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The power of God resting upon man

Posted by appolus on March 13, 2020

1Pe 5:10  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

None of us enjoy suffering. That might be something that is common to every man and woman on the earth. We often go to enormous lengths to avoid suffering. It is our natural state. Yet here we see that in the process of being sanctified, there is indeed suffering to be dealt with. How we deal with that suffering is a vital part of the sanctification process. We cannot hate it, we cannot fear it, we cannot run from it and we cannot battle it. Yet that is what most of do. Yet we are not natural men brothers and sisters, we are supernatural. One pastor said that your salvation is either supernatural or superficial. The word superficial is defined as “existing or occurring at or on the surface.” Suffering goes deep beneath the surface. There are many things that we can replicate in a superficial manner, being at peace in the midst of suffering, having great joy despite our circumstances is not one them.

Paul says in Romans 5:3-4 …..but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Can you imagine that? He glories in his suffering because of what he knows that it is producing. It is producing the very elements that we need to endure and overcome. We are being shaped by the Lord. Resigning our lives into His hands is our reasonable service. A superficial faith cannot abide the thought of suffering or any kind of deprivation. The notion that one could end up in a dungeon whipped to within and inch of our lives and yet still be praising God and thanking God and glorifying God in the midst of all of it rather than begging God to be relieved of our circumstances is an offense to many.

Paul says that the power of God rested upon him as he gloried in his infirmities in 2 Cor 12:10. By the grace of God, His strength is made perfect in our weakness. This is why Paul would rather glory in his infirmities. He was so sold out to the notion of glorifying God that no matter what it took, then he was ready for that. This is the high water mark for us saints. To follow Jesus in such a manner is to have totally abandoned the flesh. Push on in deeper saint, may we decrease and may He increase.

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And the tower come tumbling down.

Posted by appolus on March 10, 2020

It is interesting that it is reckoned that the tower of Babel was being built in response to the great flood that had happened hundreds of years previously. Rather than men believing God when He said He would never flood the world again, men chose rather to believe in the power of their own might. In effect they had thrown of the Word of God and chose to believe a lie. They would build a tower to the sky so that they could create a means of escape.

Men are not so different today. They store up money to the sky in an effort to ward of poverty. Yet a virus that cannot be seen with the naked eye has caused the loss of almost four trillion dollars in just a couple of weeks. This world is built on sinking sand. It is reckoned that the ancients worked on the tower for well over a hundred years. All that time, all that effort and money and resources and one nod from God and it all comes tumbling down in the midst of mass confusion. Sinking sand. Make plans, build bigger barns and never reckon that in thee twinkling of the eye God can, this very night “require our soul.”

How then shall we live? In the will of God according to the Word of God. Whether we live or whether we die our primary aim should be to glorify God. Seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness comes at the end of chapter six in the Gospel of Matthew. This section is where we are told not to be anxious, not to worry about the things the Gentiles worry about. This is not series of suggestions Jesus is making, He is telling us how to live. To live any other way than this is to be living outside of the will of God for our lives. In other words, sin. Its not our nature or our character, nor is it simply our circumstances that creates a state of anxiousness, it is rebellion against the will and the peace of God.

Jesus told us to consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed in the splendor of the grass of the field which today is but tomorrow is cast into the oven. If we shall possess the fullness of God and walk in a peace that surpasses all understanding, we must trust God in God and not the works of our own hands. Whatever we attempt to build to shelter us from the ravages of this world can all come tumbling down in the blink of the eye. A tower built upon shifting sands, the wisdom of man and not the Word and the power of God. Let your eye be upon God and His eye shall be upon the sparrow.He watches over us.

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Coronavirus

Posted by appolus on February 29, 2020

The virus will not wipe out a third of mankind but it will shake them and it is part of the birth pangs. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken. And just as soon as they get over this, lo the next great shaking begins. In Amos 5:19 we see a man escape from a lion only to be torn to pieces by a bear. Or a man runs into his house for safety and puts his hand on the wall and is bitten by a deadly snake. Who can outrun the judgments of God? Those who ignore Gods judgments are pursued by them. The answer to the problems of the people who worship Moloch( to whom infants were sacrificed) is to seek God and live. They are to abandon their places of polluted worship which in the days of Amos was places like Gilgal and Bethal where the golden calf was also worshiped, the same god made by the Isrealites in the desert when Moses departed from them. Today we are faced by the same issues and the same answers but a very much depleted prophetic calendar. The King is at the door. In Amos five it was said that God hated their solemn assemblies and their feast days, He hated their sacrifices and He would not listen to their worship music. Moloch was in their midst. Rather than righteousness and judgment flowing down our streets like streams of water, we have raging rivers of the blood of the innocents instead.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love (1Jn 4:18) Much of the world shall be tormented in the coming months, by fear. How shall you stand saint? Shall you run to and fro with the world” Shall you be driven like a wave on the ocean when the fierce winds blow? If you run with the world how can you be the light of the world, a city set on a hill? You must let your light and your love and your peace be seen of men and in that way you shall glorify your Father in heaven. Fear is the opposite of faith, you cannot please your God if you run with the world in fear. God has given us a place to run, we are called to run into His high tower. In Psalm 18:2 we are told that the Lord is our Rock, our fortress and our deliverer, He is our strength in whom we trust. He is my high altar and the light of my salvation, He alone is my high tower. Pestilence and plagues will come but they who abide under the shadow of His wing shall stand in a good place. Let the world see this place and let them see our love and soundness of mind in a day when they are losing theirs.

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If I were hungry I would not tell you

Posted by appolus on February 25, 2020

In psalm 50 we see a rebuke and a warning from God to the people who are called by His name. God never changes and His rebukes and warnings stand so that all of Christendom can read them and apply it to themselves. False professors of the Gospel take note. There is a warning in the psalm that is truly terrifying “Now consider this you who forget God lest I tear you to pieces and there be none to deliver.” (PSALM 50:22) Who are these people that God speaks to in such terms that when heard the very universe shakes? But to the wicked God says “what right have you to declare My statutes or take My covenant in your mouth seeing that you hate instruction and cast My words behind you.” These people are people who are going through the motions of serving God, they go to church every Sunday, they partake in programs and tithe and so on yet His Word is “cast behind them.”

They hate instructions and the Word of God is not before them, it is behind them. It is not a lamp unto their feet nor a light unto their path, they walk their own paths. Rather, since the Word is behind them it creates a shadow before them. There is a form of a man in the shadow but it has no substance. When thou saw a thief, then thou consented with him, and have been partaker with adulterers.(Psa 50:18) Those who have left the Word behind them yet continue to to proclaim the name of Jesus, they are robbers and thieves. By their actions they diminish the glory of God to a dying world. They seek the favor of that world as a man seeks the favor of a prostitute. They seek many lovers from the world because God is not the lover of their souls. Because of the this darkness they are given over to evil thoughts and their tongues speak deceiving words out of the abundance of their evil hearts.

They slander and accuse and misrepresent those who are called their brothers, They sit in the seat of the scornful and falsely accuse the saints. Down through the ages, saints from every generation have been accused and slandered by the religious authorities who declare His statues and take His name in their mouths. They accused them of pride and arrogance because they stood upon the truth of which they love so much that they loved not their own lives unto death. And death was the lot for many of them at the hands of wicked men. These wicked men hated the saints because their light, the word and the truth, went before them and contrasted with the wicked and with their shadow and darkness because they had put the truth behind them.

Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice(Psa 50:5) God has gathered for Himself His saints who know Him by sacrifice, the sacrifice of His most Holy Son Jesus. His wrath is not for them. Just like the saints in Ezekiel chapter nine whose heads are marked by the ink-horn of the angel, the destroying angels passes over them. They are marked by the ink-horn because they cry out to God day and night for the state of Jerusalem. God has given them a love of the truth and they see it trampled in the streets and in the public square. What can the righteous do if the foundations are destroyed? They cry out to God and mourn for the state of what calls itself after God. As the darkness comes in like a flood in our day, so to rises the hatred in the hearts of religious men who despise the saints. God raises up a standard in the saint that directly opposes and contradicts those who seek to please and compromise with the world.

The religious are ashamed and angered by the saint who follows hard after the Lord and His word that is ever before them. They find much more common ground with the world than they do with the saint and this is a reflection of their darkness. They are ashamed of words like “sin,” because they know the world mocks such words. They are ashamed of any stand for righteousness for what they dread most is to be rejected by a mocking world of which they are a part. In truth, they have the world before them and not God therefore the world is what directs their paths and not the Word. Something has to give and in order to hold onto their place in the world then the Word itself is rejected in favor of a watered down version of what they claim to believe as to make it more palatable to their lovers.

Saints, God is not mocked. What a man sows he shall reap. The men who reject God in favor of the world shall reap the world and the judgement to come. They will cry out “but Lord we declared your statutes and we voiced your covenants and we performed religious ceremonies in your name.” And the Lord will say “depart from me you workers of iniquity for I never knew you.” And there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth and eternal darkness for those who sullied the name of the Lord in the eyes of the world. They feared the world more than they feared God and now they must face a fearful God. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God. God Almighty, today we lift up your name by the blood and the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let the eyes of the blind be opened and the scales fall from them before it is too late. Let the true state of Christendom be opened to all who would have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

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Crying out to God

Posted by appolus on February 23, 2020

When you encounter God before His throne it is crystal clear who God is and who man is. What man could stand before His throne and cry anything other than Isaiah cried out? Every man who does not have the Blood of Christ in his veins will cry out. Better to encounter God now, in this flesh, and cry out and be purged and cleansed than to encounter God when you have thrown of this mortal flesh. For in that day, when the wages of Sin is counted out and distributed then the cry from the forsaken man will rise forever. He will take what he has earned and forever leave the light that is brighter than a thousand suns to dwell in the total absence of it.

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Will you bow down to the gods of this world?

Posted by appolus on February 21, 2020

The photograph that you see is of a shipyard worker who refused to give the Nazi salute. Never underestimate the courage that it took for this man to refuse to salute evil. There was a devilishly simple yet brilliant strategy that compelled all of German society to give each other the Nazi salute. Fail once to return the salute would arouse suspicion, fail a second time and you would more than likely have the Gestapo knocking at your door and looking into your background. And so the Nazi salute had become a kind of social litmus test to see if you were loyal to the state. I want you to ask yourself this question. If you, as a born again Christian, were alive in Germany during the war, would you give the salute or not? Would you have the courage of your convictions? Would you simply rationalize it away with thoughts like ” well I know it does not really mean anything so why cause a stir?” Wrong, it does mean something. It is symbolic and it was an issue of conformity. This is how evil rises. The inability to stand apart from the crowd. Do not be fooled, we are already in the midst of a society that is compelling us to conform. Will you conform, will you bow to the gods of this world?

At a church I attended for about ten years, early on the Holy Spirit convicted me not to stand and applaud for any man. God alone deserved me standing to my feet and He alone deserved my applause. You may not agree with my conviction, but it was just that, my conviction. It never got easy. Every single time I was aware that I was the only one seated in a room full of people standing and applauding, sometimes wildly. I felt the eyes of those around me on me. I could almost read the thoughts. “Who does he think he is?” “Look, he is too good to stand.” I could actually “feel,” the pressure to conform. My own nature working against my spirit along with the spirit of man. We identify this in teenagers and call it peer pressure. We know that it is powerful. This thing called peer pressure never leaves us. There is something in us a men and women that wants to fit in, to be popular or at the very least, not to be hated. No one really wants to stand out in a hostile crowd. Yet is that not exactly what we are called to as born again Christians?

In 250 AD the Roman emperor Decius issued an edict to the Roman world. The edict demanded upon pain of death that everyone in the Roman empire must perform a sacrifice to the Roman Gods and call for the well being of the emperor. Typically burning incense would be good enough but here is the kicker, it had to be performed before a Roman magistrate who would then issue a signed certificate. You might think this was a disaster for the Christian community and would totally decimate it. Yet, in Carthage, so many “Christians,” showed up on the particular day to perform the sacrifice that it had to be extended for two days. This caused a serious rift in the Christian community that never healed. Those who sold out to the state were seen by the minority or remnant as traitors who had committed monstrous tyranny by denying the Lord Jesus while acknowledging the gods of the Roman world. This would not be the last time events of this magnitude occurred and the sifting would continue.

I would like to put it to you that we are seeing similar events taking place now which will only increase in intensity. Litmus tests and the gods of this world are, as we speak, demanding that those who hold to the name of Jesus bow down to them. Denominations of varying sizes are falling and many are falling over themselves, just as in Carthage, to join in and be identified with the world so as to have their favor and avoid any of the consequences of standing up to they tyranny of conformity. Yet, in every village and in every town and the great cities of the world wherever the name of Jesus is named, there will always be a witness that refuses to be identified with the world, who refuses to give the salute, to bow the knee, to burn incense to the gods of this world. Daniel threw open his window and prayed openly in defiance of the world and its edicts as did the Hebrew children. What say you saint? Will you refuse to stand, will you refuse to bow down to the gods of this world? It may cost you everything in this world but you will certainly gain the next.

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The trouble with the flesh.

Posted by appolus on February 17, 2020

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

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You who are called to love!

Posted by appolus on February 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A glorious house

Posted by appolus on January 20, 2020

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

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

Let us ask ourselves this question, do we pursue the riches and the glories of heaven with the same vigor and single-mindedness that men here on earth pursue the treasures of the world? And the treasures that we have attained in Christ, do we protect them with all the resources that we have? Do we value the treasures of our heart in the same way men value their wealth? There is a direct correlation between how much we value something to the lengths we will go to protect it. Guard your hearts brothers and sisters in Christ, for we have an enemy who seeks to steal and destroy what we have. Satan knows the value of what we have oftentimes more so than we do.

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

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The words of eternal life.

Posted by appolus on January 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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Throw open your windows

Posted by appolus on December 30, 2019

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.Dan 6:10

Wicked men who hated Daniel and who were jealous of him came up with a decree that they persuaded the king to sign. This was a trap. By decreeing that no man or woman could petition their God for thirty days they knew they could either control Daniel or destroy him. Now Daniel certainly knew this. What he did was instructive for us today. Now perhaps many of us would go home and shut our windows and pray to God anyway despite what had been decreed. Maybe some of us would follow the decree and rationalize it by thinking that it was only 30 days, what harm would it cause? Daniel went home, and with his windows wide open, prayed unashamedly to the one true God.

Now saints, we are living in a day when many traps are being set for us and there will be many more to come. The enemy will not be satisfied with “30 days.” If Daniel had relented, then another decree would come along more intense and longer in duration than the one before. It is not good enough for the enemy to see outward compliance. He will demand much more than that. He will demand that you bow down to him and acknowledge the lie as truth. Compromise leads to disaster. It is one step down a slippery path that at its end lies destruction. The two wonderful aspects of Daniel’s story was that he unashamedly, in the face of certain death, refused to deny God or bow down to the decrees of this world that demand we deny our God and His truth. The second wonderful part was the fact that God was with Daniel in the lions den. What was decreed for his destruction only strengthened Daniel in the end.

What is pressing upon you saint? What decree is the world demanding that you compromise your faith for? Do not do it. Like a paid blackmailer, it will not end there it will only get worse. Better to go down into the lions den and meet God there than than to please the world, your family, your job or your career, and stand alone. One is temporal and the other is eternal. If you cannot run with the footmen now without being wearied, how then shall you contend with the horses when the world is drowning in gross darkness? Stand upon the truth saints and do not be moved.

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Sin shall not have dominion over you.

Posted by appolus on December 27, 2019

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

The freedom to do what is right, towers above the prison and the chains of commandments. One is initiated by love, the other is enforced by the whip. Holiness comes from freedom and freedom comes from love . And this love inspires and draws us and compels us to honor and respect and obey our Father in heaven. His love is the very air that we breathe and the air before His throne is rarified air and if we cannot breathe this air then we die. The impetus for us to follow the commands that are written upon our heart is love. It is more powerful than the commands that were written upon tablets of stone. Those who would sin without conviction and use some kind of legal fiction (cheap grace) to excuse or justify their actions simply do not have the laws of God written upon their hearts. The grace of God is such a beautiful and dynamic and fundamental part of our relationship with the Lord. It is never a license to sin, God forbid. It is the very opposite for those who know Jesus. When we sin there is a separation between ourselves and the one that we love. We cry with David “restore unto me the joy of thy salvation.” The blood bought heart can never be at peace when there is any kind of distance between it and his or her Lord. Love compels us to humble ourselves, broken and contrite, and come before our Lord in confession so that we may once again walk in the beauty and closeness of His presence and holiness.

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Things that are common to the genuine saint #3 ….

Posted by appolus on December 26, 2019

Things that are common to the genuine saint #3 ….A genuine saint now speaks with authority. In Acts 2 when Peter spoke to the crowd, scripture tells us that the crowd were “stabbed in their hearts.” The Greek word for this phrase is Katanusso. A similar word is used when Jesus is stabbed with the spear, that word is Nusso. Now Katanusso is a much more violent word than Nusso. It means to agitate, to thoroughly pierce, to violently agitate. And so the Holy Spirit is showing us that there is greater violence taking place in Acts chapter two than even when the Lord was run through with a spear. The violence was to men’s souls. Their hard hearts were being violently penetrated by the very words spoken under the influence of the Holy Spirit. In Acts chapter two those affected cried out “what must we do,” yet just a few chapters later when Stephen is speaking with the same power, men were stabbed in the heart but gnashed their teeth and fell upon Stephen and stoned him. In either case, men were not left unmoved by the power of the Spirit speaking though the saints. Every genuine saint is going to agitate those around them. Loved ones, friends and associates will be drawn or they will recoil. There is no apathy for the saint. The kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force. The genuine saint is part of an army that presses in. They will live and they will die, they will suffer and they will endure. They will fight with everything that is within them. They stand in the authority of God and upon His word and they do not relent. They have found a pearl of great price and hell itself will not wrestle it from their hands. With the armor of God and a two edged sword in their hands and the power and authority of the Holy Spirit, they will overcome.

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Cast down but not destroyed.

Posted by appolus on December 6, 2019

2Co 4:9  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 

Oftentimes we find ourselves troubled on every side. Many times we are perplexed. Many of us have been persecuted, perhaps not in the sense of living in a hostile country, but maybe within our own families. We have been thrown down and trampled on . Often dying it seems by many our many troubles. All of these things and more are the things that would destroy most, but in you they have caused the life of Christ to spring up from the darkness of your situations. An abundance of grace has been poured out upon your life that speaks to the glory of God and the love of the Father for His children.

When we have been troubled on every side we can testify that we have been rescued from distress. When we have been weighed down with the perplexities of life, the Lord Himself pulls us up from the valleys of despair.In the midst of our persecutions and feelings of isolation we have discovered that we are not alone. When we have been thrown down and trampled on the Lord Himself has saved us from being destroyed.

In all of these things we do not faint, we rise up by the power of the Holy Spirit. The outer man may be in the process of perishing but our inner man is renewed daily by the glory of God and the amazement of a dying world. The world sees that out the darkness of our situations that God Himself has commanded light to shine forth. You may not be able to fully articulate the Roman road to salvation but the world does see that out of you, out of your many trials, your sorrows, your afflictions and your infirmities, there shines forth the light of Christ Himself. Be encouraged saints, you are a mighty witness for Christ. Perhaps the world will never know your story, but the Lord knows and the mouths of the principalities and powers are closed by the testimony of God in you, your hope and your glory.

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The spirit of man and the end of the ages.

Posted by appolus on December 3, 2019

The spirit of man, the spirit of the age. What is the spirit of man? In Mat 16:23 Jesus says to Peter “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men. In the Good News translation it goes like this “Get away from me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my way, because these thoughts of yours don’t come from God, but from human nature.” Human nature, the things of men, the soul of a man, the spirit of man. It may be many things but it is not of God. We find ourselves in an age where men are led by their human nature, what comes naturally to them.

Their thoughts are from their own vain imaginations. Its their feelings that lead them, not the Spirit of God. If what they feel clashes with the truth then the truth is abandoned and attacked. They are driven, not by the Holy Spirit, but by their emotions, their soul, their own spirit. In the example above, we see Peter being repulsed by what Jesus was sharing with them. Jesus told them that He would suffer many things at the hands of men and then be killed. Peter’s spirit said no and he found himself in direct conflict with God Himself, the Truth, and is severely rebuked.

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man(Joh 2:23-25) Jesus knew what was in man, He knew the spirit of man, He would not commit Himself to them. Who? The ones who believed in Him only because of the miracles that they saw. So we see that there are whole groups of people only following Jesus because they want to see a miracle. Or they want their own miracle. They are enamored by miracles. Speak to them and their obsession soon shows itself. This is the spirit of man. And the spirit of man loves power, especially miracle working power. No one who abides in the Word is distracted by miracles. For those who abide in the Word are the disciples indeed and they know the truth and they walk in the Spirit and not the flesh. Other men just desire power and are motivated by it. Simon Magnus was such a man.

Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.(Act 8:17-21)

See how Peter rebukes him so harshly. He had learned the hard way himself and now he is rebuking Simon in the most severe terms and exposes the heart of Simon,the spirit of the man. How many Simon’s do we see today in the pulpit and on the TV? The spirit of man desires not the things of God, his heart is not right in the sight of God. He chases after the things that will impress the world. And the followers of such men are driven by their own spirits and their hearts are not right before God. They do not mind the things of God. They are followers of men and not God and therefore since you cannot serve two masters, they will love the one and hate the other. You might wonder how men who claim the name of Jesus, supposed followers of Him could so viciously turn on others who actually follow Jesus. Consider John chapter 8.

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.(Joh 8:31-32) What a wonderful truth Jesus delivered. So much so that to this day even the world will say “the truth will set you free.” Of course Jesus actually said ” you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” Its the knowing of the truth that sets you free. If you know Jesus, then, and only then, shall you walk in the freedom that was wrought for you on Calvary. He whom the Son (The Truth) sets free is free indeed. Now, how did the “believers,” of John 8 react to this profound saying of Jesus? They railed on Him, falling back upon their tradition and claiming Abraham as their Father. Jesus reacts to this and says… Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do(Joh 8:44) They then in turn “took they up stones to cast at him.” (Joh 8:59)

So we see that in Christendom we have millions of men and women claiming to be believers. Yet when confronted by the truth, they lash out. They do this because they are men driven by their own spirits, it is the spirit of man. And if the spirit of man would pick up stones to kill the Holy Son of the Living God, what will they do to you saint? As religious men are confronted by saints driven by the Holy Spirit, then this sets up a clash of spirits in our age and in the end of ages. Truth is the target. Those who stand upon it, abide in it, have it flowing through their veins like molten lava, will find themselves confronted by the ice cold water of evil. The spirit of man is the spirit of the world and the world has invaded what passes for the church.

Can the spirit of man fellowship with the Spirit of God? A rhetorical question of course. One is enmity to the other. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (2Co 6:14) Some may argue that all men and woman who gather together in churches are believers. Yet in John 8 we see that Jesus tells those who identify as “believers,” that their father is the devil. These “believers,” took up stones to kill Jesus. Its not the name that you call yourself that counts, its the Spirit of God that is either in a man or it is not. The days are upon us brothers and sisters where it is unacceptable for any attempt for the righteous to fellowship with the unrighteous. Light can have no communion with darkness. It is God Himself through the power of the Holy Spirit who is exposing darkness and unrighteousness in our midst. Once that it exposed, it is your job as saints to follow His word.

Listen to what Tozer says………… The spiritual man has treasures this world discounts. He has a mystic wisdom of the Holy Spirit, but the world has no way to receive this. Jesus said the world cannot receive Him “because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him.” (John 14:17) Just as a deaf man has no sensory organ to receive music, and just as a blind man has no organ to receive light, so a worldly man has no organ to receive the treasure of God’s mystic knowledge by the Holy Spirit. And of course, if the Christian says that he has and is sure of himself, the world is angry with him, even the religious world. They say he is a bigot, he thinks too much of himself. The Christian man has the Holy Spirit, invisible and from God, whom the world cannot receive. The Christian has heard a voice, seen the light and been able to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, while the world is just religious (A.W.Tozer-A disruptive faith)

Tozer is right, isn’t he? The world and the religious men are always angry with the man who can say with a certainty “God said to me.” They say that he is arrogant and unbending. Yet what they do not realize is that the man who has heard from God, who has stood in His temple and been surrounded by His glory and transformed forever by His magnificent presence, minds the things of God and not the things of man. He understands the vastness of God and by comparison, how small man is. Who is he going to listen to? Who is he going to be moved by? God alone. And this infuriates man and brings the man or woman of God into direct conflict with the spirit of man, the spirit of the age. Be ready saints, for the spirit of the end of the ages is strong and vicious. Be prepared and count the cost and stand upon the truth. There is a glorious reward that awaits the saint who refuses to compromise, who overcomes, who endures till the end. Stand fast.

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Loving your enemies

Posted by appolus on November 27, 2019

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;(Mat 5:44)

It is maturity when we can love our enemies. It will not come right away nor will it come unless we desire it. For those who do, there is a refining process that is brutal. You will be tested on this. After we have learned to love our enemies, then we can truly love the lost. The love that my heart needs to love my enemies can come from one place only, before the throne. Many things can be replicated and counterfeited but love for our enemies is something so supernatural and obvious to all that it cannot be replicated with any great degree of sophistication. One only has to say the wrong thing and step on the wrong toe and the replication is revealed for what it is.

Pro 14:12  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. The way of God is to love our enemies. Whether those enemies are within the camp or from outside the camp, it makes no difference. In fact, those who make themselves an enemy to you but also call you brother, these are the hardest to love. Yet it does not change our calling or the Word of God. Imagine being Jesus and having to be around Judas. The way that often seems right to a man is to lash out at those who disagree with them. It may feel good in the moment, but it is all flesh and if it goes unchecked it will lead to death. Even if your cause is just, especially if your cause is just , check your flesh to see what spirit you are of. The spirit of man hastens his own death, the Spirit of God infuses life and love. Which Spirit to you desire to follow?

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Coming forth from the darkness.

Posted by appolus on November 24, 2019

The Lord spoke to me the other day as I was walking and praying, and the word that came to me was ownership. The Holy Spirit brought to my mind the parable of the tenants from Mark 12. Now the Master had planted a vineyard, He planted a hedge about it and He dug a great pit that would receive the juice from the crushed grapes and He built a tower. Everything that was needed to produce new wine was handed over to the tenants to look after while He was gone. Tenants mind you, He did not sell it to them, they were to look after it and at some point the Master would require most of the fruit that the vine produced. Now, because the Master tarried for a great time, as was His prerogative, the tenants, having possession of that vineyard, at some point began to believe that they had ownership over the vineyard. They were no longer simply workers of the Master, they had become, in their own eyes, the masters of the vineyard.

Now the audience to whom this parable was spoken to is an important part of the story. The audience was the chief priest and the scribes and the Pharisees. He was clearly talking to them and they knew it. He was peeling open their hearts for all the world to see. While on the outside they still pretended to be serving God in their capacity as priests and scribes, serving the Temple and the system, The Lord was clearly showing that in the deepest parts of their hearts, they had assumed ownership over the worship of God and His temple. They were no longer servants of the most high God, tenants merely looking after something that did not belong to them, they had arrogantly assumed ownership of it all. And they would not be accountable to the Master, in fact they would destroy anyone He sent in order to hold on to what they now believed to be theirs.

Ownership. How would this concept infect Christendom? In the early days pf the Church, as most know, brothers and sisters met in houses. Consider these following Scriptures and note the pattern.

Philemon 1:2 – And to [our] beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:
1 Corinthians 16:19 – The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
Colossians 4:15 – Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.
Romans 16:5 – Likewise [greet] the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.

Can you see the recurring phrase? It is “the church that is in their house.” You see clearly here that the Church is the people and the house is simply the place that they met. We have to jump forward almost three hundred years to the time of Constantine to see where it all changed. Keep in mind that the Church is the people and the Church met in people’s houses. The notion that the house was the Church is a totally foreign concept. How could the Church meet in the Church? And so, because the Church met in people’s houses, no one could have ownership of it. Yet, when Constantine decided that Christianity would be the State religion, great temples were built to rival and surpass all the pagan temples of the day. This is where the Church would now worship, this is where we see the building become the Church in the eyes of men. Now people “went to Church.” And this building that had usurped the title of the Body of Christ now had owners. They were not simply tenants or shepherds or elders, watching over the Masters flock, they were owners. And just like the scribes and the priests and Pharisees before them, the owners pretended to serve God but they in fact were merely serving themselves. Anyone who threatened their livelihoods were abused, imprisoned, tortured and killed. They were in fact worse than the Pharisees and scribes who went before them for they went out and actively hunted down and killed all who opposed them, searching high and low, near and far to find anyone who challenged their ownership of “Christendom.”

So we see a collision of two great errors that was to shape Christendom for the next 1800 years and we are still living with the consequences of error built upon error. The first error was that the Church, rather than being the people, became the building, and the second error is the building itself, for a building has intrinsic value and men fight over things of value and desire to have ownership over it. In practical terms, those who owned the building owned the activities that took place within the building. Rather than have a Royal priesthood of believers, we now saw a clergy/laity split. The clergy were the owners and the laity were the ones who served the clergy. Now because they had assumed ownership, they also assumed authority. This is the third great error that forms the foundation of religion rather than relationship. This authority was exercised with such brutality it is hard to even describe. God sent hundreds of thousand of saints over the last 2000 years to challenge these men and these men responded with a brutality that would make hell blush.

And now in our time we have the impotent aftermath of a thousand years of error. A thousand years of ownership, a thousand years of the royal priesthood being forcibly divided into clergy and laity. A rotten dying system of men. A system that denies the authority of the one they proclaim. There can only be one Master and it is He who must have the preeminence. Yet if that preeminence was actually acknowledged and bowed down to, the “owners,” would lose their possessions. What will the Lord of the vineyard do when He returns with those who usurped His authority and in practical terms exercised ownership and authority over that which did not belong to them? There will indeed be weeping and gnashing of teeth as they cry out “Lord, Lord, we did all these things in your name.”

Brothers and sisters let me encourage you. This rotten system is crumbling around us. The Tares are becoming self evident as the days of the harvest approach, as the hour draws near. The Master shall return and His return is imminent. Let Him find faith on the earth when He returns. Let us follow hard after our Lord and His Word. Read His Word and follow it with all of your heart. Let it be the great North star that guides you through the stormy seas of countless centuries of the traditions of men. Let these traditions fall away like the garments of death that were removed from Lazarus as he arose from the dead and emerged from his tomb as he heard the cry of the Lord Himself “come forth.” Brothers and sisters come forth out of the darkness of tradition into the light of the Word of God and His call. He is calling. The stone is being rolled away by the power of God. And into the dark and gloomy cave where the dead lie, the light of Christ shines forth and beckons you to “come out of her.”

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Lost in the glory of God

Posted by appolus on November 2, 2019

The other morning I was swept up in worship. It seemed like I found myself in the throne room of God. There, a million virtuosos played upon their violins with such beauty that the music itself became our dance partners, lifting us up with an incredible grace. I was dancing with others, so many, vast, without number, and yet intimately close before the throne. We became one in our worship. It was glorious and all consuming and I never wanted it to end. An eternal oneness of worship before magnificence.

One day the Lord will rend the heavens and His glory will flow down the mountains and fill every valley with His majesty. The seas will flee at His presence, the mountains will humbly bow and say ” Glory , glory to the risen King.” The sun will turn its face away in shame for it is outshone by the brilliance of His illumination. The moon and the stars will cry out ” Holy, Holy is He who was and is and forever shall be.” And every voice from every tongue will say “Jesus,” and acknowledge the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. And the beasts of the earth will fall down and cover their faces and then the lion will rise up and approach the lamb and they will lay down together. And every knee shall bow in every tribe and in every nation and even the hordes of hell will fall silent as He approaches.

The earth itself will grow silent and shall be still and then a glorious noise will begin to rise and will fill the earth, it will fill the sea it will fill the night skies it will fill the whole universe and all that will be heard will be the choirs of angels, that heavenly choir and the glory of God will not only cover the earth but will fill up everything that there is or has ever been. Gods saints, His children will rise on this glorious symphony, they will arise in the updrafts of His glory and majesty and it will carry them into the heart of God. And those who rejected this magnificent glory will fall and their cries will be heard as they fall into the depths of darkness, for what eyes can ever see light again that were not sanctified eyes. And He will reign forever.

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Through the vale of tears.

Posted by appolus on October 25, 2019

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;(Php 1:29)

A wise man once wrote ” Friction is the polish that shines our graces.” Another way of saying that could be ” suffering is the path that leads to glory.” This is never a popular teaching, but suffering is a gift from God in the sense that it helps to sanctify us and shape us and teach us. The flesh screams out against ever going down that path. As mere humans we would never personally choose to go down such a path. Yet do you know what that path is called dear saint? It’s called the narrow path and it leads to life. One might ask “how can trials and humiliations , pain and suffering and even sometimes death lead to life?” As Christians, do we really need to ask that question? This was the life of Christ. He was acquainted with suffering, He was a man of sorrows. Some would teach that He suffered so that we would not have to. This is not true. He overcame suffering and hell and death so that we could overcome too in His name and by the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures tells us that “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; (Heb 5:8-9) If you are suffering today and in the midst of a sore trial, I want to encourage you. God is in control. He knows and He sees. There is nothing lost not a single tear. One day soon, all of those tears will be wiped away in the glories of heaven. Dear saint, you are not alone. You have brothers and sisters all over the world who too are passing through this vale of tears, this passage through the valley of weeping.

Now weeping may last through the midnight hours but joy shall find you on the morrow. You have a heart that cries out to the living God. Your soul longs to be away with Him to that place, the courts of the Lord. That place where just one moment in His presence is better than a thousand elsewhere. These moments are found along the valley floor, the valley of weeping. They are pools of living waters to refresh the weary saint as he journeys home. Living waters and the tears of all the saints that have went before you. Lift up your eyes saints and see the journey’s end. The Lord Himself and the place that He has prepared for you. Keep your eyes on the eternal horizon and remember your calling. It is calling to you, it is reminding you by by a whisper on the wind and that small still voice in your ear which speaks to your heart. Can you hear His voice calling you? Your steps are ordered of God, never let the enemy convince you otherwise. Put one more step in front of the other and the Lord will strengthen you. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.

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Running with the footmen

Posted by appolus on October 21, 2019

If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?(Jer 12:5)

When the saints are brought together, most likely by persecution, they will be like a well watered garden spiritually. Their hearts shall be glad that all the pretense of this world shall be cast of. They will have counted the cost and the price will be total separation from a world that has turned on them. When the Lord passed through the veil of tears of Gethsemane and totally surrendered to the will of His Father in heaven, for the joy that was set before Him, He willingly endured the suffering of the cross.

If you are now wearied by the world’s attitudes towards us brothers and sisters, what will you do when you have to contend with universal persecution that is surely at the door? If the very thought of it perplexes you greatly, what will the reality of it do to your peace? Do not grow weary brothers and sisters in a day and age where those who call themselves by the name of Jesus reject you and despise you and would exclude you. We must not let the complaint of this be foremost in our minds but rather of Jesus and that we are His servants. The trials to come will be severe and we must be able to walk in it by faith and with love and with power and a sound mind. Today is the the day of our preparation for tomorrow comes the battle.

I would encourage you today, not by telling you that all of our problems are behind us, indeed they are not and the greatest challenges lie ahead in the near future. No, my encouragement to you is that our souls will be like well watered gardens even in the middle of a wilderness desert of persecution. The greatest fellowship you will ever experience, as some now so desperately desire, will be yours as the enemy comes in like a flood and the Lord raises up a standard. Firstly your depth of relationship with the Lord will exceed anything you have ever imagined, and after the wheat has been separated from the tares, your fellowship with your fellow brothers and sisters will be sublime. Let us now run with the footmen and not grow weary so that we shall then be as swift as horses in the Kingdom of our God.

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