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Spiritual Temperature

fervent

“fervent in spirit”
Romans 12:11

In this day of apathy and lukewarm expressions of faith we need this simple statement of the Holy Spirit to remind us of our calling. We are surrounded and bombarded by the world, the lust of the flesh, the ease of life and the deception of the status quo. We watch in horror how His people treat one another; divided by secular organizations (all in His Name) and fully capable of all manner of evil to one another with no sense of  accountability to Him. This dreadful state is the result of a people who are not “beholding the Head” or walking in His Life. Fervency of spirit is the result of His Spirit burning within our lives.

“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved,
let us have grace, whereby we may serve God
acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
For our God is a consuming fire
Hebrews 12:28-29

There are many who preach grace from the pulpit but it is a grace that ministers a human comfort, a consoling message to our sin, worldliness and cold hearts. This “grace” brings an apathy to people who are no longer aware of the Day which is upon us. It is a false grace, the Lie of the very Devil who would lure God’s people into a deadly slumber of spirit which will result in the judgment of a Holy God.

The true ministration of Grace brings forth lives who are enabled to serve God acceptably with “reverence and godly fear”. The Church of Jesus Christ is in need of burning expressions of His Light and His Glory to re-ignite the flame of God within the sanctuary of our hearts. If our God is a consuming fire what should be the temperature of the hearts of those who claim He is alive in them? We cannot sit Sunday after Sunday hearing sermons (which may be good) without the intensity of something rising up within us to be empowered and inspired as a flaming torch for Him! How can this slumber continue without a sense of life passing us by; without the tasting and seeing of His wonder being expressed from our own hearts?

Jesus commenting on John the Baptist declared:

“He was a burning and a shining light…”
John 5:35

Should not this be the normal testimony of Jesus concerning each of us?

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said,
out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water”
John 7:38

Do we believe this? The revelation of our belief is in the outflow of lives held by the fervency of His Spirit. How can we be comfortable with a life which has no resemblance to this? The complacency of spirit, the dead thing men call life in our day, the standards of the life of a Christian are so low that even the world takes note of our impotency.

“For the name of God
is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you…”
Romans 2:24

Read the context of this scripture and feel the passion and heart of God beating in Paul’s heart. Let us hear the admonition of His voice in our Day. Let us turn from our wicked, self-deceiving, and worldly ways and offer ourselves afresh unto Him who can turn our cold and dead hearts into flaming expressions of living sacrifices.

It is the empty altar which receives no fire.

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

The evidence of His mercy received is a free-will offering unto Him. The greater the reception of mercy the greater is the depth of our offering.

“Our God is a Consuming Fire”

Brian Troxel
http://www.aword.info

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Out of Your Own Being

“And behold! The Word of Jehovah came to him saying,
This one shall not be inheriting. But he that shall come
forth out of your own bowels shall be your heir”
Genesis 15:4 (LITV)

These are days of greatly increased communication and connectivity with the transfer of information available to everyone. Men are inclined to be influenced by what others are doing in other parts of the world. Nowhere is this truer than in the world of religion. We see and hear much of what others are doing and we are tempted to be influenced by these things. The Word of God to us is “out of your own bowels” shall come forth the promise of God. We must understand these promises of God in the New Testament will only come to pass as we hear and see within the core of our own hearts what God would have us do. I receive a lot of information, by texts, emails and phone calls, of what others are doing elsewhere and how God is blessing this and that; I am sure some of these things are true and valid. However, the promise remains that out of my own being, out of my own relationship with God, shall flow rivers of living water and the flow will be the result of my obedience and attention to His Voice in my life.

“The one believing into Me, as the Scripture said,
Out of his belly will flow rivers of living water”
John 7:38 (LITV)

It is in us “believing INTO Him” that the promise of bearing fruit unto Him will become the reality of our lives. It is not to be known in any other way. We may run here and there chasing things externally, seeking to identify with some move, teacher, prophet or organization but to no avail. The bringing forth of the Son of promise from our own lives will only come to pass by a personal and vital union with the Father through Jesus Christ our Lord. Some think that by association with others they are assured of a life of fruitfulness all the while neglecting “the still small voice” within their own hearts. Jesus said “My sheep hear my voice” and they will not follow another. True and valid ministry is to bring the people of God to the place of hearing HIS VOICE within their own hearts; to bring others to a realization of the fear of The Lord to such an extent they discover the glory and the solemn obligation of walking with God for themselves. This is the only means by which the true unity of the faith will become the reality of the Body of Christ.

“And when he was demanded of the Pharisees,
when the kingdom of God should come,
he answered them and said,
The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there!
for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you”
Luke 17:20-21

It is in His people being attentive to His voice and His Spirit in their own hearts that there shall in fact be an entering into the Kingdom of God. We are not to discount the other things but we must understand it is in our obedience to His leadings in our own hearts that we have hope of being truly joined and made one in the Body of Christ.

“If any man serve me,
let him follow me; and where I am,
there shall also my servant be”
John 12:2

Brian Troxel
http://www.aword.info

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