The Doors Are Closing

Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers,
and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment,
until the indignation be overpast.
For, behold, the Lord cometh out of His place
to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity:
the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
(Isaiah 26:20-21)

This is a cry of the Lord in this late hour to His people, as His hand lifts away from restraining every evil which the world brings upon itself.
As Babylon rears her head on every front, it is nearly time for the tally of her sins to be completed and the prayer of the saints to be answered by fire.

BUT in the short meantime, the Lord seals His faithful (Ezekiel 9, Revelation 7:3) – those who heed His calling and obey – that they may endure the coming trial of His wrath upon the nations. For the day into which we enter is the darkest of nights upon this world, and the brightest dawning of Christ in the hearts of His true people.

“…shut thy doors about thee:
hide thyself as it were for a little moment,
until the indignation be overpast.”

The secret place of the Almighty is the only safe habitation from the corruption of the powers of darkness unleashed. The doors of His tabernacle are the doors of our hearts, which must be uncompromisingly shut to the entering in of all but the King of Glory Himself. For outside, the sword will bereave; therefore, let not the inside also be filled with death. Every door not shut up to the enemy and his world is a door being widely opened to the judgement of God upon His enemies. And judgement will begin from His house. Many will be cut off from His house, and many will reveal that they are cut off.

By the hand of God and the faith of His remnant, the doors of His house are already beginning to close. Be found remaining in Him, and He in you. For He is that house, as are His faithful.

“For, behold, the Lord cometh out of His place
to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity:
the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.”

 

– Brendan

The Work Of God in Believing

A Primer for the Forthcoming Series on Joshua

“This is the work of God, that you believe…”
(John ‪6:29‬)

The works which God has ordained that we should walk in are the fruit of HIS work in the ones who believe. And this fruit cannot be borne through a man whose eyes are fixed upon what is before him on earth; but rather through one whose eyes are fixed upon that which we have been blessed with in heavenly places: namely, the fullness of JESUS, through whom nothing begotten of his Heavenly Father’s desire is impossible! For He says of the faith of the one believing, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”

“Delight yourself in the LORD…” (by which you adopt HIS desires)
“…and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
(Psalm 37:4)

There are many empty works which one can do from one’s own heart that earthly religion and man’s church will praise; but the truth remains that “whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Rom ‪14:23‬). And this is how we may discern the works of faith: that they are done only unto God who ordained them, and only through Him whose love is perfected in those who by His love keep His word.

“He who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in GOD.”
(John ‪3:21‬)

These are the evidences of the work of God manifest the one who believes: faith, hope, and love; “and the greatest of these is love.” Now the first love of the one believing is the Father Himself. “And this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments…” A heart which purely loves the Father is one which for HIS good pleasure “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things”– and such faith working through love can only proceed from a life that is surrendered into the working of HIS mighty hand in the hope of HIS righteousness being revealed.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God to salvation to everyone believing; both to Jew first, and to Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; even as it has been written, ‘But the just shall live by faith.’
(Romans ‪1:16-17‬)

Those believing every word of God are able to truly walk in His light, being strengthened in His grace; that grace in which they “rejoice in the hope of the glory of God” (Rom 5:2), this hope not being held in vain, since “those whom He justified, He also glorified.” For we know that until we are fully glorified, “this is God’s will: your sanctification;” because for those who believe every word of God and walk in it, both to them and through them is revealed the mystery of the gospel, “which is Christ IN YOU, the hope of glory.”

And so Christ can say,
“All things are possible to the ones believing.”
And these things being so, how then will any of us excuse disobedience in seeing that which we have been called to inherit?

But to which of the angels did He ever say, “Sit at My right hand until I place Your enemies as a footstool of Your feet?” Are they not all ministering spirits for service, being sent out because of the ones being about to inherit salvation?
For this reason it is needful for us more abundantly to take heed to the things having been heard that we should not slip away. For if the word spoken by angels was confirmed, and every transgression and disobedience received a just repayment; how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation??
(Hebrews 1:13-2:3)

A faith which has been dampened by the earthly cares of this life, subdued by the worldly doctrines of man in pride, or crushed by the devil’s accusation because of unrepentance, is a faith in the throes of death; and is therefore unable to produce the revealing of the righteousness of God. Those lacking obedience in the little are unable to be spiritually fruitful in the much, since they have become satisfied with the little and fear the unknown. Only Satan himself would have us be so earthly minded that we are no heavenly good on earth! Or did the Lord not pray “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven”? The accepting of the dim and shallow paradigm of man, so cherished by his self-deceiving heart, is the embracing and excusing of that same unbelief for which God did not allow the rebellious children of Israel to enter into His rest (Heb ch 3-4).

For just as believing is not merely the accepting of doctrinal truths, but rather a state of being in submission to He who is Truth; likewise unbelief is not simply the rejecting of doctrinal truth, but rather a state of living in an illusion which is truly contrary to He who is Truth. Many indeed honor Him with their lips, but their heart is far from Him. Disobedience is the expression of unbelief. A man is always moving one direction or the other. Stagnancy in spirit is truly a path unto death: such is the essence of unbelief. To become unresponsive to the Spirit’s conviction is to become as one not believing and so be given over to a spiritual decay unto death.

For we have become partakers of Christ, if truly we hold the beginning of the assurance firm to the end; as in the saying, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as in the provocation.” For hearing, some provoked Him, but not all those coming out of Egypt through Moses.
But with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with the ones sinning, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter into His rest, except to those 
not obeying?
And we see that they were not able to enter in 
because of unbelief
.
Therefore, let us fear lest perhaps a promise having been left to enter into His rest, that any of you may seem to come short. For indeed, we have had the gospel preached to us, even as they also; but the Word did not profit those hearing it, not having been mixed with faith in the ones who heard.
(Hebrews 3:17-4:2)

The fruit of the promised land will not be eaten by those who do not first enter into it (Joshua ‪5:11-12‬), and no one having entered therein will take upon its cities with success who do not submit to the covenant in the blood of Christ who marks them, removing all reproach of their former association with Egypt, which is the world (Joshua 5:2-9).

There is therefore now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus (the reproach of Egypt removed – Joshua 5:8), who do not walk according to flesh, but according to Spirit. For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus set me free from the law of sin and of death. For the Law being powerless, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous demand of the Law might be fulfilled in us, those not walking according to flesh, but according to Spirit.
(Romans 8:1-4 LITV)

The natural man only ever lives in reproach, and therefore he must be done away with in order to make way for the new creature to live under the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. The fleshly nature can only ever bear the fruits of unbelief. For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace. (Rom 8:6)
The mind of the flesh is death because the flesh is not able to receive the love of God, and therefore can only live in the fear of punishment. That is why it depends on faith to enter into His rest: for faith which acts upon the hope of glory that we have been promised in God’s steadfast love creates space for the Holy Spirit to move and work in us far more than we could ever ask or think; but unbelief, which is born of carnal fear, is where the flesh overcomes a man and he does not enter into God’s rest, since he who believes not obeys not.

Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
For,
“Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.
(Hebrews 10:35-39)

After they refused to hear His voice directly from the mountain for themselves, God administered to the unbelieving children of Israel a hidden word (the Law) which could only magnify the power of sin and death, through a mere man who could not lead them over the Jordan into the promised land of rest. Those who shrink back from sowing of what they have received from the Lord forsake reaping of their inheritance in the kingdom of heaven: such are the consequences of minding the things of the flesh rather than the things of the Spirit.

“And the one who received the one talent also coming up, he said, ‘Lord, I knew you, that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter; and being afraid, going away, I hid your talent in the earth. Behold, you have yours.’
And answering, his lord said to him, ‘Evil and slothful slave! You knew that (if) I reap where I did not sow, and I gather where I did not scatter, then you ought to have put my silver to the bankers, and coming I would have received my own with interest. Therefore, take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to each who has, more will be given, and he will abound. But from him who does not have, even that which he has will be taken from him. And throw the worthless slave out into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of the teeth.'”
(Matthew 25:24-30)

Such unfounded fear is the shackle of death; and where the Devil smells this fear he finds an easy target to devour through the flesh, deceive through the world, and so lure down to destruction through unbelief. But this is the perfect love of God in Christ Jesus which casts out all such fear: that “since the children share in flesh and blood, He himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” (Heb ‪2:14-15‬)

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has to do with punishment; and the one fearing has not been perfected in love.
(1 John ‪4:18‬)

The wilderness of condemnation in which the people wandered outside of the promised land of God’s rest was the result of their distrust and disbelief of the goodness of His perfect will for them, simply due to a little hardship – and may such wildernesses never be excused or embraced by those who have known God and been known by Him! Let not the same things be said about God’s children today that may also be said regarding those of old who did not enter into His rest, “Because knowing God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were they thankful. But they became vain in their reasonings, and their undiscerning heart was darkened… And even as they did not think fit to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up to a reprobate mind…” (Rom 1)

Therefore our Lord says to the feeble, “Do not fear, only believe.”

To fall short of walking in God’s grace against all unfounded fear is to place oneself under the Law of sin and death, under which God can only be a harsh Master, and where man attempts to excuse himself for his fruitlessness when confronted. But to the one believing, “His commands are not grievous,” for such a man can freely walk obedient to God despite himself and despite the devil’s accusing voice, in the confidence that “He who began a good work in you will bring it unto completion for the day of Christ;” and we may glory in this hope because we have “not received the spirit of bondage again to fear… but the Spirit of adoption whereby we cry, ‘Abba, Father!'”

Beloved, now we are the children of God, and it was not yet revealed what we shall be. But we know that if He is revealed, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is. And everyone having this hope on Him purifies himself even as that One is pure.
(1 John 3:2-3)

Having in us the hope of His glory and righteousness being revealed is the very conduit of faith by which we are able to be purified BY HIM to the measure of HIS purity. We “purify ourselves” in that we keep our eyes fixed on HE who authors faith in our heart and perfects it in our obedience; and thereby we are kept and so keep ourselves in His love (Jude 1:21). For the one whose hope is on Him, and who by that hope lives separated to Him, is given the revelation of Who He is – though for now as through a darkened glass.

And the hope does not put us to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us; for we yet being without strength, in due time Christ died for ungodly ones.
(Romans 5:5-6)

But those born of God who do not keep their gaze fixed upon the Beloved in whom they are accepted (Eph 1:6) – who is well able to deliver them from every evil – will soon again become only hearers of the word and not doers, because “faith is the SUBSTANCE of things HOPED for, the essence of things unseen.”  Faith is that which firmly grabs hold of the power of God’s grace for our sanctification: because where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is indeed liberty to walk in the newness of the very Life of God; but he who is not a doer of the word by such living faith is described in scripture as being “like a man studying his natural face in a mirror; for he studied himself, and has gone away, and immediately he forgot of what kind he was. But the one looking into the perfect Law of liberty, and continuing in it, this one not having become a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in his doing.” (James 1:23-25)

Why was he a hearer of the word only, and not a doer? Notice that he beheld only his NATURAL face in a mirror, not in the mirror of the perfect law of liberty in the Spirit; and he did not remain there, for he was surely ashamed at what he saw! But the one believing all things in the gospel of Christ and rendering Himself fully to His work through obedience unto Life, this is the one whose eye is “single” towards God, by which “your whole body shall be full of light. But if your eye is evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matt ‪6:22-23‬)

This is the verdict: that Light has come into the world; and men loved the darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were evil.
(John ‪3:19‬)

Unbelief is darkness; and men fall into the shelter of that darkness because their hands have worked that which is not according to faith. For the works of faith are revealed by the light as having been wrought in God, whereas the works of the flesh are revealed as having been wrought in unbelief; for the old man of the flesh is under condemnation, but the new man is in Christ under grace.

Unbelief is cultivated by trusting in the arm of the flesh, by having hope in that which fails. “The flesh profits nothing:” and he who falls by the flesh must choose whether he will come into the light and abide there, or remain in perpetual darkness. So if our own hand causes us to sin, why do we turn back to it for help in the time of need? This only works more unbelief! A man cannot cast out his own flesh any more than he can die to demons. The flesh must be reckoned dead and be died to. We must give up and humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, entrusting ourselves to the work of Jesus in His death, which He has died as the One for the many, believing the word of His gospel which says, “For you HAVE died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3) Therefore “Reckon yourselves dead to sin and alive to God…” and so we may, in view of God’s mercy, offer our bodies a living sacrifice…

The ultimate posture of heart in the one believing is that of getting out of God’s way and submitting to HIS work; so that by the same Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead, who quickens even our mortal bodies, the Spirit “which He gives to them that obey Him” – thereby let it always be “GOD who works in you, to will and to do according to His good pleasure.” This is the essence of abiding in Him: to remain obedient in His gospel, which is the power of God through Jesus Christ our intercessor who is able to “save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him”! (Heb ‪7:25‬)

Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.
(Hebrews ‪3:12-14‬)

So if we have been called out of Egypt, let us immediately draw near to enter the Lord’s rest across the Jordan after He who has gone in before us, Who now calls His people even into the most holy place, which He has opened to us.

Again,
This is the work of God, that you believe INTO Him whom that One sent…
(John 6:29 LITV)

Therefore, brothers, having confidence for the entering of the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus, which He consecrated for us, a new and living way through the veil; that is, His flesh; and having a Great Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts having been sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our body having been washed in pure water; let us hold fast the confession of the hope unyielding, for He who has promised is faithful.
(Hebrews 10:19-22)

Why should I not be fully persuaded of every word that proceeds from Your mouth, and why should I not walk in it?
For in Your covenant I then would ever abide; upon this life Your hand would ever rest.
Why should I not be rendered by fire a vessel for honourable use, a living stone eternally placed in the temple of Your glory?
For this You have desired: that your child should be a light in the world, in whom the Light of Life abides.

“ALL things are possible to the ones believing…”
“Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief!”

– Brendan

New Living Stones

Something I was compelled to write down almost a year ago and sent to a few people at the time. It came to me with great clarity as I read the first few chapters of 1st Samuel.

NEW LIVING STONES
March 23, 2016

May the Lord be pleased gather unto one accord those whom HE requires to cry out for the restoration & building up of His bride before the end; for He desires it, and He will accomplish it by His mighty hand.
Amen.

As you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
(1 Peter 2:4-5)

God has taken the kingdom utterly away from those whom in our day and in generations past have not borne the fruits thereof; and He desires once again to raise up from among the dead stones of the world a new children for Abraham, a people that will fear the Lord.
The day descends upon us in which the rocks of the earth will at last cry out: for those who were once invited to the banquet have held their peace so as to please men and thereby forsaken their invitation. The marriage supper of the Lamb will be attended by many who came at the last hour through the cry of the faithful servants who heeded their Master’s call to replace His invited guests.

The Lord will accomplish it: new living stones will be hewn from the earth, not shaped by the tools of men, and be placed by God who builds the living temple that is made without hands. So let the righteous, who hear His voice this day, together cry out for His anointing upon the remnant of His inheritance: that we may, by the power of His Spirit, become that functioning body which is thus added to and enabled to walk fully under HIS command in the coming hour of trial! The harvest is plentiful and the labourers few; but the hand of the Lord is mighty.

Feed your people with your rod, the flock of your inheritance; which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old. As in the days of your coming out of the land of Egypt I will show you marvelous things. The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.
(Micah 7:14-16)

So let the righteous rejoice in hope even amidst their weeping, for “the Stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this is the LORD’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes”!
But let all who hear His call also take heed to the exhortation and warning: “And whoever shall fall upon this stone will be broken: but upon whomever IT shall fall, it will grind him into powder.”
The broken will inherit the kingdom, but the insolent will be cut off.

A WORD AGAINST THE INSOLENT:

“Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and the house of your father (the house of Eli & his ancestors), should go in and out before me forever,’ but now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me, for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed. Behold, the days are coming when I will cut off your strength and the strength of your father’s house, so that there will not be an elder in your house. Then in distress you will look with envious eye on all the prosperity that shall be bestowed on Israel, and there shall not be an elder in your house forever. The only one of you whom I shall not cut off from my altar shall be spared only to weep his eyes out and to grieve his heart, and all the descendants of your house shall die by the sword of men.'” (1 Samuel 2:30-33)
Then the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which the two ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them.
Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall NOT be atoned for by sacrifice or offering FOREVER.'”
(1 Samuel 3:11-14)

A WORD FOR THE BROKEN:

“And Eli said to her, ‘How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you.’ But Hannah answered, ‘No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, BUT I HAVE BEEN POURING OUT MY SOUL BEFORE THE LORD. Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.'” (1 Samuel 1:14-16)
“And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the LORD.” (1 Samuel 1:20)
“…And I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in my heart and in my mind. And I will build him a sure house, and he shall go in and out before my Anointed forever…” (1 Samuel 2:35)
“And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.” (1 Samuel 3:19)

At this hour, let us consider the beginnings of the days of Samuel, which are akin to the birth of the true church; and let us not cease in our prayer of brokenness and expectancy, being lead only by the LORD in all things pertaining to this call.

“The power of the specific prayer uttered in Acts 1 & 2 produced Pentecost. As the cross was the work accomplished by the Son of God, so Pentecost was the work accomplished through the prayer of God’s children. How was it done? By praying with one accord.”
– Watchman Nee

We thank You Father, for the great persecution into which we must now run headlong, for the fiery trial that shall purge and refine the children of Your house unto the presentation of a bride spotless and without blemish before the One who redeemed her from out of this present evil world!

Cry out to Him.

A Cry in the Night

O Lord, is Your jealously not yet enough provoked, is Your wrath not yet sufficiently kindled? Haven’t Your eyes beheld enough idolatry, and Your ears had their fill of the tidings of evil? Has the stench of the deeds of this great whore not yet reached to the heights of heaven? Or has she not yet had her fill of the delusion which You bring upon her children?

Surely You are He who cannot abide iniquity! Surely righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne! Surely Your patience waits for those who fear You, and the edge of Your sword for those who do not turn from their own ways!

For the land is full of harlotry, and the people bear Your Holy Name in vain.
Their hearts are filled with adultery and fornication, their souls with bitterness against Your goodness, their mouths with cursing against that which is holy. They gather to worship that which their own hands have made, to ascribe greatness to their own name. They fly as a banner the claim of righteousness; but by the fruit of their deeds display the boasting of wickedness. As it was spoken of old, they assemble together to declare, “We are delivered!” – only to continue in their abominations!

Will You tolerate any more this blaspheming of Your Holy Name? Will the congregation of the wicked remain at ease while the remnant of the faithful has no justice even in the sight of the righteous? Will You not lift the skirts of the filthy and expose the darkness of her ways as you have done in times past?

O Lord, if but one would be caused to truly fear You, it would be mercy!
Save Your people! Open our eyes! Sanctify our ears! Rebuke, chasten, purge, deliver!
Cry aloud, spare us no excuse, show to Your people their transgressions, and to those of Your house their sins; that they may be blessed and not accursed, and Your Name not be blasphemed among the heathen for the cause of hypocrisy!

The Promise of Holy Travail

“To all there is an appointed time,
even a time for every purpose under the heavens…”
(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Just as there are seasons and appointed times for all things under heaven, so also in the body of Christ on earth there must be times and seasons. Some are the consequences of sin and the chastisement for idolatry, which we bring upon ourselves; others are the fiery trials of the world, through which we must pass from faith to faith. For the belligerent, there is the prolonged wilderness of unbelief from which only the children escape; for the faithful, there is the valley of the shadow of death, with the promised land awaiting those who pass through it by obeying the Lord their Shepherd.

“Who is this that comes up from the wilderness, leaning on her Beloved?
I awakened you under the apple tree; there your mother travailed with you;
there she travailed; she bore you.”
(Song of Solomon 8:4)

The delight and joy of new life is born through travail; the knowing of God is the reward of surrender; His wisdom is obtained in admitting to know nothing; the comfort of the Lord is the discovery of the contrite; the friendship of the Lord is the secret of the obedient; the road to pure fellowship is paved with rejection; the love of the Father is found in the hatred of the self-life; and liberty is the victory of His lowliest servants.

These are the marks of the friends of Jesus; those who humble themselves in the fear of the Lord unto the working of His mighty hand, which lifts them up to dwell in the wonder of His glory, “to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.” (Ps 27:4-5)
The wicked for whom there is no peace are those which fall short of such a walk and set their course for the winds of earthly fortune and ease.

For the froward is an abomination to the Lord,
but His secret is with the righteous.
(Proverbs 3:32)

In this day, when that which claims to be of God is clearly profane in the sight of the righteous, and that which is holy and without mixture is scarcely to be found; there still can be no manifestation of the manifold wisdom of God through His body unless all the members of His schismed assembly will accept the healing He offers them – along with its cost to their own carnal desires and agendas.
This is not a day to expect that any of us will partake a functioning body without great repentance and travail on our own part; humility, meekness, surrender to God’s will, and an allowance for the shining of His Light to expose every wicked and unclean thing within ourselves. The old must pass away, the new must be allowed to break forth.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.”
(John 12:24-26)

It is time for the household of the Lord to come before the Lord in HIS house; it is time for the double-minded to forsake what lays behind them, hoping towards the promised glory, as they by God’s power walk from faith to faith ever more abounding. The body is the expression of Christ Jesus through its members; therefore the state of each of its members affects the whole body, knowingly or unknowingly. The longing for a “glory” which we ourselves can comprehend must be cast out, and it must be replaced with the jealous longing of God Himself in our hearts for that which only HE can comprehend; which He reveals by the Spirit in His word – the piercing, consuming sword of the Spirit of His mouth.

That which has passed through water and overflows up unto Life everlasting must also become a source for rivers of Living Water, flowing outward to testify of that Life. O, for a holy fire to fall, for a purge of the stubble to come quickly! But who will seek every good gift which the Spirit of Life has in store for the equipping of the saints? Who will settle for nothing less than to know the Lord as He desires to be made known? And who now knows the peace which comes from walking humbly in the fear of the Lord?

Let all seek the Lord while He may be found! For He who suffered at our hands to redeem us SHALL see the fruit of the travail of His soul, and He SHALL be fully satisfied (Isa 53:11). So let us make sure that we do not fall short of being found as those fruits of His travail; His Spirit groaning within us also, that the manifold wisdom of God may be revealed through His people.

– Brendan

Mercy Even In This Hour

Who will cry for the mercy of the Most High, and to whom will He send His servants? For those who are satisfied with dung have no desire for what is wholesome; they have hardened their faces against the Lord’s Anointed, even against He who desires to heal their festering wound.

Is there even one named among the people who walks uprightly? Is there even one found in the public square who has not sought Godliness as a means of ungodly gain? But they all have turned aside their ears to those who publish their own heart’s desire, to those who prophesy falsely of a peace which they shall not possess in their iniquity. Their eyes are lustful to behold the vanity of idols who give them blasphemous visions. The Lord would indeed give a living word to the one hearing, and He would indeed give a vision of His glory to the one seeing; if only they would follow the voice of the Faithful and True Shepherd, and desire to behold the glory of HIS form. But the people have sworn by shepherds of their own making, by the names of men in whom is reserved no power to deliver their souls from evil.

They ask, “How have we so sworn by them?”

O, people full of idolatry! You have sworn by them with your every deed! Your feet have followed their every step, your hands have reproduced their every work, and your mouth has echoed their every word which was laden with hypocrisy. Has not your heart gone after them, even as a bride who disgraces her own body with another lover? The promise of this world is perishing; yet you are trading your reward for the kisses of Delilah, even forsaking the everlasting covenant for an earthly kingdom which shall be swallowed up by the kingdom of the Lord of Hosts. The pillars of the temple of her gods will surely fall; but before the end, will you become the Lord’s vessel for an honorable use, or remain in disgrace for dishonor? For His kingdom is as a great stone which will cover all the earth; “And whoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but upon whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
The broken will inherit the kingdom, but the insolent will be cut off.

As for you, you who have in vain called yourselves by the Name of the Lord; whose desired pearl is this present world and all the things therein: you have truly set your hope upon the shifting sands of the serpent’s lair. You have rendered unto Caesar that which is God’s, and unto God that which is Caesar’s. The tares have been sown, yet none take it to heart. The wicked dwell among the righteous, yet hardly one seeks true wisdom. For who can discern the matter except one who walks by the Spirit? But mere men have become your guides, and you have not discerned the bitter fruit of their ways which followed after them, denying that the Lord should even cleanse His own house! Therefore He pours out abominable filth upon you, having become seared in conscience beyond the measure of other men. And while you are not found blushing for all of your whoredoms, now those whom you call sinners – whom your own abominations have justified – these ones marvel at your desolate soul. Yet for every warning of the righteous, and for every light that has been shone in your midst, still you would not turn back to walk humbly in righteousness and seek justice for the oppressed within your own reach; for there is no fear of God before your eyes.

Do you rail against the sinner on the highway, or accuse the one under bondage in the byway? Yet your own hands have worked this far greater evil, causing you to suffer an even greater bondage since you have despised those who go about in your very midst groaning for mercy without words. It is enough that the reprobate despises the Lord for the holiness of His presence; but now the Lord hides Himself when you gather, and the name of Christ is mocked because of your bankrupt spirit. For what few works you have offered are not from the loving obedience of faith in a pure conscience before God; but rather from the fearing of man. And yet you still proclaim that your soul prospers and magnifies the Lord? This comes not from above; but from below. For the proud and the self-exalting will be brought low, but those who humble themselves with He who emptied Himself will be lifted up in Him.

Therefore let the one holding on to this present world weep and howl for the hardships coming quickly upon them! For there is a day appointed to test every man’s work; and shall any fruit of your bloody hands be proven through fire on the Day of the Lord? Your once-thirsty souls have gladly settled for the draw of broken cisterns, and your belly is bewitched with the flow of poisoned wells! Your proud willingness to drink from such fountains leaves you with nothing but woes upon woes from the council of heaven!

The hearing ear heeds the cry of the watchmen, and the seeing eye lays every matter to heart; but the mirth of the deaf and the blindness of the deceived makes them stumble arrogantly even in the noonday of the word of the Lord. The one will glory at His coming; but the other will be consumed in wrath.

“Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against HIM.”

With the anguish of the days of Noah and the jealous fury of the coming judgement, the Almighty God says of the stubborn, “They have become altogether unprofitable.”
And though He has declared this word with the weeping of Gethsemane and in the suffering of Christ Jesus at our own bloody hands; yet who will turn and repent? Who has accepted the verdict for their ungodliness from the Judge of all the earth, that He might have compassion for the contrite in spirit, and mercy upon the humbled soul? For the He has laid upon Jesus the iniquity of us all; but whoever does not believe in Him is condemned already. For who truly believes in Him, except the one who abides? And who abides in Him, except those bearing their own cross, having been regenerated by the Spirit of holiness which works in them to will and to do according to His good pleasure?

O, that the ear of the Lord would be inclined to the sweet sound of repentance! O, that the proud would find weariness and heed the call of His Rest! For there is mercy even in this late hour! Truly He will heal the deaf and restore sight to the blind, if only they desire to hear and see HIM! So let the one who hungers and thirsts for righteousness draw near; for a feast of His life is set before all who would partake of it! His compassions are new every morning, and His faithfulness is very great; so let every man test and examine his ways, and let each return to the Lord.

“Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him. Even so, AMEN.”

A Lamentation In Hope

February 10, 2015

The Lord utters His voice before His army, for His camp is exceedingly great; He who executes His word is powerful. For the day of the Lord is great and very awesome: who can endure it?
“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and He relents over disaster.
Who knows whether He will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the Lord your God?
Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber.
Between the porch and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, WEEP and say, “Spare your people, O Lord, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?'”
THEN the Lord became jealous for His land and had pity on His people.

(Joel 2:11-18)

Where are your people, O Lord?
Where is the sound of their weeping vanished to?
Who shall minister unto the Lord; who shall enter the holy place?
The proud have received their reward; but the glory of God is revealed in the humble: the light of His good countenance is seen upon those that still fear Him.

“Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that He has made to dwell in us”? But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.”
(James 4:5-10)

Unto what end does this people puff themselves up by the fruitless works of man, forsaking faithfulness to God?
How long will they walk in the path of their own counsel, which only hastens its travelers to be destroyed with the wicked?
Will this people not be turned back to the paths of righteousness?

Their reckoning has not tarried, it is even upon them, yet they do not take notice, no, they cannot see what the Lord is working in their very midst. For those who refuse to hear the voice of the Lord will not forsake their stubbornness: they deceive themselves, insisting that they have not fallen away.

The severity of His warning is denied among this people; they trample upon His messengers.
But a remnant of the faithful still remains, and the Lord will sustain His obedient ones in the midst of adversity.

How can any man truly obey the Most High if he neither discerns His Word nor hears His voice? The working of His Spirit has been overruled by the deeds of the backslidden: they are proud to quench Him, supposing that they have attained greater knowledge than He who created all things.
They say among themselves, “Surely His council is clouded, and He is now obliged to bless our own paths.”

Unto such men the Spirit of Life is a stench; and now provoked, He removes all former wisdom from their midst, that they may sleep soundly in the accursed bed which they have made for themselves.
The chambers of their minds echo with vain plots of selfish ambition, and the word of the Lord finds no entrance into their souls. His Spirit is as the searching dove which finds no solid ground upon which to set foot.

Therefore another spirit gives them unction, and they speak forth boastful things from the mouth of the adversary, still presuming themselves to serve the Most High.

And they do not repent of their wickedness, for they do not fear Him; His ways have become foolishness to them.
The thief came to steal the word from their hearts; and now he has obtained the service of their ignorance and evil deeds, so that their children also are left in the wake of their desolation, ready to be swallowed up by the widening mouth of hell.
See how they waned and became utterly dry, as the river bed without a flowing spring! For the water of life found no course through them on account of the heaping up of their iniquities. When when the Lord called them to be seperated unto Him, their slumber only deepened.

Their mouths pour forth the bitterness of their souls, they esteem only themselves and mock the judgements of God.

The stork in the heavens knows her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the Lord…
“…Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among those that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down,” says the Lord.
(Jeremiah 8:7, 12)

They declare themselves to be held in the Lord’s highest favor; but truly they are accursed, not knowing that their eyes have been darkened and their ears stopped from receiving the truth.

They will see Abel’s offering being accepted by God and their own rejected, yet deny that it is God who so judges them; and so they will seek to destroy the righteous, even in the name of the Righteous One.
They will make the drunkenness of the great whore their own drunkenness, and her sorcery and her fornication their delight. Into her madness they will descend, and by her madness they will kill the righteous.

But the blood of the saints, who by the precious blood of Christ and the Spirit of adoption were made one with Him, will be spilled unto their own sanctification in Him; and the wrath of the jealousy of the Lord will overtake those who slaughter His people, upon whose heads is truly their own blood condemning them.

Let not the faithful be taken in fear or astonishment, for these things must come to pass just as He has told us.

“Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.”
(Daniel 12:10)

You, O Lord, are merciful and have taught your remnant to stand upon the Rock, that they be not shaken. Deliver your children from the hand of the adversary!
May there be risen up a worthy host, clothed in the garments of righteousness.

Through the refining fires of tribulation we shall obtain victory eternal in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give of the hidden manna, and I will give to him a white stone, with a new name written on it which no one knows except the one who receives it.”
(Revelation 2:17)