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