Church In The Wild

AS I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a den, and laid me down in that place to sleep; and as I slept, I dreamed a dream.

I dreamed, and behold, I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back.

I looked, and saw him open the book, and read therein; and as he read, he wept and trembled; and, not being able longer to contain, he brake out with a lamentable cry, saying,

“What shall I do?”

-John Bunyan

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Living By The Spirit

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”

Romans 8:14

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The Bridegroom and His Church: A Teaching On The Song Of Songs

Place me like a seal over your heart,
    like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death,
    its jealousy as enduring as the grave.
Love flashes like fire,
    the brightest kind of flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
    nor can rivers drown it.
If a man tried to buy love
    with all his wealth,
    his offer would be utterly scorned.

Song of Songs 8:6-7

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Face to Face Video Series

Face to Face Series: August 2021
Byron and Jasmin spoke a series of messages at Deeper Life @ SBC which centered on coming into a deep, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
There is no hope with shallow faith to know the true depth of Jesus or the power of the Holy Spirit.

We really felt to release these videos all at once rather then individually so each session would build upon the next.

These 8 in-depth messages will lead you to come to know Jesus is a fresh and tangible way!

Session 1: Put Your Trust In Jesus

Session 2: Relationship With Jesus

Session 3: Jesus The Living Water

Session 4: Ministry Of The Holy Spirit

Session 5: A Baptism Of Fire

Session 6: Growing As A Disciple

Session 7: Living Sacrifice

Session 8: Finishing Well

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Psalm 84:10

“A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭84:10‬ ‭

The courts of the Lord is where you stand before Jesus. In His presence and in His service.
This is the posture we are told to have in the New Testament.

“Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.”
‭‭John‬ ‭12:26‬ ‭

“And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭2:3-6‬

This is a picture of what it looks like (while we are in our mortal bodies) to be mindful and aware of always standing in the presence of Jesus Christ.

Do we live with this joy? The joy of being united with Him by His blood and by agency of the Holy Spirit? To be ever present before Him in His courts?
It is a spiritual reality!

Do we live with that feeling, that each day while we live in Christ’s presence is better then a thousand days of our past lives?

The House of God is where you worship Jesus and abandon self.

Have you instituted that in your home? Have you made your house, the house of God?

How have you built your home? Have you based it on your own comforts, security’s and selfish wants? Or have you based it on the comfort given only by the Holy Spirit, the security found in the blood of Christ and the wants and desires of Jesus for your life?

When we fail to build our homes upon the Lord we literally are living a “good life in the homes of the wicked”
That being our OWN HOME!
We have the home which is owned by the wicked, being our selves.

We like to read it, deflecting it on “all the evil people out there.”
It is easy to make it about foreign people with foreign problems. The grass is not all evil on the other side. You have your own weedy lawn!
Your responsible for your own home, no one else’s.
Your good life is the life you made. If your good life is made to please your self and not Christ then your not making Jesus the God of your life.

Your not the hero of the story—— Jesus is!
Let Him into your home by removing all the pleasures of this world, forsaking self and living in worship to King Jesus.

All of Him none of me.

Dead 2 Myself

Mary’s Proclamation

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”

Luke 1:38

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Going Deeper

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.

May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

John 17:20-23

In The Fullness Of Christ

It is illegal in the Kingdom to be born again and yet carry on with the carnal mind. We will not be able to grow in intimacy with God if we are continually mixing the ‘old man’ with the ‘new man’. The ‘old man’ is suppose to be dead. The ‘old man’ is limited because it is fuelled by human nature. The ‘new man’ has no limitations because he is fuelled by the living Spirit of Jesus Christ.

Jasmin Frank

Revelation and Relationship: Elijah, The Prophets of Baal and Pyro-Theology

“And you call upon the name of your god, and I will call upon the name of the LORD, and the God who answers by fire, he is God.” And all the people answered, “It is well spoken.”

1 Kings 18:24

There are many false gods today: wealth, popularity, sex, drugs, admiration and worship of others etc., etc.

None of these will sustain us in our needs or rescue us from our dead-end lives. All they will do is increase our death drive. All they will do is increase our hunger and thirst for more and more of that which will not satisfy.

1 Kings Chapter 18 we find the story of Elijah and his challenge to the prophets of Baal.

The prophets of Baal called and called. Begged and pleaded to their false god. He gave no answer.

“They raved all afternoon until the time of the evening sacrifice, but still there was no sound, no reply, no response.” – 1 Kings 18:29

The true God answered in fire and in power:

“Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench!– 1 Kings 18:38

Scripture shows this to be the greatest evidence of legitimacy of The One True God. The Living God comes in Fire and power!

He answered Elijah that way. He came upon the early disciples on the day of Pentecost in this way, with fire and power, baptizing them with the Holy Spirit. He comes upon all believers in the same way.

This is the evidence of God in every believers life: Fire and Power.

The fire of the Holy Spirit manifests it self in peculiar ways sometimes.

Jasmin said something to me once, along these lines, “If you are not involved in the Church, all this stuff would seem weird. We must look like mad men to those looking in on this” (paraphrase)

Does the power of God look strange to those on the outside looking in? Yes it does!

Does the fire of God manifest itself in strange ways? Sure does!

So how are these things not strange to believers? What makes the difference?

Relationship and revelation.

There are several ways that one can react to God’s manifest power.

The people who gathered on that hill with Elijah saw the fire of heaven fall down. Many of those present reacted to this fire by

following Elijah as he put to death the prophets of Baal. (verses 39 & 40)

King Ahab reacted by running back to his wife Jezebel with his tail between his legs. He told her what had happened and together they plotted Elijah’s death. (1 Kings 19:1-2)

Some reacted to the power they saw that day by acknowledging that Yahweh was truly God. (Revelation)

Some reacted to the power they witnessed with fear and anger. Fearful, that THERE IS A TRUE GOD; angry that their false gods were exposed for what they were. Angry that their prophets (keepers of their lies and falsehoods) were slaughtered.

It is the same today. One can see the Holy Spirit move in mighty miracles and react in fear and anger. Many of those who violently oppose the teachings of Jesus fall into this camp. Many others who claim to be Christians do this as well. They discount the works of the Holy Spirit because they would rather make an idol out of a book so they can use it to control and manipulate others. They are fearful of a Living and Active God. They are angry that He would dare move apart from their say so. If the Bible can be used as a static object, rather than “living and active”, then it can be dissected and misinterpreted to give men power over others. When the God of the Bible shows up in power, this disrupts these leaders “teaching” and exposes them as the charlatans that they are. Their natural response to these disruptions (the power of the Holy Spirit) is fear and anger. This is the same religious spirit that moved in King Ahab and Jezebel, the same religious spirit that moved within the Pharisees and Sadducees who put Jesus to death.

Some of those who witnessed the fire of God fall upon Elijah’s sacrifice continued on in their sin and pride while others humbled themselves and submitted and committed their lives to the one true God (Relationship).

“And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The Lord—he is God! Yes, the Lord is God!”– 1 Kings 18:39

And God told Elijah, “... yet I will preserve 7000 others in Israel who have never bowed to Baal or kissed him.” (1 Kings 19:18)

How will you react to the Living God today? How will you react to His calling, to His power?

The Holy Spirit falls in fire on the sacrifice of obedience. He consumes the sacrifice presented. In Elijah’s day the sacrifice was the flesh and blood of bulls and goats. On the day of Pentecost it was the living sacrifice of the early believers. In both cases the fire of the Holy Spirit fell when the followers of the One True God responded in obedience.

Jesus is calling you into relationship with Himself. He died on the cross to purchase your freedom, to free you from the false gods you have aligned yourself with. He died so that you can come into relationship with Him. He rose again so His power can live within you and flow through you.

Jesus is acting right now for your benefit. He is drawing you close to Himself so that you can become who He created you to be. He works in power to draw all of His lost children back to Himself.

This is the character of Father God.

How you respond to this fire is your choice. How you respond to the revelation of Jesus is your choice! You can react in fear and anger or you can react by coming into relationship with the One True God—- Jesus Christ!

The Spirit of God falls like fire on those who are open to Him. He will consume you with fire and power if you call upon His name.

Resurrection: Momentum 2

Mosaic found in the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul Turkey

Resurrection!

Covenant keepers, covenant breakers.
Blood of man, blood of God. Covenant Maker.
Resurrection!

Rock rolled away. Life with no delay.
Resurrection!

Body breaking decay.
Body breaking forward out of the grave.
Resurrection body,
First among many.

New creation, new nation.
Resurrected anew.
Dirt and breath,
Body and bone,
Spirit anew.
Resurrected, alive!

Keys snatched.
Enemy under His feet,
Resurrection!

Feed my sheep,
Resurrection!

Tongues of fire,
Resurrection!

Holy Spirit released,
Resurrection!

Identity restored,
Resurrection!

Jesus Christ.
Lord and Saviour,
Way maker,
Sin slayer.
Alpha and Omega.

Resurrection!

Resurrection: Movement 1

Resurrection,
Jesus is King.

Resurrection,
The veil is torn.

Resurrection,
Sin no more.

Resurrection,
Salvation in store.

Resurrection,
The risen Lord.

Resurrection,
We are free.

Resurrection,
Life for ever more.

The King of Kings with nail scarred hands.
No grave can keep Him.
No jail can hold Him.
No hell defeat Him.

He rose from the grave.
He rose, grave clothes laid aside, Jesus Is alive!

Alive
Alive
Alive

Jesus
God
Saviour King

Preparing For The Last Days

A Message by CORRIE TEN BOOM
(from a letter Corrie wrote in 1974)

“The world is deathly ill. It is dying. The Great Physician has already signed the death certificate. Yet there is still a great work for Christians to do. They are to be streams of living water, channels of mercy to those who are still in the world. It is possible for them to do this because they are overcomers.
Christians are ambassadors for Christ. They are representatives from Heaven to this dying world. And because of our presence here, things will change.

My sister, Betsy, and I were in the Nazi concentration camp at Ravensbruck because we committed the crime of loving Jews. Seven hundred of us from Holland, France, Russia, Poland and Belgium were herded into a room built for two hundred. As far as I knew, Betsy and I were the only two representatives of Heaven in that room.

We may have been the Lord’s only representatives in that place of hatred, yet because of our presence there, things changed. Jesus said, “In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” We too, are to be overcomers – bringing the light of Jesus into a world filled with darkness and hate.

Sometimes I get frightened as I read the Bible, and as I look in this world and see all of the tribulation and persecution promised by the Bible coming true. Now I can tell you, though, if you too are afraid, that I have just read the last pages. I can now come to shouting “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” for I have found where it is written that Jesus said,

“He that overcometh shall inherit all things:
and I will be His God,
and he shall be My son.”

This is the future and hope of this world. Not that the world will survive – but that we shall be overcomers in the midst of a dying world.
Betsy and I, in the concentration camp, prayed that God would heal Betsy who was so weak and sick.


“Yes, the Lord will heal me,”, Betsy said with confidence.


She died the next day and I could not understand it. They laid her thin body on the concrete floor along with all the other corpses of the women who died that day.

It was hard for me to understand, to believe that God had a purpose for all that. Yet because of Betsy’s death, today I am traveling all over the world telling people about Jesus.

There are some among us teaching there will be no tribulation, that the Christians will be able to escape all this. These are the false teachers that Jesus was warning us to expect in the latter days. Most of them have little knowledge of what is already going on across the world. I have been in countries where the saints are already suffering terrible persecution.

In China, the Christians were told, “Don’t worry, before the tribulation comes you will be translated – raptured.” Then came a terrible persecution. Millions of Christians were tortured to death. Later I heard a Bishop from China say, sadly,

“We have failed. We should have made the people strong for persecution, rather than telling them Jesus would come first.
Tell the people how to be strong in times of persecution,how to stand when the tribulation comes, – to stand and not faint.”


I feel I have a divine mandate to go and tell the people of this world that it is possible to be strong in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are in training for the tribulation, but more than sixty percent of the Body of Christ across the world has already entered into the tribulation. There is no way to escape it.

We are next.

Since I have already gone through prison for Jesus’ sake, and since I met the Bishop in China, now every time I read a good Bible text I think, “Hey, I can use that in the time of tribulation.” Then I write it down and learn it by heart.

When I was in the concentration camp, a camp where only twenty percent of the women came out alive, we tried to cheer each other up by saying, “Nothing could be any worse than today.” But we would find the next day was even worse. During this time a Bible verse that I had committed to memory gave me great hope and joy.

“If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye;
for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you;
on their part evil is spoken of,
but on your part He is glorified.”
(I Peter 3:14)

I found myself saying, “Hallelujah!
Because I am suffering, Jesus is glorified!”

In America, the churches sing, “Let the congregation escape tribulation”, but in China and Africa the tribulation has already arrived.

This last year alone more than two hundred thousand Christians were martyred in Africa. Now things like that never get into the newspapers because they cause bad political relations. But I know. I have been there. We need to think about that when we sit down in our nice houses with our nice clothes to eat our steak dinners. Many, many members of the Body of Christ are being tortured to death at this very moment, yet we continue right on as though we are all going to escape the tribulation.

Several years ago I was in Africa in a nation where a new government had come into power. The first night I was there some of the Christians were commanded to come to the police station to register. When they arrived they were arrested and that same night they were executed. The next day the same thing happened with other Christians. The third day it was the same. All the Christians in the district were being systematically murdered.

The fourth day I was to speak in a little church. The people came, but they were filled with fear and tension. All during the service they were looking at each other, their eyes asking, “Will this one I am sitting beside be the next one killed? Will I be the next one?”

The room was hot and stuffy with insects that came through the screenless windows and swirled around the naked bulbs over the bare wooden benches. I told them a story out of my childhood.

“When I was a little girl, ” I said, “I went to my father and said,
“Daddy, I am afraid that I will never be strong enough to be a martyr for Jesus Christ.”
“Tell me,” said Father,
“When you take a train trip to Amsterdam,
when do I give you the money for the ticket?
Three weeks before?”

“No, Daddy, you give me the money for the ticket just before we get on the train.”

“That is right,” my father said, “and so it is with God’s strength. Our Father in Heaven knows when you will need the strength to be a martyr for Jesus Christ.
He will supply all you need – just in time…”

My African friends were nodding and smiling.
Suddenly a spirit of joy descended upon that church and the people began singing,

” In the sweet, by and by,
we shall meet on that beautiful shore.”

Later that week, half the congregation of that church was executed.
I heard later that the other half was killed some months ago.

But I must tell you something. I was so happy that the Lord used me to encourage these people, for unlike many of their leaders, I had the word of God. I had been to the Bible and discovered that Jesus said He had not only overcome the world, but to all those who remained faithful to the end, He would give a crown of life.

How can we get ready for the persecution?

First we need to feed on the Word of God, digest it, make it a part of our being. This will mean disciplined Bible study each day as we not only memorize long passages of scripture, but put the principles to work in our lives.

Next we need to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Not just the Jesus of yesterday, the Jesus of History,
but the life-changing Jesus of today who is still alive and sitting at the right hand of God.

We must be filled with the Holy Spirit. This is no optional command of the Bible, it is absolutely necessary. Those earthly disciples could never have stood up under the persecution of the Jews and Romans had they not waited for Pentecost. Each of us needs our own personal Pentecost, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We will never be able to stand in the tribulation without it.

In the coming persecution we must be ready to help each other and encourage each other.
But we must not wait until the tribulation comes before starting.
The fruit of the Spirit should be the dominant force of every Christian’s life.

Many are fearful of the coming tribulation, they want to run. I, too, am a little bit afraid when I think that after all my eighty years, including the horrible Nazi concentration camp, that I might have to go through the tribulation also.
But then I read the Bible and I am glad.

When I am weak, then I shall be strong, the Bible says. Betsy and I were prisoners for the Lord, we were so weak, but we got power because the Holy Spirit was on us. That mighty inner strengthening of the Holy Spirit helped us through. No, you will not be strong in yourself when the tribulation comes. Rather, you will be strong in the power of Him who will not forsake you. For seventy-six years I have known the Lord Jesus and not once has He ever left me, or let me down.

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him”, (Job 13:15)
for I know that to all who overcome,
He shall give the crown of life.
Hallelujah!”

  • Corrie Ten Boom – 1974
Part of this letter appears in the book "When Jesus Returns" by British evangelist and Bible teacher David Pawson. It can be found on page 199.