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And all these things.

Posted by appolus on August 4, 2020

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.(Mat 6:33)

Here we find one of the key Scriptures in all of the Bible. This is the cutting edge of what it means to be sold out to Jesus. The high water mark of walking in the Spirit. It comes in the context of the sermon on the mount, the most revolutionary teachings ever delivered where everything we know of humanity is turned on its head. The revolution goes so deep that it reaches down into our DNA. It is so counter-intuitive to who we are as a race. No matter what culture we were born into, the basics of food and clothing and a roof over our heads are fundamental to our survival. So when we are told by the Lord that the primary object of our lives is the Kingdom of God and the righteousness of a holy God, it sets up a direct conflict with the basic nature of our humanity.

Self preservation and looking out for our own dies a death when we are walking in the Spirit. To be Kingdom minded is to be transformed and transported from one world into another, while still walking in the former. It is supernatural. In the last verse of this chapter the Lord tells us not to worry about tomorrow, but rather focus on right now. Do you live that way saint? Can you imagine the peace that would rule and reign in your heart if you followed the direction of the Lord and simply lived for this day? If indeed you took no thought for tomorrow, no thought for the food on your table and the clothes on your back. Imagine living like the sparrow, the Lord says that they neither reap nor gather into barns yet our heavenly Father feeds them.

How about the clothes on your back? The Lord says that we are to consider the lilies of the field how they neither toil nor spin yet Solomon in all of his glory was not clothed with such splendor as the common grass of the field was. There are many degrees in our walk with the Lord, but the two broad categories are these. Kingdom minded or worldly minded. Your effectiveness for the Kingdom of God cannot begin until your primary focus is on the Kingdom, on the Lord Himself and on His glory and His beauty and His majesty and indeed, on His righteousness. Make this the focus of your life and the struggle, the rat race, becomes something entirely different. The rat race is exhausting, particularly to the saints. It wears you down and depletes you. It diminishes who you are as a mother, as a father, as a human being. Maybe you are feeling depleted today and exhausted, worn out and worn down. Let this be the day that you turn your attention to His instructions, His commands.

When you do, you will find something remarkable. Living the exact same life, getting up and going to work every day, running your household, raising your children, being a husband or a wife, instead of being depleted you will find yourself strengthened. For when we seek first His Kingdom in everything that we do, when His righteousness in our lives is our primary concern, then when once we were weary now we are strong. You shall renew your strength daily when you make Him your daily focus. You will indeed mount up with wings as eagles and the former obstacles that would have defeated you, you will now soar above them as you walk and then take flight in the Spirit. You shall run , just as you ran before, but contrary to the human experience you shall not grow weary when you run in Him and towards Him. God bless you this day saint.

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When all is stripped away.

Posted by appolus on July 29, 2020

Martyrdom. Not really a popular word. Suffering, another word that is frowned upon. Yet between the two words there is a tremendous amount of power. Not the words themselves you understand, but literally suffering for the cause of Christ, and actually dying for His sake. We like to spiritualize it , and it does have spiritual application. Yet if a kernal of wheat falls to the ground and dies it produces many seeds.

When Stephen fell to the ground, a seed was planted in Saul. It would germinate in Saul. It was not the dying of Stephen, for Saul had seen many men die. It was the way that he died. The men who hung Dietrich Bonhoeffer later testified that they had never seen a man die with such dignity. When Stephen is dying, in the midst of his brutal murder, he is crying out to God not to hold this against his assailants. He has an open vision of heaven. Ordinary men do not die like this and it undoubtedly shook Saul to the core. The kernal, the seed was planted and it would, through Paul, produce many more seed.

In the book of Job we see in the opening chapter a scene where Satan and the fallen angels make an accusation. He basically says to God that Job does not really love Him or respect Him, he only bows down to Him because of all the things that God has given him. Take all of that away and it was stated that Job would curse God to His face. Principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places accusing man and God that they had no actual relationship, no genuine love, just something very basic.

So for the saint, great power is manifested when this false charge is stripped down and exposed. The proof of our love, our true and genuine relationship is to be found at its most powerful, in the bottom of the dungeon, not the mountaintop. There is a reason why the very building shook for Paul and Silas. We see this perfect example on Calvary, the very last place you would expect to see love and power and victory. Yet on that cross, Jesus makes an open show of the very principalities and powers that had dared to tell God that He was wrong about Job and that Job only loved Him for what He could get from Him.

Suffering and death is the ultimate revelation of who we are in Christ. It strips away all of the flesh and reveals what is left. Could we, would we, do as Jesus did and call out to His Father to forgive those who had crucified Him? Could we follow in the footsteps of Stephen and ask the Lord not to hold this crime against those who were carrying it out? This is the disarming of principalities and powers. This power shakes the gates of hell. While it disarms our true enemies, it arms the saint. We become the perfect witness not only to the world but to the unseen world. To willingly die, to willingly suffer for the sake of the Lord and His Kingdom. We wrap ourselves in impenetrable light. The darkness is vanquished.

Remember saint, you do not suffer alone nor is your suffering in vain. You may think that your life or the things that you have suffered for His cause have been in vain and has not counted for much. That is a lie from the enemy himself. Your uninterrupted love and passion for Jesus, despite your circumstances, is precious treasure to your heavenly Father. That He may say of you, to the enemy of your soul, have you considered my faithful servant? In the world to come you will have your reward dear saint, just as all things were restored to Job, you will find in that day that your losses for the cause of Christ in this world will be great gain in the economy of the heavenly Kingdom.

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Will you bow the knee to the mob?

Posted by appolus on July 25, 2020

I shared just a few days ago with a group of saints that when sports came back that every knee would bow. The picture shows the very first baseball game of the year. Every knee bowed with a black ribbon connecting them to show their support for BLM. This is the power of the mob. This is the fickle nature of the multitude. How could a group of people be hailing Jesus as King one week, and the next week be calling for His blood to be upon their heads? How is it that a whole country could be compelled to give the Nazi salute in Germany? Fear. A desire to fit in. A terror of standing up to the mob. The control in America is tightening. Just yesterday a poll that was taken revealed that over 60% of Americans were afraid to voice their opinion in public. This power of the mob is not knew to society and it is something to be manipulated and wielded. It is regressive (or in our example its from progressives) It is like a virus, something that gets into the atmosphere, something that we breathe in.

Speak your mind and lose your job. Speak your mind and lose your friends. Speak your mind and lose your liberty. Speak your mind and lose your life. As I said, this is not new. Study the last 2000 years and see each period of extreme persecution all have the same stifling of opinions that run counter to the popular culture. Religious or secular, the tactics are the same because it is tried and tested. Make no mistake, there is a strategy behind all of this and its not man made. Men are mere pawns in the grand strategy of the devil, willing dupes. The dupes payoff is to see their grievances avenged and the people they hate suffer. The devil’s payoff is to shut down the ability to shares the Gospel, the full Gospel. As in times gone by, there is a remnant who will not bow the knee nor give the salute to the devil and his cohorts. It will not end well, but the end of this world for the saints is the reaching of our final etrnal destination.

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Learning.

Posted by appolus on July 24, 2020

Php 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

The question is, are you content? I would argue that the whole world is looking for contentment. I certainly thought when I became a Christian that the Church would be packed full of contented people, you can imagine my disappointment. It seemed to me that most folk that I met in the church were very much like the world when it came to contentment. The world makes every mistake possible while attempting to achieve contentment, yet so do many Christians. Many people in the world believe that contentment comes through material possessions and good personal relationships. While these things are nice, they could never possibly bring the deep kind of contentment that Paul is talking about.

Now some good Christian folk would argue that your personal relationship with Jesus brings you the kind of contentment Paul is speaking about in this particular Scripture, it’s simply not true but it makes it possible. In fact only through Jesus is it possible, but He aint doing it for you. Paul had to learn to be content. It was not a question of his relationship with Jesus, rather it was a question of enduring and overcoming as he walked through fire and flood. There are choices to be made as we move along the narrow path of life. We choose to endure. We choose to give thanks. We overcome much as Jesus did in the garden when He submits His will to the Father’s.

The key word I would argue in understanding this is “learned.” He had learned to be content, there was no magic wand. No one came along and laid hands on him and suddenly he was full of contentment. Paul, time and again had to walk through the fire and continue to praise God. We see in another Scripture that we are admonished not to be anxious at all but to pray and give thanks and make supplication to God and if we did that, something supernatural would happen, a supernatural peace that passes all understanding would actually stand guard over our hearts.

Can you praise God today in spite of your circumstances? If you learn to do this, if you walk through the fire with your hands held high, trusting in God, you will come to the place that Paul came to. You will discover that peace and contentment will have nothing to do with your circumstances, which are ever-changing, but have everything to do with praising and trusting in God who is never-changing. Choose to praise the Lord in the lower reaches of the dungeon, and you will learn to be content.

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Tried and tested.

Posted by appolus on July 22, 2020

Rev_12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

These are tried and tested saints. They have been taken to the wilderness. Rejected by man. Rejected by religious institutions. Walked through fire. Waded through flooded waters. Refined,tested and broken. Suffering is their teacher. The bread of adversity is their food. The waters of affliction their drink. You do not do not wake up one morning and love not your life unto death. God prepares His people. He equips those that He calls.

He takes away the love of this world and everything in it by drawing His people unto Himself. He reveals Himself to His children, that is part of the preparation. This revelation, these encounters of the manifest presence of God strengthens and challenges His people. There is three major themes in the old Hymn “I have decided to follow Jesus.” They are 1. The world behind me, the cross before me. 2. Though none go with me, still I will follow. 3. My cross I’ll carry till I see Jesus. Such a simple hymn, such profound concepts.

Christ is coming back in all His glory in the sky. There is great movement in the heavenlies and the principalities and powers know that. God is preparing a people who will stand in that evil day. Moses removed his shoes before a Holy God. God had come to commission him and tell him to go and confront the world. In order to confront the world we must remove all worldliness from ourselves otherwise we shall be written off as mere hypocrites. God will call tried and tested saints to stand and bear witness to the truth and those saints will be saints who are willing to lay down their lives.

After more that 400 years of silence from God, John the Baptist cries out from the wilderness “Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world.” Gods own people in this day have been dwelling in a wilderness and God has raised them up. In the midst of storms and through their brokenness they have learned to keep their eyes upon Jesus. The attractions and distractions of this world have been removed like dross from the fiery furnaces of trials and afflictions. The culmination of the ages is upon us.

You know it, you do not have to be convinced, the indwelling Spirit tells you so. The principalities and powers know it too it and they will not go quietly. The children of God are their deadliest enemies for we are bearers of the light. Hold fast, stand strong, lift up your heads for you know where your help cometh from. Remember the words of the Hebrew children in defiance of haughty arrogant power “we shall never bow down to the gods of this world.” Stand fast saints. He is coming.

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Identity politics of the devil.

Posted by appolus on July 20, 2020

Identity, it has become a raging political and social issue. In fact it has torn away at the fabric of who we are. Homosexuals, transgenders, feminists bisexuals. In all of those groups and more, identity is key. They seek to identify identity or water it down and then create division. Lets face it, it is not just these groups that do it. We are a world torn apart by identity. Today we are either globalists of nationalists. We are black or white. Gay or straight. Conservative or liberal. Republican or Democrat. The list goes on. What does the Word say about us saints? Where should we find 100% of our identity? Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2Co 5:17)

We are new creatures in Christ. We have become part of a single Body. We are unified in the Spirit. We are one with God. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.(Gen 1:27) We, the human race, were made in the image of God, and then we fell and when we fell we not only lost our relationship with God but we also lost our identity Mankind wanders in a desert of death and sin and corruption, having thrown off its true identity.

It desperately seeks for identity anywhere it can find it, apart from God. The new creatures in Christ have found their true identity. They are wholly identified with Jesus, one with Him and the Father. Given the foundational importance of identity and the all out attack on it from the enemy of our souls, saints need to understand and recognize the scheme of the enemy. He comes against us in an effort to water down our true identity and to the degree that he can do that, he disarms us.

Here are some of my own identity traits from the natural world that I was born into and grow up in and have lived. 1. White.2. Working class.3. Catholic 4. Scottish 5. Irish 6. British 7. American 8. Socialist 9. Capitalist 10. Middle Class 11. Democrat 12. Republican 13. Pentecostal 14. Evangelical 15. Pre-trib, mid trib 16. Arminian 17. Pre Millennial-Post Milliennial

There are more, but you can see how complicated identity can be. Every one of those identifying traits had some kind of influence on me at one time or another. Yet, I died to this world. I died and it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. I do not belong to this world but to another Kingdom and that Kingdom has a King and His name is Jesus. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.(Col 3:1-3)

We are armed by our true identity. Knowing that we are pilgrims here on the earth, a Holy priesthood whose sole purpose is to glorify God, we throw of the shackles of our old identities and walk in the power of the glory of our new identities. If we make common cause with any of our old identities, or allow ourselves to make common cause with our own pet religious identities then we weaken ourselves as priests. We then give space for the enemy to rob us of our true identities and the oneness that comes with it. Only when we recognize our true identity will we truly walk in the power of the Kingdom to which we belong. Everything about us must decrease and He must increase. This is our noble goal.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:(1Pe 2:9)

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Blitzkrieg

Posted by appolus on July 20, 2020

Dan 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Daniel speaks of a time when the saints will be worn down. I believe the process of the saints being worn down has already begun. Times have been changed and wrong has become right and truth, at best, is relative. This is wearing the saints out as they struggle to come to terms with these fast changing circumstances. There has been a blitzkrieg so to speak in the realms of the spirit. Compromise and unrighteousness has surrounded the saints. We are an obstacle that at some point will have to be removed if the enemy is to have total dominance. More laws will be changed and we will witness more compromise by Christendom

Now we know we are called to gird our loins with truth. Satan has furiously assaulted truth in our day. Truth has become anything you need it to be, it has become relative. Of course truth is absolute, but that is no longer accepted. We are called to put on the breastplate of righteousness. Righteous living and holiness has become something of a quaint notion in our day. Between the word of faith and the prosperity gospel, cheap grace and hyper grace, actual holy living has become something deemed as a work when of course it is one of the fruits of genuine salvation.

Our feet are to be shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. Our hearts must be right and this keeps us ever ready to walk in the peace that comes from the truth of the Gospel which has set us free. It also keeps us ever ready to share the gospel with others. Satan has done a great job in quieting the saint when it comes to the Gospel of truth. We are constantly afraid of offending someone. The bold notion that there is but one way to heaven, through the Lord Jesus Christ and that all other paths and religions lead to hell has become all but illegal and in fact it has become unacceptable in so many arenas of public life.

The shield of faith is one of our most important parts of our armor. It protects us from the fiery darts of the enemy. Yet in the last several decades we have seen movements like the word of faith literally destroy the meaning of the word faith. The essence of faith is trusting in God despite our circumstances, yet Satan has turned that truth on its head by teaching that our circumstances are the results of our faith or lack thereof. So, when trials come, rather than people trusting in God they begin to despair and the fiery darts of the enemy find their mark.

Last we have the Word of God which is the sword. We can say with great certainty that the enemy has fought this for countless centuries but in recent decades has made enormous strides in taking the sword out of the hands of those who oppose him. We are an illiterate generation. This lack of knowledge is killing us. So it is clear, in order to stand in the coming evil day we must rediscover the armor of God and wear it at all times. Cry out to God today saints, have Him help you put on the armor. It will save your eternal life.

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Grace in all its glory

Posted by appolus on July 13, 2020

Unless we understand the culpability of man we are not qualified to speak to the grace of God. There is an intimate connection between guilt and grace. It is when we realize the depths of our sin and rebellion against a holy God that the power of unmerited favor is truly realized. Imagine a man finds himself in prison serving a sentence of life without parole for something he denies doing. Someone grants him pardon. Is the man who is innocent in his own mind grateful for the pardon? Perhaps to some degree, but in his heart he reckons that he deserves his freedom.

A man who is not hungry cares little for some bread. Yet a starving man will fall upon this bread as if it were the finest food in all the world. According to Jesus, the woman who had fallen at his feet and washed his feet with her tears and dried His feet with her hair was a sinner. She was probably a whore or a prostitute. In order to explain what was going on Jesus uses a parable. There were two debtors, one owed 500 and the other owed 50, they could not repay. Both their debts were forgiven and Jesus asks who would love the one who had forgiven them the debt the most. Peter answers that the one who had been forgiven the most and Jesus tells him that he is correct.

The woman at the feet of Jesus understood her true nature by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. In response to this conviction and the presence of God she falls at His feet and continually kisses the feet of Jesus. She who was forgiven much loved much and he who is forgiven little loves little. Can you see the vital connection between understanding our culpability and experiencing the love and the mercy and the forgiveness of God? The man who is serving a life sentence, guilty as charged, who is then pardoned by the one who has the power to pardon, loves that one so much so that he would never stop kissing His feet, weeping with joy and gratitude at the feet of Jesus.

He who is forgiven little, at least little in his own estimation, loves little. Who are these people? Perhaps they are the second and the third generations of those who were truly born again? Perhaps they are a generation raised in the shadow of cheap grace? Perhaps is is a combination of both? Cheap grace, the presumption and the familiarity that breeds contempt of the message of forgiveness. A generation that knows nothing of their culpability therefore knows nothing of the true grace that would make a woman fall to the floor and weep at the feet of Jesus. Or those under a similar conviction who would cry out “What must we do to be saved.” The depth of the knowledge of our sin and those who are convicted by it creates a generation of new creatures in Christ whose love is great. The opposite creates an anemic generation of Christians.

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Just one moment

Posted by appolus on July 10, 2020

Psa 84:10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

When David left the Ark with Obed -Edom, it was reported that all that pertained to his house was blessed of the Lord. Our modern day prosperity teachers would convince us that God enriched Obed-Edom but Jewish history shows that Obed-Edom’s family were enriched by the birth of many children in the short time the Ark was there. Women of the household giving birth to multiple babies. There was life in the house of Obed-Edom and that more abundantly. The presence of God gives us life and that more abundantly.

Life in God, life in the Spirit, the overcoming power of God that comes from walking in His Spirit. Obed-Edom would later be found as a guard of the Temple treasure and involved in the worship in the temple. It seems he followed the Ark, he followed the presence of God and dwelt there as a door-keeper. Have you been touched by His presence? Would one day in His presence be better than a thousand elsewhere? Will you follow Him where He leads? Has the presence of God taken hold of your life?

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Obedience

Posted by appolus on July 8, 2020

Rom 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

Imagine you are crossing a great river. The world is on one side and you are headed toward the other side, the heavenly side. Each time you are obedient, each time you turn your back on sin, another stepping stone appears before you and you move forward towards your goal. One step at a time on the road to glory. It is by obedience that we make forward progress towards a deeper walk with Him and we overcome.

Now, there are two main categories of obedience. One is a legalistic obedience and the other is glorified obedience. Brokenness, submission, surrender and love must be the building blocks of our obedience. If we simply try to be obedient without first taking these steps, revealed to us through the word and a revelation of it, we will discover that there is an obedience that binds us in chains and the weight of these chains will drag us down and drown us. Yet, obedience born out of love and a desire to please the one that we love frees us and fulfills us and propels us on.

Glorified obedience, one motivated by love and awe of a righteous holy God and a revelation of Calvary is like the watering of a tree. There can be no fruit produced unless that tree is watered by the living waters of obedience. Striving to be obedient without the fruits of brokenness will lead to a desert landscape in which nothing can live. The motivations of our heart, the seat of our affections that sets our eyes upon Jesus and the Holiness of God takes us from glory to glory.

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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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The magnificent good news.

Posted by appolus on June 29, 2020

Are you drowning in bad news? Everywhere you turn, the darkness of it all is pulling you down. Arise today in the glorious good news of Jesus. His glory is still transfixing me. My heart is still enraptured by my God who died to set me free. The mayhem and the chaos of this world has not changed Jesus one little bit. Indeed He is your anchor in the gale. He is the one who never fails. He is my north star and He leads me. He is the my safe harbor, can you not see oh lost and dying world? In an ugly divisive world He is beautiful and His banner of love unfurls over His children.

Brother , sister, turn it all of. Can I tell you that He waits for you in the silence. Wont you come away with Him to higher ground? To a place where the only sound is the sound of glory. Oh cant you hear it saints? The glory of a million saints crying holy, holy, holy to the Lord God almighty? In this place you will find just where you belong. You belong among the heavenly throng. Walk today in the Kingdom that you cannot see. Walk not in the flesh but in the Spirit that has set you free. The whole world can fall and crumble but the Lord of hosts, the one who never stumbles calls to you today. In the beauty of Holiness and and in awe of His magnificence, rest, and leave the world behind and and come away.

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What cause do you champion?

Posted by appolus on June 26, 2020

Hi saints. How many of us know that love of country is not the same as love of God? In America we see a very unhealthy mixture of love of country or love of culture with the love of God. There can be no mixture. Wait Frank, are you saying that it is wrong to love one’s country? Are you saying it is wrong to love my culture or my race? What I am saying brothers and sisters is that there can be no competition for the seat of our affections. Jesus must have all of our heart, all of it. No matter where a saint lives, if it is difficult or if it is easy, when God calls us to leave it behind we must be willing to do that. In this day and age when it seems so clear that the Lord is coming, we must hold all things loosely, all things. He cannot have all of our heart if much of our heart is caught up in the raging issues of the day.

Love of country or love of race is not the province of the child of God. The child of God’ eye is on Jesus and on the Kingdom that is and was and is to come. That is why we are sojourners and ambassadors for Jesus and His Kingdom. This is the kingdom that presently dwells in our hearts. To be wrapped up in a political war or a cultural war is to be AWOL (absent without official leave) from the real war, the war of light against darkness. The war against principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places.

When the Lord calls you out of Babylon, will you be so enamored of the things of Babylon that you will not be able to leave? When Lot’s wife had to leave Sodom, did it go well for her? What about when it was time to leave Babylon and return to Jerusalem after 70 short years, did most leave? The comforts of Babylon were too much for most, they would rather stay where they were than join the remnant people in the difficult place. A place where they were surrounded by enemies as they attempted to re-build the temple. Only one third of the Jews living in exile in Babylon left for home when they had the opportunity.

Those who chose to follow God in our day, follow Him and Him alone, whether they are black or white, will be deemed to be traitors to”their own.” We must have our identity in Christ and Christ alone. When we have that then we transcend partisanship and cultural backgrounds. We are a brotherhood, we are a royal priesthood, and in that alone we should find our identity under the Lord Jesus Christ. Will you fight for your race? Your culture? Your national identity? Where can that possible end be if the races retreat into their own corners? A house divided cannot stand. What house do you belong to? Is your house a cultural one? A national one? Or do you belong to the house of God? You cannot belong to two households, you will only be loyal to one.

Running with the crowd, no matter what that crowd stands for, is to run against God. You are a pilgrim on this earth, a sojourner. We are traveling through this world on our way home down a narrow path. The problem is, most confessing Christians do not believe that. They have joined camps. permanent camps. And each camp has its own interests which rarely if ever align with other camps. And so we war, it is what warring camps do. What has any of that to do with God? Culture wars, political wars, race wars. All of the devils making and none of it has anything to do with God. There is one God, He has one people, one Christ and one Kingdom. If you belong to any other camp, no matter the emotional appeal, you are in a state of backsliding. Separate yourself and only ever bow the knee to God even under pain of death.

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The only sign to be given.

Posted by appolus on June 26, 2020

Mat 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas.

The Lord will not commit to those who are not committed to Him. This present generation of loud and “tumultuous,” believers are seeking to establish the Lords kingdom here on earth. The sign the Lord gave them is not good enough for them. What sign did the Lord give them? He gave them the sign of the Prophet Jonah. Jonah was swallowed whole by the whale and to any observer, was dead, yet three days later he is miraculously alive and goes on to call Ninevah to repentance. Jesus would find himself swallowed up by death but three days later He would arise and He has been warning us ever since through His word and through His people and through every soul that has been resurrected from death into His glorious light of eternity.

In the quiet of faith, the Lord will respond to His own, He always has and He always will.He will not respond to a crass church which seeks to gratify their own corrupt lusts. So all of the church’s that cry out for miracles, the Lord knows the motivations of their heart. Signs and wonders would follow. Follow what? The preaching of Calvary. The proclamation of the Truth. The bold witness for Christ. The genuine love of the lost. So, those who place greater importance on signs and wonders rather than salvation’s do so for a reason. And in doing so, they expose the fragile nature of the faith that they claim to have.

The Lord will not commit to those who have built their houses on sinking sand. This is why we see the “house,” of ”believers,” come tumbling down when faced with “unanswered prayers.” For they are not established on the solid Rock of Jesus Christ and the cross of Calvary. “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.” Does your faith depend upon you seeing a miracle? Or does your faith stand upon the finished work of the cross of Calvary? Miracles are a bi-product of a glorious gospel not the primary object. That primary object is Jesus. And only when He alone is lifted up can we expect to see anything, as a byproduct of His glory.

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Be content

Posted by appolus on June 22, 2020

Php 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Oftentimes when things become more accessible they become less desirable. There is a fundamental flaw in humanity, you can call it the Adam and Eve flaw. We desire what we cannot have and oftentimes take for granted what we do have, until of course we do not have it. The object remains the same, what determines the attitude depends upon whether we have it or not. The ability to be thankful for what we have is a gift that must be learned practically. It can only be learned in the classroom of life. Many never learn , a fortunate few discover that there is great peace and contentment within the heart that is full of thanks.

The great danger is that we take our relationship with the Lord for granted. Time and time again we see Israel drift away from the Lord in times of prosperity. When we are in battles in life, or struggling to survive, we have a high dependency upon the Lord. We stay close to Him and we cry out to Him to keep us. The key for our walk with Jesus is to stay close to Him whether we are full or whether we are hungry, whether we are clothed or whether we are naked. In short, we must learn to be content in whatever situation we find ourselves in.

Staying thankful, staying intimate, spending time with the Lord lies at the heart of our relationship with Him. Thankfully we have been called to a battle-field and not a playground. If we are living Godly in Christ Jesus we will experience persecution and this persecution keeps us close to our Lord. That is why it is important to thank God in everything, to rejoice in Him at all times and in everything. Not for everything but in everything. For the steps of a righteous man and woman are ordered of God. We are His servants and it is He who keeps us. He keeps us when we go through the waters, He keeps us in the midst of the fires and He keeps us in quiet tranquil days when there is not a cloud in the sky. If He is the center of all things then we shall be grounded and centered in Him no matter what the circumstances of our lives.

When all around us are being devastated by circumstances and tossed like waves in a sea overcome by storms, we can stand above those waves when we fix our eyes on Jesus. Rather than the circumstances of life tearing us apart, with the right attitude of our heart, they become elements which make our faith deeper and stronger and actually propel us further into the heart of God. It is the will that keeps us. The will rules the emotions. Jesus in the garden, by an act of His will, submits to the will of His Father. It brings Him great peace when the matter is settled. Indeed it brings Him joy. You must settle in your mind if you will trust Him in all things. If you do that and then put it into practice, put flesh on the bones of what you believe, then you will be able to say with Paul that you have learned to be content in every situation.

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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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Melt like wax

Posted by appolus on June 12, 2020

Psa 97:5-6 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

No one stands in the presence of God, all are silent before His majesty, all are hushed as awe descends like a blanket upon the heads of His people and their heads are bowed and their hands raised up and trembling. Not because they were instructed to bow their heads or raise their hands , sit , stand , jump . No, no, not in the presence of God. One assumes a position before the living and the mighty God just as a natural instinct. No instructions are required as one is prostrate in His holiness. Every part of who you are is penetrated by light. It is glorious and traumatic all at the same time.

And the oil that dwells within your chest is set aflame by this light, this fire from the throne itself. “Did not our hearts burn within us as we walked with Him?” Yet we are not walking now, we are in the throne room itself, God has come down. Our whole body burns with a beautiful warmth. All things are possible, eternity stretches out before us and we never want to leave this place, we never want to leave this place. The candlestick burns. God speaks, sin melts like wax, refining, yes refining. We offer ourselves and the dross that lies within and the Lord says “Come.”

What we have today bears no resemblance whatsoever to what God initiated. We have man centered church. Programs of men. Teachings of men. Musical programs. None are bad in and of themselves, they are just not God ordained. Religious social clubs. I believe that shortly, God’s people will come out of the social clubs because they will be desperate to rediscover the glory and the majesty of God and they will seek Him where He can be found.

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The sword shall not depart

Posted by appolus on June 5, 2020

2Sa 12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

King David is in a very bad situation. He has committed adultery with Bathsheba, he tried to cover his tracks when she got pregnant, but a foreign convert , Uriah the Hittite , the husband of Bathsheba was more honorable that David. Therefore David’s attempts to cover up his adultery was foiled so David had him killed. This is such a low state for the man after God’s own heart. And after Nathan the prophet comes to David and exposes him, God speaks. God speaks brothers and sisters, one should be very afraid when God speaks, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God. And here is the charge that God levels against David, His beloved. ” You have despised me.”

Now this word despised in the Greek is ” baw-zaw,” meaning to disesteem, to think lightly off. It is the same word used in Gen 25:34 to describe Esau’s selling of his birthright for some bread and some soup. Can you imagine selling your birthright just simply to satisfy your immediate needs? Can you imagine that food on the table would be thought more highly of than the Living God and the birthright that He has given to us? And yet, do we not live in a day and age where our immediate needs, meaning the basic needs of this world and our day-to-day living are thought more highly of than God?

Are we not encouraged to live our best lives now? Have we not allowed our desires and hungers to be elevated above our love and desire for God? And are we not blind to it, so terribly blind to it? If David needed a prophet to reveal his wickedness, and this a man after God’s own heart, beloved of God, are we so proud as to think that we would not need this level of rebuke?

Christendom today has despised God in the fullest sense of that word. They are as blind to their sin as David was to his. And unless they hear God directly and acknowledge and repent of their sin as David did, they will be hopelessly lost to, and be entangled by the cares of this world. I praise God that He never leaves us without a witness, whether it is one crying in the wilderness or a remnant that refuses to bow the knee to the gods of this world. God will have a spotless bride, He will raise up a generation that will follow Him and Him alone.

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How many miles shall you walk?

Posted by appolus on June 4, 2020

The radical new creature in Christ gives up his former identity and is now immersed in the identity of the Lord Jesus. Where once he would have resisted in righteous anger to go one mile, now he goes two. He disarms the flesh and in doing so disarms his enemies. Jesus advice to the oppressed is rejected by a dying sin sick world. They want no part of what He has to say. They rise up in revolution but not the revolution of the heart and mind and soul.

In this world we have two basic choices. We can choose Barabbas or we can choose Jesus. Who do you choose? Don’t rush to answer that or you may get it wrong. The saint chooses the way of Jesus and it leads to eternal life. The world chooses the way of Barabbas and it leads to eternal death. Now, for a while you may gain the world, maybe even the whole world but what profit to your soul? The way of Barabbas is political intrigue and violence and a striving for your rights. He was a revolutionary and his answer was a violent overthrow of Rome. This pleased the mob. They detested the heel of the Roman boot upon them. It burned into them. How much you ask? “Let His blood be upon our heads and the heads of our children and our children’s children.”

They were willing to reject the living God and His ways in order to have their own way. Now what happened to the revolutionaries who followed the way of Barabbas? They would all die a few decades later when Rome tired of their constant insurrection. The blood of their children and their children’s children was indeed spilt. Over a million slaughtered in Jerusalem, the nation of Israel ceased to be and the temple was torn down stone by stone.

Rebellion and insurrection leads to destruction. It is the way of the world and the world loves it. It is not the way of God. Jesus gave us instructions on how to behave when occupied and terrorized and killed by our enemies. They do not line up with those of the world, they run counter to the world. The world detests the notion of loving our enemies and doing good to those who persecute us. Why is this important today? The saints of this earth are soon to be tested and tried in such a manner, in fact they will be tested and tried by a fire seven times hotter than any fire ever known to man because they shall refuse to bow down to the gods of this world. Jesus is our example. He willingly gave up His life. He was dumb before His accusers. He cries out in the midst of it all to His Father to forgive those who crucified Him.

We follow Him brothers and sisters and His ways because we were the ones who nailed Him to the cross. Our sins were the cause of Calvary. And if He forgave us for crucifying Him, then we are called to forgive those who will crucify us. This is the dying to the world, not just the death of this world but the death of the cross. Many will die for a cause, few will die for a cross. We are the ones who are called to die for the cross and by the cross. Stand strong brothers and sisters, the days are dark and getting darker, but the light of Christ in us is growing stronger. The enemy has come in like a flood and the Lord is raising up a standard.

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