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Outside the camp

Posted by appolus on June 18, 2019

Heb 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

There is such a profound and deep truth in this scripture in regard to the subject of clergy/laity. Outside the camp, this was where the tabernacle was. the place of meeting God, the presence of God and that culminating in Jesus being sacrificed outside the camp, outside the walls.

And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.(Exo 33:7)

And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle. (Exo 33:8)

Moses met face to face and the people worshiped from their tent doors. There was a distance between God and man. Moses was their intermediary. Now in our modern church system, the pastor has become the intermediary in so many cases and the people stand at a distance at their tent doors. But as a royal priesthood we were not called to worship from a far with a man in the middle, unless that man is the man Christ Jesus. We have been called to be face to face.

We see in verse 7 that “every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.” Most stayed by their tent doors within the camp. There is in an inherent risk going outside any camp, there is safety among the group, yet the ones which sought the Lord, face to face had to go outside of the camp.

Every single servant leader will point you in this direction. He will point you to Jesus, He will elevate Jesus and his greatest desire will be to see every single genuine saint come into a very deep and meaningful relationship. If possible, the servant leader would work himself out of a “job.” He would constantly be desiring to decrease so that the Lord our God would increase in the hearts and minds of the saints.

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The Tragedy of what passes for Church

Posted by appolus on June 15, 2019

Between 1489 and 1561 there lived a dear brother in Christ called Kaspar von Schwenckfeld, he was a nobleman from the German region of Silesia. He neither joined himself to the Catholic church, the Lutheran church nor the Anabaptists. He was a man of great influence not just in his own region but far beyond. At the age of 30 it is said that he was “awakened out of his indifference,” by Martin Luther’s “Wonderful trumpet of God,” and became very influential in the reformation movement in Silesia. Now before very long there was things that he found withinn the reformation that made him greatly uncomfortable, especially in matters surrounding “communion.” Luther and his minions viciously attacked this brother. Despite this, bro Kasper always acknowledged the great debt owed to Luther, this did not stop the attacks and being labeled a heretic. He was a lover of the Word of God and never ceased to read and to study it. He says of the reading of scripture that it was “a brooding over, seeking, boring into; indeed a reading and re-reading of all, chewing, meditating, turning over and thoroughly thinking out everything,for there, undiluted treasure is revealed to the believer, pure pearls, gold and precious stones.” Listen what Broadbent in his book the Pilgrim Church says what happened to Schwenckfeld about eight years after his first revelation……..

“Eight years after his first “visitation” he had a further experience which seemed to him to affect his life even more. Up to this time he had been zealous in proclaiming the Scriptures and Lutheranism; but now what he had intellectually believed turned to an entire persuasion of the heart. He was made aware of his heavenly calling, received an overwhelming assurance of salvation, yielded himself to God as a “living sacrifice.” A deep sense of sin and appreciation of the sufficiency of the redemption wrought for us in Christ, by His death and resurrection, captured his will, transformed his mind and brought him to that obedience in which he found liberty to do the will of God. He also made the discovery that the Scriptures not only give sure guidance as to personal justification and sanctification, but that they also contain definite instruction with regard to the Church.”

Schwenckfeld writes after this “”If we would reform the Church”, he said, “we must make use of the Holy Scriptures and especially of the Acts, where it is clearly to be found how things were in the beginning, what is right and what is wrong, what is praiseworthy and acceptable to God and to the Lord Christ.” He saw that the Church in the time of the Apostles and their immediate successors, was a glorious gathering, not only in one place but in many. He asks where such assemblies are to be found to-day, for, he says, “the Scripture knows no others than those which acknowledge Christ as their Head and willingly yield themselves to be ruled by the Holy Spirit, who adorns them with spiritual gifts and knowledge.” Jesus Himself directs through the spiritual gifts which He dispenses, not only to the whole Church, but also to the separate assemblies. In these assemblies spiritual gifts are manifested for the common good; the same Spirit divides the gifts, but they are manifested in each one of the members. The Spirit has un-trammelled liberty. If one, led by the Spirit, rises, the one already speaking must cease. The churches are not perfect, it is always possible that hypocrites may creep in unobserved, but when detected they must be excluded. Schwenckfeld could not therefore recognize the Reformed religion as a Church, because the great mass of the baptized Christians were without the Spirit of Christ and took the Sacrament without the grace of God. He was willing to receive the help of missionary organizations, if they did not pretend to take the place of churches of Jesus Christ. A National Church is one, he said, that has gone back to the stage reached in the Old Testament. (The Pilgrim Church)

Listen to what Tozer says in the last piece every written by him prior to his death, entitled “The waning authority of Christ in His churches.” “In the conduct of our public worship where is the authority of Christ to be found? The truth is that today the Lord rarely controls a service, and the influence He exerts is very small. We sing of Him and preach about Him, but He must not interfere; we worship our way, and it must be right because we have always done it that way, as have the other churches in our group.” Is this not the same complaint as our brother who lived four hundred years previously? Schwenckfeld claims that the great mass of the Baptized Christians were without the Spirit of Christ and therefore could not be part of God’s Church. Whitfield, two hundred years later would make the claim that almost none of the ministers knew anything of the new birth. Wilberforce (abolisher of slavery and friend of John Newton) fifty years after that would make a similar claims in his book “True Christianity.” One thing these men had in common was that they were viciously attacked by the pastors and ministers of their day as heretics, these same pastors and ministers knowing fine well if what these men claimed were true, most of them would lose their lofty position in life.

Sad to say brothers and sisters, nothing much has changed in our day, in fact I would argue that the Lord’s influence in our modern day services is even less again than it ever was. The same charges can be made, and the same violent rhetoric would be meted out to whoever has a heart for the Word of God and His instructions to us on how we should gather. Amazing is it not just how much men love the preeminence. It really always comes down to authority. Remember what Satan wanted Jesus to do? He wanted Him to bow down to him. It always comes down to authority. Whether it was the martyrs refusing to bow down to the Roman gods, or the martyrs refusing to bow down to the popes and their bishops and priests. Or even the martyrs who refused to bow down to the reformers authority. Yet in almost every pulpit throughout the world, as Tozer stated, men have robbed God of His authority, they have usurped the Holy Spirit and His instruction in the Word in favor of their own traditions and systems. Some less than others, some more than others, but in the end Jesus Christ must be preeminent in His Church.

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The power of a clear conscience

Posted by appolus on June 13, 2019

One of the most powerful weapons we have as a Christian is the power of a clear conscience. Without a clear conscience there is a battle that takes place between the flesh and the spirit, and it is noisy. And that noise is designed to drown out the still small voice of God by nature of its distraction. Sin of course is the agitator. It is trying to draw you away from a sweet and powerful relationship with Jesus and His Holy Spirit. When we are flowing in the Spirit of God we are powerful. The accuser is all but silenced when we walk with a clear conscience. When we do not we allow that voice to come against us and accuse us in a very loud manner. That voice will remind you of your sin and just how far you have fallen short of the glory of God, then it will mock you at even the thought of speaking on behalf of God or standing up for the truth. Act 24:16  And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men. Paul trained himself to never violate his conscience. So, much like he learned to be content in every situation, there being no magic wand involved, so therefore we train and we learn in regard to our consciences. Ignore our conscience and act according to the flesh, not putting right that which caused the conscience to be unsettled, and we walk with a great reduction in our influence of those around us. Our light is dimmed so to speak. Exercising ourselves to respond to our conscience and denying or repenting for the deeds of the flesh, increases the power of our testimony, removes hindrances and obstacles from our prayers and strengthens our walk with the Lord. We draw deeper into the Fathers heart and the light that shines from us as saints shines so much brighter.

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For you may all prophesy

Posted by appolus on June 11, 2019

Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.(1Co 14:29-33)

Is that not amazing that all may prophesy one by one that all may learn yet unlike the pagan men of that time, the gifts that God gave a man were subject to his own spirit, meaning that he could wait his turn so that all may be in order. And Paul states this is the case in all the churches. Imagine that, all churches had multiple prophets who spoke as the Spirit moved them, to whatever degree the Spirit had given them the gift, that through them all may learn. Who could or would deny such a simple and magnificent truth? Can you imagine the beautiful thread that would run through those teachings? Like a multifaceted diamond, the Body of Christ though many, speaking as one for the edification of all.

Now, speak to one who is taken up by the one man system we labor and groan under and your soul will be wearied. There will be no biblical discussion, no Scriptures quoted as to why our modern day church no longer looks anything like the church of Corinth, or, and this is important as Paul stated above “as in all the churches.” There will just be anecdotes of some famous churches that everyone recognizes, as if, somehow by their “success,” the Scriptures are somehow nullified in favor of what man has replaced it with.

God has a pattern for our gathering and He laid it down. Imagine the audacity of those who think that they know better than God, better than the Word of God. The one man system comes from the Catholic model. It is designed to render the royal priest to nothing more than a spectator. It robs him or her of their God given gift to edify the Body. Many pastors who exercise their gift every week, simply do not get it. And why would they. Stop a man with the genuine gift of preaching from preaching and see what happens to him. He would dry up for lack of exercising his gift.

He sees this plainly, yet is somehow blinded to the fact that the exact same thing happens to every gifted saint who is quenched in the Body from exercising their own gift. And so we end up with a dried up Body starving for lack of being able to edify and to be edified. And yet the primary purpose of the shepherd is to feed the flock. God will judge the shepherd who refuses to allow his flock to be edified in the prescribed manner that goes beyond his own particular gift.

Joh 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

Those who are forgiven much, love much. We see this with the woman who wept at Jesus feet. Here Peter had been forgiven much and so His love for His Lord is very great. It is into these hands Jesus commits the sheep. Every true shepherd loves the Lord His God with all of his heart and his soul and his spirit and he loves the sheep with an everlasting love and would lay down his own life to save the sheep. This is the minimum expectation the Lord has for shepherds of His sheep. Imagine, preferring your own gifting and your own edification over the sheep of your care. The primary importance for the Lord is that His sheep be fed. He has clearly laid out how the sheep are to be edified. We should prefer others before ourselves, this is one of the marks of the saint.

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus (Php 2:3-5)

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Fearing men leads to pleasing men rather than God

Posted by appolus on June 9, 2019

I have had two dogs now for about a year. Jack is three and Bailey is one. Jack is older and wiser, Bailey is young and more unpredictable. I walk them both of leash so discipline is very important. They are both required to sit to the side when a bike or walker or runner approaches, hold that position until they pass, then they can get up and go. Every now again Jack decides he does not want to sit. He stands still but he does not want take the effort to put his bum on the ground then raise it back up again. If I let that go without challenge, the next time he slips a wee bit further and so on. In other-words his discipline begins to unravel. Left unchecked he would not mind me at all. So, he gets a stern warning ( tone of voice is important, low and menacing) I remind him that sit is not a suggestion but a command. He is brought back into line.

So much of Christendom is in a state of lawlessness. Each man does what is right in his own eyes. They may know the commands but long ago they decided that these commands were mere suggestions. God commanded His people not to venture out until they were endued with power from on high, for without this power they could do nothing, they could build kingdoms of men but not the Kingdom of God.

When Paul comes across groups of people following Jesus in the the book of Acts he first inquires of them if they have yet been baptized in the Holy Spirit. They reply they have not even heard of such a thing and he deals with it. It was his first order of business. Imagine preaching to men and women you know are not baptized in the Holy Spirit without ever mentioning that, would that not be an act of total futility? What could we expect of men outside of being endued with power from on high?

Is it not actually a cruelty to place expectations on men and women whom we know not to be baptized in His Holy Spirit? Jesus did not do it, neither did Paul or Peter. God’s commands are not suggestions. If we choose to ignore the only reliable pattern that we have, the living word of God, for the patterns and traditions of men let us not expect God to move, He will not. Obedience to His Word and fearing God over men is the beginning of wisdom/discernment. Without that we are mere waves tossed upon the sea of circumstances and the opinions of men.

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The glorious light from within

Posted by appolus on June 9, 2019

2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Against the backdrop of darkness( pain, trial, defeat,sorrow, spiritual warfare) light shines out brilliantly from the yielded vessel. It’s the light of the knowledge of the glory of God. The yielded vessel may have trouble on every side but he will not be overtaken by distress. The yielded vessel may not understand what is happening to them yet despair will not prevail. They may be persecuted, forsaken and brought down very low but they shall never be destroyed. They represent the sufferings of our Lord while demonstrating His very life. All day long they may be like lambs led to the slaughter yet all day long the treasure of the light that lies within their heart comes against the very darkness that would try and consume them. It is the light of the knowledge of the glory of God. The more broken the vessel, the more light that pours forth from within.

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The Remnant hear the call

Posted by appolus on June 4, 2019

“Now I want you to see three paradoxes. To be happily forgiven, and yet wounded with perpetual contrition. To be correct in the finished work of another and yet feel so sympathetic and compassionate as though the burden lay on you heart. And finding God and yet pursuing God, of having Him, yet always wanting Him.” (Tozer)

The above quote describes the Remnant church of God. Who are these Remnant souls? Well, they are those who are genuinely saved and have a hunger and thirst for God Himself. They are scattered to the four winds and the Lord knows who the hungry hearts are. The question is , have you been wounded by Christ? Have you been wounded for Christ? The remnant saint knows the pain of having been wounded at the very core of His heart. Evan Roberts from the Welsh revival used to cry out “Lord, bend me.” The Lord bends His saints. He tries them and He tests them but He never tries and tests the unwilling. The trials and the tests are in response to a heart that longs to be closer and useful to his Lord. The saint is given many glimpses of the glory and the majesty of God. He has a deep longing to be away from this world and to be fully reconciled to the next. Think about the “pain,” of being in love. If you had a child or a husband who went off to war, would not your heart long with the deepest pain, to see your loved one return? Its that kind of longing only its more than that. Its the very seat of our affections.

This love, by virtue of having it, will compel you to walk a lonely path. Most will never understand you. You will see things that those around you do not see. Eze 9:4 “And Jehovah said to him, Go through in the midst of the city, in the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark on the foreheads of the men who are groaning and are mourning because of all the abominations that are done in her midst.”

The people of God that were marked were the remnant. Judgment was coming but the remnant were marked on their foreheads. They groaned and were in mourning for the condition of Jerusalem. Do you groan? Are you in mourning for the state of the church? Does the condition of a sin sick world lay heavy upon your heart? Will you heart be satisfied with anything less than to walk in the presence of the Living God? Have you tasted of the heavenly food and drunk from the waters of life? Has it ruined you for everything? If not, do you desire this kind of longing? Have you left your first love? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then you belong to the Remnant church of God. This church has been known by many names down through the centuries, the Waldenses, Albigenses, Lollards and Hussites and Brethren. Anabaptists and Moravians, the list goes on. God has always had a witness in the land, He has always had His Remnant that would not ”bow the knee to Baal.”

The Remnant man or woman carries their cross. Carrying a cross is a lonely business. Its their very loneliness that compels them to seek an even closer walk with the Lord. The trials of the cross, the narrowness of the path, the desert and wilderness often stretches out before them. There is a lack of fitting in. You often despair at your own walk even although people tell you what a man or woman of God you are. You hear that and it makes you cringe because you know how far you fall short of the God that you have seen high and lifted up. You continually seek Him, you live for the next encounter with Him. You know that it is only a moment but there will come a time when it will be an eternity. You long for everyone to radically encounter the Living God for themselves. You hear people say that they would like your anointing and you wonder. You wonder if they could walk through the refining fires of the living God. Would they really want their whole lives dismantled piece by piece? Would they like to walk through seasons of total despair? Would they like the bread of adversity and the waters of afflictions to be their teachers? God’s Remnant people walk this path.

To encounter God is such a deep and meaningful way is a two edged sword. The deeper you are drawn into the Father’s heart, the less you care for the things of this world. The world has ambition, it awakes them in the morning. The saint of God has no such awakening. His desire is to awake the dawn with the praises of God. The world takes enjoyment in many things as does the people around us, our families our friends, our neighbors. Yet the many pleasures of this world, many of them not in anyway bad in and of themselves, slowly but surely become strangely dim to the remnant saint in the light of the glory and the majesty of their God. The things of this world fall away as our eyes are ever drawn upwards. Our appreciation for His creation grows as we draw ever closer to Him. A mountain or a river or a valley can bring the saint to tears because he or she knows the artist who created such things.

And yet always in the back of the remnant saints mind they know that just as the world hated their Lord and crucified Him, they too will be hated and killed all the day long for His names sake. And just as He arose, they know that they too will arise. As they draw nearer to “the one who was pierced,” and He pours out His Spirit on them and they become more like Him, then the same forces that came against their Jesus, hell and all its fury, will come against them. They know that “unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it abides alone, but if it dies it brings forth much fruit.” The remnant know that they have been marked by the ink-horn of the Lord. The more they love the more they will be hated. There is a mighty culmination to all of this and it draws near. You know that in your spirit isn’t that right dear saint? You do not need me to tell you that, the Holy Spirit already has. You know that the Bridegroom cometh. You know there is a call in your heart to arise, to awake fully to His Kingdom and to become unattached to the things of this world. The wise virgins time is at hand and the time of slumbering is at an end. We have been called to light up the path for His return. That which has been invisible for so long is being called out. The wheat will finally be identified and separated from the tare simply because the time of the harvest is at hand. God is separating and calling His saints out of their ease in Babylon. He is calling the remnant, it is a call to the Remnant to arise and trim their lamps.

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The time of the sword has come

Posted by appolus on June 2, 2019

And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.(Luk 22:35-37)

There was a time when the saints had the respect of the people. They went out in two’s and ministered and lacked for nothing. At one point they had even attempted to make Jesus their king. But now, it was all about to change. Jesus was about to fulfill His purpose here on earth. He was about to suffer at the hands of the very crowds that had followed Him around and tried to make Him king. And as a servant is not greater than his Master, then so too would the tide change for the saints. The admonition to buy a sword was not a call to arms obviously, as we later see Peter rebuked for his actions. No, it was a way of getting through to His followers the level of persecution very soon to come, they would indeed be scattered.

I would like to suggest that Christendom in the West is about to experience just such a radical change. What is written of us in Matt 24 and in the book of Revelation must be fulfilled. We will indeed be, as written in Romans 8:36, killed all the day long. We will be counted as so many sheep for the slaughter. Yet we must bear in mind as this unfolds, what is also written in that great chapter, perhaps one of the greatest chapters, that we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.

And nothing shall separate us from that love, not tribulation or distress or persecution. Neither shall famine or nakedness or any kind of trial nor sword. Principalities and powers and the devil himself will come against us, most of us will die, some of us will live, but whether we live or die, we shall glorify God. For nothing shall separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus. We will, by the power of the Spirit, endure to the end because we shall count all loss as nothing, preferring rather to be found in Him for we know that in Him lies the very heartbeat of who we are and the very breath of life that sustains us.

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A Secret place

Posted by appolus on June 1, 2019

The Church cannot be a religious theater where paid men perform for the religious amusement of the people who pay them. The Church is an assembly of redeemed people who have been called out and they are called by His own name. Moreover, He is taking out of the world a people for His name, and time waits while grace operates. The Lord says He will call out of the nations a people for His name, and after that, He will return. I am going to believe that. I am not going to let anybody argue me out of that. Then our Lord will come back, and when He comes back again, the big question will be, are we ready for His coming? I do not believe that we are automatically ready. A Bride is now being prepared for our Lord, in a secret place. The idea that there is an automatic legal aspect, that if you have your citizenship in heaven, you are all ready, I do not believe for a second. God is not going to allow His carnal, lustful, money-loving, pleasure-seeking children to go rushing pell-mell, singing gospel boogie, into the presence of the Holy God. Something radical must take place to shake them loose from their carnal appetites (A.W.Tozer)

Tozer was definitely speaking prophetically there. He says something radical must take place to shake the church loose from their carnal appetites, from the hold that the world has upon them, from the presumptuous mindset that tells them that they are ok. God is a Holy God and He is looking for people who will seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. In order to do that we must be blind to the temptations of the world and the distractions that it causes. We must have a singular eternal mindset. The lives that we live must be lived in the context of the eternal Kingdom of God. So what is this radical thing that must take place that shakes the Church loose from the grips of the world? I believe that this radical thing is that the world itself rejects the Church and turns upon all those who refuse to bow down to their gods. There is coming a dividing line and on one side is black and on the other side is white and there is no grey middle ground. This may seem like a judgement to the Church but it is in fact a mercy from Heaven. This refining fire will be God ordained and its purpose will be to make the Bride ready. Tozer says that there is a Bride being prepared “in a secret place.” Amen, I believe that. God has a remnant up and down the land and in almost every church and in every nation. The time is coming soon when they will be called out. A pure spotless Bride called out from among the religious with no walls of denominations or barriers of membership. They belong to Christ Himself. One can only imagine the gross darkness of religious gatherings when the Lord Himself removes His own from among them. The secret place is our hearts and the something radical is persecution……….bro Frank

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Familiarity breeds contempt

Posted by appolus on May 31, 2019

And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. (2Sa 6:6-7)

I think that when most Christians read this scripture, at least for the first time, they are astonished that Uzzah is killed on the spot for touching the Ark. Now if we look a little closer we can see just what a debacle this is. First a little background. The Ark had been kept, for a long time, in the house of Abinadab. Uzzah and his brother Ahio were the sons of Abinadab. Living in the same house as the Ark they were truly familiar with the Ark. It was a common thing for them to see it every day of their life. So, when the time came to bring it to Jerusalem we see that it is placed on a cart with Uzzah at its side and Ahio out in front clearing the path ahead. Now consider this. “And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation.” (Num 4:15)

Now Uzzah was a Levite, he was not a priest. And even if he was a priest, if was still forbidden to touch the ark, rather “And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them.(Exo 25:14) You see, there were poles wrapped in gold that would be used to carry the Ark aloft by the priests without touching it. Yet here we have the Ark, not on the shoulders of the priest being held aloft above the people, but rather it is riding just a few feet above the ground on a cart being moved by common beasts. The glory of God was being obscured by blatant disobedience to the written word.

Can I suggest that in almost every church up and down the land we have grown familiar with the things of God and therefore we have grown disobedient to His instructions. We have contempt for the way the Lord laid out for us to gather as a congregation and because of this we have lost the glory of God. Ask yourself this pastor or congregant, do you see the glory of God and His majesty manifested by His presence when you gather on a Sunday morning? Does the manifest presence of God come down? Is it possible now that there is more than one generation that has never experienced the glory of God? His majesty, His glory, where we tremble in His presence. Where holy hands are lifted up to God and heads are bowed down low by an unseen holy heaviness. Where every part of you is penetrated by the unadulterated light of God. Where tears run down the faces like the oil that flowed down the beard of Aaron. Where suddenly how good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity. Where new life emanates from deep within. Where the secrets of men’s hearts are revealed so much so that they cry out “surely God is in this place.” A place where one saint stands up, heart racing out of his chest at the unction of the Holy Spirit, and begins to sing a song that one second before he had not been thinking about and suddenly a new wave of God’s presence flows down like a mighty river of gold.

A place where a royal priest, following the same unction from the same Holy Spirit stands up and begins to read a scripture in a way that is like being penetrated by a fiery sword and that sword begins to do its work in the hearts of men and women. A place where a saint stands up and cries out aloud “Glory to God in the highest,” and everyone else shouts out in agreement “glory to God in the highest. And another wave of glory rolls over them. A place where something truly remarkable is taking place. The Holy Spirit Himself is orchestrating, quite untouched by human hands, a service that is glorifying and magnifying God. A place where the name of Jesus is being magnified and the people cannot remain silent in the glory. They must stand and testify, they must stand and give thanks, they must shout out with a voice of triumph that our God reigns!!! This is what it means saints to be unfamiliar with the things of God. Our familiarity and the contempt that it inevitably breeds comes from the fact that it is we ourselves, in our own power, that orchestrate what happens on a Sunday morning. We know fine well that it is not by might or power but it is by His Spirit alone, yet for some remarkable reason, we as Christendom have lost the glory. Oh what a tragedy has overtaken us. How can we ever recover the glory of God and His presence among us again?

When David gets over his anger at the death of Uzzah and with the passage of some time, David comes to his senses. Now he will recover the Ark only this time he will do it right. The glory pf God represented by the Ark would be elevated above men in the fashion prescribed by God Himself. Great sacrifices would be made, indeed every six paces sacrifices would be made of oxen, perhaps beginning with the very oxen that had been used to move the Ark in the first place. We dont know how many but we might presume tens of thousands of beasts were sacrificed just as Solomon would later do. No longer was King David taking anything for granted. And so sacrifice was very important and it will take much sacrifice from us if we are to recover the glory of God. It seems that one of the first things that was sacrificed on this journey was David’s dignity. He stripped down to his underwear and leapt and danced before the Ark. His wife was horrified at this, such was her pride. Here was a King, one of the most powerful men in the world with all the pomp and circumstance that goes along with it, stripped down to his underwear with his only concern being glorifying God. From that day forth his wife would be barren. Pride brings death.

How much of the tragedy that we have seen unfold in the congregations all throughout Christendom is due to pride and traditions and the fear of man? How simple the instructions laid out to carry the Ark, how simple the instructions laid out in 1 Cor 14 but they are not carried out and somehow we expect that despite that, God will still come down in all of His glory. He will not. Not while men handle the glory, not while me usurp the Holy Spirit and His instructions to us. We can expect nothing less that Ichabod to be pronounced over the lintels of our doors.

1Co 14:27  If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

1Co 14:29  Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. 

1Co 14:31  For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. 

1Co 14:39  Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. 

1Co 14:25  And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. 

When the glory of God comes down the secrets of the hearts are revealed and men fall down on their faces and worship a Holy and a mighty and glorious God. Does not your heart burn within you as you read these words? Is this not the longing of your heart to see God move in such a fashion once again? That a new generation would discover the majesty and the glory of a God that is High and lifted up yet deems to fall down upon a humbled, broken and contrite people who have realized that they have offended a Holy God by their familiarity. Would to God that this kind of move would break out all across Christendom and that His name, the name of Jesus our Lord would be lifted up above us, glorified and magnified and reverenced and when that name above all names finds its proper resting place, on the thrones of the hearts of men then all men will be drawn unto Him.

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Up from the pit!

Posted by appolus on May 24, 2019

Anyone who has ever found themselves at the bottom of the bottomless pit can relate to a special kind of darkness that eats the soul alive. And then comes the light of Christ who lifts us ever upward out of the pit and onto that solid level ground. We know all too well that the light of Christ is life itself. Even when we made our bed in hell, He came to us, He plunged Himself into the darkness and took a hold of me, lying broken and dying in the kind of thick darkness that drowns you. Those of us who have been rescued from the pit will forever find ourselves at the feet of Jesus our Lord holding onto the hem of His garment being restored by His power and His light and His love. One repentant, broken contrite cry from the soul in darkness, brings the light.

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Who will stand in that day?

Posted by appolus on May 23, 2019

If they go ahead an impeach President Trump, they have set the bar so low that it will be a fatal blow to this Republic. This once proud country will be reduced to a mere banana republic where political opponents are pursued and imprisoned rather than voted out of office. I might remind the Democrats that almost 50% of the voting public voted for President Trump.

There is a tinderbox situation in the States right now. A country fractured along lines that cannot be repaired. People who want to be allowed to kill babies up to and even after birth, now call those who would like to ban all abortions “extremists.” Imagine, those who are drenched in the blood of the innocents calling those who would save the innocents lives extreme.

I believe the lines have been drawn, the hearts are set and nothing outside of God could ever bring them together. This has all the makings of a civil war. The only difference being that rather than the lower classes rising up and taking on their oppressors , it is the elite that are mobilizing their forces to crush their foes and enforce their agenda.

Now where does that leave genuine Christians? What is your role in all of this? Beware saints. This war of words and political battles are the strongholds of Satan. He desires to embroil every saint to darken their hearts and corrupt their souls. The subject matter is irrelevant to him. It is your heart and your testimony he is after.

We, as a Body, have been called to be a counter-culture, not a sub-culture. We battle not against flesh or blood, but against principalities and against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. This spiritual wickedness knows that it’s time is short. This is why we see hundreds of millions of babies slaughtered in the wombs of their mothers across the world and our children being corrupted in the classrooms of the world.

The war is coming, the saints and their children are the targets of the darkness. This is the strategy of the wicked one despite it being masterfully cloaked in wars and culture wars. He is building an army to come against the saints in one last push. Think of Hitler and his wars. Yes they were political and the fall out of the first world war, but the real beating heart of Hitler was his maniacal and demonic hatred of the Jewish people.

In that time period, the very atmosphere was charged with pure evil as tens of millions of people were slaughtered all over the world. This blood-lust, this shedding of human blood was like gasoline on the fires of hell and intensified it to a degree never seen in the annals of human history.

Saint, the atmosphere we are now living in is once again being charged. Only this time it is the blood sacrifice, on a scale never even imagined in the times of Moloch, of innocent babes in the womb that is fueling this. There is a time coming soon that will be so evil that it will make the men and woman of this world long for the “quaint times” of the second world war.

The culture of death is all around us no matter where you live in this world. It is an ever growing darkness, gross darkness, and it is enveloping the world. It is so important for the saint to know that there can be no reconciling this. There can be no political victory that can save this world from impending disaster. There comes a time when we have to face up to the reality of the times in which we live.

Thinking we can somehow save the world and ourselves from this darkness is actually part of the darkness. It is the prophetic calendar that determines the outcome of all things. The Lord has given us insight through His Word what will happen in these days. His instructions to us is to put o the whole armor of God so that we may stand in the evil day.

And so that is what we have been called to for such a time as this. To stand. Stand for the truth is the day of lies. Stand for light in the day of darkness. Stand for purity when all around have been given over to a perverse mind. Stand for righteousness when wickedness abounds. Stand upon the Lord and His word when the world has gone after the devil and his lies.

None of this is for the saving of the world. We are the conscience of the world and for what is about to come upon this world , the conscience must be seared. The world will sear its conscience and we as the saints are the physical manifestation of the Lord himself and His word. So brothers and sisters, stand now, in the armor of the Lord and having done all, stand. Many who are called after His name will fall, but you stand. You will lose everything in this world for your stand in the coming days but the Lord Himself is your exceeding great reward.

God bless you my brothers and sisters for what you are about to face in the coming days and years. Stand now and you will stand for all eternity in the presence of the Living God. Fall away now and you will fall into eternal darkness forever separated from the Lord our God. The promises are to him who overcomes, to him who endures to the end.

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His name is Remnant

Posted by appolus on May 22, 2019

And all of Christendom did evil in the sight of the Lord and the Lord delivered them over to the world. And they made their homes in the world and dwelt in a great darkness. No matter what Christendom did, the world stole away their former glory. Christendom had allowed the world into their midst and the world continually stole from them everything that they had until they were greatly impoverished.

Christendom did not realize what had came upon them until it was too late, they had lost all that was precious. They cried out to God because of the world’s hatred for them. Then the Lord sent them a prophet. And the prophet said “Thus says the Lord, I brought you out of bondage by sending my precious Son to bleed and die for you. His blood conquered hell and death and delivered you all from the darkness of bondage to the light of freedom. I told you not to fear the gods of this world nor bow down youR head to them, but you have not obeyed my voice.”

Then an angel came and he observed a man that represented the few among the many, his name was Remnant. He toiled away and barely scratched out a living. Even among impoverished Christendom, he was the weakest man from the weakest clan. And the angel said unto him, the Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor. And Remnant said “Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the world.

And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Christendom from the gods of this world: have not I sent thee? And Remnant said to the Lord, Lord how can we save Christendom, are we not the weakest men from the weakest clans? And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt come against all the powers of darkness.

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He is with you

Posted by appolus on May 19, 2019

I wrote this word today at the prompting of the Holy Spirit for someone. May that someone be blessed today, the Lord your God is still with you..

And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.(1Ki 19:11-12)

When we are in the midst of the storms in our lives, the mighty winds that buffet us, the earthquake that shakes the very ground we stand upon and the fires that threaten to consume our very lives and all that we have worked for, we very often have to endure that without hearing a single word from God. In fact, we can sometimes think that we have been either forgotten by God or abandoned by Him. We remember well the most anguished cry the world has ever head “My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me.” No encouraging word, no glimpse of His presence, nothing at all. We are stripped bare of everything and are left standing with nothing more than our trust in God. Or will we abandon God because we believe that He has abandoned us thus proving the accuser correct?

For those who continue to stand when everything and everyone around them is falling, when they least suspect it, suddenly the still small voice of God speaks. Light breaks in upon the gross darkness. They realize that God had never left them. Even in the midst of a storm that was tearing down mountains, they stood. Even in the midst of a mighty earthquake that shook loose everything that could be shaken, they stood. Even in the very midst of a fire so fierce that it consumed everyone around them, they discovered there was another in the fire with them and they stood. And when it was all over, and they had endured and they had overcome for no other reason than their decision to put their trust in God, stand upon their faith in Jesus, then comes the still small voice of God Himself. The Lord our God is a rewarder of those diligently seek Him. Do not underestimate that world “diligently.” This narrow path is not for the faint of hear, it is for the warriors of Christ. The battle rages but in Him we stand.

If today you find you find yourself in the storm. If the ground beneath you is shaking violently and all around you things are falling. If there is a fire raging and consuming everything in its path, know this dear saint, you are walking through the narrowest parts of the path. They will cease, you will hear the still small voice of God, only stand and do not fall, stand upon your faith in God. Trust God and lean not upon your own understanding, that still voice will speak to those who endure. The very essence of a man or a woman’s faith is displayed when everything seems to be lost. Think of our brother Job ” even if He slays me, yet will I trust Him.” When he spoke those words, Satan was proven to be wrong. We do not love our Lord because of the circumstances of our lives, or because of the abundance of our possession, we love Him because He is worthy to be loved. He is high and lifted up even if we find ourselves in the gutter.

After the valley of the shadow of death comes the green pastures. He will lead you there saint. He will make you lie down in those pastures and rest. He will sit you down beside the still waters and speak to you in a still small voice. He will prepare a table before you and feed your hungry soul. He will anoint your head with oil, baptize you afresh in His Holy Spirit and your cup will overflow. For those who stand upon the Word of God, goodness and mercy shall follow them all the days of their lives, even if it seems that sometimes they are following you at a distance, they are following you, He is with you even now.

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Taking full possession

Posted by appolus on May 17, 2019

We love and hold up the self made man or woman. We exalt confidence and find it very attractive. Yet, there is nothing more attractive than vulnerability on a spiritual level. It is the door to the inner chambers of our hearts. So many of us have erected high towers in the very center of our hearts. The foundations of those towers are begun usually when we are very young, and each blow in life can just be another stone in the tower, another brick in the wall. Yet if we truly want to be “known,” then the tower must come down. By the power of the Holy Spirit the walls of Jericho fell. The Israelites had to conquer this stronghold if they were ever to possess the promised land. It was not good enough to simply cross the Jordan. If God is to have all of us, if we are to have true and genuine relationships with our spouse and our children and our brothers and sisters in Christ, if they are to truly know us then the walls must come down. Then, and only then can we take full possession of everything that God has for us.

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No order of service

Posted by appolus on May 9, 2019

There is no order of service, no set choir, only bursts of wonderful Welsh melody, no hymn books, the words are written in the hearts of the worshipers. The little whitewashed chapels resound with song, song exquisite in its harmony, solemn as death, and yet jubilant as a choir of angels. Then stillness, prayers, soft sobbing from broken hearts, confession, profession, all the wonderful gamut of the soul’s experience, but all spontaneous, with no settled effect, only the greatest effect of all, the reality of human need and divine power (Lady Henry Somerset, speaking of what she witnessed at a Welsh revival meeting)

This is just one description of one of the greatest outpourings of God’s Spirit the world has ever witnessed and it began in a small unknown village in Wales. In the following decades it is estimated that somewhere between 600 and 800 million souls were saved. Let that just settle in your mind for a moment. No programs, no order of service, no set choirs, only the prayers and the praises and the tears of the saints orchestrated by the Almighty Himself. Imagine just for a moment that you were in a service where the Holy Spirit Himself is the worship leader, is the teacher, is the wellspring of a river of tears and is the Surgeon who is simultaneously working on every heart.

If you read 1 Cor 14 you will see that this is exactly how the Spirit was moving in the gathering. So very simple, so outlandishly profound. What holds us back from such meetings? Fear? Insecurity? Traditions? Spiritual warfare? Ambitions of men? Gatekeepers of personal kingdoms? I would say all of the above. I believe God would move again in such a way described above if men would lay down all of their fears and insecurities and come before Him with all the desperation of their human need and there they would encounter true, divine, life altering world shaping power.

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The mighty flowing power of God.

Posted by appolus on May 7, 2019

A few years ago I was injured in a car accident. I injured my ulnar nerve. It runs all the way from my little finger and the one beside it, right up my arm into my neck and then into the brain. The surgeon called it the “beast” of all the nerves. It is not good do to awaken this beast. Well mine was truly “woke,” and despite two surgeries or maybe partially because of them, it was determined to punish me for taking it out of its long hibernation.

One of the major problems for recovery is that over time, neural pathways are formed. This enables a portion of my brain to send pain signals down my arm. Over and over again with one of the way stations my elbow, where the nerve had been knocked out of its groove. Once these pain pathways are firmly established, it can go on tormenting you long after it heals because it has established a pattern. Like a covered wagon stuck in deep ruts, the path is determined. Unless you can break away from the ruts, then down comes the signal on its well worn path.

I thought about this the other morning as I was considering my life. My father was an alcoholic, as was my grandfather and undoubtedly one could find the same pattern over and over again looking back back in time and find the journey had always followed the well established deep ruts. One generation after another, going down that well worn path that was laid out for them. Each life being a wagon set on the course that the previous wagons had established. Your life laid out for you from the very moment of birth, being shaped by the same forces that had shaped the parents that had given life to the child.

Not far from my house there is a trail and it runs for many miles, almost forty miles. It follows a creek. This creek, for the most part has very little water flowing through it for the majority of the year. It trickles and meanders in between well worn out banks. Over the centuries the banks have become deep, carved out by the slow moving waters, determined by the lay of the land. It is the topography of the land that determines every twist and turn and with each year and the passage of time the course of this creek is more established. Deeper and more entrenched. The more time that passes, the more established the path becomes.

One day a few years ago after countless days of rain I put my rain gear on and decided to go on my walk despite the heavy rain. As I approached the trail from the elevated road, I looked down and the paved path that was several feet below was engulfed.The water had risen several feet and instead of creek contained between deep banks maybe several feet across, it was now about one hundred feet wide. There had been so much rain and the ground was so saturated that this little creek was up and out of its banks. It was no longer meandering or contained by its long established banks, it was now a raging river plotting the straightest course through a landscape that yielded to its enormous power. Everything without deep roots was simply swept away. Small bridges and structures not anchored on deep foundations, washed away. This would change the course and the direction of this creek, as banks, long established, crumbled and fell away.

For centuries now the church has laid somewhat dormant. There was the enormous flood of the reformation that changed everything. A great beast had been awakened and raged with fury, perhaps with a single nail hammered into it’s door. It took a long time to calm down and the torment of its injury would be felt for many centuries. Yet inevitably the floods receded and although new paths had been formed, new ruts set down in a saturated landscape, the earth began to dry up, and the newly formed ruts were set. The new paths for the creeks and the rivers that were formed, settled into its place and time began to deepen the new pathways that had been formed. Once again the water was contained, shaped by the deepening banks, a new topography, until it was no longer new.

Brothers and sisters can I suggest that we desperately need a flood? A lengthy period of constant rain that saturates a ground that is dry and dusty and weary. Now I believe that there is a flood coming. Nothing creates a flood better than a storm or a series of storms. Violent thunderstorms releases a huge deluge of rain that is unmatched. Sometimes these storms can produce as much rain in a couple of nights than would typically fall in a whole year. There is violent change associated with it. One thing is certain, when the storm is over nothing is the same. Now I want to stop there and emphasize a point lest you misunderstand me. The rains I am talking about is not some scenario where the Lord rends the heavens and comes down and the church is swept up in a beautiful revival. No, it is an actual storm that comes against the saints. Even now it is darkening. Yes it comes with rain, but it also comes with violence. The Body of Christ will be violently shaken and unless one has oil in their vessel, unless one has deep roots in the Lord, unless one is anchored to the foundation which is Christ Himself, that one shall be swept away by this great storm.

Yet the saints of God will rejoice. The established banks that for so long contained the direction of the flow will have crumbled. The power of God flowing through His saints will take a straight path and will devastate the order of things. There has never been a flood like the flood that is coming. There has never been a storm, that produces the flood, like the storm that is coming. It is indeed the storm to end all storms and the enemy, for a time, will prevail against the saints. Many know this Scripture well “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” This is from Isa 59:19. Now, as some of you may know, there was no punctuation in the Hebrew or Greek, this would come several centuries after Jesus. Now, go back and look at the Scripture I just gave you. Now look at this when I move the comma “When the enemy shall come in, like a flood the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”

Do you see that brothers and sisters? Like a flood God will raise up a standard. The Lord Himself will rend the heavens and pour out life giving water on a dry and thirsty people. Spiritual drought is a judgement from God. Yet when the enemy comes in, and in our day and our age we see him coming in like we have never seen before, God Himself will release a flood of His Holy Spirit the likes of which we have never seen before. In the very midst of the enemy who seems to be prevailing against the Lords people, the Lord shall set before us a great spiritual banquet. We shall eat and drink of Spiritual food and Water. This standard He raises will be like a mighty flag that represents victory. Jesus is that victory. That banner over us will draw all like-minded men and women under it and God’s people shall stand united, ready to be martyred for the cause of Christ. This will be a witness to a dying world and His glory will cover the earth in a mighty flood as the waters cover the sea. Just when all seems lost Christ will redeem His people and those who endure to the end, those who overcome by the power of the Spirit will witness all our enemies being set to flight and finally destroyed. Stand strong brothers and sisters, the God who has delivered, does deliver will still deliver and He shall be glorified in all the earth.

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The noble saint.

Posted by appolus on April 30, 2019

The way of the cross is supernatural and the fruit of this is the joy and peace that is exhibited by those who travel along the deepest valleys and in the shadow of death. The world understands peace and joy when circumstances are correct and pleasant, the world does not understand joy in the midst of trial. The closest the world has come to this is stoicism and I have witnessed much stoicism in Christendom, but stoicism is not joy and peace.

Stoicism is the endurance of pain or hardship without a display of feelings and without complaint. The English might call it the stiff upper lip. Yet the way of the cross is entirely different. It elevates the spirit above the storm. It produces peace and joy and even epiphany. Think of Stephen as he was stoned as an extreme example of moving in the supernatural. He had his vision and cried out that those who stoned him would not be held guilty for their crimes.

Yet no saint can ever say that he is content in every situation unless he has been broken. There is no shortcut to the deep things of God. The man who has known the depths of despair is the man who can know the heights of victory. The woman who has suffered great loss is the woman who knows how to walk in abundance. We who have wept until there are no tears left to weep are the ones who have arisen from the ashes of shattered circumstances and realized that the God of all mercy still reigns on the throne. He is indeed who He says He is.

The lowliest saint who walks the way of the cross is more noble than any nobleman that has graced the pages of our history books. The saints who walks in the way of the cross walks in the shadow of the Almighty and casts the shadow of the almighty on the earth because the Lord Himself dwells within them.This is our calling saints, it always has been. This calling has to be understood in the depths of the saints soul and when it is then that saint is prepared for their own bloody Via Dolorosa.

The Body of Christ is soon to walk this path corporately. What a glorious triumph of the Spirit this will be. Evil shall be overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimonies and the world will witness that the Body of Christ loved not their own lives unto death.

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No one dared disturb the sound of silence

Posted by appolus on April 29, 2019

These are some of the lyrics from “The sound of silence,” A famous song by Simon and Garfunkel.

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dared,disturb the sound of silence

As Jesus faced down Satan in the desert he told that old liar that “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Every word brothers and sisters that proceeds forth from the mouth of God. Man needs bread to live, he has to eat otherwise he will slowly starve to death. What a ghastly sight it is to see someone in the latter stages of starvation. They lose all of their characteristics and begin to resemble one another as they waste away and gauntness takes over.

As we sit in our pews week after week, no one dares disturb the sound of silence. Despite the richness of our gifts and our callings, despite our ability to give and receive words of knowledge, to hear heavenly songs sung in a heavenly language, to hear prophecy’s and exhortations that can speak directly into the heart of what we are going through in the moment, we dare not disturb this established silence.

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming

Have we made a neon god? Do we sit in pews and worship a god of our own making? A god that has to dim the lights and break out the ice making machine to create an “atmosphere,” that was long ago lost to slick professional worship teams and men with programs.

Listen brothers and sisters, if entertainment brought them in, only entertainment will keep them. Yet how long before they grow weary of the entertainment? Where do they go after the dimmed lights and the religious concerts fail to move them and the smoke dissipates?

My wife works at a bank and they are so dependent upon technology now that if the power is cut for any reason they just have to go home, there is nothing they can do without the power. Is that how our churches have become? If they had a power-cut there would be no lights to dim, no machine to create the smoke, no power to play their instruments. Would they just have to go home? Where is the true power?

If we could see with spiritual eyes as we sat in our pews and looked around, would we see well fed people living on the fat of a land flowing with milk and honey, living abundantly in the life of Christ, edified and well fed? Or rather would we see a people gaunt with hunger, starving for the Spiritual edification that the Lord Himself provided for us. He promised us that He would not leave us as orphans but send the Holy Spirit to lead and to guide us. What happens when the Holy Spirit is silenced and men have decided that they no best?

Mar 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

Is this what we have done brothers and sisters? No longer can we have the Lord speak to us how He pleases in the midst of the congregation for we have rejected these gifts that the traditions of men may be kept and we now must not disturb the sound of silence, that silence being the words and the wisdom of man. And in the midst of that darkness we sit, only ever wondering what the power of God truly looks like, and the smoke drifts away.

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Empowered to die

Posted by appolus on April 28, 2019

The living Jesus empowers us to die and His cross is the symbol of sacrifice and death. To live for Him is to die to ourselves and the world. As we move forward in our lives and become more like Jesus, we have to continually die to ourselves, in other words if we want to live an abundant life in the Lord we must abide in the cross. And so there is an important intertwining of dying to ourselves and living the resurrected life. It is the heads and the tails of the same coin. If we focus on just one aspect to the detriment of the other, we will become imbalanced in our walk. We surely must pick up our cross daily it is important to realize that this will produce an abundant spiritual life in Christ. And while you may die to the flesh internally, the world should see your joy expressed externally and wonder and marvel how such a thing could be. This is pleasing to God.

The proof of our new life, our resurrection from the dead, our authentic faith is not found in the abundance of our possessions as some would have us believe. The proof of our faith is how we react to carrying our cross. In the midst of this death to ourselves does the love of Jesus pour forth from us? Do we minister to others when we ourselves are in the midst of trial and testings? Have we found the secret of being content in every situation? The cross does not lie. There is no hypocrisy on the cross.The cross signifies death to self and death to the world. It’s only by taking up our cross that we can crucify the flesh. The flesh wars against the Spirit. The flesh must die, it dies only upon the cross, it thrives upon indulgence and self-pity and self.

The walk of the cross can be a lonely walk. Yet in every generation, across denominational lines, brothers and sisters are called out. They know each other when they meet. They are people who have rejected the “norm.” They are a people who seek a deeper walk with Jesus. While the crowd run after the latest craze and those that tickle their ears, these people find themselves on an ancient narrow path. This path begins at Calvary and ends at the throne. It is a very difficult and lonely path but all the saints who have come before you have walked this very path. Be encouraged today saints, God sees the afflictions of His people. He has not left us as orphans. We have the Holy Spirit who can take us to a place that Jesus has prepared for us. He is our high tower and the righteous run into it and they are safe. There is a place beneath His wings that is ours. He has given us wings in the Spiritual so that we can fly to this place. And in this prepared place we discover joy where there should be no joy. We discover peace where there should be no peace. We discover love where hate should consume us. We are be fed although a famine has overtaken the land. He is our fountain in a land that is dry and dusty, in a land where there is no water.

As the spiritual famine deepens, as the drought begins to change the landscape, as the counterfeit increases daily, the Lord knows how to feed His children. As the storm rages all around us the Lord says to His children “I am the eye of the storm, do not be afraid of it, walk into the heart of it and find peace. I am the Lord of all storms and I stand in the midst of them and beckon unto my own to come unto me and take my hand and I will lead you through and you will not be overcome nor destroyed.” We praise the Lord today that He sees all things and He knows all things and to those who have taken up their cross and walk the narrow path He is your strength and your comfort and He sustains you.

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