Christianity 201

July 2, 2021

We Will be Replanted in Different Soil

Eleven months ago we introduced you to a writer simply goes by the (lower case) name appolus at his blog is titled A Call to the Remnant, with the subtitle, Scottish Warriors for Christ. There is a richness to the writing in the style of classic devotionals and after considering four different possibilities, I chose this one for us today.

Shall The Flower Bloom Again?

When my wife and I came back from vacation, we discovered that one of the plants that stands guard at our door, had been over-watered. The one on the left was fine, and flourishing, the other had wilted and the blooms were dying or dead. When we researched what had happened, it seems that if you over-water a plant to this extent then the soil will be rancid and the roots themselves will be rotting from the bottom up. There is a slight chance that you can save the plant, but only slight. It involves uprooting the plant and laying it to one side, removing all of the soil, cut away as much of the roots that you can, then replace all of the soil and replant it.

We did this and just as the research suggested, the soil was rancid, so bad that we had to wear masks as we removed it. The roots were rotten almost all the way to the top, we cut them away. And now the replanted plant will either live or die, no one knows. Can I suggest that the Western world is over-watered. We are rancid as we drown in our abundance. The very roots that held us are rotten from the top on down. The flowers of our culture are dying on a rotten vine. There is drastic change to come. There is an uprooting so that which can be saved and shall be saved. The soil which has held us will be removed. The roots of everything we know is being cut away. We shall be replanted in different soil.

Will you survive the cutting brothers and sisters? Shall you resist it? The old soil is being shoveled away as we speak. The saints of God shall be ripped away from this world and all its hold upon us. We shall be laid bare and put aside while the Master deals with what is left of this world. We shall not be watered for a time. It is vital that we “dry out.” Think not that we have been abandoned. We have not, but it will seem that way. This time of of our troubles is for our saving.

The new soil will be rich and deep. It will be watered by the blood of the martyrs. The name of the new soil is persecution. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. Can you hear the drumbeats of war brothers and sisters? A war that for all intents and purposes will be one that we shall lose. For a time it shall seem that all is lost. Not just for a day or a week or even a month, this season shall be much longer than that. It will be long enough to make you doubt everything that you have ever believed. You will be tried in this.

Yet God has cultivated a people for Himself. They have a few banners that fly over their lives and the battles they have waged. One of the banners that flutters in the wind of the Spirit says “Even if He kills me, yet will I trust Him.” Another banner reads “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.” There are two more banners. One says ” And they loved not their lives unto death,” and the last one reads “If God does not deliver us from the fire, let it be know, we shall never bow down to the gods of this world.”

It is these saints that shall survive the uprooting. All others shall die in the rottenness that is this world. This mindset of the saint is to glorify God. It is to yield and to surrender to His will for their lives. It is what the Master wants that is all important. It is His desires that fill the hearts of the saints. It is their blossom that causes color to exist in another-wise black and white world. Shall the flower bloom? Shall it survive the trauma of the uprooting? Some will, most will not. In the end, the heart of the matter is revealed as everything is stripped away. It cannot be otherwise. The heart of the matter, the only heart that matters is the Heart of God the Father and Christ His Son. Let us be found there, even if He slays us. For the things that we see are temporal and of little value, but the will of God is eternal and flowers in the heart of His children.


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October 28, 2020

Being Formed and Shaped by God

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Today we’re breaking our six-month rule!

Although it was just last month that we most recently shared a devotional from “Breakfast of Champions” by Andy and Gina Elmes, today we’re introducing a voice new to us but not new to readers there, Olivia Elmes.

We’re also breaking from the usual format to include a 5-minute video devotional from Olivia, and it’s been a long, long time since our C201 post was a video. The video was recorded while she’s doing ministry in Europe with Circuit Riders; amid traffic, background noise and construction. (Your devotional routine can happen anywhere!) If you click through to YouTube and then go to her channel, you’ll find four devotionals recorded under better conditions, but we wanted to share this recent one on the subject of encountering peace.

To get the text devotionals sent to you by email, go to Great Big Life and click on Breakfast of Champions.]

Quenching

Isaiah 43:2, NLT
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

God gave me a picture, when I was transitioning from one season of life to another, of a sword that was heated up in fire until it was so hot that it was glowing and then it was plunged into cold liquid. I looked up what this was and it is a process called ‘quenching’. Quenching is used by blacksmiths to harden steel because the rapid temperature change makes it much harder than slowly cooling it down. The metal is heated up until it is red hot and then plunged into cold oil.

For me, this spoke directly into the season I found myself in. It felt as though I was being taken from a burning place of being on fire for God and being used in ministry and then plunged into cold liquid where everything felt cold and different. This picture gave me clarity to what God was doing with my life: He wasn’t just quenching me to make me uncomfortable, He was quenching me because He knew that this way would make me a harder sword. If it feels like you are being quenched right now, don’t give up and don’t question the Blacksmith’s plan. He knows what He’s doing, and He knows exactly how to make you into the sword He intends for you to be.

Just know that quenching produces strength that otherwise would not be there. There’s a hardening that will come through the fire and the water. If you’ve been in a place that feels hot and burning and suddenly you are dropped into an icy bucket, do not fear – you are in the hands of the Blacksmith. If it feels like the temperature has suddenly died out and everything around you is cold, you are being formed into a great weapon in the hand of God. Allow the cold oil to confront your hot steel and let the quenching do its job.


Scriptures mentioned in the video:

NIV.John.20.19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

NIV.John.14.27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.