Hope and Purity

Hope and Purity

Hope and Purity

In our growth into His life, we began to comprehend the preparations, the breaking, and the utter abandonment to God required to be “vessels of honour”. The Hope that God puts into an individual’s heart is one that purifies and pulsates with the understanding of the need to become true in order to enter into the high and holy things of God.

“And every man that hath this hope in Him
purifieth himself, even as He is pure.”
1 John 3:3 KJV

There are many forms of hope in the religious world but there is only ONE hope which carries within it the fire and the “Spirit of burning” which has eternal repercussions. It is a hope which prepares hearts for glorious ministrations far beyond the imaginations and the thoughts of men. It is a hope that stirs the heart which has opened itself to the pure ministrations of the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding. These are the graces of God released into willing and redeemed hearts who relinquish themselves to the unction and the depths of the Love of God which surpasses knowledge. May God in His infinite mercy blow upon the living glowing coals of our hearts the fire of such a hope that we may know its engulfing and all-embracing passion to “know Him” and to be “found in Him.”

Can we not hear, can we not by the living faith of Him beating within us, gaze beyond the veil of human reasoning to touch the hem of a Call which is birthed in us in Christ?

“…because as He IS
so also are we in this world”
1 John 4:17

(Excerpt from coming book)

See: Unity and Hope

Brian Troxel

Established in Love

Established in Love

Established in the Love of God

“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”
Ephesians 3:17-19

Love is the foundation from which we are able to comprehend the vastness of God. Without this foundation, we are left with words, concepts, and a small view of all that God is. As we open ourselves up to the word of God, He will highlight things to us, and we see something we can build our life upon. Here Paul is writing to the Thessalonians. (Recognize that whereas James, John, Jude, and Peter are writing to the whole church, Paul’s is a more specific apostolic ministry). He writes to the church in different locations and even personal letters to address and strengthen and encourage them in those areas where they have a particular need. He is laying foundations whereas the others are calling God’s people to build on those foundations. Allow these words in the Epistle to the Thessalonians to enter your heart:

“Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.”
1 Thessalonians 3:11-13

Love is the most stabilizing grace in God. As we grow in the love of God we grow in His stability because love is the character and foundation of His relationship with you and me. All His working and doing in us is because He loves us. Whom the Lord loves He chastens. Whom the Lord loves He blesses. Whom the Lord loves He fashions and strengthens and encourages that we might strengthen and establish others. The Greek word used here, “that He may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness” is the same one that Jesus used when He spoke to Peter, “When you are converted, strengthen your brothers.” As you grow in your establishment and as we allow Him to convert us from our selfish ways, God allows you to strengthen others through the same love that has established you. Even in the biggest mistakes you make, you keep discovering this unfathomable love of God and you wonder… why does He stay with me? Because He is your foundation.

As you grow in God, He develops patience in you for others, because the love wherewith He has loved you is now being formed in you to love others to the end that they may be established. He is telling Peter, when you are converted, strengthen others; the depth of your conversion is revealed in the divine enablement for you to strengthen others. Knowing Him who is love enables us to love others with the same love wherewith He has loved us.

In Thessalonians, Paul addresses the day of God’s return. The man of sin is going to arise, there will be shakings and desolation, false prophets, etc. As you read this book there is a “flavor” all the way through of the Love of God. There were false epistles being written to them saying that the resurrection had already happened, and they had missed it. Paul is calming them down in the Spirit, asking them to remember the former things that had been ministered to them. “Don’t you remember when we were with you, and we told you the things that were going to characterize the day of the Lord?” (1 Thessalonians 3:4) He is settling them. God wants to produce in us that ability to settle, to strengthen, to confirm, to correct, and to reprove each other; that we may be established in the power and the wisdom and the glory of God.

BT

Foundations – Jasper

Foundations – Jasper

The first foundation – Jasper

Excerpt From New Book

“And the foundation of the wall of the city having been adorned with every precious stone: The first foundation, jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald…”
Revelation 21:19

In Revelation 21:19 we see that John lays out the twelve precious stones of the foundations of the wall. Every one of those stones speaks of an aspect of the glory and the graces of God in us. The first foundation is the jasper. John said when he saw the throne of God, he saw One that sat upon the throne who was like jasper.

“And at once I became in spirit. And, behold, a throne was set in Heaven, and One sitting on the throne. And the One sitting was in appearance like a jasper stone, and a sardius; and a rainbow was around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.”
Revelation 4:2-3

The first foundation in our life is the character of God Himself. That jasper stone speaks of the immovable character of God and the immutability of His promises to us. We can trust His promises because we have come to know the One who made the promise. Many of God’s people try to embrace the promises of God without knowing the character of God. They are always trying to convince themselves of something. But as you come to know your God, spending time with Him in prayer and communion, you begin to step out of the boat of your own understanding into the storms that God brings. Think about Peter. He stepped out of the boat. Why? Because Jesus was out there and there was a faith that rose and said, “I can trust my God.” As you begin to feel the movements of God in your heart, He is going to call you out of all kinds of boats. The boat may be comfortable, but He is going to call you out into the turbulent waters, and you are going to find that His character sustains you. His grace enables you to walk beyond your own capability. Allow God to establish you by walking in His word, trusting His character and His promises, and He will make you one who is able to stand in the days ahead.

In the book of Isaiah 32:2, God is prophesying of the last days and says, “My people will be a covert…” for others. My people will be a hiding place. My people will be a source of strength and stability to others. You cannot give to others what you do not have yourself. That is why God has invited you into the school of His Spirit, to strengthen and establish you in Himself.

Brian Troxel

PODCAST – Learning the Way of the Lord

Learning the Way of the Lord

Spiritual Warfare

And David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?” And the LORD said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.”
(
2 Sam 5:19)

2 Samuel 5:17-25 is the Story of David and his second set of victories, illustrating how we are to stay current with God, gaining conquests in our own hearts. Our inheritance in God, our place of growing under His authority, is going to be to the measure in which we gain our own spiritual victories, both internally and also externally.

God has graciously provided us opportunities to grow into that authority that He is going to unveil in and through each of us, individually and corporately on this Day. The key to victory is to never go up to do battle in your own strength, but to remain in the Stronghold – Him Who IS your victory!

Brian Troxel

Proverbs 16:17

Proverbs 16:17

“The highway of the upright
is to depart from evil”
Proverbs 16:17

It requires living faith to produce the true pilgrims of Christ. Faith inspires obedience and purity and those who keep their steps in His will, discover that the path becomes a highway. The communication of His Will brings clarity and definition to the pilgrims of faith. They seek no earthly comfort; their hearts are aflame with the desire for His Kingdom to become a reality here on the earth.

How do we know we are on the High Way of God? How can we feel the growing confidence of His Spirit’s dominion in our lives? It is found in the life which is departing from evil.

“The highway of the upright
is to depart from evil
Proverbs 16:17

The forsaking of evil will find us walking on God’s HIGH Way. It lifts us out of the dregs and the contagion of this world. Blessed be the Name of the Lord, who causes us to triumph over the darkness and temptations of life.

Regardless of our confessions and persuasions, the verity of our walk is revealed in the divine enablement to depart from evil. His Kingdom is not in words, but in His Life beating within our own (1 Corinthians 4:20). It is an indomitable faith that presses us to greater righteousness and an increasing sense of our separation unto Him.

“A highway will be there, a road, and it will be called The Holy Way. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it will be for those who walk in the Way. Wicked fools will not go there”
Isaiah 35:8

Blessed are they who tread “The Holy Way”, who find the strength in Him to walk the pilgrim way!

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you;
who have set their hearts on a pilgrimage”
Psalm 84:5

Brian Troxel

PODCAST – (14 minutes) To This Man Will I Look

The Foundations of the Lord

PART TWO

(Short Message only 14 minutes long)

…to this man will I look

 

“For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”
(Isaiah 66:2)

Thought for Today – Unto Obedience

Thought for Today

“Unto Obedience”

“Abraham rose early in the morning, and saddled his donkey; and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son. He split the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went to the place of which God had told him.”
Genesis 22:3

“The first degree of humility is prompt obedience.”
Benedict of Nursia

Only a humble heart can obey God. The proud and the stiff necked cannot obey Him. Obedience is the revelation of our growth into a purity of heart.

“Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied”
1 Peter 1:2

The validity of our election through the power of His sanctifying grace will correspondingly be revealed in our growth “unto obedience”.

Brian Troxel

The Night Season and God’s Glory

Night Seasons

“What I tell you in the darkness,
speak in the light…”
Matthew 10:27

There are deep truths and graces which can only be known and understood in the night seasons. God has purposed specific lessons, along with dispensations of mercy, for each of us which are discovered as we walk through dark places. It is in those trying and desperate times that we are weaned from the distraction of other things. Our sight is limited, and the silence is disconcerting. God seems distant and we are left with little but our own thoughts and perplexities. It is then that God draws near to unveil Himself and reveal His greatness and purposes to us.

David had learned of this when he declared in Psalm 139 this magnificent truth:

“If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee”
Psalm 139:11-12

Scriptures are full of the visitations of God in the night seasons. They testify of the wrestling within whereby Jacobs become Israels. They speak of strength and hope being ministered to His own in their pilgrimages and wanderings in lonely and desolate places. Foundations are established, callings confirmed, and hearts renewed in the faithfulness of our God. Who cannot but praise the One who visits us in such places!

“And God spake unto Israel
in the visions of the night…
Saying fear not…”
Genesis 46:2-3

It was during the night that God called Samuel to be a light in the desolation of Israel because of a backslidden and adulterous priesthood. It was in the night that Jesus came walking upon the stormy seas to call His disciples unto Himself.

“And in the fourth watch of the night
Jesus went unto them,
walking on the sea…
And he said (to Peter), Come”
Matthew 14:25,29

As David’s history with God developed over the years he began to speak of his own personal “night watches” where he meditated upon God. He remembered his God and listened for Him to speak and comfort him within the depths of his soul.

“When I remember thee upon my bed,
and meditate on thee in the night watches”
Psalm 63:6

Do not fear the night seasons for hidden within are the personal and private disclosures of His purposes for you. Out of these times men and women of faith emerge with renewed strength to meet the New Day and declare in the light the truths received in their own night season.

“And it came to pass that night,
that the word of the Lord came unto Nathan…
” Go and tell my servant David,
Thus saith the Lord…”
2 Samuel 7:4

Brian Troxel

Watchman Nee

Quote for Today

“And it is through conflict that God induces the believer to seek and to grasp total triumph in Christ.”
– Watchman Nee

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”
1 Corinthians 15:57

True Blessedness

True Blessedness

“Blessed and holy
is the one having part in the first resurrection.
The second death has no authority over these”
Revelation 20:6

Blessedness and holiness are requirements to partake of the first resurrection. Holiness is the reign of Christ within His own. Death reigns because of sin; the hope of all creation is in the power and wonder of the Life of Christ within His people (Romans 8:19-23). His Life alone is the cure for fallen creation. The cry of the heart of God is eternal:

“Come unto Me…”

This call is more than a religious platitude; it is an invitation to draw from Him the very life to dwell within the dominion of a love that eradicates the lusts, envy and strife of this world. It is as we come to Him and abide in Him that we have hope in the “first resurrection”.

The Progressive life of growth in Christ — The Beatitudes of Matthew 5.

“Blessed and holy…”

“Blessed are the poor in spirit…” Matthew 5:3
“Blessed are they that mourn…” Matthew 5:4
“Blessed are the meek…” Matthew 5:5
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness…”                      Matthew 5:6
“Blessed are the merciful…” Matthew 5:7
“Blessed are the pure in heart…” Matthew 5:8
“Blessed are the peacemakers…” Matthew 5:9
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake…”                      Matthew 5:10
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you…” Matthew 5:11

“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city”
Revelation 22:14

Holy

“…but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy; for I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:15-16

Blessedness and holiness are the miracle of Christ alone. His government, His dominion and His Life ruling within our hearts is the Kingdom of God. It is as we respond to this Call of God in Christ that we begin to perceive the progressive growth into this blessedness: poverty of spirit, a mourning of spirit, and a meekness of heart acknowledging our absolute need of Him. There is a growing hunger and thirsting for His righteousness to be wrought in our lives. His Life in us enables us to be more merciful, purer in the motives of our heart, even though we may be persecuted and reviled. Persecution and rejection come to those who walk and live in Christ. Obedience is the mark of His rule within our hearts. The culmination of this blessedness through obedience is access to the “tree of life” and an entrance into the glorious city of God.

“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city”
Revelation 22:14

Brian Troxel