Quote for Today – Augustine

Quote for Today

Augustine

“A Christian is: a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which Christ speaks, and a hand through which Christ helps”
Augustine

HIS WORK IN US

His Work in Us

“Let Your work be seen in Your servants, 
and Your majesty to their sons”
Psalm 90:16
(Green’s Literal Translation)

Our lives are to be an evident token of God’s work in us.  The work of God is to be seen IN us by how we conduct the affairs of this life.  Who we are demonstrates who God is in our life.  There exists no other medium whereby we can reveal Him. Religion is concerned with words, phrases and terminology; truth is concerned with being and character.  The crux of truth is measured in reality.  It is the actual demonstration of character that reveals the extent of God’s work in a man. His work is to be SEEN (not just heard) in our lives.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, 
the evidence of things not seen”
Hebrews 11:1

We must realize that FAITH is an actual substance in God’s eyes. It is not, as many may think, an intellectual concept, belief in a random collection of scriptures or a worked up religious fervour or feeling.  Faith is a substance that is in itself the very evidence of things not seen.  True faith must produce an evidential expression of things not seen.

Where there is no evidential expression there is no faith.  Without faith there can be no righteousness for true righteousness is the evidence of faith.  Without faith there can be no true works for true faith produces the works of God in our lives.

“Let Your work be seen in Your servants,
and Your majesty to their sons”
Psalm 90:16

If His work is real and demonstrative in the lives of His servants it will affect their sons.  Whether they are spiritual or natural there must be a substantive ministration of His majesty to those around us.  Moses’ Psalm is true for every generation. May God’s desire for every one of His servants be our cry.

Lord, “Let YOUR work be SEEN in your servants” and “YOUR Majesty to our sons”!

Brian Troxel

FOR THE TIME WILL COME

“For the time will come…”

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers,
having itching ears”
IITim: 4:3

(Greek Exegesis)

“…shall heap to themselves teachers…”

Shall they heap to themselves teachers (ἑαυτοῖς ἐπισωρεύ σουσιν διδασκάλους) A vigorous and graphic statement. Ἑπισωρεύειν to heap up, N.T. Comp. σεσωρευμένα laden, 3:6. The word is ironical; shall invite teachers en masse. In periods of unsettled faith, skepticism, and mere curious speculation in matters of religion, teachers of all kinds swarm like the flies in Egypt. The demand creates the supply. The hearers invite and shape their own preachers. If the people desire a calf to worship, a ministerial calf-maker is readily found. “The master of superstition is the people, and in all superstition wise men follow fools” (Bacon, Ess. 17).

Having itching ears (κνηθόμενοι τὴν ἀκοήν) Or, being tickled in their hearing. Κνήθειν to tickle, N.T. lxx. Κνηθόμενοι itching. Hesychius explains, “hearing for mere gratification.” Clement of Alexandria describes certain teachers as “scratching and tickling, in no human way, the ears of those who eagerly desire to be scratched” (Strom. v.). Seneca says: “Some come to hear, not to learn, just as we go to the theater, for pleasure, to delight our ears with the speaking or the voice or the plays” (Vincent’s Word Studies)

The word narcosis is the result or state of temporary being that arises from this pursuit of mere gratification. As it speaks in the scriptures of a famine of the “hearing” of the Word of God, and because of this “…they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it” Amos 8:11 – 12. There is a lust for knowledge that is not for the purpose of becoming but simply for the pursuit of accumulating more knowledge. It is a day of great obscurity as the wheat and the tares grow together until the day of harvest when the sheep are separated from the goats. This separation is not based on the accumulation of knowledge but is determined by the nature of the individual (IIPet. 1:4). It is through the process of obedience and the pursuit of His person that what we hear becomes what we are. When teaching no longer creates a cry within the hearts of its recipients to become, it is simply another means of entertainment for a people who “heap to themselves teachers”.

I felt impressed to send out this short article that I wrote in 2007 and though it is not meant as something easy to read it is simply a Greek word study on 2Timothy 4:3.

B. Troxel
March 18, 2007

SHOW & TELL

SHOW & TELL

“…show forth his salvation from day to day”
PSALM 96:2

The Hebrew word used here for show means to declare, preach, bear tidings and to show forth a message. The truth of God’s salvation, His purpose and His Presence in our hearts should be one of showing forth what He has done in our lives and a telling of that to the world around us. To whatever measure we have tasted and seen of His goodness there should be a demonstration of it in our lives. Who we are should validate what we declare. The evidence of the one should give weight to the things we say. Our daily responses with family and friends, our business dealings, our interactions with co-workers and even with the guy who cuts you off in traffic should be something that shows his salvation!

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:
and be ready always to give an answer
to every man that asketh you a reason
of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”
1 PETER 3:15

The loss of impact in this world brought about by religious words from lives that are out of sync with His message is tragic. The purpose of His dealings in our lives is to make the one the verity of the other. We need to be declaring Him in the world around us, we need to be bolder in our testimony of Him to this world, but let us also have a greater awareness of the accountability of our actions and words. We are exhorted in the book of James…

“So speak ye, and so do
as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty…”
JAMES 2:12

We need to be reminded that we are accountable to the judge of all men for the words we speak and the actions we take. The message we bear is HIM. Let us seek that continual work of His transformation in our lives that we may show as well as tell.

“Herein is our love made perfect,
that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:
because as he is, so are we in this world
1 JOHN 4:17

Brian Troxel

APPROVING OURSELVES

APPROVING OURSELVES

“But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God,
in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings,
in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness,
by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned…”
II CORINTHIANS 4:5 – 6

The approval of one’s ministry is revealed not only by the MINISTRATION of the LIFE OF CHRIST to others but by the REVELATION of the CHARACTER of Christ as we conduct ourselves in the course of everyday life. It is in the crucible of this life that we reveal the true state of our heart. We can speak great swelling words, do mighty works, associate with men of God, and have great knowledge in the things of God, but it is in our reaction to the circumstances around us that we either approve or disapprove ourselves unto God. Character is the revelation of a man’s walk with God. What we do reveals what we are.

“I will show thee my faith by my works”
JAMES 2:18

Faith is given in order for us to BECOME expressions of its author. We are all works in progress. Nevertheless if we do not equate FAITH with BEING we will deprive ourselves of all that God has purposed. Every trial that comes our way is to one end; that we are changed to more of a likeness of HIM.

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,
worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”
II CORINTHIANS 4:17

What is this “eternal weight of Glory”? Is it not HIS character and HIS likeness wrought into our very being? The true value of FAITH is to make us witnesses of HIM, not only in word, but more importantly in DEED. The nature and purpose of FAITH is to make us live BEYOND our own resources, to make available to us the riches, the substance and the goodness of our God. Where faith is real so is character. Men who claim great faith without revealing great character have deceived themselves.

We are living in a day of revelation. This day will reveal the one who built his house upon hearing the Word of God without doing and the one who built his house by the hearing and doing of God’s Word. For the flood is coming and with that flood will come the revelation that the strength of a man’s house is not in the house but that upon which it is built.

May the Lord work in us a fresh realization that it is in the daily grind of life we are to ever be about our Father’s business, which is to reveal HIS SON in each one of us.

“But when it pleased God,
who separated me from my mother’s womb,
and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me…”
GALATIANS 1:15 – 16

Ω

“Character in a saint
means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested”
Oswald Chambers

Brian Troxel

BEING TRUE

BEING TRUE

“In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses,
HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD”
ZECHARIAH 14:20

Horses in those days were part of the flow of everyday life; transportation and work. God’s intent is to bring us to the place that the common activities of our daily life are an expression of “Holiness unto the Lord”. What we are with our brothers and sisters as we gather unto the Lord, we are in the public work places of life and in the private times when no one else is around. Every activity and every secret of the heart has one desire and intent: “Holiness unto the Lord”.

The ministry of truth has but one end; to MAKE US TRUE. A true heart remains the same no matter what the surroundings are. It is not given to change for the purpose of “fitting in”, being approved by our peers, or the appearance of being “spiritual”. The revelation of the depth of TRUTH that we actually walk in happens by BEING TRUE to Him in every aspect of our life. It matters little what men may think of us or how they interpret our actions and words. It matters only that we live in such a way that we glorify HIM. Holiness unto the Lord means that we set aside our life, our desires and our pursuits for the purpose of DOING HIS WILL, REVEALING HIS HEART and WALKING IN HIS WAYS. This is not a life that can be known or experienced by our own strength. It is the fruit of the MINISTRATION OF TRUTH that pierces our hearts, that uncovers our nakedness, that purges us from the horror of our self-will and self-deception to bring us into the LOVE OF GOD.

“IN THAT DAY…”

declares the Lord there WILL BE such a people! Truth is more than words, more than print on a page. TRUTH is A POWER with only one purpose and that is to make us TRUE EXPRESSIONS OF HIM WHO ALONE IS TRUE.

Ω

“Herein is our love made perfect,
that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:
because as HE IS, SO ARE WE in this world”
1 JOHN 4; 17

Brian Troxel