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For you may all prophesy

Posted by appolus on June 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fearing men leads to pleasing men rather than God

Posted by appolus on June 9, 2019

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

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

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

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

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A Secret place

Posted by appolus on June 1, 2019

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

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

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Familiarity breeds contempt

Posted by appolus on May 31, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Up from the pit!

Posted by appolus on May 24, 2019

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

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He is with you

Posted by appolus on May 19, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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No order of service

Posted by appolus on May 9, 2019

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

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

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

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The mighty flowing power of God.

Posted by appolus on May 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Behind the second curtain.

Posted by appolus on April 5, 2019

Heb 9:3 Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place.

For anyone who has experienced the presence of God everything else will inevitably fall short. In many ways it is a double edged sword. It’s not good enough to stand outside the door, it’s not good enough to remain in the courtyard, one must enter in. And the only way to enter in is to pass the altar, the brazen alter. What will we bring as a sacrifice? How will we humble ourselves? What state are we in? Are we able to look at ourselves? We expect to see the power of God without the sacrifice. We expect that God will come down and pour fire on our ministries, He will not. God will come down for His own glory and for the love of His people. He will hear the cries of the broken heart. He does see their afflictions. He will see a people ready to glorify Him for no other purpose than to glorify Him. I fear that for most of us in the west, only severe persecution will bring us to this point.

He will not honor nor will He manifest Himself to those who seek to honor themselves. He will honor the genuine worship of His people. He is not conjured up by louder music nor by a heavier drum beat. There is not a lot of noise before the presence of God, before His majesty. All are hushed and awe descends like a blanket upon the hearts of His people, a holy heaviness. Their heads are bowed and their hands are raised up and trembling. Not because they were instructed to bow their heads or raise their hands or sit or stand or jump . No, no, not in the presence of God. One assumes a position before the living and the mighty God just as a natural instinct, for in the end we are spiritual creatures and in the genesis of our souls we were made for communion with our God.

No instructions are required as one is prostrate in His holiness. Every part of who you are is penetrated by His light. It is glorious and traumatic all at the same time. And the oil that dwells within your chest is set aflame by this light, this fire from the throne itself. “Did not our hearts burn within us as we walked with Him?” All things are possible, eternity stretches out before us and we never want to leave that place. The candlestick burns. God speaks, sin melts like wax, refining, yes refining. We offer ourselves and the dross that lies within us and the Lord says “Come.” So what will bring this presence down? An awareness of the time? Death to business as usual? Genuine desire? A return to the biblical example of church? All of these things brothers and sisters, but most of all, when we give Him our whole hearts. When all the things of the world grow strangely dim. Today we have many men centered churches, programs of men, teachings of men, musical programs. None are bad in and of themselves, they are just not God ordained, God centered. Outside of His presence and a desperate desire to be in His presence, all we have is religious social clubs.

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One day at a time?

Posted by appolus on April 4, 2019

Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do-He reveals to you who He is-Oswald Chambers. A good brother quoted that tonight and it was timely for me because I have been thinking about that very subject. If we truly accepted that and surrendered to that and yielded our all to that, there would be many so called prophets ( small p deliberately) out of business.

It would mean that we would not need to know what is around the next bend, we would just need to know Jesus. If we were to truly live out our lives as the Lord commanded us to, to live one day at a time and take no concern for tomorrow, if we actually lived that way it would revolutionize everything. All of our fears would be driven out as we simply walked with Him. Every situation would be one more masterclass in who He is in our lives.

If the truth be told, our desire to know what is coming is based entirely on fear and insecurity. It is why witch doctors are still in business. The same for mediums and horoscopes and fortune tellers. If you closed your eyes right now and imagined living one day at a time and never being overcome by fear again, can you imagine what that would even look like?

This is a foundational part of walking in the Kingdom. Sanctification sets us apart and separates us. Not just from the things of the world but from fears and anxiety. While we still fear and worry about the things that the gentiles fear we still have one foot in the world. The Lord calls us to enter into a place where we have ceased from our works.

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By reason of the cloud.

Posted by appolus on April 3, 2019

2Ch 5:14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.

The world has such a low view of God. Some kindly grandfather? A benevolent Santa Claus? A buddy? Of course He is none of these things. For the most part Christendom also has a low view of God. Can I ask you a genuine question? When you go to church next Sunday, are you actually expecting to encounter the Living God? I am not talking about singing loud and jumping up and down. I am not talking about being really interested in a sermon and taking notes. I am talking about meeting God almighty. The God that is high and lifted up and the train of His robe fills the temple. The God that is majestic in holiness. The God that is full of awe and marvelous. The God that is so overwhelming that He floods our spirits with His glory and those around His throne can only cry out Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty. Is that what you are expecting? If not why not? Unless the people have an encounter with such a God, they will continue to have a low view of Him and worship some weak anemic cultural god of their own making. What cannot be learned by a thousand excellent sermons can be learned in the genuine presence of God. Just one moment in His presence is better than a thousand elsewhere. If all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin and judged by what you say. As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed, and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, “God is truly here among you.” (1 Cor 14 24-25)

The church in the west is starving to death and they are dying of thirst. The tragedy is, that for the most part, the majority that are called after His name do not even know that they are in the midst of a famine and a drought. I thank God for His remnant people who do know. Who agonize over the state of the church. Who cry out to God and who want nothing less than for the multitude of people to experience the majesty and the glory and the anguish and the joy of falling down before the throne. Who desire all men to be ruined for this life and to walk with the grand obsession of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is coming a time, and we may be there already, when God is calling His people, His remnant people who have experienced the presence of God, to rise up and testify to it. To testify of what they know of Him. Of how they come into the presence of a Holy and majestic God. Of how it ruins them and changes them. Of how they tremble before the throne of the almighty God. This is what the people are starved of, this is what they are dying from. There is a famine of the Word of God in the land, not the Word preached, but the Word preached with the power and the presence of God. The crisis of the age is a lack of God’s empowering presence in our assemblies. May the glory of the Lord fill His house.

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Passing through the waters and walking through walls of fire.

Posted by appolus on March 27, 2019

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

The presence of God changes everything; it ruins us for this world brothers and sisters. It drives us deeper into the Father’s arms, it drives us deeper into the word of God, and it causes us to walk in holiness and to walk the narrow path. In the presence of God we can shout and rejoice even in the midst of great tribulation, this is the test of the presence of God and of those who walk in the Spirit and not the flesh.I believe that the Kingdom of God is our true reality which exists outside of time and space. We uniquely walk in both worlds, our spirit in the world of the Spirit and our flesh in this world. Each world has a draw. Since in this body we are dominated by the five senses, it has a tremendous ability to distract us make demands upon we men and women of the Spirit. Resist this world with its demands and distractions and we are drawn further into the Kingdom of God which was and is and is to come, meaning it exists in the now.

Indeed, we are always called to look away from this world and come away with the Lord to walk with Him, not according to the flesh, this world, but according to the Spirit, His Kingdom. It is from this place that we posses all victory and all the promises. Only from there can we sing the praises of Jesus despite being in a dungeon. Emptying ourselves of all worldly ambition and desires we are making room to be filled. Surrender, emptying, obedience are all stepping-stones that allow us to cross over the river Jordan and enter into His promised land to us, His rest, His Kingdom. The great saints down though the ages understood this well. They left the world behind and with eyes that could see the glory of God walked on into the glory, a place of no condemnation and a place of great purpose, the Kingdom of God.

Can I suggest to you that those who genuinely seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness are not driven from God by circumstances but are actually propelled deeper into His arms when trouble comes. They experience Him and all His beauty and majesty all the more deeply. Surely nothing can separate us from the love of the Lord? What a magnificent plan and majestic wisdom that causes the trials and the tribulations of this life to drive us deeper into the heart of God. It confounds the enemy of our souls. It is paradoxical to this world and to the flesh. The flesh cries out, the spirit bows down. The flesh demands attention and satisfaction, the spirit says not my will but thine be done. Those who are ruled by their flesh are taken up with the things of the flesh but those who seek out first and foremost the Kingdom of God mind the things of the Spirit. One is life, the other is death. One rejoices in all things, the other can only rejoice in the good things. One has a spirit of bondage to fear and anxiety and the other has the spirit of adoption whereby we can cry out to our Father in heaven and discover that no matter what our circumstances are, His grace is more than sufficient for us. Those after the Spirit revel in His grace, those who walk according to the flesh are taken captive by fear and can only find relief in alleviation from their circumstances.

What kind of saint do you desire to be this day brothers and sisters? In order to walk in the Spirit we must pass through walls of fire and bodies of water. Yet the Lord says in His word that He would be with us when we pass through the waters and when we walk through the walls of fire. Come brothers and sisters, let us enter into His Kingdom by way of entering into His sufferings, they will not destroy us, they will refine us. Isa 43:2  When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

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Free from our yesterdays.

Posted by appolus on March 26, 2019

There is a tyranny of expectations that oftentimes is self-imposed. Learning to be at peace with who we are is not typically the domain of younger people. If it were possible to put an older head on a younger person I would say “peace, be still.” There is a place of quiet. It comes when we lie down in the green pastures that is our life in Him. He has led us here and beside it runs still waters. The world in which we live is not real. It is a shadow of the reality of the Lord’s Kingdom. To walk in a place of quiet surrender is to walk in the Kingdom of God. Surrender what? The demands of this life and the expectations of this world. Yes, move in the world for needs must, but walk in the Kingdom. Lie down in the green pastures, and sit beside the still waters. Contemplate if you will the lilies of the field how they neither toil nor spin yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed in such glory as the splendor of this field. And the countless millions of sparrows, not a single one of them falls without our Lord knowing about it. When we truly take no thought for tomorrow and we live in a place where we seek to first walk in His Kingdom and in His righteousness then we can walk in a world that is without anxiousness and we can truly live in the moment for God above all else if the God of now. Our yesterdays are gone and there is no guarantee of tomorrow. Do not let the tyranny of our yesterdays become the chains that bind our tomorrows. If we do that we are binding something that does not belong to us. Imagine casting ourselves into chains, the very chains that the Lord Jesus came to break. He came to set the captive free, freed from our yesterdays and our tomorrows so that we could live free today. Brother, sister, are you walking in the freedom that was wrought for you on Calvary?

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The way of the remnant

Posted by appolus on March 25, 2019

Philippians 3:7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.

The way of the remnant.

How many times was the Lord rejected? How many times was He ridiculed and scorned? How grievous the journey knowing the end? How savage the battle in the garden? How savage the treatment at the hands of Romans? How cruel the desertion of all of his friends, including his best and dearest? How indescribable the drinking of the cup? Yet even in the midst of one of the cruelest deaths known to man, He ministers. How deep the love that cries “forgive them Father?” How dead to the flesh a man must be to cry “hold not this charge against them.” How transformed must the flesh be that has a vision in the depths of being stoned by his countrymen? And brother Stephen was taken home loving those who bore the stones.

Would I respond in kind in the same situation? I pray that I would, I pray that every trial and tribulation I now suffer is a mile run by one who trains for a marathon. Can I see my trials as blessings? Can I walk counter to modern Christendom and count my trials as I count my blessings? Could I sing “Count my trials name them one by one, count my trials see what God has done, count my trials, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done” This is the deeper life brothers and sisters. This is the counter-culture. This is the way of the remnant.
This is the narrow path. This is counter to the way of modern Christianity. Shall we look to stay on this path? Shall we arrive at such a place as to rejoice in our sufferings? How can a man rejoice in his sufferings? Well, a man cannot, only a saint empowered by the Holy Spirit can.

There is no key or magic wand or instructions on how to rejoice in the depths of suffering. There is only encounter, there is only desire, there is only that thirst spoken of by David when he spoke of the deer that panteth after the waterbrooks. Make no mistake brothers and sisters, this place, this walk of the saints, this place of peace that surpasses all understanding is born out of fire. We have to encounter the Lord Jesus in the depths of the fiery furnace. We have to encounter Him when He reveals to us by His loving Spirit exactly who we are. Is there another way? No. It’s the narrow path, it’s the taking up of the cross, it’s the decision made in the garden of Gethsemane and even that is not it, there is still the death, even the death of the cross. Many men will die for the cause, but how many are willing to die for the cross?

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Look up-get up-and rise up!

Posted by appolus on March 21, 2019

I was thinking about my injured arm today, injured a few years ago in a car crash, had the ulnar nerve crushed. Had two major surgeries and the pain was hard to describe. The healing process has been a series of setbacks and recoveries. But slowly and surely each setback now is not as intense as before and the recovery is quicker. I was thinking about that as an analogy to those who are born again and have to deal with deep-rooted systemic and oftentimes generational dysfunction.

I know in my own walk with the Lord, many of the deeper rooted problems that come from being raised in a violent alcoholic house and my own addicted life before coming to Jesus have been healed just in the same way as my arm was. First there is the surgery ( being born again) Then comes the healing and recovery. Setbacks and recoveries, setbacks and recoveries. For those who have a desire to overcome they will triumph in Christ. He will lead you to victory in an amazing thing called sanctification. Thank you Father in heaven in the mighty name of Jesus and by the power of your Holy Spirit for your work in my life.

I personally found that the destructive aspects of my life were dealt with right away, drinking, cannabis, foul mouth, inability to love. The deeper rooted problems of personality and dysfunction of the mind was a deeper longer work. What was required of me was surrender, brokenness, contriteness and obedience. And even those, the Lord had given me along with my new heart. His faithfulness to complete what He has begun is above and beyond my ability to fully understand.

Maybe you are struggling today. Maybe you are disappointed in yourself….again….. but I want you to know this, your Lord and Father does not look at snap shots of our lives, He looks at our trajectory. He loves you and He loves His work in you and He does it for His own purposes and for His pleasure. So, look up, get up and rise up, there is a heavenly host that is cheering you on.

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Shall we mourn?

Posted by appolus on March 19, 2019

In the golden stairway of the Beatitudes, the first promise is to those that are poor in spirit; but there is another step still deeper down on the way to God, and that is “Blessed are they that mourn.” It is needful that we shall mourn over our poverty, that we shall realize our need, that we shall be deeply troubled over our spiritual wretchedness, and that we shall come with such hunger that nothing less than all the fullness of Christ can ever satisfy us again. There are some spiritual conditions that cannot be accomplished in a moment. The breaking up of the fallow ground takes time; the frosts of winter are as necessary as the rains of spring to prepare the soil for fertility. God has to break our hearts to pieces by the slow process of His discipline, and grind every particle to powder, and then to mellow us and saturate us with His blessed Spirit, until we are open for the blessing He has to give us.Oh, let us wait upon the Lord with brokenness of heart, with openness of soul, with willingness of spirit, to hear what God the Lord will say! These days of waiting are important so that we may listen to God’s voice. We are so busy that we cannot hear. We talk so much that we give Him no chance to talk to us. He wants us to hearken to what He has to say to us. He wants us on our faces before Him, that He may give us His thought, His prayer, His longing, and then lead us into His better will. (From: Power from on High by A. B. Simpson)

How many churches do you know that mourn over their poverty? That realize their desperate need or are deeply troubled by their spiritual wickedness? How many churches do you know that are so hungry for the depths of God that nothing less than the fullness of Christ will satisfy them? These issues are not only applicable to the individual but most importantly they are applicable corporately. If we do not know or cannot acknowledge that we are spiritually wretched how can we be troubled by it? If we dwell in shades of grey but perceive it to be light how will we ever seek out the light of God? Corporate repentance is even more vital that individual repentance. Yet, it today’s success driven society where most churches have to tell you how good they are doing and how the coming year is going to be the best ever, this kind of moving in the Spirit is unlikely to ever take place. What a tragedy. Today we must have instant results and so the answer to our problems corporately is not acknowledging our spiritual wretchedness or admitting to our great need for the fullness of Christ in our midst, no, today’s answer is to add another program or change the ones that we have.

For the most part I believe that most institutions, most churches are relatively happy with what they have. And therefore that is what they have. To truly hunger for Christ in your midst requires a submission to brokenness. Allowing the fallow ground to be broken up, to acknowledge that we are dwelling in the depths of winter requires a deep humility. A contriteness that God so loves. He truly dwells with the broken and the contrite. For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones(Isa 57:15) You see who He revives? If we want to see the fullness of Christ in our churches then the very first thing that our churches would have to do is to mourn over their condition. Oh Lord may you release a holy dissatisfaction throughout the Body of Christ worldwide. May the light of your fullness overcome the dreary shades of grey that comes from self-satisfaction and ever more so as the gross darkness of this world closes in. Lord may you “grind every particle to powder, and then to mellow us and saturate us with His blessed Spirit, until we are open for the blessing He has to give us.”

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He who the Son sets free!

Posted by appolus on March 18, 2019

Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Are you wearied of living in fear? Fears of all kind are the enemies of our soul, indeed oftentimes fear is the opposite of faith. In the end, fear is actually sin. I do not say that to bring condemnation upon anyone, simply to identify it and highlight how it can separate us from our relationship with the Lord. God does not condemn us in this but He would that we would live in the freedom that He has made us free with. When we run away from a situation or hide from it because of fear, it never solves the problem, it still lies in wait for us as we go around the mountain again. The obstacle must be confronted if we are to pass it by and move on upwards. Every single time we give into fear we are saying “Lord, you are not Lord of my life,fear is.” And in this we recognize the fact that we are slaves to sin and not servants of God.

We cannot be slaves and free men all at the same time. If the Lord has set me free, if He has come and opened up my jail cell, what was I doing still in the cell looking out through the bars at the world? Why had I not walked through the door that the Lord had opened? Was it safer for me to stay where I had become accustomed to? Even although it was a slavish miserable place, was it still preferable to me than to go beyond the horizons of what I had ever known? Yes, for many years it was. I was like the Israelite’s, threatened by armies or thirst or starvation, who wanted to turn back to Egypt with the rationale that at least in Egypt, at least in slavery, they could count on certain things. That was me.

There comes a time in our lives when we decide that we have to get up and get out of that cell. The Lord did not open it and free us just so that we could be technically free, He wants us to be actually free. I don’t know what is keeping you in that cell this day but we both know the Lord who opened the door. He bids us to step out of the shadows of the cell and slavery and to walk out and into the light of freedom. One step at a time, one day at a time, listen and follow Him one word at a time. Step by step. As you overcome in Him you will be putting distance between you and your former cell or self. There will come a time when you will look back and be astonished how far you have come in Him and how by the power of His Spirit you have overcome. You were called to freedom. Take that first step this day and deal fear a lethal blow by being obedient to the Word of God and His still small voice.

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Shining the light of God’s glory.

Posted by appolus on March 8, 2019

11 Cor 4:6For it is the God who commanded light to shine into darkness who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Can we know the glory of God? Can we even walk as Christians if we have never experienced the glory of God? We cannot be victorious Christians outside of this “knowledge.’ Those who have experienced the glory of God walk in victory. It is this victory that allows for joy even in the midst of suffering. For those who walk in the presence of God cannot help but radiate His glory. It is not something that is achieved by effort. If I radiate joy it’s because I am like the moon. The moon is a dead object, yet the light of the sun reflects off the moon and lights up a dark world. And just as the moon, by virtue of its position to the sun and the earth, radiates the light down into the darkness, then so to do those Christians who come before the throne and kneel before the King radiate the light from this glorious place into the darkness of the world.

Paul says in 2 Cor 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place, for we are to God, the fragrance of Christ.

Do you walk in triumph? Do you diffuse the fragrance of His Knowledge in every place? If you have not experienced the knowledge of His glory then how can you radiate and reflect and diffuse the beauty of His presence and the manifest glory of who He is? If you have not stood in the manifest presence of God and glow from that encounter then how can you effectively share the reality of Jesus in your life? His life is life to us. Those whose hearts are veiled to this knowledge of His glory, who have not yet stepped behind the veil and experienced the glorious majesty of His presence cannot walk in the life of Christ that flows from that place.

Has God the Father shone this light in your heart? Have you knelt or fallen prostrate in the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus? Do you radiate? Do you diffuse the fragrance of God? Do you walk in the light of the knowledge of the glory of God? When we speak of knowledge we are not speaking about information? The knowledge of the glory of God is an encounter. It is not information it is an experience. Only by experiencing the knowledge of the glory of God can we be transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord ( 2 Cor 3:18)

This is the heart cry of our age. To stand in ”the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Let us lay aside everything else until we have stood in that light and been transformed from glory to glory. Let us not run the rat race but rather let us run the race that brings us into His presence. Only then share that with the passion that inevitably comes from such an encounter. People will be drawn to Christ by the light of the knowledge of glory that is in you, that is seared upon your heart, that makes you alive to the Spirit and dead to the world. Dear Lord in heaven pour out your glory into the hearts of men.

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Fields of Glory

Posted by appolus on March 3, 2019

Latest collaboration between myself and Aileen Gilchrist. I wrote this song based on a vision I had many years ago of what worship looked like in heaven.

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Have you fallen down?

Posted by appolus on February 7, 2019


Psalm 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted in me? Hope you in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

Are you downcast today? Has the troubles of life, the trials of circumstances mounted up and overwhelmed you? Are you wandering in a spiritual wilderness? Perhaps you even feel abandoned by God? Has the multitude of your troubles somehow separated you from the presence of the living God?Is the only water you are experiencing right now the tears that fall in the shadows of the night, the darkness of your situation?

There is a term amongst shepherds called “casting.” It refers to a sheep on its back. If a sheep falls onto its back, it does not have the ability to get upright again. The blood will begin to drain from the sheep’s legs, and the weight of its body will press down upon its lungs and it will begin to suffocate. It will slowly die. Perhaps you feel like you’re on your back today? You do not have the ability to get up again. The situation and circumstances are out-with your control. You do not feel the presence of God, you feel alone and isolated, the joy is gone and you have lost you “song in the night.”

Let me tell you what the shepherd does when He comes upon a “downcast,” sheep. First of all He begins to rub their legs to bring some of the blood back to get the circulation going a bit. Then He takes one hand and grabs the two back legs, then the other hand and grabs the two front legs and hoists the sheep up and over His head and around His neck. He then carries the sheep until it has recovered and only then does He put it back down on the ground.

If you are downcast today brothers and sisters, cry out to the Lord with all the strength that you have left in you. Remember the days when you “used to go with the multitude. I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise.” I pray that today is the day that your joy returns, that you will have your song in the night.

Even in the midst of darkness, may your joy be complete in Him. The good shepherd of our souls who would take your chin this day, very gently and say “why so downcast,” my child, “put your trust in me,” see now I will lift you from this place and put you on my back awhile for when you walk with me for “my yoke is easy and my burden it is light and you will find rest for your souls.”

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