True Power – Part One

True Power

Part One

“His radiance was like the sunlight;
rays flashed from His hand,
where His power is hidden”
Habakkuk 3:4

God hides His Power. Those who have touched the pulsating power of the Almighty God know of the latent wonder of His exousia. This power is unfathomable, unconquerable and, above all, restrained. It is only the insecure, the proud and the fallen who seek to exercise their  authority over others. God Himself has no need to arbitrarily prove His power. The crucified hands of Christ are the true demonstration of God’s Almighty Power. It is from His wounds that the rays of His Light shine forth. In His garments of meekness His Power is made bare. The governing powers of this world, the mocking and murderous mobs of the heathen, and the rage of the devil himself will never understand the secret and wonder of God’s power.

His Power is hidden
within the Hands of His Christ.

The invitation of His Spirit is ever to reach forth our unbelieving hearts and touch the wounds of the bleeding Christ; the touch-stone to which all creation owes its being. It is within the veil of these wounds that God’s Nature is revealed.

“Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands;
and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side:
and be not faithless, but believing…”
John 20:27

While the religious of the world seek to fight for their rights of expression, the Crucified Christ laid aside His Rights and revealed His eternal power by His nail-pierced hands.

“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory”
1 Corinthians 2:7-8

Brian Troxel

Thought for Today – Knowledge

Thought for Today

Knowledge

“And the eyes of them both were opened,
and they knew that they were naked;
and they sewed fig leaves together,
and made themselves aprons”
Genesis 3:7

Knowledge for the sake of knowledge alone will leave the soul in misery. The tree of knowledge produced nothing but a sense of self, nakedness and separation from God. The knowledge of good as well as evil left the soul of man empty and wanting a place to hide from God. In his lost state man stepped into the horror of religion in an attempt to cover himself with the withering leaves of his own choosing.

“For I determined not to know any thing among you,
save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
1 Corinthians 2:2

It is in Christ alone that we are freed from the bondage of self and all of its misery. It is as our lives are hid in Him that the fig leaves and folly of religion are abandoned in exchange for His wonder and glory.  The frailty of mortal man must be clothed with the majesty of His Eternal Life.  It is in Him that the All of heaven speak of His glory with no thought of self.

Envy, strife, lust, jealously and sin evaporate in the Holy Seeing of Him. The Knowledge of the good as well as the evil in the hearts of men is what drove the nails into Him who is the Tree of Life.

How sad it is to see His own forsake their walk with Him for the fig leaves of teachings and knowledge; knowing things about Him without the being in Him.

“”…and much people followed him, and thronged him… When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
– Mark 5:25-30

Many throng Him, but few touch Him. It is not from our knowledge about Him that virtue flows and grace abounds.  It is in the touching of Him by living faith that Christ is known and His Glory seen.

“But the woman fearing and trembling,
knowing what was done in her,
came and fell down before him…”
Mark 5:31

Give me Jesus

Brian Troxel

The Purpose of God

The Purpose of God

“So then death worketh in us,
but life in you”
2 Corinthians 4:12

The radical nature of the Kingdom of God is one of mystery and paradox; it is contrary to the constitution of natural man. Entering into it requires the death and renunciation of the self-life in order to touch the wonder of its power. The very LIFE of the Kingdom of God is only available in Jesus. There is “salvation in no other name” and there is LIFE in no other. He ALONE is the Kingdom and He ALONE is the Way into the Kingdom. He is the TRUTH of the Kingdom and He is the LIFE of the Kingdom.

“For the Jews require a sign,
and the Greeks seek after wisdom”
1 Corinthians 1:22

Here Paul sums up the inclinations of the world and the people of God. His people desired signs and wonders and others sought “wisdom” (Greek word “sophia” from which we derive the word philosophy*). The nature of the heart of man has not changed. God’s Kingdom will not be found by these means for Paul goes on in the very next verse of scripture:

“But we preach Christ crucified,
unto the Jews a stumblingblock,
and unto the Greeks foolishness”
1 Corinthians 1:23

Christ crucified is the pivotal point upon which the entire purposes of God rest. The Way into this Kingdom is dependent upon the extent of our identification and participation in His death being worked out in our lives. The corresponding revelation of His Life in us will be to the degree of “death” being worked into us. This happens through the operation of His Holy Spirit combined with our own will yielding in true discipleship. Smooth words, elaborate teachings and overt signs and wonders will never replace the power of a crucified life. It is in this place that God’s work must culminate if we would enter into the wonder of His Life. Again Paul continues:

“But unto them which are called,
both Jews and Greeks,
Christ the power of God,
and the wisdom of God”
1 Corinthians 1:24

It is in those who are called that this revelation is made known. The nature of a call requires a response and the call to discipleship is predicated with an “if”. The “if” allows a free-will response from the individual. Entrance into the Kingdom is not by words, understanding, or signs and wonders but by the crucible of the Cross.

“For we which live
are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake,
that the life also of Jesus
might be made manifest in our mortal flesh
2 Corinthians 4:11

The end and purpose of all life is “…that the life of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh”.

*NOTE: Contained within the Greek language are differing words for knowledge and love. The word for Philosophy comes from two Greek words (φίλος- philos) and (σοφία-sophia). Philos is one of three main Greek words for Love; agape, philos, and eros. Each speak to a realm or a sphere of love. Eros is a love which proceeds from the flesh and in turn loves fleshly things. Philos is a love which originates from the soul; it speaks of friendship and affection and when combined with (σοφία-sophia) we end up with the word philosophy: man’s love for wisdom and knowledge. It is a knowledge which may sound deep and good but leaves those who hold it weak and ineffective in the ministration of His life. God’s end is Agape – it is His love ruling, leading and holding us to His ways and purposes. God’s love cannot rest in anything which is contrary to His nature. It is the One over-riding motive which can produce discipleship within the heart of an individual. Peter’s love (philos) failed for man’s affection will never hold a heart true in times of testing.

“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men,
but in the power of God”
1 Corinthians 2:5

Brian Troxel
www.aword.info