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I shall rise up.

Posted by appolus on September 30, 2019

Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.(Mic 7:8)

When everything else has failed. When we have no wise counselors left to turn to. When in the blackness of our situation we realize that whether we turn to the left or the right that all is darkness and there seems to be no way ahead. Then we can say this to the accuser of the brethren. Even if you take the wings of the morning and fly to the uttermost parts of the sea then you can say this. Even If you make your bed in hell then you can say this. “After this darkness I shall arise.”

You shall arise for in Him there is no darkness. You shall arise for He is the light of your life. You shall arise for He has not finished with you. You shall rise up in the morning, you shall rise up in the evening, you shall rise up when you have fallen. You shall rise up above the storm. You shall rise up for He is High and lifted up and He beckons you to come to where He is. The darkness of your sin is swept away by the light of His forgiveness. The tears of the broken and the contrite fall into the waters of life and they cry out “You are the light of the world and in you there is no darkness at all.” Even the darkness is light to Him.

I will bear the indignation of my God because against Him alone have I sinned. He bore my iniquity on Calvary and brought me forth out of darkness into His marvelous light and I beheld His righteousness. Yes I shall fall but I rise up for He rose up. Rejoice not oh enemy of my soul for unlike you I will rise again, for that which I have committed unto Him He shall keep. He shall complete the work He began in me. He is faithful to complete it. When I have cried all the tears there are to cry then I will arise, I will leave the darkness behind me, I will awake the dawn with His praises and follow the still small voice. I rise on the wings of victory only because He arose triumphant and ascended to the glories of His Father’s house. To the saint who has fallen, you shall rise up, you shall endure and overcome, He has not forgotten you, He sees the afflictions of His people and His knowing is your light. Trust in Him, wait for Him, and follow Him for He is the light of your life.

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The sword which penetrates the soul.

Posted by appolus on September 27, 2019

Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul.(Jer 4:10)

Let all men be liars and let our great and mighty God be true. The people of Jerusalem rested on the promises of God yet ignored the conditions upon which those promises were made. People in general hate conditions, is that not true? For example, did Jesus not tell us by the Scriptures to be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication and thanksgiving to let your requests be known unto God and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hears and minds through the Lord Jesus Christ? What a glorious promise yet it comes with a condition does it not? Be anxious for nothing. Let your prayers be framed by a thankful heart in all that you do and pray, then, and only then will the promise of God come to pass in the heart of the saint. Let not any man or woman expect to know anything of this peace unless they, by a conscious act of their will in obedience to His Word and His command, lay down that anxiousness.

Should those in Jerusalem expect to be surrounded by the peace of God when they willfully and deliberately ignored the commands and the directions of a Holy God? Should Christendom expect to see the promises of God come to pass in their lives when they live in direct violation of God’s word and His warnings? Or should they not rather experience a sword that pierces through their existence and penetrates into the deepest parts of their soul? The prophet Isaiah had the wherewithal to cry out to a Holy God that he was undone, that he was a man of unclean lips who dwelt among a people of unclean lips. Yet in our day and age of once saved always saved, cheap grace for salvation and hyper grace that has replaced sanctification, we expect the peace and the promises of God in our lives. God forbid. We serve a Holy God.

The religious structures and the denominations who have thrown off the truth of God, who walk hand in glove with a Godless generation who gleefully violate Gods word, still expect to walk in and be covered by the peace of God. It shall not be so and they will be pursued by a sword that penetrates their very core. And with a rage and an anger that matches Saul as he tried to pin David to the wall, they will, with their troubled spirits and souls,lash out at those who do walk in the peace of God, who do walk according to His statutes. Who do walk in a peace that surpasses all understanding. The beauty of their holiness will reflect about their enemies wickedness. Their obedience will reflect upon their disobedience. The genuine saint of God is called to be a witness who testifies, by his walk, against the false professor, the religious man and the sons of disobedience.

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Worthy to be ploughed

Posted by appolus on September 25, 2019

For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns Jer 4:3

What would become of seed scattered upon ground not broken up, not tilled, spread among the weeds and the thorns? In the parable of the sower and the seed in Matt 13 Jesus explains that the seed sown among the thorns is the man who hears the word of God but the cares of this world and the pursuit of its riches choke out that word and the seed dies. Fallow ground, fields that have not been broken up and tilled, cannot produce fruits. Only hearts that have been broken, tilled, turned over and made ready can be productive for God.

The average man today who professes to be a Christian, his fields lie untilled and unbroken. He scatters seeds upon it and then wonders why it does not yield a crop. A generation or more of professing Christians have been raised on a steady teaching of cheap grace to be saved and hyper grace to walk in. None of this represents the broken-hearted saints who follow the risen Christ. Who every day arise and take up their cross and follow Him. To take up your cross in this instance it to be ploughed. The heart must be tested, it must be broken, it must yield to the Master’s hand. It must endure suffering and trials. Each furrow in the field is a trial endured by the saint and overcome by the power and the glory of the risen Christ. Into this field, into these furrows the Lord will will scatter seed. And because of the work of the Lord this field will produce fruit.

Saint, do not resist the testings of the Lord. If you desire to be fruitful then you must allow the field of your heart to be broken up, to be ploughed and to be furrowed for the removing of the weeds and the thorns. Let every suffering saint glorify the Lord in the midst of this ploughing knowing that this surrender, this yielding to the hand of God is for the sanctification of his soul and that he may be useful in the Master’s hand. Every true saint wants to produce good fruit. Even nature tells us that there is no other way to produce fruit from a field than for it to be tilled and to be ploughed. Saint, do you wish to be fruitful? Then today, yield and rejoice in the fact that you have been counted worthy to be ploughed.

 

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Oh foolish Christendom, who has bewtiched you?

Posted by appolus on September 24, 2019

The Christian church cannot rise to its true stature in accompanying the purposes of God when its members operate largely through the gifts of nature, neglecting the true gifts and graces of the Spirit of God. Much of the religious activity we see in the churches is not the eternal working of the Eternal Spirit, but the mortal working of man’s mortal mind-and this is a raw tragedy.

From what I see and sense in evangelical circles, I would have to say that about ninety per cent of the religious work carried out in the churches is being done by un-gifted members. I am speaking in the context of men and women who know how to do many things but fail to display the Spiritual gifts promised through the Holy Spirit. This is one of the very evident ways in which we have slowed down the true workings of God in His Church and in the hearts of unbelieving men all around us- acknowledging and allowing un-gifted members of the Body to do religious work without possessing the genuine gifts of the Spirit.

Paul wrote to the Corinthian church and reminded believers that they were all baptized into one Body by the Spirit. But He went on at great length to explain the necessity for the functioning of the gifts of the Spirit in the Church- and I believe he was explaining that these Spiritual functions and capabilities are the birthright of every Christian. Lets bring it down to our level. Religious activists have many things of which they can boast. They build churches. They write hymns and books. Musically they sing and play. Some of them will take time to engage in prayer. Others will organize movements and crusades and campaigns.

No matter how early in the morning they begin and no matter how late at night they stay with their project, if it is an exercise in human talent for religious purposes, it can only wind up as a mortal brain doing a mortal job. I have taken the pains to say all this as a reminder that mortality and temporality are written all across the church of Christ in the world today because so many persons are trying to do with human genius and power of the flesh what only God can do through the Holy Spirit. (A.W.Tozer)

Brother Tozer here highlights the greatest tragedy in Christendom and the root cause of its fall all around the world. Without the gifts of the Spirit in operation in the Body, which was designed to edify, then the Bride would starve to death. The audacity and sheer arrogance to think we could ignore the express instructions of the Word of God and think we could do well. Well did Paul say to the Galatians “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?” Paul here highlights the beginnings of the problem, disobedience. “Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” It is the truth, of course, that the saints of God are made perfect by the Spirit of God and the gifts that He gave for that precise purpose. This is what Christendom needs to repent of. The disobedience that is manifested by ignoring the Holy Spirit and His gifts for perfecting the saints. There are not many ways to follow God, there is only one way and it is by His Spirit and the gifts that the Spirit gives. Human talent can achieve mighty things, it could even build a tower to the skies and say it was for God’s glory, but unless the Lord builds the house then we labor in vain and that tower built by the talents and ingenuity of man will come crumbling down by the hand of God, not one stone left un-turned……bro Frank

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Two great evils!

Posted by appolus on September 23, 2019

For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water(Jer 2:13)

Two great evils the people of God have committed. They have rejected God the fountain of living waters. In that fountain lies abundant life. A never ending source of life giving water. Mercy and grace and forgiveness flows from the source,life itself flows from God Himself. Only by drinking from this fountain can we fulfill our lives in Him. We cannot reject Him and expect to be the recipients of His wisdom and His favor and His life that comes with knowing Him and following Him in obedience. And the people cry out “how have we forsaken Him, how have we rejected Him?.” When you fail to follow His Words and His commands. When you rely upon the works of your own hand and reject the leading and the guiding of the Holy Spirit. So what do a people do who have rejected the life that flows from the fountain of living waters? They hew out for themselves cisterns that they find out cannot hold any water and the hewing of it is a great evil according to God.

As a former Bricklayer, I had an old craftsman when I was an apprentice. He would tell me that when he served his time as a boy, he spent a whole year hewing stone. For those who do not know, hewing stone means to take a block of stone and shape it by hammer and chisel. An arduous and very time consuming task. Blisters and calluses would have been the order of the day, work your fingers to the bone. So we see here in this verse from Jeremiah, that rather than worship God as He had called them to, and drink from the fountain of living water, a never ending wellspring of love and mercy and grace, in short abundant life, they chose to reject God in favor of their own will, and hew out water supplies from rock. It did not work of course, it could hold no water.

Today we see much of Christendom desperately trying to hold water by the work of their own hand. They refuse to worship God as He has called them to, so therefore they must also reject the fountain of living water. Can you hear the hammers and chisels banging away as each new program is brought forward? Will living waters be found in a program? Will it be found in the midst of our routines? Traditions and programs created over centuries. The traditions are the hammer and the programs are the chisels and the blocks of stones are our religious buildings. What it creates never holds any water nor can it ever, it is broken, fundamentally broken. Until and unless Christendom returns to the fountain of living water, it will languish and die in the water-less wilderness it has created for itself.

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My Father

Posted by appolus on September 21, 2019

My Father who art in heaven,
You are so kind to me
Despite the knowing of it all
And the things in me you had to see

From my mothers womb you saw it all
You saw me rise you saw me fall
You saw me wander far away
This broken shattered jar of clay

Hallowed be thy holy name
Your faithfulness is all I see
You love so deep beyond compare
Broke every chain and set me free

From my mothers womb you saw it all
You saw me rise you saw me fall
You saw me wander far away
This broken shattered jar of clay

Thy kingdom come thy will be done
Your mercy runs like the river deep
Your glory hides the morning sun
Your nail pierced hands still make me weep

From my mothers womb you saw it all
You saw me rise you saw me fall
You saw me wander far away
This broken shattered jar of clay

Thy will be done as it is in heaven
Your grace a marvel to behold
Before your throne a golden river
Full of mercies as yet untold

From my mothers womb you saw it all
You saw me rise you saw me fall
You saw me wander far away
This broken shattered jar of clay

Give us this day our daily bread
You fed my hungry starving soul
Your breath of life raised me anew
This brokenness that you made whole

From my mothers womb you saw it all
You saw me rise you saw me fall
You saw me wander far away
This broken shattered jar of clay

Forgive us Lord for our trespasses
You redeemed by broken sinful soul
With blood that flowed from Calvary
You died for me and paid the toll

From my mothers womb you saw it all
You saw me rise you saw me fall
You saw me wander far away
This broken shattered jar of clay

Let me forgive when I am wronged
And draw me always near to you
To that place of hope and glory
Above the skies of heavenly blue

From my mothers womb you saw it all
You saw me rise you saw me fall
You saw me wander far away
This broken shattered jar of clay

Lead us not into temptation
And draw us now beneath your wing
Deliver us from every evil
My Lord, my God, my All, my King

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Seek ye first

Posted by appolus on September 20, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Genuine repentance or traditions of men?

Posted by appolus on September 17, 2019

Many pastors I have known measure the effectiveness of their preaching by the numbers who “come forward.” I am not necessarily or even primarily thinking about salvation, just in general. Although it certainly could apply to salvation. And yet, the way to measure the effectiveness of a word given, if it is given by the power of the Holy Spirit, is the change that it effects in the hearer. Fruits of repentance are the measure.

If repentance is changing one’s mind that leads to a change of one’s actions, and it is, then change would be the flesh on the bone of genuine repentance. If Christendom needs to repent, and it does, then change would be the measure of it. To simply say the words or acknowledge the need and continue on the way it has always been is a sure sign that… these people come near to God with their mouths and honor me with their lips but they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote.( Isa 29:13)

If a man is satisfied with giving the Word and having people come forward for repentance, but does not agonize over a lack of any change, then he is merely perpetuating the traditions of men that they have learned by rote and in fact is a contributor to the very tradition they claim not to be a part of.

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The darkness of suicide and the Light of Christ.

Posted by appolus on September 15, 2019

I have been thinking about the subject of suicide in the last couple of days as two well known people committed suicide this week, one of them a mega pastor. As someone who was first overshadowed by the darkness of that thought when I was around twelve and then in later life just prior to coming to Christ I know something of that struggle. I came from a very broken background and that was undoubtedly the breeding ground of these thoughts

I listen to much of what is said today on the subject and it is always or almost always spoken of in terms of mental illness. I disagree for the most part. It is not a mental illness but rather a spiritual illness, a malaise of your very soul. And so the answer does not lie in the head but in the heart. It is a deep darkness which can only be truly combated by Light.

I sought desperately for this light at the age of twenty six. Sin and despair and brokenness had weighed me down. It was almost as if gravity was slowly being eradicated all around me making every step, every thought, every action heavier and heavier. At the same time the darkness increased daily and so I lived in an ever darkening world where every step took enormous effort. It was quite literally mentally and physically exhausting.

Have you ever been very tired behind the wheel of a car at night? Your eyes are getting heavier and heavier and a small voice inside your head whispers “just close your eyes for a second, it will be okay.” And the more tired you get the more sensible that voice begins to sound. There is a craving for sleep. Now imagine a voice much louder than a whisper trying to convince you that the ultimate sleep is the ultimate relief.

This is the lie of the darkness. Oh the sweetness of the light that shone into my broken sin sodden heart. Jesus stood up in the temple and told the people that He had come to heal the broken-hearted, to set at liberty the captives. The answer to the darkness of the suicidal thought is the light of the Lord Jesus Christ. This daily abiding in Him, this taking up of the armor of the Lord, taking on the shield of righteousness that quenches the fiery darts, sometime flaming arrows is so vital.

Spiritual brokenness lies at the heart of most suicides. Men and woman who, in their own minds have no worth and have no purpose for living, who cannot see any light. It is darkness that threatens to consume them and it is the Light of Christ that will deliver them. This is the Word of God and it is my own testimony of the reality of His Word. In Him I have found worth. In Him I have found purpose and in Him I have found that light which comes against and destroys the darkness.

Dear Father in heaven. I pray for all of those who are afflicted and tormented by this scourge. In the mighty name of Jesus I cry out for all those who are going under, drowning in gross darkness and being brought down very low by the heaviness of this world and their place in it. May the light of Christ shine into every dark corner and may the victorious work of Calvary liberate the captives from their chains and from the darkness of sin and brokenness.

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How long would you wait?

Posted by appolus on September 10, 2019

Time must become our primary resource for encountering God rather than the primary cause of our disconnect from Him -Nick Franks

Time is so mysterious. One hour spent in an enjoyable pursuit can seem like a day if doing something we don’t like. If I were to spend a week with my grandson on an a Island as a couple of beach bums, building rafts and building sandcastles and building fires, that week would “fly past.” On the other hand if I were to spend a week in solitary confinement, it would “seem like an eternity?” The difference between the two scenarios is not time, for one week is one week no matter what you are doing. Yet, we know what we are doing is part of the calculus of how fast time actually passes where it counts, in our minds. We are told in Scriptures that “one day in your court is better than a thousand elsewhere.” We also know that one day is as a thousand years unto the Lord. Time spent with God is the perfect use of time and everything else, no matter how good, how virtuous or noble, is something lesser.

Nick Franks, the author of the above quote shares with us a word the Lord spoke to him in the same book “Body Zero.” “Nick, are you willing to wait for me for an unreasonable amount of time.” For those of us who know something of the Lord’s presence , who have been touched by the glory, have tasted of the good things of God , waiting on God can seem like a week in solitary confinement. How long are you willing to wait upon God? How do we live when the vine-dresser has gone? Do we faithfully, patiently wait, carrying on, knowing He will return? Or do we, after a while, begin to act as if He shall never return? I cannot sense His presence, I cannot hear His voice. Have you walked through seasons like this? How long Lord is your cry. Saint, you will be tested on this. Would you serve God with joy and gladness and faithfully if you never sensed His presence again in this life? Would you love Him even if you knew that for the rest of your life you would not hear His still small voice? Is He not worthy to be praised and worthy to be worshiped for who He is despite what we “feel,” or in this case do not feel? Moses went up the mountain and in less than 40 days the people had thrown of God and created for themselves an idol that allowed them to rise up and play.

The saints of God worship Him no matter what, this is what distinguishes them from false professors. They have been sealed and their faith is not dependent upon circumstances or feelings. They will wait upon their God, it will be difficult but they know in their own spirits that God is always working whether they see it or not, whether they feel it or not, whether they hear it or not. The Word of God is a lamp unto their feet and bread unto their hungry souls and metaphorically speaking they use that lamp and go down to the docks and scan the horizon of their souls to see if today is the day. With infinite patience they faithfully wait upon their Lord. And even although they would wait a thousand years, their patience is rewarded when suddenly He comes to them in the depths of their spirit. They find themselves at the banqueting table, feasting upon His presence with a banner of love flying over them. Time stands still, it loses its meaning. Was it a moment or was it a thousand years? Wait faithfully upon the Lord saints, it pleases our Father in heaven to see that no matter what, we love Him unconditionally. And when we do experience his manifest presence it is all the more glorious for the waiting. And the ultimate coming of the Lord, when He comes with all of His glory, very soon I believe, will be so above and beyond what we could think or imagine, that we just have to leave it in that part of our spirits that just “knows.”

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Where two or three are gathered in My name

Posted by appolus on September 8, 2019

A building or a heart, where does the Lord dwell ? A heart beats, it has chambers , it has blood that pumps and travels to every part of the body bringing life sustaining oxygen. The Body, while complex and made up of many parts, is totally dependent upon the heart. To meet in the name of Jesus is to meet with saints who are identified by the character and the nature of Jesus.

People who have His blood pumping through them, have His Spirit that has set them ablaze. Burning embers gathered together create the potential for a great fire. Throw a log on one ember and it may catch fire after a while, throw a log onto a group of burning embers and it will catch fire right away. One fire, many embers greater light, greater heat. Now, gather a bunch of branches together with no fire and you will just have a bunch of branches. It could not call itself a fire for it clearly is without fire. Just because you call yourself a Christian and gather in the name of Jesus means nothing if you are not actually Christians. A bunch of dead wood is a bunch of dead wood.

Yet, those set ablaze, gathered together could potentially turn the whole word upside down as it burns away all the dross. This scripture that where two or three are gathered in my name, is far more important than we know. To gather in the name of Jesus is a deeply spiritual thing for those who have been born again according to His Spirit, His character and His nature. The enemy has done his level best to dilute that to the point where any fire that existed would be smothered out. The name of Jesus in the form of the word “Christian,” meaning follower of Christ is no mere adjective. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.

Being a Christ follower means to bear the life of Christ in us. So, when two or three genuine Christ followers come together for the sole purpose of Spirit being drawn unto Spirit then there is a magnification that takes place. Like a magnifying glass that captures the light of the sun and turns it into something so very potent, then the Holy Spirit takes the light that is within us, the tow or the three or the however many and turns it into something very powerful. Darkness is the mere absence of light. It cannot be magnified. Take a thousand dark souls and gather them together and what do you have? Darkness. Take the light from two or three or one hundred or a thousand genuine saints , undiluted by the darkness of unbelief and down comes the power of God in a unique way.

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Just an empty room?

Posted by appolus on September 6, 2019

The temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 70ad by Rome. They Roman army that destroyed Jerusalem and the temple were led by a general named Titus. He gave instructions that no one was to enter the famed room in the temple, the holy of holies. He would have that honor. He entered behind the veil and when he re-appeared he reportedly said “what was all that fuss about an empty room.”

You see, there was no Ark of the Covenant there. It was quite simply an empty room. It was reckoned that the room had been empty for almost 500 years when the temple had previously been destroyed. Some think Jeremiah may have removed it and hidden it, but no matter what actually happened to it, the fact is that for several hundred years the Ark of the Covenant , the presence of God, was not there. So the question becomes “why were the high priests going through the rituals every year knowing fine well that at its very core, it was lie.”

Now, let us think about our own religious organizations. Are the pastors of today any better than the high priests of Israel? Do they not have the same motivations that the high priest had? The system itself was all important. Without the illusion of the presence of God at the very heart of it, it could not have survived. For it all to work the people had to think that the Ark of the Covenant existed, dwelt in the temple. Yet, when the veil was pulled back, just an empty room.

Thirty seven years prior to the destruction of the temple, where not one stone was left un-turned, Jesus hung on a cross outside of the walls. God Himself rent the curtain from top to bottom at that time? What was He revealing? He was revealing that the true presence of God, Jesus Christ, was not behind a veil in a room in the temple, He had been rejected and taken outside. The presence of God was to be found at Calvary, not at the heart of a system that had long since lost the presence of God.

How many churches could you walk into next Sunday and there be struck by the manifest presence of God? I ask you reader, do you know a single church where the manifest presence of God is found in the midst of the gathering? Is the cloud of His glory there? Do people stand with their heads hung low in the glory? Do hands rise and tears fall as the glory of God overtakes His people? If that is not so for the vast majority of churches, then why are the pastors of these churches any different from the high priests who for several hundred years went in and out of an empty room and let the people think that the presence of God dwelt there in the heart of their religious activity?

The charade only ended when Jesus Himself walked into the midst of it and was rejected and killed by it. God has a “house,” a temple and has a zeal for it. He created a royal priesthood of believers and built Himself a temple out of each and everyone of them, living stones one and all. This is the temple that He inhabits and this is where the Spirit and Truth reside, in the beating hearts of his saints. Men may rebuild temples and make claims about them, but without the presence of the living God we now have a million empty rooms. God dismantled and destroyed one religious system devoid of His presence, stone by stone, will He not do that again? There are royal priests and their are high priests, we now call them pastors, which one serves God and His presence and which one serves the system? You cannot serve two masters for you will love the one and despise the other. Who do we serve?

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Why should we not be weary?

Posted by appolus on September 2, 2019

O soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior
And life more abundant and free

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Why should we not be wearied and troubled if we take our gaze off our Lord? Christendom is wearied and troubled. To think that the answer is this close. A turning of the head away from the world. Away from the traditions of men. Away from systems and institutions. Away from men themselves. To look into the fullness of God. To look full into His wonderful face. To stand corporately where there is no division, but simply a royal priesthood gazing upwards.

There is an abundance of life that awaits the royal priesthood. To stand in the unity that the Lord Jesus spoke of in John 17 is to stand in awe as the cloud descends and fills the temple with Glory. This is the glory, this is the presence that the Father and the Son dwelt in before the world began. Lord, let your glory fill your house, your temple. Fill us with your glory for your name’s sake. Let the things of this world grow strangely in the light of your glory and grace.

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The prophet and the pain

Posted by appolus on August 31, 2019

The wounds of the prophet’s heart are too numerous to count. A man or woman who has stood in the throne-room of the living God, who has cried out ” I am undone,’ who has been penetrated to his or her very core can never walk the world as they once did. Everything illuminated by the light of God is a terrible weight on the soul.

A mountain of magnificent Truth ever lies before such a saint and everything that assaults that Truth is felt in the inner man like the blow of a blunt instrument. It wounds, it breaks it pains the heightened awareness of the awakened soul. Truth courses through the veins like molten rock, a fire that consumes the bones. Will he or she speak? Can it remain in the heart? It can only guarantee more blows, yet this fire cannot be contained. It seeks relief.

The Lord shakes the earth, but not just the earth, He shakes the very heavens.Shall we resist the shaking, shall we refuse the voice that speaks in the midst of the shaking? What now is the Spirit saying to His Church? He is removing all things from His Church that can be shaken, only that which cannot be shaken shall remain. Our God is a consuming Fire.

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Two men but only one true God

Posted by appolus on August 29, 2019

I want to contrast two men from the Scriptures. First, the Roman centurion from Matthew chapter eight and secondly, Diotrephes whom John speaks of in 3 John verse nine. Look and see the Roman centurion. We are told that Jesus marveled at his faith, in fact we are told that according to Jesus there was no greater faith in all of Israel. Imagine that, God Himself marvels at your faith. Isn’t that a wonderful thing? The centurion gets it, he understand what authority is. He himself is under authority, but in the presence of God he knows that Jesus has all authority, whether it is over the wind or the rain or storms or even life or death, the centurion gets that and bows to that. He acknowledges that he is not worthy, and specifically not worthy to have Jesus come under his roof. He knows that the one to whom he is speaking to is preeminent and with just a word Jesus can heal his servant. Jesus is blown away with this man who is humble and contrite. The centurion will be known for all time because he is memorialized by Jesus Himself in the Word of God. What a beautiful thing.

Now, contrast that with Diotrephes. John the beloved writes of him as one who loves the preeminence. This could very well be the start of the one man system. A man elevates himself in importance and refuses to entertain the apostle John. Imagine telling John that he was not welcome among them because he wanted the limelight for himself, he wanted the preeminence. In this letter John starts out referring to himself as an elder. He does not elevate his status. True men of God do not elevate their status, they never seek the preeminence. Men who seek to build their own kingdoms are enemies to any man who would humble themselves before men and who elevate Jesus. The centurion remains nameless to men but known of God as one who has possibly the greatest faith in all of Israel. The centurion’s reward would come by the fact that his servant was healed, but his reward would also come in the world to come. Diotrephes undoubtedly wanted to make a name for himself, he wanted to be known by men. Well, he certainly got that wish just not in the way that he imagined. For sure God knows the heart of men. Jesus says that many who are first shall be last and again a few paragraphs later the Lord repeats Himself in order to show the importance of what He is saying “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” Mat 20:16 Many are called brothers and sisters, but few are the remnant saints of God. When a man’s name is elevated, he surely8 finds himself on dangerous grounds for the Lord our God is a jealous God and He will have no other before Him.

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Confronting the nominal

Posted by appolus on August 27, 2019

When the spiritual stands to confront the merely formal, traditional, nominal and “natural,” then there is going to be trouble. This is not now merely the reaction from the world: it is the reaction from religion. I would go further, and say it may be the reaction from Christianity. There is a very great difference between formal, traditional, nominal, “natural” Christianity, on the one side, and spiritual Christianity, on the other; a great deal of difference. So much so, that this also becomes a battlefield – the battlefield of a lot of trouble.

Leave formalism alone, and everything will go on quite quietly. Leave traditionalism alone – that is, the set order of things as it has always been; that framework of things as it has been constituted and set up and established by man; that Christianity which is the fixed, accepted system of things – and you will escape a great deal of trouble. But seek to bring in a truly spiritual order of things, and trouble arises at once. And YOU are the trouble maker! The truth is that the trouble lies in the existing condition, the situation, the state; but it is only brought out by your action.

And so spiritual men and women, and spiritual ministry, are called “trouble makers,” because the two things cannot go on together. That is where Israel was. They had the traditions, they had the oracles, they had the ordinances, they had the testimonies; they had the forms, they had the system – they had it all; but, in the days of the prophets, there was ever this vast gap between the “externals” and “internals” of life in relation with God. The heart is far removed from the lips. The spiritual reality is not found in the formal. You may have it all – but then bring in the truly spiritual meaning of things, and trouble begins in that very realm. It is the trouble which arises when what is external and traditional comes into conflict with something which is truly spiritual……T.A.Sparks

Brother Sparks has identified an eternal truth. There is enmity between the flesh and the spirit. Can the two co-exist? No, one must die. It is often a slow tortured death, but death nonetheless. We cannot serve two masters, Jesus identified this truth for us. We are told that we shall love the one and hate the other. This word hate is the Biblical word for prefer. People take comfort in the fact that they do not hate “the other.” No, but they prefer the formal, the traditional, the nominal. In the end, we can only worship God in Spirit and in Truth. Take away Spirit and Truth and you are left with an argument about where you should worship. It is not where we should worship, it is how we should worship. In Spirit and in Truth. The flesh, represented by the formal, the traditional the nominal and the natural is the deadliest enemy of the Spirit and the Truth.

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We the branch, He the Vine.

Posted by appolus on August 24, 2019

When the branch is cut from the world, it must then be grafted to the vine. To cut the branch it must be wounded, to receive the branch the vine must be wounded. For the branch to be successfully grafted in, it must enter into the wound of the vine, and then stay there, abide there. We enter into His sufferings. We cannot run from the sufferings of the Lord, we have to be a part of it, enter in to be vitally connected to the Lord.

In the parable of the ten virgins all were virgins. All had lamps. All had oil, to one degree or another. All gave of light. Yet when the gross darkness came, when the Lord’s trumpet sounded to signify His return, only the virgins that had oil in their vessels were ready. To have oil in our vessels we, like the lamp-stand, must be vitally connected to the olive tree. Oil must pour directly from Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, into the deep vessels of our heart.

So why do we suffer as Christians? It strengthens the vital connection between our Lord and ourselves. Only by abiding in Him and His word can we have the strength to overcome and endure. Weightlifters lift weights and by overcoming resistance they become strong. If they stop lifting weights they quickly lose that strength and the muscle can become fat and they become weak.

When we resist the enemy by the power of the Spirit we become strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Our strength and the ability to shine our light in the darkness, not just for a moment but unto death if need be, is directly related to the oil in our vessels. Are you vitally connected to the Lord Jesus and His Holy Spirit? Is He your life, your beating heart, the reason that you get up in the morning?

Those who run from trouble, who actively avoid the entering into His sufferings, disconnect themselves from the vine. It is not always readily apparent who has done this. For the light can still shine, even if it is just for a period of time. Yet in a sustained period of suffering or trial or storm, then we see who is vitally connected, whose light will go on shining even when it seems the darkness will never end. Many of those who profess faith in the Lord Jesus, who initially heard the word with gladness will be consumed by the darkness as their light fails in the coming prolonged period of darkness. They draw back into perdition. Their shallow root shrivels up in the heat of affliction. The few will continue to shine their light as a witness to their vital connection with the Lord our God through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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A pale imitation

Posted by appolus on August 21, 2019

2Ch 9:16 And three hundred shields made he of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of gold went to one shield. And the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon

Can there be any doubt that King Solomon was the richest man in the world? Lets consider the shields that are spoken of here in Scripture. In today’s market, if a shekel represents 17 grams of 24k gold at $47 a gram for a swiss ingot, then one shekel of gold would be worth $800. If there was 300 shekels of gold in a shield, then each shield would be worth $240,000. And since there was 300 shields, that is $72,000,000 in gold . This was a tiny part of the treasures of Solomon.

The glory of Solomon’s kingdom was known throughout the earth. He was courted by kings and queens from all over the world. They came to see his glory and to hear of his famed wisdom. Oh the beauty and the splendor of a man who displays the treasures of heaven. Are men not drawn to those who have treasures even greater than the treasures of Solomon? For some perspective from God we can see in Matt 6 that we are to consider the lilies of the field, how they neither toil nor spin and yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed in such splendor. Can I suggest that God’s children are more glorious that the lilies of the field. It’s not in our toiling nor in our spinning that makes us glorious, its in the treasures that lie within us. Its in the fact that we are a light in the great darkness of the world because it is no longer we that live but it is Christ who lives in us. We contain these treasures in earthen vessels.

The treasure that lies within us is the treasure of Christ Himself. He alone is our exceeding great reward. His presence is more glorious than all the shields of Solomon. We can imagine these shimmering shields of gold. Along with these in the throne-room of Solomon was a throne made of ivory overlaid with the purest of gold. There was six steps up to the throne and there beneath the throne sat a footstool of solid gold. All the drinking vessels were gold, there was no silver to be found. There was nothing like this in all the earth. No king was more arrayed in splendor than Solomon. The glory of this place took the breath away of all who entered.

What are the riches of our dwelling place with the Lord. Out of the beauty of dwelling with Him, do we have the finest gold of unconditional love? Are the walls of our dwelling place encrusted with the jewels of forgiveness and mercy? Are the windows of our dwelling places draped with meekness and humility? Do trophies of grace hang on every wall? Are they 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 resources that we have? Do we value the treasures of our heart in the same way men value their wealth? There is a direct correlation between how much we value something to the lengths we will go to protect it.

And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him. And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the LORD (2Ch 12:1-2)

So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made. Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance of the king’s house.(2Ch 12:9-10)

Rehoboam brought about the division of Israel. In its divided state, the Egyptian king, Shishak came against Jerusalem and stole the treasure of the temple. The world invaded the weakened kingdom and took away all of its treasures. Can I suggest this is what has happened to Christendom? The world invaded it and took its treasures for itself. Now, look at what they replaced those 300 shields of gold with. Brass! Pure gold replaced by brass at the entrance to the kings house. What a disaster, pure gold replaced by a pale imitation. In a place where there was once so much gold that the Scriptures said “it made the silver in Jerusalem as plentiful as the stones,” now it had to replace the gold shields with brass.

The tragedy for much of Christendom is that the pure gold of the Lord’s presence has been replaced with the pale imitation of brass. Where once we stood in an atmosphere oh holiness surrounded by the glory of God, now we stand and watch smoke machines pathetically try and recreate this. Dimmed lights and loud drums and noisy electric guitars add to the “atmosphere.” One can try with all the skill they possess and alchemists toiled for centuries in this pursuit, but one cannot recreate gold. One cannot recreate the presence of God. The burning bush and the Holy ground only exists in the presence of God. Take God away and all you are left with is a common bush and some sand. How terribly tragic to see modern Christendom worshiping a bush and some sand and a handful of brass shields. God help us. Lord we need the gold of your presence. We need to stand in a unity that stops the world from invading the Church. Forgive us for our divided hearts.

Only the shield of faith can stop the fiery darts darts of the enemy. It must be real faith. The kind of faith that trusts God above all else no matter what our circumstances are is the faith of pure gold. This pale imitation that can only trust God for worldly treasure and ambition is but common brass and is the currency of the world. What kind of faith do you have?

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Rarified air

Posted by appolus on August 17, 2019

There is the presence of God to be found in enthusiastic and energetic worship, the kind of worship that lifts your spirit. It can lift up the head that hangs low and invigorate the heart and fill you full of joy and leave you strengthened. This is good worship. Yet there is another kind of worship that seems to have fled the land. A worship where we breath in rarified air. Oh how desperate is our need for this kind of encounter in our day.

The first kind of presence lifts your heart to gaze upon the Master, the second kind of presence invades every part of who you are. It falls from heaven like a heavy dew, heads are lowered and hands are raised. All becomes quiet, one barely dares to breathe as the Spirit of God slowly descends down through our out-strecthed hands and our hearts and minds and down to the very soles of our feet, and the ground upon which we stand becomes Holy ground. The first kind of presence uplifts us, the second changes us fundamentally. As living waters pour into us then it rises up like a great river that is so full that it overflows its banks.

The banks themselves begin to crumble and fall into this river of pure life as it swells up and floods through every part of who we are. The landscape is being changed by this flood, the very topography of our lives is being flattened by its powers and everything that is not securely rooted to its foundations is simply swept away. Changed forever. And when the flood recedes we are left with a glorious afterglow. As the deer pants for the waterbrooks, I wonder, do our hearts pant after this kind of encounter.

The Lord Himself does not need professional worship teams. He does not need people to encourage us to stand and jump up and down and raise our hands. In the Welsh revival two young women singing either acapella or simply backed by a piano typically sang “Here is love, vast as the ocean.” And there was Love, in the very midst of them, vast as the ocean, flooding the hearts and minds of all who attended.

Brothers and sisters, in all our modernity, what have we lost? In the programs of our churches and the professional class of worship leaders and pastors have we lost the simplicity of it all? And in the losing of it we now have to entertain the people. Spirit led worship is exactly that, it is Spirit led. In work we have a routine. In life we have a routine. Prisoners in prison have a routine. Oftentimes we are slaves to the routine, it is what gets us through life.

Yet, there is nothing routine about the Holy Spirit of the Living God. He is dynamic and you can never know what way the wind will blow next. Have we sold out our souls to the routine? Routine in the home, routine at work, routine at church. Routine people do not change the world. Routine people do not do wage war on the battle-fields of life. Saints, you are extraordinary because of the great treasure that lies within you. Extraordinary people change everything by the overflowing power of God that flows through every part of who they are.

The Spirit of God is dynamic and those filled with His “dynamis,” change the environment around them because of the environment inside of them. Their spirits have been filled to capacity and is overflowing their banks. And all who come near are caught up in the flooding overflow of a mighty all consuming God. Lord fill us again to overflowing with the kind of presence that invades every part of who we are and may all that we encounter be caught up in the flood that overflows our spirit.

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There aint no grandchildren in the Kingdom of God.

Posted by appolus on August 16, 2019

The things that we complain about are an affront to the cross of Christ. This dying to the flesh and taking up the cross is so foreign to an emotional based faith. So much of the mega church and movements like Hillsong are almost exclusively based on emotions. This is where the danger lies when your music ministry is the heart and soul of your church or movement. Young people especially are swept up in a tide of feelings, their foundations of why they worship based on how they feel. Watch a secular concert and see the secularist worship in much the same way. Worshiping God begins and ends at the cross. We worship a God who died for us, who shed His blood for us. The love we discovered at the cross is all consuming. It is life and death. It transcends feelings, it is so much deeper than that. It hurtles past the outer limits of our soul and penetrates deep into our spirits.

Our love for our Lord is based on the firm foundation that He first loved us and that He died for us! When that is the basis of your salvation then you shall not be easily shaken. God Himself will be your life and wild horses shall not drag you out of His hand. He is your reason for living, He is the very air that you breath, He is your very sanity, In short, you know you exist solely because of Him. These little men who are “walking away,” from their faith are crucifying to themselves the Son of God afresh and putting Him to an open shame before a mocking world. There are no grandchildren in the Kingdom of God only sons and daughters. Beware everyone of you that was raised in a Christian household and raised up in a church. Shine a spotlight on your faith and examine yourself to see whether indeed you “know,” Jesus. See whether indeed you are a son or a daughter of the Kingdom. Do you love the God of all creation above all things? Does He rule and reign in your heart or does He merely exist in your head? Eternity rises or falls based on these questions.

If you are merely a grandchild you cannot stand, you will fall. You may have walked an aisle when you were four or five and have been told all of your life that you are a Christian, but the cross will tell the story. Unless the cross has penetrated and transformed your spirit, you dwell in the dim recesses of your soul. A place where shades of gray dominate. To dwell there is to have become accustomed to the darkness and perceive it to be light. The eyes are very clever and soon master the grey dimness. Yet, if you were to walk out of the dimness, out of the shades of grey and into His marvelous light you would fall back and scream as the light tears through your eyes and explodes into your heart and mind and soul and spirit. The cross tears away a mans soul. It penetrates every part of him, nothing is left un-examined, nothing is ever the same. Now this new creature takes up his cross, in the shadow of Calvary, “knowing,’ not in the head, but in the deepest recesses of his heart, that His lord suffered more than he ever could and it is an enormous privilege to follow in His footsteps. This is salvation.

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