Thought for Today – Without Measure

Thought for Today

Without Measure

“And they gathered it every morning,
every man according to his eating
Exodus 16:21

The manna fell without measure. God’s abundant provision always exceeds man’s need. Each man’s portion was not determined by God, but by every man’s need. So it is today.

Jesus is the true manna. He alone is that living bread freely given without measure to His Own. The measure of our portion is in accordance with our appetite and not His giving. The promise of God stands true to every generation:

“Blessed are they which do hunger…
for they shall be filled…”
Matthew 5:6

The filling will always be proportional to the hunger and so will the blessing. The blessing of God rests upon those who hunger for His Word and His righteousness. Righteousness in a life is the result of partaking of Him, hungering for Him, and thirsting for Him. It is a life measured according to our need. Those who see little, who need little… gather little. Those who truly see Christ as the only hope of righteousness know the intensity of their own need to feed upon the wonder and the power of Christ Himself.

“Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth (continually in the Greek) my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.”
John 6:53-58

The eating spoken of here is an incessant feasting, an unbroken action of continually communing and feasting upon the wonder and sustenance of His very life. As necessary as our daily food is to the natural man so much more is our daily partaking of Him. The secret of dwelling in Christ is discovered through the medium of “eating His flesh and drinking His blood”!

“So the people of Israel did as they were told.
Some gathered a lot, some only a little.”
Exodus 16:17

Brian Troxel

The Invitation – Who Will Go For US?

The Invitation

PART TWO

“Who will go for us?”

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying,
Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?
Then said I, here am I; send me”
Isaiah 6:8

In other words, who will represent Me (God) in godliness, righteousness and show forth my character in all their ways. It is one thing to have a dream, a word or a gift. It is another thing entirely to reveal the very character of God Himself.

True Leadership in God’s house exists when His call is fused with character and quality of being. Had David rejoiced in Saul’s death he would not have been a “man after God’s heart”. Had Moses, when God tested him to stand aside while God destroyed Israel to make Moses a great nation, agreed to such a proposal he would have utterly failed to represent God’s heart. Had David slain Saul when God presented the divine opportunity to seize the Kingdom by carnal means he would have failed to represent the heart of God. Those who are called to places of authority will know of such testings and it is in knowing His heart that the approval of God is gained. The Gifts of God without the character of God will always lack His authority and His approval. The gifts may bring a vessel honor and fame in this world but they will never gain the approval of God. There will always be an emptiness which will haunt the disobedient and gifted one.

Within God’s House there are vessels of honor and dishonor.

“But in a great house
there are not only vessels of gold and of silver,
but also of wood and of earth;
and some to honor, and some to dishonor”
2 Timothy 2:20

In the verse preceding this one Paul states… “Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity”. This is the true test of the authentic vessels of the Lord. Saul prophesied and Balaam prophesied an infallible word of God yet they were perverse in heart and spirit.

“Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots”
Jude 1:11-12

These are blemishes within the assembly of God’s people. They may function in gifts, ministries, and places of leadership and yet be utterly false in the eyes of the Lord (Matthew 7:21-23). They may see and hear right things but it is by their fruits they are known; how they conduct themselves and whether or not they seek the welfare of God’s people even in the face of adversity and rejection.

“Giving no offence in anything, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things” 2 Corinthians 6:3-10

The true ministrations of God approve themselves by their conduct in all phases of life.

“Who will go for us?”

This is a far more penetrating question than many realize. It is a question which has more to do with who we are than what we do or say.

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

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“God’s plan is to make much of the man,
far more of him than of anything else.
Men are God’s method.
The Church is looking for better methods;
God is looking for better men
― E.M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer

Brian Troxel
www.aword.info

The Invitation – Whom Shall I Send?

The Invitation

PART ONE

“Whom shall I send?”

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying,
Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?
Then said I, here am I; send me”
Isaiah 6:8

God uses men. In His hidden wisdom He delights in His strength being made perfect through our weakness. Isaiah, having been broken by the seeing of God’s glory, his lips purified by the coals of the heavenly altar, was now able to hear the Word of the Lord.

“Whom shall I send…”

An unbroken and impure heart will never hear this word. It is the pure heart which sees God; one free from agendas and self-seeking motives. God sends those who serve Him (Romans 1:1). This invitation came to Isaiah in the midst of seeing his wretched condition and the true condition of all men. The invitation came to Isaiah expressly. For the Word of God to be filled with power and authority it must be to the individual; it must be specific and personal. The vessel to whom it comes must know it to be a transaction of life for life. The Call is costly and absolute; to the one who receives it there is no “plan B”. What was Isaiah’s reward in this world? He was sawn asunder (cut in half). What was John the Baptist’s reward? He was beheaded. What was Paul’s reward? He was beheaded; Peter’s reward, crucified.

God’s question goes forth again:

“Whom shall I send…”

Only those who have seen His glory are able to answer such a call. While many love to discuss end-time teachings and deliberate over visions and prophecies (as good as those may be) there is a Word going forth which only a few can hear; “whom shall I send”? God is not looking for contributions. He is looking for sacrificial hearts. The invitation is “whom shall I send”? There is no clarification as to what the call will look like. It may be to the multitudes or it may be to a prison cell where no one sees. It may be to a life of loneliness, seemingly set aside from all the religious activity of the day, or it may be to confront the earthly powers of the world (religious and political). The call is not to a position; it is to God Himself to send and use us as He sees fit.

The second question is… “who will go for us…” (see Part Two)

Brian Troxel
www.aword.info

GOD’S ARITHMETIC – LOSS AND GAIN – Excerpt from coming Book

GOD’S ARITHMETIC

Loss & Gain

the-measure-of-life

“But what things were gain to me,
those I counted loss for Christ”
Philippians 3:7

In this scripture we read the language of one in whom the Cross of Christ was a living reality. This expression is the “the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus”. The power of God revealed within the life of an individual is summed up in this one verse. Men and women may fast and pray for this power but the essence of God is expressed through the lives of those who walk in the substance of this truth.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation
to every one that believeth…”
Romans 1:16

Religious people often pray for things that only obedience can unlock. Prayer is essential to a life in the Spirit; it is through prayer that we find Grace and divine enablement to live the life of obedience. Religion attempts to replace obedience with prayer. The true Christian experience is through prayer we become obedient. When power is lacking in God’s house it is the result of the church embracing a crossless Gospel. The Gospel of the Cross of Christ will bring His Life, His Power, His character and His Glory into this dark world through the medium of a surrendered people.

“But what things were gain to me,
those I counted loss for Christ”
Philippians 3:7

The measure of all that we do, embrace, declare and allow into our lives is to be measured by this one principle: His Life in us. The decree of God is such that in order to live in one realm we must experience death in the other. We cannot find life in this world and expect to hold on to His Life in the other. We are living in a day of choice. Discipleship is a decision that no one else can make for us. It is a decision of the heart; a decision based upon love. What men love they serve, as Jesus sums up so succinctly in this verse…

“For where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also”
Luke 12:34

It takes very little discernment in our interactions with others to discover what the treasure is in their lives. Out of the abundance of the heart men speak and thereby reveal their primary love.

“So is he that lays up treasure for himself,
and is not rich toward God”
Luke 12:21

Spiritual poverty is the result of the choices we make. We are the “epistles” read of all men. The depth and power of God is expressed through “earthen vessels” and as such we must bear the responsibility for the life we express. We have lost sight of our responsibility to show forth His light and life in this world. It is the fruit of a Gospel which has lost sight of God; a gospel that is centered upon people rather than God. Where men absolve themselves of accountability and relegate their walk to words, teaching and statements of faith, Godlessness and unrighteousness become acceptable. It is in such a time that God raises up the Prophetic to “show the (heavenly) house to the (earthly/fallen) house” (Ezekiel 43:10).

“Thou son of man,
shew the house to the house of Israel,
that they may be ashamed of their iniquities…”
Ezekiel 43:10

The religion of today wants to be able to love this world, walk and live in the ways of this world and yet take hold of all the things of God. Such things will never be.

“Love not the world,
neither the things that are in the world.
If any man love the world,
the love of the Father is not in him”
1 John 2:15

It is through the true fellowship of the Spirit and in the worship of Him where the things of His life become more real to us than the dim things of earth. Wherever His people gather and commune together in the Love of Jesus that men and women are drawn out of this world and into His.

“But ye, beloved,
building up yourselves on your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Ghost,
Keep yourselves in the love of God,
looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ
unto eternal life”
Jude 1:20-21

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“This dandelion has long ago surrendered its golden petals, and has reached its crowning stage of dying–the delicate seed-globe must break up now–it gives and gives till it has nothing left.”
~L. Trotter

Art Work by Lilias Trotter (14 July 1853 – 28 August 1928) A Missionary who poured out her life to the call of Christ in Algeria. Her artwork is the expression of her devotion to that Call.

Brian Troxel

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HEARKEN, HEARKEN, HEARKEN Part Two

“HEARKEN”

PART TWO

(Part Two of a Five Part Series)

To the seekers of righteousness

ISAIAH 51

Hearken to me,
ye that follow after righteousness,

ye that seek the LORD:
look unto the rock whence ye are hewn,
and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.
Look unto Abraham your father,
and unto Sarah that bare you:
for I called him alone,
and blessed him, and increased him.
For the LORD shall comfort Zion:
he will comfort all her waste places;
and he will make her wilderness like Eden,
and her desert like the garden of the LORD;
joy and gladness shall be found therein,
thanksgiving, and the voice of melody”
ISAIAH 51:1-3

This is a “Hearken” spoken to those in the early stages of their spiritual life who are pursuing righteousness; there is a seeking of the Lord and vitality to their walk. It is a healthy walk. The Hebrew word for “hearken” used here is one that is best translated hear and obey; to take notice. It is translated 88 times in different forms of the word OBEY (obeyed, obeys, obeyeth…). This is spoken to people who intuitively know there is a righteousness to be known that far exceeds a positional truth. There is, within their hearts, a cry for something greater than a doctrinal righteousness and they are in pursuit of it.

To them the Word of the Lord is gracious and filled with strong encouragement as they run after HIS righteousness. This is a stage of great struggles filled with victories and defeats; a stage of great personal development as with each victory strength is garnered for new battles ahead. We see here a great word of comfort as they are encouraged to look back unto the rock from whence they have been cut and the pit from where they have been rescued. The Great Shepherd wants them to see their progress and that they have indeed made strides in their growth and walk with Him! How good and gracious our God is.

He directs them to look unto Abraham their father whose life was a journey of Obedience; to Sarah who by faith received strength to deliver a child in her old age. He seeks to remind them that Abraham was CALLED, and in Abraham’s obedience he was BLESSED, and INCREASED in the goodness and the faithfulness of HIS GOD.

Within the heart of God is an understanding that in the lives of these precious ones is a perplexity they cannot articulate and questioning as they see the lack of reality around them. We see here a God who gives the promise that once again HE will comfort the waste places of Zion, that the wilderness they have known will BLOSSOM like Eden, and that the desert places will be even as the garden of the LORD. There will be JOY and GLADNESS and the melody of song. In spite of where we are, or the secret questions we may harbour in our hearts, HE has promises of good for all those that follow (pursue) after righteousness.

Brian Troxel

HEARKEN, HEARKEN, HEARKEN

“HEARKEN” *

ISAIAH 51

PART ONE
(Of a Five Part Series)

“Hearken unto me ye that follow after righteousness…”
ISAIAH 51:1

“Hearken unto me, my people…O my Nation”
ISAIAH 51:4

“Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness”
ISAIAH 51:7

The word spoken to the people of God in this hour is a word of encouragement, warning and exhortation prefaced by a powerful word… “HEARKEN”. In the book of Hebrews we are exhorted:

“While it is said,
today if ye will hear his voice,
harden not your hearts”
Hebrews 3:15, 4:7

His voice is speaking; it is calling the people of God to recognize the Day and the HOUR that is upon us. These words in Isaiah are for the entire body of Christ. There is a “Hearken” to those who are just beginning their journey of faith with a word of encouragement and exhortation to continue in ardent pursuit of their God. There is a different “Hearken” to the majority of the people of God who have become “relaxed and comfortable in this world”; to those there is a strong word of Exhortation and Rebuke. And finally there is a Word of Encouragement to those who “know their God” to fear not the day and the persecutions that are coming because the righteousness of God that has been formed within their lives.

“Hearken, Hearken, Hearken”

This is the Word to HIS church. Hearken and give heed to the day that is upon us. No matter our present level of maturity and development HE IS SPEAKING. Let us give ear to His Word and obey His instruction that we may lay it to heart and rise up in the strength of it. May we be found ready to meet the Day with our lamps trimmed, our hearts purified by His refining fires and our eyes set upon heavenly things.

Let us hear while it is yet TODAY and give HEED to His counsel. For it is a day of great darkness, even gross darkness, as wickedness will cover the earth as a garment and the fury of all that is opposed to the Reign and Kingdom of God will come to utter fullness. It is also a DAY of great Glory “as the morning spread upon the mountains” for those who live and dwell under the shadow of the MOST HIGH! Let us enter into the stronghold of our God. To face this storm not clothed in HIS armour and His righteousness is an unimaginable tragedy, for the provisions HAVE been given and the invitations sent.

*NOTE: This was a word given to me in March of 2010 however I felt no liberty to share it until now. I trust it will bear fruit unto Him in this hour as we sense HIS WARNINGS unto us to be ready and prepared for the day that is upon us. Whatever stage we are at in our walk with HIM there is the WORD of the Lord unto us to “HEARKEN” and RESPOND to His Call.

Brian Troxel

CALLED WITH A HOLY CALLING

CALLED WITH A HOLY CALLING*

“How precious
also are thy thoughts unto me,
O God!
how great is the sum of them!”
PSALM 139:17

The true knowledge of God within a man is born out of intimacy. Intimacy with God brings a man to the precipice of purpose and the fear of the Lord. It is in this place of understanding we begin to comprehend the immensity of the thoughts of God concerning our being as a unique and precious work of God. In the unfolding of this knowledge comes a sense of accountability to “finish” the work and the purpose for which we have been created.

From science we are now told that the blueprint of an individual’s life (DNA), if it were stretched out linearly, would reach the moon over 6000 times. This unique and comprehensive instruction set of an individual is only the beginning of what we are. The everyday interaction with circumstances and others are all part of the great sum of HIS thoughts toward us becoming His expression in the earth. For Christians to think that their lives are to be lived without purpose is a tragedy in itself. Without this intimacy with God there can be no true comprehension of the CALL and PURPOSE of life. Aimlessness is the result of a Gospel that presents a God who is at the whim of men to decide whether or not to “accept” HIM. This presentation has really put man on the throne rather than God. Men who KNOW that they are the result of an eternal call (with a purpose and a sense of being accountable for the fulfillment of that call) are no longer drifting through life left to their own resources. God’s WORD to Jeremiah was:

“Before I formed thee
in the belly I knew thee;
and before thou camest forth
out of the womb I sanctified thee,
and I ordained thee a prophet
unto the nations”
JEREMIAH 1:5

The declaration of this to Jeremiah was to gird him with the strength of purpose; to equip him to withstand the opposition and the persecution of all that he would face. It is the same for us in our day. We need to know that we are here to spend our time concerned about our “Father’s business” just as Jesus was.

“And if ye call on the Father,
who without respect of persons
judgeth according to every man’s work,
pass the time of your sojourning
here in fear…”
1Peter 1:17

Those who fear the Lord know that to squander our time here will be accounted for in the Day of Judgment. The writer of Hebrews declares…

“Let us therefore fear, lest,
a promise being left us
of entering into his rest,
any of you should seem
to come short of it”
Hebrews 4:1

The Call of God implies accountability. In Philippians Paul speaks of apprehending that for which he had been apprehended; to lay hold of the purpose, to press toward the MARK of the high call of God in Christ Jesus. Those with a true sense of being called of God know they have, through unfathomable mercy, been apprehended at a great cost to God Himself. To fail to finish the race set before us, to linger and to squander the wonder of this CALL, is the greatest tragedy men can bring upon themselves.

“Ye have not chosen me,
but I have chosen you,
and ordained you,
that ye should go and bring forth fruit,
and that your fruit should remain”
John 15:16

In the same intimate dialogue with His disciples Jesus also said:

“Every branch IN ME
that beareth not fruit
he taketh away…”
John 15:2

Paul in Romans chapters nine through eleven sets forth the most magnificent portrayal of the COMPLETE AND UTTER SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD. In this context he continues:

“I beseech you therefore
(because of God’s Sovereignty),
brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable unto God…”
Romans 12:1

The “beseeching” set forth here is the very cry of the Spirit of God for us to RESPOND correctly to the CALL. The CALL of God REQUIRES response. Failure to respond fully ends in disqualification and shame. This is not a loss of being His child but of failure to enter into the Kingdom of God as joint heirs with Christ.

“For many are called,
but few are chosen”
Matthew 22:14

Peter sums up the whole truth of this with a clarity and power. (Please read these verses reverently and carefully and may the power within them impart to us the truth of God’s heart and purpose for us in this DAY). 2 Peter 1:3-11

“3. According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

4. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

6. And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

7. And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

8. FOR IF THESE THINGS BE IN YOU, AND ABOUND, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

10. Wherefore the rather, brethren, GIVE DILIGENCE TO MAKE YOUR CALLING AND ELECTION SURE: FOR IF YE DO THESE THINGS, ye shall never fall:

11. FOR SO AN ENTRANCE SHALL BE MINISTERED UNTO YOU ABUNDANTLY INTO THE EVERLASTING KINGDOM OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST.”

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“Who hath saved us,
and CALLED us with an holy calling,
not according to our works,
but according to HIS own purpose and grace,
which was given us in Christ Jesus
before the world began
2TIMOTHY 1:9

*NOTE: While men love to debate the “doctrinal issues” of these things those who know God have, through out the ages, understood that the CALL of GOD comes with definite purpose and accountability. Watchman Nee, who traveled from village to village preaching the Gospel of God, knew that in every village there were men and women who had been called of God and prepared of God to hear the WORD he preached. His absolute determination to preach the Word was because of this: that he knew he must not fail the grace of God. Men who hold to a mere doctrine or teaching will always miss God’s heart but they who know the truth of God’s CALL labour to fulfill that to which they have been called. The belief in the teaching/doctrine of these things can produce lethargy, pride and self-righteousness but unto those who are gripped by the CALL know of the awesome responsibility unto HIM to “make our calling and election sure”. We cannot linger in the debates and opinions of men for there is a inward compulsion to FULFILL GOD’S CALL rather than discussing it.

Brian Troxel

GOD IS LOVE Part Four Discipleship and Love

GOD IS LOVE

PART FOUR
DISCIPLESHIP THE PATH TO LOVE

“For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son…”
JOHN 3:16

Love is sacrificial. It is its very nature to give and expend itself on behalf of others. The giving is not determined by the worthiness of the receiver; hence God so loved the world. Such sacrificial extravagance lavished on us staggers all reason. Love does not measure its giving based on merit; it measures its gift by the giver. Love motivates all who are held in its sway to show forth the mercy and truth of God. Love is truly the greatest gift for in the giving of it we participate in the sharing of God Himself.

Love is the birthplace of all of God’s expressions. Mercy, truth, exhortation, reproof, forgiveness and judgement all flow from this one source and all are remedial in intention. He seeks relationship with man. We read of the “voice of God” walking in the cool of the evening looking for that fallen Adam. We see Him clothe that fallen one’s nakedness and we hear Him speak of a coming redeemer who would crush the very work of Satan. HE would GIVE HIS only begotten SON to become our עֲזָאזֵל ʽazāʼzēl, sin bearer. That same love is now sent into our hearts that we would manifest it in the world in which we live. Love is not only extravagant but costly. The more we are held within its power the more we become aware of its worth and sacrificial nature.

The radical call to discipleship is the very means by which we are enabled to give and shine forth this costly pearl of great price. It can only find expression to the degree that one has known the breakings and work of the cross. Our Love FOR Him holds us to the cross. The Love OF Him is expressed through the outworking of the Cross in us.

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,
if ye have love one to another”
JOHN 13:35

Discipleship and Love cannot be separated.

“The disciple is not above his master:
but every one that is perfect shall be as his master”
LUKE 6:40

Discipleship is the path to becoming like our master. To learn of Him, to discover His heart and His ways one must be yoked (Matthew 11:29-30) with Him in the bonds of love.

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“Not what the disciple says in public prayer,
not what he preaches from pulpit or platform,
not what he writes on paper or in letters,
but what he is in his heart which God alone knows,
determines God’s revelation of himself to him.
Character determines revelation”
Oswald Chambers (1874–1917)

Brian Troxel