Quote for Today – John Owen

Quote for Today

John Owen

“Let no man pretend to fear sin that does not fear temptation also! These two are too closely united to be separated. He does not truly hate the fruit who delights in the root.”
– John Owen

Thought for Today – The Secret of Righteousness

Thought for Today

The Secret of Righteousness

“I was also upright before him,
and I kept myself from mine iniquity.”
Psalm 18:23

Faith is the divine enablement to walk with God. Righteousness is much more than a gift; it is the result of His Life ruling and reigning within the human heart. The more our life is compatible with His the greater the corresponding relationship with Him. The righteousness of which David here speaks is one of reliance upon God not his own personal strength. True righteousness is not a product of the strength and will of man. It is born of God and sustained by God to the point that we incline our hearts to His will and way. In this wonder of abiding in Him we find the power and the will to keep ourselves free from pride, sin and the world.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”
James 4:7

The secret of righteousness is to live in submission to God.

Brian Troxel

TO HIM THAT OVERCOMES

TO HIM THAT OVERCOMES

“He that overcometh shall inherit all things;
and I will be his God, and he shall be my son”
REVELATION 21:7

Throughout the New Testament we read much about faith and confession yet here in the Last Book of the Bible we read more about overcoming; we read of being called, chosen and faithful. We read of great suffering where all that is dark and evil rises up in great wrath upon all who would live “godly in Christ Jesus.” We read the letters written to the seven Churches where there is much amiss with sin, compromise and lost love. Worst of all we read of one church that shows Jesus on the outside knocking at the door seeking for any individual to open to Him. To each of these churches in their various stages of weakness, compromise and decay we hear the promise of Him saying to “him (individually) that overcomes will I GIVE…” The promise is not to those who say “Lord, Lord…”. The promise is not to those who have great understanding. The promise is to those who by a living faith have discovered in HIM the very LIFE to overcome all the trials and testings that they have encountered. To be sons of God is more than a simple statement of faith; it is more than a teaching, more than an association with a church or teacher. It is a life that reveals the only begotten ONE; a life of identification with the ONE who has overcome all things. It is in knowing that without HIM we can do nothing, but IN HIM we can do all things. Sonship is revealed in the lives of those who are being weaned from earthly agendas, religious affiliations, and causes to support. Our commonality with one another is because we live and move in HIM. We turn our back upon the things that have divided and secularized HIS CHURCH; we place no confidence in anything other than Christ Jesus our Lord. Our brotherhood is true because we have ONE FATHER. We believe in ONE LORD, we have one faith and hope and HIS NAME IS JESUS.

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God,
these are the sons of God”
ROMANS 8:14

Somewhere in the muddled teachings of this day we have ignored the clear presentation of the Scriptures and have replaced it with a “theology” that offers a “salvation” that is free from effort. The cross is mentioned as if it were optional (“…he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Matthew 10:38); a religious atmosphere where little is required or expected. The results? People who though precious and loved of the Father have failed to GROW UP and BECOME sons of God through the medium of obedience, faith and death to self. A victorious Christian life is rarely taught or expected. TO HIM THAT OVERCOMES is not an idealistic concept but the earnest expectation of all those who follow HIM, are LED of HIM and above all LOVE HIM with all their whole being. It is time to stop and consider our ways, to stop playing church, to stop consoling ourselves with compromise. In HIM alone is our rest, our peace, our fruitfulness and our JOY! To him that overcomes is the promise given. He that overcomes is the one who can declare with great thankfulness of heart that of a truth JESUS IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE! It is in overcoming that we reveal the truth of this in our lives.

Faith is the means by which truth
becomes the substance and reality of our lives.

In our desire to obey, in our desire to follow Him, and in our desire to know this life of victory we must confront the weaknesses of our own hearts and wills. We must (as Abraham) consider our own body as good as dead in the ability to please God and in this place discover the power of a living faith that believes in HIM who is able!!! In all these things we are more than CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM THAT LOVES US!

Ω

“Any battle for victory, power, and deliverance
– from ourselves and from sin –
which is not based constantly upon
the gazing and the beholding of the Lord Jesus,
with the heart and life lifted up to Him,
is doomed to failure”
Alan Redpath

Brian Troxel

BLESSING Part One

BLESSING

PART ONE

“To you first,
God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you,
in turning away every one of you from your iniquities”
ACTS 3:26

We hear much about blessing today and as we read here that is one of the reasons that Jesus came. However, let us note that the blessing spoken of here comes in the form of an enabling to turn from our iniquities. That blessing can only be realized by the power of the SON being received into our hearts by faith. The tenets of the Christian Teaching HAVE NO INTRINSIC POWER IN THEMSELVES! The power and the life of the New Covenant is not in words (1 Corinthians 4:20); the POWER of the New Covenant is solely based on the RESURRECTION LIFE OF THE SON. “God HAVING (past tense) RAISED UP….JESUS”! This same resurrected Jesus is NOW SENT to us for the purpose of blessing us IN turning us from our iniquities. He did not come to leave us in our carnality, our warped and corrupted ways, our malice, evil reasoning and lust; HE came to save us FROM our sins! For it is SIN that keeps us from the way of peace, SIN that perverts our interactions with other people, and SIN that prevents us from the WAY of LIFE. A salvation that leaves us in bondage and sin is unthinkable!

“…thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people FROM their sins”
MATTHEW 1:21

His blessing has come. It rests upon HIS people like a cloud of glory and power. This blessing seeks to permeate every aspect of our life, freeing us from the corruption of the First Adam and bringing us into the LIFE of the Last Adam! This Blessing is ever active IN our lives to “work in us to WILL and to DO of HIS good pleasure”. This Blessing is ever seeking, ever drawing and ever calling us to turn from our ways unto HIS. Our salvation rests in the resurrection LIFE of the SON not in the will power of men.

“For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ:
And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
But NOW is Christ risen from the dead…”
1 CORINTHIANS 15:16 – 20

It is in our yielding to that BLESSING that all that God has purposed in Christ begins to become a reality in our daily lives. HE IS OUR SALVATION AND HIS NAME IS JESUS FOR HE HAS COME TO SAVE US FROM OUR SINS.

Ω

Souls are not made sweet by taking [ill tempers] out,
but by putting something in – a great Love, a new Spirit, the Spirit of Christ.
Christ, the Spirit of Christ, interpenetrating ours, sweetens, purifies, transforms all.
This can only eradicate what is wrong, renovate and regenerate,
and rehabilitate the inner man. Will-power does not change men.
Time does not change men. Christ does.
Therefore “Let that mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
Henry Drummond

Brian Troxel

BEHOLD THE DAY OF THE LORD

“Behold, I have set the land before you…”

Deuteronomy 1:8

The land of promise lies before us and the faithfulness and failures of the preceding generations lie behind. This is the day of Decision. This is the Day of Faith and Vision. We have come to the Day; we have come to the hour of the full purpose of God in Christ. An hour of great suffering – and glory, of great darkness and great light, of death and life, of great battle and peace, of defeat and the final conquest for all eternity. The full revelation of the two mysteries: the mystery of iniquity and the full revelation of the mystery of Godliness. We stand at this last river, the River Jordan, where a people stand ready to be baptized into the experiential identification of His Death that we might know the power of His Resurrection. Throughout the history of the true and living church there have been countless brothers and sisters who have willingly laid down their lives for the testimony of Jesus. This is the day for that number to be fulfilled that the testimony of God in the earth may reach fullness and the Great Judge arise and avenge their blood upon the earth. It is HIS DAY! It is the day of revelation; it is the day of the unveiling of the fullness of wickedness and the fullness of the Glory of God and the Kingdom of Righteousness. Let the faith, hope and love of God grip us to face this hour in the Power of His Life. For it is in Him that we will overcome the peril of this hour. The teachings of men will fade, the mountain top experiences will fade, but they that DO the will of the Father will abide forever. As we enter this hour we realize that every man has built his house, the fate of the 10 virgins has already been determined, the parable of the talents and pounds has already played out, for this is the day of the REVELATION of each man’s life. This is the day of the return of the Master to His vineyard, the day for men to give an account to the Master of the talents and pounds, the hour of the Midnight Cry when the lives of the virgins will be exposed; it is the Day of the Storm that will reveal the house that has been built on the sand and on the rock. It is the day where the worshippers of God are measured and all things are finally consummated in the SON. It is the Day of Judgement and Rewards. It is the Day of HIS GLORY!

Even in this late hour let us hear afresh the call to turn from our ways and with great brokenness rend our hearts to be found in Him not having our own righteousness, but to stand in the righteousness that is the product of the operation of His Faith in our lives. We must realize that the positional truths of God are precious but that His Faith has come to MAKE us stand in the actual righteousness of God. “Be ye holy as I am Holy”. The purpose of Faith is to see that which is in Christ brought into reality in the earth. “That as He is, so are we in this world”!

Wherefore we do well to give heed in this hour to the voice of the Prophet Zephaniah:

Before the decree bring forth, before the
day pass as chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord
come upon you, before the fierce anger of the Lord
come upon you. Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth,
which have wrought His judgement; seek righteousness,
seek meekness, it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.”

Zephaniah 2:2-3

The land of Egypt lies behind us, the trials and purging of the Wilderness has been passed through, and we stand at the banks of the river Jordan. It is the day of the entering in. It is the day of the passing away of former things. It is the Day of the Revelation when everyman’s works will be brought to light.

“Walk while it is yet day, for the night cometh when no man can work”

“Behold, I have set the Land before you…”

Brian Troxel
December 31, 2007