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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
http://www.aword.info

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FOUR WORDS
FOR
AMERICA

“MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN”
DANIEL 5:25

PART TWO

JUDGEMENT BEGINS AT THE HOUSE OF GOD

“For the time is come that judgment
MUST begin at the house of God”
1 PETER 4:17

The judgment of God IS COME to America. She has been weighed and measured and found wanting. Great division and strife will be the outcome. Desolation and burning will be the reward for her ways and her works. God is Holy, He is Pure and Righteous. In order for His righteous judgments to proceed He must begin at His Own House; it would be hypocritical for Him to do otherwise. He must have a purified house before He can rightly judge the world (II Corinthians 10:6).

The “church” of today in America has become worldly and wise with a wisdom that is of the earth. She has forsaken the CALL to be a light unto the world and a revelation of the Living Christ; she has become worldly, trading her heavenly call for a worldly one. Rather than standing in prayer for the nation she has become political, secular and adversarial. She has forsaken the spiritual weapons which are mighty and taken on carnal weapons to fight within the realm of politics and reason. Rather than praying for the leaders of the nation this church has become carnal, contentious and rebellious. The weapons she now wields will bring judgment and persecution upon her and this is GOD’S DOING.

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all,
supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and giving of thanks,
be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority;
that we may lead a quiet
and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable
in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved,
and to come unto the knowledge of the truth”
1 TIMOTHY 2:1-4

Not once in the entire New Testament did Paul ever mention Nero, the Roman leader who was ferociously persecuting the Christians of his day. Not once did Paul mention the Roman assault on Jerusalem; for the Kingdom Paul and the rest of the Apostles were preaching WAS NOT OF THIS WORLD! Jesus said to Pilate…

“My kingdom is not of this world:
IF my kingdom were of this world,
THEN would my servants fight…”
JOHN 18:36

The “church” of America has in large part declared, by her actions, that in fact her kingdom is of this world. She has declared this by taking up the carnal weapons of political warfare, by speaking evil of dignitaries and seeking to influence the world around her by legislation rather than by the revelation of Jesus Christ. She has sought to change the world by political force instead of spiritual reality. Jesus said to render to Caesar that which was Caesar’s, and to God that which is God’s. We are plainly told this world is passing away and we are to look toward the Day of His Kingdom. We are not to become entangled in the affairs of this world. When the Church ceases to be a light to the nation, darkness and deception will readily fill the vacuum.

God must judge a church that has become worldly and carnal. The idea of God judging His House is a foreign concept to the church of our day (read the Book of Revelation chapters 2 and 3)! Yet we read plainly in 1 Peter 4:17 that the Judgment of God MUST BEGIN AT HIS HOUSE! WILL WE NOT LISTEN, WILL WE NOT TURN AWAY FROM THE CARNALITY, WORLDLINESS AND SIN that so plagues us? JUDGEMENT MUST BEGIN AT GOD’S HOUSE. Let us read this as a dire warning of what is about to unfold.

PERSECUTION

There is a persecution that is about to break forth in a fury of unprecedented proportions. It is because the church has failed to represent HIM and instead has become proud and arrogant. She has become “rich and increased with goods… and has needed nothing” from God. She is unaware of her own spiritual condition and the horror of her wantonness and worldly desire. She has settled in this world with an ease and comfort as the result of the “deceitfulness of riches”. Her kingdom is of this earth, her power has become political and, like Samson, she has laid her head in the bosom of the world and lost her anointing and forsaken her call.

SAMSON
(A PICTURE OF HOPE AND RESURRECTION)

Like Samson she has been blinded and bound and great will be the fall. The world will make sport of her. She will be mocked and her persecution will be a sport to the world; a means of entertainment for all to see. Yet in her humiliation and brokenness there will be a turning and a repentance. She will remember her call. She will return to her place as a beautiful bride willing to sacrifice her life to see the will of God fulfilled in the earth! She will arise anew and great will be the power and glory that results from the Judgment of God upon her. The fury of the Judgment that is about to fall will be devastating and horrific. The savageness of it will be beyond comprehension. Many Christians will take up arms to fight against that which is coming and they will fall as surely as all who have done so throughout the history of the church. However, there will be a people who will turn and repent, who will humble themselves under the hand of the Almighty GOD to find grace and mercy in this time.

“And when these things BEGIN to come to pass,
then look up, and lift up your heads;
for your redemption draweth nigh.”
LUKE 21:28

The judgment and humbling of the Church will result in the purification and restoration of her place of authority in God. When this is finished, when our obedience unto Him is complete and full, then God will Judge the Nations with a Rod of Iron. The Judgments* linger UNTIL the Obedience of God’s people is complete.

“…having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience,
WHEN YOUR obedience is fulfilled”
2 CORINTHIANS 10:6

A FINAL WORD

“Gather yourselves together,
yea, gather together, O nation not desired;
BEFORE the decree bring forth,
BEFORE the day pass as the chaff,
BEFORE the fierce anger of the LORD
come upon you,

BEFORE the day of the LORD’S anger
come upon you.

SEEK ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth,
which have wrought his judgment;
SEEK righteousness, SEEK meekness:
it may be ye shall be hid
in the day of the LORD’S anger”
ZEPHANIAH 2:1-3

*NOTE: The Judgments of God are predicated upon His People and their obedience and spiritual condition. This is why God must Judge His Own House first.

1. Jesus said that His coming would be as it was in the days of Noah (Luke 17:26) “God waited while the Ark was preparing…”(1Peter 3:20). God waited for Noah to complete the building of the Ark before the Judgment of God could fall in Noah’s day.
2. Jesus said that His coming would be as it was in the days of Lot (Luke 17:28-30). God’s Judgments could not fall on Sodom until Lot had come out of her… (Genesis 15:19-26)

But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom
it rained fire and brimstone from heaven,
and destroyed them all.
Even thus shall it be in the
day when the Son of man is revealed”
Luke 17:29-30

We see in the Book of Revelation the voice of God calling His people to come out of her (Babylon)… for if we partake of her sins we will surely partake of her plagues…

“And I heard another voice from heaven,
saying, Come out of her, MY PEOPLE,
that ye be not partakers of her sins,
and that ye receive not of her plagues.
For her sins have reached unto heaven,
and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Reward her even as she rewarded you,
and double unto her double
according to her works:

in the cup which
she hath filled fill to her double.

How much she hath glorified herself,
and lived deliciously,
so much torment and sorrow give her:

for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen,
and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
Therefore shall her plagues come in one day,
death, and mourning, and famine;
and she shall be utterly burned with fire:
for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her”
REVELATION 18:4-8

Brian Troxel

After having received this word from the Lord several months ago
I confess my own lack of praying for my own country and its leaders
and my own need for change. It is a day for turning, it is a day
for the people to rend our hearts for the day is upon us for our
God is no respecter of persons.

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PSALM 46

REFUGE AND STRENGTH

ALAMOTH

PART ONE

“To the chief musician. For the sons of Korah;
A song. For the Virgins*.
God is our refuge and our strength…”
Psalm 46:1
(Literal Translation)

Alamoth is a Hebrew Word that literally means virgins. Translated “virgin”* in Isaiah 7:14, it is also alluded to in the first chapter (verse 23) of Matthew’s gospel and 1Corithinians 11:2-3. This is a psalm referring to those who have set their hearts and affections aside for their future Husband.  They resist the draw and enticement of this world.  They have found grace to submit themselves to the discipline and breaking necessary to know that singleness of heart and purpose. People who give all, are given all; all of the resources and care of the great God of Jacob. This giving and yielding is the result of the mercy of God working in the hearts of  HIS own.

“…by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice…”
Roman 12:1

This is a psalm of protection and refuge. It is a psalm of defense, help and strong confidence. It is a psalm upon which King Hezekiah drew strength and encouragement during a time of overwhelming circumstances when destruction and death seemed certain.

“He is a buckler to all those that put their trust in Him”
Psalm 18:30

Faith and trust are the means by which all the resources of heaven are made available to the people of God. It is by these that we know that God is not only our “refuge and strength” on a doctrinal level but we know the reality of Him as our “present help in trouble”. The ability for us to see Him as our only source of refuge, strength and present help comes because we have learned through His gracious dealings that we do not trust in our own resources, the “strategies” nor the help of this world. We are enlarged in our God by the reducing of our trust in other things. Child-like trust in our God will cause the reality of this psalm to wrap us up in a hope and faith that will hold us secure in the DAY that is upon us.

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REFUGE

“A dear friend of mine, who was quite a lover of the chase, told me the following story: ‘Rising early one morning,’ he said, ‘I heard the baying of a score of deerhounds in pursuit of their quarry. Looking away to a broad, open field in front of me, I saw a young fawn making its way across, and giving signs, moreover, that its race was well-nigh run. Reaching the rails of the enclosure, it leaped over and crouched within ten feet from where I stood. A moment later two of the hounds came over, when the fawn ran in my direction and pushed its head between my legs. I lifted the little thing to my breast, and, swinging round and round, fought off the dogs. I felt, just then, that all the dogs in the West could not, and should not capture that fawn after its weakness had appealed to my strength.’ So is it, when human helplessness appeals to Almighty God.  A.C. Dixon

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*NOTE: The most famous passage where this term is used is Isaiah 7:14, where it asserts an ʽalmāh will give birth to a son. The author of Matthew 1:23 understood this woman to be a virgin. (The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament – Warren Baker, D.R.E. Eugene Carpenter, Ph.D) (עֲלָמוֹת ʽalamoth is the plural form of עַלְמָה ʽalmâh)

Brian Troxel

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