Becoming Free in Christ

Becoming Free In Christ

“Freely you have received, freely give…”

The true art of life is generosity. To give freely of ourselves is the revelation of our Savior’s presence within. How freely, how undeservedly we have received of His great mercy. Shall not that heart transform us from the stinginess of giving things rather than ourselves? To give of our time, effort, and most importantly our heart to those around us is life. To live in the freedom of each moment is to give with no thought to our own resources or concerns.

That is freedom.

To seek out the true welfare of another soul at our expense is true life. Life does not consist in what one has, but in the ability to give to others what has been so freely given to us. The Body of Christ today is one of ours, mine, us and they. All of these things denote a wrong thinking, which of course produces wrong living. I hear the term “our church”, “our pastor”, and “we believe”… how it crushes the real heart of all that we have been called to. Paul called himself a “steward” of the grace of God. A steward is one who owns nothing, but simply manages the wealth of another. Truth, Life and Power are only such in the giving of them away, freely and without expectation of any return.

The New Law

The only Law which governs true generosity is the Law of His Love and Wisdom. Love is never impoverished, for in and of itself is the very treasure of God! Men who are always talking of their poverty have not touched the reality of His Love. Love is not aware of itself. It has no vested interest in its state or “feelings”. It gives because that is its very nature. It lives because He lives. It defends not itself, holds on to nothing, and takes no account of its own resources. It is a life that lives in the sheer wonder of God’s Glory and resources. It is no wonder that the Eternal Son with great Joy beckons us to live and walk in the halls of His Father’s house.

“I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly”
John 10:10

Only the child-like faith of Christ can bring us to the simplicity of a life so free and unbound.

“Let this mind be in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus…”
Philippians 2:5

Brian Troxel

Spiritual Stagnation

Spiritual Stagnation

Stagnation is impossible where the foundation of relationship is a mutual passion to see Christ formed within. Spiritual stagnation is a result of existing outside of the life of His Spirit within. There is a satisfaction in something less than His fulness; a complacency and a spiritual slumber. Paul was consumed with pursuing the full apprehension of that for which Christ had apprehended Him. His current standing in Christ was eclipsed by the Call of God to greater things. His past accomplishments, His nationality or anything else which would seem to be an advantage, was considered dross in His pursuit of Christ. How can we be complacent in our day?

“Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect; but I press on, that I may take hold of that for which also I was taken hold of by Christ Jesus”
Philippians 3:12

Paul prefaced this by exhorting the Church of God in Philippi:

“Have this in your mind,
which was is* also in Christ Jesus”
Philippians 2:5

*Wuest correctly changes the tense from
was (past tense) to the current tense IS

Compare this significant truth to this verse:

“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He IS, so are we in this world
1 John 4:17

It is our present-tense relationship in Christ that keeps the heart alive unto the full pursuit of His Person. The God of all Glory revealed Himself as the great I AM. It is to that end that the Holy Spirit is ever at work to keep us ALIVE and abiding in Him so that “Today we will hear His voice”!

Spiritual slumber is the result of a life which is no longer current in God. It believes all the tenets, the promises and teachings of God, but the fire of God has grown cold within. Intensity of spirit, humility, hatred of sin and the passion to see Him fill the whole earth with His Glory, is evidence of His Mind being formed within us. Until the Church of God sees that the Light spoken of in the New Covenant is His Life abiding within, we will continue to feed upon the Tree of Knowledge rather than the Tree of Life. It matters little what I know; to know what to do without His life within empowering me to DO is the hopelessness of religion. May we find in Him the power, the grace and the love to count it all joy to DO His Will.

“In him was life;
and the life was the light of men”
John 1:4

His Life within is our Light and our only Hope of Glory.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us”
Ephesians 3:20

This great promise given to us is proportional to “the power that worketh (present tense) in us”.

“…as He IS,
so are we in this world”

Selah

Brian Troxel

The Power of The Gospel

The Power of the Gospel

“For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life”
John 3:16

The power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ lies not in the words and the doctrine of it; its true power lies in the Love of it. The Love of God IS the Gospel; more than a message, a doctrine or a teaching, the Gospel is in itself the expression of God’s love to His fallen creation. It is the WHY which caused God to send “His only begotten Son”. Until those who declare it comprehend its true power, it will remain an impoverished message. It must be expressed from the lives of those who bear in their hearts the passion of God’s WHY!

“For the kingdom of God is not in word,
but in power…”
1 Corinthians 4:20

What is this power? What is the flame which enabled men and women of old to turn the world upside down? What is the glory of God which fills the heavens with awe, worship and exaltation? It is the God of Holiness and His undimmed fiery Love. A Love so incomprehensible that Paul had to pray for the Church at Ephesus to be “strengthened with might” in order for them to be able to comprehend the “breadth, and length, and depth, and height” of the Love of God.

A loveless gospel is a powerless Gospel. The Church is not perishing for lack of knowledge; she is languishing from the loss of the dynamic of His love (Revelation 2:4-5). Love is the furnace, the fire and the very essence of God Himself. In the midst of all of our correct doctrine God’s decree stands as the Divine witness against our true state:

“He that loveth not
knoweth not…
for God is Love”
1 John 4:8

Those who hold within their hearts even the faintest quintessence of this Love cannot remain untouched in heart. They cannot sit in faithless inactivity or take comfort in a knowledge bereft of the Divine heartbeat. Many would rather discuss the correctness of the words rather than feel the burning power of the God of the message. The world will remain untouched by those who share from the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge rather than the power of the Law of Life in Christ Jesus. The Gospel is not a WHAT, it is a WHO.

The cry of God is summed up simply:

“Let this mind be in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus…”
Philippians 2:5

It is impossible to hold the love of God within your heart and not feel the anguish, the urge and the pulse of the Almighty to express His Light and Life into this world.

“In him was life;
and the life was the light of men”
John 1:4

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“There is too much theology in the Church now,
and too little of the Gospel”
Lewis Tappan

Brian Troxel