Deeper into Him Message at Boulder Street Church March 19, 2017
Posted in Faith and Works, Our Relationship with God, Our Service, Our Struggle, Overcoming, Simplicity of Faith, The Church, The Kingdom of God, The Priesthood, tagged All for Him, Arise, Body of Christ, faith, first love, friendship with God, Law of the Spirit of Life, love, Mercy, obedience, power, Relationship, trust, works on September 18, 2010| 1 Comment »
Those who have life and faith arise to walk in the unknown. There is a depth in God that calls out unto the depth in us to walk and live in the moment (Psalm 42:7). The depth in Christ beckoned to the depth that was in Peter to come and walk on the water. Life consists of simple obedience to the urges and movings of the great depth that has been birthed within us. That great depth is nothing less than the Glorious Risen Christ. He has come to cause us to arise and walk, to arise and explore, to arise and lay hold of the treasures of His (and our) Father’s house. He has come to bring us into the Father’s Kingdom. It is His good pleasure to do so, and it is our good pleasure to arise and walk in the vastness of what He has given. The testimony of Enoch is “Enoch walked with God and was not” (Gen. 5:24) “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death…for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God”! While men linger waiting for some great event, the Son walks day by day doing the will of His Father. See Him at the age of twelve years old in the temple, living and moving in the business of His Father. He was not waiting. He was engaged in life, because He is the Life. So also should it be with us, He has been given…
“For unto US a child is born,
unto US a son is given,”
He is right now resident within our hearts to bring us into the fullness. He is right now beckoning us to walk, live and have our being in the great oceans of His provision. Why tarry any longer in the teachings and concepts of men, when the Son of Man is speaking… “if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me”. We must resist the voices of fear that speak of our weakness, our failures and our inabilities. Jesus said to deny them… it is not the voice of faith and that is the voice that has kept us living in the squalor of our own reasoning. Concerning Abraham, Paul writes….
“And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead,
when he was about one hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb…”
It is a day and a time for us to Arise and Walk; a day that we must begin to discover who the Son is in US. The Body of Christ must arise to walk upon her high places, for HE has given us “hinds feet to walk upon the high places” of God in Christ. The secret of life is Christ in you the hope of Glory! Not some teaching, some apostle, but Christ in you the (only) hope of Glory. Let us realize that for the Body of Christ to arise HE MUST ARISE in the individual. Without the members in particular moving in the power and reality of His Presence there is no vital expression of the true and glorious Body of Christ in the earth. Each day the Son arises to bring us to new horizons in Him…yet He is bound to the response of the faith within our own hearts. Let us return to the child like faith that reveals the true faith by responding to the deep in us to live and move in the great and glorious depths of our God and Saviour. He ever calls unto us… “Launch into the deep and let down your nets…” and man’s response is “we have toiled all night, and have taken nothing…” but faith arises “nevertheless…” A man who lives by his past, dies in the past. It is the “To Day if ye will hear His voice…” that we must hearken to and respond to for the fresh manna of today.
May the cry for truth and reality burn with a new intensity, A FIRE THAT CANNOT, WILL NOT BE DENIED. A CRY WITHIN OUR HEARTS THAT WE MIGHT LIVE AND MOVE IN HIM THAT HE MIGHT RECEIVE FRUIT FROM HIS VINE, THAT HE MIGHT RECEIVE THE INCREASE OF THE TALENTS AND POUNDS THAT HE HAS SO RICHLY GIVEN AND THAT THIS WORLD MIGHT BE CONFRONTED BY THE FULL UNDIMMED EXPRESSION OF THE SON! THIS IS NOT AN HOUR TO TURN BACK; IT IS AN HOUR TO ARISE, FOR THIS IS HIS DAY, HIS HOUR AND HIS MOMENT.
“Bad will be the day for every man
when he becomes absolutely content with the life that he is living,
with the thoughts that he is thinking, with the deeds that he is doing,
when there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul
some great desire to do something larger,
which he knows that he was meant and made to do because he is still,
in spite of all, the child of God.
PHILLIPS BROOKS (1835–1893)
Posted in Faith and Works, Our New Nature, Our Relationship with God, Our Service, Our Struggle, Overcoming, Prophetic, The Church, The Kingdom of God, The Priesthood, tagged All for Him, Arise, faith, Faithfulness, first love, good works, Heart of a Priest, Kingdom of God, Law of the Spirit of Life, love, obedience, power, Righteousness, salvation, The Day of the Lord, The Works of Faith, trust, truth, Vision on July 17, 2010| 2 Comments »
”And I arose in the night”
The test of faith is not only what we do in the times of light and blessing but how we respond in those times when we cannot see our way. Here we see a dark time for the people of God; the City of God was burned with fire, the gates destroyed, and rubble filled the streets. The enemy was strong in the Land and the oppressors kept diligent watch that there should be no rising up of the people of God.
Nehemiah had a call from God to see the City arise from the rubble. There was a cry in his heart for the City not for himself. The burden caused him to arise, the vision was strong upon him, his purpose was clear and his God was Great. He did not wait for others to “catch the vision”; he did not wait for the “conditions” to improve. He arose to fulfill the cry of God in his heart.
True Vision produces DEEDS of FAITH. True vision brings us into the reality that our God is willing, able and faithful to provide substance and strength for the purpose for which we have been apprehended. While men linger in the night the tares are planted…
“But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat”
While men sleep the enemy sows deception and error; thoughts that sound right but destroy the truth of the seed that was planted. Excuses and reasons why we cannot arise, why the people of God should be content to just maintain the status quo while the City of God remains divided, weak and barren, are all tares sown in the night.
“The slothful man saith, there is a lion in the way…”
LET US ARISE even in the night to see HIS Glory once again covering, filling and empowering the Church of JESUS CHRIST. Let us arise, lay aside the seeking of our own prosperity, and find HIS heart to seek the welfare of the Children of God!
“God’s program for reviving His people is definite and clear. First Elijah repaired the altar of Jehovah that was thrown down. That is the place to begin. All the ruin that sin has wrought must be cleared away by confession. Things must be made right with God; restitution must be made where it is due. Unless this is done definitely and thoroughly, prayer for reviving is vain. Too many are praying today without repairing the altar by confession of sin, without digging a trench of separation from the world and without a surrender that is even unto death. No wonder such prayer is fruitless”