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You snatched me from hell.

Posted by appolus on April 12, 2021

Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me

Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not be afraid because I know that your Spirit goes ahead of me. A fire by night and a cloud by day. This fire that burns at the center of my soul, consumes the all-consuming darkness and lights the way in the blackness of my many deserts. It warms me against the night cold that would sap me of my strength. And your cloud oh Lord covers me from the searing heat of my many trials and afflictions that would drain me and cause me to stumble and fall.

You are the very essence of my life. You are the wellspring of life itself. You are my Jesus. It’s at the name of Jesus that the demons flee. It’s at the name of Jesus that the world shakes. The thunder roars and the lightning flashes at the name of Jesus. Mountains fall down at the name of Jesus, the birds themselves sing of your fame. Even the very darkness is light to you my King.

Even if I make my bed in hell, even there the name of Jesus is high and lifted up and all shall bow their knees. Where could I go oh Lord, where could I flee from your Spirit? In the darkest moments of my life, when my downcast soul cried out, all seemed lost and gone and suddenly,suddenly you are there in all your glory. The seas that roared and the winds that blew, they bowed their knee to you and all was calm.

Even when I lay bloodied and defeated in the battle-field of life, it was you Jesus, who rode on a mighty stallion through the debris and the fire and the destruction and plucked me from the jaws of total defeat and Calvary’s victory won the day. When I had fallen to the bottom of the bottomless pit and cried out with all that was left within me, you came for me, right where I was, the gates of hell itself. You picked me up and you lifted me out of the darkness of hell and you put me down and made my feet to stand in a sure place. Praise you today Jesus and be glorified.

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That still small voice.

Posted by appolus on April 11, 2021





Ride and ride with all your might
Push the horse into the night
Towards the dawn that’s straight ahead
Fleeing darkness fleeing dread

I have swam in violent seas of chaos
I have been caught in the lightning storms of life
Pushing mighty boulders up perpetual hills
I have baked in the sun and shivered naked with the chills

I have been a starving man
With my nose pressed against the window pane
I have wrestled with this world and sanity
And know something of what it means to be insane

And now I listen to the silence
Tis a table before me fit for a King
A glorious feast of beauty and peace
An immovable Spirit dwelling deep within

And in this silence where there is no noise
Can you hear it? Can you hear that still small voice?
A feast indeed to a starving man
To remember in your heart where it all began

In Christ alone I stand or fall
Tis a starving man who can’t hear His call
His silence His peace tis manna to my soul
For distractions and noise surely take their toll

Till there’s nothing left but a valley of dry bones
And tortured men with hearts full of stones
Starving and dying and withering away
They have long since forgotten how to listen and pray

Oh Christendom how often I would gather you in
Away from the world with its noise and its din
Those who can hear, in that day they shall stand
In the beauty of silence in the palm of My hand.

God is calling, He is calling today
Learn how to listen, to listen and pray
Distractions must cease and an end to all noise
Till once more you hear that still small voice.

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The long narrow path home.

Posted by appolus on April 9, 2021

We hear a lot about the glory of God and encountering God. I have written much about it over the years and it has radically transformed me. His manifest presence is overwhelmingly glorious and jarring, and powerfully transformative. No one can encounter God in such a manner and not be fundamentally changed. If you are not changed, you did not encounter God. Every saint must encounter God and His manifest presence.

Yet, in the span of this life and by the way we measure our lives, these encounters make up a very small part of our time on the narrow walk home. They are vital, but they are like landmarks along the way. The vast majority of our time as saints is spent in the wilderness, the deserts, the high mountain plains. We journey through trials and tribulations. We spend seasons in silence. We have many times when we cry out to God. We pass through doubts and fears and deep flooded valleys.

I watched a documentary once about the Pacific Crest trail. It runs for 2640 miles from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington State. One of the hardest and most arduous parts of the trail is right at the beginning where hundreds of miles of desert have to be traversed. You will be hungry, thirsty and very cold at night and then suffer the heat of a blazing desert sun through the day.

When you eventually come out of that terrain, you will hit the mountains. The hikers stated that if they had not been conditioned by the harsh desert hike, they would never have had the stamina to make it up and over the mountain passes. Can you see how that works brothers and sisters? Without the great spiritual trials of our lives we would not be conditioned to make it up into the mountains and over them.

In a show called “Running with Bear Grylls,” the host takes celebrities on two day hikes through very difficult situations. On one of the shows they were in Norway, a very cold and rainy country, not unlike my home country of Scotland. He wanted to show his guest an exercise they do in special ops training. He made him create a burning ember on some bark from a tree. He then had to enter a freezing lake up to his neck and tread water for several minutes with this burning ember held aloft.

Now this is a test of endurance. The fight is against the body which is beginning to shut down. The burning embers will be his salvation when he gets out of the freezing water. When he gets out, he needs to have the wherewithal to take that burning ember and make a fire. After he makes the fire he has to get his compass out and set his bearings so that he knows which way to go when he is warmed back to life.

All of this is to test the ability to continue to think when all around you is in chaos, when your mind and body are in full rebellion against the circumstances that it finds itself in. Saints, we are regularly tested like this. I put it to you that the ember that is held aloft is the burning Holy Spirit and the Word of God. No matter what, it has to be held aloft. The compass is the same. No matter what the circumstances are we have to be able to set our compasses and know which way to go, the compass is the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.

And then, all of a sudden, we encounter the Living God again. It can be on the mountain top, but it is just as likely to be in the depths of the valley. The Mountain will manifest itself in the valley. Suddenly the Sun rises in the depths of the darkness and warms our cold hearts. Suddenly I know He is there. Suddenly I feel strength coming back into tired and worn out limbs. My waiting has not been in vain. Like a long lost lover, He returns. The one for whom my heart ached for is there.

And for some glorious moments I am revived in every part of who I am. The journey which I thought I could not complete suddenly becomes possible again, all things are possible when my Lord visits me. And from that place I take the lingering embers of His presence and they are life to me. The Word of God is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path, the long narrow path home. And I keep going, knowing that there will come again this oasis of His glory. Again and again, until I am home. Keep going saints. I love my fellow sojourners.

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Be of good cheer

Posted by appolus on March 30, 2021

There is a growing movement around the world of hungry and thirsty children of God that He has driven into the desert. I believe this will be the last great move of God. There will be new wine poured out, but not into old wine-skins. This remnant saints will come from every kind of background. The common denominator will be their hunger and thirst for the genuine presence of the Living God which promotes a prayerful obedience to the revealed will of God.

If you are a saint in the wilderness, hang in there, God is teaching you complete dependence upon Him by stripping away every form of support that you know . Do not be discouraged by your situation or your circumstances, yield to them. You know that you are lonely, you know that you do not seem to fit in anywhere. You get no pleasure from anything anymore. You have lost your interest in the things of the world. What passes for “normal,” church has become a foul stench to you.

You can see with your spiritual eyes that there is a crisis, but few seem to see it. Business as usual is no longer an option for you, but you do not know where to go. No one seems to understand you. When you try and explain they just look at you like you are mad. You are not mad. God is calling you out. God is calling His people out. The Lord is beginning to gather the saints together for His purposes. So stay close to God, stay in His Word.

If you can find like-minded brothers and sisters, that is good, because even where two or three are gathered, He is there in our midst, but do not be discouraged if you cannot, just wait upon the Lord. He is doing a new thing. Read all of Isa 43, but know this. Isa 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

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Eating meat.

Posted by appolus on March 24, 2021

In the things of the Kingdom,progress is not automatic,for a man may only be fifty weeks old in grace even though he was saved fifty years ago. Maturity in grace has nothing to do with years but rather with prayerful obedience to the revealed will of God.

Leonard Ravenhill-Meat for men.

Can you see what Ravenhill is saying? We make forward progress in the Kingdom by prayerful obedience to the revealed will of God. What is the revealed will of God? First and foremost it is the Word of God, the Scriptures. Secondly it is the still small voice of God, the Holy Spirit. And of course, one will never contradict the other, there will always be perfect harmony between the Holy Spirit and the written Word of God. He is the author.

In 2nd John 1:4 John says that he rejoiced greatly to have found some of the saints walking in the truth having received the commandment from God. In 3rd John 1:4 John says that he had no greater joy than to hear that his children were walking in the truth. Imagine that, the great Apostle’s greatest joy was the saints walking in the Truth. Why was this his greatest joy? John knew that if we walk in the Truth, then and only then will we make forward progress in the Kingdom, overcoming trial and temptation and becoming more like Jesus. Obedience is the key to this.

Imagine you are in a small boat in the middle of a vast ocean. You have no sail and you have no motor to power you. What will happen? Without the thrust of forward momentum you will drift. The power that will move you will be the current of the ocean. It will take you where it will take you. I want to suggest to you that without obedience to the Word of God and to the Holy Spirit you will not make any forward progress on your spiritual journey.

Obedience is the outboard motor that will propel your forward. The Holy Spirit is the fuel in the motor. Obedience is the raising of the sail that will catch the wind, the Holy Spirit is the wind that will propel you forward against the forces of the current.. How mature are you? How many weeks old are you in the Kingdom? In Ravenhill’s example a man who has been saved for fifty years may be less than a year old in the Kingdom, a mere babe. God is looking for mature saints, men and woman who can dine on meat.

 

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To walk in the Truth.

Posted by appolus on March 24, 2021

Heb 4:10 For he who has entered into his rest, he also has ceased from his own works, as God did from His.

In 2nd John 1:4 John says that he rejoiced greatly to have found some of the saints walking in the truth having received the commandment from God. To walk in the Truth is to rest in the peace of God. In 3rd John 1:4 John says that he had no greater joy than to hear that his children are walking in the truth. Imagine that, the Apostle John’s greatest joy is to see the saints walking in the Truth. And why? Walking in the Truth is how we overcome the flesh and walk in peace and in victory.

There is a people in every generation, a remnant people, who choose to believe God and in doing so find themselves in a place of rest, a place of peace, a place of joy that is quite apart from their circumstances. These people have walked through fields of fire. These people have suffered great loss. They have traversed the deep waters and they discovered that the Lord was with them as they passed through these waters. In their suffering they have discovered a peace that surpasses understanding.

God taught Job the truth in the midst of the most dire circumstances. He took the children of Israel into a place of death, the desert, the wilderness, to show them that what is truly important in this life is to walk hand in hand with their Lord Their great war cry was the war cry of Job “Even if He kills me, yet shall I trust Him.” Life, true abundant spiritual life, flows from a place of “believing.” Believing what? Believing that God has called us and that we are His servants. And that no matter if it be fire or flood, that God will be with us and that eternity awaits.

If our relationship with God is tied to our physical circumstances, we can never enter His rest. We can never truly walk in peace and joy. If we cannot find God in the desert, we will never truly find Him in this life. If, like the world, our joy is tied to our circumstances then all we really have is the joy of the world and not the joy of the Lord. If our peace is determined by our circumstances, like the world, then all we have is the peace of the world and not the peace that surpasses all understanding.

In every generation, God has His witnesses. And so, when the accuser of the brethern comes, and the Lord said ” Have you considered my servant Job,” likewise our Father in heaven can say in our day, to the accuser, ” have you considered my remnant?” If you could close your eyes and hear this conversation between the Lord and our accuser, could you hear the Lord say to the enemy of our souls “have you considered my servant ( fill in the blank with your name)?

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If I could

Posted by appolus on March 22, 2021

If you ever had a time when you know you have fallen short? You thought you had traveled a thousand miles and you come upon a tree and you know you have seen that tree before which means , that it seems, that you are right back where you started. Your spirit is wearied that it shall never be done with this flesh that envelopes us and is an anchor to our soul, that always impedes us. You just want to stretch your hands to the heavens and say “here I am Lord, take me into the beauty of your holiness,” and your spirit weeps. I wrote this poem/song as I mourned the fact that apart from spirit, I am also flesh and blood and my spirit longs to be away.

If I could

If I could fly into Your sunset 
I would
If I could dive into your Ocean 
I would
If I could, If I could, If I could 
I would.

If I could be swallowed up in your majesty
I would
If I could eternally drown in your Glory 
I would
If I could, If I could, If I could 
I would

If I could look into your face and never look away
I would
If I could fall into your Arms forever and a day
I would
If I could , If I could, If I could
I would

If I could fall with the day when the day is done
I would
If I could rise again upon the rays of the rising sun
I would
If I could, If I could , If I could
I would..............go. 



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Final victory

Posted by appolus on March 20, 2021

If the greatest spiritual victory has Calvary as its backdrop, then what kind of backdrop will there be to the greatest victory the Church will ever know? If when Christ came it ended with Calvary and the resurrection, what will be the Church’s end be prior to His return? If Calvary broke the power of hell and death and sin and the grave what will be the culmination of it be for the Church? That same hell that believed that it could overcome Christ by means of killing the Son of God, still believes that it can over come His children by wiping them out. This will be the end time strategy of the enemy. But can I tell you something Church, it’s all black velvet. It will merely serve as a backdrop to the greatest event the world will ever know, the return of Christ. Our backdrop will be persecution. This will be the backdrop of our victory.

Will it look like victory as it plays out? Did Calvary look like victory as men beheld it? Did they not mock Jesus on the cross? Will they not mock us? Did they not kill the Disciples? Will they not kill us? Did Jesus not cry out “Father forgive them for they know not what they do?” Did Stephen not cry out for mercy for his persecutors? By the power of the Holy Spirit he told them that they were stiff necked people who always resisted the Holy Spirit and the God did not dwell in temples made by human hands? He struck at the heart of religious men and they fell upon him with a fury. We too shall strike at the hearts of religious men and they will fall upon us as well. The question will be for you and for me, can we love our enemies as Christ loved His and as Stephen loved his? Only the true saint empowered by the Holy Spirit will be able to make this kind of stand. Bold and fearless, sensitive to the Spirit and full of love.

This is our calling, walk ye in it saint. Prepare your hears for war. There have been many battles and skirmishes but the last great push is coming. Nazis called it “total war,” where men, women and children fought and died to the last. There is a total war coming against the saints and in that moment, in that time you will either be for Jesus or you will be against Him. In total war there can only be one victorious side. One side shall prevail and the other side shall fail. We are on the victorious side saints and it is going to look like Calvary. For a moment the enemy, the world will rejoice. They will believe that they have conquered their enemy and are rid of them. And then Christ. Christ returns in all His glory in the sky with the saints who have fallen in battle, who have died over the ages and those who remain alive will rise up and join Him in the sky and then the world gets to see what total victory looks like. Be strong saints and walk in the power of His might.

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Victory-Part 3

Posted by appolus on March 17, 2021

Victory truly begins with surrender to the will of God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. The circumstances you will find yourself in will not be the problem, nor will the people who play their roles in your circumstances be the problem. People will always act according to their nature. The problem will be your flesh as it is confronted by the Spirit. If we keep in the front of our minds that the point of our lives it to become more like Christ and glorify God, it will help us in our confrontations. Please do not get me wrong brothers and sisters, I am not underestimating the pain of your trial. The Jeweler always sets His diamonds and gold against the backdrop of black velvet. It highlights the beauty of the gems and precious metals. Your circumstances and your confrontations is the black velvet. God desires to display His work for all the principalities and powers, and a fallen world, to see. Your surrender is the key to it all.

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Victory and what it looks like -part two.

Posted by appolus on March 16, 2021

If we were to break down Victory in Jesus and peer into what that looks like, what would we find? We have already talked about confrontation. That is the overarching structure. Gethsemane was a confrontation. Jesus confronted His fears and His own will and was victorious. Calvary was the culmination of confrontation. Revenge was confronted and defeated by “Forgive them father.” Sin was confronted and defeated. Despair was confronted when Jesus cries out “My God, My God why has thou forsaken me.” Gross darkness was confronted and overcome by the light of Christ. Death was confronted, the grave itself, and was overcome by His glorious resurrection. This is what victory looks like and this is the process that all of us who would desire to live a Godly victorious life find ourselves walking through. There is no other way. You will be confronted by all of these things if you desire to live a victorious life. And it is how you react to that confrontation that will determine the kind of life that you will ultimately live. The abundant life in Christ is entirely paradoxical to what the world and much of Christendom believe it to be.

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Victory and what it looks like-part 1

Posted by appolus on March 15, 2021

As I was walking one morning and praying this thought came to my spirit. “What does victory look like,” and the Lord spoke into my heart. Victory for the Christian almost always comes against a backdrop of darkness. Battles against the flesh. Taking up our cross. Trials and tribulations. These circumstances, these events bring to the fore a confrontation or rather are brought to the fore by confrontation. The Christian walk is a perpetual confrontation of one kind or another. If the Spirit of God dwells within you and you desire to live a life that is pleasing to Him, then the war only ends when we throw off this mortal coil. Victory in Christ is to keep on walking.

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Look up to the Cross!

Posted by appolus on March 10, 2021

Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. ‘

Brothers and sisters, when I look up to the cross I see humility. I see my Lord humbled and naked for the whole world to see. Nothing hidden. When I look up to the cross I see justice. I see sin condemned. O brothers and sisters when I look up to the cross I see mercy. Mercy for me. I do not see my own condemnation, I see my Jesus condemned and rejected by the world, willingly taking my place. There is therefore, now no condemnation, because He took my condemnation, to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

O what a glorious freedom. Free indeed. Free indeed to stand and fight. To battle even unto death, with my fellow freed men. I pray today that those whom the Son has set free will catch a glimpse of who they are in Christ. Royal priests in a royal priesthood. Children of the living God. Loved and redeemed and reconciled and called to walk in the beauty of holiness. That the world may know that Jesus was sent by the Father. That the world may see something of the glory of God which was given to Jesus and which He has given to us. Rise up and shine today saints of God, rise up and shine, for you are loved so much. How much? Look up to the cross!!!!

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Dealing with strongholds

Posted by appolus on March 4, 2021

The title to this piece is of course misleading, you cannot deal with strongholds, or make a deal with them. The Lord is looking for unconditional surrender. In that type of surrender, there can be no place found for strongholds. In war, in unconditional surrender, all weapons must be laid down. Unconditional surrender is total capitulation. How this wars against the flesh. Many elements within Germany and Japan desired to fight to the death rather than suffer the humiliation of total capitulation. Our flesh is not much different from those unyielding elements found in Germany and Japan.

We have a saying where I come from, actually I have found this saying all over the world. I come from the town of Greenock in Scotland, so they say “you can take the boy our of Greenock but you cannot take Greenock out of the boy.” It is usually said when you have done something negative that reflects the culture of where you come from, but in it there is usually a sneaking pride. For example if someone got in my face and I punched him out, they could employ that saying. Maybe I would try and excuse my behavior my employing that statement. What I would really be saying was “it’s not my fault.”

It is true that as saints we carry vestiges of the world from whence we came in our flesh. And it never ceases to rise up and challenge our spirits. They war against each other and this war can certainly make us weary. Oftentimes soldiers would be so weary that they cared less if they lived or died. It is that kind of weariness when in and of ourselves we despair of this war

How then do we overcome in this war of attrition? How are we to diminish the flesh in us? Some of you may be familiar with Greek mythology. There was a beast called the “Hydra.” It had nine heads and as each head was cut of by Hercules, another would grow back in its place. I think our battles with the flesh often feel like that. We deal, what we think is a death blow, only for it to return again when we least suspect it. In the Greek story the neck had to cauterized, sealed shut by fire so that it could not grow back again.

Our flesh is made up of multiple strongholds. When we come to Christ and are reborn, we are given the Holy Spirit and when we cooperate with Him, then we can overcome these strongholds and as each of them is overcome then the flesh is diminished and loses power. Each stronghold has to be taken down one by one. As an example, Jericho had to be dealt with. The children of Israel were given instructions and they followed them and down came the walls. Do you see the universal principal there? God instructs us through His Spirit and His word, we hear, we obey, and down comes the stronghold. Is there any other way? No. In ourselves we have nothing, no power, the flesh rules supreme.

The kingdom of our flesh, your life, has been invaded and the invader demands total capitulation, total surrender. He will go through the land and deal with the strongholds one by one and He must have our obedience in this. This is how we overcome the flesh, in Him, by Him and through Him. Even after the stronghold has been torn down, we must remain vigilant. The defeated enemy can scatter to the woods. Our spirits must be alert. The remains of the enemy will undoubtedly attack on dark and stormy nights. The rain will be so loud that you cannot hear him approach. When you are weary in the midst of trial he can come screaming out of the trees catching us of guard.

The only safe place is by His side. Staying close to Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our enemy can do nothing when we stay close to Jesus. He is our big guns. And that enemy knows he cannot come close to us when we are standing right by his side. So he waits, like a wolf in the shadows to see if we drift away from His presence, from His nearness. If we do, then he strikes. If we do not then he waits and he waits and he waits and all the time he is starving and dying. This is how you kill the flesh, he must be starved to death. In this we overcome and stand in the power and the might of Christ our risen King. Victory in Jesus our Commander in chief.

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The sacking of Rome.

Posted by appolus on March 3, 2021

Psalm 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Brothers and sisters, even now the fires burn all across Christendom. The vandals have entered the gates of the cities. These spirits have come to invade every heart and every mind and every church in the land. These are hordes that have poured forth from the bowels of hell, foul defiling hordes. Yet, they are only the pre-cursor for what is to come. Their job is to tear down everything that is called holy. Every part of society is to be torn down stone by stone. This is the spirit behind the forces who turn wrong into right, who turn day into night. Now brothers and sisters, we can see evidence of this all around us and we see the rapid disintegration of society.

The forces that align themselves against Christianity are gaining momentum. They are making a way for their own master to enter onto the world stage. How shall we react to such forces and events? Many without eyes to see, struggle greatly against this incoming tide. As they see the loss of everything they know and hold dear they have a great desire to fight back. They want to fight against the immoral forces that are tearing down the culture that they love and have created. Fear rises up in them, panic even.

That fear and that panic compels them into the arms of many would be leaders. Some cry out that we need a great revival, others cry out that we need more Godly men in political leadership. Others even consider arming themselves for what they see as a coming cultural war. What is to be the Body of Christ’s response to a society that seems to be in moral free fall? God’s children must worship the Lord their God with all of their hearts, all of their minds and all of their souls.

They must decrease and He must increase. Now is the time for the people of God to trim their lamps and light up the way in the great darkness that is falling over us. Our singular goal must be to press in close to our Lord. He and He alone is our deliverer. Only in Him can we know true freedom, a freedom that can praise God even in captivity. Men prefer another kind of freedom but the freedom that we find in Jesus cannot be taken away by any force.

What the world gives, the world can take away. What was given to us at Calvary can never be taken from us, even if we ourselves were to be crucified. What freedom do you desire today? Choose wisely, one is eternal, the other is fleeting. One is of the Spirit, the other is of the flesh and oftentimes those who follow the flesh do not even know what spirit they are of.

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I would die in a dry and thirsty land

Posted by appolus on February 22, 2021

Psalm 42:1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God.

As the deer panteth for the waterbrooks so my soul longeth after thee oh Lord. It cries out in a dry and thirsty land. Revive me oh Lord. Feed my soul that hungers after heavens food, refresh my spirit that longs for waters that flow from heavens throne. I have tasted this food, I have drank of this water. I am ruined for all of life’s food and all other waters are foul tasting to my spirit. Lord Jesus, you are beautiful beyond description, to marvelous indeed for words. The moments I have spent in your sanctuary rob me of all of my words and render them all perfectly meaningless. I feel heavenly words running through me, it’s in my very essence.

When I am in your presence you penetrate my very DNA. I know that I cannot dwell there for I would that I would never leave that place. And so that I can go on living I must only dwell there for a moment, but oh what a glorious moment. It is these moments that help strengthen me to endure all things for I know that there will come a day when it will not just be moments anymore. Eternity will stretch out its arms and usher me in and there will be the eternal moment, the eternal now, the eternal Lord my God. And it makes me tremble all the more when I realize that this place of eternity, this uninterrupted unadulterated presence of the living God has not even entered into the hearts of man.

No eye has seen nor ear heard nor spirit experienced the full measure of our God. It is above and beyond human description or even imagination. I come to the end of myself and it thrills my soul to know that at the very end of everything that ever was, everything that has ever been or ever will be experienced by man is the very beginning of you. My soul’s journey into eternity renders all mere trials momentary and light, I shall count them all as rubbish for the goal that is set before me. to be found in you. Oh the glorious wonder of a world that cannot be imagined.

You tell me oh Lord that it has not even entered into the hearts of man what you have prepared for us and I compare that with the moments I have spent in your presence and based on this alone my mind is staggered to a point that I cannot even comprehend the beginning of what you have said. Today brothers and sisters, God is ready to be encountered by the man or woman who has readied themselves, who has a desperate thirst for Him, who would draw near to Him. Do you hunger and thirst after the Glory of God? This great treasure is found by those who diligently seek Him, pray today to God to give you such a hunger and a thirst.

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The mob and their pitchforks.

Posted by appolus on February 14, 2021

It has been reported that the attorney for President Trump, Micheal Van Der Ven’s house has been attacked with windows smashed and graffiti with expletives sprayed on the walls. In addition, there has been over 100 death threats to him and his family. On March the 6th 1770 the Boston Massacre occurred. Many patriots were killed at the hands of the hated Redcoats. Eight soldiers were arrested and their officer Thomas Preston. Who would defend the hated men who had killed the beloved patriots on the very “eve,” of the revolution?

With remarkable bravery and a refusal to throw his lot in with the angry mob, the man who would be a future statesman stepped up. John Adams. With risk to his livelihood and life and limb this man who loved justice would defend these unpopular men. Today there is an ugly ugly mob out there and they have been weaponized by unscrupulous politicians and oligarchs and the titans of industry, commerce and media. Let me tell you Christian, this very same mob will soon be at our door. They will be at the door of all who refuse to bow to their narrative.

My answer is to speak the truth in love and to speak it to power. Keep speaking the truth no matter what. Do not be cowed by the gods of this world. Be bold in your faith and your love of the truth. Let justice beat at the center of your heart. Stand with the downtrodden and the rejected of society. Our authority is God, and Him alone we shall serve even now as the gross darkness falls. The brown shirts march our streets just as surely as they did in 1930s Germany. Standing for truth has nothing to do with politics. It is about a refusal to be intimidated. The devils strategy is to intimidate the saints into silence, so he creates an atmosphere of intimidation.

What air do you breathe saint? Do you breathe in the artificially created atmosphere of the rich and the powerful? Or, do you breathe the rarified air of heaven which is infused with love and grace and freedom and boldness? When others cower the saints are called to stand. When others are too timid to speak the saints are called to speak the truth in love. Very soon there will be a societal price to pay for our faith in the West. It has already begun and the vortex will grow more intense as the barometric pressure continues to drop.

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You supplied it all.

Posted by appolus on February 7, 2021

I thank you for the living waters
You poured upon the fires of hell
I thank you that you came and died
And in the dying broke sins spell

I thank you for the rising Lord
Now death itself has no more sting
And in the rising you raised me up
My Lord, my God my eternal King

I thank you for ascension Lord
When you arose and took your seat
Now I lift my eyes to where you are
One with you I’m now complete

I thank you for the glory Lord
Your majesty it knows no bounds
A magnificent scene surrounds your throne
It’s filled with joy and glorious sounds

Praise you for the living waters
Praise you that you came and died
Praise you for the Blood that cleanses
Praise you for all that you’ve supplied.

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The land of the little people and their king.

Posted by appolus on February 4, 2021

In the land of the Lilliputians,a strange and foreign land, Gulliver, the fictional character from a series of books entitled “Gulliver’s Travels, finds himself pinned to the ground by a thousand shackles. He is in the land of the little people who are merely six inches tall. They were at first friendly towards Gulliver but in the end he refused to help them conquer and enslave their enemies. After a long swim back from enemy territory, Gulliver falls into a deep sleep and when he awakes he finds himself pinned to the ground. They could only get him while he was in a deep sleep.

Saints, are we not giants in a world full of little people? Is this world not foreign to us? Have we fallen asleep to a satanic lullaby and awoken to find ourselves pinned to the ground? Shackled by the bands of the little people, shackled by the bands of this world, held down by thorns and thistles and all the cares of this world? How could something so large and so grand like the sons and daughters of the Living God be constrained by the little things? We need to break free from everything that holds us down.

Rise up ye giants of the earth, ye sons and daughters of the King and walk through the land. Walk in the calling you have been called to. Rise up saints and walk in the Kingdom of God. Remember what God called our brother Gideon “ye mighty man of valor.” And this when he was the weakest man from the weakest clan and hiding behind a wall lest his enemies discover him. Brothers and sisters, don’t you know that you will judge angels? Now is the time to throw off all distractions, everything that will hold you down. You need to stand up, rise up and walk throughout the land.

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? (Isa 14:12-17)

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Making peace with darkness.

Posted by appolus on February 3, 2021

Making peace with darkness is about saying in your heart “this far and no further.” It’s about holding on to something, or maybe it’s more than one thing, but your holding on to it. It is something deep in your heart that you know should be dealt with, crucified, but you say in your heart “I am not going to obey.” Now its buried deep, you would never say it out loud, in fact you do not even want to think about it, but there it is, the shadow. You may believe it to be a small thing but it will come to identify you. Why? Because you have drawn a line in the sand. You are holding this thing back for yourself.

Now, it may be that the thing is not in and of itself inherently sinful, but it has you. It could be to do with security or insecurity. How you look? A foundation of your life that the Lord wants. And you have decided in your heart that He cannot have it. And you make your peace with the darkness. You know in your heart that you are not going to obey God in this. It’s a small thing in the grand scheme of things you say, and that may be so. Yet, you shall go no further in the Kingdom and somewhere inside of you you know that this is deal you have made.

It’s offensive to say it out loud is it not brothers and sisters? Say what? “I am not going to obey you in this Lord.” But there it is and fooling ourselves like the Ostrich burying it’s head in the sand will not make it go away. It will always be there and it has stunted your growth and you are good with it. Well maybe not good with it, but you know, there it is. We rationalize it dont we brothers and sisters? It is not that you are not saved, for you are still saved but whatever way we look at it it is a declaration we have made and it is heard in the Kingdom of God. You have limited yourself. Not God, God does not limit His children. When we stand before Him, we will know as we are known and we will weep for the limitations we put on ourselves for this beggarly thing whatever it was. And God will wipe the tears away. Tears of regret.

Now brothers and sisters, if you are reading this then there is still breath in your body and you can still choose this day to break the treaty that you made with the darkness. Let’s face it, it was not a peace we made for how can the child of God truly be at peace and be anxious for nothing when there is some kind of stronghold that dwells with our chests? What is it that you know you have to give up? Sinful or not sinful but it stands as a marker, a stronghold between you and God who wants every part of you, every single part of you. Whatever it is you have held onto for yourself, the devil will beat you mercilessly with it. By an act of the will, obey God this night and let whatever holds you back die on the cross where it belongs.

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The established against the anointed.

Posted by appolus on February 1, 2021

After David is anointed by the prophet we see an interesting situation develop. There is God’s anointed and there is also the people choice. They both exist at the same time and they both proclaim their allegiance to God. One is a man after God’s own heart and the other is a law unto himself. One has the Spirit of God upon him and the other does not. One loves to be in the presence of God and the other tries to pin him to the wall because he has no access to the presence of God. One is honorable and respectful to the other, and in return the other wants to kill him and wipe out all of his associates. One can speak to God and gain direction, the other can only rely upon his own wits.

Brothers and sisters, what I have just described is what I call “The Saul spirit.” The Saul spirit is the spirit of religion. The spirit of compromise. The spirit of the establishment. The spirit of those who would establish their own kingdoms here on this earth and kill anyone who would challenge their authority. It is fundamentally the spirit of anti-christ. We have seen such a spirit down through the ages wreck havoc on the Body of Christ. Wreck havock on all who have the Spirit of God within them. Over the ages the Saul spirit has dominated the ones who are men and woman after God’s own heart. They have hunted down the saints and time after time attempted to intimidate them and dominate them and crush them and wipe them out. Can I tell you brothers and sisters, the Saul spirit is rising.

The saints have the Spirit of God within them. We are anointed of God. We speak to God and He speaks to us. He leads us and He guides us and He directs us. He has given us great gifts that enable us to edify one another. The greatest gift of all is the gift of loving the truth. We are lovers of the truth. The truth to those of the Saul spirit is negotiable, open to compromise. In order to prevail they would trample underfoot the truth that burns within our bones. The saint cannot live without it, the religious cannot live with it. The truth demands everything and the religious man is not willing to surrender to the truth. He is only interested in the truth so far as it can serve him and his purposes. When the pressure of a demanding world comes knocking at the religious man’s door, he opens up his door and welcomes in the world.

Today is no different than it was in David’s day. There is God’s anointed and there is that which is established. There is enmity between them. So to my brothers and sisters I say “know your enemies and do not be unaware of their strategies.” You must love your enemies without compromising the truth. Know that the Saul Spirit is rising and that you cannot serve two masters. Both require you to walk under their authority, you must choose only one. How can you tell when you look back through the last two thousand years who had the Saul spirit? The Saul spirit hunts down saints and kills them. It burns them to death while telling the world it is doing the work of God. Not too hard to spot.

They have replaced the realities of God with the sacraments of men. Man made traditions that bear none of the Spirit’s power. Counterfeit. Empty traditions of men. These doctrines are the commandments of men who have laid aside the Commandments of God. They reject the Commandments of God in order to keep their own traditions. They honor God with their lips but they know not God in their hearts, and they know it and jealousy drives them mad with hatred, a hatred that is rising up and threatening to consume the saints of our day. Yet the Lord’s anointed, His saints, that is, anyone who is genuinely born again of the Spirit shall not be swayed. They shall not bow the knee to Baal or any other God other than the one true God.

Stand fast brothers and sisters, do not be fooled, know your enemy and never relent to them. Follow the Word of God and the still small voice. Bow down and offer them your heads rather than bow down to their gods. The gods of this modern world, the god of abortion and perversions are no different than the god of the ancient worlds, Moloch , Ashtoreth and Baalim. They rise again as we speak for they know the end is near and their time is short. Stand fast brothers and sister and never bow the knee to the gods of this world. God will pour out His Spirit upon you as the enemy comes in like a flood. You are His standard and He will raise you to stand on higher ground.

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