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Revival or Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

Posted by appolus on October 15, 2018

“Now see, we try to take that concept of “revival” and we apply it to things that are dead, things that are outside of the Ekklesia – our church buildings, our religious programs, our church services, our membership – and we hope that through “revival” we are going to increase our ministry, enlarge our church, get more people saved, or whatever the goal is. But my point is that the Ekklesia does not need revival. You are trying to raise something from the dead with revival, but the Ekklesia is living.” (Chip Brogden)

What Chip says there is really quite profound. When Paul Washer spoke to the 5000 Baptist youth, I imagine that there would hardly have been an eyebrow raised if he told the crowd they needed revival. Yet he told them to consider the fact that they had never been alive in the first place. When you consider men like Ravenhill who claimed only about 7% of professing Christians in America were actually saved, then rather than revival, we would need the kind of power that Peter spoke with at Pentecost.

Peter spoke and the people were “stabbed in the heart.” They were not revived, they were stabbed in the heart, hearts that were hardened and dead through sin but convicted by the power of the Holy Spirit and life sprung up from death and thousands were saved.

What is there is a desperate need of today in Christendom? The power of the Holy Spirit, the same power that came upon Peter, yet, as we know, almost all of the denominations and the majority of churches throughout the land deny Him His place in their midst. Now, if one wanted to repent, there would be a good place to start. Leaders repenting that they have usurped the Holy Spirit and robbed Jesus of His preeminence.

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His remnant in a hostile world

Posted by appolus on September 30, 2018

And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes. (Ezr 9:8)

In Ezra’s time, God had called a people to come home, He had called a people to return to a place of worship and repair the broken down walls. He was reviving a remnant in the midst of a very hostile world. In fact often times they would have a trowel in one hand and sword in the other as they re-built the wall. These were the ones who eyes had been enlightened by God in the midst of their bondage.

Yet it was vitally important for the remnant not to mix with the world so to speak. They were giving their children in marriage to the children of the world. In a sense they were selling their birthright to a pagan world by expressly disobeying the clear commands of God. To be in the world but not of it, to be set apart from the world was a clear directive from God. They had come out of Babylon and yet they were hurting themselves by mixing and intermarrying with the pagans of the surrounding lands.

God is calling out a remnant today, He is calling them out of the world and back to a place where they can stand in the breach and build up the wall of Jerusalem so to speak. My own worldview or church view is that the church small c lies in ruins, its walls are broken down and it is in a place of desolation. The world has invaded the church and the church has given its children to the world in marriage. The consequences have been devastating.

The influence of the world in the church is now so strong, that what passes for the church, Christendom can no longer hold back the tide of devastating compromise. It is in the process of giving itself fully over to the world. And so God enlightens the eyes of His people to see the situation through His eyes. Burning at the heart of His called out people is obedience to Him and to His word. They are sold out to His word and His commands even although by doing so they are ostracized and ridiculed and hated.

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The absolute necessity of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Posted by appolus on September 29, 2018

The Holy Spirit is David’s indignation, His courage, His sling and his stone. The Holy Spirit is the staff of Moses, the strength of Samson and the words of Isaiah. He is the fire from heaven that consumes the sacrifice of Elijah. He is the fire that goes before the Israelites in the desert night and the cloud that covered them by day. He is the fire that surrounds the saints heart as they lift up the name of Jesus. He is the courage of a million martyrs down through the ages. He is the spiritual song they sing as the mortal flames deliver them to immortality. He is the breath that is breathed into Adam’s lungs.

He is the one who leads and guides me into all truth. He is the presence in the dungeon that encourages Paul and Silas to sing the praises of Jesus even in the gross darkness. He is the power that came down and shook the prison and opened every door. At the name of Jesus He is the power that makes the demons flee, at the name of Jesus He is the power that compels men to their knees, at the name of Jesus He is the power that raises men from the dead, at the name of Jesus He is the power that convicts all men of sin, at the name of Jesus He is the power that ushers Jesus into the hearts of men.

He puts the sword of the word in the hands of men who have wrapped themselves in light. And He uses that sword to pierce, to thoroughly penetrate the darkness of unbelief and the hardest hearts of men. He convicts the lost and He empowers every part of who we are, but most of all He elevates the Lord Jesus Christ to the throne of willing men’s hearts. Oh foolish man, who among you think that for one minute you can do one single thing of eternal value, one single thing that will not be burned as wood hay and stubble outside of being Baptized in the Holy Spirit. You might be mighty in words, the fame of your might may be known across the land.

You may be powerful in deed and the whole world knows of all of them, but none of the mighty words of men, nor their deeds means a single thing to the Lord our God. For we know that it is not by the might of men, neither is it by their power that anything is achieved but the eternal things of God are achieved by His Holy Spirit and His Holy Spirit alone. Who will stand before the living God and announce to Him that they have no need of such power? It is a direct act of disobedience to reject the power of God. That which was begun by the Spirit cannot be finished by the flesh. In the evil day that flesh will fall and die. That flesh will deny Jesus. That flesh will seek to please the world rather than please God because it will fear men rather than God.

If Peter, outside of the power of the Holy Spirit, denied Jesus, will you fare any better oh man? If you have not waited upon the Lord and sought to be endued with power from on high then now is the time. The Bridegroom is coming for His Bride. It is almost time for the virgins lamps to be lit. There is only one source of oil for your vessel. The small source of oil that will light your lamp will not last, only those who have oil in their vessels will enter in. Those who are lacking will come knocking on the door of the marriage feast and the door is closed and Jesus says to them upon hearing their cries to open the door ” I do not know you.” The most fearful words any man or woman could ever hear.

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The pain of our Heavenly Father

Posted by appolus on September 28, 2018

God the Father was so deeply wounded by Calvary. He was not asking His son to suffer and He stand dispassionately by. How did God the Father suffer?? At the height of Calvary He watched His precious Son take all of our sins and crucify them for us and turned His head away. Yet He heard His Son cry out “My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me.” God the Father was wounded so deeply that our minds are simply too small to even come close to understanding.

Perhaps only a parent who has watched their child suffer or die in agony can even come close to imagining the pain? And we know at that very moment, ” The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” What does the veil represent? It represents the covering of Gods heart, His chest if you like.

When the sacrifice was complete, that which had been hidden from men in general, was revealed, the heart of God. God chose to show His presence to the world through His Son Jesus. So, through the wounds of Jesus, and the wounds of the Father, we are united into His presence and can walk in the power that flows from His presence.

The Lord revealed this to me many years ago. He took my mind back to when my son, who was two at the time, was burned over 60% of his body with third degree burns. In the first few days he almost died. Part of his life saving treatment was to take him, every day for days at the hospital, and force him into a salt bath. I can still hear his screams.

I was asked to help and aid the nurses in this. To hold down your son, whom you love with all your heart, almost killed me, I was only 20 but my hair stared to fall out. He could not possibly understand what I was doing was to save his life, all he knew was that his father, who was supposed to protect him, was torturing him. Years later the Lord asked me to think back about this. And our heavenly Father shared with me how much pain it caused Him to watch His Son be mocked and ridiculed, tortured and killed.

In this revelation, I was amazed that God the Father loved us so much that He allowed this to happen for our sake. If we mere mortals can feel emotional pain that is agonizing beyond words, what kind of pain can our heavenly Father feel who is the author and creator of all emotions. And yet, For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son…………………it is above what our minds can comprehend, this love of the Father.

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Out of stone flows blood

Posted by appolus on September 25, 2018

These are quotes attributed to Michelangelo and I love them, for I think he expresses, without knowing, spiritual truths. What he has assigned to a block of stone and the creation of a statue, is the very thing that God does with a human being who discovers Him. “I saw the angel in the marble and carved him until I set him free.” And “Every block of stone has a statue inside of it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. And one more in reference to his most famous statue of King David “David was always there in the marble, I just took away everything that was not David.”

We who know Jesus are a work in progress. Paul says in Ephesians that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. This word perform means to complete. The work that He has begun in you, He is faithful to complete it. I want you to sit for a moment and ponder the magnificence of that. Rest in the truth that the greatest artist of all, the one who hung the stars in the sky, the one who laid the foundations of the earth, the one who created you and breathed life into you has not finished His work with you but will finish it.

The Lord has a hammer and He has a chisel. In the process of freeing you from your former self there must be the blow of the hammer down upon the chisel and we must yield to it. The Scriptures also tell us that the steps of a righteous man are ordered of God. Your life is not some series of random events that somehow hold you capture to its surrounding circumstances. No, your life is His and He is faithful to you. The swing of His hammer is the process whereby He is setting you apart. When Jesus cried to Lazarus to come forth, the coming forth was not all that happened. Lazarus was bound hand and foot with grave-clothes. He had to be set free from them. The grave-clothes had to be taken off so that the Lazarus that was brought to life would no longer be bound by death, but released and free to live.

In 1 Peter chapter 2 Peter says that we are stones being built up into a spiritual house. Every stone is shaped by the Master. Peter also says in the same chapter that we are a royal priesthood, a holy nation a peculiar people who have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light so that we may declare the praises of Jesus. When the religious men of the day plotted to kill Jesus, they also plotted to kill Lazarus. Why? Because his very life  testified to the Master, the creator of life, the one who rolls the stone away, the one who shines light into the darkness, the one who bids us come out of the darkness and join Him in His marvelous light.

You are such a one saint. Dont let the enemy fool you or lie to you. You are His creation. He created you, He breathed life into you, He called you out, He raised you up, He healed you, He forgave you, He restored you, he reconciled you, when you passed through the waters He was with you, while you were refined by the fire He was with you, when you were down He raised you up, He died for you, He rose again for you and He ever intercedes at the right hand of the Father for and He has not finished with you but He is faithful and true to complete which He has begun in you and He does it all for His good pleasure. You are His, you were bought with a very expensive price. He has not forgotten you. Lift your hands towards heaven today and open your heart and let this truth flood into your very being. God bless you my brother, God bless you my sister. Keep on going, there are a cloud of witness cheering you, you are God’s work of art and all other works of art are but a mere shadow, a pale imitation at best of what the Lord is creating in you.

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As the waters cover the sea

Posted by appolus on September 23, 2018

Though the fig tree shall not blossom
And no fruit hangs from the trees
Nor field’s of wheat for harvest
Nor fish found in the seas

I shall rejoice in the Lord my God
He is the God of my salvation
He makes me strong when I am weak
And is a light to every nation

He takes me up to higher ground
And sets my spirit free
To dance and sing and praise His name
And to come on bended knee

Even in the midst of judgement
He shall not forget His mercy
And His glory will cover all the world
And He is water to the thirsty

He is freedom to the ones in chains
He is food to those who hunger
And to those who are so very weak
The Lord is so much stronger

He is your strength to carry on
He is your strong high tower
He has filled you with His Holy Ghost
And so endued you with His power

So glorify the Living God
For His mercy endures forever
He is strong when you are weak
And has the power to deliver

Walk on dear saint you’re not alone
For your God He sits upon His throne
Night and day He never sleeps
He is the comforter to all who weeps

So in the midst of darkness stand in light
Walk in the day for comes the night
When the enemy roars in like a mighty flood
We shall not drown who are covered by His Blood

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Held firm by iron.

Posted by appolus on September 22, 2018

There is indeed a Remnant, decreed by God. They have been held firm by iron and by trial. They have been tested in the desert. They have had the bread of adversity and the waters of affliction for their teachers. The days of their weeping do not last forever. There is a narrow path through the gross darkness and we know that this is the way and we must walk in it. Joseph’s feet were hurt by fetters and the iron of his enemies held him firm. Yet God’s will for his life would be fulfilled and even in his dungeon the favor of the Lord was upon him.

Paul and Silas with many stripes upon their backs and feet held firmly in the stocks, in the darkest hour of the day, found favor in the eyes of God and they sang out His praises and down came His glory. Daniel taken into captivity and then thrown in to complete darkness surrounded by savage beasts found favor in the den and when the light of day shone through, that favor was evident to all the world. Men and women of God grow mighty in the places that were designed to destroy them. For when you are persecuted saint, remember that you are not forsaken. When you have been knocked down in life you are not destroyed. When you seem to have trouble on every side and it threatens to consume you know that God Himself will give you strength.

For we have this treasure in our earthly vessels. There is glory in us that if we are broken it pours forth. When we are broken bread and poured out wine then God’s glory is revealed and the power of God shall come forth. For God has commanded that light would shine forth out of darkness. He said that His glory would cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. And the glory that pours forth from our broken hearts gives the light of the knowledge of the glory of God and that light is Jesus. We who are outwardly perishing, we who willingly take up our crosses and die daily to Him do so that the life of the Lord Jesus may be manifest in us. A people willing to die, a people willing to suffer, a people willing to endure, a people who will stand fast in the power and the glory of God.

Last of all, the Lord Jesus knows what it means to suffer affliction. He knows the cruel trials of mocking and scourges. He has walked through the desert and was tested. And then He was held firm by iron, by three nails He was held in that place that the Father had asked Him to be. And there He stayed and endured it all, broken Bread and poured out wine. Yet the cross was not the end it was His victory, right there He overcame. You to saint, this is where the victory lies. For from our brokenness the life and the light and the glory of God shines through, this is truly light shining forth from the darkness. No matter your circumstances this day brother or sister, let your light shine through your brokenness and the glory of God will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.

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When the lunatics take over the asylum

Posted by appolus on September 21, 2018

So as I watch yet another debacle unfold in the realms of politics but also the continuing fall of Rome, only this time it is the fall of the West, I am reminded of the madness of a bygone age. In the dark ages of Britain, if one were accused of being a witch, two events would then unfold. You would be taken to the river and thrown in. If you did not drown this was considered to be an absolute sign of your guilt whereby you were then taken and burned at the stake. Think about that for moment. The moment the accusation was made, there was no possibility of you proving your innocence, for how can one prove they are not a witch?

There was only, will you drown or will you burn. How could a man prove he did not do something 35 years ago? There is no evidence that could be mustered, there is to time, no date, no physical evidence at all. All there is is the accusation. Now that we live in days of madness that is all you need. Where will all the hysteria end? Will the lunatics take over the asylum? They already have. The statesmen are long gone, a very definite sign of judgment. I told the story the other day of the man in Britain accused of multiply raping a woman. He was then remanded to a woman’s prison because he self identified as a woman. There he raped several more women. The same hysterical lunatics that we see today on our tvs are the very people who would send a rapist to a woman’s prison.

Jezebel walks among us screaming ” I will murder your babies.” She taunts them who still have their minds by pointing to the ever growing mass of hysterical lunatics and telling them ” they are coming for you next.” And they are. Dark are the days brothers and sisters. Hell and all its depths are loosed. Those not standing upon the firm foundation of God will simply be swept away by a hurricane of madness and lunacy. And the thing is, these are just the outer bands of a storm that will engulf the whole world. Is their oil in your vessel?

The Holy Spirit is calling to His people to lift up their eyes. See, that although the gross darkness is almost upon us, right behind it comes the Lord Himself hence the reason for the monumental battle that is unfolding. This is the enemies last stand and he is not going down without a fight. Yet greater is He that is in us than he that is in the midst of the crazed masses.

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His glory in our lives comforts others

Posted by appolus on September 18, 2018

We have been called to comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have been comforted with. In ever great trial there is great comfort from the Lord but we have to go deep. This is like pure gold to the poor man although we often have to experience what it means to be poor to appreciate His gold. It is like light to one who is drowning in darkness although we often have to touch that very darkness to know what it means to cry out to the Light. It is like an oasis to the man who finds himself in the midst of the desert although we often have to stumble, parched and dying in the desert to know how magnificent and glorious His oasis is. He is like an anchor indeed in the great storms of life although we often have to come to the point of it seeming like the storm will simply blow us away to appreciate that He holds us fast. All that treasure, all that light, all those living waters and sure anchor are to be shared with others. He comforts us with His presence because He loves us and that very comfort He asks us to share with others. This is how the Lord is glorified in our infirmities and in the midst of our sufferings.

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Want to start a revolution?

Posted by appolus on September 17, 2018

A famous man once said that some men hate their enemies more than they love their children. How many cultures have we seen ruined by hate and revenge and unforgiveness. Yet, a spiritual revolution begins in the heart of one man who chooses to forgive his enemies, and yes, even more than that, love his enemies. This is not natural, it is supernatural. Father forgive them for they know not what they do!! Hold not this to their account. For God so loved the world……..while they were yet in their sin.

Oh, the love of God is so much higher than we, so much wider than the widest ocean and deeper than the great depths of time and space. It is outside of the natural man, beyond his grasp or even his vain imagination, but when Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our hearts and souls and minds suddenly that which was so beyond us is now in us and through us, like rivers of flowing waters flowing out to a thirsty people, to dry and thirsty land. Glory to God we can know the height and the depth of His great glory as we journey deeper into the Father’s heart. Forgive someone today and start a revolution!!!

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Our primary object is Jesus

Posted by appolus on September 17, 2018

When our primary focus is on anything other than Jesus we become distracted and begin to distance ourselves from the Lord. The deception comes when our focus is on something that is laudable. Things like holiness and revival are a couple of examples of things that in and of themselves are not harmful if they are a by-product of our focus on Jesus. If they are our primary focus then they simply become a tool in the enemy’s hand that leads us away from the presence of God.

Only as Jesus is lifted up, only as He is glorified, only as He is worshiped can there be change. He is the central focus of our lives and as we make Him the center of all things only then can we expect to see Him move in power. Everything else, and I mean everything, is religion and vanity. Many a good man has been drawn away from Jesus by focusing on the by-product and not the primary object. This is the essence of religious activity as opposed to the presence and power of God. The work of the Holy Spirit, first and foremost, is to magnify Jesus in the hearts of men.

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Isaiah in the throne room.

Posted by appolus on September 1, 2018

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There is life in the rushing waters.

Posted by appolus on August 28, 2018

It is a strange paradox that we Christians must find Jesus but keep on seeking Him. We must find forgiveness but keep on seeking to forgive. We must find mercy but keep seeking to be merciful. We must read His word but continue to abide in His word. We must find life in Him yet continue to seek life in Him. Like a rushing spring time river we must be ever flowing. And the source of the waters of that river is the Lord Himself. And when we do these things, when we abide and when we pursue, when we keep abiding and keep pursuing then the river keeps flowing and everything the river touches brings life. Rushing waters bring life and in stagnant waters there is death. Will you live today and will that life that is in you bring life to others around you? This is the will of God. The Lords saints are His evergreen trees.

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Can you see the glory

Posted by appolus on August 28, 2018

When Paul was in the dungeon, by faith he was able to see the glory. When Stephen was being stoned, by faith He was able to see the glory. When the Hebrew children were in the midst of the fire, by faith they were able to see the glory. When Daniel was in the lion’s den, by faith he was able to see the glory. Being able to see the glory of God is a delivering force. The power of this force will shake buildings to its foundations and open prison doors. In the midst of death it will produce visions so that one is engulfed in life. In the midst of fire it will protect you from the flames. When danger is all around you it will keep the lions at bay. In a desert it will be a cloud by day and a fire by night. When your back is to the ocean, it will create a path before you for your deliverance. When danger surrounds you and fear threatens to overwhelm you, it will give you power and love and a sound mind.

The glory of God is a dwelling place, it is a tabernacle, a place of meeting for where the Lord is, there is the glory. We were made for glory. And the glory that God the Father gave to the Son, the Son gave to us. And the purpose for that glory is that we may be one even as the Father and the Son are one. And when we are one in Him then we are walking in the glory, walking in the light that beckons to those in the darkness to come forth and live. We have been called to behold His glory. To behold means to look upon, to gaze with wide open eyes. It means more that the casual word to see, it means to look at intensely. How intense is your gaze upon the Lord? Do you see His glory? Have you experienced His glory. If you cannot see it nor have ever experienced it, can you then walk in the presence of God and the power of His Glory? You must be able to see the Lord high and lifted up. You must experience His glory if you want to walk in His deliverance, deliverance not only for yourself but for others. Seek out the glory, do not rest until it rests upon you. It is found in Jesus. It is the light of the world.

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Being found worthy of the enemies attention.

Posted by appolus on July 29, 2018

Every great relationship with Jesus attracts the enemy. He cannot stand to see someone get close to Jesus and so he comes against that one. He has never learned, not ever, will that the more he comes against this one who has decided to follow Jesus no matter what, the more he drives him deeper into the heart of God. It must be an agonizing dilemma for the evil one, leave him or her alone and she will do great things for the Lord. Come against him/her and she will shine like the brightest star in the darkest sky, so much is the illumination that so many more will see and hear of the glories of God. Is the enemy at your heels today saint? has he come against you over and over again? Victory in Jesus, you have been counted worthy by the enemy as an enemy of his kingdom, you have been counted worthy to suffer for His name sake and you will be counted worthy to rule and to reign with Him throughout eternity. This is the word of God, anything else is the lies of the enemy. Sleep well saint, you are in good company.

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The saints are being called out of Babylon.

Posted by appolus on July 19, 2018

Hi saints. In my mind’s eye I can see the Holy City far and deep into a mighty desert.I know that in my flesh I would avoid deserts. The vision in my mind’s eye would, I suppose, be metaphorical for the narrow path that leads to life. It makes no sense to think that if I was seeking life that I would go seek it in the desert. Yet there it is, the church of God, surrounded by a mighty desert. There is no way to the heart of it but by striking out and heading deep into a place where my only resource, in fact life itself, will be God. If He does not go before me I will die, I will never get there. If He is not a cloud over my head then the sun will kill me. If He is not a fire by night then I will surely freeze to death. If He is not my rear guard, then the jackals and other predators of this hostile place will sneak up behind me and kill me. Righteous Lot was compelled to leave the city of comforts behind him and take up his dwelling place in a cave. This was too much for his wife whose heart belonged to the city where her comforts lay. How many of us would not look back when compelled to leave all that we know behind as our world descends into wickedness.

You see brothers and sisters, there is nothing attractive about the desert. It is not an alluring place, in fact quite the opposite. Now although Abraham did not dwell in a desert but I believe the choice that His nephew made is a good example of the choices that God is calling His people today to make. Lot chose the well watered places and planes of Sodom in which to dwell. Yes it was near a wicked city, but it was plentiful and life was easy there. Yet at what cost? Does the choices that we make have consequences? We may not lose our souls in the process but can it be that we would lose our walk , our intimate walk with Jesus because the cares of the world , the cares that inevitably come by living in proximity to Sodom, or being caught up in the systems of Babylon or remaining within a denomination or a church that has embraced the wickedness of the world that is was sent to seek and to save.

Now when we think about Moses and his forty years in the desert prior to the burning bush or indeed the children of Israels forty years in the desert or John the Baptist’s time in the wilderness and indeed Jesus’s symbolic forty days in the desert we begin to see a pattern. It defies the flesh to go into the desert to find life. Can there be life in the desert? Would we willingly choose to enter into a place where all flesh dies but for the Lord? Can we be drawn into a place where unless we encounter God Himself as we are stripped of all of our resources then we would surely die? God is raising up such a generation that will find abundant life in the desert. Who will find that water flows from Rock at the hand of God. That God Himself can make rivers in the desert. He can make a highway that leads to life.

Will you journey there? To journey anywhere you have to leave somewhere behind. What do you have to leave behind? Is there a desire in you to find God in such a deep way that He is life itself to you and that without Him you would surely die and have no desire to live? Can I encourage you today saints? God has made such glorious and mighty promises to those who hunger and thirst after Him with their “whole hearts.” God has made glorious promises to those who will seek Him with their whole hearts. Desert places? Yes. Yet a burning bush and some sand can and will be transformed into Holy ground, for where the Lord is, that is Holy. He is not to be found within the structures of man but He is found deep in the heart of the longing sacrificing heart. There are sacrifices to be made to come into this place. Do you desire to make such sacrifices to come into this place, for this is the place where vessels are filled with oil.

There is a generation of desert dwellers being raised, a generation of wilderness dwellers ready to rise up and come forth. A generation of saints who have counted the cost. A generation whose only desire is to seek Him with their whole hearts and His righteousness. A generation that shall be hated by the whole world. They will see the glory of their God. They will behold His glory and His majesty. And they will make declarations from that place. They will, like John the Baptist declare to the world ” Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world.” Yet, this generation also gets to declare “Behold the lion of Judah that rides on a white horse with a two-edged sword in His hand. He is coming, the King is coming! Lift up ye gates ye ancient cities and lift up ye doors for the King is coming and He is coming soon.”

This is the purpose of God’s remnant saints. We will make such a glorious noise of worship in the desert to our King. We will sing hallelujahs to His glory. Paul and Silas sang such praises in the midnight hour. Despite their scourges and stocks, despite their location in the depths of a dungeon they sang out the praises of their God. As they did, all of the prisoners listened in awe that men who should be most miserable were in fact encountering the glories of God. And suddenly the power of God fell to such an extent the whole building shook upon its foundations. Now imagine the whole world shaking upon its foundations saints! Shaking because the praises of the persecuted saints have caused the heaven to be rended, the skies to split open and the power and the glory and the presence of God to come down. The anointing of the anointed one will be upon us and the world will look into the desert, the prisons, the wilderness and hear a strange and glorious noise, a noise such as they have never heard before and a light that shines out of a place where no light and no life should exist, and they will be perplexed and be confounded.

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Come rejoice now oh my soul

Posted by appolus on July 13, 2018

There is a chorus from a hymn called Christ is mine forevermore that says …………

Come rejoice now oh my soul, for His love is my reward, fear is gone and hope is sure, Christ is mine forevermore. As a writer, it is one of those lines I would have loved to have written. So much said in those couple of lines. Come rejoice now oh my soul, for His love is my reward. I rejoiced this morning, with tears as I thought about how His love is my reward. His love is Calvary and my reward is eternity. How is it that the Lord suffered and died on the cross for one such as I, so unworthy, yet this was His love. And not only am I forgiven because of what He did on that cross, I am then rewarded with eternity. His love becomes my reward and yet He did it all and i was a mere sinner, how can my soul not rejoice! And so, what the Lord has cleansed you shall not call common. We have been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb and that which was common is now found to be worthy in the sight of our Father in heaven. Now saints, please take a moment today and ponder this, His love, Calvary, became your reward, eternity. Eternity saints, no matter what you are going through today or in this season of your life, will you come now and rejoice oh your soul, let your spirit rise up to the heavens and come before the throne with thanksgiving in your hearts that His love has become your reward. Get down on your knees and lift your hands to the glory of God and you will arise and not be weary, you will run and not faint and you will rise up with the wings of the eagle and soar in the heavens of His presence.

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Breaking the chains of insignificance.

Posted by appolus on June 30, 2018

In Scotland we have a phrase ” He’s not worth tuppence.” Tuppence meaning two penny’s. It does not get cheaper than that. Maybe my American friends would say “I wouldn’t give you a dime for him.” Whatever phrase you know or use, the meaning is clear, somebody or something is worthless. For a Christian to use this phrase about anyone would be horrible. To believe yourself or someone else to be worthless is to not understand the most basic principle of Christianity which is Joh 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” If you are known personally by God, If He knows every hair of your head, then how is it that you could ever imagine yourself insignificant? Is that not a lie from the pits of hell? How much evil and mischief has the enemy of your soul been able to achieve by simply convincing you that you have no worth and are insignificant?

How many arguments between a man and wife have occurred because of the tyranny of perceived insignificance and one does not feel “worth,” within the marriage? How many men and woman have committed adultery because of this? Sibling rivalry that can last a lifetime because one feels less worth than the other. And the ultimate tragedy, how many suicides have occurred because of this feeling , this lie,this lack of worth? What is the answer to this problem that goes deep into the heart of the psyche? How does one overcome the tragedy of insecurity and lack of worth? Of course there are  tens of thousands of books on this subject and it keeps psycho analysts in full-time employment around the world. Yet there is no cure in the natural world. It is the realm of the supernatural that we find our answer. Calvary. You see, God so loved you that He gave His only Son for you. Can you grasp it? I am going to suggest that it cannot be grasped by the natural mind. It has to be accepted, but more than that it has to be experienced. The knowledge of Calvary, and I use that word in the Biblical sense of “knowing,” is what transforms us. Joseph did not “know,” Mary until after Jesus was born. The word in that sense means an intimate physical encounter, intercourse. To “know,” God is something so much deeper than any relationship we could ever have with another human being and it comes by revelation and Inspiration by the Holy Spirit.

You can read the Gospel accounts of Calvary a thousand times and you may understand it in your head. Yet, if it never gets into your heart, the place of damage, you will remain babes in Christ and your road to wholeness and understanding of who you are in Christ will be blocked. Cry out to the Lord to give you a divine revelation of Calvary, of what it cost Jesus, of what it cost your heavenly Father, and then when you ” see” it you will know that you have worth, not based on humanism or self-esteem, but based on “Christ in you, the hope and glory.” Your worth comes from the fact that He knows you and that He loves you and that He died for you, it comes from nothing else. If you make this the foundation of your life, then you can begin to build something that will stand. He loves you and you are the apple of His eye, you must learn this, experience this and embrace this. When you do, you will begin to break the chains that bind you and become Christ like. It will affect every area of your life, every person in your life and you will begin to change the world around you. Do not let the tyranny of insignificance chain you down, you are a child of the Living God and He loves His children equally. You are more than a conqueror in Christ, you are mighty men and women of valor. You may not see it right now, but God sees it.

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Finding complete fulfillment in Jesus

Posted by appolus on June 22, 2018

The beauty of knowing Jesus is that when we keep our eyes on Him we take our eyes of our earthly situations. When we consider what He suffered it puts our own lives into context. When we have the joy of “knowing Him,” we realize that every thing we lack in this world we find in Jesus. We find love and joy and grace and consideration, we find that He loves us unconditionally and that He is faithful to us. The great error for many is that they look for satisfaction in another when all the time we fail to realize that we have everything that we need right there in the heart of our Father. Those who willingly suffer loss for His sake, for the sake of loving Him, for the sake of being obedient to Him and to His word, great is their reward in the world to come and great is the comfort found in this present world.

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The gates of Hell.

Posted by appolus on June 3, 2018

I have written several times in the past about the tactics of the Nazis in shutting down free speech through violence and intimidation. Anyone who did not toe the party line was targeted for assassination and that included communists and socialists, trade unions, Christians and of course Jews. Unless you walked in lockstep with their ideology you were outed and shamed then targeted for violence.

“In Berlin, under the leadership of Goebbels, so-called Rollkommandos were organized for the purpose of disrupting political meetings of all non-Nazi groups. These Roll kommandos were charged with interrupting, making noise, and unnerving the speaker. Finally the Nazis broke up meetings by Rollkommando raids. In many cases, fights resulted, during which furniture was destroyed and a number of persons hurt. The Nazis armed themselves with blackjacks, brass knuckles, rubber truncheons, walking sticks, and beer bottles.” (https://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/resource/document/DOCNAC8.htm)

You can see how the tactics of interrupting meetings with crowds and noise in an effort to intimidate the speaker was a mainstay of the Brown-shirts of the Nazi party. In an intolerant society that is heading towards totalitarianism, all opposition, any voice that does not hold to the group-think view must be silenced. The very first step in the march towards the breakdown of civilization as we know it is to end civil discourse . There can be no quarter given to any opposing views and those holding any opposing views must be demonized. Demonization is the first step on the road to dehumanization. It has been the favored tactics of terror down through the ages.

I would like to suggest that we have entered into the beginnings of such a time once again. We have, it seems, learned nothing from the past. Free speech is the cornerstone of Democracy and a free and civil society. A free and neutral press is another cornerstone. It is not good enough to a free press, that is only one side of the coin. Unless the press is neutral then we may see a thousand little Goebbels running cover for their political overlords.

“Arguments must therefore be crude, clear and forcible, and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the intellect. Truth is unimportant and entirely subordinate to tactics and psychology.”

Goebbels here is making the argument that sentiment and emotion are much more powerful than truth and of course he is correct. If you can brand someone a racist or an Islamaphobe or bigot and a hater, it matters not whether they are any of these things or not, just launch these words into the hot air of emotion and psychology and watch them take flight.

“This is the secret of propaganda: Those who are to be persuaded by it should be completely immersed in the ideas of the propaganda, without ever noticing that they are being immersed in it.” (Goebbels)

I would like to suggest to you that there is an immersing going on today.If one is to be immersed there must be deep waters or a flood. Today’s society in the west has been flooded by an extreme ideology. Those who do not conform to the ideals of this ideology will be publicly shamed, they will be “outed,” shouted down, intimidated, fired from their jobs, ridiculed and ruined such is the hatred that fills our atmosphere. A woman was questioned for a documentary on the rise of the Third Reich. She was asked how she managed to fall for and be so passionate about something so hateful and destructive. Her answer has stuck with me for decades and it haunts me. “There was something in the atmosphere and we all breathed it in.”

I would like to suggest that there is a poison in the atmosphere and the world at large is breathing it in. It is deliberately breathed in because it connects to the primal hatred that there is beating in the heart of man. A desire for revenge, a desire to see those we disagree with destroyed an inability to hear views that we disagree with. Each step of the downward spiral is volitional. We deliberately take each step as we descend slowly but surely ever deeper down to the gates of hell. And when we collectively arrive there, the gates are open and hell rushes forward and we are consumed.

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