FAITHFULNESS

FAITHFULNESS

“The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream;
and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully.
What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD.
Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD;
and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”

JEREMIAH 23:28 – 29

Faithfulness to God is a rare commodity in our day; to simply give what has been given. Faithfulness means remaining faithful to HIM regardless of the response of those around us. To remain true to what we see and hear in our God, whether or not it is popular or convenient, is the essence of LIFE IN HIM. The truth of God is at its very core simple. It is not for the wise, the respected or the strong of this world… it is for the child like in heart. It is for those who are free from desiring respectability or the approval of men, for we have seen the vanity of our own heart and of those around us. To seek to honour HIM and be true to HIS heart and desire in the earth is FAITHFULNESS. To be free of ulterior motives, agendas and selfish pursuits and remain true to HIS purpose is FAITHFULNESS. Our portion is to give what we have received; to tell the dream, speak HIS WORD and DO HIS WILL. What a precious portion that is! This is the fellowship of and in the SON. To partake of HIS WILL in the speaking and the doing is the FELLOWSHIP OF LIFE; the exercise of my LIFE in HIS. Blessed are those who are faithful for they SHALL reap even though now the fields seem barren, the companions of the way few and the skies grey. The HARVEST IS COMING! Let us not grow weary but be encouraged in the doing, speaking and walking for our God is faithful! We cannot reap tomorrow unless we sow, speak and toil in the fields today. Men who are faithful are thus because they know that GOD is faithful.

“Who then is a faithful and wise servant,
whom his lord hath made ruler over his household,
to give them meat in due season?
Blessed is that servant,
whom his lord when he cometh shall find so DOING

MATTHEW 24:45 – 46

Brian Troxel

BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART

PURE IN HEART

PART ONE

“Blessed are the pure in heart
for they shall see God”

MATTHEW 5:8

The heart of a man is the lens through which he is able to see God. Purity of heart is THE ESSENTIAL quality that enables us to behold HIM. The Blood of Jesus reconciles us to a place of relationship. Faith brings us to the place of INTERACTING with HIM by producing within us an obedience that is the means to the reality of a PURE HEART.

“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through
the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren”

Romans 1:1

We desire growth and change. We desire truth and reality. We want to SEE JESUS. We fill ourselves with teachings, books, seminars and conferences which can all be good things, but without PURITY OF HEART we still will not be ABLE to see HIM. This is not some impossible standard for which we strive to please God in the hope that HE will grant us a glimpse of HIS wonder and glory. It is simply that we are UNABLE to see HIM without a PURE HEART. HE stood in the streets of Jerusalem, HE walked the common roads of Israel, HE healed the sick, HE spoke as no man ever spoke, HE walked as no man ever walked and YET they saw HIM not.

“He was in the world, and the world was made by him,
and the world knew him not. He came unto his own,
and his own received him not”

I JOHN 1:10 – 11

Nothing is so blinding as a religious agenda mingled with the deception of self seeking, self serving and self loving. A man full of himself not only has no room for God, he is blind to everything that is around him. Everything is weighed and measured by how things will affect his well being and his purposes. There is no ability to be objective for everything is interpreted from the standpoint of SELF. This condition produces a life that is easily offended, that needs to control its environment, and one that ceases to grow and develop in its relationship with God.

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the same image from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the Lord”

II CORINTHIANS 3:18

The key to BEHOLDING HIS Glory is that we come with “open face”. This denotes repentance and obedience with nothing to hide. It is in that BEHOLDING that we are then changed. There can be no change within a man except by the SEEING of HIM. Not only is purity of heart the window through which we see HIM, it also bears the pronouncement of blessing!

“BLESSED are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.”

MATTHEW 5:8

Brian Troxel

As They Went

AS THEY WENT

“And it came to pass, that, as they went,
they were cleansed”
Luke 17:14

We want results.  God wants obedience.  The ten lepers mentioned here were sick, and they were outcasts.  They wanted healing, they needed healing and they cried out for healing.  The Word from the Son was a simple “go”.  Their condition had not changed but in spite of no change they obeyed and the cleansing came AS they walked, not before.  Leprosy represents the contagion of sin in a man’s life.

The human race is infected with this loathsome condition.  We see it around us, we see it in us and because of it we cry out for deliverance.  Men wait for change before they can do anything, the Son says walk and be made whole.  Faith requires no evidence to believe, it arises, always arises because it is independent of circumstances.  It matters not what our circumstances speak; our weaknesses are of no consequence in the realm of faith. Our failures have no legitimate claim to dampen our faith, for Faith rests in the accomplished work of the Son not the dismal failures of men.  Faith rests upon HIM for HE is its author not man.   Faith is not a “feeling” inherent in some people and not in others.  Faith is a power, a ministration of the Son, who HAS, IS and forever WILL look to any heart (regardless of condition) that will ALLOW God to show Himself strong on their behalf!

“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth,
to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him”
II Chronicles 16:9

I am just beginning to realize that faith is the “fruit” of a relationship with its author.  It comes to us as a free unmerited “gift”, but its real development in our lives is the result of Relationship with Jesus!  It is in “walking” with Him in the common course of life.   It is in the “going” when I feel crippled myself; in the realization that my cupboard is bare and crying out to HIM for provision that my brother may be fed. It is in our own weariness that we find strength to encourage and refresh others!  This is the core of true relationship with the SON!  Why do we linger and wait for some “experience” before we can “do” anything?  The Son right now is speaking, He is shining with light, love and glory and HIS provisions have not been withdrawn.  Faith reaches through the clouds of discouragement and failure and lays hold of HIM who is faithful and true.  HE has come, IS come and will continue to be our portion in the days ahead!

“Faith is an activity; it is something that has to be applied”
Corrie ten Boom (1892–1983)

God’s friends – God’s service

“But, thou Israel, art my servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend

Isaiah 42:8

Service unto the Lord is always the offspring of being chosen by God.  God’s choice is the result of one who has set their life to be a friend of God.  In our religious circles today men feel by being active in service that we become chosen and by being real successful we are to assume that we are a friend of God.  True active service is the result (not the cause) of a friendship with God.  Friendship with God will always be expressed in active ministry.  The reason so few of us are functioning in true active service of God has more to do with our own personal relationship with Him than anything else.  Relationship with God is the springboard to all ministry.

“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me,
for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry”

I Timothy 1:12

It is required for us to be found faithful in revealing His heart to His people.  To know Him is to know the Love He has for His people, a love that passes understanding, a love that motivates ACTS of obedience and humility.  It will require us to withdraw if we sense people becoming dependent upon us; it will require an obedience that will risk every earthly relationship in order to serve Him and ultimately cost us every “right” to ourselves in order to know HIM.  If we love Him then we must also Love His people with that same Love.

To see and understand the scriptures in any depth requires His Love in our hearts, for Love is the foundation of any true relationship.  It is in seeing and understanding HIM that the scriptures come alive with His thoughts and purposes.  The understanding that comes from a heart of Love will always surpass that of a knowledge that merely puffs up.  The ability to edify another Life can only flow from a heart that has God’s interests in mind.

“Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
And if any man think that he knoweth any thing,
he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
But if any man love God, the same is known of him”

I Corinthians 8:1 – 3

“Agape love is . . . profound concern for the well-being of another, without any desire to control that other, to be thanked by that other, or to enjoy the process.”

Madeleine L’Engle