DISCIPLESHIP Excerpt from New Book

The Blood Sanctifies our Walk

“…and Moses took of the blood of it,
and put it upon …
the great toe of his right foot”
Leviticus 8:23

Election, Godliness and Being Chosen by God

DISCIPLESHIP

“But know that the Lord hath set apart
him that is godly for himself:
the Lord will hear when I call unto him”
Psalm 4:3

It is the godly whom the Lord sets apart for Himself. It is the godly in character and heart whom God hears. It is in this context that men and women must consider God’s grace. God’s election by Grace must be coupled with man’s response. “Many are called, but few are chosen”. Teachings, miraculous deliverances, movings of His Spirit in signs and wonders and even His own goodness are no insurance of entering the Kingdom of God. Israel saw His manifest power as He laid Egypt waste and yet they failed in the wilderness and perished without entering into God’s purpose. It is essential for us to see and grasp the truth of God, His ways and His Holiness.

“Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness”
1 Corinthians 10:1-5

Paul goes on to say that these things were written for our learning and admonition. These were people who grieved God. Despite all the miraculous signs and provisions of God, this generation fell short of God’s desire for them. They did not consider Him in their walk. They lacked the desire to please and bless Him by how they conducted themselves in their daily affairs of life. They went through life choosing the things that would please themselves rather than God. They saw His acts without ever discovering His ways.

“He made known his ways unto Moses,
his acts unto the children of Israel”
Psalm 103:7

We see this same truth in the New Covenant.

“But without a parable spake he not unto them:
and when they were alone,
he expounded all things to his disciples”
Mark 4:34

It is the disciples whom Jesus pulls aside to expound on the hidden truths of the parables. Disciples are those who follow Jesus. They live to learn of Him and because of this “…the Lord sets apart him that is godly for Himself…” They are sanctified by God for His purposes and it is these ones He consecrates (chooses and sets as living stones in the breastplate of His Holiness). These works of God are for those who choose Him, who desire to follow Him, discovering His ways and the wonder of His heart. Discipleship is the path into His Love. The verity of all true disciples will be revealed by the signature of His Love in them.

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,
if ye have love one to another”
John 13:35

God’s love is the defining feature of His true disciples. Many who are religious will (as the Pharisees) love their own little circle; the stamp of a true disciple is one who loves God’s people with the same Love that beats within the heart of our Heavenly Father. This Love is characterized by a passion and concern for the spiritual condition of His people. Denominational ties are irrelevant as they only see One church, One Flock and One Body. It is a Love that seeks out God’s sheep and God’s approval and cares little about the approval of man. True disciples do not seek positions or prominence; they seek to function within the confines of His calling upon their lives. The mark of God in the life of a true disciple is one of serving God not men. This Love “seeks not its own things…”

“Love has patience, is kind; love is not envious; love is not vain, is not puffed up; does not behave indecently, does not pursue its own things, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth. Love quietly covers all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 LITV

Those who seek the pre-eminence in the midst of God’s people are not His disciples nor are they His true sheep. Those who encourage the affection of God’s people toward themselves, rather than ministering that His people fall in love with Jesus, have not seen God’s heart. The desire of the true ministers of God is not to draw men to their church, fellowship or their person; it is to Glorify God in all things. The cry of a true disciple is:

“He must increase, but I must decrease”
John 3:30

Brian Troxel
www.aword.info

The Consecrated Life and the Sanctified Ear – Part 4

Excerpt from coming Book

The Sanctified Ear and the Circumstances of Life

Part 4
“Elijah and the Fire…”

“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave
1 Kings 19:11-13

“And after the earthquake a fire…” Elijah, in obedience to God’s word, stood upon the Mount of God and as God passed by he was subjected to various repercussions of God’s movings. Yet this man of God did not respond to any of them “for God was not in them”. We even see fire as a final test for Elijah. In the Spiritual world there are many kinds of fires, none without significance. The Word declares that our God is a consuming fire; this may be the most difficult of all the tests to pass but they that know their God are able to discern the flames of different fires. In the scriptures we read of Nadab and Abihu who offered “strange fire” unto the Lord and died as a consequence.

“And Nadab and Abihu died before the Lord,
when they offered strange fire before the Lord”
Numbers 3:4

This was the offering of a priesthood which knew not the fire of God. They supposed that one fire was as good as the next. It is the same today. Men and women make offerings and engage in strange and unsanctified workings of the flesh and spirit unto God not knowing or considering the horror of such things. As in Elijah’s day, those who know their God will not respond to sensationalism. Many with no discernment in the religious world delight in the offerings of Cain (the work of their hands). Men and women seek to stir up the flesh in ardent activities and programs in an effort to show their fervor for God; but God is not in them. There is so much blindness and callousness in the “Christian” world that there is not even awareness that God will not accept Cain’s offering, or the “strange fire” of the “ministry” of Nadab and Abihu. God withholds His presence and His blessing. In this unbridled atmosphere men become more and more brazen in their attempts to draw people to “their” church or ministry. What many call the “liberty” of the spirit is really the chaos of the flesh and in the seeming silence of God (as in Israel of old) we see the catastrophic introduction of churches which are operated not by the Spirit but by the ways of the corporate world and the introduction of false worldly religions creeping into the very fabric of the Christian landscape. Yet those who will not partake of such things are considered to be legalistic and narrow-minded.

After Elijah stood firm in the midst of the wind, the shaking, and the fire, God spoke to Elijah in “a still small voice”. (In the Hebrew it is better translated “the voice of stillness”). It is to this voice that Elijah responds wrapped in the mantle of His calling. These are those today who know their God and His voice within their hearts. They have been steadfast through the tests of God and have proven themselves faithful unto Him in a day of apostasy and spiritual harlotry. These are people of the sanctified ear. They do not respond to the activities of men. Neither are they are moved by the repercussions and shakings of God’s moving’s in the political, financial and religious worlds. They stand true in the midst of spiritual fads and the empty spiritual winds of overt signs and wonders; and the fires of men’s self-seeking agendas. The sanctified ear brings men and women to the threshold of God’s New Day wherein His Holiness is revealed and the folly of men judged in the fires of God’s anger.

We will soon see the day in which the five foolish virgins and the five wise virgins will be revealed and the tremendous ramifications of both.

“The days are at hand,
and the effect of every vision…”
Ezekiel 12:23

One’s vision of God and their perception of Him are revealed in the effect it has upon their life. The man with the one talent “perceived” God as hard and austere and therefore hid his talent in the ground. His perception was that God was only interested in his gift not realizing that God expected him to invest his gift into the lives around him and bring an increase to God’s Glory. It is to such that God declares “Thou wicked and slothful servant”. The captain of the armies of Syria who came to Elijah with the “perception” that Elijah would call upon his God and strike the place where he stood and heal him became angry when told to go wash in the river Jordan. Those who “perceive” that God does not care about the condition of His House, who think He is unconcerned with the ways of men, the kingdom building agendas of this day, the unholy living, the loose morals and carelessness with which His people conduct themselves, will be shocked in the Day that is at hand. The effect of such a vision will render them unable to stand in the day of persecution and judgement. The fires of their lamps will grow dim in the waning hours of His return. Woe to those who preach and teach a Gospel of unaccountability for the effect of such things will be devastating and eternal.

It is in such an hour as this that a prophetic people arise and call out unto Him who rules and reigns in the heavens. Not only do they call out to God in the heavens they also speak with authority unto those who love and join themselves to the vanity of religion…

“O ye sons of men,
how long will ye turn my glory into shame?
how long will ye love vanity…”
Psalm 4:2

The sanctified ear is the result of a sanctified heart. Those who walk circumspectly in this time will be kept by the power of God in the day which is about to break.

“And the Lord said unto him,
Go through the midst of the city,
through the midst of Jerusalem,
and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men
that sigh and that cry for all the abominations
that be done in the midst thereof”
Ezekiel 9:4

While the masses join themselves to the chaos and “religion” of this hour there will be those who know their God and keep themselves “set apart” as virgins betrothed unto God even as they are accused of being legalistic and “out of touch” with the “new ways” of the Spirit. Though Jonathan knew the Kingdom of God belonged to David he could not find it in his heart to separate himself from Saul and perished with him in the judgement of God. God’s word to those who stand faithful in this hour is…

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Revelation 3:10

“Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him”
Malachi 3:16-17

Brian Troxel
www.aword.info

The Sanctified Walk – Excerpt from coming book

THE CONSECRATED LIFE

EXCERPT FROM COMING BOOK
The Blood Sanctifies our Walk

“…and Moses took of the blood of it,
and put it upon …
the great toe of his right foot”
Leviticus 8:23

Those who pursue the consecrated life know deep within their hearts this one truth: to be chosen by God requires a walking in His ways and a forsaking of their own. The consecrated life is a life chosen by God*(see Note). It is a life which has been “set” as a jewel in the Ephod of the High Priest. No one takes this honor upon one’s self; it is the result of God’s call and our obedience. It is a life chosen by God as a consequence of being faithful to Him and loving Him to such an extent as to walk in His Ways and to do of His good pleasure.

“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord,
who hath enabled me,
for that he counted me faithful,
putting me into the ministry
1 Timothy 1:12

It was God who “set” Paul into the ministration of the risen Christ; not because he had Bible school credentials but because God found him faithful. It is here that we must avail ourselves of His grace, for faithfulness is measured in the walking and choosing of His ways over our own. The Blood applied to the right toe signifies a sanctified walk in which we are “set apart” for His service and His ways. The Blood speaks of far more than a doctrinal setting apart; it is in itself the power and the divine enablement to do so. The Life of Christ in the Blood is ever to this one end; to cause a child of God to become in all ways like the One whose nature we have received.

“But as many as received him,
to them gave he power to become the sons of God”
John 1:12

The glory of the New Covenant is not one of adherence to a teaching. It is in the power of the Living Christ so dwelling in us that we become sons of God! It is in our daily drinking of Him and eating of Him that He is assimilated into our very being and His Life becomes our life. The result is something far deeper than an outward imitation or observance which will always leave men and women falling short of the true, authentic life of Jesus. Hypocrisy is always the result of desiring to live rightly without the inward reality of His Life. Teaching, as necessary and good as it is, must culminate in the acquisition of the Life of the Son. Ministry, which does not press the hearers into their own encounter with Him who is the Life, will leave them bereft of the power and validity of it.

“Even the Spirit of truth;
whom the world cannot receive,
because it seeth him not,
neither knoweth him: but ye know him;
for he dwelleth with you, and shall be IN you”
John 14:17

God, revealed in the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the Spirit of Truth, was not meant to dwell with His people but rather to dwell within them. While Jesus walked this earth God’s revelation was Emanuel (God with us) but by His death and resurrection He is now in us and we are made partakers of His Nature. The glory of the New Covenant is that we (by grace) are given power to live and walk by a new and living way, “Christ in us, the Hope of Glory”. He is our Hope, He is our strength and in Him we can walk uprightly by a living faith that draws from His veins the Life of God Himself.

The Blood has not only purchased our forgiveness but has brought us into the realm of His Life and Grace. Those who are consecrated as revealed in the Blood being applied to the “big toe” must walk in His ways. The power of the Blood is our access to His life and grace. Therefore the glory of the Gospel is not just His forgiveness but also the partaking of His nature.

“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear,
then shall ye also appear with him in glory”
Colossians 3:4

Appearing with Him in Glory is the result of Christ being our life. It is not a believing on Him it is a believing into Him.

*NOTE While there are several Hebrew words translated “consecration” the one which refers to the setting of Aaron (and his sons) into the priesthood of the Old covenant is revealing in terms of it speaking directly of God choosing men rather than man choosing God. It is the same Hebrew word used to describe the cut and polished precious stones being “set” into the priestly ephod (Ex 25:7, Ex 35:9, Ex 35:27, 1 Chr 29:2) The setting in of these stones was based upon a finished work of the craftsman. God sets those who are faithful, compliant and obedient into places of ministry unto Him. No man takes this honor unto himself; it is the result of God’s choosing and our faithfulness (1Timothy 1:12 and 2Timothy 2:21)

מִלֻּא millûʼ
Total KJV Occurrences: 15
consecration, 7
Ex 29:22, Ex 29:26-27 (2), Ex 29:31, Lev 8:22, Lev 8:29, Lev 8:33
consecrations, 4
Ex 29:33-34 (2), Lev 7:37, Lev 8:28, Lev 8:31
set, 4
Ex 25:7, Ex 35:9, Ex 35:27, 1 Chr 29:2

In the instances where this Hebrew word is used it is only translated either in the consecration of the High Priest and his sons or in the precious stones being set in the Ephod. This speaks of God ordaining the vessel which will minister unto Him. Many are called to such a place but few there be that are chosen. The truth of this is revealed in the New Covenant; “many are called; few are chosen”. The Greek used in the corresponding scripture reads:

πολλοί γαρ εισι κλητοί ολίγοι δε εκλεκτοί
For many are called, but few are chosen
For many are called, few are selected

Peter goes on to say…

“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall”
2 Peter 1:10

It is by our diligence to do the will of God that we make our call and election sure. Being called is the beginning of our salvation. We are constantly reminded in the New Testament to “Press toward the mark”, “Let us go on to perfection…” The Call of God is to righteousness, purity of heart and holiness without which no man shall see God. Men and women who linger in a passive and apathetic approach to God will suffer grave consequences now and in the life to come. The Call of God goes forth to all creation. His heart is such that none should perish. In the Book of Revelation the voice of God calls out to His own to come out of Babylon lest they partake of her judgements and her plagues. If His people partake of her sins they will surely partake of His judgements. The Blood will not circumvent a disobedient life.

“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”
Revelation 18:4

A Blood washed life cannot linger in the sins of the world. A Blood washed life is one that keeps the way of the Lord and will not walk in the way of sinners nor stand in the council of the ungodly (Psalm 1:1). It is the faithfulness of our daily walk that makes our “calling and election sure”.

Brian Troxel
www.aword.info