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

Albert Barnes

Quote for Today

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ,
not only to believe on him,
but also to suffer for his sake”

Philippians 1:29

It is represented here as a privilege to be permitted to believe on Christ. It is so:

(1) It is an honor to a man to believe one who ought to be believed, to trust one who ought to be trusted, to love one who ought to be loved.

(2) It is a privilege to believe on Christ, because it is by such faith that our sins are forgiven; that we become reconciled to God, and have the hope of heaven

“But also to suffer for his sake”

“Here it is represented as a privilege to suffer in the cause of the Redeemer – a declaration which may sound strange to the world. Yet this sentiment frequently occurs in the New Testament. Thus, it is said of the apostles Act 5:41, that “they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name” Col 1:24. “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you” 1Pe 4:13. “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings” compare Jas 1:2; Mar 10:30; see the notes at Act 5:41. It is a privilege thus to suffer in the cause of Christ”

– Albert Barnes

Thought for Today – Change

Heard in Prayer Today

“Change is the revelation
of the power of God”
B. Troxel

The unfolding of Christ to His Own is revealed in the consistency of our seeing of Him. No one may see Him and remained unchanged. Grace is the agency from which we arise from the deadness of the Old Adam into the living wonder of Christ.

“As HE IS,
so are we in this world
1 John 4:17

The impact of this powerful statement leaves one with no other alternative than to feel the Spirit of Christ yearning for it to be true in every respect concerning our lives in Him. Too much power is given by many who preach the gospel today to give us excuses and teachings which deny the ability of the Holy Spirit to make it true in us. Too many proclaim that the “old Adam” is of greater influence than the Living Christ within. The Power of Christ IS greater than the grave clothes of the natural man with its associated malignancy. Let us lay aside the unbelief of the “gospel” of men and lets us seek to see and yield our lives unto the ONE who is ABLE to raise us up in the “newness” of His eternal life!

“If we receive the witness of men,
the witness of God is greater…”
1 John 5:9

Change is the revelation of the living Christ within our hearts, where there is no on-going change faith has ceased to touch the resurrected ONE.

“And we all, with unveiled face,
beholding the glory of the Lord,
are being transformed into the same image
from one degree of glory to another…”
2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV

Brian Troxel

Sound the Alarm

Sound the Alarm

This other morning as I was waiting on the Lord I had the sense of a room filled with gas vapors becoming more and more lethal. There is a spark about to ignite flames that will encompass the whole room with a savageness and a suddenness; something so dark and sinister that the common man will faint from fear.

The flood gates of evil are about to be opened. It is a Day of sacrifice and suffering. It is a Day in which few will stand in the coming virulent fury. Dig deep into the only One who is able to make you stand in The Evil Day. Forsake sins and the hidden things and turn unto the Lord while there is yet time; the flood is coming, and it will not delay.

Forsake false teachings which declare that this flood will not touch you. Flee from the deceptions of wealth and position. The storm is upon us and He has sought to warn His people of these things. Enter into the inner chambers and seek His face. Let His light illuminate the darkness within and come to Him anew in repentance. Let His Peace and Joy permeate your heart.

Just as Jesus faced the mob gloriously arrayed in the power and wonder of the Peace of God, let us arise and meet this Day in the dominion of His Peace.

“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness…”
Joel 2:1-2

I am hearing the trumpet sounding and God speaking and warning of the Night which is about to descend upon North America; a dark and grievous time filled with peril and treachery. It is a Day of judgment and wrath. Get prepared, forsake the evil, and draw near to Him. His coming is as it was in the Days of Noah who prepared himself by obedience prior to the storm.

It is a Day to find reconciliation with our brothers and sisters, a Day to humble ourselves into the very love of God. His Love endures all things. His Love thinks no evil and the verity of this love is revealed in our love for one another. Steer clear of cliques which exclude your brothers and sisters. Let us forsake the pride of knowing and come into the power of being where the love of God has broken the pride of man and clothed us with garments of humility. His Love alone can equip us for this perilous time.

“If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar, for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen is not able to love God whom he has not seen. And this is the commandment we have from him: that the one who loves God should love his brother also”
1 John 4:20-21

Treachery and betrayal are coming. If we do not allow Him to fill us with the true love of His people now, we will not stand true then.

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The “birth pangs” of a new creation are upon us. There will be lulls between the contractions but the intensity of them will increase as will the lawlessness and perdition for the revelation of that Wicked one must precede His coming!

“Do not let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and who exalts himself over every so-called god or object of worship, so that he sits down in the temple of God, proclaiming that he himself is God. Do you not remember that while we were still with you, we were saying these things to you?”
2 Thessalonians 2:3-5

“Therefore be ye also ready:
for in such an hour as ye think not
the Son of man cometh”
Matthew 24:44

Brian Troxel

The Question

The Question

“Why were we not able to cast him out?”
Matthew 17:19

It is a question which arises from truthful hearts; hearts with a quest for substance. While many would accept the outcome and simply move on unaffected and unchallenged by their lack of results, those who desire the reality of His power will embrace these pivotal moments in their pursuit of Him.

Jesus replied with this penetrating answer:

“Because of your unbelief”
Matthew 17:20

To grow in truth, the child of God must receive truth. If we refuse the Words of our Master and the actualities of our faith, we choose a path of excuses and religion. The inability to recognize our need of Him is the dividing line between disciples of Christ and the religious adherent. One desires truth at any cost; the other seeks consolation and comfort. One desires the truth while the other seeks explanations and excuses.

Jesus can deal with the unbelief of His Own who will receive truth regardless of its personal impact. Jesus cannot help those who choose the way of hypocrisy and pretense. Falsehood is not a foundation upon which He will build. Confession without substance and teachings void of the demonstration of His power culminate in an unremarkable and impotent Christian experience.

The desire to know the truth must exceed our desire to not have our own feelings hurt or to hurt the feelings of others. Facing our own inadequacies is essential to our growth and development in Him. True ministry must be able to “speak the truth” to another in the same spirit of grace by which He has confronted our own failings.

Grace and Truth are never separated. Only the pretext of a religious “grace” sacrifices truth upon the altars of humanism, more concerned with the “feelings” of an individual rather than the truth.

“Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry,
but that ye sorrowed to repentance:
for ye were made sorry after a godly manner…”
2 Corinthians 7:9

Godly sorrow is the path to victory, confidence and a true life in Christ. The gift of repentance is the greatest of all gifts and proof of the goodness of God.

“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”
Romans 2:4

Brian Troxel

The Purpose of Grace – 4

The Purpose of Grace

Part Four

“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested,
that He might destroy the works of the devil”
1 John 3:8

We are called to be the light of the world. Another way to declare that powerful truth: we are called to be His Light to the world. His Light reveals the hearts of men. His light dispels the works of darkness. His Life destroys the workings of despair which would beguile and tempt men and women into the throes of bitterness, sorrow and death. Many die long before they stop breathing. Their lives are twisted and perverted by the wretchedness of sin gift wrapped in the illusion of pleasure; hollow souls with vacant eyes and empty hearts bound in the misery of addiction and hopelessness.

He came for such as these. He has invested Himself into our own brokenness, that we may take the light of His Life to see the “works of the devil” destroyed in others. God’s answer is the power of Christ shining through redeemed souls, made whole by the same grace, now reaching out to others. May we see that the answer to our timidity, our reluctance, our apathy and our fear is the fulness of God’s love in our hearts.

These who have God’s love give of themselves first to Him, then to the world. The same God who so loved the world to the point of giving His only begotten Son has also purposed for us to give of ourselves.

“… as my Father hath sent me,
even so send I you”
John 20:21

(See The Purpose of Grace Part 1)
(See The Purpose of Grace Part 2)
(The The Purpose of Grace Part 3)
(Grace)

Brian Troxel

The Mystery of Holiness

The Mystery of Holiness

Part One

“…that we should be holy and without blame
before him in love”
Ephesians 1:4

Our religious concept of holiness has many faces. It can appear austere, ascetic, harsh or given to cliques and elite tendencies. Nothing could be further from the mind and heart of God. The truth is, our growth into His Holiness must be garmented in the wonder of His Love. True holiness is founded upon the immensity of the Love of God. Its disdain for things of the world, its repulsion of isolationism and elitism, its burning desire to see the Body of Christ arise from the ashes of division, are the pure expressions of a life growing in the Love of Christ.

Worldliness spawns chaos and division. Racism, the desire for dominance, the need for men to draw others to themselves (or the need to be a follower of others), all stem from the same contaminated stream; the desire for self-gratification and a sense of belonging. These stains are rife in the Body of Christ; rivalry, competition, jealously and envy are the result of lives untouched by holiness. These things do not exist in heavenly places. They are obliterated in His Presence.

Those who have touched even the hem of the garments of His presence should be grieved by the slander, the separations, the envying and the striving for pre-eminence in the midst of God’s people. The pretense of holiness is a sign of ones lost in their own importance. There can be no true growth in holiness apart from its author, Love.

“…that we should be holy and without blame
before him in love”
Ephesians 1:4

The Holiness of God prompted the Father to send His Only Begotten Son into this world through the impulse of Love. Rather than looking down upon His creation, He desires to raise us out of its corruption and restore its beauty through the offering of Jesus. False ideas of what constitutes holiness are but another facade of the self-perpetuating and self-glorifying lust of men. Holiness is a life where all things are in order; the lust of self, the chaos and contradictions of our own hearts, are brought under the jurisdiction of the Spirit of God. The reign of harmony and peace are the fruits of holiness. As our own unruly self becomes subject to the Love of God, we begin to see order in our own hearts and in God’s house (not by law, but by grace). Order is the revelation of holiness. It takes little discernment to gaze over the landscape of what men call “Christendom” and see the energies and pursuits of self revealed in all of its disorder. When we declare “my church”, “my fellowship”, “my teacher” (1 Cor. 1:11-13) we have departed from the love and holiness of God. Order is the result of all things being in Him.

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t boast and don’t lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is confusion and every evil deed. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace”
James 3:14-18

Humility is a life free from the pursuits of self. It is bold and at times audacious in its presentation of Christ. It will not yield to the religious of the day, not because it is self-important, but because it is free from the agendas of others. Peace is the atmosphere of humility. There is a liberty and ease within made possible by the cross of Christ.

“A vain man through pride causeth debate* (division),
And with the counselled is wisdom”
Proverbs 13:10 (YLT)

The selfish man profits from division. It is in the chaos of division and strife that he can find a place of pre-eminence.

“For where jealousy and selfish ambition are,
there is confusion and every evil deed”
James 3:16

It is insecurity that compels men to follow others, to feel the need to be part of earthly organizations and religious cliques. They who are secure in Christ know there is but ONE Body, ONE Faith and ONE God and Father of us all. His Salvation is our freedom from the fallen self and the need to be recognized by others. His Unity can only be realized in the living truth of His Holiness dwelling in our hearts by Love!

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“…and the leaves of the tree
were for the healing of the nations”
Revelation 22:2

*NOTE: The word translated “debate” in the YLT or “contention” in the KJV is defined as follows:

מַצָּה - maṣṣāh: “A feminine noun depicting strife, contention. It refers to wrangling, quarreling, and contention” The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament; Warren Baker

Thayer’s Lexicon points out this Hebrew word is from the Hebrew Root נָצָה - nâtsâh (naw-tsaw')
A primitive root; properly to go forth (1 John 2:19), that is, (by implication) to be expelled, and (consequently) desolate; causatively to lay waste. (scripture reference added by me)

Brian Troxel

Fellowship

Fellowship

“And to make all men see
what is the fellowship of the mystery…”
Ephesians 3:9

Fellowship in the mystery is purely and simply a flow of faith; the life and substance of Christ communicated between those who walk and live in His Light. Fellowship is the evidence of walking in the Light of Christ.

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another…”
1 John 1:7

This precious wonder of fellowship is the revelation of that which is true in the Spirit. We all have acquaintances who call upon His Name, but the validity and depth of these things is evidenced by the flow of life. There is a vast difference between this and having just a cordial or familiar relationship with another in His Name. There is a fire and a mutual communication of His wonder between those with whom we find true fellowship.

“Deep calleth unto deep…”
Psalm 42:7

Brian Troxel