Charles Spurgeon – Grace

Charles Spurgeon

Grace & Sanctification

“In respect to justification, grace stands opposed to works (Rom. 4:4-5; 11:6). However, in respect to sanctification, grace is the source of works. This simply means that whereas we are saved by grace and not of works, we are saved by grace unto good works. Good works are the fruit, not the root, of God’s saving grace (see esp. Eph. 2:8 -10)”
– Charles Spurgeon

It is the sanctified vessel which is fit and prepared for the Master Use. It is one thing for a people to be Justified and as glorious such a truth is… for us to go on, ever going on unto the place of being prepared for HIS USE.

“Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.”
2 Timothy 2:21

Sanctification is the work of grace to bring us unto the works of God.

Brian Troxel

Thought for Today – Love and Righteousness

Thought for Today

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

Consider love as the ruling agent to all of our interaction with others…

We do not steal because it is offensive to Christ (first and foremost), besides being injurious to others it also brings dishonour to that glorious Name to whom we owe our life!

They who love with His Love cannot but seek to keep the commandments for His Love inspires us to treat others with the same grace He has treated us. “Love thinks no evil.” If we are held in the power of His Love I am not able conjure up or hold evil thoughts of others. They who have tasted of His love and forgiveness cannot and dare not hold unforgiveness towards another.

Where Love reigns so will the righteousness of Christ shine forth.

The “end” or the fulfillment of all the commandments of God are to bring us to this ONE END… The Love of God flowing out of a pure heart, lives lived in a clear and clean conscience and a living faith which is genuine and authentic.

“Now the end of the commandment
is charity out of a pure heart,
and of a good conscience,
and of faith unfeigned”
1 Timothy 1:5

Brian Troxel

Carol Tipton

Carol Tipton

A Dream Given

“Sometime in 1989 through a dream which was like a movie with only 2 moving scenes.

Scene 1 opens in a large room where there are many people walking around and visiting with one another, each carrying a plate of food from which they are eating.  As I observed the people I noticed a small, bitty bird flitting from plate to plate attempting to get something to eat.

Scene 2 opens in a kitchen where I observed a plate of left overs sitting on the counter next to the sink.  The bitty bird was attempting to feed from this plate, however the bird slipped and fell into the sink, into the jaws of the garbage disposal.

In this dream I felt (literally) great fear for this bitty bird, and I carefully reached my hand into the disposal to lift the bird to safety, all the while keeping my eyes fastened upon the disposal switch on the wall which if engaged would turn on the disposal destroying the bitty bird.

That was the end of the dream.  I have pondered that dream many times over many years and although I knew from the outset what that dream was speaking of, it seems as if that understanding has increased each time.  The fear that I experienced during that dream was tangible and remains with me to this day.

The interpretation

Those people weren’t doing anything wrong.  They were having a pot luck meal or some such gathering as happens all the time.  But this is speaking directly to the Church.

This gathering had no substance which is evidenced by the starving bird and lack of interest or concern of anyone in that gathering.

That speaks to the lukewarm Church who are nonchalant in their gatherings/meetings, enjoying their time with friends and family, having no fire and no fear of the Lord, just fulfilling their supposed obligation by being in attendance.  They are feeding from their pot luck assortment of doctrines and ideas which have sprung up from the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil.  There is no good in that tree, by the way.

In their midst however, there are young in the Lord who are hungry for more than easy greasy doctrines which are nothing but slime and chaff, and they are the ones in danger.  Why?  Because the adults in the room, the pastors, leaders, prophets, etc. have chosen people pleasing, rather than God pleasing.  Note, they aren’t the ones in danger from the jaws of satan!  No it is the ones who are looking for Life, for a Word from off the Throne.  Those are the ones in danger from its death in that dream.

So, by this dream we are being warned by a Strong Word to Seek the Lord, to be a Word of Life, to step away from the lukewarm and to watch and pray for those who seek Truth”
– Carol Tipton

 

Uprightness

Uprightness

“His countenance doth behold the upright”
Psalm 11:7

The upright will know the joy of God’s gaze. Uprightness of heart is found in living right and doing right. The true disciple quickly forgives others and seeks forgiveness from others; the result is the peace of God within. Uprightness is simply living free from the stain of envy, jealously, bias and compromise. It is the freedom which comes to those who abide in Christ.

“And ye shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free”

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“Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy”
Psalm 16:11

 

Touching Jesus

Touching Jesus

“And Jesus said, ‘Who touched me?’ When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, ‘Who touched me?”
Luke 8:45

Faith is the conduit through which His virtue and power flow. The panacea for the human race is found in the virtue of Him flowing unto all who come to Him by faith.

“And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me”
Luke 8:46

It is His virtue that brings healing and salvation to humanity. We read in this passage that many were thronging about Jesus, touching Him but with no consequences. One woman, in her desperation, touched Him in Faith; a living faith sufficient to release the transmission of His Life into her hopeless condition. The flow of that vibrant Life filled her with amazement and fear. There was no reference or ability to prepare her for its wonder! The purpose of God in Christ is to bring us to that place of unconscious dependency upon that virtue continually sustaining and invigorating us. The parable of the vine is the hope of all who aspire to live within His dominion; a perpetual fountain where we are made partakers of the Divine Nature! (2 Peter 1:4)

Through His death on the cross, we were reconciled to God. We were invited into the commonwealth of God in Christ. As glorious as this is, we are now invited to the banqueting table of His provisions to the end we would feast upon Him who is our living bread. It is by our eating and drinking of Him that will grow into Him! We were reconciled by His death, but we are ever being saved by the power of His Life flowing and producing His likeness within. Him.

“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life
Romans 5:10

Reconciliation is the beginning of His work in us. The Holy Spirit has come to lead and guide us into Him who is the truth and the power of the New Covenant.

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me”
John 15:3

The bearing of fruit and the divine enablement to live beyond the resources of self requires an enlargement of our capacity to draw from Him the virtue needed to reveal Him in this world. The works of God through us are dependent upon the Life of Christ within us. Faith is the vital link between His resources and our needs and, even more importantly, the needs of others.

Self-less living, Love, and compassion for others, is bound up in His heart being poured into ours. It is here we most reveal the truth and verity of our abiding in Him.

To be reconciled to Him by His death is one thing. It is quite another thing to be saved, empowered and sent of Him into this dark and destitute world. They who know of His sanctifying Life become vessels prepared and fit for His purposes!

“Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work
2 Timothy 2:21

As we partake of Him, we become ready, willing and divinely enabled to do His Work.

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

Brian Troxel

The Song of the Lord

The Song of The Lord

“God has prepared for Himself one great song of praise throughout eternity, and those who enter the community of God join in this song. It is the song that the “morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy” at the creation of the world. (Job 38:7). It is the victory song of the children of Israel after passing through the Red Sea, the Magnificat of Mary after the annunciation, the song of Paul and Silas in the night of prison, the song of the singers on the sea of glass after their rescue, the “song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb” (Rev. 15:3) It is the song of the heavenly fellowship
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

There are melodies discovered in dark places, graces developed in the oppression and angst of the soul. There are lyrics written upon the soul of His own; songs from the deep where Christ abides. They are but mere whispers of  glory which wind their way from heaven’s throne to bring the fragrance of a far away land where righteousness reigns and love is the atmosphere that His creatures there breathe.

Let not the clouds of the dim lands here hide for long the lightness and the buoyancy of the Song of Lord.

“And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away”
Isaiah 35:10

Brian Troxel

Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Verity of Faith

“let God be true, but every man a liar”
Romans 3:4

“Believe to the end, even if all men went astray and you were left the only one faithful; bring your offering even then and praise God in your loneliness.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky

The reason faith is unshakable is because the author of it, Jesus Christ, remains faithful to those who are the children of its mysteries. By faith we understand, by faith we stand and by faith the wonder of His Life resides and pulsates within our being revealing the Divine Truths of Himself.

“Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea…”
– Psalm 46:2

Brian Troxel

Faith and Understanding

Faith and Understanding

“By faith we understand…”
Hebrews 11:3

Faith is the faculty by which the glorious truths of God become the eternal thoughts and desires in our own hearts.

Faith is the means by which the mystery of Christ becomes woven into the fabric of our life lived here.

Faith is the conduit by which the Word of God produces “living epistles known and read of all men”.

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“Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore, seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.”
Augustine

Brian Troxel

Have This Mind – Part Two

Have This Mind

Part Two

The Divine Will

“I have accomplished the work
which you have given me to do”
John 17:4

The wonderful prayer of Jesus in John 17 will require eternity to reveal the depth, power and heart of our King and High Priest. This prayer ascends unto the Father from the heart of the “Man, Christ Jesus”. Here He was, the perfect man approaching the greatest of all sacrifices, standing at the precipice of becoming the sin offering. The scourge, the filth, and the shame of all humanity was to be laid upon Him. Yet in the power of faith, he was able to declare “I have accomplished the work which you have given me to do”. It is beyond our ability to understand this fulness and yet if that same Spirit dwells in us there will be the necessity to discover and finish His Will in us. Individuals who feel not the wonder of this call know little of the One in whom this fire burns.

We are afforded glimpses of the intensity of this overcoming prayer of the sinless One as he faced the immensity of the eternal contradiction: The Holy One, the sum of all purity and love exposed to the contempt, the pure hatred, and the violence of evil and ignorant men, submitting Himself to the cruelest of all deaths on their behalf.

“I have finished the work…”

Undaunted by the enormity of all that was soon to transpire He declares His faithfulness to the divine Will of the Father. Until we grasp in some measure that it was the “man” Christ Jesus who prayed and declared this with firm resolve to “finish the work” of God the Father, we will fail to perceive His purpose for those “in whom He lives and moves” to have the same intensity of heart. What was/is true in Him is to be the truth in us!

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

The undeniable evidence of the Son living and ruling within our own hearts is in the press of Him within us to “finish the work” He has purposed for us. Those who have Him living within desire that same passion to fulfill the work He has called us to. This same intensity of purpose and over-riding cry within was evident in the life of Paul.

“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus”
Philippians 3:12

The fire of God burning within brings an understanding that we have been “apprehended” for a purpose. There is an inextricable cry to fulfill HIS WILL. We cannot settle for a life of mediocrity. We cannot find rest in religious phrases or earthly pursuits of comfort. We desire to live fully in the same Spirit which propelled the Son unto the complete fulfillment of the will of the Father.

The cry of the Son to “finish the work” is revealed in those who are truly partakers of His Spirit. It cannot be otherwise.

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

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“My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me,
and to finish His work
John 4:34

Brian Troxel

PODCAST – (14 minutes) To This Man Will I Look

The Foundations of the Lord

PART TWO

(Short Message only 14 minutes long)

…to this man will I look

 

“For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”
(Isaiah 66:2)