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Thought for Today

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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Thought for Today

“Nevertheless”

“And Simon answering said unto him, Master,
we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing:
nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net”
Luke 5:5

True living faith will never be conditioned by experience. Faith, to be faith, must always find its dependence in God not ourselves. Though experience says one thing the cry and purpose of faith must remain undaunted. “Nevertheless” is the word of a man who sets aside his own resources, strengths and abilities and believes God in the moment. This faith must birth a doing in the now. “Nevertheless” is a word that gives way to the doing of a thing regardless of our past experience. It is a word that comes to those who believe, and by that believing there is a response in the now of our life. It is not the “faith” of Mary who said Lord I know “… in that day…” something will happen, for the Christ stands in our midst speaking “I AM the resurrection and the life…”

Let this word “nevertheless” speak to us of better things than what our experience would teach us; for those who listen and regard their experience cease to walk and live by faith. “Today if ye will hear HIS voice…” is the creed by which we must live. Men who don’t do won’t hear. The Word is to those who “have ears to hear” for with every hearing there must be a corresponding act of doing and obeying HIS WORD.

The Spirit of God is HERE to press us beyond our circumstances, our former experiences, and our own resources into the glorious provisions of a God who is constantly calling us to deeper waters, a higher vision and a greater dependency upon HIM. How good is our God! How gracious are HIS ways; the thing we are confronted with is HIS doorway into greater things in HIM!

Faith, to be faith, must always be fresh, living and beating within our hearts. Faith IN a teaching or an idea will eventually become stagnant and dead; the faith of the living Son is active and real! It is never static for it is always moving from one faith unto a greater faith (Romans 1:17). Every living thing grows and everything static and stagnant remains the same. Obedience is the evidence of faith.

“So David went on his way,
and Saul returned to his place”
1 SAMUEL 26:25

Two men; one ever moving on in the WAY of God the other returning to “his place” of stagnation and disobedience.

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“Belief is truth held in the mind;
faith is fire in the heart”
J. Newton (1880–1950)

Brian Troxel
http://www.aword.info

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The Hyssop

“And he spake of trees,
from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon
even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall”
1 Kings 4:33

Several times the Cedar and Hyssop are connected in things pertaining to God. Solomon in his God-given wisdom spoke of these two contrasting extremes in God’s creation. The stately Cedars of Lebanon refer to Godly stature and character as does the lowly Hyssop that “springeth out of the wall” speaks of a living faith. In God’s wisdom they are related for the one is the means to the other.

The hyssop speaks of the living faith of the believer; it is the means by which the truths of God are apprehended and applied to our own hearts.

“And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop,
and dip it in the blood that is in the basin,
and strike the lintel and the two side posts
with the blood that is in the basin…”
Exodus 12:22

During the night of the judgment of God upon Egypt the Israelites were to take the hyssop and apply the blood of the lamb to the door posts of their dwelling. In the transactions of the Law of the Leper we see that the hyssop was also dipped in the blood of the slain bird and then sprinkled seven times upon the leper. (This speaks of a continuous and ongoing operation of the Spirit). We see this same application of the hyssop in the book of Numbers…

“And a clean person shall take hyssop,
and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent,
and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there,
and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain,
or one dead, or a grave”
Numbers 19:18

It is essential for the people of God to see and understand that truth, in itself, does not impact a heart apart from faith. If the hyssop were not used to apply the blood to their door the firstborn of the Israelites would have perished along with the Egyptians; the efficacy of the blood was released by the faith/obedience in the application of it by the hyssop. The things of God are only real to us in proportion to the faith by which they are applied into our lives.

“Without faith it is impossible to please Him (God)…”
Hebrews 11:6

While many in our day may claim to be Christians, without faith there can be no effective experiencing of the power and life of the blood of the Lamb. To the world the hyssop plant is of little consideration; it typically grows to be just over a half meter high. It tastes bitter but its fragrance is pleasant and readily available to any who would lay hold of it. It grows plentifully in Egypt and in the rocky places of the wilderness. This also speaks to us of the faith of God in our lives. It grows in harsh places and is not out of reach to the world (Egypt). It is available to you and me in whatever circumstance we find ourselves.

This is the truth of the hyssop; it is the means by which the truth of God is applied to my own heart. It is incumbent upon us to know of this vital truth for faith without expression is dead (James 2:20). The fundamental truth concerning the hyssop as revealed in the Passover is this: the blood in the basin will not save the Israelite. Truth held in the intellect, truth professed by the lips without the application of faith, will not save a man from himself or the judgements of God. It is in the beauty, the lowliness and the simplicity of the truth of the hyssop that the efficacy of the blood is released in our lives.

One of the most broken and beautiful Psalms that King David wrote is Psalm 51 concerning his affair with Bathsheba and the death of Uriah. It has ministered to the people of God throughout the ages of faith and hope in the face of our own failures in our walk with God. The Psalmist cries out to God to “purge” him with hyssop; he knows this is where his hope lies. It is in the application of the blood of the Lamb, by a true and living faith, that men are enabled to rise from the ashes of their own failures and walk in newness of life. The truth of the hyssop is ever within our grasp, always available to those who are in Christ Jesus. It is by the blood of the risen Christ wherein we are made overcomers…

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb…”
Revelation 12:11

The wisdom of Solomon concerning the connection of the stately Cedars of Lebanon and the lowly hyssop is easily seen. The character and stature of Christ within our lives can only become a reality by stooping low and discovering the wonder and simplicity of the Hyssop!

Brian Troxel
http://www.aword.info

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AGELESS FAITH

PART TWO

“And even when I am old and grayheaded,
O God, do not leave me
until I declare Your arm to this generation,
Your power to everyone who is to come.”
PSALM 71:18

To those that know Him life has but one overriding purpose… to declare His power and glory. Age and infirmities do not preclude this one thing. We live to speak and declare Him. We live to honor Him with all that is within us. For He has redeemed us, He has girded us with strength in the times of trouble, He has lifted our soul from the ways of this world and He has given us the very LIFE of His Son. How can we not declare Him to all who would hear?

Faith does not grow old nor is it dependent upon the natural strength of man. Its vitality and power, like a fine wine, develops with age and, by testing and trial grows more precious with the passing of time.

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while,
if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,
that the genuineness of your faith,
being much more precious than gold that perishes,
though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor,
and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ”
1 PETER 1:6-7

Genuine faith ever lives to glorify God. It is never static or cold. It is the very breath and life of those who love God. Faith is the fuel that enables men to walk godly in this present world. Faith is the fire that keeps a man’s heart aflame in the midst of a lukewarm church. It is the gift of the Almighty that enables us to remain strong and vibrant in God.

“But you, beloved,
building yourselves up by your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Spirit…”
JUDE 1:20

Men of Faith are always concerned about the next generation. They are passionate to share the fervor and the authenticity of His power to those who follow after; to declare HIS ARM to the succeeding generation. They cannot rest until the Glory of the Lord truly fills the whole earth with righteousness.

Even so Lord, do not leave us until we have finished our purpose to this generation.

“O God, do not leave me
UNTIL I declare Your arm to this generation,
Your power to everyone who is to come”

Brian Troxel

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