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The Gospel of glory.

Posted by appolus on August 23, 2017

“Lest the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ.” (2 Cor 4:4)

This portion of Scripture is from 2 Cor 4 verse 4. I want to focus on “The Gospel of the glory of Christ.” What is the Gospel of the glory of Christ? We know that the word Gospel means good news, so we could say it is the good news of the glory of Christ. Do you know the glory of Christ? If the good news itself is about the glory of Christ, can you share the Gospel if you yourself have not experienced the glory of Christ? And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one (Joh 17:22) Jesus is saying that His glory comes from the Father and that He has given us this very same glory. And why? So that we may be one. So, without the glory we cannot be one with Father and the Son and we cannot be one in the oneness of the Body. Have you been given the glory? And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14) Have you saw His glory?

And so to sum up, Do you know the Glory, have you been given the glory and have you seen the glory? In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple ( Isa 6:1) Have you had a vision of God? Have you experienced His manifest presence? In Hebrews chapter one it is stated that Jesus is the radiance of His glory. And so, if we know Jesus then we know the light that emanates from God Himself, this light is the glory of God. Many of us were able to see the corona of the sun when the eclipse occurred the other day.The corona is the aura that surround and emanates from the sun. It was only at the moment when the moon blocked out the sun that we dare gaze upon it and see the aura, to gaze at anything else of the sun would render us blind. The glory of God is the aura that emanates from Him. He is so Holy that we can only know Him by His aura. Jesus is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature. By taking on flesh Jesus was like the moon that enabled us to look with unveiled eyes about the radiance of the glory of God without destroying us mere mortals in the process.

We must know His glory. His glory is a gift from the Lord Himself, He allows Himself to be seen by the power of the Holy Spirit. We see His glory, we stand in awe, just like Isaiah, at the glory of God. We ourselves would be undone if it were not for Jesus. We could not stand in that place unless we were covered by His blood. By becoming one in the Father and the Son we can stand in the glory. We can bask in the radiance of His glory. We are empowered and renewed and strengthened by the glory. We rise up by the power of the glory. We speak of Him only by the empowering presence of His glory. In short, we do all things by the glory of God and without the glory we can do nothing. Cn you see how important this glory is? It is the power of God and the beauty of God and the holiness of God. If we would walk in the beauty and the holiness and the power of God we must know the glory of God. Do you know His glory?

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The remnants journey to the valley of Acacias

Posted by appolus on August 11, 2017

I wrote this word in 2009. I believe the Lord is continuing to call His people all over the world to come out. He is calling them to a deep and difficult spiritual journey. But be of good cheer brothers and sisters, the Lord has overcome the world and the difficulties you will surely face if you respond to the Spirit of God within you.

A Call To The Remnant

THE REMNANT JOURNEY TO THE VALLEY OF ACACIAS

This word will give directions to the remnant saints that are traveling to the valley of  Acacias. It may be that you do not understand this word. Yet the remnant of God’s people will understand it for they know in their hearts that the Lord is at the door and that they are being  moved in ways they have not known before. Ever drawn away from the world and deeper into the Father’s heart.

How many of us “know ,” that the day of the Lord is coming and it is coming soon? This has nothing to do with proofs or opinions, you just know in your spirit, there is a witness in your spirit that speaks to you and you “know.” I could talk about signs and prophecies being fulfilled but I do not wish to do that in this word…

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God is calling His Remnant out of the established church

Posted by appolus on August 11, 2017

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A man’s status.

Posted by appolus on August 9, 2017

A man’s status in this life typically is reflected by home, his car, his belongings. The richer a man is, the more elaborate is his dwelling place, his temple. He fills his house with symbols of his wealth and status. The man of God also decorates his temple, the temple of the Holy Spirit, with riches. His dwelling place will be no less elaborate than the richest men on earth. He will decorate his temple with the finest gold of unconditional love. His walls are encrusted with the jewels of forgiveness and mercy. His windows are draped with opulent coverings of meekness and humility. Trophies of grace hang on every wall. They are framed with the finest materials of patience and kindness.

Do we pursue the riches and the glories of heaven with the same vigor and single-mindedness that men here on earth pursue gold and silver? And the treasures that we have attained in Christ, do we protect them with all the strength and resources that we have? Do we value the treasures of our heart in the same way that rich men value their wealth? There is a direct correlation between how much we value something and the lengths we will go to protect it. Guard your hearts brothers and sisters in Christ, guard it with everything that is in you for we have an enemy who seeks to steal and destroy what we have. Oftentimes Satan knows the value of what we have better than we do.

The rich man suffers loss when he gives what he has to another. He knows this and is held captive by greed. Greed is the jail-keeper of worldly wealth, possessions and time. Paradoxically, the Spiritually rich man, when he gives what he has to another, becomes richer in the treasures of heaven. As he gives he magnifies God and is increased in the spiritual capital of the Kingdom.Spiritual capital is love, joy, peace, forgiveness, meekness, humility, patience and kindness and righteousness. As we share these gifts with others we increase riches in the earth.

The treasure of the world are finite. There is only so much gold and so much silver in the earth. When the last of it is mined then there shall be no more. It will be hoarded and stored away in safes and bank-vaults rarely if ever seeing the light of day. The treasures of the Kingdom of God are infinite and they multiply exponentially as they are freely given to others. Shall we be known by the opulence of of our earthly possessions brothers and sisters? Or rather, shall we be known buy the opulence of our heavenly gifts. Shall we pursue status in this world or shall we store up treasures in heaven?

1 Cor 6:19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

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Hyper Grace?

Posted by appolus on August 4, 2017

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I went along this Sunday to a service where I knew the preacher was and has been preaching on what we would call ” hyper grace.” It is always good to hear first hand and living in Kansas, we have every kind of church here so one can check out these teaching’s for one’s self. Listening to the sermon, I was reminded of an analogy given by Tozer I believe. He talked about a man of God who loved God and studied His Word all of his life and mined the depths of it and always pursued a deeper more intimate walk with the Lord. Near his death in old age, he proclaimed that the more he knew about God, the less he knew about God. Just how vast and ultimately unknowable He was to us mere mortals in this flesh, although He fills our minds and our hearts and…

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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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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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Healing the broken heart

Posted by appolus on May 12, 2017

To the father that I never had
Long ago when I was just a lad
A word of comfort, perhaps a tender touch
Would that have really been too much?

You could have stopped the falling rain
Falling on a heart so full of pain
But you were the dark cloud up above
And the rain that fell was devoid of any love

To rob a child of what he really needs
Is the sowing of some future loveless seeds
That will fail to grow and die there in the ground
A darkened place where there’s no joyful sound

Can someone give what they have never known?
Can a field give fruit that itself was never sown?
Can the loveless child find life among the dead?
Or shall he ever walk the barren road instead?

Where can the loveless man find what he needs
Who will plough these hearts and plant these seeds
The Father who from above sent down His Son
Will fall like rain and now the work’s begun

This seed alone is the answer from above
Tis Christ the King, it is the Father’s love
To every broken heart and orphaned child
That was lost and all alone and growing wild

You have a heavenly Father, whose arms are opened wide
He plants His precious seed and He plants it deep inside
And the heart that once was hard and could not feel
Begins to beat anew as it begins to heal.

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Touching the Father’s heart

Posted by appolus on April 7, 2017

How is it I could be so lost
In a very familiar place
How can my heart turn suddenly cold
Now my world’s a smaller place

Chorus

I was born to soar into the skies
I was born to look into your eyes
Reaching out to be a part
Of a world, touching the Father’s heart

Verse 2

How can I stay here in this place
With its darkness all around
My heart longs to hear your voice again
Just to hear a heav’ly sound

Verse 3

I can run in, to my high tower
But I know I cannot stay
Im called to come back into the light
Into the light of a brand new day

Verse 4

So if you have run, you’ve run away
From your life with all its pain
It’s time to come back,come back to him
Time to fall in love again.

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I am whole yet broken

Posted by appolus on February 7, 2017

I am whole
Yet I am broken
And the love of the Lord
Is no mere token
He is light and He is love
He’s my all in all and He’s enough

I was down
You raised me up
I was lost and empty
You came and filled my cup
You’re my light and you’re my love
You’re my all in all and you’re enough

I was chained
You set me free
I had suffered defeat
Yet you gave me victory
You’re my light and you’re my love
You’re my all in all and you’re enough

I was broken
You made me whole
I was full of sin
And you came and saved my soul
You’re my light and you’re my love
You’re my all in all and you’re enough

So take my heart
That once was broken
And let me show the world
You’re no mere token
You’re their light and you’re their love
You’re their all in all and you’re enough

So here’s my heart
Whole before you’re throne
It once was lost
Now shall never be alone
You’re my light and you’re my love
You’re my all in all and you’re enough

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Precious is the day. (a word to someone today)

Posted by appolus on February 1, 2017

Precious is the day
You pulled me in from stormy seas
Precious is the way
You compelled me down upon my knees

Your love was a holy lifeline
For me to take a hold
Your mercy spoke straight to my heart
The greatest story every told

Your forgiveness was like manna
It was food to a starving man
You gave me hope to journey on
Through my many tears I saw your plan

It was a plan to prosper me
And escape from the miry clay
To put my feet on solid ground
To walk with you each day

You gave me living waters
When I was dying in the sand
You cried aloud with all your might
To reach up and take your hand

Lift up your eyes oh child of mine
And see the light from up above
Walk on my child through wind and rain
For you are covered by my love

So precious is the day
When first our hearts did meet
And precious is the saint
Who is found here at my feet

The time is coming very soon
So stand together side by side
And glorify the Living God
And let the Bridegroom take His bride.

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I long to be away

Posted by appolus on September 20, 2016

I have flown in heavenly places
Yet still confined to earthly spaces
There’s a part of me that has touched the skies
And with each touch another part dies

Two forces yet only one eternal part
One love that has forever filled my heart
The glory of the crimson tide forever changing me
Lifts me up then takes me down into the glassy sea

I stand enshrined in this mortal coat
Yet the Love of God itself keeps me afloat
Adrift and carried by the crimson tide
The Bridegroom ever beckons home the bride

In this world but surely not a part
To another Kingdom belongs my longing heart
This other Kingdom burns inside of me
As it carries me into the glassy sea

As I approach the glory to be found
I find myself once more on Holy ground
A place where I will find eternity
A place that lies in the midst of the glassy sea

Oh longing heart with wings you must take flight
And lift me from perpetual fleshly night
And deliver me to where my Saviour reigns
A place where at my feet lies broken chains

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The power of sin.

Posted by appolus on June 3, 2016

John says “We saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” ‘The law was given through Moses;grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.” “For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.” What the law demands, grace supplies. The contrast that John pointed out is expounded by Paul; The law came in so that transgression would increase,” and the way be prepared for the abounding grace more exceedingly. The law demands, but makes no provision for its demands being met. The law burdens and condemns and slays. It can awaken desire but cannot satisfy it. It can rouse to effort but cannot secure success. It can appeal to motives, but it gives no inward power beyond what man himself has. And so, while warring against sin, it becomes its very ally in giving the sinner over to a hopeless condemnation. “The power of sin is the law.” (1 Cor 15:56) (The Two Covenants, Andrew Murray)

Isn’t it fascinating that without grace the law becomes sin’s ally? If we know only law then we have a two-pronged attack against us that leaves us in hopelessness. Yet grace, the unmerited favor of Christ on the cross and His shed blood for us, accepted and embraced, delivers us from the law of sin and death and showers us with hope and joy and life.

Yet even then, sin tries to worm its way back into our lives and have dominion over us. And again, it uses the law to bring the saints under condemnation. It is vital that we can identify ourselves. In an age of ” gender confusion,” identity is under attack. Even in the very beginning God says that He made male and female. This very fundamental concept is under attack and make no mistake about it, it is the enemies work. Adam and Eve knew who they were until their identities were attacked. They tried to be something they were not and could not be. Lucifer tried to be something he was not nor could be. The results of Adam and Eve’s sin was that they hid themselves from God and refused to come out when He called on them, they were ashamed.

We must know who we are. The devil says to Jesus in the desert ” If you are the Son of God.” Can you see him trying to undermine who Jesus is in the subtlety of the question? Of course he was the Son of God and the devil knew that well. You, saints, are the children of God, that is your identity. You are sons and daughters of the Living God. You have the Spirit of God burning inside of you. Yes Frank but you do not know what I did yesterday. I can no longer be used of God. Lies!!! All lies from the father of all lies. God has given us a means whereby we can come before the throne of Grace and be forgiven. But I can’t come I am too ashamed. You must come because outside of the grace that you will find there, there is only darkness and condemnation. The law itself will work against you allied with your sin if you resist the grace of God, if you refuse to avail yourself of the work of the cross, reconciliation.

A way to the Holy of Holies has been wrought for you at a terrible price to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Who would like to see you separated from that? Yes, the enemy of your soul. You come right now to God dear saint. Do not let sin separate you from your loving Father. I am not talking about eternal separation here, I am talking about being estranged, walking outside of manifest presence in your every day life. The times are too dark to walk like this. We are light to the darkness of this word and must continue to be so. This is our work, we glorify God by allowing His work to be poured into these earthen vessels. You are a child of God, you are a priest in a royal priesthood you are a mighty man or woman of valor. You are. God says it. Who are you gong to believe? It is time to arise and fulfill your destiny in Him and by Him and for Him.

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What victory looks like.

Posted by appolus on April 27, 2016

I think it is hard for many people to separate what victory means and what victory looks like.
Look at Jesus on the cross. Nailed up there, rejected, tortured, stripped naked, taken outside the city to the garbage dump, and killed there. A notorious and ignominious death. This is victory, this is what the defeat of Satan looks like. The world and the spirit of the world hates this. This physical death looks like anything but victory, but it is and He made an open shame of Satan, by this death, according to Scripture.

” Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.” Can you hear the chains falling brothers and sisters? The chains of hell and sin and death. Foolishness to those that are perishing, victory and glory to the saints. Satan will soon be loosed once more only this time will be his end. Satan himself will come in the anti-christ and he will get what he has always wanted. Every tribe, every tongue, every nation will bow down to him. This is what, in the very beginning, caused his fall, pride. He thought he could take Gods place! And now here he is, every living being bowing down to him.

But wait, what will darkness do with the light of the saints? What will he do with the bearers of the truth? What did he do to Jesus? He will try and kill every voice that stands against him. But that’s okay, for the saints overcome him as Jesus overcame him. Not by avoiding death, but by embracing it and crying out like Jesus did, not rendering evil for evil. This is how evil is defeated. This is the victory, Satan may destroy our bodies, like he did with the Apostles, but victory reigns eternally in the spirit of the saints. Praise God Satan was defeated at Calvary and millions of saints after Him were able to follow His example and even after the great falling away, God’s remnant saints in these last days will follow His leading and we will take up our crosses willingly by the power of the Spirit that burns inside of us…………bro Frank

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Led into darkness.

Posted by appolus on April 18, 2016

If I go forth into the field, then behold the slain with the sword! and if I enter into the city, then behold them that are sick with famine! yea, both the prophet and the priest go about into a land that they know not. (Jer 14:18)

Famine and drought plague the land. The spiritually dead are everywhere. And where they are not dead they are sick with the famine. And yet in the midst of this the prophets and the priests cry out to a willingly blind people that peace and prosperity lie just ahead of them. They say that they are enriched yet the very riches they have gathered to themselves have shut up the skies.

Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart…….. And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem.(Jer 14:14-16)

Those who follow the blind prophets, who willingly have forsaken spiritual eyes for worldly treasure will suffer the same fate as these blind leaders of the blind. Pray now that the Lord will give you eyes to see that your gold is actually brass. Your peace based on circumstances is an allusion, it is the peace of the world that will be shaken to and fro. The people of the world rely on the rain that falls from the sky and the grass of the field to feed their livestock. How feeble is that peace? How dim is the light from the sparks of a fire of their own making?

Seek now, while it can yet be found, living waters. Let the food of your soul be the Word of God to you. These alone will sustain you. The full effects of the drought and the famine is gripping the necks of the willfully blind like a lion grips the neck of its prey after the chase , just prior to its demise.

Jer 15:11 The LORD said, Verily it shall be well with thy remnant;

Even in the midst of great turmoil God’s hand shall remain upon His people. As spiritual darkness falls on every nation, there is a light that dwells in the chests of His children. Even as the world is spiritually ravished and morally bankrupted, the saints of God will fall deeper into the heart of God and will shine like true heavenly gold amidst a wicked and perverse generation.

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In the Midst of it All

Posted by appolus on April 7, 2016

Oh glorious fourth man in the flame
Stand with Him and never be the same
Let the world gaze on and wonder at it all
Standing firm in the furnace, standing tall

There is gold in this refiners fire
In the world you’d be covered by the muck and the mire
Yet in this place of testing and refining
There is one like the Son of God gloriously shining

Do not fear when the enemy knocks upon your door
Nor in the darkened den when you hear the lion roar
The Son of God is coming with lightning in His hand
By His power and by His grace you shall forever stand

So stand amidst the flames and know you shall not fall
Stand upon the rising storm and hear the Master call
Lift your eyes and fix your gaze on Christ and Him alone
Rise up above all earthly fears and stand before His throne

A place where every storm is stilled
A place where every saint is filled
A place that casts out every fear
A place where Jesus Christ is near.

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The sword is awakend.

Posted by appolus on March 31, 2016

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God. (Zec 13:9)

The refining fire of the Lord is to be found in the furnace which we call our lives and the world. Now there are different degrees of fire, some are hotter than others. They all refine, yet the greater the fire the greater the refinement for those in whom faith reigns. Now a man or a woman can say that he or she has faith but who can know it but the fire knows. It is in the storm and in the fire that faith blazes brighter than the flame. Does faith reign in your life? Is your trust in Jesus the essence of who you are? Can we believe our own hearts in this matter or must it be the fire that reveals all? The fire reveals and consumes the dross in our lives, if we stay in the fire.

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. (Dan 3:17-19)

When the Hebrew children are confronted with he who represents the world and the world demands that they bow down to their gods, they refuse. And this refusal to bow down to the gods of this world causes fury. The heat of the furnace was increased sevenfold. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace(Dan 3:23)

The time is coming soon brothers and sisters where it will be required of the saints that they bow down to the gods of this world, in fact it has already begun. When you refuse, the fury of the world will begin to rise until it shall burn with a ferocity against us that has never been seen before and we shall” fall down,” in the midst of this fire and the world will rejoice.

And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Rev 13:4-8)

Yet even when the world should think that they have overcome the saints because they have made them to fall down in the furnace of afflictions, the world will look again and they will see something most remarkable. In the midst of the great tribulation of the saints the world will see the Son of Man shining through like heavenly gold in the very center of their sufferings. And in the end the world will see the Son of God coming in His glory and they will acknowledge , just like Nebuchadnezzar that ” there is no other God that can deliver.”

So brothers and sisters. Rejoice in your triumph in the midst of your trial. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God. (Zec 13:9) You see, your reward is your relationship with Jesus. You can call upon His name and the Lord hears you and speaks to you and you are His child and He is your God. And for all eternity you will look back at your sufferings and know that in choosing to suffer with the Lord and counting it as a small thing you now rule and reign with Christ forever. Stand fast brothers and sisters. The Lord sees your afflictions and is with you in the midst of them.

1Pe 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

2Ti 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

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The Dark Night of the Soul

Posted by appolus on March 27, 2016

The dark night of the soul is not something pleasant to go through and does not end with a fellowship supper after church on a Sunday night. It is a grueling experience that requires an absolutely strict detachment from everything that you normally rely on so that you are only left with Christ.

The dark night of the soul separates those who are genuinely interested in following Christ from those who just have a curiosity about the deep things of God. We surely want God to do His work in our lives, but we want the lights left on. We want God to do in our hearts and lives that which will bring Him honoring glory, but we want to know and understand every step that He takes in our lives.

Darkness speaks of not knowing. We want God to do, but we want Him to do what He does within the scope of our comprehension. The dark night of the soul, however, is a work of the Holy Spirit that exceeds the ability of any man or woman to understand. When we come through the dark night of the soul, we do not know what has really happened to us, but we do know what has made it happen (A.W.Tozer)

Tozer is here talking about the dark night of the soul. This is a concept well-known to the Body of Christ. Tozer describes it very well in the above quote. I would say that for centuries men here and there have went through this experience and they have had a profound effect on the Body of Christ. It is a kind of refiners fire that purges away reliance upon anything else other than God. It has happened to individuals and small groups of people but now I want to suggest that God is taking the Body of Christ, the genuine saints, the remnant, through a dark night of the soul corporately so to speak. He is and has been and is continuing to separate his children from ailing and compromised institutions. He is drawing them out. And as they come out He is drawing them into the desert. Now the desert is typically a place of death but the saints in their dark nights of the soul, in their journey to complete dependence upon Him will find life in the desert.

Perhaps you are being drawn out? It is scary. You are full of doubt, you are surrounded by darkness, you cannot hear from the Lord or discern His purpose for your life but you are being driven. As much as you cannot see the way ahead you know you cannot stay in a place of compromise and lukewarmness. No one understands you where you are. When you speak of deeper things and desiring to take up your cross for Christ people look at you like you are an alien. So you are driven. Driven into darkness and solitude and loneliness. Driven to a place where your only fellowship is the Lord Himself and His word. This is alien at first but the longer you journey into this place the more you realize the wonder and the glory of complete dependence upon the Lord for all of your spiritual needs. He is establishing your feet upon a broad place. He is equipping you to be a light in the gross darkness to come. He is enabling you to be a source of encouragement to the Body of Christ in the age in which we live.

As the saints come out of this desert I believe God is drawing them to each other. All around the world in the days to come God is drawing His Body together after they have come through the darkness and complete separation from the world and now completely rely on Him. He is and will continue to equip the saints in every generation for what they have to face. I believe our generation will face the greatest darkness that has ever faced the Body of Christ universally. Men and woman of the past whom the Lord brought through the dark night of the soul, as few as they were, had a tremendous effect on the Body of Christ. Imagine what effect the Body of Christ will have on the world when the Lord has finished His work of taking His Church through this experience.

But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. (Mal 3:2-5)

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