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The Remnant hear the call

Posted by appolus on June 4, 2019

“Now I want you to see three paradoxes. To be happily forgiven, and yet wounded with perpetual contrition. To be correct in the finished work of another and yet feel so sympathetic and compassionate as though the burden lay on you heart. And finding God and yet pursuing God, of having Him, yet always wanting Him.” (Tozer)

The above quote describes the Remnant church of God. Who are these Remnant souls? Well, they are those who are genuinely saved and have a hunger and thirst for God Himself. They are scattered to the four winds and the Lord knows who the hungry hearts are. The question is , have you been wounded by Christ? Have you been wounded for Christ? The remnant saint knows the pain of having been wounded at the very core of His heart. Evan Roberts from the Welsh revival used to cry out “Lord, bend me.” The Lord bends His saints. He tries them and He tests them but He never tries and tests the unwilling. The trials and the tests are in response to a heart that longs to be closer and useful to his Lord. The saint is given many glimpses of the glory and the majesty of God. He has a deep longing to be away from this world and to be fully reconciled to the next. Think about the “pain,” of being in love. If you had a child or a husband who went off to war, would not your heart long with the deepest pain, to see your loved one return? Its that kind of longing only its more than that. Its the very seat of our affections.

This love, by virtue of having it, will compel you to walk a lonely path. Most will never understand you. You will see things that those around you do not see. Eze 9:4 “And Jehovah said to him, Go through in the midst of the city, in the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark on the foreheads of the men who are groaning and are mourning because of all the abominations that are done in her midst.”

The people of God that were marked were the remnant. Judgment was coming but the remnant were marked on their foreheads. They groaned and were in mourning for the condition of Jerusalem. Do you groan? Are you in mourning for the state of the church? Does the condition of a sin sick world lay heavy upon your heart? Will you heart be satisfied with anything less than to walk in the presence of the Living God? Have you tasted of the heavenly food and drunk from the waters of life? Has it ruined you for everything? If not, do you desire this kind of longing? Have you left your first love? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then you belong to the Remnant church of God. This church has been known by many names down through the centuries, the Waldenses, Albigenses, Lollards and Hussites and Brethren. Anabaptists and Moravians, the list goes on. God has always had a witness in the land, He has always had His Remnant that would not ”bow the knee to Baal.”

The Remnant man or woman carries their cross. Carrying a cross is a lonely business. Its their very loneliness that compels them to seek an even closer walk with the Lord. The trials of the cross, the narrowness of the path, the desert and wilderness often stretches out before them. There is a lack of fitting in. You often despair at your own walk even although people tell you what a man or woman of God you are. You hear that and it makes you cringe because you know how far you fall short of the God that you have seen high and lifted up. You continually seek Him, you live for the next encounter with Him. You know that it is only a moment but there will come a time when it will be an eternity. You long for everyone to radically encounter the Living God for themselves. You hear people say that they would like your anointing and you wonder. You wonder if they could walk through the refining fires of the living God. Would they really want their whole lives dismantled piece by piece? Would they like to walk through seasons of total despair? Would they like the bread of adversity and the waters of afflictions to be their teachers? God’s Remnant people walk this path.

To encounter God is such a deep and meaningful way is a two edged sword. The deeper you are drawn into the Father’s heart, the less you care for the things of this world. The world has ambition, it awakes them in the morning. The saint of God has no such awakening. His desire is to awake the dawn with the praises of God. The world takes enjoyment in many things as does the people around us, our families our friends, our neighbors. Yet the many pleasures of this world, many of them not in anyway bad in and of themselves, slowly but surely become strangely dim to the remnant saint in the light of the glory and the majesty of their God. The things of this world fall away as our eyes are ever drawn upwards. Our appreciation for His creation grows as we draw ever closer to Him. A mountain or a river or a valley can bring the saint to tears because he or she knows the artist who created such things.

And yet always in the back of the remnant saints mind they know that just as the world hated their Lord and crucified Him, they too will be hated and killed all the day long for His names sake. And just as He arose, they know that they too will arise. As they draw nearer to “the one who was pierced,” and He pours out His Spirit on them and they become more like Him, then the same forces that came against their Jesus, hell and all its fury, will come against them. They know that “unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it abides alone, but if it dies it brings forth much fruit.” The remnant know that they have been marked by the ink-horn of the Lord. The more they love the more they will be hated. There is a mighty culmination to all of this and it draws near. You know that in your spirit isn’t that right dear saint? You do not need me to tell you that, the Holy Spirit already has. You know that the Bridegroom cometh. You know there is a call in your heart to arise, to awake fully to His Kingdom and to become unattached to the things of this world. The wise virgins time is at hand and the time of slumbering is at an end. We have been called to light up the path for His return. That which has been invisible for so long is being called out. The wheat will finally be identified and separated from the tare simply because the time of the harvest is at hand. God is separating and calling His saints out of their ease in Babylon. He is calling the remnant, it is a call to the Remnant to arise and trim their lamps.

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The time of the sword has come

Posted by appolus on June 2, 2019

And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.(Luk 22:35-37)

There was a time when the saints had the respect of the people. They went out in two’s and ministered and lacked for nothing. At one point they had even attempted to make Jesus their king. But now, it was all about to change. Jesus was about to fulfill His purpose here on earth. He was about to suffer at the hands of the very crowds that had followed Him around and tried to make Him king. And as a servant is not greater than his Master, then so too would the tide change for the saints. The admonition to buy a sword was not a call to arms obviously, as we later see Peter rebuked for his actions. No, it was a way of getting through to His followers the level of persecution very soon to come, they would indeed be scattered.

I would like to suggest that Christendom in the West is about to experience just such a radical change. What is written of us in Matt 24 and in the book of Revelation must be fulfilled. We will indeed be, as written in Romans 8:36, killed all the day long. We will be counted as so many sheep for the slaughter. Yet we must bear in mind as this unfolds, what is also written in that great chapter, perhaps one of the greatest chapters, that we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.

And nothing shall separate us from that love, not tribulation or distress or persecution. Neither shall famine or nakedness or any kind of trial nor sword. Principalities and powers and the devil himself will come against us, most of us will die, some of us will live, but whether we live or die, we shall glorify God. For nothing shall separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus. We will, by the power of the Spirit, endure to the end because we shall count all loss as nothing, preferring rather to be found in Him for we know that in Him lies the very heartbeat of who we are and the very breath of life that sustains us.

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Familiarity breeds contempt

Posted by appolus on May 31, 2019

And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. (2Sa 6:6-7)

I think that when most Christians read this scripture, at least for the first time, they are astonished that Uzzah is killed on the spot for touching the Ark. Now if we look a little closer we can see just what a debacle this is. First a little background. The Ark had been kept, for a long time, in the house of Abinadab. Uzzah and his brother Ahio were the sons of Abinadab. Living in the same house as the Ark they were truly familiar with the Ark. It was a common thing for them to see it every day of their life. So, when the time came to bring it to Jerusalem we see that it is placed on a cart with Uzzah at its side and Ahio out in front clearing the path ahead. Now consider this. “And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation.” (Num 4:15)

Now Uzzah was a Levite, he was not a priest. And even if he was a priest, if was still forbidden to touch the ark, rather “And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them.(Exo 25:14) You see, there were poles wrapped in gold that would be used to carry the Ark aloft by the priests without touching it. Yet here we have the Ark, not on the shoulders of the priest being held aloft above the people, but rather it is riding just a few feet above the ground on a cart being moved by common beasts. The glory of God was being obscured by blatant disobedience to the written word.

Can I suggest that in almost every church up and down the land we have grown familiar with the things of God and therefore we have grown disobedient to His instructions. We have contempt for the way the Lord laid out for us to gather as a congregation and because of this we have lost the glory of God. Ask yourself this pastor or congregant, do you see the glory of God and His majesty manifested by His presence when you gather on a Sunday morning? Does the manifest presence of God come down? Is it possible now that there is more than one generation that has never experienced the glory of God? His majesty, His glory, where we tremble in His presence. Where holy hands are lifted up to God and heads are bowed down low by an unseen holy heaviness. Where every part of you is penetrated by the unadulterated light of God. Where tears run down the faces like the oil that flowed down the beard of Aaron. Where suddenly how good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity. Where new life emanates from deep within. Where the secrets of men’s hearts are revealed so much so that they cry out “surely God is in this place.” A place where one saint stands up, heart racing out of his chest at the unction of the Holy Spirit, and begins to sing a song that one second before he had not been thinking about and suddenly a new wave of God’s presence flows down like a mighty river of gold.

A place where a royal priest, following the same unction from the same Holy Spirit stands up and begins to read a scripture in a way that is like being penetrated by a fiery sword and that sword begins to do its work in the hearts of men and women. A place where a saint stands up and cries out aloud “Glory to God in the highest,” and everyone else shouts out in agreement “glory to God in the highest. And another wave of glory rolls over them. A place where something truly remarkable is taking place. The Holy Spirit Himself is orchestrating, quite untouched by human hands, a service that is glorifying and magnifying God. A place where the name of Jesus is being magnified and the people cannot remain silent in the glory. They must stand and testify, they must stand and give thanks, they must shout out with a voice of triumph that our God reigns!!! This is what it means saints to be unfamiliar with the things of God. Our familiarity and the contempt that it inevitably breeds comes from the fact that it is we ourselves, in our own power, that orchestrate what happens on a Sunday morning. We know fine well that it is not by might or power but it is by His Spirit alone, yet for some remarkable reason, we as Christendom have lost the glory. Oh what a tragedy has overtaken us. How can we ever recover the glory of God and His presence among us again?

When David gets over his anger at the death of Uzzah and with the passage of some time, David comes to his senses. Now he will recover the Ark only this time he will do it right. The glory pf God represented by the Ark would be elevated above men in the fashion prescribed by God Himself. Great sacrifices would be made, indeed every six paces sacrifices would be made of oxen, perhaps beginning with the very oxen that had been used to move the Ark in the first place. We dont know how many but we might presume tens of thousands of beasts were sacrificed just as Solomon would later do. No longer was King David taking anything for granted. And so sacrifice was very important and it will take much sacrifice from us if we are to recover the glory of God. It seems that one of the first things that was sacrificed on this journey was David’s dignity. He stripped down to his underwear and leapt and danced before the Ark. His wife was horrified at this, such was her pride. Here was a King, one of the most powerful men in the world with all the pomp and circumstance that goes along with it, stripped down to his underwear with his only concern being glorifying God. From that day forth his wife would be barren. Pride brings death.

How much of the tragedy that we have seen unfold in the congregations all throughout Christendom is due to pride and traditions and the fear of man? How simple the instructions laid out to carry the Ark, how simple the instructions laid out in 1 Cor 14 but they are not carried out and somehow we expect that despite that, God will still come down in all of His glory. He will not. Not while men handle the glory, not while me usurp the Holy Spirit and His instructions to us. We can expect nothing less that Ichabod to be pronounced over the lintels of our doors.

1Co 14:27  If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

1Co 14:29  Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. 

1Co 14:31  For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. 

1Co 14:39  Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. 

1Co 14:25  And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. 

When the glory of God comes down the secrets of the hearts are revealed and men fall down on their faces and worship a Holy and a mighty and glorious God. Does not your heart burn within you as you read these words? Is this not the longing of your heart to see God move in such a fashion once again? That a new generation would discover the majesty and the glory of a God that is High and lifted up yet deems to fall down upon a humbled, broken and contrite people who have realized that they have offended a Holy God by their familiarity. Would to God that this kind of move would break out all across Christendom and that His name, the name of Jesus our Lord would be lifted up above us, glorified and magnified and reverenced and when that name above all names finds its proper resting place, on the thrones of the hearts of men then all men will be drawn unto Him.

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The mighty flowing power of God.

Posted by appolus on May 7, 2019

A few years ago I was injured in a car accident. I injured my ulnar nerve. It runs all the way from my little finger and the one beside it, right up my arm into my neck and then into the brain. The surgeon called it the “beast” of all the nerves. It is not good do to awaken this beast. Well mine was truly “woke,” and despite two surgeries or maybe partially because of them, it was determined to punish me for taking it out of its long hibernation.

One of the major problems for recovery is that over time, neural pathways are formed. This enables a portion of my brain to send pain signals down my arm. Over and over again with one of the way stations my elbow, where the nerve had been knocked out of its groove. Once these pain pathways are firmly established, it can go on tormenting you long after it heals because it has established a pattern. Like a covered wagon stuck in deep ruts, the path is determined. Unless you can break away from the ruts, then down comes the signal on its well worn path.

I thought about this the other morning as I was considering my life. My father was an alcoholic, as was my grandfather and undoubtedly one could find the same pattern over and over again looking back back in time and find the journey had always followed the well established deep ruts. One generation after another, going down that well worn path that was laid out for them. Each life being a wagon set on the course that the previous wagons had established. Your life laid out for you from the very moment of birth, being shaped by the same forces that had shaped the parents that had given life to the child.

Not far from my house there is a trail and it runs for many miles, almost forty miles. It follows a creek. This creek, for the most part has very little water flowing through it for the majority of the year. It trickles and meanders in between well worn out banks. Over the centuries the banks have become deep, carved out by the slow moving waters, determined by the lay of the land. It is the topography of the land that determines every twist and turn and with each year and the passage of time the course of this creek is more established. Deeper and more entrenched. The more time that passes, the more established the path becomes.

One day a few years ago after countless days of rain I put my rain gear on and decided to go on my walk despite the heavy rain. As I approached the trail from the elevated road, I looked down and the paved path that was several feet below was engulfed.The water had risen several feet and instead of creek contained between deep banks maybe several feet across, it was now about one hundred feet wide. There had been so much rain and the ground was so saturated that this little creek was up and out of its banks. It was no longer meandering or contained by its long established banks, it was now a raging river plotting the straightest course through a landscape that yielded to its enormous power. Everything without deep roots was simply swept away. Small bridges and structures not anchored on deep foundations, washed away. This would change the course and the direction of this creek, as banks, long established, crumbled and fell away.

For centuries now the church has laid somewhat dormant. There was the enormous flood of the reformation that changed everything. A great beast had been awakened and raged with fury, perhaps with a single nail hammered into it’s door. It took a long time to calm down and the torment of its injury would be felt for many centuries. Yet inevitably the floods receded and although new paths had been formed, new ruts set down in a saturated landscape, the earth began to dry up, and the newly formed ruts were set. The new paths for the creeks and the rivers that were formed, settled into its place and time began to deepen the new pathways that had been formed. Once again the water was contained, shaped by the deepening banks, a new topography, until it was no longer new.

Brothers and sisters can I suggest that we desperately need a flood? A lengthy period of constant rain that saturates a ground that is dry and dusty and weary. Now I believe that there is a flood coming. Nothing creates a flood better than a storm or a series of storms. Violent thunderstorms releases a huge deluge of rain that is unmatched. Sometimes these storms can produce as much rain in a couple of nights than would typically fall in a whole year. There is violent change associated with it. One thing is certain, when the storm is over nothing is the same. Now I want to stop there and emphasize a point lest you misunderstand me. The rains I am talking about is not some scenario where the Lord rends the heavens and comes down and the church is swept up in a beautiful revival. No, it is an actual storm that comes against the saints. Even now it is darkening. Yes it comes with rain, but it also comes with violence. The Body of Christ will be violently shaken and unless one has oil in their vessel, unless one has deep roots in the Lord, unless one is anchored to the foundation which is Christ Himself, that one shall be swept away by this great storm.

Yet the saints of God will rejoice. The established banks that for so long contained the direction of the flow will have crumbled. The power of God flowing through His saints will take a straight path and will devastate the order of things. There has never been a flood like the flood that is coming. There has never been a storm, that produces the flood, like the storm that is coming. It is indeed the storm to end all storms and the enemy, for a time, will prevail against the saints. Many know this Scripture well “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” This is from Isa 59:19. Now, as some of you may know, there was no punctuation in the Hebrew or Greek, this would come several centuries after Jesus. Now, go back and look at the Scripture I just gave you. Now look at this when I move the comma “When the enemy shall come in, like a flood the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”

Do you see that brothers and sisters? Like a flood God will raise up a standard. The Lord Himself will rend the heavens and pour out life giving water on a dry and thirsty people. Spiritual drought is a judgement from God. Yet when the enemy comes in, and in our day and our age we see him coming in like we have never seen before, God Himself will release a flood of His Holy Spirit the likes of which we have never seen before. In the very midst of the enemy who seems to be prevailing against the Lords people, the Lord shall set before us a great spiritual banquet. We shall eat and drink of Spiritual food and Water. This standard He raises will be like a mighty flag that represents victory. Jesus is that victory. That banner over us will draw all like-minded men and women under it and God’s people shall stand united, ready to be martyred for the cause of Christ. This will be a witness to a dying world and His glory will cover the earth in a mighty flood as the waters cover the sea. Just when all seems lost Christ will redeem His people and those who endure to the end, those who overcome by the power of the Spirit will witness all our enemies being set to flight and finally destroyed. Stand strong brothers and sisters, the God who has delivered, does deliver will still deliver and He shall be glorified in all the earth.

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In the Spirit there is liberty.

Posted by appolus on April 26, 2019

In the Spirit there is liberty, by the letter there’s captivity.

The Holy Spirit laid that on my heart around midnight after reading 2 Cor chapter 3. There are men who stick to the letter of the law, without understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit. So many times I have been grieved when listening to brothers and sisters pray for repentance, typically when looking for revival. This grieving was for a long time confusing to me, what could be wrong with a focus on repentance? The Lord Himself directs many of the churches in Revelation to cry out in repentance, He was looking for them to return to their first love, to focus again on where they had come from and how they had begun. Paul is in anguish with our Galatian brothers and sisters. Right out of the gate he marvels that they are so soon removed from the beauty and simplicity of the Lord and he is so bold as to call it another gospel. Can you imagine opening a letter from one of the most prominent Apostles and this is his charge against you? It does not get any better in the second chapter, Peter and Barnabas are accused of hypocrisy. Then again in the third chapter he continues his boldness and calls them foolish and wants to know who has bewitched them. Not many men I know, or churches today could or would take that kind of criticism on the chin. Pride would rise up and the messenger would be shot down.

So, back to me being grieved. What was it? It was the focus on sin. Time after time, again and again, lifting up sin. This is the letter that kills and brings captivity. When Jesus tells us how to pray He begins with telling us to be anxious for nothing but our prayers and supplications must be framed with thanksgiving. Sin cannot be the focus, Jesus must be lifted up. It is not about not confessing sin, for sin must be repented of, but Jesus must be lifted up. He must be glorified. Our eyes must rise to the heavens and focus on Him. Inward looking self obsessed repenting only highlights ourselves and our sins and brings condemnation and actually empowers sin, there can be no victory in this. This is the ministry of Moses.

Unless Jesus be lifted up, unless the Lord is the primary focus in everything that we do and say, there will be no breakthrough, there will be no rending of the heavens. It is so subtle and it has the look of something spiritual but it is flesh. Moses and the law and the OT all points us towards Jesus, Jesus is the fulfillment of all things. Jesus in Revelations is urging His people to return to the beauty and simplicity that was found in their first love, the Lord Himself. In this there is liberty. Not only liberty, for in the 4th chapter of Revelation John writes “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven:………And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.” Can you see what just happened brothers and sisters? Returning to our first love in genuine repentance and simplicity where Jesus is the focus opens a door, which no man can open or shut, only the Holy Spirit, and now we are in the throne room of God Himself, just like the prophet Isaiah. And there the cry goes up, night and day “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God almighty.” In this place we are changed forever brothers and sisters. Think about the boldness that the prophet had after his own encounter. Fire from the altar, fire on our lips, fire in our bones, burning in the glory and the majesty of God and His manifest presence. This is life, this is what we have been called to, this is the ministry of the Holy Spirit. In the Spirit there is liberty, dont you want this brothers and sisters?

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Grievous wolves.

Posted by appolus on April 24, 2019

Php 3:18-19 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.

It is so important to note that these men Paul talks about are not enemies of Jesus per se, indeed they walk under the banner of Christianity. No, these men are enemies of the cross of Christ. They have no desire to pick up their cross daily, they simply just want to be blessed and live their best lives now. They want to live with position and respect and have the best seats at the table, they love the applause of men. This is why Paul says they mind earthly things. Paul here writes that he spoke often of these men, this was a subject that caused Paul great distress. Consider the politically correct men and woman of our day who despise any correction and would label any correction as heresy and a tearing down of the Body. What would they make of Paul who spoke often of these men? Typically men in power will create an environment whereby all criticism is labeled, the great weapon of our day, as rebellion.

Paul not only spoke often of these men, he wept while speaking of them. Can you imagine the depths of Pauls distress over this that caused him to weep over and over again? We see his same troubled spirit in Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. You see, again Paul is weeping over false teachers whom he calls grievous wolves. Strange word is it not to go along with wolf, grievous? It is from the Greek word “barus,” meaning burdensome and the word grave. You see, these wolves were coming in to lay burdens on the freed men and women of Christ which would lead to death. Theirs would be a ministry of condemnation. They spy out the freedom of the liberated saint and they hate it. The Jewish priest, the Sadducee and the Pharisee would be replaced by another class of priest . They would set up their own hierarchical priesthood and men would have to bow to them. What a tragedy, no wonder the Apostle wept.

Today we have, in every corner of Christendom, the hierarchies of men. How far we have fallen from the book of Acts. Whether it is the Roman church or the Protestant denominations, we see these grievous systems of men which have suppressed the Royal priesthood. We see also in so many non denominational churches the one man system which usurps the Royal Priesthood. The enemy of our souls has spent most of his time promoting and abetting the grievous wolves over the centuries. They are, and always will be the enemies of the cross of Christ. For the cross denotes death to self, and the systems of man is the promotion of self. The cross denotes deep humility and the systems of men promotes pride and arrogance. The cross denotes forgiveness and love for your enemies and the systems of men seek out and destroy those whom they consider their enemies. I am so glad for the Word of God, for it is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. It never changes and is the foundation of all truth and the North star to those who are mere sojourners and pilgrims traveling through this dark world on our way home.

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As the Deer

Posted by appolus on April 17, 2019

Psalm 42:1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God.

As the deer panteth for the waterbrooks so my soul longeth after thee oh Lord. It cries out in a dry and thirsty land. Revive me oh Lord. Feed my soul that hungers after heavens food, refresh my spirit that longs for waters that flow from heavens throne. I have tasted this food, I have drank of this water. I am ruined for all of life’s food and all other waters are foul tasting to my spirit. Lord Jesus, you are beautiful beyond description, to marvelous indeed for words. The moments I have spent in your sanctuary rob me of all of my words and render them all perfectly meaningless. I feel heavenly words running through me, it’s in my very essence. When I am in your presence you penetrate my very DNA. I know that I cannot dwell there for I would that I would never leave that place. And so that I can go on living I must only dwell there for a moment, but oh what a glorious moment. It is these moments that help strengthen me to endure all things for I know that there will come a day when it will not just be moments anymore. Eternity will stretch out its arms and usher me in and there will be the eternal moment, the eternal now, the eternal Lord my God. And it makes me tremble all the more when I realize that this place of eternity, this uninterrupted unadulterated presence of the living God has not even entered into the hearts of man.

No eye has seen nor ear heard nor spirit experienced the full measure of our God. It is above and beyond human description or even imagination. I come to the end of myself and it thrills my soul to know that at the very end of everything that ever was, everything that has ever been or ever will be experienced by man is the very beginning of you. My soul’s journey into eternity renders all mere trials momentary and light, I shall count them all as rubbish for the goal that is set before me. to be found in you. Oh the glorious wonder of a world that cannot be imagined. You tell me oh Lord that it has not even entered into the hearts of man what you have prepared for us and I compare that with the moments I have spent in your presence and based on this alone my mind is staggered to a point that I cannot even comprehend the beginning of what you have said. Today brothers and sisters, God is ready to be encountered by the man or woman who has readied themselves, who has a desperate thirst for Him, who would draw near to Him. Do you hunger and thirst after the Glory of God? This great treasure is found by those who diligently seek Him, pray today to God to give you such a hunger and a thirst.

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Riding the wind of the Spirit.

Posted by appolus on April 12, 2019

Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

God has called His children out of darkness into His marvelous light, the light of freedom. Religion is the deadliest enemy of Gods freed children. It spies out their liberty and seeks, with much patience, to again enslave and control them. In these days God is releasing a generation to come forth and live in the freedom that He has called them too. The shackles of the old religious systems are being exposed and broken down. It can be scary to begin to think for oneself and to walk into open fields of freedom having been so restrained for so long. So confined by that pew that you sit on, year after year nothing but a spectator. Brothers and sisters you were called into a royal Priesthood. He who the Son has set free is free indeed. Free to walk with Him, free to be taught by Him, free to hear Him, free to be directed by Him. Our call is a radical one and it is to Jesus and Jesus alone. This is where freedom begins.

Many years ago I was walking in the suburbs of Kansas where I live. Walking through a wealthy neighborhood I saw gardens with meticulously planted flowers. A lot of work had obviously went into them. They had a design and had undoubtedly been measured exactly, every flower planted the exact distance from each other. Each home-owner knew what they wanted and it had been achieved. There was a regimentation in these gardens and they certainly had some kind of beauty. Then I heard the Holy Spirit telling me to look across the street. There was a large playing field. At the far end of the field was an open drainage system for water run-off and a large culvert. All around this area was full of wild flowers of all kinds. No hand had placed them where they were. They were wherever the wind had blown their seed. It was truly a magnificent sight and had a beauty that was unmatched by the little regimented soldiers all standing to attention, watching from across the street, now seemingly entrapped and longing to breathe free.

Brothers and sisters, where are you? Did the wind of the Spirit blow in your life? Did He lead and guide you to where you are now? To be where the Lord wants you to be and to be part of a garden that the Lord Himself planted is to have ridden the winds of the Holy Spirit. Can you just stand and let go? Can you let the updrafts of His presence and Spirit carry you? Can you breathe free today? It is your birthright and that freedom from a crushing religious system of control and man centered activity was wrought for you on the bloody battle field of Calvary. To live in anything less than that freedom is a tragedy.

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Behind the second curtain.

Posted by appolus on April 5, 2019

Heb 9:3 Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place.

For anyone who has experienced the presence of God everything else will inevitably fall short. In many ways it is a double edged sword. It’s not good enough to stand outside the door, it’s not good enough to remain in the courtyard, one must enter in. And the only way to enter in is to pass the altar, the brazen alter. What will we bring as a sacrifice? How will we humble ourselves? What state are we in? Are we able to look at ourselves? We expect to see the power of God without the sacrifice. We expect that God will come down and pour fire on our ministries, He will not. God will come down for His own glory and for the love of His people. He will hear the cries of the broken heart. He does see their afflictions. He will see a people ready to glorify Him for no other purpose than to glorify Him. I fear that for most of us in the west, only severe persecution will bring us to this point.

He will not honor nor will He manifest Himself to those who seek to honor themselves. He will honor the genuine worship of His people. He is not conjured up by louder music nor by a heavier drum beat. There is not a lot of noise before the presence of God, before His majesty. All are hushed and awe descends like a blanket upon the hearts of His people, a holy heaviness. Their heads are bowed and their hands are raised up and trembling. Not because they were instructed to bow their heads or raise their hands or sit or stand or 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, for in the end we are spiritual creatures and in the genesis of our souls we were made for communion with our God.

No instructions are required as one is prostrate in His holiness. Every part of who you are is penetrated by His 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?” All things are possible, eternity stretches out before us and we never want to leave that place. The candlestick burns. God speaks, sin melts like wax, refining, yes refining. We offer ourselves and the dross that lies within us and the Lord says “Come.” So what will bring this presence down? An awareness of the time? Death to business as usual? Genuine desire? A return to the biblical example of church? All of these things brothers and sisters, but most of all, when we give Him our whole hearts. When all the things of the world grow strangely dim. Today we have many men centered churches, programs of men, teachings of men, musical programs. None are bad in and of themselves, they are just not God ordained, God centered. Outside of His presence and a desperate desire to be in His presence, all we have is religious social clubs.

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One day at a time?

Posted by appolus on April 4, 2019

Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do-He reveals to you who He is-Oswald Chambers. A good brother quoted that tonight and it was timely for me because I have been thinking about that very subject. If we truly accepted that and surrendered to that and yielded our all to that, there would be many so called prophets ( small p deliberately) out of business.

It would mean that we would not need to know what is around the next bend, we would just need to know Jesus. If we were to truly live out our lives as the Lord commanded us to, to live one day at a time and take no concern for tomorrow, if we actually lived that way it would revolutionize everything. All of our fears would be driven out as we simply walked with Him. Every situation would be one more masterclass in who He is in our lives.

If the truth be told, our desire to know what is coming is based entirely on fear and insecurity. It is why witch doctors are still in business. The same for mediums and horoscopes and fortune tellers. If you closed your eyes right now and imagined living one day at a time and never being overcome by fear again, can you imagine what that would even look like?

This is a foundational part of walking in the Kingdom. Sanctification sets us apart and separates us. Not just from the things of the world but from fears and anxiety. While we still fear and worry about the things that the gentiles fear we still have one foot in the world. The Lord calls us to enter into a place where we have ceased from our works.

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By reason of the cloud.

Posted by appolus on April 3, 2019

2Ch 5:14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.

The world has such a low view of God. Some kindly grandfather? A benevolent Santa Claus? A buddy? Of course He is none of these things. For the most part Christendom also has a low view of God. Can I ask you a genuine question? When you go to church next Sunday, are you actually expecting to encounter the Living God? I am not talking about singing loud and jumping up and down. I am not talking about being really interested in a sermon and taking notes. I am talking about meeting God almighty. The God that is high and lifted up and the train of His robe fills the temple. The God that is majestic in holiness. The God that is full of awe and marvelous. The God that is so overwhelming that He floods our spirits with His glory and those around His throne can only cry out Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty. Is that what you are expecting? If not why not? Unless the people have an encounter with such a God, they will continue to have a low view of Him and worship some weak anemic cultural god of their own making. What cannot be learned by a thousand excellent sermons can be learned in the genuine presence of God. Just one moment in His presence is better than a thousand elsewhere. If all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin and judged by what you say. As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed, and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, “God is truly here among you.” (1 Cor 14 24-25)

The church in the west is starving to death and they are dying of thirst. The tragedy is, that for the most part, the majority that are called after His name do not even know that they are in the midst of a famine and a drought. I thank God for His remnant people who do know. Who agonize over the state of the church. Who cry out to God and who want nothing less than for the multitude of people to experience the majesty and the glory and the anguish and the joy of falling down before the throne. Who desire all men to be ruined for this life and to walk with the grand obsession of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is coming a time, and we may be there already, when God is calling His people, His remnant people who have experienced the presence of God, to rise up and testify to it. To testify of what they know of Him. Of how they come into the presence of a Holy and majestic God. Of how it ruins them and changes them. Of how they tremble before the throne of the almighty God. This is what the people are starved of, this is what they are dying from. There is a famine of the Word of God in the land, not the Word preached, but the Word preached with the power and the presence of God. The crisis of the age is a lack of God’s empowering presence in our assemblies. May the glory of the Lord fill His house.

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The waters flood my soul.

Posted by appolus on April 1, 2019

So many of us experience the depths of darkness in our lives. It is not really a popular subject in Christianity, especially western Christianity with its upbeat positive feel good message. “Come to Jesus and everything will be fine.” “Jesus will solve all of your problems.” It has to be an ever ascending message of light and positivity or we will chase people away. Yet the reality for most of us is something quite different. You just need to live this life and get a little older and your trial will come. One minute the road ahead is clear and suddenly the weather comes down from no-where like the grey misty clouds on a bleak Scottish moor and your visibility is just mere feet ahead. It has been called many things. One of its favorite titles is “The dark night of the soul,” made famous by a sixteenth century Spanish poet known as St John of the Cross. Now the reason I don’t really care for that title is that it gives the wrong impression that this dark experience lasts for a night, at least the title does. Now, if that was indeed the case, and it lasted only a night, then I can safely say it would not be the darkness I am speaking of. This experience, at the very least will last for a season, it may even last years. And over the span of your life in Christ it may occur many times. Some of our most dynamic Biblical writers and heroes of the faith, men of great strength and courage have walked through this darkness time and time again and wrote about it and it has encouraged countless millions over the millennia.

To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, A Psalm of David. Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.(Psa 69:1-2) Could there be a more descriptive verse of what it means to be in anguish? I believe David is speaking of a time when he was a stranger from Israel, Saul was out to kill him, he ran with renegades and even the Philistines did not want him for they did not trust him. He returns to the town where he is staying and discovers it had been ransacked and has been put to the torch and all the wives, women and the children and their wealth had been taken. In that event we see even those renegade men turn on David and David is totally alone. He has no one left to turn to and the Scriptures tell us that he cried until there was no more tears left to cry. Have you been there brothers and sisters? Have the deep waters of tragedy and grief and turmoil poured into your soul so that you feel like you are drowning from within? Floods of darkness consuming you not only from the inside but outwardly as well. When these two darknesses meet, then you will know you have arrived at the dark place of the soul. How you move on from here will determine your fate. If this was a positive upbeat message then I would take the edge of it and tell you that everything is going to be okay. I will not tell you that. That is between you and the Lord and the decisions that you make.

Paul knew this place as well as anyone. He writes in 2 Cor 4 that he was troubled on every side. That he was perplexed. Persecuted and in a constant state of death. He writes in Philippians 4 that he was abased and hungry and suffered need. In 2 Cor 7 we see that he had no rest at all, surrounding by outward violence and inside he was full of fears. We do not hear this being preached very much. If we do, we rush on to the solution. Yet the truth is this place of fire and testing, this place of darkness and flood is oftentimes the refining fire of God Himself and we shall not pass from that place until God Himself has completed the work He wants to do in us. It is in these places that we learn the deepest lessons and experience the most radical encounters with God Himself even although for most of the time there it will seem that He has vanished. Men go down into the bowels of the earth seeking treasure. Down into the deep darkness where time and pressures have created something that is worth finding. Under the duress of approximately 725,000 pounds per square inch, and at temperatures of 2000 – 2200 degrees Fahrenheit, a diamond will begin to form.

God uses pressures and circumstances and situations to shape His children. I would love to say to you brothers and sisters that once you commit your life to Jesus then all of your problems will be taken in hand and solved. I would like to say that to you but it would not be true. When we commit our lives to Jesus we begin a process that will be tumultuous. It is a radical journey and it is not for the faint of heart and the Lord Himself will shape us by many forces. Our singular purpose is to submit to those forces and our sanctification process will lead us down that path of surrender. In the end there shall be ultimate victory, and along the way many smaller victories but all of it happens as we engage and overcome the darkness by the power of God and His Word and His Spirit. I do want to leave you with this. Paul learned many things through the process. Even although he was surrounded at times he was not overtaken. Neither was he destroyed by distress or despair even although they had come flooding in on him threatened to overcome him. Neither shall you be overcome. Even although he was persecuted he was not forsaken. You will never be forsaken. Even although his soul was cast down to the ground he was not destroyed. You will not be destroyed. You will stand, you will overcome, you will be victorious in Jesus. David got up after such great loss, having cried until there was no tears left to cry and he encouraged himself in the Lord. He pursued what he had lost and he gained it all back. Time and again Paul walked through this valley, the valley of the shadow of death and came out the other side. You will too brothers and sisters. You may have many troubles in this world but you belong to the next and it awaits the end of your journey. Journey on my brothers and sisters, this path that you are on has been trodden before by men like David and Paul and now you. The same God that saw them through will see you through. Believe and trust in Him and we will worship Him here in the midst of it all and on the other side at journey’s end.

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Passing through the waters and walking through walls of fire.

Posted by appolus on March 27, 2019

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

The presence of God changes everything; it ruins us for this world brothers and sisters. It drives us deeper into the Father’s arms, it drives us deeper into the word of God, and it causes us to walk in holiness and to walk the narrow path. In the presence of God we can shout and rejoice even in the midst of great tribulation, this is the test of the presence of God and of those who walk in the Spirit and not the flesh.I believe that the Kingdom of God is our true reality which exists outside of time and space. We uniquely walk in both worlds, our spirit in the world of the Spirit and our flesh in this world. Each world has a draw. Since in this body we are dominated by the five senses, it has a tremendous ability to distract us make demands upon we men and women of the Spirit. Resist this world with its demands and distractions and we are drawn further into the Kingdom of God which was and is and is to come, meaning it exists in the now.

Indeed, we are always called to look away from this world and come away with the Lord to walk with Him, not according to the flesh, this world, but according to the Spirit, His Kingdom. It is from this place that we posses all victory and all the promises. Only from there can we sing the praises of Jesus despite being in a dungeon. Emptying ourselves of all worldly ambition and desires we are making room to be filled. Surrender, emptying, obedience are all stepping-stones that allow us to cross over the river Jordan and enter into His promised land to us, His rest, His Kingdom. The great saints down though the ages understood this well. They left the world behind and with eyes that could see the glory of God walked on into the glory, a place of no condemnation and a place of great purpose, the Kingdom of God.

Can I suggest to you that those who genuinely seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness are not driven from God by circumstances but are actually propelled deeper into His arms when trouble comes. They experience Him and all His beauty and majesty all the more deeply. Surely nothing can separate us from the love of the Lord? What a magnificent plan and majestic wisdom that causes the trials and the tribulations of this life to drive us deeper into the heart of God. It confounds the enemy of our souls. It is paradoxical to this world and to the flesh. The flesh cries out, the spirit bows down. The flesh demands attention and satisfaction, the spirit says not my will but thine be done. Those who are ruled by their flesh are taken up with the things of the flesh but those who seek out first and foremost the Kingdom of God mind the things of the Spirit. One is life, the other is death. One rejoices in all things, the other can only rejoice in the good things. One has a spirit of bondage to fear and anxiety and the other has the spirit of adoption whereby we can cry out to our Father in heaven and discover that no matter what our circumstances are, His grace is more than sufficient for us. Those after the Spirit revel in His grace, those who walk according to the flesh are taken captive by fear and can only find relief in alleviation from their circumstances.

What kind of saint do you desire to be this day brothers and sisters? In order to walk in the Spirit we must pass through walls of fire and bodies of water. Yet the Lord says in His word that He would be with us when we pass through the waters and when we walk through the walls of fire. Come brothers and sisters, let us enter into His Kingdom by way of entering into His sufferings, they will not destroy us, they will refine us. Isa 43:2  When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

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Free from our yesterdays.

Posted by appolus on March 26, 2019

There is a tyranny of expectations that oftentimes is self-imposed. Learning to be at peace with who we are is not typically the domain of younger people. If it were possible to put an older head on a younger person I would say “peace, be still.” There is a place of quiet. It comes when we lie down in the green pastures that is our life in Him. He has led us here and beside it runs still waters. The world in which we live is not real. It is a shadow of the reality of the Lord’s Kingdom. To walk in a place of quiet surrender is to walk in the Kingdom of God. Surrender what? The demands of this life and the expectations of this world. Yes, move in the world for needs must, but walk in the Kingdom. Lie down in the green pastures, and sit beside the still waters. Contemplate if you will the lilies of the field how they neither toil nor spin yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed in such glory as the splendor of this field. And the countless millions of sparrows, not a single one of them falls without our Lord knowing about it. When we truly take no thought for tomorrow and we live in a place where we seek to first walk in His Kingdom and in His righteousness then we can walk in a world that is without anxiousness and we can truly live in the moment for God above all else if the God of now. Our yesterdays are gone and there is no guarantee of tomorrow. Do not let the tyranny of our yesterdays become the chains that bind our tomorrows. If we do that we are binding something that does not belong to us. Imagine casting ourselves into chains, the very chains that the Lord Jesus came to break. He came to set the captive free, freed from our yesterdays and our tomorrows so that we could live free today. Brother, sister, are you walking in the freedom that was wrought for you on Calvary?

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The way of the remnant

Posted by appolus on March 25, 2019

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

The way of the remnant.

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.

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 is 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, but how many are willing to die for the cross?

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Men and woman of valour, the trumpet is blowing.

Posted by appolus on March 15, 2019

Jdg 6:13 Oh my Lord, if the Lord is with us, then why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles which our Fathers told us about saying,”Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?” But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.

There are so many saints today who could identify with Gideon. Does it not seem to you that we are surrounded by darkness on every side? Maybe it’s been a long time since you have experienced the presence of God ? Have you ever said in your own heart, just what Gideon said “Where are all the miracles?” Maybe it’s been a long time since you have seen a loved one or anyone for that matter, saved and radically regenerated? After Gideon gets through with his complaints to God, the Lord speaks to him and says “Go in the might of yours and you shall save Israel…….have I not sent you?” (v 14) You see how God refuses to take on board what Gideon has just complained about and again affirms His calling on Gideon’s life? Saints, take heart at this for God has called you. listen to how Gideon replies and see if this reflects your own heart. “How can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manassah and I am the least in my father’s house.” (v15) To which the Lord replies “Surely I will be with you.”

Can you see how the Lord picked the weakest man from the weakest clan? It’s not about the man brothers and sisters, it’s about the God that goes with the man. If God is with us, who can be against us? This truly represents the Remnant believers today. We are the weakest men and women. The reply that Gideon gave to God is the right reply in the right spirit. Without God we are nothing and can do nothing, but by the same token, when God is with us, and He says to Gideon “Surely I will be with you,’ then there is nothing we cannot do. This is the spirit of the genuine saints of God today. They acknowledge their own weaknesses.They have experienced failure and they know what it is like to feel abandoned, this has been a journey and it ends with them knowing their utter helplessness without God being with them.

Yet brothers and sisters I want you to see something. This is the very first thing the Lord says to Gideon in verse 12 “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.” You see that? God sees what Gideon does not. God sees the beginning from the end. He calls Gideon a mighty man of valour even although at this moment he is no such thing. It is not about Gideon’s strength, it is not about your strength, it is about the fact that God is with you and in you. You can do great things for God not because of who you are but because of who He is. I want you to remember who you serve this day. No matter what situation you face today, the God who created the whole universe and set the foundations of the earth and hung the stars in the heavens above is with you. For His will and for His good pleasure God has been working on you and He is faithful to complete that what He has started. God is raising up an end time Gideon’s army and filling its ranks with the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Genuine saint, you are a man of valour, you are a woman of valour. What qualifies you to be counted in these ranks? God is with you.

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Shining the light of God’s glory.

Posted by appolus on March 8, 2019

11 Cor 4:6For it is the God who commanded light to shine into darkness who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Can we know the glory of God? Can we even walk as Christians if we have never experienced the glory of God? We cannot be victorious Christians outside of this “knowledge.’ Those who have experienced the glory of God walk in victory. It is this victory that allows for joy even in the midst of suffering. For those who walk in the presence of God cannot help but radiate His glory. It is not something that is achieved by effort. If I radiate joy it’s because I am like the moon. The moon is a dead object, yet the light of the sun reflects off the moon and lights up a dark world. And just as the moon, by virtue of its position to the sun and the earth, radiates the light down into the darkness, then so to do those Christians who come before the throne and kneel before the King radiate the light from this glorious place into the darkness of the world.

Paul says in 2 Cor 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place, for we are to God, the fragrance of Christ.

Do you walk in triumph? Do you diffuse the fragrance of His Knowledge in every place? If you have not experienced the knowledge of His glory then how can you radiate and reflect and diffuse the beauty of His presence and the manifest glory of who He is? If you have not stood in the manifest presence of God and glow from that encounter then how can you effectively share the reality of Jesus in your life? His life is life to us. Those whose hearts are veiled to this knowledge of His glory, who have not yet stepped behind the veil and experienced the glorious majesty of His presence cannot walk in the life of Christ that flows from that place.

Has God the Father shone this light in your heart? Have you knelt or fallen prostrate in the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus? Do you radiate? Do you diffuse the fragrance of God? Do you walk in the light of the knowledge of the glory of God? When we speak of knowledge we are not speaking about information? The knowledge of the glory of God is an encounter. It is not information it is an experience. Only by experiencing the knowledge of the glory of God can we be transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord ( 2 Cor 3:18)

This is the heart cry of our age. To stand in ”the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Let us lay aside everything else until we have stood in that light and been transformed from glory to glory. Let us not run the rat race but rather let us run the race that brings us into His presence. Only then share that with the passion that inevitably comes from such an encounter. People will be drawn to Christ by the light of the knowledge of glory that is in you, that is seared upon your heart, that makes you alive to the Spirit and dead to the world. Dear Lord in heaven pour out your glory into the hearts of men.

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An attitude of gratitude.

Posted by appolus on March 5, 2019

Many recent scientific studies have revealed that an attitude of gratitude actually creates a more healthy mind and brings healing to those who are troubled. The fascinating part of it to me is that this only confirms what the Word of God teaches. The Bible teaches us to give thanks to God in all things and to rejoice in the Lord, in all things. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. We are to be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication and thanksgiving to make our requests known to God. You see how our prayers and supplications must be framed by thanksgiving? If it is, then we shall have access to a peace that surpasses all understanding.

Paul tells us that he had “learned,” to be content no matter what situation he found himself in. Paul and Silas dramatically display the power of gratitude when finding themselves in a wretched dungeon, scourged and shackled and in the midnight hour they begin to show their gratitude to God by singing His praises. Down comes the power of God and the whole building shakes. The other prisoners are mesmerized by the whole thing and although their prison doors are flung open, they stay right where they are, right there in the all consuming presence of our majestic God. This attitude from Paul and Silas, this determination to focus on and praise the almighty God and their gratitude towards Him transforms and transports them out of darkness of their situation into His marvelous light. Since my salvation I have personally met hundreds of people who have been transported from the most spectacular dysfunctional backgrounds, and I would include myself in their ranks, into the realms of light and health in their minds. It is a brilliant thing to see the God of all creation, take ten thousand broken pieces from the most delicate of vases and painstakingly put them back together until they are once again whole and restored.

Simply put brothers and sisters, true light comes from above and from within. It is the light of Christ that ever burns in us that lights up the interior of our hearts and minds. Although we are surrounded by the gross darkness of this world, we have a light within us, that light is Christ sitting on the thrones of our heart that outshines any darkness. If we look at the light of Christ in all things, in the storms, in the chaos, on the mountaintop or in the deepest dungeon then we are walking in the light as He is in the light and we have fellowship one with another. God is always worthy to be praised and thanked no matter our circumstances. God inhabits the praises of His people. He breathes upon a thankful heart. He brings joy where their should be despair and in that joy there is a strength that enables us to run and not grow weary despite the length of the race, to walk and not to faint despite the heat of the day and finally to mount up with wings as eagles and fly into His arms and find rest for our souls.

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Upon the potters wheel.

Posted by appolus on March 4, 2019

Jer 18:2-4 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Will you arise and go down to the Potters house? Will you come to the Father and place yourself in His hand? Will you allow yourself to be marred and to be ruined for this world? Can you abandon yourself to His wheel and allow Him to create in you what He will? He will not compel you . He bids you come to Him with the fullness of your life, holding nothing back and allow Him to mar you, to ruin you. Will you step forward and open up your heart and allow the King of Glory to come in all of His fullness?

We come to the Lord as pieces of clay drawn from the earth. He takes us and He rearranges us. Who we once were is crushed and broken and reshaped on the potter’s wheel. Upon the potter’s wheel we are the clay. We are in His hands and there is a process. How wild it is that we, the clay, would ever question the potter? Every part of who we are as genuine saints is shaped and molded by the potter and it is all in His hands. The steps of our lives are ordered of God. We are His. Do you think saint that this fiery trial that you are going through is out-with the bounds of the potter’s wheel ? It is not. So if you are tempted this day to question the Lord about the circumstances of your life, know that every part of your life has purpose.

It is never pleasant to be thrown down upon the wheel, to be taken in His hand and crushed, to be pounded and molded into something entirely new and useful for the potters own purpose. And even then we have to consider that the firing is yet to come. The furnace into which we are placed that hardens us and makes us strong. Yet those who yield to the potters hand is in the end shaped into something marvelous. I want to encourage you today saint. There is purpose in your suffering. You are being shaped into a vessel entirely useful to your Lord.

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Weapons of righteousness

Posted by appolus on February 22, 2019

About ten years ago as I was praying, I had an intense vision of sorts. I have had very few of these since becoming a Christian almost thirty years ago. As I was standing praying, suddenly I found myself plunged beneath a river and lying on my back on the river bed as the waters ran over me. The water was not deep, it covered my face by just a few inched but it was fast flowing and I was lying on the river bed which consisted of small smooth stones. I immediately panicked and held my breath thinking I was going to drown. I could not get up, but right away the Holy Spirit told me to “breathe.” Against all reason and with fear in my heart, I opened my mouth and took a breath and found that I could breathe.

Without any words, the Holy Spirit conveyed to me that these were the waters of life and that I had to submit to these fast flowing waters. They would, over time, take all the rough edges off me and I would become like the smooth stones upon which I lay. Only over time has it been possible to see the full picture of what the Lord was doing and showing me. The waters were the circumstances of life, the trials and tribulations that come upon us, the testings of our faith, the obstacles and the refining fires that forge us and shape us into useful weapons of righteousness in the hands of the Lord.

In 1 Sam chapter 17 we see the encounter that David has with Goliath. David was only a young man but even by that time he had been working for many years. And over those years as a shepherd boy he had encountered many wild animals that sought to kill and destroy the flock over which he had been called to watch over. He had proven himself loyal and faithful to his calling and in the course of events he had even killed a lion and a bear with the help of the Lord his God. David could not have known he was being prepared for this day and the days to come when he would become king.

When David announces that he would fight the giant, the world attempts to equip David by giving him the finest set or armor available, the kings own armor. David knows right away that these weapons of war were carnal and they would do him no good in the coming fight, he had no idea what to do with these weapons. Instead David goes to the river and takes five smooth stones from the riverbed. These stones were David’s weapons of righteousness. One of these stones would kill what was probably the foremost warrior in all the world. A simple stone from the riverbed becomes a weapon would take down the most formidable foe.

Right now as we speak, God is preparing a remnant army. They are not being prepared for war in any conventional sense. Maybe you can relate to the trials and the testings of life that has taken the rough edges from your life. You have been shaped by circumstances. God Himself, the sovereign Lord of all is trying you and testing you. Many times you have wondered what it has all been about. You might look back at your life and think “was it all worth it, I seemed to have achieved very little.” Can I encourage you today saints, God knows. He knows how to assemble an army that marches on its knees. He knows how to hone a weapon of warfare that is not carnal but mighty in the realms of the Spirit, able, in the right hand, His hand, of taking down seeming invincible enemies. You are His smooth stones and you must wait patiently in the river for the day that God has chosen for the army to arise. The day is coming. The enemy has been arrayed on the battle-field. Can you hear his loud boastings? Can you hear his army laugh and ridicule and scorn? On the other side of this battle God is raising up a fearless, indignant army who will overcome by the Blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony and most importantly, because of their love and passion for God, they loved not their lives unto death. 

When Joshua, that great warrior of Israel, miraculously passed over the river Jordan he ordered 12 stones to be taken from the dry river bed. These were undoubtedly smooth stones. They were arranged in a circle and called Gilgal. This was a reminder and a monument to the miraculous. Every time these smooth stones were seen the people would know that they worshiped a mighty miracle-working God who would go to any lengths to deliver His people. God is now raising up an army that in and of itself will testify to the fact that God is a miracle-working God who takes the foolish things of this world and He uses that to overcome the might and the those who are wise in their own estimations. Praise the Living God today.

 

 



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