Have This Mind – Part One

Have This Mind

Part One

“Have this in your mind,
which was also in Christ Jesus,”
Philippians 2:5

“We would see Jesus”

Truth became incarnate in Jesus Christ. We are told many times in the scriptures that Truth is a person; He is the embodiment of the heart and character of God Himself. Jesus boldly declared to His disciples “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father”. Things buried within the Gospel of John are significant and to the human intellect often cryptic and obscure. Only by the gracious illumination of the Holy Spirit do we begin to see the veiled wonders of God. At this particular juncture Jesus chose the words “he that hath seen me” while in other places Jesus would declare “they who are of the truth, hear my voice”. On this occasion the aspect of “seeing” was the vital truth Jesus sought to convey to His disciples.

The life of Christ was lived before His disciples to an extent that others were not privy to. They beheld Him in His private moments, and they knew that He spent time alone with His Father. They witnessed the power of God flow into the lives of countless multitudes in healings, in deliverances and in the demonstration of God’s character such as in the case of the woman taken in adultery. Their exposure to Him in all facets of His life was a comprehensive revelation of the Father.

The response of Jesus to Philip’s seemingly innocent request (John 14:8) was/is heart rending and filled with a piercing truth for us as well; Truth is more than a teaching; more than something learned by the accumulation of knowledge. It is beyond the reach of human thought!

“He that hath seen me
hath seen the Father”
John 14:9

This powerful truth ought to revolutionize our seeking of Him. Truth cannot be contained or held within the precepts of men, for truth must be seen by the same Spirit which initiated His very conception in Mary. Truth is a person. To see Him correctly we must walk, live and abide in that same Spirit who alone can make Him known to us.

He that hath seen me
hath seen the Father.

In other words, Philip, when you beheld me feeding the five thousand by the power of compassion, when you heard me confronting the blindness of the Scribes and the Pharisees, when you saw the lepers healed, the gift of sight given to the blind, me washing the disciple’s feet, and the demonstration of power when I rebuked the storm, all of these things were the revelation of my Father. Truth is more than words; it is expressed in character and works. It is shown in our ability to minister Him to our children, it is revealed in the concourse of everyday life. It is not only the Sunday sermon; it is the Life Christ Himself shining through the medium of our humanity in our every day life. In His life as a man, within the frailty and the humanness of Christ, the glory of God was evident to such an extent that Jesus declared unequivocally: “he that hath seen me, hath seen the Father”.

“It is enough for the disciple that he be like his teacher,
and the servant like his lord”
Mathew 10:25

The Call of God is much more than becoming familiar with His Word, more than the formation of correct doctrines and promises believed. His call to His disciples is to bear His likeness, His character, and His heart in this world!

“But we all, with unveiled face seeing the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit”
2 Corinthians 3:18

It is in our “seeing” of Him that transformation occurs. While it is good to read the promises of God, the purpose of the Holy Spirit is to cause us to WALK in the promises of God. The contrast between these two is as vast as the gulf between life and death. May we allow the power of the Testimony of Jesus to impact us to the core of our beings with the enormity of His Call.

He that hath seen me
hath seen the Father

Where there is no beholding of Him there can be no change.

Let us consider the words of faithful Job:

“I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear:
but NOW mine eye seeth Thee.
Wherefore I abhor myself,
and repent in dust and ashes”
Job 42:5-6

Repentance is the fruit of seeing Him. Only in the seeing of Him are we freed from the limitations and confines of our fallen natures to experience the power of His Resurrection Life within.

May our hearts echo the desire of those who came to Philip:

“Sir, we would see Jesus”
John 12:21

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Hearing Him brings us to obedience
Seeing Him brings us to His Likeness

Brian Troxel

Becoming Free in Christ

Becoming Free In Christ

“Freely you have received, freely give…”

The true art of life is generosity. To give freely of ourselves is the revelation of our Savior’s presence within. How freely, how undeservedly we have received of His great mercy. Shall not that heart transform us from the stinginess of giving things rather than ourselves? To give of our time, effort, and most importantly our heart to those around us is life. To live in the freedom of each moment is to give with no thought to our own resources or concerns.

That is freedom.

To seek out the true welfare of another soul at our expense is true life. Life does not consist in what one has, but in the ability to give to others what has been so freely given to us. The Body of Christ today is one of ours, mine, us and they. All of these things denote a wrong thinking, which of course produces wrong living. I hear the term “our church”, “our pastor”, and “we believe”… how it crushes the real heart of all that we have been called to. Paul called himself a “steward” of the grace of God. A steward is one who owns nothing, but simply manages the wealth of another. Truth, Life and Power are only such in the giving of them away, freely and without expectation of any return.

The New Law

The only Law which governs true generosity is the Law of His Love and Wisdom. Love is never impoverished, for in and of itself is the very treasure of God! Men who are always talking of their poverty have not touched the reality of His Love. Love is not aware of itself. It has no vested interest in its state or “feelings”. It gives because that is its very nature. It lives because He lives. It defends not itself, holds on to nothing, and takes no account of its own resources. It is a life that lives in the sheer wonder of God’s Glory and resources. It is no wonder that the Eternal Son with great Joy beckons us to live and walk in the halls of His Father’s house.

“I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly”
John 10:10

Only the child-like faith of Christ can bring us to the simplicity of a life so free and unbound.

“Let this mind be in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus…”
Philippians 2:5

Brian Troxel

The Testimony of Jesus

The Testimony of Jesus

The “testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy”; His testimony to us is the personal prophecy of what we are to become. The prayer of a heart apprehended by God is to apprehend (to lay hold of; to make our own) in word and deed all that God has purposed for each of our lives.

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own”
Philippians 3:12 (ESV)

Paul knew of this cry, this anguish of the wonder of Christ within. This cry cannot be articulated in the language of men, taught, preached or marketed in the local Christian bookstore. It was and is the very Spirit of Adoption crying out for the full and realized salvation of God in Christ (Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6).

“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”
Romans 8:23

Throughout the earth there are people responding to this cry of God within. It is the desire of God to unite all who feel this burning of His Spirit within. A New Wine Skin is forming wherein men and women of all nations are being joined as ONE unto the final consummated work of God. This work of the drawing together of a people will culminate in a union based soley upon their abiding in the Spirit of God Himself. It is a work which will cause men and women to forsake the denominations, sects and the organizations of men to walk and live under the Lordship of Christ. It is from this New Wine Skin that the pouring forth of the New Wine will be accomplished. Unity is ever the basis of the revelation of His manifest presence in our midst (see 2 Chronicles 5:14, Psalm 133, Acts 2:1-4).

“But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins”
Luke 5:38

Peter declared in his epistle:

“…who by the power of God are guarded through faith
for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time
2 Peter 1:5

We are living in that Day and God has purposed in His own plan of Salvation to unveil to all creation “the manifestation of the sons of God” (Romans 8:19); only He is able to finish that which He has begun. He continues to press His Own in whom this Spirit of Adoption is at work. As scripture declares, such a cry is not the result of men’s teachings, nor is it the result of the will of man. It is the cry of the Son within crying out unto the Father to make in us a living testimony of His own grace and power! This unity will be free from the will and the direction of men but rather fused together by the love and fire of God Himself; a people on earth who live in the unity of the Spirit in heavenly places (John 17:11,21). This unity is His Unity in our midst (Matthew 6:10). To touch this harmony of Spirit we must live and dwell in Him by whom we are sanctified; One Body and partakers of that One Bread. (1 Corinthians 10:17). Only those who eat His Flesh and Drink His Blood will feel the urgent necessity of this Oneness.

“And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body”
Romans 8:23

While many may argue that the revelation of those who have the “firstfruits” of the Spirit are verified by the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit, God sees things differently. The evidence is the groaning of our hearts for His fulness. People may have the gifts and yet walk in evil and greedy ways. Men can understand all mysteries and yet know nothing. It is those who know of this unspeakable desire for the fulness of Him who have the firstfruits of His Spirit. Though it may “not yet appear what we shall be” this living hope purifies us “even as He is pure”.

“Beloved, now we are children of God, and it is not yet revealed what we will be. But we know that when he is revealed, we will be like him; for we will see him just as he is”
1 John 3:2

How is this living hope revealed?

“And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure”
1 John 3:3

John follows these powerful declarations with the following:

“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him”
1 John 3:4-5

Sin is the result of a life that does not abide in Him. I have been struck with the enormity of His Call and purposes for us in Christ. His testimony to us is “Whosoever, abideth in Him does not sin”!

Can we receive His Testimony?

Consider the Call of Christ

“That AS HE IS
so ARE WE in THIS WORLD”
1 John 4:17

These are not my words nor yet my full experience, but it the reason why (as with Paul) there is a pressing and an intensity of His Spirit within to run in such a manner to the intent we may obtain the Prize of the upward call of God in Christ (Philippians 3:14). While there may be many who feel not this pressing in their hearts there are never-the-less others who feel the call to something deeper, something higher and something which causes their hearts to yearn and cry out unto Him for His fulness within.

“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things”
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (read the context and feel the spirit from which such words were given unto us)

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“…how will we escape
if we neglect so great a salvation…”
Hebrews 2:3

Brian Troxel

Prayer for Today – October 31, 2020

Prayer for Today (Oct. 31, 202)

May your Fire
       within, ignite the fire in others.
May your Fragrance
       draw others to worship You.
May your Light
       shine in my actions and motives.
May your Holiness
       be revealed in the choices I make.
May your Love
       permeate my relationships.
May Your Fatherhood
       produce a father’s heart with wisdom for your people.
May Your Sacrifice
       bring me to self-less living.
May Your Life
       work in me that death by which Your resurrection is known.
May Your Grace
       produce a will-ing-ness to do of your good pleasure.
May Your Lordship
       free me from the bondages of self and make me fully yours.
May Your Offering
       birth the offering of myself unto You.

May You be my Amen.

“Not as though I had already attained…”
Philippians 3:12

Hence the prayer. The cry for Him and the Fire of Him burns within the unfinished life. The desire to bear His image will be in proportion to our seeing of Him. The desire for His fulness is the womb from which true prayers are birthed (John 15:7). “Praying in the Holy Spirit” arises from those who know of a call far greater than the life they now live.

Brian Troxel

The Privilege of Knowing Him

To Know the Love of Christ

“And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God”
Ephesians 3:19

“And to know the love of Christ – The love of Christ toward us; the immensity of redeeming love. It is not merely the love which he showed for the Gentiles in calling them into his kingdom, which is here referred to; it is the love which is shown for the lost world in giving himself to die. This love is often referred to in the New Testament, and is declared to surpass all other which has ever been evinced; see the Rom 5:7-8. To know this; to feel this; to have a lively sense of it, is one of the highest privileges of the Christian. Nothing will so much excite gratitude in our hearts; nothing will prompt us so much to a life of self-denial; nothing will make us so benevolent and so dead to the world.”
– Albert Barnes

Love is the well from which the power and passion of Christ springs and through which His purposes and works flow from our lives into the world around us. Devoid of this love we feel no impulse to preach, teach and reach out into the lives of others. Where there is no impetus to make known the unsearchable riches of Christ there is something lacking. The remedy is simple and glorious.

“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life”
Jude 20-21

We do God a great disservice when we try to do in our own strength that which only a “faith empowered by love” (Galatians 5:6) can accomplish. If the fire inside fades, spend time with Him “praying in the Holy Spirit”;  only His fire can fulfill His desires. When the flames burn low and the internal inspiration fades turn again to the One in whom ALL glory and mercy resides.

“Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and He strengthened me…”
Daniel 10:18

Brian Troxel

The Night Season and God’s Glory

Night Seasons

“What I tell you in the darkness,
speak in the light…”
Matthew 10:27

There are deep truths and graces which can only be known and understood in the night seasons. God has purposed specific lessons, along with dispensations of mercy, for each of us which are discovered as we walk through dark places. It is in those trying and desperate times that we are weaned from the distraction of other things. Our sight is limited, and the silence is disconcerting. God seems distant and we are left with little but our own thoughts and perplexities. It is then that God draws near to unveil Himself and reveal His greatness and purposes to us.

David had learned of this when he declared in Psalm 139 this magnificent truth:

“If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee”
Psalm 139:11-12

Scriptures are full of the visitations of God in the night seasons. They testify of the wrestling within whereby Jacobs become Israels. They speak of strength and hope being ministered to His own in their pilgrimages and wanderings in lonely and desolate places. Foundations are established, callings confirmed, and hearts renewed in the faithfulness of our God. Who cannot but praise the One who visits us in such places!

“And God spake unto Israel
in the visions of the night…
Saying fear not…”
Genesis 46:2-3

It was during the night that God called Samuel to be a light in the desolation of Israel because of a backslidden and adulterous priesthood. It was in the night that Jesus came walking upon the stormy seas to call His disciples unto Himself.

“And in the fourth watch of the night
Jesus went unto them,
walking on the sea…
And he said (to Peter), Come”
Matthew 14:25,29

As David’s history with God developed over the years he began to speak of his own personal “night watches” where he meditated upon God. He remembered his God and listened for Him to speak and comfort him within the depths of his soul.

“When I remember thee upon my bed,
and meditate on thee in the night watches”
Psalm 63:6

Do not fear the night seasons for hidden within are the personal and private disclosures of His purposes for you. Out of these times men and women of faith emerge with renewed strength to meet the New Day and declare in the light the truths received in their own night season.

“And it came to pass that night,
that the word of the Lord came unto Nathan…
” Go and tell my servant David,
Thus saith the Lord…”
2 Samuel 7:4

Brian Troxel

Quote for Today – Samuel Chadwick

Quote for Today

“Spirit filled souls are ablaze for God. They love with a love that glows. They serve with a faith that kindles. They serve with a devotion that consumes. They hate sin with fierceness that burns. They rejoice with a joy that radiates. Love is perfected in the fire of God”
– Samuel Chadwick

Love is the Fulfillment of the Law

Joseph Parker

“Then came to him the disciples of John, saying,
Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft,
but thy disciples fast not?”
Matthew 9:14

“Here is another instance of sectarianism being thrown into disadvantageous contrast with the magnificence of Christ Life. It is hard for the little sect to comprehend the universe, but easy for it to condemn all who are not enclosed in its shallow limits. Men are known by the inquiries they propound. Great men put great questions, tiny spirits perplex themselves with tiny riddles. The persons in the text put a question about “fasting,”– they were still in a very material and grovelling condition,– it is noticeable, however, that men who could abstain from food could not abstain from censoriousness; so true is it in all human experience that it is easier to restrain the bodily than the mental, easier to conqueror dust than spirit…

Our spiritual life is not to be partly Christ and partly something else,–old and new, but all Christ; independent, solitary, alone, because Divine. The Christian is free of the old law in its formality, but never free from law as an expression of love. We do not keep the Decalogue (ten commandments) because of its outward form and claim upon us, but we keep the commandments because we love the Commander. “Love is the fulfilling of the law.”
– Joseph Parker

“Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:
therefore love is the fulfilling of the law
Romans 13:10


 

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Faith Perfected

Faith Perfected

“Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,
through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience…”
1 Peter 1:2

Faith is simply the result of hearing His Voice and the corresponding obedience to His call. As such, true faith can never be void of His Works; His Word producing His Works through the agency of a living faith.

Was not Abraham our father justified by works,
when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works,
and by works was faith made perfect?”

James 2:22

Jesus is the “Author” and “Perfecter” of our faith. He desires to perfect our faith by bringing us to the corresponding works of obedience in our lives. May we not settle for anything less! Faith is perfected by the doing of that which it inspires. Abraham’s faith was perfected in the offering up of Isaac (James 2:21). The Author of our faith is ever working to bring us unto the perfection of our faith to the intent that the things of which we speak are the things we do (James 2:12).

“…looking to Jesus,
the author and perfecter of faith…”
Hebrews 12:2


In God’s purposes the Faith to see
is to bring us into the Faith to do.

Brian Troxel