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Thought for Today

“The seed dies into a new life,
and so does man”

George MacDonald

All true life is that which arises from death. The receiving of the eternal is known by the forsaking of the temporal. All creation is but the textbook for the true follower of Christ (Romans 1:20). In our yielding to the will of Him who is eternal life we find the withering of the passions and desires for the shadows and illusions of this world. Clarity comes to the pure in heart.

“Blessed are the pure in heart
for they shall see God”

Brian Troxel

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Thought for Today

Contradiction

We know that the Law is spiritual
I do not understand what I do.
For what I want to do, I do not do.
But what I hate, I do.
And if I do what I do not desire,
I admit that the Law is good.…”
Romans 7:14-16

The Gospel of today seeks to eradicate the ministry and the goodness of the Law. The natural man, though religious, hates the light and will seek any means to avoid its penetrating radiance. The ministration of the Law reveals the contradiction between who we are and who we are called to be. The Law is Spiritual and exposes all that is carnal. It is in embracing the contradiction of what we are compared to what we should be that the ministration of the Law has accomplished its purpose. Those who seek authenticity readily welcome its piercing revelation. The Law brings us to Grace. Those who ignore the ministry of the Law will speak flippantly of grace but remain ignorant of its power and efficacy. To willingly choose to ignore the light of the Law is to condemn oneself to a life of contradiction and defeat.

“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster
to bring us unto Christ…”
Galatians 3:24

The Law brings the true heart to Christ. It is in Him that contradiction and defeat are consumed by the power of His Life. He brings us from the contradiction of the Romans Chapter Seven experience into a life of authenticity and genuine expression of the living Christ as declared in Romans Chapter Eight. The desire to do right becomes the ability to DO right in Christ; the ministration of truth must make us true by the Law of His Life reigning in our hearts.

“For what the law could not do,
in that it was weak through the (our) flesh,
God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh,
and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh”
Romans 8:3

To what end?

“That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us,
who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”
Romans 8:4

The compromised gospel of today which condones the inability to do what is right and the inability to have victory over sin is the LIE of the devil. It is the work of those who hold the truth in unrighteousness. The professors of such a “gospel” hate the light and shroud themselves in a religious garment of obscurity so that they may hide from the Light of Him. Jesus has conquered and condemned sin in the flesh to the intent “that the righteousness of the Law may be (fully) fulfilled in us”! How? Through the ministration of His life holding us, keeping us and enabling us to “walk in the Spirit”!

A life of contradiction brings condemnation and sorrow; a life of authenticity brings peace. It is our victory in Christ over sin that enables us to shine His life into the lives of others. The process of victory is in being truthful within our own hearts. Instead of hiding from the light we embrace its work by faith knowing the power of His grace will bring us to the harmony of truth. What we are externally is a transparent revelation of our inner being. Hypocrisy cannot exist where truth reigns.

Authenticity
is the life of speaking and doing

So speak ye, and so do,
as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty”
James 2:12

Brian Troxel
http://www.aword.info

 

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Thought for Today

Love The Fruit of Obedience

“Seeing ye have purified your souls in
obeying the truth through the Spirit
unto unfeigned love of the brethren,
see that ye love one another
with a pure heart fervently:”
1 Peter 1:22

Obedience is the means by which God brings His own unto His end: a pure heart. Love is the perfection of God within an individual’s life. Those who “love not, know not God”. It takes little effort for others to see Him when God’s Love is resident in a life. Understanding deep things, functioning in gifts and ministrations are all good but if we have not love “we are nothing”. To be devoid of love is to be empty of God. When people stop caring over the condition and state of another life they have essentially stopped living. Life consists of loving, caring, encouraging and exhorting for all of these expressions proceed from the same Source.

“For whom the LORD loves He reproves,
Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights”
Proverbs 3:12

“As ye know how we exhorted and comforted
and charged every one of you,
as a father doth his children…”
1 Thessalonians 2:11

The well-spring of all true expressions of the Holy Spirit flow from the Father’s heart into the lives of those who through the medium of obedience have their hearts purified with a fervent love of God’s people.

The Staff and the Rod of the Shepherd are both wielded by the same heart
to bring us to the same end. David found comfort in both and so should we

The measure of an individual’s life is known by the love beating within one’s heart for the life of the Son in those around us.

Love is the fire which births the words of life, the fire of life and the works of life.

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

Brian Troxel
http://www.aword.info

 

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Thought for Today

“I am the resurrection”
John 11:25

Wherever and whenever the heart of a wandering soul, a lost soul or a dying soul meets the wonder of Him, resurrection and life are the immediate result. He is not only the Resurrected One, He is the ever resurrecting one. Regardless of age, status in life or circumstances, He is our resurrection. Newness of life, joy, worship and praise are the on-going expressions of any life beholding Him. Death, sorrow, fear, discouragement and despair flee from His presence as shadows disappear from radiant light.

Linger not in the shadows of human reasoning or the stains of sin or unbelief. Come to the fountain which will never fail; whose waters are filled with the abundance of His Life, cleansing, refreshing and replenishing us with the vigor of His eternal life.

“Come ye saints, look here and wonder,
See the place where Jesus lay;
He has burst His bands asunder;
He has borne our sins away;
Joyful tidings,
Yes, the Lord has risen to-day”
Thomas Kelly

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Thought for Today

Faith is Demonstrative

“And they come unto him, bringing
one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press,
they uncovered the roof where he was:
and when they had broken it up,
they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
When Jesus saw their faith…”
Mark 2:3-5

The folly of the religious world with the idea that faith can be reduced to a “statement of faith”, hung on a wall, discussed at will and held within the intellect is an indictment of our generation.

Faith is the dynamic living expression of Christ Himself within the life of His own. It is the power to produce expressions that affect His moving in the situations of life. They tore the roof apart and broke into the meeting because of the power of love for their friend and their faith in God! Faith is that which is demonstrative in the sight of God. It is the very assurance of our living hope (Hebrews 11:1). It is the divine enablement to please, honor and validate our confidence in God. It is not a teaching, doctrine or some vain religious hope; FAITH is HIS life within moving us to His fulfillment.

To the disciples who marveled at the withering fig tree:

“And Jesus answering saith unto them,
Have faith in God”
Matthew 11:22

Regardless of the situation each one of His own are facing at this moment the answer and the victory is our faith. “This IS the victory… even our faith” (1 John 5:4). This is not about trying to work up a faith; it is about seeking the One who is the “author and finisher” of our faith. It is His life, His person and by His love dwelling within our hearts that faith arises through the hearing of His word. Do not be discouraged or dismayed for He is come to be unto us our Saviour in every situation. Blessed be the name of the Lord!

“Looking unto Jesus
the author and finisher of our faith”
Hebrews 12:2

Brian Troxel
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Thought for Today

The Way of Grace

“The highway of the upright is to depart from evil:
he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul”
Proverbs 16:17

The way of grace is the way of righteousness. It is the path of all who follow their loving Shepherd. Psalm 23 declares that “he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness”. Those who follow Him know deep within their being that the “way of the Lord” leads us to “righteousness, peace and joy”. It is in the “keeping of His way” that we in fact “preserve our souls”.

Grace is ever given to hold us, keep us and sustain us in the “way of holiness”. The way of holiness is the only path to the seeing of Him and the knowing of Him (Hebrews 12:14). Grace is the power to walk, live and abide within the pavilion of His Kingdom. Grace to arise when we fall, Grace to endure temptations and Grace to know the joy of His salvation within our lives.

“through whom we have received grace and apostleship
to bring about the obedience of faith
among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake,”

Romans 1:5 (NASB)

The Way of Grace ever causes us to depart from evil and to cling to that which is good and right. It is by “grace” where we are saved through the wonder of faith. It is a grace which saves us from our sins and gives us the power to live godly in Christ Jesus.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith…”
Ephesians 2:8

Brian Troxel
http://www.aword.info

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Thought for Today

Breaking the Yoke

“the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing”
Isaiah 10:27

Salvation expresses freedom from the tyranny of sin. It is first seen (in type) when all of Israel came out of Egypt after 400 years of bondage and slavery; when the oppressed were radically freed from the cruelty of Pharaoh’s dominion. Salvation gives to every believer the breaking of the yoke and the setting free of captives by a living faith in Christ.

The joyous release of Israel from Egypt was only the beginning of God’s work of salvation. In the wilderness it became evident that, while being freed from Egypt externally, they carried within another Pharaoh who was just as much a tyrant as the one they had left behind. This Pharaoh could not be known until the first was out of the way. The new Pharaoh was that of the fallen Adam; the “old” man of sin who was selfish, rebellious and unable to keep or follow God’s law. All along their journey we see the shortcomings and inability of most to fully yield themselves to God. The Law was given to men in order that they might know the need for a Saviour; One who would come “in the fullness of time” to bring all who by faith would come unto the living Christ (the Anointed One).

“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ,
that we might be justified by faith.
But after that faith is come,
we are no longer under a schoolmaster”
Galatians 3:24-25

The Law can set no one free; its sole purpose is to bring all unto Christ! For in Him we live, we move and become free from the tyranny of sin and bondage. God has an answer to every yoke of bondage and His Name is Jesus Christ the Lord. In following Him, yielding to Him and abiding in His wonder we are made free by the living truth of His life in us.

“O the depth of the riches
both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
how unsearchable are his judgments,
and his ways past finding out!”
Romans 11:33

Brian Troxel
http://www.aword.info

 

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