True Blessedness

True Blessedness

“Blessed and holy
is the one having part in the first resurrection.
The second death has no authority over these”
Revelation 20:6

Blessedness and holiness are requirements to partake of the first resurrection. Holiness is the reign of Christ within His own. Death reigns because of sin; the hope of all creation is in the power and wonder of the Life of Christ within His people (Romans 8:19-23). His Life alone is the cure for fallen creation. The cry of the heart of God is eternal:

“Come unto Me…”

This call is more than a religious platitude; it is an invitation to draw from Him the very life to dwell within the dominion of a love that eradicates the lusts, envy and strife of this world. It is as we come to Him and abide in Him that we have hope in the “first resurrection”.

The Progressive life of growth in Christ — The Beatitudes of Matthew 5.

“Blessed and holy…”

“Blessed are the poor in spirit…” Matthew 5:3
“Blessed are they that mourn…” Matthew 5:4
“Blessed are the meek…” Matthew 5:5
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness…”                      Matthew 5:6
“Blessed are the merciful…” Matthew 5:7
“Blessed are the pure in heart…” Matthew 5:8
“Blessed are the peacemakers…” Matthew 5:9
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake…”                      Matthew 5:10
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you…” Matthew 5:11

“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city”
Revelation 22:14

Holy

“…but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy; for I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:15-16

Blessedness and holiness are the miracle of Christ alone. His government, His dominion and His Life ruling within our hearts is the Kingdom of God. It is as we respond to this Call of God in Christ that we begin to perceive the progressive growth into this blessedness: poverty of spirit, a mourning of spirit, and a meekness of heart acknowledging our absolute need of Him. There is a growing hunger and thirsting for His righteousness to be wrought in our lives. His Life in us enables us to be more merciful, purer in the motives of our heart, even though we may be persecuted and reviled. Persecution and rejection come to those who walk and live in Christ. Obedience is the mark of His rule within our hearts. The culmination of this blessedness through obedience is access to the “tree of life” and an entrance into the glorious city of God.

“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city”
Revelation 22:14

Brian Troxel

Be Still

Be Still

“Commune with your own heart upon your bed,
and be still… Selah”
Psalm 4:4

Stillness is a posture of the heart that comes as we commune with Him; as we allow His peace to infiltrate our being. His voice is one of stillness and His word will distill as the dew upon those who wait for Him. The quietness is a prerequisite for His whispers. In the hush there is a sense of His majesty and glory beyond our human understanding and we are filled with holy awe.

In these days of great trouble, the fear, anger and strife that reigns in the hearts of men would seek to draw us into the turmoil. God desires that we come into the pavilion of His peace. It is a resting place, a hiding place and a shelter from the storms of life. He bids us to come and abide under the shadow of His wings. The sheer intensity of our relationship with Him will be the security and peace of our times. Peace cannot be wrought by man; it is the temper of a heart at rest in God.

“Come unto me… and I will give you rest
Take my yoke upon you and learn of ME…”
Matthew 11:28-29

We have much to learn to bring us to the same demeanor of spirit in which He bore our sins in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. Here and now He draws us to Himself in the holy bonds of discipleship that we may find humility and grace to walk as He walked. Let us find ourselves drawing near unto Him that we may be “hid with Christ in God”.

“He maketh the storm a calm,
so that the waves thereof are still”
Psalm 107:29

Brian Troxel

Obedience: Doing His Will

Obedience: Doing His Will

“For you need endurance so that,
having done the will of God,
you may receive the promise”
Hebrews 10:39

The promise of God is inextricably linked to obedience; in other words, doing the will of God. When we choose His way above our own, we discover the unfolding of His person and character and a desire to “follow the Lamb” where-so-ever He leads. Obedience is simply a life of following Him.

The promises of God require our obedience coupled with trust and endurance. It is impossible to obey without trust. To step into the unknown requires a trust in Him to sustain the step which faith has initiated. Abraham could sacrifice his most beloved thing in this world because he “accounted that God was able to raise him up”. His faith in God enabled him to obey the call of God. In his obedience he was afforded a revelation of “Jehovah Jireh” who would in the fulness of time provide the Lamb of God. Obedience is always the precursor to revelations of God. To those who follow Him is the way of holiness known.

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness,
without which no man shall see the Lord
Hebrews 12:14

The path of holiness has little to do with conforming to some strict code of ethics or aligning oneself to a ritualistic way of life. Holiness is the power of the life of Christ within.

“If any man serve me, let him follow me;
and where I am, there shall also my servant be:
if any man serve me, him will my Father honour”
John 12:26

The true servant of Christ can only serve Him by following Him. The disciple of Christ cannot serve two masters or bear an allegiance to anything or anyone other than Him. Serving Christ will render an individual incapable of blind loyalty to an organization, an individual or a self-serving agenda. His way will crucify everything in our life unto the realization that we are His and His alone.

“But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it”
Numbers 14:24

Brian Troxel

Strong Families

Strong Families

“…Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord,
that delighteth greatly in his commandments”
Psalm 112:1

What blessing does God pronounce upon such a man?

“His seed shall be mighty upon earth…”
Psalm 112:2

If ever there was a time for the raising up of strong “seed” in the earth, it is now. If ever there was a time for the people of God to live to honour and exalt His Name in the earth, it is today. The fear of the Lord brings a delight in obedience and the exaltation of His Name in the earth. The Blessings of God are sure to those who live their lives to please Him alone.

“I receive not honour from men”
John 5:41

“How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?”
John 5:44

The fear of the Lord will bring a singularity of purpose to one’s life. Compromise and instability are the result of a life without conviction and purpose and is readily perceived by our children. It requires strong faith to live uprightly before the Lord. It requires diligence and faith to stand through the storms of life. Even in times of failure and discouragement there is to be the shining forth of a heart that rises from every situation with an even stronger determination to live for Him.

The sins we tolerate in our own life will surely be seen by those closest and dearest to us. Our attitude and response to the call of God, in separation and holiness, is a hidden ministry that flows from within. The depth of our life in Christ can be measured by our estimation of sin. The deeper our walk with Him, the deeper will be our hatred of sin and the deeper our desire for righteousness. Sadly, it has become the norm for men to turn a blind eye to the sin of others, even our own children and those whom we consider brothers and sisters in the Lord. The fear of the Lord produces men with strong convictions by which they stand. The fear of the Lord is the foundation upon which strong families are built.

“And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother
2 Thessalonians 3:14-15

The fear of the Lord produces men with strong convictions by which they stand. This fear of the Lord is the foundation upon which build strong families are built. God is looking for us to raise up children who will be mighty in their own walk in the Lord; to be a light and a blessing to others in this world. We seek the blessing of God to fall upon our children and grandchildren, for His life to be resident within their hearts. The true strength of our families comes as each member has their own relationship with Jesus and knows His convictions and His tender mercies for themselves.

“For if a man know not how to rule his own house,
how shall he take care of the church of God?”
1 Timothy 3:5

Brian Troxel

Andrew Murray

Quote for Today

Andrew Murray

“Unless we are willing to pay the price, and sacrifice time and attention and what appear legitimate or necessary duties, for the sake of the heavenly gifts we need not look for a large experience of the power of the heavenly world in our work”
– Andrew Murray

Heresy – A.W. Tozer

Quote for Today

“Heresy is not so much rejecting as selecting. The heretic simply selects the parts of the Scripture he wants to emphasize and lets the rest go. This is shown by the etymology of the word heresy and by the practice of the heretic. “Beware,” an editorial scribe of the fourteenth century warned his readers in the preface to a book. “Beware thou take not one thing after thy affection and liking, and leave another: for that is the condition of an heretique. But take everything with other.” The old scribe knew well how prone we are to take to ourselves those parts of the truth that please us and ignore the other parts. And that is heresy
– A.W. Tozer

Honouring God

Honoring God

“So speak ye and so do”
James 2:12

We live in a very strange time when individuals can study the scriptures, memorize them, and readily discuss them with others; yet live their lives contrary to the very words they speak. The only way to honor His Word is by obeying it. Obedience is the evidence of a life who truly honors and treats His Word for what it is: Holy. If we do not reverence His Word through obedience we will reap the consequences. How foolish it is to speak His Word and yet not honor it not with our lives.

“For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense; how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation
Hebrews 2:2

They who esteem His Word lightly, lightly esteem the One who speaks it.

“And if any man obey not our word by this epistle,
note that man, and have no company with him,
that he may be ashamed”
2 Thessalonians 3:14

Brian Troxel

Spiritual Warfare – Thankfulness

Spiritual Warfare – Thankfulness

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name”
Psalm 100:4

SELAH

“Do all things without complaining and arguing”
Philippians 2:14

To what end?

“that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without defect in the middle of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you are seen as lights in the world”
Philippians 2:15

I am slowly discovering (and I do mean slowly) the power of thankfulness. Thankfulness is a major weapon in warfare for the child of God. It is a disposition which protects us from bitterness and self-pity. There is a resiliency in the thankful heart; in its hold the child of God can overcome many obstacles. Bitterness and acrimony undermine God’s graces; they rob us of the power to see clearly. There is a buoyancy and a freedom that comes if we can remain untouched by the contagion of self. The nature of self is prone to complaining and resentment. These can easily gravitate to animosity, anger and the deadly sins which lurk in those dark places. Prayer is a vital link to overcoming bitterness.

“Continue in prayer,
and watch in the same with thanksgiving
Colossians 4:2

One of the greatest miracles of God in His work within His children is to create a life which walks uprightly in this world full of compromise and sin. It takes the power of Grace to so enable us to hold to the way of God. Temptation and darkness without, weakness and frailty within is the everyday conflict of the Christian life. Let us consider and give thanks unto Him who alone can make us stand as lights in the growing darkness.

In this Day of growing hostility, it is essential that we be arrayed with thankfulness unto Him who, by His grace, can make us stand. It is a Grace by which we can be untouched by all of the stratagems of Satan himself.

“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled”
Hebrews 12:15

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“In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Brian Troxel

Devotion and Worship

Devotion and Worship

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus”
Colossians 3:17

There is a sense of holiness which is to permeate our daily life. The mundane, the trivial and the great things all have significance in our walk before Him. As we walk closer with Him, His presence makes all things in our life important. These are things to be pondered. In our desire to please Him, and to be taught of Him, we become more attentive to the whispers of His Spirit.

“…in all things I am instructed”
Philippians 4:12

There are a couple of thoughts hidden within this scripture of which we should take note: 1) There must be a doing which springs forth from the well of His Spirit in our life. 2) The thing we are doing is to be done in His Name (the nature, the attitude and the Spirit). Not only is the deed important, but also the attitude in which the deed is done.

The foundation of true heartfelt devotion is Jesus Christ. This life of devotion is never about a cause, an organization or a ministry; all things are centered upon the person of Jesus Christ alone. Whether we are at work, at home, or out in the world, the words we speak, and the deeds we do are to be carried with a pure spirit of devotion unto Him. It is in the discovery of this that our life takes on the beauty and singularity of worship.

Worship is more than singing songs or a momentary focusing on Him; it is a life in which all things are simply an offering unto Him. The power of this truth is learned as we grow in the awareness of His Presence in the flow of our daily life.

“…for I do always those things that please him”
John 8:29

The Son never had an “off” moment; His life was full of the sense of His Father’s eye being ever upon Him. To the true disciple, devotion becomes the living of a pure life. Devotion is the gateway into a life in which His joy becomes our joy. The life of Christ within is our hope of entering into the simplicity of living intuitively in the wonder of continual worship.

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy might”
Deuteronomy 6:5

Brian Troxel