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The “ING” of Life –

“If you will not believe,
surely you will not be established”
Isaiah 7:9

Believing in God is not a one-time event. In a true and vital reality, it is to be more equated to breathing than some momentary experience. The Hebrew words used for “believe” and “established” are expressed here in the imperfect tenses. The imperfect tense would suggest (for the sake of clarity) these words culminating in an “ing”, indicating an ongoing and uncompleted work. It is in our believing that our lives will be in the ongoing work of being established. The work of the Holy Spirit is ever embellishing, ever rooting and establishing us in Christ. It is in the ongoing reliance upon Him where His work takes on the power and substance of true in-wrought character and stability in our lives.

“If ye continue in my word,
then are ye my disciples indeed”
John 8:31

Discipleship is not a fleeting momentary experience. It is a life-long necessary experience. As breathing is to our natural life so is believing, trusting and faithing in our relationship with Him. The life of the branch consists in its live and continuous connection to the vine. Jesus in this parable uses the word “abide”. It is here within the context of this one living principle that we discover the wonders and glory of the increasing of His Kingdom within our own hearts.

“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

This life of abiding, believing, and trusting in Him is an active principle of life. Any true expression of faith is revealed in obedience and response to His Word. To abide in His word means to respond to its influence and lordship. It is not uncommon to see a dead branch connected to a living plant. The connection is there but the dead branch no longer has a live relationship with its source. The identity of the branch is known by the fruit it bears. We see a branch bearing grapes we know that it is a grape vine. The fruit is the signature of the life of the vine. They who do not abide in Him lose their identity and confidence in Him. When people lose their identity they have no ability to impact the lives around them. Faith becomes a thing rather than a life. It becomes an ideal or a teaching rather than a heartbeat. This is what death is in our spiritual lives. Faith without works, branches without fruit and cold dead hearts without His life being the continuous inspiration of our very breath are the symptoms of a decaying branch.

“Every branch not bearing fruit in Me,
He takes it away”
John 15:2 (BLB)

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“But become doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, this one is like a man studying his natural face in a mirror; for he studied himself, and has gone away, and immediately he forgot of what kind he was. But the one looking into the perfect law of liberty, and continuing in it, this one not having become a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in his doing”
James 1:22-25

Brian Troxel
http://www.aword.info

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MAMRE

THE PLACE OF SEEING 

PART ONE

“And the LORD said unto Abram,
after that Lot was separated from him,
Lift up now thine eyes,
and look from the place where thou art
northward, and southward,
and eastward, and westward:

For all the land which thou seest,
to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
And I will make thy seed
as the dust of the earth:

so that if a man can number
the dust of the earth,

then shall thy seed also be numbered.
Arise, walk through the land in the length of it
and in the breadth of it;
for I will give it unto thee.
Then Abram removed his tent,
and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre,
which is in Hebron,
and built there an altar unto the LORD”
GENESIS 13:14-18

Abram “came and dwelt” in the plain of Mamre* (vision).  Men of faith are men of vision and purpose.  Life is no longer a string of unrelated events and meaningless experiences.  Faith gives birth to vision and vision becomes the defining purpose of a man’s life.  Mamre is located within Hebron*, the place of fellowship and intimacy.  It is from here that we see God, we see His purpose for our lives and within the scope of this ministration we are drawn out of this world into His.  It is in seeing this heavenly land that we are freed from this world.  It is in hearing His voice calling us to “arise and walk” that we are constrained to leave the bondage of this world and the paltry offerings of a religion that has Ichabod written upon it.  While the Lots of faith choose to settle down in Sodom and Gomorrah Abram dwells in the land of vision and fellowship with God.  No man is truly lonely if God is His friend.   With all of the activity of the religious world racing on with no real impact or purpose there are those who find sitting at the feet of Him who is “the way the truth and the life” a ministration beyond compare.  Abram dwelt here, pitched his tent, built an Altar and lived to see the birth of his Isaac.  This land is not earned; it is given to those who make it their home.  But it is incumbent upon us to “arise and walk” within its borders to know and feel the length and the breadth of it.   We make it ours by moving our tent into the very center and dwelling there.  For it is here where we meet with Him, commune and learn of Him.

Abram’s journey in God (as is ours) is one of being and walking in the WAY.  It is a life of obedience and submission to God Himself.  How beautiful and comforting are the words spoken here unto Abram…

“Lift up now thine eyes,
and look from the place where thou art…”
GENESIS 13:14

The place where Abram now stood was confirmed by God as His Will.  Though barren and a prisoner of HOPE we see God’s word of the divine approval “look from the place where thou art!  Vision has to do with location.  Where we are determines what we see.  Mamre is a portion of our inheritance of the land of Hebron; it is a life of vision that arises from intimacy with the Most High.  It is here that the promise of God of the long awaited Son is confirmed and made definite, the barren womb is given hope and Sodom is judged.  The birthing of the ONE must necessitate the judging of the other.  As a friend with God, Abram is now brought into the place of knowing God’s moving in the earth and the necessity of his priestly portion in it.

“And the LORD appeared unto him
in the plains of Mamre”
GENESIS 18:1

*NOTE: Mamre
ראה

The root-verb ראה (ra’a) primarily means to see or look at or notice (Genesis 6:2, Isaiah 6:5), and, much as in English, came to also mean to understand (Jeremiah 5:12). This verb’s derivatives are:

  • The adjective ראה (ra’eh), meaning seeing (Job 10:15 only).
  • The masculine noun ראה (ro’eh), meaning seer (1 Samuel 9:9, Isaiah 30:10).
  • The identical masculine noun ראה (ro’eh), meaning prophetic vision (Isaiah 28:7 only).
  • The feminine noun ראית (re’ut) or ראות (re’ut), meaning look (Ecclesiastes 5:10).
  • The masculine noun ראי (re’i), meaning mirror (Job 37:18 only).
  • The masculine noun ראי (ro’i), meaning sight or appearance (Genesis 16:13, Job 7:8).
  • The feminine noun מראה (mar’a), meaning vision as means of revelation (Genesis 46:2, Numbers 12:6).
  • The identical feminine noun מראה (mar’a), meaning mirror (Exodus 38:8 only).
  • The masculine noun מראה (mar’eh), meaning sight or appearance (Exodus 3:3, Isaiah 11:3, Ezekiel 8:4).

*NOTE: Hebron
חבר
“Hebron” = The Binding Friendship Place

The conventional interpretation of “Hebron” correctly identifies its main, and most obvious, meaning.
“Hebron” = heth-bet-resh-vav-nun = XBRWN = XBR + WN = “Binding Friendship”
[XBR = “association”, etc.] “place” [-WN]

The root-verb חבר (habar) means to join

Brian Troxel

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