Faith to Overcome

Faith to Overcome

Overcoming Faith

“He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised”
Romans 4:19-21

Different translations of this verse read both “he considered not” and “he considered” his own body in his estimation of God’s promise. According to the original, both are accurate. In Abraham’s estimation of his situation, he “considered not” his own vitality. He did not take into account his age or Sarah’s condition in light of the immensity of God’s promise. He did not ignore his situation, nor did he “pretend” to not see his helpless state. The original language indicates that he “considered” full well the impotency of both he and Sarah and YET continued to believe, to move, and to obey the God in whom he had placed his trust.

Faith is not blind; it is not a religious exercise in futility. Faith is the ability to fully consider our situation and, in the face of overwhelming odds, believe God! Faith launches men and women into the impossible, the unfathomable and the insurmountable because it does not take into account our own resources. We find a trust to cross rivers, to face lions, to travel on in desert places knowing that He who has called us is faithful.

Do not see the obstacles, the limitations, the flaws in your own being as impediments to God’s glorious power. Do not allow the history of the past to prevent the opportunities of the present from becoming your future victories.

“Who is he that overcometh the world,
but he that believeth…”
1 John 5:5

True believing produces an overcoming. It is not static; it is not in word only. The overcoming is as actual as the faith which produces it. Overcoming found in the lives of those who no longer consider themselves, but who by faith rise up and trust the One who cannot lie. Obedience is the highest expression of faith. To step into the waters of the raging sea one must believe that He is able. To refuse to pay tribute to the kings of this world while facing the fiery furnace one must have faith. The call of God is not to the wise, the strong or the noble; it is to those who in their weakness find Him strong.

The present situation in which we find ourselves is an opportunity to give Him glory. In Darkness falling, in evil arising, in health issues, in all of the peculiar challenges of our own life: “Let God Arise!

The smallest candle cannot be extinguished
by the darkness which surrounds it.

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“Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven”
Matthew 5:16

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Brian Troxel

PODCAST – Believing Unto Becoming

Believing Unto Becoming

appropriating the power to become

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
(John 1:12-13)

 

Obedience and Revelation

Obedience and Revelation

When Abraham offered up his only son, the God who sees obedience, knew that here was a man who feared Him.

“…for NOW I know that thou fearest God,
seeing thou hast not withheld thy son,
thine only son from me…”
Genesis 22:12

Here, in Abraham’s greatest test, he was afforded the incredible revelation of God’s eternal plan. Faith which brings obedience will always be accompanied by the revelation of God Himself.

Abraham’s obedience resulted in him seeing the “ram caught in the thicket”; an offering “in the stead of his son”! Let the immensity of this truth spur us on in our own journey into obedience. In the offering up of his best Abraham was enabled to “lift up his eyes” and SEE heavenly things!

And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son
Genesis 22:13

Without obedience we will see little. Obedience is our participation with God in His purposes in the earth! In that participation we are afforded His Revelation!

Of Abraham seeing the Ram given in the place of his son, Jesus declared over a thousand years later:

“Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day:
and he saw it, and was glad”
John 8:56

Abraham’s obedience in offering all that he held dear, revealed God’s offering of the ONE He held so dear!

Regardless of our station, our situation and our present circumstances let us trust and obey God. Give unto Him your best for in so doing He will give unto you the greatest gift of all: Himself.

It is not the size of the offering which matters but the value to the offeror!

“And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Mark 12:41-44

The religious offer according to their estimation of themselves. The more they view their own importance the less they feel the need to give. Likewise, those who allow their circumstances to dictate their faith will give less than they are capable of giving. The law of the New Covenant is the living testimony of a heart which has discovered the way into His Life: “give and it shall be given unto you…”. Give of yourself to Him and of Him you shall receive in the corresponding measure. We are not speaking of the “unrighteous mammon” of the world, but of the true riches of Christ Himself.

“He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully…”
2 Corinthians 9:6

The New Covenant has brought us the One supreme offering: all our offerings spring from His heart becoming ours.

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“…the greatest thing each person can do is to give himself to God utterly and unconditionally – weaknesses, fears, and all. For God loves obedience more than good intentions or second-best offerings, which are all too often made under the guise of weakness.”
Soren Kierkegaard

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Brian Troxel

Thomas Aquinas – Kindness

Thomas Aquinas – Kindness

Kindness and Truth

“The greatest kindness one can render to any man consists in leading him from error to truth”
– Thomas Aquinas

“My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins”
James 5:19-20

The Morning Watch 2-2-21

The Morning Watch 2-2-21

The Morning Watch

Thought for Today

“Prayer is the participation
of a heart in the Presence of God”

The highest call of life is one of relationship in Christ with God our Father. Effectual prayers ascend from hearts which have been subdued by His presence. It is from His glory whereby our hearts are made right to pray right.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you,
ye shall ask what ye will,
and it shall be done unto you”
John 15:7

Abiding in Christ is the Spring from which effectual prayers are borne. Asking aright comes from our being right in our relationship with Him.

Prayer is the natural outflow of a life which is in relationship with God. Jesus easily spent all night in prayer with the Father for it was the basis of His relationship to God as a man.  Jesus in teaching His disciples to pray began with the powerful words… “Our Father” and in our corresponding depth of relationship to Him will be the flow of our hearts unto Him.

“And this is life eternal,
that they might know Thee the only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent”
John 17:3

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Brian Troxel

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Appropriating Life

Appropriating Life

Appropriating Life

“Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon,
that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.”
Joshua 1:3

The Land of Promise was given by the One who cannot lie; yet it remains unknown to the one who does not walk in its abundance. The Land of Promise is vast and its bounties endless and yet, like the Pearl of Great price, it must be purchased to be held. Though its beauty is unsurpassed and its luster unparalleled it yet remains untouched by the one who merely gazes upon it un-procured.

God’s promises must be walked in, for His gift to us is nothing less than Himself. To speak of knowing Him without the wonder of experience is the travesty of religion. It is in treading, sometimes slowly but still steadily, that the book of our own history of experience is written. Life must be lived to be known. Life cannot be held within the bounds of the intellect. It must be the inspiration to explore its own vastness.

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living soul”
Genesis 2:7

The scriptures present to us the essence of life; God breathing into man the magnificence of His own being. Though formed and sculpted from the dust of the earth, man remained inanimate, a thing rather than a being. It was His breath that created life. A man may hold to teachings, beliefs and forms of truth, yet without the breath of God invigorating, illuminating and ever creating, he remains a lost and empty soul.

Life can only be realized by our participation in His Life. By His design, our knowing of him must be apprehended by the tread of our feet, the investment of our life into His. He can never be known in the stagnated concepts of a doctrine! His word to the poor, the blind and the needy is “come unto ME”. Those who hunger and thirst, those who are needy come. They are drawn by the wonder and majesty of something beyond mere knowledge. There is a love, a persuasion; an inarticulate desire for which their soul pants.

“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?”
Psalm 42:1-2

Those caught up in this quest can never be content with the promises concerning Him. True hunger can only be satisfied in the apprehension of the object of its desire.

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life”
John 5: 39-40

The invitation remains for the pilgrims of faith. Let us embrace the Word of the Lord afresh:

“Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon,
that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.”
Joshua 1:3

Brian Troxel

Geoffrey T. Bull

Geoffrey T. Bull

Geoffrey T. Bull

“Even Christ pleased not Himself. He was utterly consumed in the zeal of His Father’s house. As man He ever moved for God. As God He ever moved for man
– Geoffrey T. Bull

In the development of Christ within us, we too shall be moved for the welfare of “Our” Father’s House with the same zeal and the same love to see her radiate His Glory and to reveal His Unity among the true saints of God. The life of Him within will ever move us for His purposes and will in so doing by His Spirit we too will know the moving of God for man.

“As He is
so are WE in this world”
1 John 4:17

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Geoffrey T. Bull
Missionary to Tibet and Prisoner Of Communist China (1950-1953)
In which he suffered greatly and triumphed in Jesus Christ.

Brian Troxel

Sanctified – John Murray

Sanctified – John Murray

Sanctified

“Indeed, the more sanctified the person is, the more conformed he is to the image of his Savior, the more he must recoil against every lack of conformity to the holiness of God. The deeper his apprehension of the majesty of God, the greater the intensity of his love to God, the more persistent his yearning for the attainment of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, the more conscious will he be of the gravity of the sin that remains and the more poignant will be his detestation of it… Was this not the effect in all the people of God as they came into closer proximity to the revelation of God’s holiness?”
– John Murray

See: The Sanctified Heart

 

Madeleine L’Engle

Madeleine L’Engle

“No wonder our youth is confused and in pain; they long for God, for the transcendent, and are offered, far too often, either piosity or sociology, neither of which meets their needs, and they are introduced to churches which have become buildings that are a safe place to escape the awful demands of God”
– Madeleine L’Engle

Discouragement and Fruitfulness

Discouragement and Fruitfulness

discouragement and Fruitfulness

“…the soul of the people was much discouraged
because of the way”
Numbers 21:4

The purpose of the Way of God is to bring purity and freedom. By design it shatters our self-seeking and self-realization. It is not an easy way. Our concepts and aspirations will be crushed in the wilderness. It is there our presumptions must die in order to prepare us for the Land of Promise. The Land of Promise is where “we live, move and have our being” in Him. It is where resurrection Life arises out of the grave of self.  That carnal self ever seeks to have the pre-eminence; it is the antithesis of all that God has purposed in Christ. Unity in Him is the result of a people who have laid aside their carnal selves for the joy of relationship in Him. They understand and feel the cords of Life binding them to one another. Humility is a necessity for those who seek the reality of being “hid with Christ in God”.

The Way will dry up the springs of self. Obedience is the Way into the provisions of Christ. The life of obedience is what gives us access to the “Tree of Life” and the abundance of all Christ is.

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

The Tree of Life gives its fruit in every season. It is rooted deeply in the River of Life and in fact the River runs through this living Tree.

“…on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month…”
Revelation 22:2

Let us be not discouraged by the Way of Christ. Let us not fall victim to self-pity, murmuring, blaming others, and the bitterness that can so easily contaminate our being. The Way of Christ is sure. His end is glorious and His Wisdom beyond our own. Blessed are we if we continue to “do Truth” in spite of the hardness of the way. The Passover was eaten with “bitter herbs”; a reminder that the bitter way brings us to sweet waters and the “oil of Joy for mourning”.

Faithfulness is revealed in our obedience to Him regardless of our feelings and disillusionment. It is here the mettle of our faith is tried, the reigns of our hearts tested, and the power of His Life is increased within us.

“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation”
Habakkuk 3:17-18

He is worthy of a faith life which continues to do of His good pleasure regardless of the situations in which we find ourselves.

“And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet”
Mark 11:13

May we be of such a disposition that when He comes to our tree He may find fruit even in the time when by “nature” the season has not yet arrived. Save us oh Lord from a life of fig leaves (the religious garments of Adam) and cause us Lord to bear fruit in every season!

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Brian Troxel