What is our message coming out of the desert? “Repent for lo, the Lion of Judah, the Christ returns.” The first messenger to come out of the desert with revelation had his head cut of. The world recoils at such a message and they turn their fury upon the messengers.

Every genuine saint has a fire upon him and in him. He or she burns with indignation for the name of Jesus. They burn with indignation that His name is trampled in the streets. They burn with indignation that the truth has been turned into a lie and that the foundations are being destroyed. The wicked bend their bows and take aim for the heart of the righteous. Yet the shield of faith covers the righteous heart. For those who trust in God with their whole hearts, who believe in Him have armor that the enemy cannot prevail against. The Lord our God sits upon His throne and sees the works of men. Soon He will send a different kind of fire. Not the baptism of fire that purifies the hearts of saints, but a storm which no man has seen before that rains down fire upon the heads of the wicked. If a man is wise he would flee the fire to come and run into the crucible of the new birth.

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A glorious house

Posted by appolus on January 20, 2020

1 Cor 6:19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

How many of us know that the Temples of old were magnificently adorned? A rich man’s status lies in his home, his car, his belongings. The richer a man is the more elaborate is his dwelling place. He fills his house with symbols of his wealth and status. The man of God also decorates his temple, the temple of the Holy Spirit, with riches. His dwelling place will be no less elaborate than the richest men of the earth. He will decorate his temple with the finest gold of unconditional love. His walls are encrusted with the jewels of forgiveness and mercy. His windows are draped with opulent coverings of meekness and humility. Trophies of grace hang on every wall. They are framed with the finest materials of patience and kindness.

Let us ask ourselves this question, do we pursue the riches and the glories of heaven with the same vigor and single-mindedness that men here on earth pursue the treasures of the world? 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. Guard your hearts brothers and sisters in Christ, for we have an enemy who seeks to steal and destroy what we have. Satan knows the value of what we have oftentimes more so than we do.

Share your treasure this day. The more we give our treasures to those who have none, the more our treasures shall increase. The word says “He gives power to the weak and to those who have no might, He strengthens them.” We have been called to empower the weak, to bind the hearts of the brokenhearted, those who are weakened, we come along side and strengthen. We have been called to wipe the tears of those who mourn, to grieve with them. Let us move in Christ brothers and sisters, and know that He that goes before you is He that lies within you.

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While He may be found

Posted by appolus on January 15, 2020

Isa 55:6  Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 

The real test for us as Christians is how we walk along the path set before us. We can walk with the Lord by our side, and by that I mean we can walk with His empowering manifest presence. Not unlike the disciples that walked with Jesus after His resurrection and their hearts burned as He taught them. His very nearness and His Spirit caused their hearts to burn and glow. Or, we can walk alone, and by that I mean we can walk in our own strengths minus the awareness of His presence.

Now we know saints, as good Bible scholars, that God is omnipresent, meaning He is everywhere at the same time. And as saints we know that He also dwells in our hearts. This is not what we are here referring to here. We are talking about what it means to walk in the nearness of the Spirit of God as opposed to walking in the flesh. And as saints we can do both. If we would walk in the Spirit of God, walk in His awareness and therefore walk in His power, then we must, as the Lord told us to, seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Every day. Every moment. We must be aware of the Kingdom and the Kingdom walk. Our eyes must be engaged in Kingdom sight. We must see things through the lense of the Lord and His word. Our mouths must be engaged in the Kingdom language, we must speak as ambassadors of the King. We must draw near to Him and not quench the Spirit of God. To quench the Spirit of God is to pour cold water upon our burning hearts. Will you throw another log on the fire and cause it to burn brighter, or will you douse it with the cold waters of the world?

A man and a wife can stay in the same house but never be intimate, perhaps even stay in two different bedrooms. Are they close? Yes, in proximity. Are they married? Yes, still married. Yet, because they are not intimate they are really no better than room-mates. One may call it a love-less marriage. Who would want to be part of a love-less marriage? It is considered by most as a tragedy. How greater a tragedy than to be room-mates with the Lord? Yes He is in your heart, yes you are saved, but you are never spiritually intimate. The real tragedy in a marriage is if one longed for intimacy but the other never responded or had no such need or desire. Jesus longs to be spiritually intimate with His disciples. Only as a result of this intimacy can we expect to be aware of His presence. We grow together in intimacy. We become alike in intimacy. Two become one in intimacy. The man or the woman who does not understand, seek or desire to be intimate with the Lord shall never grow and his or her walk will be a very lonely one.

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Yea though I walk

Posted by appolus on January 13, 2020

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psa 23:4)

Isn’t that the beginning and end of it all? No matter what we are suffering, no matter what we are going through, as long as He is with us then we can go through it. Through the waters, through the floods, through every trial and tribulation and vexation of heart and soul and mind and body. If we are found in Him and He is in us and with us then we shall prevail, we shall overcome. And not only prevailing and overcoming but also victory. There is victory in Jesus and that is why there is and can be joy even in the midst of the valley of the shadow of death. For when He is with us, and we are aware of His presence, He is our green pastures. His presence restores our soul. His presence is our still waters.

I find in Him I have no want, He is my all and all and He is my everything. And because He is my everything He is my path and He leads me and guides me. He anoints my head with oil and my cup is overflowing, whether in the valley of the shadow of death or the glorious mountaintops of His transfiguration. This table that He sets before me is an everlasting and eternal one. There has been served upon this table the delicacies of goodness and mercy and love and forgiveness. A feast fit for a hungry heart that pants and longs for the good things of the Lord. Saint, today is the day that you are invited to sit down at this table and the goodness and the mercy that you shall find there will follow you all the days of your life.

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The words of eternal life.

Posted by appolus on January 12, 2020

Joh 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the Words of eternal life.

Where shall we go, those of us who know Jesus? To the world? Impossible. Back to the life that we came from? Who would want to be dead again and wallow in our own vomit? No, those of us who know Jesus, no matter how hard the calling, no matter how difficult the road, shall stay right there by His side for in Him is life and everything else is death. Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds forth from the mouth of God. His Word and His words are life to us. They sustain us in the rain, they keep us in the storm, they cover us when the darkness rages all around. His Word, His presence keeps us and upholds us.

By coming to Him, by staying close to His presence, His manifest presence, you receive His power like living waters through your pores, through your senses, through your spirit through every particle of your being right down to the very molecules that makes up who you are. You are infused by Him and by being infused by Him, by consuming Him, by being consumed by Him, you are changed by Him. And you become more like Him and worship Him more. You read the Word more and you pray more and you weep more and you live more and you love more. And most importantly, you are obedient to His Word and that still small voice.

You are more compassionate and you are more joyful and more grateful and more thankful and you witness more, not out of any legal requirement but out of necessity because your bones burn within you. Your heart is on fire, your whole body glows in the residue of your encounter. You are infused by Him and it makes you diffuse the fragrance of His knowledge in every place(2 Cor 2:14) So many men choose their own strength to try and achieve everything that can only be achieved in His presence because to come to Him, to come close to the light, it illuminates our dark deeds.Yet eternal life dwells within His presence and it draws us and it keeps us close to our Lord. Better to come before Him in intimate confession and dwell in the light and in life, than to stay in the darkness and in the shades of grey where only death dwells.

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The sons of the prophets.

Posted by appolus on January 9, 2020

The time has come once again to hear the voice of God. through His prophets. A prophet is not cultivated but called and sent by God. One of my passions is to see God once again at the center of His church-to see Him honored and glorified in such a manner that it will push out all the things that are contrary to God. We have bred a generation that is far removed from those who have gone before us and is almost indistinguishable as being related to them. We have a generation of sons of the prophets( think of Eli) that is more interested in the accoutrements of the message than in the inner reality of the message.

How entertaining was it for Stephen to die in the presence of his enemies? How entertaining was it for the martyrs of the church to march to their martyrdom? Who was applauding all of this? Who was being entertained by the sufferings and sacrifices of the church? The sons of the prophets have created a generation of pseudo-Christians who bear little or no resemblance to those early Christians who died for their faith. The sons of the prophets are careful to leave out the offensive parts . They are very selective about the truths they present. What they present is true, but what they leave out is devastating.

There seems to be no condemnation elements in the church anymore. Conviction has lost its place and no one is calling the church to repentance. There is nothing to repent for anymore. We are God’s happy happy little children dancing our way into heaven. What a pathetic description. The message depends upon celebrities to carry it into the culture. No other generation needed celebrities. Could it be that we need help from celebrities, especially from those who have never experienced a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ and who have lifestyles completely contrary to Biblical standards? ( A.W.Tozer)

Here Tozer bemoans the sons of the prophets. This generation that is weak and anemic that was passed down from weak and anemic previous generations. One can only imagine what he would make of what we see today. Where is the burning heart of the church today? Where is the fire for the incredible truths that we present? Where is the militancy of the church of old? On every side we are surrounded by a hostile culture but rather than confront that culture our aim seems to placate it. Rather than running towards Goliath we are running away from the fight. Where is that indignation that burned in David today? Why are our shirts not rent and why are we not covered in dust and ashes? Where is the fire of Stephen and where are those who would willingly give up everything they have in support of the Truth that lies trampled in the streets?

“Oh but we do not want to upset anyone.” Words of cowards and what is worse those cowards then turn their cowardice into a virtue. It is rotten to the core and it stinks to the high heavens. That stench has surely come before the throne. This generation, you sons of the prophets who stand upon the shoulders of your forefathers, why should you be allowed to carry the banner of Christ? What will God do with a pseudo-generation of Christians? Shall He not give them over to a reprobate mind? He shall. Stand on the truth or be swallowed up by the muck and the mire of a world in total rebellion to God. Decide today where you stand and who you stand with. You cannot stand with one foot in the world and one foot in the Kingdom. You will fall headlong into the chasm that is at this very moment turning into a canyon as wide as any canyon on earth.

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Things that are common to the genuine saint #9

Posted by appolus on January 9, 2020

A mark of a genuine saint is someone who loves to praise God with his lips in song, especially corporately. We know that the Word tells us that the Lord inhabits the praises of His people. Ponder and rest upon that phrase for a moment. We know that He inhabits the hearts of every genuine believer, but here we see that He also inhabits the praises of His people. There is what I call rarified air. The saints of God come together to worship the Lord in song that is led by the Spirit. An atmosphere if you like. The awareness of God all around us. We breath it in and we soak it in through our very beings. It is in an encounter. 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 genuine saint gives himself or herself to this river, no longer ankle deep or up to our knees or waist, but fully immersed and taken by the current to a different place. And in that place we are changed. In His presence we are always changed. The counterfeit manipulates with noise and beat and dimmed lighting and smoke machines. A momentary sugar high that only ever penetrates the soul but can never enter into the spirit. In this soulish atmosphere nothing changes, you shall leave the same way you came in.

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In Him

Posted by appolus on January 8, 2020

2Co 2:14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

Every triumph we have we have in Christ. He is our victory and in Him we have victory. If we overcome it is because He overcame. If we love it is because He first loved us. If we forgive it is because we are forgiven by Him. When we weep, we know that He wept first. And when we give comfort to others it is because we ourselves were first comforted by Him. Every good thing, every triumph we have we have in Christ. This is why He leads us in a triumphal procession. And as we follow Him in victory then the world gets to witness the knowledge of Him and His victory over hell and sin and death.

They get to see how He broke every chain and how He healed our broken hearts. Every obstacle removed. They see a new creature in Christ who in Him has taken captive that which had formerly held us captive. We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. You see that phrase “in Christ.” This is the key to everything. We must be found “in Him.” Paul suffered the loss of all things to be found “in Him.” And when we are found in Him, then and only then is the fragrance of His beauty and glory and majesty and knowledge spread abroad in the hearts of man everywhere.

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