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Whipped and flogged

Posted by appolus on August 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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Revelation is rare in our day

Posted by appolus on August 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Ichabod and the priests of Baal and the remnant.

Posted by appolus on August 13, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Being dismantled

Posted by appolus on August 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The garden, the cross and the crown

Posted by appolus on August 7, 2019

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

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

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

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Will it rain in the desert?

Posted by appolus on August 6, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Finding the higher ground,

Posted by appolus on August 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A word to the suffering remnant saints

Posted by appolus on July 31, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The coming persecution of the saints

Posted by appolus on July 25, 2019

The coming persecution of the saints.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I have learned

Posted by appolus on July 23, 2019

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

The great danger is that we take our relationship with the Lord for granted. Time and time again we see Israel drift away from the Lord in times of prosperity. When we are in battles in life, or struggling to survive, we have a high dependency upon the Lord. We stay close to Him and we cry out to Him to keep us. The key for our walk with Jesus is to stay close to Him whether we are full or whether we are hungry, whether we are clothed or whether we are naked. In short, we must learn to be content in whatever situation we find ourselves in. The condition of our hearts are vitally important. Staying close to the Lord is vitally important. Just as we can neglect our spouses by not talking to them or shutting them out, we can do the same with Jesus. In times when things are going well we can become distracted by shiny things of no importance and begin to drift away from the Lord. I would argue that this has been one of the major problems in the West in the last couple of hundred years and has added to the great falling away that we have seen.

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

He is the eye of the storm. He is our center. When all around are being devastated by circumstances and tossed like waves in a sea overcome by storms, we stand above those waves on Jesus. Rather than the circumstances of life tearing us apart, with the right attitude of our heart, they become elements which make our faith deeper and stronger. The great roller-coaster of life is the emotional world. If it rules you then you will find yourself on a constant wild life of ups and downs and violent twists and turns. Lost of screaming and noise. Emotions are good and should not be avoided, but they should not rule us. We can have wonderful emotional experiences without strapping in to a roller-coaster. It is the will that keeps us. The will rules the emotions. Jesus in the garden submits to the will of His Father. It brings Him great peace when the matter is settled. You must settle in your mind if you will trust Him in all things. If you do that and then put it into practice, put flesh on the bones of what you believe, then you will be able to say with Paul that you have learned to be content in every situation.

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

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Divorce and division

Posted by appolus on July 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Storms and chains and blinding rains

Posted by appolus on July 5, 2019

 

 

I have just released this e-book. It has 77 poems from the valley, from the depths of the trials and the tribulations the Lord has brought be through. They are raw and hold nothing back. They were mostly written in real time, meaning in the midst of whatever trial or valley I was walking through. It is sharable, so if you get it you can share it with as many people as you like at no cost, especially if they are in the depths of a trial or in one of the more narrower parts of the path.

My prayer is that they will manna to the hungry soul and water to those in the wilderness.The number 77 did nor come randomly. When I put them all together there was 76, and so I added one more from a vision I had many years ago to make up the 77. I would consider this my Magnum Opus.

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A declaration of Independence

Posted by appolus on July 4, 2019

Today America celebrates her declaration to Britain. Declarations are powerful and consequential and typically final one way or the other. We live in a day and an age where we need more declarations like the one here celebrated. Whatever side of the pond you live on, it cannot be denied that this declaration put everything on the line for those who made it. Life or death. In our day it is truth that is enslaved. It will take great boldness and a willingness to put everything on the line to stand against this tyranny of lies.

Make no mistake, the lies that now enslave the world are powerful indeed and indeed are growing more powerful by the day. What was the colonies in comparison to the might of the British empire? What are those who stand upon the truth in comparison to a world of lies? We are a colony apart from an ever darkening and increasingly menacing world. Only a total separation and a declaration of independence from this world will do. Everything will be put on the line by those who make such a declaration. Life or death. Truth or lies. Heaven or hell.

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Who is on the Lord’s side?

Posted by appolus on June 21, 2019

Who is on the Lord’s side?

In Exodus 32 we read a very disturbing story. Moses leaves the people and goes up into the mountain to be with God. It was not long at all before the people come to Aaron, his brother, a priest, the religious head, and demand from him an idol to worship because Moses was seemingly gone and would not return. Aaron, rather than stand his ground, placates the people and gives them what they want. He gathers from them gold and from that gold he makes a calf, the very god that was worshiped in Egypt, and the people fall down and worship this calf as they give this false god credit for taking them out of Egypt.

We are living in a day when the Lord’s presence has all but departed from our gatherings, our meetings, our churches. The people have come to the religious leaders and demanded that they ignore divorce. They have demanded that they recognize gay marriage. They have demanded that they recognize trans-genders. Every form of sin one can imagine the people have demanded the religious leaders legitimize. And once they got it the people have risen up and played the harlot with other gods while the King of Kings is relegated to a mere afterthought and a slogan.

Now, when Moses returns and confronts Aaron, listen to what Aaron says to Moses. And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf (Exo 32:24) Aaron has not only completely ignored his role in the whole affair by blaming the people, he lies through his teeth. He says that he throws all the gold that was gathered, into a fire, and out pops, as if by magic, a golden calf. Yet we know from the previous verses that this of course was not so.

And all the people break off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.(Exo 32:3-4)

You see? He fashioned the idol with a graving tool. He, very particularly created the very god that they had been delivered from, the god that was worshiped by the Egyptians and under whose name they had been enslaved and treated cruelly for hundreds of years. They had fallen back into slavery. When Moses found them they were naked, they had been involved in every kind of sexual sin as they had thrown of all the restraints of a Holy God.

Now, the religious leaders of many of today’s denominations have thrown of all restraints. All over the world we see denominations embrace sexually sinful lifestyles for the same reason that Aaron did. Aaron feared the people. He was not a leader at all, Moses was. He feared that the people would reject him or kill him so he not only gave them what they wanted, he himself crafted the very gods that the people were bowing down to and rising up to play in the name of.

We see that the punishment was severe. Three thousand were killed by the hands of the Levites. Now we know that God could have slain them, He had slain others before who had been involved in rebellion. Yet here, the Levites must decide whom they serve. Undoubtedly they were called to slay those whom they knew, family members, friends and the like. Today, we must decide whom we shall serve. We are certainly not called to kill anyone but we are called to discern with whom we shall fellowship with.

Brothers and sisters do you dwell within an organization that is run by religious leaders who have capitulated to the noisiest and basest of people? Will you partake of their sin? We know from our reading of Scripture that not all the people indulged in this rebellion. In verse 26 Moses calls to the people “Who is on the Lord’s side?” The question for Christendom today is as relevant “Who is on the Lord’s side?” Will you be found standing upon the Lord and His Word or will you be found fallen and naked before the golden calf? The rebellion that we see in the Christian camp today all over the world is as serious if not more serious than what we read in the scriptural account here in Exodus. There comes a time when you must make a stand, you must decide if you will follow the people and what seems right in their eyes or will you follow the Lord and His Word even if it means that you will be despised and rejected by the world. As Moses learned a long time before it is better to ” suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” (Heb 11:26)

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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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