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Walk through the door.

Posted by appolus on September 18, 2020

Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven:

A door opened in heaven!! What is this, what can it mean? If such a door existed and we had access to it should we not find it and walk through it? Just a few sentences earlier we hear about the door;Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.(Rev 3:20) There is, it seems, a door that we as children of God can open, and when that door is opened we can sit down with the Lord at His banqueting table, glory to God. Again a few sentences before that we hear Jesus say I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.(Rev 3:8)

This open door to glory, this door to heaven, this access to the throne room belongs to the child of God. The ability to come before the Father and bow down and cry out Abba uniquely belongs to the enduring overcoming child of the living God. No man can shut this door, no power on earth can shut this door, Satan himself cannot shut this door. It has been given by the hand of God to His child and no one can rob him of it.

This is the glories of walking with the Lord with an open heart, to walk in His presence and according to His ways. This is the promise of Jesus to His faithful followers, that no matter what happens, no matter how dark the hour , no matter how fierce the opposition, the saints can walk in the glories of God and have access to His throne and to His presence and that He would keep them from the hour of temptation.

Now that word keep is better translated guard. To the loving Church who does not deny the name of Jesus and keeps His word, He guards them from that hour of temptation that is coming upon the world. Temptation loses its power for those who draw near to Jesus. To draw near to Jesus we must have an open door in our hearts, our hearts must be open to His glories and then we shall have the power to stand fast and let no man steal our crown.

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Into the snare.

Posted by appolus on September 15, 2020

A skilled hunter has many tricks up his sleeve. One could call him crafty and devious, having the ability to get into the mind of that which he hunts and set many snares as he thinks necessary. There is often a carcass that has been torn to pieces but not yet fully consumed. The hunter knows that his prey will return to this carcass many times until is is consumed. Knowing this, he sets many traps around it.

He manipulates the landscape in an effort to funnel his prey in certain ways as to lead him right into the trap. The prey may smell danger and decide not to come to the carcass and go another way, the hunter knows this and has set many traps in order to maximize his potential of trapping the target. As long as the prey is anywhere near the carcass he is in great danger.

Do you have a rotting carcass in your life that you keep returning to and feeding from? It could be anything that is not of God. It could be bitterness, anger, hatred or unforgiveness. It could be sexual sin. Anything that is not of God and is a recurring theme in your mind or your life is a rotting carcass. The danger of course is that the hunter of your soul awaits your return. He has set snares and traps all around. Rotting carcasses also attract other wild animals. Now you may be fortunate for a time, but the hunter is very patient. While there is still meat on that carcass he knows that you will return, he knows where to wait for you.

Saints, we have to be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove. Lets say you do very well and avoid responding to someone or something in a manner that is not pleasing to the Lord. You have done well. If you then stumble into a secondary snare, such as bitterness or unforgiveness, then you have been trapped all the same. There are sins to flee from and there is a devil to resist.

Get rid of every carcass in you life, draw close to the Lord and He will draw close to you. Resist the devil. That word resist in the Greek means to stand against, to withstand, to stand your ground. Submit to God and His Word and stand your ground and you will endure, you will overcome, you will not be trapped by the enemy of your soul. There is a way of escape and a way of entrapment. Lets not aid the enemy of our souls.

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Jesus said.

Posted by appolus on September 14, 2020

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.(Joh 14:6)

There are many earth shattering moments when Jesus spoke. Moments and words that changed everything. This scripture is among the most profound truth ever written. This is why in the end of end days it will become the most infamous of all Scriptures. This will be banned and become illegal to share in our life time. It will be deemed as hate speech and once that occurs, almost all of what Jesus spoke will be considered detrimental to the spiritual health of the population at large. His words will then be cherry picked and the rest will simply not be spoken of.

Let us affirm this truth. Jesus is the only way to heaven and every other road leads directly to hell, whether that be the Islamic road or the Judaic road or the Hindu road or the Buddhist road. The only way to God is through His son Jesus. He is the way. And in the depths of that meaning we are shown that it is not good enough to say that you are His or that you believe in Him, there must be fruits of your salvation. We will know a saint by the way that he or she walks. In the days of the inquisitions, many saints were identified for persecution because it was said of then that they lived “exemplary,” lives.

This is the way of Christ. We live and we strive to live as He did and taught. The truth is the word of God. It is not open for debate among saints, starting with the above Scripture. Jesus is the Truth and Jesus is the word made flesh and we stand upon it, even with our very lives. It burns at the center of our souls, it is a fire in our bones and flames upon our lips. The truth spoken in love scorches a Godless earth. To the ungodly it is a fire that must be extinguished.

Finally He is the life and no man truly follows Him without having His life in Him. His life in us is joy and peace in the Holy Spirit. It is peace when all around us is turmoil. It is joy even in the depths of despair. It is love when we should hate. It is self control and meekness. It is a giving of ourselves and a crucified life. In all of this we are long suffering and the very least those around us will say is that we are good people. And so saint even in these ever darkening days let us stand upon the fundamental truth of our Lord and never waver even as the inevitable assaults come flooding in. He is true and let all men be liars.

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Sometimes I forget.

Posted by appolus on September 13, 2020

Sometimes I forget that I am a fighter. Every now and then the gross darkness comes in and I forget who I am for a moment, for a day, for a week. Then I remember. I look back and I remember. I remember battles. I remember being battered black and blue. I see the war torn terrain. I see the smoke and the mist and the darkness and I see the hand that reached down to me. From heaven itself. My God who rules supreme over every battle. My Lord Jesus, tried and true warrior who has rode through every battle and stood right there, back to back. I remember that and as I do the light comes flooding back. The darkness retreats. Don’t forget who you are today saint. Jesus has your back. In Him you are more than a conqueror. You will endure, you will prevail, you will overcome. Somebody need to hear that today. He sees you

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The weight of glory

Posted by appolus on September 11, 2020

He is the still small voice. His presence has weight, it’s the weight of His glory. The atmosphere of the earth is dominated by gravity, it holds all things down, yet this law does not apply to the Kingdom, it has its own gravity, its own weight. It is like the fabric of space. It appears to be just empty space between the planets and the stars, but it is not. It has substance and the planet weighs down the fabric of space it rests upon and this causes the light to bend.

The weight of the presence of God causes us to bend. Not only bend in our spirits but also causes the head to bow down. With fabric of His glory all around, the head bows low and hands are lifted by a rising tide of His glory. The seen being affected by the unseen and in that space, in that atmosphere we are stilled. And in that stillness, in the throes of His glory, we are completely surrendered to it. We find perfect peace and a realm where there are no impossibilities. All things are possible here. A place of pure joy awash with a river of tears. The manifest presence of God.

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In Him

Posted by appolus on September 9, 2020

Act 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being.

The Lord is the very source of our lives. We breathe because He first breathed life into us. The very essence of our lives , our existence, depended upon and depends upon God, whether men know this or not. He holds it all together. Not only is He the creator but He is the very fabric of all that exists. We move because He created these bodies and we think because God created our minds. This is the universal truth of all men whether they care to acknowledge it or not.

Now the twice born man is very different from the once born man. He no longer lives, in the sense that he merely exists. It is now Christ that lives in Him. He is a new creation in Christ and is a son of the living God. The Father and the Son have taken up residence in Him by the power of the Holy Spirit. So his life is now supernatural. Yes he exists, he lives, but its no longer he but Christ in him. This body of the saint that was once only a vehicle for the soul of man, is now the residence of the most High God. The life that he now lives is maintained and sustained by faith.

To move in God is to walk in the manifest presence of the Lord. In the natural, to move means to go from one place to another. In the supernatural, to move in God is to draw deeper into the heart of the Father. And from that place comes power, and so we can move in the power of God. We can move in the love of God. We can move in forgiveness and grace and discernment. Like the natural man, when the spiritual man moves, he is moving from one place to another. It is part of his spiritual journey home, from precept to precept. Ever closer, ever deeper.

Our being is our very existence. Every human being exists in time and space. Yet the man or woman who is born again now exists not only in time and space, but in the Kingdom of God that was and is and is to come. When we have our being in Him by virtue of the new birth we live and move and have our being in the Kingdom of God. We breathe rarified air. Our atmosphere is different from the rest of humanity. We breath in the poison of the world and we breath out life. In the place of darkness we bring life from the light of God like spiritual photosynthesis.

Brothers and sister, let us reckon this to be so as we live and move in this world. Know who you are and know your place in this world. You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Pet 2:9)

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Can you hear the silence?

Posted by appolus on September 8, 2020

Can you hear the silence? It calls to me from the mountains and it calls to me from the valleys. From the great plains to the vast forests the silence calls to me. Come away from the noise. Are you drowning in the noise? In the silence my soul longs to rejoice. Lift me to higher ground Lord, take me up, away from the noise that everyday grows louder and louder. Everywhere I turn the noise assaults my soul. In the golden shades of glory that surrounds your majesty there is such a stillness that touches my stormy heart. The sirens call with such a din, calling us onto the rocks and disturbing our peace within. May the silence take me to the Rock that is Higher than I. May my weary soul find wings and may I fly to the glory that is you. Can you hear the silence? Is it calling to you too? Listen, listen, can you hear the still small voice.”Come away with me.”

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To know.

Posted by appolus on September 7, 2020

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith, what an incredible word. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. Think about that for a moment. Things hoped for has no substance in this material world. Yet it forms the foundation upon which we stand. It exists in a realm we cannot see. Yet in the depths of our heart and the heights of our spirit we know it to be true. By this understanding we know that the Word of God Himself framed this world and every star in the night sky. The things that are seen was not made by what can be seen. It is only by faith that this can be known.

Faith is the evidence of things not seen. Think about that for a moment. It is a totally otherworldly statement. In this material world in which we dwell, evidence consists entirely of things seen. Yet in the Kingdom of God and the hearts of men, the evidence of things unseen is the entire basis for our existence. We believe in the unseen world. We believe in the unseen God. We believe in the unseen heaven and we also believe in an unseen hell.

This knowing that has been given to us, is the evidence of the things to come. The evidence of things not seen, that sentence absolutely runs counter to everything man is and knows. There in enmity between the heads of men and the hearts of the saints and never the twain can meet. There is a vast gulf between the two and it is impassable. The man who follows his head can only believe in what he can see. He will say “show me.” The man who follows the dictates of his heart and the leading of the Spirit will simply say, “I believe.”

Only by knowing God can these truths be known. It is in this realm of the knowing that we exist as saints. We walk in that realm. This is walking in the Spirit. We know what cannot be known. We know beyond the knowledge of man. There is an old song called “He lives.” The chorus goes like this…..He lives , He lives, Christ Jesus lives today He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way He lives , He lives , salvation to impart, You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

Ask me how I know He lives. You see He lives inside of me. He walks with me as the old song says. He talks with me. Faith may be the evidence of things unseen by this world but I have saw the Lord high and lifted up. I have knelt before the throne of God and all His glory filled the temple and it filled my heart and it filled my very soul. I have sat at His feel and He has taught me. I have cried out in the night watches and He has wiped away my tears. I was dead in the valley of dry bones and He raised me up. He gave me a new heart and He breathed His very life into me.

Yes, I trust Him and my hope is in Him but my hope is not like the hope of this world. My very hope has substance even although you cannot see it. My hope is Christ Himself, the Christ that dwells within my heart. The Christ that raised me from the dead. The Christ who whispers in my ear. The Christ that conquered every fear. The Christ who showed me how to die and the Christ who taught me how to fly. He is my sunrise in the morning and He is the sunset of my life. The beginning and the end and everything in between.

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Shame and fear.

Posted by appolus on August 22, 2020

Shame is the shadow that follows us. A dark specter from our past, a half life of an incident or multiple incidents all seemingly running together as one. It speaks to you and pretends to be something of a friend, something that promises to keep the secret, it warns you to keep the secret. It demands that you stay in the shadows, in the hiding places. It draws you into a melancholy world, a place of shadows and quicksand, a world that keeps you in the darkness.

Then there is the light, the light of Christ, and with that light comes transparency and vulnerability, the deadliest enemies of the ever burning embers of fear and shame. Living waters poured upon burning coals. Light that floods the darkness and illuminates every dark part of what helped to form us, or deform us. The light of Christ shone into the deepest recesses of our souls and dispels the darkness and renews us.

We are renewed, brand new creatures in Christ. The mud and the muck falls from us as He lifts us up from the bottom of the bottomless pit and sets our feet down on level ground. No longer to stumble around in the dimness that passed for light, but to stand steady in the light of Christ. Grave clothes removed after rising from the dead and walking out of the darkness at His call. Can you hear Him calling us to come forth?

The stone of sin and shame that kept us captive in the grave is rolled away and the light of God penetrates deep into the darkness and delivers us. Only in Him, only in Jesus. He came to set the captives free. He came to set at liberty the crushed and the bruised and the broken. He came to take them out of the darkness into His marvelous light that they may recover their sight.

For so many, the bars of their cell, the closed door, does not represent confinement but containment. In Jesus we are neither confined nor contained, we are set free. But it is one thing to cross the river Jordan, it quite another thing to possess the promised land. The high walls of Jericho have to come down if we are to progress deeper and deeper into the promises of God. Coming to Jesus is not the end of the journey, its the beginning. The cell door being opened is the beginning. What a tragedy it would be if the cell door was opened yet we never walked on through the door, rather we felt safer within the confines and constraints of what we knew.

It would also be a tragedy if, after being delivered from Egypt, the Israelites continually wandered in the desert, too afraid to cross over into and possess the promised land because “there are giants in there.” Giants have to be engaged and defeated by the power of God if we are to take full possession of what He has for us. Walls have to come down if we are to continue the journey. What are your giants? What great walls are keeping you from taking possession of what God has for you?

In the Lord, by obedience and trust and action, we are more than conquerors. In Him we conquer fear. In Him we conquer shame. In Jesus the walls will come down. By the power of His love and the Holy Spirit death has lost its victory and the grave has lost its sting and His perfect love casts out all fear. We overcome because He overcame. We endure because He endured the cross. We are a victorious people because Jesus was victorious over hell and sin and the grave. He arose that we might arise. Arise in new birth to a new dawn that we might sing the glories of our risen Saviour. Arise today in the power of His might and slay those giants. It is your calling.

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Just give me strength to climb.

Posted by appolus on August 21, 2020

There is an old hymn that goes something like this “Lord dont move the mountain just give me strength to climb.” I love that . I truly love that. So often in our beds of ease our cry would be “Lord remove the mountain.” Yet when He gives us the strength to climb we are at the same time plummeting the depths of His love, the depths of His glory, the depths of who He is. The narrow road that we find ourselves on requires from us things we could never do. It constantly takes us to the end of ourselves. And at the end of ourselves is where Jesus really begins to do a deep work in our lives.

Along the way we come to mountain ranges that are impassable. “Lord, help me get over. Lord if you dont help me my journey stops here.” And He says to us “put one foot in front of the other and I will take you over.” Further along the way we come to a raging river and we realize that it is impossible to get over. The Lord says to us “just put one foot in the river and I will take you over.’

One impossible mountain at a time. One raging river at a time. An ocean to cross and deep valleys to traverse and every step of the way we understand more and more about our limitations. Our self confidence diminishes. In fact everything about self diminishes. We understand that without Jesus we could do nothing. Without the Spirit of the Living God we could do nothing. He picks us up, He wipes our tears, He strengthens us when we are weak. He gives us hope when all seems bleak. He leads the way when I am lost, He lifts my eyes up to the cross. He fills me when I am depleted, He gives me vision to see Him seated, High above and on His throne and tells me that I’m not alone.

And when I near the end of this journey, so much of my flesh has been stripped away. Any confidence that I may once have had in myself is long since gone. Somehow I have decreased and He has increased. Every high mountain and wide river, every trial, every temptation, every persecution has drawn me closer to the one that I love. I have an ever deepening knowledge and assurance of His faithfulness. So Lord my God, carry me over the mountains, take me across the sea, that I would draw ever closer unto thee. Until only ever before my eyes is your presence and your glory and the realm of the impossible made possible. Do not remove my mountains Lord, just give me strength to climb.

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The emerging saint

Posted by appolus on July 1, 2020

Joh 11:43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

“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.” 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

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 a saint such as this. Don’t let the enemy fool you or lie to you. You are God’s 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. He has not finished with you but He is faithful and true to complete that 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 witnesses 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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beware

Posted by appolus on June 19, 2020

1Co 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

I have a GPS system in my car. I simply put in the address and follow the blue line and I inevitably end up at my destination. Yet even with this system in place you can take wrong turns and the system will automatically “recalculate,” and give you new directions to get you back on track. This almost always involves “taking the next exit,” or doing a “legal u-turn when possible.” Sometimes when you take the wrong road but it runs near to or initially parallel with the correct road, the system still believes you to be on the right road.

As the wrong road slowly veers away from the correct road, the system at some point finally figures it out and re-directs you. Much of Christendom has taken the wrong road. Initially it runs almost parallel to the correct road and, without discernment it is almost impossible to know that you are on the wrong path. Most will simply plow ahead down the road they are directed and it’s at a point of getting lost that the person realizes that they have went astray.

When Amelia Earhart attempted her epic flight, it is reckoned that she only had to be a tiny fraction off in her calculations to miss the Island that was in the middle of the vast Pacific ocean, by hundreds of miles. To continue flying and being slightly of course, would take her ever further away from her destination. Today, Christendom is moving further and further away from its destination.

When the destination ceases to be God Himself, and the destination becomes something other than His presence, His Tabernacle, His alter, His throne room, then we simply get further and further away from Him and the narrow path that leads to Him. Only by getting off at the “next exit,” or doing a “legal u-turn” can we get back on the narrow path. The address, the destination itself must always be God Himself. Are you headed in that direction, is that what is plugged into your spirit, is He alone your destination?

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I saw a great multitude

Posted by appolus on June 15, 2020

Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

There may be many Christians alone in this world or feeling isolated. Yet, there is coming a day when all brothers and sisters, as children of the living God, will gather around the throne. There will be millions, perhaps tens of millions from every tribe and every tongue and every nation on earth. As far as the eye can see they will stretch out and with one voice they will sing of the glories of their God. And if we could shut our eyes and imagine the wheat fields of Kansas that stretch for endless miles in every direction, then one can begin to imagine that day when we gather around the throne, swaying as the wind of the Holy Spirit moves through us, individual yet as one. One Body, enraptured in the unadulterated presence of the Living God and continually praising Him. The trials and tribulations of this world at an end.

Every tear wiped away. No more sin, no more death, no more separation, only the glorious light that emanates from the throne itself.Yes, even in the very depths of our trials, we can call upon that name, the name of Jesus, the name that is above every name. The name by which everything must bow. Darkness becomes light in the name of Jesus. Hopelessness becomes hope in the presence of the Lord. Bitterness becomes forgiveness, strife becomes peace, captivity becomes freedom…..2Co 3:17 And the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Freedom to praise Him. And all of this because of Calvary. The way has been made. The gulf has been spanned. Our vision is ultimately an eternal vision. Look again, the endless miles of wheat, each stock moving and swaying in the wind like billows on the sea, are actually saints around the throne. Moving as one as the wind of the Spirit moves in and through us. One in mind and spirit praising the Living God with all the host of heaven. They cried “Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.”

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He believed in hope

Posted by appolus on June 3, 2020

Rom 4:18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

In this particular case we see that Abraham and his wife are well beyond the age of bearing a child. Sarah’s womb was dead, it could carry no life. And so in life we oftentimes run into situations that defies hope, that stands diametrically opposed to hope. All the evidence of the rational world and the finest expert opinions dash any worldly hope upon the rocks of hopelessness and despair. Yet brothers and sisters, it is a glorious thing to remember that our hope is not the hope of the world. Our hope is founded upon our God and His word, His promises. His word is not broken, His promises cannot be broken. And it is this hope that is a wellspring of joy and peace and love and a sound mind.

Abraham, the father of faith believed God and life sprang forth from death. Now from the first promise until the fulfillment it took 25 years. Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 when Issac was conceived. This defied all the evidence of the rational world. In the world Abraham would have had no hope, in the world we too would have no hope, yet praise God we may be in the world but not off it. We walk according to the Spirit of God, we stand upon the Word of God, we believe in the promises of God and we walk in the Kingdom of God. This kingdom is and always has been a place of miracles and a wellspring of hope.

The birth of Issac is the birth of a nation. It is this line that would bring forth Jesus, the seed that would bless all the nations of the world. It sprang forth from the impossible which is the realm of the miraculous. This realm has a throne and upon that throne sits our heavenly Father. Can hope come forth from hopelessness? Yes indeed, just as Jesus came forth from His heavenly realm and stepped into our world, then sight can come forth from blindness, joy can come forth from despair and Lazarus can come forth from the grave. He is my blessed hope, all other ground in sinking sand.

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The only heavenly melody

Posted by appolus on May 23, 2020

When God ordained the casting of lots for the ministry of song in the house of the Lord, He made no distinction between the “small and the great” or between the “teacher and the scholar.” So does God harmonize the expression of the living Christ in the house of God. He , that master musician, knows how to strike the chords of many hearts as they assemble together to behold the beauty of the Lord. And with the striking of the chords in hearts that are in tune with Him, whether they be great or small, whether they be teacher or scholar. One sound is heard in the congregation of the Lord, as it was in the early days of the ministry of song of Solomon’s temple. (see 2 Chron 5:13) The harmonious strains of the Lord will find a response in the heart of God’s people no matter what instrument may be used;and many voices will blend together as they are orchestrated by the Holy Spirit to magnify and to glorify the Lord Jesus in our midst.

Our modern musicians in the church are masters at this, as far as their musical talent is concerned. But we are not talking about that. For the musical instruments in the Temple were themselves but types of the people of God, who are fined tunes by the Holy Spirit and who become very sensitive to the fingers of God as He plays upon the strings of their heart and causes them to show forth in the congregation of the Lord some aspect of the glory of Christ for which the Spirit has tuned them true to His own heart, and set them in the Body as “members in particular.” Would to God that His people would have the same diligence to be tuned into God and His truth, as they are to have their musical instruments tuned to the sensitive ears of the musician. Then we would have a vital expression of the Body of Christ in the earth, showing forth the praises of the Lord.

Without that expression of Christ in our midst, our musical renditions become mere entertainment, and serve only to soothe the hearts of God’s people, rather than to pierce them with the sword of the Spirit. Without this expression of Christ in our midst , the beautiful music must sound like clanging symbols or like sounding brass in the ears of the Lord. And the heart that is soothed by the beautiful music of the minstrel will soon be lulled to sleep, rather than awakened to hear the clear, pure Word of the Lord. I fear it is happening in our churches, as happened in the days of the prophet. (George Warnock)

Can you see what George is saying? And bear in mind this was written in 1989. The congregation, the gathered, the called out ones are, in themselves a set of instruments. Each a vital part of the assembly and without such there is no genuine praise and worship. All there would be would be is professional music and a professional speaker. The true instruments would remain silent. And the one who fine tunes each and every one of these instruments would be devastated to see that they were all shelved. The people would hear beautiful music that would lull them to sleep and forget that they had been shelved and God would simply hear a noise, clanging symbols and sounding brass. Only as the full orchestra plays, conducted by the Holy Spirit Himself, can the hearts be pierced rather than be dulled and lulled into a state of slow death. For the melody to rise to heaven itself all instruments must be engaged. This is the Body, all moving together, conducted by majesty and producing a magnificent holy sound that brings down the weight of heaven’s glory….. bro Frank

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Rooted and grounded

Posted by appolus on May 18, 2020

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph 3:17-19)

There is 250,000 miles to the moon and 93 million miles to the sun. There is just under 6 trillion miles in a light year. Apparently the nearest star in our solar system is Proxima Centuri at just over 4 light years away, which would make it 24 trillion miles away. The furthest known galaxy from here is 14 billion light years away, that’s 14 billion times 6 trillion. That number boggles the mind. Despite the immensity of that scale, none of that contains God, He contains all of that and holds it in the psalm of His hand . And the amazing thing is that this immense God has deemed to make Himself known to us. When the Scripture says that eye hath not seen nor ear heard nor has it entered into the hearts of man what God has prepared for those who know Him, then this is totally mind blowing.

Brothers and sisters, we can know that which surpasses knowledge and be filled with the fullness of a God who is immense beyond our capability to even imagine. This is no mere theology, no wistful dreamings, this is the reality of the saints. Men have stood on the top of Everest and saw the curvature of the earth and gasped. Men have stood on the moon, looked back at the beauty of the earth and gasped. But the man who has stood upon the horizon of eternity and glimpsed the majesty and immensity of God, his gasp is the sound of him being ruined for this life.

There has been a fragrant army which has walked the earth in the last 2000 years, and everyone of them has stood upon the horizon of eternity and gazed with wide open spiritual eyes at the glory and the majesty of a God that has filled them. They long, with the Apostle Paul, to be with their Lord. It burns at the center of who they are, it consumes them and drives them on down the narrow path of life. Even when they walk through the darkest valleys, even when they are beset with trials and tribulations, even with the weight of their cross bearing down on them, they remember that horizon, that glory, that majesty that immensity, that place where words have no meaning. They lift their eyes to the glory of the Living God and cry out that they are coming home soon, that every trial is another step closer to home.

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When darkness rules

Posted by appolus on April 10, 2020

The darkest moment in history can be found in Matt 27:45-46. We are told that from the sixth hour to the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. Jesus was not unaffected by this. In fact towards the very end of this supernatural darkness, when hell seemed to rule over the earth and all seemed lost as our precious Lord and Saviour is dying on the Cross, from the very depths of His soul, and oh the depths there was He cries “My God , My God, why has thou forsaken me.” Ponder that just for a moment…………Hell seems to be victorious. All seems lost. Every saint I believe will go through something of that in their lives at some point. And every saint that is called to be the generation that is alive at the coming of Jesus will experience the gross darkness of hell and seeming defeat.

In Exodus 10:21 we are told that the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. Imagine that brothers and sisters, a darkness that can be felt. A darkness that touches you to the depths of your very soul, so much so that it can be “felt.” Imagine living through that. Yet in the very depths of such a darkness we read in verse 23 that they saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. So dark that they could not see one another, for three days, symbolic of the three hours of gross darkness on the cross, yet, praise the Lord God in heaven the children of Israel had “light in their dwellings.”

Jesus is the light in our darkness. We are His dwelling place and His light in us is the light to the world in the midst of gross darkness. We hold this light, we hold this treasure in broken vessels. He was broken for us on the cross so that we may have light in the darkness. Before that scene is over He cries out in Luke 23:46 Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Now brothers and sisters we are told that He cried this out with a loud voice. With a loud voice and a cry from the same depths of His soul he commits everything to His Father.

Have you ever cried out to God from the depths of your soul? I believe every genuine saint has and will. When we are surrounded by gross darkness, even a darkness that can be felt then the light that shines from the depths of our dwelling, this tent in which we dwell, shall be seen by a lost and dying world which is literally drowning in darkness. We hold out hope to them for we ourselves have been plucked from the ravages of such gross darkness. The key to our lives and the delivery from such darkness is to shout out loud to our Father in heaven that we commit our hearts and our minds and our souls and our very spirit to Him. And from the midst of that commitment, light penetrates and overcomes the darkness.

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The goodness and the severity of our God

Posted by appolus on March 30, 2020

A higher view of God. Before all the churches shut down, do you think that the vast majority of them had a high view of the Living God? Do you believe that in the vast majority of our assemblies that the God of Isaiah and the God of Ezekiel and the God of John the revelator was being worshiped? Did we consider His majesty? Did we consider the goodness and the severity of God? Was the God who did not spare His Son, who saw His Son crushed and broken in body and tortured and killed, worshiped? Did we only worship the goodness of God, did we even worship the goodness of God. Was a lot of it routine? Is there anything routine about God and His presence? Does the hand of the sovereign God rule and reign?

Is it actually possible to come into the presence of God without trembling? Have you read of many encounters in the Scriptures where men encountered God or the angel of the Lord and not fallen flat on their faces? To encounter glory, to have the high view, to see Him high and lifted up. To see His magnificence, to weep openly in the presence of such beauty and such purity, was there anything like this in your last visit to church before all the churches of the world were shut down. For just one single moment, do you suppose that might have something to do with our present position? Most of us now have the time to ponder on that. Can I ask you, can you go back, will you go back to business as usual? Oh Lord help us for what comes after this if we simply go back to business as usual. I tell you brothers and sisters, we are going to need to know Him in the fashion that I have described above if we are to stand in a world hurtling towards the ultimate encounter with the Lord our God.

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Take up the cross

Posted by appolus on March 16, 2020

Mat 16:24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 

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 his flesh be that he has a vision in the midst of being stoned by his countrymen? And brother Stephen was taken home loving those who bore the stones.

Would I respond in such a manner?? 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? This is the deeper life brothers and sisters. This is the counter-culture. This is the way of the cross.This is the narrow path. Can 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 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.

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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The perfect place to hide

Posted by appolus on March 14, 2020

The perfect place to hide

I grasp the hand that beckons me
The nail pierced hand of Calvary
That reaches down through fire and flood
Tis covered by His precious blood

Despite His pain He rescued me
From burning fires and a stormy sea
His hand my only hope tonight
I hold it still, He holds it tight

And by the power of His righteous arm
He keeps me safe from every harm
And this is where I shall be found
On Christ my Rock my solid ground

Now I shall dwell in the secret place
Before your throne and before your face
And the terrors by night and the arrows by day
In your presence, like wax, shall melt away

On solid ground we stand or fall
He surrounds my heart with a fiery wall
And I am perfectly safe inside
His love is the perfect place to hide

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