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We have become strangers

Posted by appolus on July 23, 2017

When we severed our ties with the fatherland, we became not only strangers among strangers, but we were cut of from our own nation and became strangers to our own people. Our pulse no longer throbs in the rhythm with the hearts of our kindred. We have become strangers;strangers to those we left and strangers to those we came to….Let me repeat:We have become outsiders to the people we left, and we have become outsiders among the people to whom we came. Thus we have ceased to be a harmonious part of a greater whole;we have become something apart,something torn loose, without any organic connections either here in America or over in Norway….In short, we have become rootless. (Ole E Rolvaag, The third life of Per Smervik)

I read this recently and it really jumped out at me. As an immigrant it speaks to me and describes richly what I have felt. Having left Scotland and come to America I no longer belonged anywhere. In America I, with my accent, will always be a foreigner and thus not truly American, not American born and bred. And as someone who left the old country behind then I have become a stranger to the people in the land of my birth. It can be deeply impactful and disorienting to live in this state of rootlessness. It has deeply pained me at various times in my life. Yet, in all of this, there has been an anchor for my soul. Having been born again into the Kingdom of God and having become a stranger to this world I realize that my experience is a deeply biblical one. Time and time again we are told in the Scriptures that we are pilgrims an sojourners, strangers and aliens and exiles in this present world. “But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.” (Heb 11:16)

The desire of almost every man or women who left all that they have known behind and struck out into the great unknown was the desire for a “better country,” a better way of life, better prospects a future for their children. I felt that deeply myself in coming to America. Now, prior to coming to Jesus I was deeply disturbed by who I was. There was a great desire in me to find peace from the raging storm, to find holiness from a life of sin, to be a better man, actually to be a man period. I was looking for the “better country,” of life itself. I found that and I was born again into a kingdom that was not of this world and became an altogether stranger. Now not only estranged from Scotland and a stranger in America, now I had become a stranger to this whole world. A world where I would never belong, a world in which I had become an exile, an alien, a sojourner, a pilgrim merely passing through belonging to no where in this world but belonging, by virtue of my new birth, to a land that was and is and is to come. Yet, glory to God, now I was no longer rootless. I was no stranger to my fellow strangers, to my fellow pilgrims. I now belonged to them with ties that ran to the depths of my very soul. So to my fellow pilgrims and sojourners I say lift up your heads and take one more step, for every step leads us one step closer to where we have never been yet have always belonged.

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Humility has a tremendous power.

Posted by appolus on July 23, 2017

Phi 2:5 For let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

And so, Jesus, being found in the likeness of man, humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. How many of us know that when a friend or a family member is dying, or seriously ill, then we come to them and comfort them? There are doctors and nurses to ease the pain and to try and help. In the spiritual realm, when we are called to die, there is no such comfort. And yet we try and minimize the pain. We call on friends and loved ones for help, which they often try to do. We want to die nice comfortable deaths to the flesh. If we could choose, we would choose to “die in our sleeps.” A nice clean death, yet there is no such thing in the spiritual.

No, in the midst of dying to ourselves we are called to life, spiritual life. In the seemingly endless paradoxes between life in the spirit and our life on this earth we are called to have the mind of Christ and have the life of Christ in us. It is in the midst of dying to ourselves that we find the hidden treasures of life in the Spirit. This is life, this is the crucified life and we find it as we humble ourselves and take on the form of a servant and walk in obedience to our heavenly calling.

Humility has a tremendous power. The less that we think of ourselves, the more impactful we become in this world. The higher a platform we erect for ourselves the higher and greater the impact of the fall. When we stay low and humble and put others before ourselves, when we think more highly of others than we do of ourselves we are insulating ourselves to a great degree from the troubles of the world. The Scriptures tell us to “humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will raise you up.” This is a universal principal. Can you even begin to imagine what this world would be like if those who dwell in the corridors of power would follow these dictate from God?

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Will you roll the stone away?

Posted by appolus on July 21, 2017

Psalm 51: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me completely from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I confess my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done evil in your sight; that you might be justified when you speak, and be clear when you judge……………Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

So we see that the principals of submission and surrender leads to humility by David. He identifies this truth “You desire truth in the inward parts.” And also “Cast me not away from your presence oh Lord and take not your Holy Spirit from me.” Let me ask you this day, do you feel “cast away,” from His presence? Does it feel like the Holy Spirit has been taken from you? Let me ask this question also, do you have “truth in the inward parts?” What is it that is keeping you from an intimate relationship with the Lord or being restored to an intimate relationship with the Lord? Whatever it is, is it worth it?

Martha says to Jesus after her brother died “If you had only been here my brother would not have died.” To this Jesus gives Martha a great revelation “I am the Resurrection and the Life! He who believes in me, though he die, yet he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this? ”

Jesus asks Martha to confirm that she believe this. When Mary finally comes and makes the same accusation to Jesus, at His feet, a familiar place to her, Jesus says nothing but “He weeps.” How sad for the Lord that even those closest to Him, those who loved Him with such depth, could , in effect, accuse Him of not caring.

Have you ever made a similar accusation to Jesus? I know I have, oh precious Lord forgive me. May all the tears I shed at your feet be tears of love and devotion and faith, may it always be so Lord. If we truly believe in the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and the lover of our souls should we not refrain from putting that which is most precious to us behind a great stone.

Have we locked away that most intimate part of us? Has that what is most precious to us, and most precious to our Lord, been buried behind a great stone of disappointment or sin? Has the garden of our hearts, the most intimate place, become a grave, a place of death and darkness? Have we robed ourselves in death clothes? Have we covered up painful unrealized expectations in layers of flesh, in layers of death?

Jesus commands that the stone be rolled away! He further commands that we come forth in life. He speaks to death, just as He spoke to the storm, and He rebukes it. Death, where is your victory? Can you resist the word of the Lord? You cannot! So brothers and sisters, if physical death cannot resist the word of the Lord, how much less the spiritual dark place that you have possibly retreated to? Even darkness becomes light to our Lord.

Today, if you find yourself in a dark place behind a great stone, know that it is a place of death. Yet, know this, the Word of God calls you to come forth out of darkness into His marvelous light. Can you hear the Lord call you today? Listen, He is calling. He loves you. He has wept over you. He died for you. And if He died for you while you were yet in your sin, if He loved you that much, how much more now? Choose to believe it this day and reject the lie that He does not care. Reject everything that would keep you from coming forth whether that be sin or a cold heart. Do that today and He will restore unto you the joy of your salvation and He will renew a right spirit within you.

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My butterfly wings.

Posted by appolus on July 15, 2017

There is something about the butterfly
That once was tethered to earth
Suddenly released from its shackles
To fly in the heavens and serve

No longer bound by its original state
Gazing at the sky and having to wait
Now to fly in the heavens without limit
Ever closer to God with each passing minute

I too was bound by earthly limitations
No spiritual thoughts nor heavenly expectations
Just trudging along and playing the game
Knowing that yesterday, today and tomorrow’d be the same

I could not see beyond my earthly horizon
Nothing in my life that was even surprising
I knew all too well of my limitations
I was shackled and bolted to my earthly foundations

Then along came my King and set my soul free
He gave me my wings and eyes that could see
And a heart that knew I was no longer bound
So I flapped my wings and my feet left the ground

And now I soar in the heavens above
Lifted higher and higher in the updrafts of Love
No longer mindful of my earthly things
Just praising my Lord for my butterfly wings.

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Who Jesus is.

Posted by appolus on July 15, 2017

John 1:4 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

All the sins of the world would be laid upon Him. And in the darkest moment of history, one that cannot be imagined, the Father turned His head and looked away. The full horror of hell, now visited upon the one who was one with the Father, and He would suffer our punishment in our place. And in the most agonizing cry ever uttered, Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me.” Only when one comes before God for judgment, and then cast away from His presence, will that one even begin to imagine the horror Jesus suffered for each and every one of us.

The Character of Jesus is higher than the highest heavens. His love and compassion and mercy and obedience are beyond what our feeble minds can comprehend. And since we can only compare with what we know, we can say with full assurance, and still fall pitifully short, that our Saviors love would render the deepest ocean to but a single tear from the Masters eye. The sun that blazes brilliantly in the sky, but a spark compared to our Lords burning passion. The universe and all others combined, smaller than the smallest chamber of His heart.

This is the God we serve; this is the Jesus of the Gospels; this is Jesus, God amongst us: He is the Bread of Life, The True vine, the Good shepherd, the Light of the World, He is the way, the Truth and the Life, The Gate for the sheep, Yahweh, He is our Victorious Champion, He is Master and Lord, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He is the Resurrection and the Life, the Lamb of God, He is worthy to be praised, the Hope of mankind, He is every breath that I take, Mighty councilor, the Almighty, The Christ, My Savior, The Anointed One, The Prince of Peace, The Alpha and the Omega, The Beginning and the End.

He is the Author and the Finisher of our faith, the Messiah, The Potter, The Comforter, The Conqueror, Creator, Ancient of Days, The Living Water, Majestic, Omnipotent, The King Eternal, He is the Everlasting Father, The Exalted One, He is faithful and True, A Father to the fatherless, this Fire that burns within, He is my Rock and my Fortress, The Foundation of the world, The Fountain of Life, The God that Healeth thee, He is Higher than the highest heavens, Incorruptible, Infallible, My Keeper, The Lion of Judah, My Righteousness, My Strength, Merciful, He is the mighty One of Israel. He is Perfect…………….He is the Lord my God and He is one God. I shall love the Lord my God with all of heart. I shall praise the Lord my God with all of my soul………….Let Jesus be praised! He is all these things and so much more. But most importantly, He is alive!

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Will you be deceived?

Posted by appolus on July 14, 2017

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.(Gal 6:7-8)

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
(1Co 6:9-10)

You see the pattern , there is a great propensity to be deceived. We can overly spiritualize the scriptures when it comes to speaking of not battling against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers. We must remember that the forces of spiritual wickedness uses flesh and blood to come against the saints. Does that mean that the saints should war against them physically? No, of course not. Our battle uses something much more powerful that the weapons or the might of this world.

The weapon that we wield is the truth spoken in righteousness and love. It is a devastating weapon saints. It cuts to the heart, indeed it stabs the heart of the hearers either for good of for ill. It never leaves the hearers unaffected. Peter, using this weapon preached by the power of the Holy Spirit and thousands were saved, Stephen uses the same weapon and was endued with the same power and the fell on him and killed him

A great lie has invaded Christendom. Right has become wrong. A gross darkness has come in and it of course it is a divider. For what fellowship has light with darkness ? Can salt water flow from a fresh mountain river? Can both sides be right and fellowship side by side? No, it is an impossibility. Church after church, denomination after denomination must decide and must take a stand. Two feet must be firmly established on the solid ground of Truth. One foot cannot be in one camp and one in another.

The next great lie to come, and mark my words once the gay issue is settled in the denominations, it will come, is, that there are many paths to heaven. So sister the battle ground in our time and really it has been the battle ground in every generation, is the Truth. Will we stand in the evil day upon the foundation of Christ which is the Way the Truth and the life.

These issues, in my opinion, are designed to aggravate and perpetuate the great falling away sister. Maybe you will have to leave something that you have belonged to all of your life? Maybe your parents and your grandparents went there as well? The question in the end for all of us will be ” how important is the truth?” Is it more important than your church, your family, your community, your desire to love and get along with people, your standing in your own circle of influence, your job, your career, in short, everything.

Those who will follow the narrow path that leads to life will discover that the path is paved with truth. And the foundation of the narrow path is love. When we speak the truth in love then hell shakes. It will not be apathetic to you, it will come against you. This is the battle ground sister. Put on the full armor and stand fast because the enemy knows his time is short.

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He lives in a High and Holy place

Posted by appolus on July 14, 2017

Confess your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16

In this modern day world of Christianity, great swaths of Christendom pray for healings. The portion of Scripture that is quoted often is ” Pray for one another that you might be healed, the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Strange how the first portion of that Scripture tends to get overlooked or ignored. To confess one’s sins to another requires a certain degree of brokenness and humility. It requires transparency before men and before God.

We come up with a thousand reasons why we do not see healings in the west, we are too reliant upon technology and pills and doctors, our need is not as great as someone in the third world who has none of these things. We have rationlized away the supernatural. All of these things are undoubtedly true to one degree or another, yet perhaps the central issue is more simple and more profound. Pride. The sin that existed before the world began.

“For this is what the high and exalted One says– he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” (Isa 57:15)

If the Body of Christ wishes to walk in power, supernatural power, it begins with humilty and brokenness which is transparency before God and men. God dwells with such and their prayers availeth much.

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Paralysis of Analysis

Posted by appolus on July 13, 2017

Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

How many of us have suffered from paralysis of analysis? We are so unsure of Gods will for our life that we cannot discern our way ahead. We are afraid that if we do not hear an audible voice or even a small still voice then we could make a mistake and if we step outside of His plan, then we face ruin and attack from an enemy just waiting to pounce. It’s hard to imagine that the Royal Priesthood could suffer such bondage from the father of lies.

The truth is, that God the Father has a plan, set in stone, for each and every one of us and He has had it since the foundations of the world, and that plan will absolutely and definitely come to pass. The real test for us as Christians is how we walk through the path set before us. We have a starting point and we have a finishing point, that is the plan and that is the path we will take. Never let Satan convince you that you are a failure and that you are of no use to God and that have blown it and your usefulness is over, this is a lie from the father of lies to torment you. Our task here on earth is to walk the path set before us in a peace that surpasses all understanding. We do not determine the path, it is determined for us, but we do determine how we walk it. Do you want to be a powerful witness, a light unto the world? Do you want to walk in power, a power that amazes the unsaved?

Do you spend a lot of your energy trying to shape your life? Do you get exhausted trying to control and manipulate events in your life? Your life is not your own. What unfolds in your life is no mere chance. The Bible tells us the steps of a righteous man and woman are ordered of God, not the enemy, not yourselves, but of God. This is what we sign onto when we come to Him. We die to ourselves, we no longer belong to ourselves, we belong to Him, body and soul.

If you belong to Him then your ship has sailed. It will arrive at its destination. It will go through calm waters, windless days and months when you seem to be going nowhere. It will go through storms and hurricanes when it seems that the boat will be swamped and perhaps founder in the rough seas. Torrential rain, blistering sun, icebergs, beautiful cloudless sunny days, you will experience them all on your journey. Your journey has a beginning and it has an end. Jesus lay asleep in the boat because He already told the disciples that He was going to the other side.

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Standing in the glory!

Posted by appolus on July 11, 2017

“Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” (Rev 3:19-21)

For too long we, as the called out people have only entered into “His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.” And while there is great emphasis in ancient Israel for worship of joyful abandon and gladness, this was not the only “mood,” of worship.

Even prior to Jesus manifesting Himself on the earth there was a worship of awe and of reverence where one could barely lift their heads. The power would fall, the shekinah glory of the living God would fall with such a “Holy heaviness,” that one could barely lift their heads. There is a desperate need for this kind of encounter in our day.

If we are to move to a different place in God, as individuals and as a called out people, we must answer the knock at the door of our hearts. In order to hear that knocking we must abandon the cares of this world and retreat from its noise and distractions. Instead of seeking the gold and the silver of this world, we must turn our eyes to the treasures that belong to heaven and its throne room. We cannot do this by employing “professional,” worship teams and leaders. Genuine corporate prayer with a desire to enter into His presence is the key.

If we are to hear God, we must become silent before Him. We are moving into a time where it will be vital to be intimate with Him.There is a time for shouting and praising God, but if we are ignoring the knocking, if we never get to that place of reverence and awe when He moves and we simply bow our heads and tremble at His glory then we must stop shouting. If our lives are not reflecting the Glory of God, if we are not becoming like His Son daily, then all of our shouting and praising God will just be so much noise. How tragic for the church of the living God if, when He looks down, He does not see praise but just a group of people making a noise.

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Hope gives birth to joy.

Posted by appolus on July 10, 2017

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Perhaps you have a family member or friend or loved one that seems to be in a hopeless situation, you may even have given up all hope for that person. Yet Our Lord is Hope itself. Hope is the wellspring that all of our joy flows from. We have two choices in this life, even as a Christian, we can live in hope or we can despair. Hope gives birth to joy and to life and to strength. It is because I am in Christ that my hope springs eternal. It is awesome to know that our Heavenly Father is willing to go to enormous lengths to fulfill His plans.
You can only see a snap-shot of your life but the Lord sees it all, from beginning to end. Keep on seeking the Lord with all of your heart. He will bring you out of this place that you find yourself in. Lift up your eyes today and see where your help comes from. Your help comes from the Lord. He sees the afflictions of your heart and He knows your pain. Be encouraged today saint, the Lord your God is with you and He wants you to know that.

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The Amazing Love of God

Posted by appolus on July 8, 2017

Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

That is one of the most life giving Scriptures I can think of. I want to speak to saints who today are struggling with the notion “does God loves me.” Yes, yes, yes He does. Think about it for just one second. If, while you were yet in your sin, in your old life, dwelling in darkness, the Lord Jesus saved you, reconciled you to Himself, how much more now that you are a child of the living God?

I am not speaking of any kind of cheap grace here, I would never give solace to those who would trample the blood of Jesus and never give it a second thought although they call themselves Christians. No, I am talking to you dear saint. Blood bought and redeemed. I know you may have messed up. This is exactly why this is for you. It is by His life that you are saved. It is His life that is coursing through your veins. It is because of His life in you that you struggle right now. If you had no life in you there would be no struggle.

“But where sin abounded grace did much more abound.” Think on that for just a moment, just a moment saints. The grace of God abounds much more than your sin. What is this grace? Is it not un-merited favor! Favor to do what? To come before His Holy throne and fall down at the feet of your heavenly Father and cry out “Holy.” “Forgive me Father.” This is favor above all favor. This is the grace of God, the ability to come and hear these words oh you of a contrite and broken heart ” rise up child for you are forgiven.” Right there, right there changes everything!

Brother, sister, don’t you dare stay away from the throne. Dont you listen to the accuser of the brethren. He wants to take away from Calvary. He wants to rob Calvary of its greatest achievement, the ability for you to come, by the grace of God, by the work on the cross, before a Holy God and not stare upon your sin but lift up your head and gaze upon His glory. Oh yes its gonna hurt as the blinding light of His glory reveals the sin that you have brought. But it is that very glory, that Holiness that drives out the darkness from our hearts and draws us deeper into the Father’s heart.

No more to run and hide naked behind a tree as the God of all creation says “come to me.” Now, naked before the throne but covered by the Blood of the greatest sacrifice of all. We can come and say ” here I am Father.” We have been cleansed by something so much deeper and so much more powerful than any coal from the fires of heaven, we have been cleansed by the Blood of the Lamb. This is where you belong brothers and sisters and don’t you let any lie persuade you otherwise. Do not be robbed of your birthright, your new-birth right given to you at so much cost. This grace I speak of is the exact opposite of cheap grace, which leads to spiritual death and separation.

So, if today you have been asking yourself ” how can God love me,” or ” does He still love me.” The answer is that He loved you when you were yet in your sin, when you were an enemy to Him. Now let me ask you something. How much do you love your very own children? How many times have you forgiven them? How many times did Jesus tell His disciples to forgive others? Are we greater than our Master? Does our love for our own Children exceed our Heavenly Fathers love for His? You already know the answer. Rest in it today dear saint and when you get up from that rest go and sin no more. You have the Blood of Jesus flowing through you, you have the power to overcome.

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There is no magic wand!

Posted by appolus on July 6, 2017

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

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

Would I respond in kind in the same situation? I pray that I would, I pray that every trial and tribulation I now suffer is a mile run by one who trains for a marathon. Can I see my trials as blessings? Can I walk counter to modern Christendom and count my trials as I count my blessings Could I sing “Count my trials name them one by one, count my trials see what God has done, count my trials, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done” This is the deeper life brothers and sisters. This is the counter-culture. This is the way of the remnant.

This is the narrow path. This is counter to the way of modern Christianity. Shall we look to stay on this path? Shall we arrive at such a place as to rejoice in our sufferings? How can a man rejoice in his sufferings? Well, a man cannot, only a saint empowered by the Holy Spirit can. “And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.”(Act 5:40-41) There is much power in their obedience and rejoicing.

There is no key or magic wand or instructions on how to rejoice in the depths of suffering. There is only encounter, there is only desire, there is only that thirst spoken of by David when he spoke of the deer that panteth after the waterbrooks. Make no mistake brothers and sisters, this place, this walk of the saints, this place of peace that surpasses all understanding in born out of fire.

We have to encounter the Lord Jesus in the depths of the fiery furnace. We have to encounter Him when He reveals to us by His loving Spirit exactly who we are. Is there another way? No. It’s the narrow path, it’s the taking up of the cross, it’s the decision made in the garden of Gethsemane and even that is not it, there is still the death, even the death of the cross. Many men will die for the cause, how many are willing to die for the cross?

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Who is on the Lords side?

Posted by appolus on June 18, 2017

In Exodus 32 we read a very disturbing story. Moses leaves the people and goes up into the mountain to be with God. It was not long at all before the people come to Aaron, his brother, a priest, the religious head, and demand from him an idol to worship because Moses was seemingly gone and would not return. Aaron, rather than stand his ground, placate the people and gives them what they want. He gathers from them gold and from that gold he makes a calf, the very god that was worshiped in Egypt, and the people fall down and worship this calf as they give this false god credit for taking them out of Egypt.

We are living in a day when the Lord’s presence has all but departed from our gatherings, our meetings, our churches. The people have come to the religious leaders and demanded that they ignore divorce. They have demanded that they recognize gay marriage. They have demanded that they recognize trans-genders. Every form of sin one can imagine the people have demanded the religious leaders legitimize. And once they got it the people have risen up and played the harlot with other gods while the King of Kings is relegated to a mere afterthought and a slogan.

Now, when Moses returns and confronts Aaron, listen to what Aaron says to Moses. And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf (Exo 32:24) Aaron has not only completely ignored his role in the whole affair by blaming the people, he lies through his teeth. He says that he throws all the gold that was gathered, into a fire, and out pops, as if by magic, a golden calf. Yet we know from the previous verses that this of course was not so.

And all the people break off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.(Exo 32:3-4)

You see? He fashioned the idol with a graving tool. He, very particularly created the very god that they had been delivered from, the god that was worshiped by the Egyptians and under whose name they had been enslaved and treated cruelly for hundreds of years. They had fallen back into slavery. When Moses found them they were naked, they had been involved in every kind of sexual sin as they had thrown of all the restraints of a Holy God.

Now, the religious leaders of many of today’s denominations have thrown of all restraints. All over the world we see denominations embrace sexually sinful lifestyles for the same reason that Aaron did. Aaron feared the people. He was not a leader at all, Moses was. He feared that the people would reject him or kill him so he not only gave them what they wanted, he himself crafted the very gods that the people were bowing down to and rising up to play in the name of.

We see that the punishment was severe. Three thousand were killed by the hands of the Levites. Now we know that God could have slain them, He had slain others before who had been involved in rebellion. Yet here, the Levites must decide whom they serve. Undoubtedly they were called to slay those whom they knew, family members, friends and the like. Today, we must decide whom we shall serve. We are certainly not called to kill anyone but we are called to discern with whom we shall fellowship with.

Brothers and sisters do you dwell within an organization that is run by religious leaders who have capitulated to the noisiest and basest of people? Will you partake of their sin? We know from our reading of Scripture that not all the people indulged in this rebellion. In verse 26 Moses calls to the people “Who is on the Lord’s side?” The question for Christendom today is as relevant “Who is on the Lord’s side?” Will you be found standing upon the Lord and His Word or will you be found fallen and naked before the golden calf? The rebellion that we see in the Christian camp today all over the world is as serious if not more serious than what we read in the scriptural account here in Exodus. There comes a time when you must make a stand, you must decide if you will follow the people and what seems right in their eyes or will you follow the Lord and His Word even if it means that you will be despised and rejected by the world. As Moses learned a long time before  it is better to ” suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” (Heb 11:26)

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Fathers Day

Posted by appolus on June 17, 2017

So many people out there do not have good father stories. I used to hate Fathers day at church. I used to hate having to go through all the fathers day cards and find them so outlandish in my own particular situation that I simply could not find one. I would invariably end up in the humor section. Fathers are foundational, i believe, for good of for ill. So if you do not have one or if you have a father who has been without mercy to you, there is a heavenly Father who in His very essence is a Father to the fatherless.

In many ways, being fatherless or being the victim of a terrible father is a huge open door to God. God has promises and here is one. But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.(Psalm 10:14) It says that God has considered your grief and He has taken your very grief into His hand. He sees the trouble of the afflicted and His heart is an open door to all who suffer.

So, tomorrow, when there are celebrations and no one sees your secret tears or senses the pain that resides within your heart, remember this; your heavenly Father sees. He not only sees but His heart is with you as He extends His hand to you. Take His hand and lay in that hand all the troubles and afflictions of your childhood. Know that your heavenly Father will never leave you nor harm you nor afflict you nor forsake you. He is the Father of all Fathers and within His hand lies beauty for ashes. In His hand the phoenix rises, the dead come back to life, love is born where no love should exist. He opens up paths before you where before lay an open ocean, an impassable mountain, a great gulf that humanly could not be passed.

His path, His Way, is the way of life. He beckons the fatherless and the widow and the orphan to turn from the dark path that should be their lot and to follow the light of His love. To discover His path is to foil the plans of the enemy of our souls. Rather than being drawn down into the darkness, into the fog, into the recesses of dysfunction we are drawn ever upwards towards the glory of a risen King who dwells in lofty places with His children, the broken and the contrite. Today is the day to lift up your eyes and see where your help comes from.

For thus said the high and exalted One, Inhabiting eternity, and holy is His name: ‘In the high and holy place I dwell, And with the bruised and humble of spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of bruised ones. (Isaiah 57:15)

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The Father’s heart!

Posted by appolus on June 7, 2017

This is the latest collaboration between myself and Mary Greig. If it blesses you please share it with others………Frank

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You walked through my door

Posted by appolus on May 27, 2017

The day that you walked through my door
Caused my poor heart to take flight and soar
You filled me with joy and my sin was no more
The day that you walked through my door

The day that you entered my heart
Caused the ocean to split and to part
You filled me with peace and that was the start
The day that you entered my heart

The day that you saved me from sin
Caused me great peace and stillness within
You rescued my heart and you gathered me in
The day that you saved me from sin

The day that you set my soul free
Caused my poor heart to leap within me
You bridged the gulf that was wide as the sea
The day that you set my soul free

The day that your victory was won
Was the day that our victory begun
You came to this earth and was bright as the sun
The day that your victory was won

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Show me Lord

Posted by appolus on May 27, 2017

Verse 1

Show me Lord your depths
Come now and lead my steps
Raise me up my King
To the place where I can sing
Of your majesty and spleandor
Tis a place of sure surrender

Chorus

Christ forever true
My heart it longs for you
With all my hearts desire
Baptize me in thy fire

Verse 2

Show me Lord your heights
Lead me through the nights
Lift me to that place
Where I gaze upon your face
Where there are no restraints
And no one ever faints

Chorus

Verse 3

Show me Lord your scars
Break through all my bars
So that I am surely free
With eyes that now can see
Your majesty and glory
And all of you, so Holy

Chorus

Verse 4

Show me Lord your hands
Where the nails made such demands
And the wound there in your side
There was no place for pride
And your feet nailed just for me
For all the world to see

Chorus

Verse 5

Show me Lord your heart
That I might play my part
In the story of your love
Raining down from up above
To a place that’s ever true
Where the veil was torn in two

Chorus

Christ forever true
My heart it longs for you
With all my hearts desire
Baptize me in thy fire

 

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You will find me there

Posted by appolus on May 19, 2017

You’ll find me neath the throne
When I’m all alone
And the pain’s too much to bear
You will find me there

You’ll find me neath the cross
A place of bleeding loss
When I’m on my knees in prayer
You will find me there

You’ll find me on my knees
A place of desperate pleas
When I’m wounded in a snare
You will find me there

You’ll find me at His feet
When life has forced me to retreat
When I’m hurt and in despair
You will find me there

You’ll find me on higher ground
When the darkness is all around
And to that darkness I do declare
You will find me there

For He will lift me up
The one who drank the cup
I will meet Him in the air
And you will find me there

You’ll find me in His glory
And that shall be my story
For His glory’s everywhere
And you will find me there!!

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Defending David Wilkerson

Posted by appolus on May 18, 2017

DEFENDING DAVID WILKERSON
by Andrew Strom

Wilkerson is gone now, and it is easy to forget. But the fact is,
there were often many in the modern Charismatic movement who
basically opposed all that David Wilkerson stood for. They described
him as a “Doom and Gloom” merchant – always warning of what
was coming and calling the nation and the church to REPENTANCE.

I received an email from some U.S friends awhile ago who had
just gone back to a Pentecostal church after some years. They
told me, “If I bring up David Wilkerson, they all get a hateful,
angry look on their face.” Isn’t that terribly sad.

Even though David Wilkerson was the one man who consistently
warned America of cataclysms just like the ones we have seen,
he was still denigrated. Even though he was proved right, still they
detested him! I think it is because his major message was
“REPENT”. And he didn’t pussy-foot around like a lot of these
other so-called “prophets”.

When the “God Wants You Rich” prosperity message began to
spread, David was one of the few leaders who publicly refuted it
and called the people to repent from the “love of money”. Many
hated him for that. Especially because he is so direct and
up-front.

And when the ‘Toronto Blessing’ came along, with churches full
of the most weird and often ugly behaviour – he called it like it
was. He was one of the few (if any) Pentecostal leaders who
actually stood up publicly and refuted this new ‘spirit’ that was
invading the church. You can imagine how despised he was
for that.

There is a ‘Prophetic’ movement in the world today that is in
my opinion very far removed from the word ‘Prophet’. It sells
truckloads of books and holds untold conferences, but at the
end of the day it is a mealy-mouthed travesty of the word
‘Prophetic’. It retains its popularity because it is almost always
“positive” and up-lifting. The voice of an Amos or Jeremiah is
rarely (if ever) heard in its ranks – let alone a “John the Baptist”.
It is almost never blunt or confrontational – especially about sin.

A lot of this movement has a chronic obsession with the ‘religious
spirit’. Everywhere these people look all they can see are religious
spirits of legalism, pharisaism, etc. Thus they are always talking
about “grace, grace, grace”. The words “Sin, Righteousness
and Judgement” are almost a horror to them, because they are
so fearful of being ‘religious’. And thus when they come across
a prophet who actually preaches on Sin, Righteousness and
Judgement (-which are the very things Jesus said His Spirit
would CONVICT of), they reject him. Every true prophet that I
know of down through history has been a ‘Sin, Righteousness
and Judgement’ preacher. So has every true Revivalist. (Finney,
Wesley, Whitfield, Edwards, etc). It is part of the job description!

We have invented a new meaning for the term ‘Prophetic’ in
our day that is far below the standard of the Bible. And far
below the standard that must be in place to see a true Revival.
I think it was God’s spokesman Ezekiel who coined the term
“pillow prophets”. That is the last thing that America needs in
her hour of crisis. What is needed are voices who truly tell it like
it is – who WARN the people, no matter what the cost. -A ‘clear
trumpet sound’.

David Wilkerson was just such a voice. And he was almost a
‘lone’ voice – though thank God he was widely heard. I believe
God placed him in New York deliberately – the city that
combines world political power with world financial power and
world media power. David was “God’s man” in that city – I truly
believe this. And if he said that God’s message to America
through these events was “REPENT” then personally I would
believe him rather than any mealy-mouthed ‘prophet’ who said
otherwise.

David hated sin and deception so much, and loved God and
the people so much, that he could not stand to be silent when
God’s heart-truths were being trampled underfoot. That is the
mark of a true prophet. He will be sorely missed.

Blessings to all,

Andrew Strom.

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Discovering that the old man can still slap you!

Posted by appolus on May 16, 2017

In the realms of Christianity there is a lot spoken of and written about brokenness. Brokenness is not something we simply volunteer for thus avoiding the difficult situations in life. It is not merely a box to be ticked off. Brokenness is when a situation or a series of circumstances comes along where the only decision to be made is to surrender it all to God or fall back on the flesh. The old man screams to be justified, the new man falls down on his face.

Brokenness typically happens after the old man has come roaring back into our lives and takes us completely by surprise. We thought he was dead but we forgot that he still lives in our flesh. He has been replaced by Christ but he can still make a great deal of noise. He is dead in that you now are free of him and able to overcome him. In our surrender and brokenness we discover or rediscover our great need for God, every hour and every minute of the day.

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