Nothing But Jesus!

Nothing But Jesus!

“Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power,
unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness”
Colossians 1:11

Patience (endurance) and a longsuffering with joy are only possible by His power and might. Men and women may have measures of this by nature, but the real enduring grace of such a disposition is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Timidity, shyness, and a lack of confidence are not fruits of the Spirit. The Humility of Christ is bold. His boldness is garmented in the wonder of character, unlike any human trait. The lowliness of Jesus is without compromise and its expression has a grandeur beyond words. His passion in cleansing the temple was fearful and filled with the authority of the Father to such an extent that men wondered what was the source of it. His gentleness had an unshakable omnipotent power, His grace with the lost of humanity unfathomable.

Truly all our righteousness is as filthy rags. Our traits, our very selves are lost beyond all hope if it not for the Life of Him within. There is no true grace apart from Him. There are no human counterfeits capable of truly revealing His matchless beauty. The need for the infusion of His substance and life is as essential as the air we breathe.

“Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me…”
Jeremiah 9:23-24

If anyone is to glory, let it be because the grace of God has come. Let it be because His Life is becoming ours. Let there be no human substitutions, excuses, teachings, or concepts which leave us part Him and part us. Let us with full assurance of faith turn to the ONE in whom is the very pulse of true life. The New Covenant presents to us this singular truth:

“He that hath the Son hath life;
and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life…”
1 John 5:12

To be free from the contagion of self, we must live in Him. It is His Life in us that puts to death our own selfish, self-seeking, self-perpetuating lies. Through the power of obedience, we find His Spirit working in concert with our redeemed will.

“…if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body,
ye shall live
Romans 8:13

No teaching, sermon, or austere religious methods can bring a soul into the life of Christ. It simply requires a life of obedience and submission to He who lives within. To experience His forgiveness…forgive. To obtain mercy…be merciful. To see God… allow Him to purify your heart. His Way is simple yet “few there be that are finding it”.

“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that (are) find (ing: Greek participle) it
Matthew 7:14

Brian Troxel

The Adventure

The Adventure

“For as in Adam all die,
even so, in Christ shall all be made alive”
1 Corinthians 15:22

The key for life, any life, is to be in Christ. There are no formulas, teachings, or concepts that can replace the pulse, the purpose, and the indomitable press of Him. Jesus is the Life and the secret to His vitality is found as we abide in Him.

“He that hath the Son hath life;
and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life”
1 John 5:12

There is something so essential in the LIFE of His own, simple and yet so powerful. The Holy Spirit has been given for this reason: to lead us into this growing relationship.

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me…”
John 16:13

The Life of Christ is the sum of all truth; not just an addition or influence. He is the fountain of doing and reasoning. It is this Presence that transforms life from a series of unrelated events to an adventure full of purpose.

“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear,
then shall ye also appear with him in glory”
Colossians 3:4

The quest for an ever-deepening relationship with Him is the joy and purpose of life. There is no point of arrival; His depths are eternal and blessed are those who are captivated by His sheer beauty. This pursuit is fueled by the mystery that unfolds within the common course of life. No wonder the Psalmist cries out with joy:

“O taste and see that the Lord is good…”
Psalm 34:8

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“For too long, we’ve called unbelievers to “invite Jesus into your life.” Jesus doesn’t want to be in your life. Your life is a wreck. Jesus calls you into his life. And his life isn’t boring or purposeless or static. It’s wild and exhilarating and unpredictable”.
Russell D. Moore

Brian Troxel

Thought for Today – Desire the Revelation of Life

Thought for Today

DESIRE
THE REVELATION OF LIFE

“For indeed we who are in this tent do groan, being burdened; not that we desire to be unclothed, but that we desire to be clothed, that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life”
2 Corinthians 5:4

Life, whether earthly or heavenly, is by nature filled with longings, desires and pursuits. As the natural life is filled with unholy lusts and affections so the heavenly life is filled with holy pursuits and desires.

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit,
and the Spirit against the flesh:
and these are contrary the one to the other”
GALATIANS 5:17

The nature of the life of an individual is known by the thing it covets and pursues. Just as the lust for the things of this world is the expression of the worldly man so is the desire in the life of the believer to be “swallowed up” in the LIFE of the SON.

Where there is no cry for heavenly things
There is no heavenly life

Brian Troxel

“I AM the Resurrection” – Part One

“I AM the Resurrection”
John 11:25

Part One

Hidden within the Eternal Words of Jesus lie the treasures and fullness of the Godhead. As we come to know Jesus there is a quiet unfolding of Him within the depths of our own hearts. He is an eternal spring pouring forth renewing and invigorating waters of life. His ongoing-revelation is like a flower blooming and bringing forth fresh and life-changing fragrances of wonder and glory. As one man* observed hundreds of years ago, “the I AM is the eternal verb.” A verb denotes action and movement. Here it speaks of The Life which is simply the revelation of the Divine Will and Purpose at work in the human heart.

Here on earth life is much more than just breathing and existing. We are to be caught up in a Will which captures and inspires the heart to grander things. It is a Will founded and governed in something higher and deeper than our own selves; a Will which lifts us out of its menial pedantic self. It anchors the soul in the wonder and power of Love; God’s Love. Christ is the Face*, the Word and the Substance of all that God is. It is in our abiding, growing and following Him where we are raised out of the religion and base concepts of men and are brought into the very Will of a Life far beyond the statements and dogmas of religion.

Christ Himself the Living Vine

The I AM is much more than an event; He is the continuum of unfolding life and power. He is not just a resurrection, He is the ever-resurrecting ONE and it is in Him alone we live and move with the endless flow of His heart beating within. The precepts and concepts of doctrine must give way to something much more than a single “born again” experience. Birth is but the mere beginning of life; not an end in itself but the matrix of a journey of growth, learning and enlargement of the life of Christ within. The branch which is united to the vine* is ever-developing in its ability to participate IN the Will of the Vine to the bearing of fruit. It is in the bringing forth of fruit that the Father is glorified*. The Will of the vine is summed up in one great passion: to honour and glorify the Father. A branch which does not have this eternal Will as its singular purpose is not in vital union with the vine. It is the relationship of the branch to the vine through which the Eternal Will causes the branch to blossom and move into a life of bearing fruit.

Christ Himself the Tree of Life

“In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations”
Revelation 22:2

“Life is much more than words, teachings and religious prayers;
it is the essence of God Himself.”

The I AM is the boundless cause and source of The Life. The Life cannot be had by mere intellectual learning. It must, by its very nature, be held within the wonder and power of relationship. A relationship where the inspiration of His love becomes the very bond that binds and hold us to His being. Life is much more than words, teachings and religious prayers; it is the essence of God Himself.

God in Christ has/is giving to us Eternal Life and this life is IN HIS SON. It is a commodity that cannot be known apart from Him. It must be known as it is given; eternally and continuously, the living branch abiding in, and forever sustained by, the very life of the vine.

“And this is the record,
that God hath given to us eternal life,
and this life is IN his Son”
1 John 5:11

The eternal record states that the Life is in His Son and we will only know its power by our continual interaction with Him.

“He that hath the Son hath life;
and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life”
1 John 5:12

The I AM beckons and calls to all who have ears to hear, eyes to see and hearts that hunger and thirst for Him. It is the true in heart who know intuitively that it is only in Him where we can “live, and move and have (true) being.” *

“O taste and see that the Lord is good…”
Psalm 34:8


* Joseph Parker – (1830 – 1902)

* 2 Corinthians 4:6
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”

* John 15:1-2
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit”

* John 15:8
“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples”

* Acts 17:28
“For in him we live, and move, and have our being…”

Brian Troxel