HOLY WORDS – HOLY LIVES

HOLY WORDS
HOLY LIVES

“Now when they heard this,
they were cut to the heart…”
ACTS 2:37

True and anointed Words of the Holy Spirit convict and bring men to places of decision and repentance. They are Words that are living, powerful, penetrating and convicting. They are words of truth that reveal all that is untruthful; words that bring men and women to places of CHANGE. Faith without works is dead and so is repentance without change. John the Baptist declared in his day…

“Therefore bear fruit in keeping*
(Grk congruous or of equal weight)
with repentance”
MATTHEW 3:8

The depth of our repentance is revealed by the depth of change wrought within our lives. Where there is little change there is little power in the words spoken. How accustomed we have become to powerless sermons and teachings that bring information without change. Every Sunday, all across our land, sermons are given and songs are sung in our many gatherings yet we see so little in terms of CHANGE in the lives of those that hear. If there is no conviction there is no repentance and if there is no repentance there is no change.

The disciples of Christ were of the common sort. They were fishermen, tax collectors, political zealots and such. They faltered, misinterpreted him, misunderstood him, and had very little inkling of the call that was upon them. However, after three and one half years of being with HIM, walking with HIM and waiting and seeking the promise of the comforter, on the day of Pentecost they became flaming ministrations of the HOLY SPIRIT! Let us consider the contrast of what we see in our land today.

Where are those words of life that bring conviction and change? Where are the hearts of those who would dare seek to represent HIS TRUTH in this hour? Where are the sermons that cut men to the very core of who they are? Where are those who cannot continue with a religion that has no power or reality?

We are more concerned with sympathy than conviction. We surround ourselves with those who make us feel good about ourselves. We associate with those who will not and cannot challenge us beyond the depth of our present walk. The unsaved and unbelieving are comfortable in our midst and can sit in our meetings without the slightest concern over their condition. Why and how can this be?

We speak of witnessing rather than being witnesses. We speak of truth as something that can be held in our intellect rather than being a power that produces change within ourselves and in the lives of those around us. We cannot compromise with sin in our own lives and expect to have a word that will convict others. If that Word of Life does not produce change within us, how can we give to others what we have not experienced ourselves? It is a day to consider our ways; a day to objectively consider what we have wrought in this life. Have we impacted the lives of others in terms of righteousness and truth and pointed them unto HIM who can transform into vessels of righteousness and glory?

Holy words proceed from Holy Lives

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“Let us search and try our ways,
and turn again to the LORD”
LAMENTATIONS 3:40

Brian Troxel

ADONIJAH

ADONIJAH

“Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying,
“I will be king”;
and he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen,
and fifty men to run before him.
(And his father had not rebuked him at any time by saying,
“Why have you done so?”
He was also very good-looking.
His mother* had borne him after Absalom.)
Then he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah
and with Abiathar the priest,
and they followed and helped Adonijah”
1KINGS 1:5-7 NKJV

( Read the whole event in 1Kings chapters 1 and 2)

“There is nothing new under the Sun” declares the Word. In the days when King David was passing off the scene and the need arose for a new king we see many false expressions rising to “claim” their place. Adonijah was a picture of this. He had a good sounding name (the Lord is my YHWH), a spiritually blind Joab and priesthood lending their credentials, and a multitude of people proclaiming that this was God’s anointed; the feast went on with great excitement yet GOD WAS NOT IN IT! Neither were those who truly knew their God involved in this.

“But Zadok the priest and Be-naiah the son of Jehoiada
and Nathan the prophet and Shimei and Rei
and David’s mighty men were not with Adonijah”
II CHRONICLES 3:3 (YLT Bible)

This is an example of a false move that ended in the judgment of God coming upon all who where involved in it. We see the parallel today with many claiming to be the anointed one, associated with signs and wonders and great excitement, BUT GOD IS NOT IN IT! We see “moves” of the spirit where people are barking like dogs, howling and running around with no wisdom or depth of character being displayed. The lack of discernment allows chaos and foolishness to be exercised and encouraged. Those who know their God are not taken in by such things. They stand in the wisdom of their God. Men and women of integrity know there is a difference between following signs and wonders or signs and wonders following them. While multitudes seek out signs and wonders there are those who are not moved by such things. Jesus said..

“An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign”
MATTHEW 12:39

It is evil to seek after signs. When Jesus sent out His disciples and they came back with the report that even the demons were subject to them in HIS NAME… Jesus replied…

“Notwithstanding in this rejoice not,
that the spirits are subject unto you;
but rather rejoice,
because your names are written in heaven”
LUKE 10:4

Our glory is to Glorify Him and to do HIS WILL! In the doing of that will we will discover that our rejoicing is always in Him. I have seen and been a part of great movings of God, have seen healings and experienced Holy Visitations of HIS glorious presence; in all of these glimpses of HIS Glory there remained the Holy Wonder of Him. It was not a circus. Rather it was the Holy One moving by grace to reveal His wondrous ways and person. His Holy Spirit has ONE PURPOSE and that is to humble men and glorify Jesus. We see men on stage soaking in the applause of men and glorified and followed as if they were of any account. In the days of Azuza’s outpouring one of the main preachers would hide himself behind the pulpit so as not to attract any attention to himself. In our day we put men’s names in lights so to speak and the multitudes following with an adulation that should be reserved for God alone!

In the Book of Acts we see Paul being used of God…

“And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius,
because he was the chief speaker.
Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city,
brought oxen and garlands unto the gates,
and would have done sacrifice with the people.
Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of,
they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,
And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things?”
ACTS 14:12-15

Such is the difference between the ministers of God and the false ministrations of our day. Who is glorified and what is our motivation? These are eternal questions that will determine our end on the day of Judgement. Men who follow men know not their God. Their confidence is in being in concert with others and they know not the internal approval of God within their own hearts.

Will we not hear in this Day…

“Not every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day,
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?
and in thy name have cast out devils?
and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them,
I never knew you:
depart from me,
ye that work iniquity.”
MATTHEW 7:21-23

There is a balance in the wonder of our God. We are exhorted to despise not prophesy for it is one of the means of God speaking to and encouraging His people; necessary and vital. On the other hand we must have those who are equipped with discernment and wisdom to judge all things that go on in the midst of God’s people.

May God continue to raise up elders and men of God that are here to see the plumb-line applied to the building of His house. Men of integrity, free from agendas and personal pursuits. Men whose sole purpose is to Glorify Jesus that HE may have the pre-eminence in our midst. Woe to those who partake of the fleshly excitement of trite expressions and dedicate themselves to the lifting up of organizations and men. Woe to those who cannot discern between the house of God and the organizations of men. Woe to those who are satisfied with the lack of reality in our day. Woe to those who can simply submit themselves to the rote of meetings and gatherings that are not producing men and women abandoned unto their God. Lord save us from the status quo of this day!!

“And the LORD said unto him,
Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem,
and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry
for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof”
EZEKIEL 9:4

*NOTE: The same faith that had birthed the rebellion of Absalom had now given birth to Adonijah. The same heinous expression only clothed in a different form. Both very good looking and pleasing to the eye, both exalting themselves, both of the “lineage” of David and yet false.

Brian Troxel

WHOSE HOUSE WE ARE

WHOSE HOUSE WE ARE

“And Solomon beginneth to build the house of Jehovah,
in Jerusalem, in the mount of Moriah, where He appeared to David his father,
in the place that David had prepared,
in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite”
II CHRONICLES 3:1

In the Old Testament His House (singular) that Solomon built was of wood and stone and was embellished with the gold, silver, precious stones and the fair colors of His Wisdom. It was built with great care under the direction and guidance of the Lord Himself. The foundation was laid using the Sacred Cubit (see writing) and it had to be built in the place of God’s choosing. Mount Moriah was the place of God’s choice. It is here hundreds of years earlier that Abraham went up to offer his only son, here that we see the great revelation of Jehovah-Jireh and the prophetic revelation of a Lamb that would be PROVIDED thousands of years later. It is here that the Lord appeared to David at the threshing floor. This place speaks of sacrifice, revelation and threshing. It is here that we begin to understand that these are the necessary works of God prevenient to the actual building up of His House.

In the New Testament the glorious truth is that His House is no longer made from wood, brick and stone; it has now become a living temple not made with the hands and energies of men.

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come,
by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands…”
HEBREWS 9:11

This living Temple is built upon the Lamb (provided by Jehovah-Jireh), a place of the revelation of God Himself where the heart has been threshed in His judgments. This is the place God chooses to raise an altar unto Himself. This is where the sacrifices of a broken and contrite heart arise unto Him in the wonder of worship in and by the Holy Spirit. While men still attempt to erect buildings and temples unto Him, He has set His Corner-stone in the earth and UPON THIS ROCK HE IS BUILDING HIS HOUSE! How good and right are His ways, how deep and glorious His Wisdom! As the Word declares in the “ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus”. It will take eternity to appreciate the riches of His Grace to us in Christ Jesus.

His purpose is for the Church (ἐκκλησία) to show the wisdom of God unto principalities and powers in heavenly places. May God open our eyes to see the heights to which we have been called!

“To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers
in heavenly places might be known by * (through) the church
the manifold wisdom of God”

How can we settle for something that is operated like any worldly corporation when we can look into His Word and see the wonder of the early church operating in the wisdom and glory of God? His Church is to be such that the very angels in heaven seek to understand this Salvation that is being revealed in and through the weakness of men.

“Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves,
but unto us they did minister the things,
which are now reported unto you by them
that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost
sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”
I Peter 1:12

Let us lift up our eyes to see afresh the Glory unto which we have been called. HE has paid the price and HE has revealed HIMSELF in the person of the Son! Let us see that WE are the living church of God, HIS BODY that cannot be divided or called by any name other than HIS. The true bride of Christ can only carry HIS Name and she will not receive any other (Revelation 3:12, 2:17).

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“The chief danger of the Church today
is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world,
instead of turning the world upside down.
Our Master expects us to accomplish results,
even if they bring opposition and conflict.
Anything is better than compromise, apathy, and paralysis.
God, give to us an intense cry
for the old-time power of the Gospel and the Holy Ghost!”
A B Simpson

*by the church—“by means of,” or “through the Church,” which is the “theater” for the display of God’s manifold wisdom (Luke 15:10; 1 Corinthians 4:9): “a spectacle (Greek, ‘theater’) to angels.”
JFB Commentary of the whole Bible

Brian Troxel

THE ANCIENT CUBIT

THE ANCIENT CUBIT

“And in these hath Solomon been instructed
to build the house of God:

The length in cubits by the former measure*
is sixty cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits”

II CHRONICLES 3:3 (YLT Bible)

We see here that Solomon is to lay the foundation using the measurements of the Ancient Cubit which was first given in the raising up of the Tabernacle. As in all things pertaining to God His divine purpose and idea of the thing HE is after remains unchanged; but in the process of time men lower the standards and the lofty purposes of God to something less, something more easily attained to so that we are made more “comfortable” in the presentation of HIS WORD.

Solomon was to use the cubit of the former measure, the “Sacred Cubit”, as some Hebrew scholars like to translate it. Even in Solomon’s day there had been introduced into Israel’s understanding different cubits which of course was a contrasting measure of the thing God intended *(See note below). How subtle and innocuous is the slow but sure decline from what God decrees and what men devise. A “new” measure is slowly introduced and by the abominable shift in what is taught in each succeeding generation the result is a steady decline until we arrive at the “gospel” of today. God’s standard is set aside while the terms remain the same so as to avoid any alarm. The VALUE of the measurements has been decreased and God is robbed of His Glory and His Majesty.

“Will a man rob God?
Yet ye have robbed me”
MALACHI 3:8

In our drifting away from the original desire of all that God has purposed in Christ we have come to such a low state of affairs in the thing we call “Christianity” that what a man does is now irrelevant; as long as a man believes correctly we are satisfied. God’s measurement and ours becomes two separate values yet we retain the correct nomenclature (words and terminology). The power of a lie is based on the amount of truth it contains. Thus we see a religion that soothes the conscience and yet leaves the soul untouched in the misery of sin with all of its consequences.

“Remove not the ancient landmark,
which thy fathers have set”

PROVERBS 22:28

The ancient landmarks are the standards by which we are to govern our way. In the Book of Acts a living unified Church pulsated with the power and dynamic of the Living God. Let us measure the sad contrast of what we present to the world today and the fruits of the man made “church”. The scribes and the Pharisees of Jesus’ day had Herod’s Temple** (not God’s) built by a heathen ruler to APPEASE the religion of the Jews. A pathetic and telling parallel of where we are today. May God raise up men who are willing to confront the issue of the removed landmarks and the lowering of the measurements of God. May there be a people who can no longer tolerate the Herod’s temple of our day and cry out unto the Lord for the Spirit of Repentance. May we turn from the ways of men, the wisdom of this world and the foolishness of a religion that is devoid of the power of Holiness and Godliness. May HE open our eyes to see what we have allowed to come upon us. It is in returning to the simplicity of Him that we will find the depth and the substance of a living faith that alone can produce Godly expressions. May we be freed from the wisdom and philosophy of a vain religion that has the appearance of good things but lacks the ability to produce men who have convictions and courage to stand in the darkness of this hour. Men and women are needed who are no longer satisfied with the “temperance” and acceptability of a stagnant religion but who are empowered and inflamed by the Holy God to challenge a lukewarm church. Where are those who feel the weight of HIS Glory, HIS Holy standards and their accountability to HIM and HIM alone? Where are those who know the “terror of the Lord” and are moved to persuade men of their ungodliness?

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ;
that every one may receive the things done in his body,
according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men”
2 CORINTHIANS 5:11

How do these scriptures fit into our present day Theology? Not very well. For we have changed the measurement of our God and have presented a Gospel that tells us we are no longer accountable for what we do. The Church is void of men like Paul, James and John and the world is presented with a religion that has neither power nor reality.

LET US RETURN TO THE STANDARD
THAT WE MAY MEASURE OUR LIVES BY THE LIGHT OF HIS WORD
AND HIS PURPOSE IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.

“And there was given to me a reed like to a rod,
and the messenger stood, saying,
‘Rise, and measure the sanctuary of God,
and the altar,
and those worshiping in it”
REVELATION 11:1

*NOTE ONE:
This was the cubit mentioned by Ezek 40:5 and that of Solomon’s temple, “cubits after the first measure” (2 Ch 3:3), i.e. the ancient cubit. The ordinary cubit of commerce was shorter, and has been variously estimated at between 16 and 18 or more inches, but the evidence of the Siloam inscription and of the tombs in Palestine seems to indicate 17.6 inches as the average length. This was the cubit of six palms, while the longer one was of seven (Ezek 40:5). The cubit mentioned in Jdg 3:16 is from a different word in Hebrew (גֹּמֶד, gōmedh) and was probably shorter, for Ehud girded it on his thigh under his clothing. (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)

**NOTE TWO:
King Herod’s Temple was designed by Architects from Greece, Rome and Egypt and built by the Jewish Priests of that day, an astonishing parallel to today. Using worldly principles to build their own churches. Jesus stilled called it His Father’s House because His people met there. Jesus revealed the Father’s thought of it’s worldly ways by over-turning the money changers and the profiteering of men concerning the things of God. So also in the New Testament the Church has ever been the people not the building.

“Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house
Colossians 4:15

Nymphas’ house was not the church – the people who assembled in his house was the church. The church is not somewhere God’s people go, it is WHO they are!

Brian Troxel

Peace WITH God & The Peace OF God

Peace WITH God & The Peace OF God

PEACE

“Therefore being justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”
Romans 5:1

Peace is the fruit of Righteousness; the greater the depth of righteousness the greater will be the depth of that Peace. In the life of every believer we are to know by faith we have (present tense) Peace with God. This peace was secured by the precious Lamb of God’s supreme offering of Himself for us on Calvary. Not only is this an historic fact it is an eternal truth upon which we can stand even in the face of our own personal failures and defeats. It is by this eternal truth that we meet the accusation of the enemy with the power of this declaration. It is a Peace settled in heaven by the guarantor of our salvation. May HE ever be praised! This is the starting place from which we begin our journey in Him.

HE came that we might have life, abundant life. That Life begins with the declaration that we are His children and because of that we have peace WITH GOD. May the Lord open our eyes to the glorious reality that HE IS COME that we may go on in HIM to have the peace OF GOD!

“And let the peace of God rule* in your hearts,
to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful”
COLOSSIANS 3:15

Here we see that this peace OF God is to rule in our hearts. It is a peace that rules and reigns within the concourse of our everyday life. It is to govern our conduct within the scope of our daily lives. It is to teach us the more perfect way of God. We are to walk in that Peace to such an extent that we recognize when we lose or trouble that Peace we are missing God on some point of action. The fruit of the righteousness of God in our lives is peace and when that peace is disturbed we can be sure that we are stepping out of His way to walk in our own. Peace is found in walking in His Way. The Way of Peace is mentioned in the scriptures as a path wherein we must walk to know of its reality. The Good News is that HE is come to guide our feet into the Way of Peace.

“To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace
LUKE 1:79

“And the way of peace have they not known…”
Romans 3:17

I know in my own experience that I have, without a doubt, peace with God and after forty years of walking with Him it is an unshakeable truth. But my heart longs for continued growth in the knowing of the peace of GOD that passes ALL UNDERSTANDING and is available to all who come to God by Christ Jesus. This PEACE OF GOD is of such a nature that nothing can affect its power, no outside circumstance nor any principality or power can disrupt its dominion in our lives. It is a peace that can only be known in the SON by the HOLY SPIRIT.

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink;
but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”
Romans 14:17

May we not grow weary and may our hearts desire for Him to propel us into the depths of this covenant relationship with our God. For it is HIS good pleasure to brings us into to the full knowing of the Son wherein we discover the fullness of HIS righteousness by the which we know the fullness of the PEACE of GOD.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you”
MATTHEW 6:33

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* βραβεύω brabeuō; fut. brabeuso. To be a brabeus, an umpire, director or arbiter in the public Greek games. In the NT, to rule, govern, and metaphorically to prevail, abound. Used intrans. (Col. 3:15, “the peace of God rule in your hearts”).

Brian Troxel

RIGHTEOUSNESS & PEACE – Part One – Righteousness

RIGHTEOUSNESS & PEACE

PART ONE

RIGHTEOUSNESS

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets:
I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill”
II CHRONICLES 3:3

Contrary to much of the teaching today Jesus did not come to abolish the Law. As we read in the above scripture He came to fulfill it. His purpose in coming into our hearts is to the same end; to fulfill the righteousness of the law through the operation of His life within us. The purpose of God has not changed throughout eternity. Jesus is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. His Holiness and Righteousness demand holiness and righteousness from all of His creation. His Mercy and Grace provide the means by which His Righteousness is satisfied WITHOUT compromise.

“Mercy and truth are met together;
righteousness and peace have kissed each other”
PSALM 85:10

We see in this Psalm that, in God, Mercy and Truth meet together WITHOUT compromise; the Righteousness of God is of such a nature that it is altogether in harmony with Peace. The only place in all of God’s creation that Mercy and Truth meet without one being diminished is in the Person of JESUS CHRIST. In the lives of the Pharisees the carnal ministration of the Law was ministered without mercy. In the days of Eli the Priest truth was compromised for the sake of a fraudulent mercy. Wherever religion is there will be the misapplication of one for the sake of the other. However in Christ we see the perfect flow of truth in the New Testament where Grace and Truth meet in total fulfillment…

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
full of grace and truth”
JOHN 1:14

We are told in the New Testament that the Law is Spiritual (Romans 7:14-15). The problem is we are not spiritual by nature thus making it impossible to meet or fulfill its rigorous demands. Romans 7 is the description of us seeking to live a life in the Spirit without the resources of the living Christ. It is a life of futility and discouragement. Romans 8, however, is the description of the life of a believer who has or is finding in HIM the LIFE to live and walk in His Spirit! The way out of Romans 7 is to move on into the resources of HIS LIFE in us as revealed in Romans 8.

In Romans 8 Paul transitions from Romans 7 by introducing us to the LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS. It is a law that is Life. Just as gravity is a law that binds me to the earth, this LAW of Life in Christ Jesus binds me to HIM. It brings the glory of His Life that lifts us out of the Law of sin and death and causes us to sit in heavenly places. The purpose of this LAW OF LIFE is….

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
has made me free from the law of sin and death.
For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh,
God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh,
on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,
that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us
who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit
ROMANS 8:3-4

We can clearly see that God’s purpose from the beginning was for us (who by faith have been born out of the darkness of this world into His Glorious Light) to be righteous as HE is righteousness; to be Holy for HE is Holy (1PETER 1:15-16). In a large segment of the Christian church we hear that this righteousness is simply a legal declaration. If that is so why does Romans 8:4 declare unto us that “the righteousness requirement of the law MIGHT be fulfilled in US WHO WALK NOT ACCORDING TO THE FLESH BUT ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT”? This righteousness IS to find fulfillment in us but it requires a walk in and by the Spirit of Christ.

The reason for the bringing in of the New Covenant was not to abandon the former purposes but to introduce us to the means and provision of God. It is for us to know of this blessed righteousness that cannot be attained to by the works of the flesh (the will or the energies of men) that we may grow in the righteousness which is the product and the offspring of FAITH. For by faith we have access into THIS GRACE wherein we stand!!! (Romans 5:1-2) How good are His ways and His Mercy towards us.

“For the law made nothing perfect,
but the bringing in of a better hope did;
by the which we draw nigh unto God”
HEBREWS 9:17

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“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst
after righteousness: for they shall be filled”
MATTHEW 5:6

Brian Troxel

Our church or HIS HOUSE

Our Church
or
HIS HOUSE

PART ONE

“This people say, The time is not come,
the time that the LORD’S house should be built…
“Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses,
and this temple to lie in ruins?”
Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts:
“Consider your ways!
“You have sown much, and bring in little…”
HAGGAI 1:2

Our church and His House are not the same thing. He has many “living stones” within the confines of our churches but, make no mistake, the two are not the same. For the most part we are content to dwell in our churches. We deck them out in attractive designs and welcoming programs but the end is the same. An organization that operates much the same as any worldly corporation, with various committees and structures, can never produce that organism that lives by the Lordship of the Holy Ghost. His House is to be pulsating with a Life that produces life. The men and women who minister in this house have one purpose and one heart’s cry; to see each member functioning in the power, uniqueness and spontaneity that can only be the product of Him who is the Author and Perfecter of such things. In HIS House (singular) there is a unity of desire to glorify Him. Success is not measured by how many attend but by the righteousness and quality of character of those involved. We are no longer content to dwell in “our” houses but the real concern is for HIS HOUSE. That HOUSE is made up of men and women who were born in Heavenly Zion, the City of our God, the New Jerusalem which is THE CHURCH of the Firstborn. This is not a building on a street corner. This is HIS BODY comprised only of the blood washed children of God born out of every tongue, nation and tribe. A people fused together by ONE SPIRIT and ONE FAITH having been born unto One Father by the power of the Holy Ghost.

“But you have come to Mount Zion
and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
to an innumerable company of angels,
to the general assembly and church of the firstborn
who are registered in heaven,
to God the Judge of all,
to the spirits of just men made perfect”
HEBREWS 12:22 – 23

In HIS HOUSE the ministry is functioning to bring forth a UNITY OF THE FAITH not the filling up of a building! HE HAS GIVEN…

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles,
some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
FOR the equipping of the saints FOR the work of ministry,
FOR the edifying of the body of Christ,
TILL WE ALL come to the unity of the faith”
EPHESIANS 4:11 – 13

True ministry is not here to propagate an organization or its agendas. Rather they are to facilitate an actual growth in righteousness. Their sphere of influence should be equipping others to function in the call, the purposes and power of the Holy Ghost, They are to minister in such a way as to bring forth the UNITY of THE FAITH and of the FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON!! The nature of anything is known by the fruit it produces. Often the young men and women attending our Bible schools are indoctrinated in the particular brand of “faith” of that school. Rather than producing those who are moving toward the unity of the faith they are propagating and instilling deeper divisions and confusion. God has a name for this; it is called Babylon. The scoffers and the “wise” of this world/church say that such a unity is unattainable on this earth. God’s Word says that these ministrations will continue UNTIL this takes place AND JESUS PRAYED…

“I pray for them…
that they may be one as We are..
I do not pray for these alone,
but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;
that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me,
and I in You; that they also may be one in Us,
that the world may believe that You sent Me”
JOHN 17 (excerpts)
(read the whole prayer)

This unity is attainable if for no other reason than that the SON PRAYED for it. He gave ministry unto the church to make it so. If we cannot believe God for this than it is time for us to consider the validity of our faith.

The Time is not yet come!

I hear people say “it is not time” for such a thing. I hear people say “can such a thing ever be?”

“With men this is impossible;
but with God all things are possible”
MATTHEW 19:26

The fact of the matter is HIS HOUSE lays waste. How do we know this? What measure do we use to arrive at such a conclusion? All we have to do is read the Book of Acts, and as Haggai says…

“You have sown much, and bring in little”
HAGGAI 1:6

The outreach programs, the marketing efforts, the strategizing, and immense amounts of human energy and financial resources are spent with little return. We market HIM rather than present HIM. We offer HIM up as a cheap commodity as if He were dependent upon the whim and will of men. He is not presented as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords; we present HIM as something less. Are we here to beg and plead with people to accept HIM or are His People the result of HIS CALL, HIS CHOOSING AND HIS SOVEREIGNTY?

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you
and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit”
JOHN 15:16

“NO ONE CAN COME TO Me
unless the Father who sent Me draws him;

and I will raise him up at the last day”
JOHN 6:44

(No One! We may wonder, then why preach? Watchman Nee put it best… He would go from village to village preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ because there were those in every village whom God’s Spirit had been preparing for him to bring that living word.)

We see the ineffectiveness of our efforts while we present to the world a divided, powerless church, filled with division and competition. We seek to build kingdoms unto ourselves and compete with the church across the street. We think we are moving toward unity if the pastors meet once a month in some fraternal way. We neglect the fact that the way God has purposed to reveal Himself to the world is through the depth and power of LOVE that we have toward one another. “BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW…” Yet through unbelief we continue to say such a thing is impossible. We ignore the necessity of the five fold ministry and invent a pastoral role without ANY scriptures to support it. We are more interested in building our church than HIS. We say we are of the Pentecostal church, the Alliance church, the Anglican church, the Baptist church, etc. Paul told the Corinthians that such a thing is carnal…

“Now I say this, that each of you (who) says, “I am of Paul,”
or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,”
or “I am of Christ.”
IS CHRIST DIVIDED?
1 CORINTHIANS 1:12

If Christ is not divided how dare we live divided. Jesus told us to pray to the end that as it is in heaven so should it be on earth. The end of division is summed up in one word, OBEDIENCE! Thy WILL be DONE on earth AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. The SON prayed for that unity here and that it would be of the same quality as it is in Heaven. Therefore…

“THUS SAYS THE LORD
CONSIDER YOUR WAYS”
HAGGAI 1:5, 7

Brian Troxel

LET HOPE REMAIN

LET HOPE REMAIN

“And he said, About this season,
according to the time of life,
thou shalt embrace a son”
II KINGS 4:16

Opportunities for enlargement are often shrouded in the dark clouds of obscurity and silence. What seems to be a dead end and a place of helplessness is often the very gateway into the Glory of God. While men linger in resignation, God waits in expectation.

In the story presented here in II Kings there is an unfolding of a relationship between a prophet of God and a kind woman who provided a place for him and his servant to stay as they passed through from time to time. Her motive was right and she did not expect anything in return. She was simply accommodating a servant of God. After some time it came to Elisha to bless her for the kindness shown and in which the revelation of her barrenness came to light. Her husband was old and the desire for a child must have been a strong cry within her heart. Upon discovering Elisha spoke that living word of promise that she would embrace a child much to her own disbelief. The hope of such a thing had long passed as her circumstances dictated otherwise. The years of fading hope had succumbed to the defacto of her experience. The cry for fruitfulness had been quenched and subdued to the point of a pragmatic outlook on life. It is in such places and such times that God will send the opportunity for His Grace to find us if we will simply remain open to the appointment afforded us; one that is wrapped up in the “everydayness” of life and clothed in the simple outworking of our lives.

The promise of this son, given by a living word, would in itself be a testimony to us who should believe hereafter of THE SON being brought forth in the power and REALITY of our lives. It is incumbent upon us to remain open to the opportunities around us and not allow the experiences of life to harden our hearts nor shrink the world in which we live. It is a day to lift up our eyes “unto the hills” and to ever live with an expectancy of His moving afresh in our lives. The power of a living HOPE chases away the seeming treadmill of our existence. It lifts our eyes from the dusty footsteps of our path unto the horizon where the “Sun of Righteousness” is arising with healing in His wings. The dark night of sorrow and the dim grey shadows of a lifeless dawn must and will give way to HIS ARISING. May we live in the knowledge of HIS Character and not give way to a religious existence of doctrine, rote and tradition. Let us remember that He who has promised cannot lie and the desire to bear fruit out of our own lives is the result of HIS planting and HIS promises.

“Trust in the LORD, and do good;
so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thyself also in the LORD;
and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the LORD;
trust also in him;
and he shall bring it to pass”
PSALM 3 7:3- 5

COMFORT

COMFORT

“O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted,
behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours,
and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
And I will make thy windows of agates,
and thy gates of carbuncles,
and all thy borders of pleasant stones”
ISAIAH 54:11-12

In affliction, tempest and sorrow the God of all comfort comes softly like the dew settling upon the grass after the long dark season of night. His silent ways bring whispers of hope within the human heart and His strong arms hold and carry us in the distress of our circumstances. He walks with us through the valleys. He gently embraces the wounded heart and in the secret of His ways we see the fair colours of His handiwork. We see the precious stones of His making become the foundation of our lives; not only strong and stable but filled with the beauty of His own being. There is no such thing as wasted tears for those that know their God. All sorrows and trials become part of the building of His story in our lives. His comfort becomes the very currency that we can share with others for it has become ours through the experiences of a life with Him.

His promises of comfort in our trials are the foundation of our hope in Him. The history of His faithfulness builds within us a strong hope to face the path that lies before us. The ONE who faced Calvary, and prayed with such intensity that great drops of blood fell as He communed with His Father, is the same ONE who is now able keep you in your dark hour. Let His faithfulness assuage your broken heart and His Grace lift you up as on eagles’ wings. Let the world know that we are not without the rich resources of our Risen Christ.

His mercies are new every morning and though weeping may endure for the night joy will come in the morning.

Ω

“Troubled soul, the “much tribulation” will soon be over,
and as you enter the “kingdom of God” you shall then see,
no longer “through a glass darkly”
but in the unshadowed sunlight of the Divine presence,
that “all things” did “work together”
for your personal and eternal good.”
Arthur Pink

BT

BLESSINGS & PROMISES

BLESSINGS AND PROMISES

“Give me a blessing:
for thou hast given me a south land;
give me also springs of water.
And Caleb gave her the upper springs
and the nether springs”
Judges 1:15

It is the Father’s good pleasure to give to those that ask and to give without measure to those who seek out His inheritance. (Ephesians 1:18). Here Caleb’s daughter is asking for her inheritance of the Land of Promise. According to the law only sons had the right to this inheritance. Likewise, under the law, we would all be excluded from any of the inheritance of God. But Christ has come and, even more importantly, IS COME. HIS FATHER is now ours because we have been born into HIM. These promises are ours by relationship not by teaching or declaration.

“For all the promises of God IN him are yea,
and in him Amen, unto the glory of God
II CORINTHIANS 1:20

The promises of God are fulfilled in HIM and become ours through relationship with HIM who is the HEAD of this body. The LIFE of the Body flows from the HEAD just as the branch lives by drawing the LIFE of the vine. The WISDOM of the Head becomes the wisdom of the body as it listens to HIM through a LIVING relationship. These promises are ours for the Glory of God, not for us to consume for our carnality or selfish purposes. The true blessings of God glorify HIM. His promises are given that we may enjoy the manifold expressions of His life in and through us.

“But unto them which are called,
both Jews and Greeks,
Christ the power of God,
and the wisdom of God”
I CORINTHIANS 1:24

Contained within the calling of God is the promise of HIM to be our Power and our Wisdom. Power to endure, power to remain faithful, power to overcome and to become true, authentic expressions of all that HE IS. Power to reveal strength in our weaknesses, power to love our enemies, power to remain true when all around us is compromise, religion and lies. Power to face the issues of our own hearts knowing that in HIM they are to become “bread for us” (Numbers 14:9). Power to refuse to compromise with the world without and the issues within. Power to BE is greater than the power to DO (Matthew 7:22-23).

“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty;
and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city”
PROVERBS 16:2

It is the Father’s joy to make available to us through HIS SON the power (Grk. Dunamis) to become by Grace what the Son is by Nature. In HIM we have become partakers of this Divine Nature BY the promises of God!

“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:
that by these ye might be partakers (participants)
of the divine nature”
II PETER 1:4

These promises are ours that we may become participants (κοινωνός)* of the Divine Nature. It is in giving that we receive and in doing that we become. In the interaction of our lives in HIM we grow and BECOME more like Him. We cannot read the parable of the Vine in John 15 without being struck with the impact of the vital truth of the New Testament; HE came to produce a living body not a collection of doctrinal adherents. He did not come to establish another religion in this dark and lost world. HE CAME to make us the light of the world!

Let us rise up in faith to explore, appropriate and live in the promises of God in Christ. Let us not settle for a nominal “christian” experience. His pleasure is to give, His glory is to watch His children grow into the full stature of the Son by the ministrations of life that HE has so freely given (Ephesians 4:11-16). “Unto the FULL STATURE….” May we lift up our eyes and place our hope and confidence in the God who CANNOT LIE.

“And we desire that every one of you
do show the same diligence
to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
That ye be not slothful,
but followers of them who through faith and patience
inherit the promises”
HEBREWS 6:11-12

*G2844. κοινωνός koinōnos; gen. koinōnou, masc.-fem., neut. koinōnon, adj. from koinos (G2839), common. A partaker, partner, companion, used in an absolute sense in 2 Cor. 8:23; Phile. 1:17. Followed by the gen. of person of whom one is the companion, with whom he partakes in something
Complete New Testament Word Study