Quote for Today – Duncan Campbell

Quote for Today

“There is a kind of gospel being proclaimed today which conveniently accommodates itself to the spirit of the age, and makes no demand for godliness.”
– Duncan Campbell

The Sevenfold Spirit of God – Council and Might

Podcast – The Sevenfold Spirit of God – Council and Might

…must go hand-in-hand in order to be effective in the life of the disciple

A Simple Study of God’s Powerful Spirit of Council and Might

The Day of Decisions

A Day of Decisions

“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints,
and to overcome them…”
Revelation 13:7

In these last days The Cross of Christ will be much more than a teaching; to the saints it will be experiential. There is far too much frivolity in the popular “gospel” of today. Men and women pin their hopes on politics and wealth; scriptures are misconstrued to conclude that we have been called to worldly prosperity and influence. Read this scripture again and let its truth sink deep into your spirit. Let it bring clarity to the things that lie before us.

“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints,
and to overcome them…”
Revelation 13:7

It was given unto whom?

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea,
and saw a beast rise up out of the sea…”
Revelation 13:1

The Beast is rising in our day. They who have ears to hear and discerning eyes to see know that the day is upon us. John hears and sees this phenomenon unfold before him. We are clearly told what is soon to be:

“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him,
whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb…”
Revelation 13:8

John then hears a stern and powerful exhortation:

“If ANY man have an ear, let him hear”
Revelation 13:9

Can we truly hear? The foolishness of empty words will cease. Let His people be under no illusions; a time of great testing is coming upon us. It is a day to “arm ourselves”; not with carnal weapons but with the spiritual armour and graces of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh,
arm yourselves likewise with the same mind:
for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin…”
1 Peter 4:1

Jesus is the Way! He overcame this world and the principalities of spiritual wickedness through sacrifice, not carnal warfare! It is a Day to arm ourselves with “the same mind” which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. It is time to cease from the carnality of politics and turn unto Him alone who can prepare us for our day of sacrifice. Our victory in the days ahead will lie in our being “hid” in Christ, where His mind, heart and Spirit becomes ours. We dare not face this day unprepared. The “cross” IS the power of God. It is as we take on his armour today that we will be given the ability to stand in the evil day, having DONE all.

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having DONE all, to stand”
Ephesians 6:13

There is a large segment of the church who are becoming zealous for political power rather than the true power of God. To them the cross is foolishness and represents a weakness rather than the power that it is. The carnal mind despises the Cross of Christ and all they who think such things are in the throes of “perishing”. It is to those who are being saved that the cross holds the true hope and power of God.

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness;
but unto us which are being (the Greek Tense) saved it is the power of God”
1 Corinthians 1:18

The lines of demarcation are being drawn; this Day will separate the wheat from the tares, the true from the false, and those who serve God from those who serve themselves.

The Cross has always been the threshing instrument in the hands of our God.

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision:
for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision”
Joel 3:14

The Day of the Lord is upon us. There is a deep valley through which His people must pass and where decisions will be made. The flood is coming and the foundation of every man’s house will be tested for the day will declare the verity of everyman’s work.

“Every man’s work shall be made manifest:
for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire;
and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is”
1 Corinthians 3:13

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Brian Troxel

Thought for Today – Hedged In

Thought for Today

Hedged In

“Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden,
whom God has hedged in?”
Job 3:23

The confinements of God serve His end to those who understand His ways. Liberty in the Spirit often comes to those who feel hedged in in the flesh. The light of God is given in times of darkness. The constrictions of circumstances bring enlargement, patience and strength to those who see beyond the walls of this life. There is a hidden ministry, veiled from the prisoner, during the silent and painful work of a pearl being formed. The graces of God must be fashioned in the life of His own in the dark and lonely experiences of life.

“And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison,
a place where the king’s prisoners were bound:
and he was there in the prison”
Genesis 39:20

There are dark places within the soul of man which require dark times to bring and fill them with the light of God! Joseph could not comprehend the end God had determined for him. He had a dream of authority in the family of God, but he had never even considered the greater sphere in which he would rule and reign! God’s end is always larger than what we can see. What was the secret hidden in Joseph’s captivity?

“But the Lord was with Joseph…”
Genesis 39:21

There is treasure locked within the dark times of our lives. There are purposes to be mined in the deep places of confinement and loneliness. The promise of greater things is bound up within our faithfulness to serve God in these prisons. Joseph’s faithfulness to God was the key to his release. His faithfulness to the gift of interpreting dreams became the very means of unlocking his prison door.

Let not the dark places crush your vision. Let not despondency rob you of your service unto the King of kings. Remain faithful in every circumstance to serve and honor God; for we shall surely reap in proportion to our sowing. We will stand in the Day of harvest, bringing our sheaves to lay at the feet of the One alone who is worthy.

“I have remembered thy name,
O Lord, in the night,
and have kept thy law”
Psalm 119:55

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“And I will give thee the treasures of darkness,
and hidden riches of secret places,
that thou mayest know that I, the Lord,
which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel”
Isaiah 45:3

Brian Troxel

An Exegesis of Light – Excerpt From Coming Book

An Exegesis of Light

Chapter 3
(excerpt)

The Rule of Light
Within the Hearts of Men

“And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.”
GENESIS 1:17

Here we read that light is given for illumination and to govern their respective dominions. God purposes are also revealed in the division of the light from the darkness. The sun rules over the day while the moon is given to rule over the night. There are governing purposes in these distinctions. Within the whole spectrum of light, we see a picture of the division of rule. Those who are of the Day are governed and thus live by the light of the sun (Son); those who are of the night are governed by the rule of darkness (Satan). The Son is the ever-dawning true light whereas the devil masquerades as light that is merely a cold and dead reflection of the True Light. Satan is the ever-waning beacon leading men into darkness, sin and death. (The moon serves as a good illustration of this.) He is the father of lies because he is the most self-deceived. Jesus, in speaking to the self-deceived religious men in His time on earth called them the children of the devil! Why? Because of their deeds, not their beliefs.

“Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
John 8:43-44

Earlier in this discussion, Jesus acknowledged that they were of the “seed” of Abraham (John 8:37). The Greek word used here for seed is σπέρμα (sperma), referring to the natural seed of Abraham. As such, the light which had once been given unto them had now become dark; they were now ruled by the lusts of their (new) father rather than by the light of God. Herein is revealed the truth concerning light. The Jews whom Jesus was addressing had great “understanding” of the scriptures but they had no light. Light is a function of life, not knowledge. It is in what men do wherein they reveal who their father truly is. All men live according to the lusts (desires) of their hearts so inevitably their inward governing principle is revealed.

“For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other.”
Galatians 5:17

Regardless of words spoken the spiritual condition of a life is known by one governing principle; only one master can be served. Paul goes on to describe the two contrary lusts or desires at war in all of us (Galatians 5:16-22). As with the religious Jews of Jesus’ day it is our actions that reveal whose offspring we are.

“I speak that which I have seen with my Father:
and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.”
John 8:38

Fatherhood is revealed in the deeds of its corresponding offspring. Paul’s delineation of those who are of the flesh from those who are of the Spirit begins by setting before us the “works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19-21). It is the light of God which which makes these things manifest…

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Brian Troxel

Quote for Today – John Knox

Quote for Today

 

“As touching nature I am a worm of this earth, and yet a subject of this commonwealth; but as touching the office wherein it has pleased God to place me, I am a watchman… For that reason I am bound in conscience to blow the trumpet publicly.”
– John Knox

Quote for Today – Henry Scougal

Quote for Today

“The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love: he who loveth mean and sordid things doth thereby become base and vile; but a nobleand well placed affection doth advance and improve the spirit into a conformity with the perfections which it loves”
– Henry Scougal