When is Then?

“THEN”

“Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily:
and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.
Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer;
thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am”

Isaiah 58: 8 – 9

When shall this “THEN” be?  The “THEN” spoken of here is the result of a walking out of the heart of God in His people.  It is when we as the people of God turn from our ways and we begin to walk faithfully to what God has given to each one of us that we will see the wonder of HIS light breaking forth in our midst.  We shall “THEN” call upon the Lord and HE shall answer “HERE I AM”!

“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness,
to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house?
when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? THEN shall….”

Isaiah 58:6 – 7

The “Fast of the Lord” is a life and an expression.  It is far more costly than a simple donation to someone else that is doing something, it is the very power of HIS Life loving, speaking and doing through each one of His People. It is HIS FAITH producing HIS Works in our lives.

“I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works;
or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place,
except thou repent”

Revelations 2:4 – 5

Only a “first love” can produce the “first works”.  Love can never be static, for it is the very motivation of all God’s work in the earth.  “For God so loved… that He gave…”

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“Love cannot be inactive; its life is a ceaseless effort to know, to feel, and to realize the boundless treasures hidden within its depths. This is its insatiable desire”

Jan Van Ruysbroeck (1293–1381)

Faith Works

“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify unto himself a peculiar people,
zealous of good works.”

Titus 2:14

Somewhere in the in the murky waters of religion, “works” became one of those words that became a stigma to the teaching of faith.  Works and faith were set in opposition to one another to such an extent that faith itself lost its power in the life of the individual believer.  Faith became a noun where it is said of some they are of a particular “faith”.  In the divorce of Faith from works, faith became an esoteric concept, a teaching, a statement of belief that could be hung from a wall, printed on a church bulletin, or written in a book and sold as a commodity.  It has come to such a low point that faith really has very little to do with the life of the common believer.  Its impact is relegated to “discussions” and doctrinal statements without so much as a thought as to what it should actually PRODUCE in the life of the believer.

“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that
FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD?”

James 2

As the church descended the slippery slopes where faith occupied less and less of the minds and hearts of God’s people, false teachings came in corrupting and beguiling the people of God and bringing the GREAT DIVORCE of Faith from Works.  Faith was no longer the heart and soul of the people of God; teachings and philosophy replaced the power and illumination of the lamp of God.  No longer did the fellowship of believers “provoke one another unto Love and Good Works”, but we replaced it with programs and teachings that promoted faithless inactivity.  Jesus was having a discussion with the Pharisees of HIS day in which they had said to HIM, “Abraham is our father”.  Jesus replied….

“If ye were Abraham’s children,
ye would do the works of Abraham”

John 8:39

 

So should it be said in this day, if we are the children of God, we should be doing the works of God.  In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus stated…

“Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven”

Matthew 5:16

We are not saved by works; we are saved UNTO good works by the union of Love and Faith.  Far too often have the scriptures been taken out of context and used to support the horror of divorcing Faith from Works…

“For by grace are ye saved through faith: and not that of yourselves:
it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus
UNTO GOOD WORKS, which God hath ordained that we
SHOULD WALK IN THEM.”

Ephesians 2:8 – 10

Where is the separation?  It is only in the abominable teaching of this hour.  Where are the works of the believer that are inspired by the living Faith of Christ within us?  How dare we separate these two; for in the separation we have compromised with a faith that is not only dead but has deceived the people of God into thinking that a faith without works is not only acceptable but pleasing to its Author.

Zealous of Good Works

A people redeemed from all iniquity, purified unto a peculiar (treasured and precious) people, are a people zealous of Good Works.  Whatever our place of development in God, whatever our standing, rest assured that our faith is being revealed by what it produces everyday in our lives.  In the Book of Revelation we see the ONE with the eyes of fire peering into the Church of Laodicea and HE SPEAKS this Word…

“I know thy WORKS,
that thou are art neither cold nor hot…”

Revelation 3:15

 

Our works reveal our faith.  The redemptive power of salvation is revealed in and through lives that are filled with the fire of a continually growing, dynamic faith that is made alive by the LOVE of God.

“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision nor uncircumcision
availeth any thing, but
Faith which worketh by Love.”

Galatians 5:5

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“Faith is the root of works. A root that produces nothing is dead.”

Thomas Wilson (1663–1735)

Brian Troxel

Why am I thus?

Why am I thus?
Genesis 25:22

“And the children struggled together within her; and she said,
If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the LORD.
And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb,
and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels;
and the one people shall be stronger than the other people;
and the elder shall serve the younger.”

Genesis 25:22 – 25

Within the life of every true believer is the struggle between two natures; two ways of living, two sets of desires and two eternal consequences.  The conflict is between the first Adam and the Last Adam, the first Adam man being that nature which is earthly and sensual and the second Adam being the heavenly man, the Eternal Son of Man. We see the very portrayal of this within the womb of Rebekah as she by faith brought forth the one who would become Israel in the purposes and dealings of our great God.

Esau was the firstborn, a man of passions, wild and undisciplined.  He was of the earth, earthly and devoid of any real love of spiritual things.  He was born first, bearing the likeness of the first Adam, which in the Hebrew means “red earth”.  At his birth the scriptures take great care to describe his appearance.

“And the first came out red*(see note below), all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau”

Genesis 25:25

Jacob, though a schemer and a conniver, had one thing that set him apart.  He had respect for the things of God.  The birthright, which was rightfully Esau’s by virtue of being the first born, meant little to Esau and he surrendered it for  a mere mess of pottage in a moment of extreme hunger.  Jacob, on the other hand, coveted this blessing.  Jacob was the son of promise, a man called to become the Israel of God, not by strength, nor by might but by the mercy and strength of our God.

These two distinct “manner of people” struggled within the womb of Rebekah, yet the promise was THE ELDER SHALL SERVE THE YOUNGER.  Jacob’s journey of faith to become Israel was one of many dealings and breakings in the hands of a determined and merciful God.  The promise of God tarries until the man Jacob is broken.  It is in our submission to His dealings that we become the people upon whom the promise falls.

“The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel”

Isaiah 9:8

The promise to Jacob was a sure thing but the severity of the dealings of God and the determination of God is what made the promise sure.  The man Jacob must become the worm that he might indeed become strong.

“Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff”

Isaiah 41:14 – 15

We must see that the inabilities in our life to do God’s will are the result of our strengths not our weaknesses. When we speak of weakness we are speaking of all that has not been brought into submission to the Son; in whatever measure we have known the fellowship of His sufferings there is a corresponding experience of His resurrection life.

“That I may know him,
and the power of his resurrection,
and the fellowship of his sufferings,
being made conformable unto his death;
If by any means
I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead”

Philippians 3:10 – 11

Let us realize that the struggle within is a struggle that is to be unto life and glory; HIS LIFE and HIS GLORY.  The struggle of Rebekah is prophetic of all that we must know within ourselves.  Jacob will remain Jacob until he is broken.  We too will remain barren unless we discover the wonder and the power of HIS faith in our lives.  A faith like gold submitted to the fire is purified and fit for the master’s use.  Teachings will not produce this life; only a broken and surrendered will in the hands of the God of Jacob!  This is not a day to tarry but it is a day for us to “press toward the mark, for the PRIZE of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus”.

Let our confidence be not in ourselves, our knowledge or our associations.  Rather let our confidence be in the God of Jacob who was able to bring forth a PRINCE* (see note below) from the worm and who is able to complete that which He began in us.  The beauty of Jacob’s heart was clearly revealed at Peniel as we see Jacob clinging to the ONE who wounded him for in that place we see and hear God’s declaration…

“Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed”

Genesis 32:28

* אַדְמֹנִי ʼaḏmōniy, אַדְמוֹנִי ʼaḏmôniy: An adjective meaning red, ruddy. from the Hebrew Word ADAM
*Israel – Prince with God

Brian Troxel

As They Went

AS THEY WENT

“And it came to pass, that, as they went,
they were cleansed”
Luke 17:14

We want results.  God wants obedience.  The ten lepers mentioned here were sick, and they were outcasts.  They wanted healing, they needed healing and they cried out for healing.  The Word from the Son was a simple “go”.  Their condition had not changed but in spite of no change they obeyed and the cleansing came AS they walked, not before.  Leprosy represents the contagion of sin in a man’s life.

The human race is infected with this loathsome condition.  We see it around us, we see it in us and because of it we cry out for deliverance.  Men wait for change before they can do anything, the Son says walk and be made whole.  Faith requires no evidence to believe, it arises, always arises because it is independent of circumstances.  It matters not what our circumstances speak; our weaknesses are of no consequence in the realm of faith. Our failures have no legitimate claim to dampen our faith, for Faith rests in the accomplished work of the Son not the dismal failures of men.  Faith rests upon HIM for HE is its author not man.   Faith is not a “feeling” inherent in some people and not in others.  Faith is a power, a ministration of the Son, who HAS, IS and forever WILL look to any heart (regardless of condition) that will ALLOW God to show Himself strong on their behalf!

“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth,
to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him”
II Chronicles 16:9

I am just beginning to realize that faith is the “fruit” of a relationship with its author.  It comes to us as a free unmerited “gift”, but its real development in our lives is the result of Relationship with Jesus!  It is in “walking” with Him in the common course of life.   It is in the “going” when I feel crippled myself; in the realization that my cupboard is bare and crying out to HIM for provision that my brother may be fed. It is in our own weariness that we find strength to encourage and refresh others!  This is the core of true relationship with the SON!  Why do we linger and wait for some “experience” before we can “do” anything?  The Son right now is speaking, He is shining with light, love and glory and HIS provisions have not been withdrawn.  Faith reaches through the clouds of discouragement and failure and lays hold of HIM who is faithful and true.  HE has come, IS come and will continue to be our portion in the days ahead!

“Faith is an activity; it is something that has to be applied”
Corrie ten Boom (1892–1983)

God’s friends – God’s service

“But, thou Israel, art my servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend

Isaiah 42:8

Service unto the Lord is always the offspring of being chosen by God.  God’s choice is the result of one who has set their life to be a friend of God.  In our religious circles today men feel by being active in service that we become chosen and by being real successful we are to assume that we are a friend of God.  True active service is the result (not the cause) of a friendship with God.  Friendship with God will always be expressed in active ministry.  The reason so few of us are functioning in true active service of God has more to do with our own personal relationship with Him than anything else.  Relationship with God is the springboard to all ministry.

“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me,
for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry”

I Timothy 1:12

It is required for us to be found faithful in revealing His heart to His people.  To know Him is to know the Love He has for His people, a love that passes understanding, a love that motivates ACTS of obedience and humility.  It will require us to withdraw if we sense people becoming dependent upon us; it will require an obedience that will risk every earthly relationship in order to serve Him and ultimately cost us every “right” to ourselves in order to know HIM.  If we love Him then we must also Love His people with that same Love.

To see and understand the scriptures in any depth requires His Love in our hearts, for Love is the foundation of any true relationship.  It is in seeing and understanding HIM that the scriptures come alive with His thoughts and purposes.  The understanding that comes from a heart of Love will always surpass that of a knowledge that merely puffs up.  The ability to edify another Life can only flow from a heart that has God’s interests in mind.

“Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
And if any man think that he knoweth any thing,
he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
But if any man love God, the same is known of him”

I Corinthians 8:1 – 3

“Agape love is . . . profound concern for the well-being of another, without any desire to control that other, to be thanked by that other, or to enjoy the process.”

Madeleine L’Engle

Who Shall Deliver Me? – Part 2

WHO SHALL DELIVER ME?

PART TWO

“…who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

Romans 7:24

This is the response of a truthful heart to its condition.  The question presented here is not one of “what” shall deliver me but “who”.   The centrality of the New Covenant is Christ Jesus!  He is the New Covenant.  He is our deliverance.

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name
under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”

Acts 4:12

Peter beholding Jesus (transfigured on the mount) with Moses and Elijah straightway declared “let us build” three tabernacles! Within the heart of man is this innate desire to build edifices, institute programs and exonerate ministries and expressions within the Body of Christ.  Yet here we see Peter reproved from God Himself, “THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, HEAR YE HIM”!!

All ministry must fade in the presence of the SON.  The purpose of true ministry is to so  minister HIS LIFE and Glory that the Church gets to the place where HE HAS the PRE-EMINENECE in ALL things.  We are to present Christ, the risen Christ, so that here on earth as it is in heaven every knee should bow and confess HE IS LORD.  Wherever the Holy Spirit is in control there is true order.  There is an unmistakeable freedom from the agendas of men and true liberty for the people of God to flow in the richness and power of the risen Christ.  Humility is the stamp of a life submitted to the will of God.  The unseemly members of the Body will know the “added” glory of our Great God so that there will be no more schisms within the context of His House.  Above all there will be the wonder of the Love of God flowing in such manifestations that even the world will know that we are CHRISTIANS!  This Glory is about to dawn upon our land in the midst of a segregated, divided and impotent church; even one filled with the energies of those who would build yet another tabernacle to lure others from other tabernacles in an ever ongoing cycle of division and agendas.  We are living at the very edge of the summation of all that God has purposed in Christ and, because the government rests upon His shoulders, we have reason to glory.   We have reason to be filled with the power of HIS Hope surging through our hearts by a living faith that knows HE IS ABLE!  Nothing will stay His Hand.  His wedding feast shall be full and He will complete all that HE has purposed.  Let men fail, let systems crumble, let the nations roar and take council against the Lord and His Anointed; HE will finish what HE has begun!

FOR HIS NAME IS JESUS!

Brian Troxel

Who shall deliver me? – Part 1

WHO SHALL DELIVER ME?

PART ONE

“…who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

Romans 7:24

Death has many faces.  The Greek word used here is translated “death” 115 times in the New Testament.  In the scripture above and in many other places it is speaking of a death that is the result of a spiritual condition.  Somehow over the years in the Christian church we have become so numb to the power of His Life that we fail to see what His resurrection is to impart to us.  Paul is speaking here in Romans of a life that is an expression of death…

“… for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.”

Romans 7:18 – 19

In response to this condition of willing to do good but not doing, and of doing what one does not want to do, there is recognition of a need for deliverance from the “body of THIS death”.  Romans 7 is not to be the abiding experience of the normal Christian life; it is a necessary part of the journey as we grow and develop our relationship with Him, but it is NOT our dwelling place!  Paul goes on a few verses later and declares…

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

Romans 8:2

The Romans 7 experience is characterized by one key word…. “I”.  From Romans 7:14 – 23, the word “I” is mentioned 25 times.  Attempting to live the Christian Life in our own resources will always bring us back to the “death” herein described in Romans 7.  Romans 8 speaks of the LIFE in Christ Jesus!  It speaks of the LAW of Life in Christ Jesus; a LAW that frees us from the law of sin and death.  For the law of sin and death rules with an iron fist over the self life; it cannot be defeated by the self life no matter how good our intentions are.  Christian Theology cannot save me from the “body of this death”, it can only intensify it!  The end of all ministry MUST CULMINATE IN HIM.  It matters not how good someone’s teaching or preaching is; without the LIFE of Christ ruling and reigning in me its profits nothing.  The purpose of true ministry is to bring men into relationship with Christ Himself for HE ALONE can save us from our sins. HE ALONE can lift us into a realm of LIFE that is freed from the law of sin and death.  This does not negate ministry; it defines and empowers it with the realization that in the ministration of truth, living vital truth, are the people of God made free.  A ministry that leaves the people of God with an abiding experience of Romans 7 is not a ministry of TRUTH!

The purpose of TRUTH is to MAKE us free.  Truth is not words, it is not opinions.  Truth is the LIFE and POWER of the SON ruling and reigning within the hearts of men.


“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall MAKE you FREE”

John 8:32

BEHOLD THE DAY OF THE LORD

“Behold, I have set the land before you…”

Deuteronomy 1:8

The land of promise lies before us and the faithfulness and failures of the preceding generations lie behind. This is the day of Decision. This is the Day of Faith and Vision. We have come to the Day; we have come to the hour of the full purpose of God in Christ. An hour of great suffering – and glory, of great darkness and great light, of death and life, of great battle and peace, of defeat and the final conquest for all eternity. The full revelation of the two mysteries: the mystery of iniquity and the full revelation of the mystery of Godliness. We stand at this last river, the River Jordan, where a people stand ready to be baptized into the experiential identification of His Death that we might know the power of His Resurrection. Throughout the history of the true and living church there have been countless brothers and sisters who have willingly laid down their lives for the testimony of Jesus. This is the day for that number to be fulfilled that the testimony of God in the earth may reach fullness and the Great Judge arise and avenge their blood upon the earth. It is HIS DAY! It is the day of revelation; it is the day of the unveiling of the fullness of wickedness and the fullness of the Glory of God and the Kingdom of Righteousness. Let the faith, hope and love of God grip us to face this hour in the Power of His Life. For it is in Him that we will overcome the peril of this hour. The teachings of men will fade, the mountain top experiences will fade, but they that DO the will of the Father will abide forever. As we enter this hour we realize that every man has built his house, the fate of the 10 virgins has already been determined, the parable of the talents and pounds has already played out, for this is the day of the REVELATION of each man’s life. This is the day of the return of the Master to His vineyard, the day for men to give an account to the Master of the talents and pounds, the hour of the Midnight Cry when the lives of the virgins will be exposed; it is the Day of the Storm that will reveal the house that has been built on the sand and on the rock. It is the day where the worshippers of God are measured and all things are finally consummated in the SON. It is the Day of Judgement and Rewards. It is the Day of HIS GLORY!

Even in this late hour let us hear afresh the call to turn from our ways and with great brokenness rend our hearts to be found in Him not having our own righteousness, but to stand in the righteousness that is the product of the operation of His Faith in our lives. We must realize that the positional truths of God are precious but that His Faith has come to MAKE us stand in the actual righteousness of God. “Be ye holy as I am Holy”. The purpose of Faith is to see that which is in Christ brought into reality in the earth. “That as He is, so are we in this world”!

Wherefore we do well to give heed in this hour to the voice of the Prophet Zephaniah:

Before the decree bring forth, before the
day pass as chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord
come upon you, before the fierce anger of the Lord
come upon you. Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth,
which have wrought His judgement; seek righteousness,
seek meekness, it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.”

Zephaniah 2:2-3

The land of Egypt lies behind us, the trials and purging of the Wilderness has been passed through, and we stand at the banks of the river Jordan. It is the day of the entering in. It is the day of the passing away of former things. It is the Day of the Revelation when everyman’s works will be brought to light.

“Walk while it is yet day, for the night cometh when no man can work”

“Behold, I have set the Land before you…”

Brian Troxel
December 31, 2007