Thought for Today – Our Calling

Thought for Today

Our Calling

“For even hereunto were ye called:
because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example,
that ye should follow his steps…”
1 Peter 2:21-22

Let the majesty of His call penetrate our hearts, and the grandeur of His purposes ascend above our experience. Let His call jolt us into the realization of our need for Him to be our life. We are to “follow His steps”, to climb heights unimaginable and unattainable by our own strength! The righteousness we have been called to must be apprehended upon the potency of faith. This living faith is undaunted by the magnitude of the call and our own utter weakness. How tragic it is for His people to settle for a justification by faith, rather than the full glory of a sanctified life lived unto Him. Those who knew Him, loved Him and pursued Him throughout the ages had a mark set before them. There was a divine aspiration, filling their hearts with a passion that eclipsed the religious of the day.

“Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren,
and exhort you by the Lord Jesus,
that as ye have received of us
how ye ought to walk and to please God,
so ye would abound more and more”
1 Thessalonians 4:1

May we hear the voice of Him who calls us to larger living and deeper places of abiding and drawing from Him; the power to live above and beyond the status quo of our day. May He open our eyes to see the heights and depths to which we have been called, that we may turn from any dependence upon ourselves, and launch our hearts into the great ocean of a grace which is able to lift us up and to make us to stand in this day.

Abounding More and More

Let us pursue an “abounding more and more” unto the perfect day. Let us hear the call with the hearing of the spiritual ear, without which there can be no arising. One who rests in the doctrine of justification, without a passion to know the power and wonder of the true righteousness of God produced and sustained by faith, has ceased to hear the Call of God in Christ!

“So then faith cometh by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God”
Romans 10:17

It is not a day to grow weary or to settle for meager living with faithless horizons. May God give us “ears that hear” that our faith would be energized with the certainty that He who has called us is able to fulfill His Call.

The fervency of an individual’s faith is revealed in its pursuit of Him. Those who see the summits of the call of God in Christ will not allow their experience to determine His Call; they have come to the place where the Call begins to determine their experience.

“But the path of the just is as the shining light,
that shineth more and more unto the perfect day”
Proverbs 4:18

To those who are truly justified in Christ, the path is as a shining light that shines more and more unto the perfect Day. A path is not a resting place; a path is the way to get to a destination. It is our great Shepherd who leads those who follow Him, in the paths of righteousness (Psalm 23:3).

“For even hereunto were ye called:
because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example,
that ye should follow his steps…”

Please read Ephesians 1:17-23.
Meditate and feast upon
the Riches available to us in Christ!

Brian Troxel

Thought for Today – Worship

Thought for Today

Worship

“And when they were come into the house,
they saw the young child with Mary his mother,
and fell down, and worshipped him:
and when they had opened their treasures,
they presented unto him gifts;
gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
Matthew 2:11

The wise men knew whom they sought; earlier in Matthew they had come to Herod:

“Saying, where is he that is born King of the Jews?”
Matthew 2:1-2

They had travelled a long distance to worship the ONE who was worthy of their journey and gifts. They did not come empty-handed, nor did they come nonchalantly. They came with great purpose and were not disappointed in beholding this new-born ONE called Jesus.

It is the religious who approach him casually, who greet Him with tepid hearts and indifference. The Pharisee who had invited Jesus into his house greeted Him with a lukewarm reception while a woman of ill repute poured out her costliest possession upon Him. Jesus spoke to the Pharisee:

“He said to Simon, do you see this woman? I came into your house.
You did not give water for My feet, but she washed My feet with tears and wiped off with the hairs of her head.
You gave Me no kiss, but she from when I entered did not stop fervently kissing My feet.
You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with ointment.
For this reason, I say to you, her many sins are remitted, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, he loves little”
Luke 7:44-47

Those who hold His presence within are aware of His mercy and forgiveness toward us. They know themselves and carry within the brokenness of their own unworthiness. The love and worship of Him will always be in corresponding measure to the knowledge of His forgiveness to us.

“…but to whom little is forgiven,
the same loveth little”
Luke 7:47

Brokenness is the grace adorning the hearts of all who live in the richness of His Mercy.

Painting by:Philippe de Champaigne, c.1656 – Public Domain

Brian Troxel

Thought for Today – Hedged In

Thought for Today

Hedged In

“Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden,
whom God has hedged in?”
Job 3:23

The confinements of God serve His end to those who understand His ways. Liberty in the Spirit often comes to those who feel hedged in in the flesh. The light of God is given in times of darkness. The constrictions of circumstances bring enlargement, patience and strength to those who see beyond the walls of this life. There is a hidden ministry, veiled from the prisoner, during the silent and painful work of a pearl being formed. The graces of God must be fashioned in the life of His own in the dark and lonely experiences of life.

“And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison,
a place where the king’s prisoners were bound:
and he was there in the prison”
Genesis 39:20

There are dark places within the soul of man which require dark times to bring and fill them with the light of God! Joseph could not comprehend the end God had determined for him. He had a dream of authority in the family of God, but he had never even considered the greater sphere in which he would rule and reign! God’s end is always larger than what we can see. What was the secret hidden in Joseph’s captivity?

“But the Lord was with Joseph…”
Genesis 39:21

There is treasure locked within the dark times of our lives. There are purposes to be mined in the deep places of confinement and loneliness. The promise of greater things is bound up within our faithfulness to serve God in these prisons. Joseph’s faithfulness to God was the key to his release. His faithfulness to the gift of interpreting dreams became the very means of unlocking his prison door.

Let not the dark places crush your vision. Let not despondency rob you of your service unto the King of kings. Remain faithful in every circumstance to serve and honor God; for we shall surely reap in proportion to our sowing. We will stand in the Day of harvest, bringing our sheaves to lay at the feet of the One alone who is worthy.

“I have remembered thy name,
O Lord, in the night,
and have kept thy law”
Psalm 119:55

Σ

“And I will give thee the treasures of darkness,
and hidden riches of secret places,
that thou mayest know that I, the Lord,
which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel”
Isaiah 45:3

Brian Troxel

An Exegesis of Light – Excerpt From Coming Book

An Exegesis of Light

Chapter 3
(excerpt)

The Rule of Light
Within the Hearts of Men

“And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.”
GENESIS 1:17

Here we read that light is given for illumination and to govern their respective dominions. God purposes are also revealed in the division of the light from the darkness. The sun rules over the day while the moon is given to rule over the night. There are governing purposes in these distinctions. Within the whole spectrum of light, we see a picture of the division of rule. Those who are of the Day are governed and thus live by the light of the sun (Son); those who are of the night are governed by the rule of darkness (Satan). The Son is the ever-dawning true light whereas the devil masquerades as light that is merely a cold and dead reflection of the True Light. Satan is the ever-waning beacon leading men into darkness, sin and death. (The moon serves as a good illustration of this.) He is the father of lies because he is the most self-deceived. Jesus, in speaking to the self-deceived religious men in His time on earth called them the children of the devil! Why? Because of their deeds, not their beliefs.

“Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
John 8:43-44

Earlier in this discussion, Jesus acknowledged that they were of the “seed” of Abraham (John 8:37). The Greek word used here for seed is σπέρμα (sperma), referring to the natural seed of Abraham. As such, the light which had once been given unto them had now become dark; they were now ruled by the lusts of their (new) father rather than by the light of God. Herein is revealed the truth concerning light. The Jews whom Jesus was addressing had great “understanding” of the scriptures but they had no light. Light is a function of life, not knowledge. It is in what men do wherein they reveal who their father truly is. All men live according to the lusts (desires) of their hearts so inevitably their inward governing principle is revealed.

“For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other.”
Galatians 5:17

Regardless of words spoken the spiritual condition of a life is known by one governing principle; only one master can be served. Paul goes on to describe the two contrary lusts or desires at war in all of us (Galatians 5:16-22). As with the religious Jews of Jesus’ day it is our actions that reveal whose offspring we are.

“I speak that which I have seen with my Father:
and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.”
John 8:38

Fatherhood is revealed in the deeds of its corresponding offspring. Paul’s delineation of those who are of the flesh from those who are of the Spirit begins by setting before us the “works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19-21). It is the light of God which which makes these things manifest…

(continued…)

Brian Troxel

Psalm 63:1-2 – A Heart Aflame

Psalm 63:1-2

The Heart Aflame

“O God, you are my God; I will seek you diligently.
My soul thirsts for you…”
Psalm 63:1

The true pursuit of God is a proportional response to our seeing of Him. The diligent seeking of God in the life of David was a consequence of him seeing God in the sanctuary.

“Thus I have seen you in the sanctuary,
beholding your strength and glory”
Psalm 63:2

The land wherein David dwelt became a howling wilderness in comparison to the beauty and the glory he beheld in the Holy Place of God.

“…My soul thirsts for you;
my flesh longs for you
as in a dry and weary land without water”
Psalm 63:1

It is the seeing of the wonder of God that transforms one from being at home in this world into a pilgrim of faith; a sojourner with purpose and a captive of the hope which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. In beholding the Pearl of Great Price men and women are freed from the gravity and pull of this world. His beauty mesmerizes the beholder; it causes an abandonment of all other loves and creates its own quest and inertia. There can be no settling for the artificial and trite for the deep of God beckons His own with the simple cords of Love and Desire.

“Deep is calling to deep
at the thunder of your waterfalls…”
Psalm 42:7

The depths of His being calls out to the Christ within. The tendrils of His love grip the soul in the embrace of God Himself. Only the Love of God in Christ Jesus can ignite our hearts into such a pursuit.

“Who, when he had found one pearl of great price,
went and sold all that he had, and bought it”
Matthew 13:46

Brian Troxel

The Eternal Question

Thought for Today

The Eternal question

Christ seen through the eyes of the philosopher,
     view Him through the opinions of men.
Christ seen through the eyes of a Christian believer,
     view Him as a teacher or teaching.
Christ seen through the eyes of a disciple,
     view Him as Lord and Master.

To the philosopher,
     a point of curiosity.
To the believer,
     a word to believe.
To the disciple,
     a word to obey.

“But whom say ye that I am?”

Matthew 16:15

Brian Troxel

An Exegesis of Light – Excerpt From Coming Book (4)

An Exegesis of light

Chapter 4
(excerpt)

The Division of Light from Darkness

“And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:17

We now come to another very important aspect of the work of God especially as it relates to our day: the separation of THE LIGHT from THE DARKNESS. Notice the article “THE”. This is not only speaking of a light but The Light; and it is not just a darkness but The Darkness. Even here we read prophetic declarations of this final Day. The Devil has no power against The Light of God. The Light defeats all of the stratagems and power of the Devil. By nature, he hates the light and everyone who is of the light. His only hope of victory is by attempting to diffuse the light, by introducing darkness, and mingling the two. The purer the light, the more the power of God is released. The purer the light by which one walks in God, the greater the ability of that one to see, hear and know God.

“Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.”
Matthew 5:8

It is to this end that the enemy of our souls works incessantly to mix darkness into the light of the Word of God and the hearts of God’s people. The enemy’s strategy is clear as he converses with Eve in the Garden of God. “Has God not said…” The tone is one of creating doubt. The choice of words is selective so as to present God in a less majestic manner. In presenting the question to Eve, he uses Elohim rather than Jehovah or YHWH. Elohim, though a name of God in the scriptures, can also be used for idols and is often translated as “gods”. It was a calculated tactic of Satan to lessen the impact of God’s Holiness upon Eve’s conscience. The simple and seemingly innocent question was designed to cause Eve to come to a conclusion based upon her own independence and contrary to God’s direct command. Eve now replies to the Devil by quoting God’s Word but the quoting is now weakened. Her place of standing moves from the light of Day into the darkness of independence and self. In view of her response the Devil moves from a seemingly sincere question into an outright attack upon the verity of God’s Word. “You shall surely not die…” He takes it even further with an additional assault of an evil thought which subverts God’s motive in giving the Word.

“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
Genesis 3:5

Not only does he now openly slander God, but he also very slyly presents the promise of her own advancement in life. As Eve begins to come to her own conclusions (from which God has been marginalized) her own self has been magnified to the point of supposing to become like God through self-effort and independence. The rest we know is history. We read these things and our initial reaction may be one of “Where was God while this was going on? Why did he not intervene?” The answer is very simple and one of profound import. The higher the creation, the greater is the capacity of free will. God has created us for fellowship, friendship, and companionship. For all of these reasons it is necessary that we move and commune with Him freely as holy individuals on the basis of personal choice. Eve had to be tested as to whether she was going to “grasp” at becoming like Him through independence, or through obedience and submission to Him and His goodness. Relationship must involve the mingling and sharing between two or more individuals.

“Can two walk together,
except they be agreed?”
Amos 3:3

This is the fundamental law of relationship and the very reason that God created man with the ability to choose to exercise his will in compliance with God’s way. In the crucible of the moment Eve chose the way of self-effort which brought her and Adam and the whole human race into the darkness and the lie of the Devil.

God was not taken by surprise by this course of action. In getting to know Him we realize that “fruit” is never created; it must be formed (Galatians 4:19). Fruit is revealed by the very nature of the life which produces it. We read in the New Testament that Jesus was “a Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8). The offering and the answer to Eve’s choice existed from beyond the reaches of time in the wisdom and foreordained council of God. Some ponder the ramifications of this and come to the conclusion that God must then have created evil. The fallacy of this notion is quickly put to rest by realizing that God is incapable of doing or creating moral evil.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow.”
James 1:16-17

If God did not create evil, then how did evil come into being? Satan (formerly called Lucifer), was one of the highest creations in the heavenly order of God’s Domain and as such, he possessed a certain freedom of will as well as incredible power and wisdom. The very declaration “I will ascend; I will exalt my throne…” are all statements of a free will making choices (see scripture below). The scriptures reveal that at some point he began to desire the throne of God for himself…

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.”
Isaiah 14:12-14

Just as darkness is simply the absence of light, evil is the absence of good. Reverting back to John 8:44 Jesus in speaking of the Devil states:

“…when he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:
for he is a liar, and the father of it.
John 8:44

In other words, the devil is the father and initiator of THE LIE. He is the one who through self-will, blind ambition and self-seeking gave birth to the darkness and LIE (he fathered it). In his rage and blindness, he introduces to Eve the very LIE which was and is his own undoing. It is for this reason that we have two seeds in the earth: God’s seed and the Devil’s.

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

Genesis 3:15

Those who seek preeminence in the world and in the church through the motives of self-will and pride will be judged in the same light. Worthy is the Lamb of God who has delivered and is delivering us from such a horrific fate! He has come to bring forth purity of motive in our lives with submissive hearts to the doing of His will.

It is worth noting here that in the above mentioned scripture God was the one who put enmity between the seeds. Yet in many of today’s religious circles the church is trying so hard eliminate this enmity by becoming like the world. They seek the approval of men; they want to present a friendly and inviting atmosphere where the people of the world can feel comfortable thereby mingling the light of God with the darkness of the world.

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
James 4:4

The above scripture is written within the context of unanswered prayers amidst division and strife. Surely it is a day to repent and turn from our ways that we may find grace in this hour to be vessels of light in a day of great darkness!

This compromising “gospel” is a product of the LIE; a result of mingling light with darkness; a dimming of the grace of God wherein men and women no longer feel the anguish of living outside of the light and power of God. They are no longer presented with God’s Holiness. They can come to “church” without sensing the Holy Presence of God nor the conviction of the Holy Spirit. The early church met in God’s presence to such an extent that the unbeliever cried out “surely God is in your midst” (1 Corinthians 14:25) The contrast between then and now is poignant. The Word of God is declared often without seeing any change in those who hear. Mixture and the doctrines of men rob God’s Word of its power and purpose.

“And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition… Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”
Mark 7:9-13

Herein lies the deception and horror of our present day. We reject the Word of God so that we can keep our own teachings and holding to the methods of men rather than walking in the pure wisdom of God. The response to those who question these methods is “well that is how we do it now”. No wonder our ways continue to bear the fruits of lukewarm living and halfhearted faith! The very purpose of the five-fold ministry (Ephesians 4:11-13) is to establish God’s people in His ways to the intent that we all come into the unity of the faith; a people who can no longer be swayed by the hypocrisy and mixture of the teachings of men.

“So that we may be no longer children, sent this way and that, turned about by every wind of teaching, by the twisting and tricks of men, by the deceits of error…”
Ephesians 4:14, BBE

God hates mixture. He hates lukewarm hearts, He hates tepid prayers and hypocrisy. We see from Genesis to Revelation that God’s word to His people is always dispensed in order to bring forth a separated and holy people. We must be ever vigilant to watch objectively over the affairs and issues of our own hearts.

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth”
Revelation 3:16

(continued)

Brian Troxel

An Exegesis of Light – Chapter One

An Exegesis of Light

Chapter One

(Genesis 1:3,14-18)

“And God said,
Let there be light: and there was light”
Genesis 1:3

In the scope, wonder and mystery of all that God is, there is a continual unveiling of Himself to His own. He calls these varying degrees of revelation LIGHT. Through His works we see countless expressions of light; the spectrum of Himself as it were. In the natural light of this world there are bands, hues, and diversities of what we call light. The natural order of things are mere representations of the true and eternal things of God. As light gives illumination to this world, so His light is given to illuminate His World.

In Genesis, God brought forth light in the midst of darkness (first day). This light was given before the creation of the sun and moon (fourth day); it was light (illumination) of a different and higher order than the natural light of the sun. In all that God does, He begins from Himself and His purposes. The first light given was the light of Himself before the creation of life on earth. God’s purpose was to fill the whole earth with the Glory of Himself (Numbers 14:21, Habakkuk 2:14). God’s work is always “prophetic”. He created food and all the essentials of life before He created the human race; the answer existing before the need. The Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world. This light spoken of on the “first day” contained within it the revelation of sacrificial, redemptive and predetermined Glory of God.

The material world is a distinct creation into which God has purposed to speak a new revelation of His Light and Glory. It is a revelation of Himself which even the angelic order “looks into” with great curiosity.

“And it was made clear to those prophets that they were God’s servants not for themselves but for you, to give you word of the things which have now come to your ears from the preachers of the good news through the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven; things which even angels have a desire to see
1 Peter 1:12

This Light included the purpose of redemption and sacrifice predetermined before the creation of the world:

“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
Revelation 13:8

This light was spoken into this realm and God is bringing to pass His predetermined purpose in Christ! How glorious and mighty is our God!

“And God said,
Let there be light: and there was light”
Genesis 1:3

This same light, by God’s design, would come into this world (once again formless and void by reason of the fall) in the face of the God-man from whom would shine the very radiance of God the Father. This same light which shined out of the darkness in creation came to us in the face of Jesus Christ to shine into our hearts the brightness of God’s glory.

“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.”
2 Corinthians 4:6

The Eternal Word, wrapped in human flesh, would walk among us, dwell among us, and reveal unto us the nature and heart of God the Father. This Word is the very incarnation of God Himself, by Whom He was pleased to unveil Himself to fallen man. God making known to man that light is not merely for the purpose of revelation and illumination; it is in His Life entering into us, in the person of Jesus Christ, whereby it becomes “the light of men”.

“In him was life; and the life was the light of men”
John 1:4

It is in the receiving of Him into our hearts where His very Life becomes our light to live, walk and grow into His likeness.

“The entering of Your Word gives light…”
Psalm 119:130 (LITV)

This is Chapter One of a coming New Book. For the sake of brevity this writing has been broken into short segments and as with all things it is necessary to read all the parts to appreciate the wonder and glory of our God.

Kingdom of God Series – Part Six

The Kingdom of God

Chapter Six
(See Chapter Seven Part One)

The One Bread
Unity and True Ministry

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard,
which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon,
and our hands have handled, of the Word of life”
John 1:1

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you,
that ye also may have fellowship with us…”
John 1:3

The simplicity of true and powerful ministry has been lost, to a large degree, in our fast-paced world of data and information. Here we see true ministry described in the simplest of terms: personal relationship with Christ. The ministry of an individual believer is the result of hearing, seeing, and handling Him, the Word of Life! It is not the echoing of something we have heard or read from others (as good as that may be); it is in our own partaking of the Living Christ whereby we share what “we have seen and heard”! It is this personal sharing of Christ that is the basis of true fellowship. There is a union of believers in the knowing of this One Body in Christ! Whenever men and women ascribe to the doctrines/teachings of men there is division and chaos; the discordant and unruly hearts of men seek to draw others to themselves rather than to Christ. The Kingdom of God is revealed in unity and power. It is in partaking of the Bread of Life that we are brought into the realization of Him as the Head of us all; His heart beating and binding us into the cords and bonds of His love.

“For we being many are one bread, and one body:
for we are all partakers of that one bread
1 Corinthians 10:17

This unity is the evidence that we are partakers of the One Bread.  It is the miracle of His Life that makes us the One Bread and the One Body. It is in this wonder at work that the wheat and the tares are revealed, and that day is upon us.

“Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn”
Matthew 13:30

We are living in the Day of the Harvest and even now this great work of God is evident. Isaac and Ishmael cannot co-exist though both of them are the offspring of Faith (Abraham); Isaac is of the womb of Rachel and Ishmael is of the womb of Hagar the Egyptian. One seeks the City of God whose builder and maker is God; the other seeks to build their own ministry/church/city and put their name on it. (See Galatians Chapter 4) Even Peter, on the Mount of Transfiguration, wanted to build “three tabernacles”. It is an inherent need of fallen man to build things unto God and name them after themselves. Peter was rebuked by the Father for such an idea.

“For Israel hath forgotten his Maker,
and buildeth temples…”
Hosea 8:14

It will be become more and more apparent those who are partaking of the One Bread and those who are not. The singularity of partaking of Christ alone is what propels His people into the Unity of His Spirit. Those who are content with the division and sectarianism of our day have not yet touched or felt the wonder of gathering together unto Him. We become what we eat and drink. His flesh is meat indeed and His blood is life. It is from this ministration that all who are His come together.

“Then Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, except you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, you do not have life in yourselves. The one partaking of My flesh and drinking of My blood has everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is truly food, and My blood is truly drink. The one partaking of My flesh and drinking of My blood abides in Me, and I in him
John 6:53-56

The Kingdom of God is Christ. He is the Kingdom. Our entrance into this Life can only be known by partaking and abiding in Him. There is an inherent need to be joined with others who are also abiding in Him. “Deep calleth unto deep”, life unto life. It is the desire of the hand to know the living connection it has to the foot, likewise the eye to the ear. The Kingdom of God is a living, breathing, organism which is NOT of this world. It is heavenly, spiritual and, above all, vitally joined in Christ who is the Head.

“But now, indeed, many are the members, but one body. And the eye is not able to say to the hand, I have no need of you; or again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.”
1 Corinthians 12:20-21

Those who are truly in Christ are NOT ABLE to say to another member “I have no need of you”. If we are partaking of Him, one would have to deny the very life of Christ within to say such a thing. If we are in Him, we know intuitively that we need one another just as the hand needs the foot and the eye needs the ear. It is only the proud and the arrogant who think they are sufficient in themselves to meet the needs of “their” congregation or assembly.

The Kingdom of God is being raised in this day out of the debris of the methods and arrogancy of men and their selfish endeavors (“my flock”, “my church”, “my ministry”), into the wonder of those who live with such selflessness that they esteem others as more worthy than themselves. This is happening as His people partake of and minister the ONE BREAD. The Unity of the Spirit will culminate in the Unity of the Faith. Let us walk carefully before the Lord to minister His word out of a pure heart.

“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind
Philippians 2:1-2

Brian Troxel

Growth in the Storm

Growth in the Storm

“And when they were come into the ship,
the wind ceased.”
Matthew 14:32

For the disciple of Christ there is purpose in the storms of life. God’s design for His Own is never random and without intent. Nothing is haphazard or arbitrary. The storm in which the disciples found themselves was intended to enlarge their comprehension of the majesty of Christ.  It was also an opportunity to experience this wonder in their own lives. The main beneficiary of this “lesson” was Peter. Peter had a desire to identify with the living Christ; his heart was not content in seeing Jesus walk upon the water! There was an inherent need within him to walk as Christ walked; to step into the storming seas of life because faith propelled him. True Faith can never find contentment in seeing Jesus only. It will inevitably compel the one in whom it resides to invest in the experiential life of identification with Christ.

The wind will cease, and the storm will become calm once the vital lesson is learned! How glorious is the inspired Word of God: “and when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased”! Let the “they” impact our hearts and stir our souls to greater faith and larger living. When Jesus and Peter step back into the boat, Peter is not the same man he was moments before. His understanding has been transformed by stepping out of his current knowledge of Christ into a larger revelation of the power of Christ.

The storms of life are designed of Him to not simply be endured, but to be the very instruments of our enlargement and growth. While many cling to the “safety” of the boat there are those who see Christ upon the waters and have the passion to walk as He walks, to overcome as He overcomes; to know within that a greater life is available. May the Lord work within us that faith that sees beyond the confines of our experience and propels us to walk outside the scope of human possibility.

“If it be thou, bid me to come”
Matthew 14:28

Jesus has one response to such faith:

“Come…”
Matthew 14:29

Brian Troxel