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It Pleased God


It pleased God… to reveal His Son in me. (Galatians 1:15,16)

If Christ, the Son of God’s love, is central and supreme in the heart of the believer so much else goes down, it must go down. Controversies with God will divide, but those artificial things, those things resultant from man’s activity and his projecting of himself, insinuating of himself into the interests of God, those things cannot abide where there is an adequate inward revelation of the Lord Jesus; they cannot be. These two things are before us: one, because of the revelation of Jesus Christ in our hearts we have a passion for Him; on the other hand, because of the absence of a sufficient revelation of Christ in our hearts we are out for other things which we would say are in His interests, and for Him, but which can never, never satisfy God’s heart. It is the satisfaction of the heart of the Father, which is in view.

Beloved I am speaking about the individual. I am not justified, and you are not justified, in claiming to be Christians except in the measure in which Christ is manifested in me, in you; and all the force and weight and ingenuity of hell is out against that. Believers have far more to provoke them to un-Christ-likeness than anyone else in the world. Believers have far more assaults to churn them up and to make them betray Christ than anyone else. Hell is dead set against the revelation of Jesus Christ. Everything begins with this, the revelation of Jesus Christ within.

By T. Austin-Sparks

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The Believer’s Part in Remaining Spirit-filled # 13


 

Life on the Highest Plane

The Word of God is the Medium in Regeneration

The Word of God is a Manual of Holy Living

Often the reason we yield so quickly to temptation is because our sword is rusty. This gives satan the advantage over us. Temptation comes to us on the street, in the office, when we may not have a Bible with us. It comes unexpectedly. There is no time to stop and search for an effectual portion of Scripture. It is only that part of the Word that is hid in the heart that will become a Sword in action at the moment most needed. It is the portion of the Word of God which we have learned and lived that will be effectual in the fight with satan.

Another essential to success is confidence in the weapon we use. I feel sure there was the certitude of victory in the very tone of the voice when the Lord Jesus said, “It is written!” To Him the Word was authoritative and final. His confidence in the absolute authority of Deuteronomy had not been weakened by a doubtful attitude toward its authorship. To Him it was the Word of God forever settled in Heaven. He had no question concerning its potency because He had no doubt concerning its purity or its permanence.

Psalm 12:6, “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”

Proverbs 30:5, “Every word of God is pure; he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”

Luke 21:33, “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”

Many Christians are defeated today in the warfare against sin and satan because of doubt regarding their weapon, the Word of God. To them the Word is not the Sword of the Spirit but it is merely a staff of man’s making to assist him on the pathway of life which he feels at liberty to whittle down to the measure of his own intellect and experience. Belief in the absolute trustworthiness and final authority of the Word is an essential to the potent use of it as the Sword.

The Word of God is a Fire that both Burns and Warms

Jeremiah 20:9, “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”

The Bible is like a fire that burns out the dross, purifying and purging. It is a devouring flame before which nothing that is contrary to God’s will and ways can stand.

Jeremiah 5:14, “Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.”

1 Peter 1:22, “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.”

It is at the same time a fire that warms with comfort and cheer the heart desolated by sorrow and distressed through suffering.

1 Thess. 4:18, “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

Psalm 119:50, “This is my comfort in my affliction: for they word that quickened me.”

Psalm 119:165, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

The Word of God is a Hammer to Break

Jeremiah 23:29, “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces.”

There is such a residue of stubbornness, resistance and rebellion in every life! The man who has been accustomed to go his own way, seek his own pleasure and do his own will is not easily made submissive and humble. There is much in every one of us that is hard which needs to be broken; much that is resisting which needs to be melted. 

As the Christian studies the Word and comes under the softening rays of God’s loving-kindness, tender mercy, unfailing faithfulness, unquenchable love and exhaustless grace, his heart is melted, his will is broken and his life is turned into joyous, humble submission to the loving will of God.

The Word of God is a Seed that Matures and Multiplies

Luke 8:11, “Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.”

James 1:18, “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”

Psalm 126:6, “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

A seed in itself is but a small hard substance which, if laid away in a drawer will remain only a seed. But put into suitable soil, given needed nurture, it will become a plant or a tree. The Word of God is seed. Left on the drawing-room table to give semblance of religion to the home or carried when traveling to fulfill a promise to a praying mother at home, or as a sacred charm to ward off disaster, it will never influence or change the life in any way whatsoever. But let that incorruptible seed which has the very germ of life in it – “My words are life” – be sown in the soil of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and it fructifies in a new creation.

Nor is it enough to accept the Bible as historically true. Before it can manifest its power to save and to sanctify it must be engrafted upon the inner life.

James 1:21, “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

~Ruth Paxson~

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Verses vs. Voices


 

“The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written:” ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'” Jesus answered, “It says: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” Luke 4:9-12

Many times my mind taunts me with thoughts like “If you are really God’s child, then why doesn’t He do this for you?” or “If God has really given you this spiritual gift for the body of Christ, why aren’t you any good at it?” Over and over, I hear thoughts that make me feel guilty or condemned and insecure in my Christian walk. I know the Word of God and yet, my mind doesn’t seem strong enough to just stay focused on the verses to overcome the voices. In essence, Satan attempts to discredit us just like he tried with Jesus. Satan said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God”… prove it!  These are the same kind of words we as believers hear in our heads too. We question if we are really saved, we question God’s ability to use us and we question that the promises given to us in His Word are really for us today. In other words, we find ourselves testing the Lord’s ability to save us, protect us, use us and speak to us; thus, saying to Him, “Prove it.”  But Jesus didn’t do that.

Jesus confidently used the Word of God to attack Satan’s use of the Scriptures directly. It is amazing that the Living Word of God (Jesus) quotes the Written Word of God (the Bible) to attack the words of the enemy.

Lately, I have been struggling with a trial that I have failed in the past. The circumstances and people have changed but the trial is the same. I felt myself heading down the same path as in the past. Crying out to the Lord, I said to Him, “OK, Lord, I’ve been here before and have lived through the consequences of failing this test. I know that You have been faithful regardless of my faithlessness. I know that You love me and You have every right to test my heart and try my motives to see which way I will go. Lord, I choose You. I choose to not test You or question You in this. I know that Your promises will come to pass and You don’t have to prove anything to me.” With that prayer, I knew that the temptation to fail had been lifted. Jesus is our example as He was tempted in the same types of trials (with different circumstances and people) but overcame them all.  We, too, can overcome the taunting voices of the enemy to live a life pleasing to God by staying on His side and by fighting His way using His words.

~Daily Disciples~

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The Believer’s Part in Remaining Spirit-filled # 12


 

Life On The Highest Plane

The Word of God is the Medium in Regeneration

The Word of God is Wealth to Enrich

Psalm 119:14, “I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.”

Psalm 119:72, “The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.”

Psalm 119:127, “Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea above fine gold.”

Psalm 119:162, “I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.”

There is constant drain upon the Christian. Everything in his environment tends to impoverishment of spirit. There is unceasing need of renewal through enrichment. But in the Lord Jesus are “hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3); in Him are embodied all the unsearchable riches of grace and glory (Phil. 4:19; Eph. 1:7). The Spirit opens these to us by opening the Scriptures and enabling us through the Word to know and to claim all the things which He hath given us richly to enjoy.

The Word of God is a Critic to Judge

Hebrews 4:12, “For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

The Greek word “Kritikos” means able to judge. The tendency today is that men choose to be critics of the Word rather than to accept the Word as their critic. But one very salutary function of the Bible is its judgment upon the Christian’s thoughts and actions. The Psalmist who offered that sincere prayer, “Search me, O God, and know my heart, try me and know my thoughts, and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting,” knew the helpfulness of God’s righteous judgments.

Psalm 119:164, “Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.”

Psalm 119:175, “Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.”

What a quickening of spiritual life would take place today if every child of God would put his life under the righteous judgment of the Word of God. The long-prayed for revival undoubtedly would burst forth like fire if the Bible were permitted to become the Critic of men’s thoughts, feelings and actions, and if they were willing to act upon its kindly, beneficent criticism.

The Word of God is a Manual of Holy Living

Psalm 119:1-3, “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.”

God has provision for every step of the way in the life of godliness, which He expects His child to live. In His Word He has given the principles that govern such a life, and the precepts which teach us how to practice them. The Christian who practices the presence of God and who lives the Christ-life most transparently is the one who is most thoroughly saturated with God’s Word and who deliberately has given himself to live out that Word in deed.

The Word of God is a Weapon

Ephesians 6:17, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

The Spirit-filled man has enemies; he is engaged in a warfare. The powers of hell are all against him. He is always open to attack and momentarily liable to defeat. He needs both defensive and offensive weapons. He must be able both to stand and to withstand in every assault of satan.

There is but one way this can be done and it is the way the God-man used. His only weapon in the wilderness was the Sword of the Spirit. “It is written,” repeated three times in the threefold attack, repulsed he enemy.

Let us note that the God-man had His sword burnished and ready. He did not wait to draw out the scroll of Scripture and read from it to get an answer for the devil. In the years of seclusion in the Nazareth home He had stored away the Words of God in His heart, and in the hours of quiet work in the carpenter’s shop He had meditated upon them. It may be that the Son of Man had gone into the wilderness fresh from the study of Deuteronomy. His mind was so saturated with its truth that when satan attacked Him, the Spirit instantly brought to His remembrance the very words that utterly routed him. He was kept in the moment of temptation by the Word hid in His heart.

Deut. 11:18, “Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.”

Psalm 119:11, “Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

Col. 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

~Ruth Paxson~

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The Positive Nature of Light


You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. – Matthew 5:14–15

In its fullest sense, God’s light is the full revelation of His Word—the written Word of Scripture and the living Word of Jesus Christ. As the light of the world, Jesus is telling us to proclaim God’s light in a world engulfed in darkness, just as our Lord came “to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death” (Luke 1:79). Christ is the true light and we are His reflections.

By its nature, light must be visible to illuminate. Both in the daytime and at night, “a city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” By day its houses and buildings stand out on the landscape, and at night the many lights shining out of its windows make it impossible to miss. A secret Christian is as incongruous as a hidden light. Lights are meant to illuminate, not to be hidden; to be displayed, not to be covered.

God did not give the gospel of His Son to be the secret, hidden treasure of a few, but to enlighten every person (John 1:9). Just as God offers His light to the whole world, so must His church. It is not our gospel but God’s, and He gives it to us not only for our own sakes but also the entire world’s.

As a true believer, you are salt and light, and you must fulfill that identity.

Ask Yourself

How does this command of Christ operate in a culture that’s as sensitive to religious tolerance as ours is today? How does one hold high the true light of the gospel when the prevailing belief declares that all ways to God are equally illuminating?

~John MacArthur~

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The Believer’s Part in Remaining Spirit-filled # 11


 

Life On the Highest Plane

The Word of God is the Medium in Regeneration

Sometimes the Christian worker has lost his power for no other reason than neglect of the Bible. Because of this his message is devoid of freshness and fruitfulness. The inevitable result is the giving of his own word in the wisdom, eloquence and energy of the flesh. This God never promises to bless.

1 Corinthians 2:4, “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.”

1 Thess. 2:13, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:14). “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life” (John 6:63). Can we think it possible that the food on our tables should be so transmuted in nature’s laboratory that it should reappear, now in stalwart muscle of the blacksmith’s arm, and now in the fine texture of the poet’s brain, and let it not seem incredible that the Word of God can reappear in every kind of spiritual power and holy efficiency?

The Word of God is a Lamp to Guide

Psalm 119:105, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Pitfalls are all around the Christian; the devil has well-laid snares to entrap.

2 Timothy 2:26, ” And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”

Psalm 119:110, “The wicked have laid a snare for me; yet I erred not from thy precepts.”

The straight and narrow way is not always easily discerned and still less easily followed. In these perilous times when there is so much of the world in the Church and when even the shepherd of the flock may walk in ways quite contrary to the Word of God, many an earnest Christian is perplexed and at a loss to know what is a consistent walk. He surely needs a light upon his path.

But he needs even more than that; he needs to be shown each step of the way. The Word of God is just such a guide and, when it is hid in the heart and heeded in the life, the Christian need not wander nor stumble. His every step may be ordered in full conformity to God’s will and ways because in full obedience to God’s Word.

Psalm 119:133, “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.”

Psalm 37:31, “The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.”

Many mistakes are made by Christians through seeking and following the counsel of men rather than that of God. Some have lost the way altogether and are living outside the will of God because they have listened to man’s voice. I know a life that is shipwrecked upon the rock of human counsel, devoid of both peace and power. We cannot be reminded too often of the solemn fact that Adam’s sin came through heeding Eve’s voice, and Eve sinned by believing obeying the devil’s word instead of God’s There is but one absolutely safe counselor for the Christian, the Word of God.

Psalm 119:24, “Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.”

2 Timothy 3:15, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

The teaching, instruction, warning, correction and guidance which every Christian needs to make him complete and to equip him for service are all to be found in the Bible.

2 Timothy 3:16, “Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.”

~Ruth Paxson~

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Give Out the Blessings


 

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his inner being shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38).

Some of us are shivering and wondering why the Holy Spirit does not fill us. We have plenty coming in, but we do not give it out. Give out the blessing that you have, start larger plans for service and blessing, and you will soon find that the Holy Ghost is before you, and He will present you with blessings for service, and give you all that He can trust you to give away to others.

There is a beautiful fact in nature which has its spiritual parallels. There is no music so heavenly as an Aeolian harp, and the Aeolian harp is nothing but a set of musical chords arranged in harmony, and then left to be touched by the unseen fingers of the wandering winds. And as the breath of heaven floats over the chords, it is said that notes almost Divine float out upon the air, as if a choir of angels were wandering around and touching the strings.

And so it is possible to keep our hearts so open to the touch of the Holy Spirit that He can play upon them at will, as we quietly wait in the pathway of His service.
–Days of Heaven upon Earth

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When the apostles received the baptism with the Holy Ghost they did not rent the upper room and stay there to hold holiness meetings, but went everywhere preaching the gospel.
–Will Huff

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“If I have eaten my morsel alone,”
The patriarch spoke with scorn;
What would he think of the Church were he shown
Heathendom-huge, forlorn,
Godless, Christless, with soul unfed,
While the Church’s ailment is fullness of bread,
Eating her morsel alone?
“Freely ye have received, so give,”
He bade, who hath given us all.
How shall the soul in us longer live
Deaf to their starving call,
For whom the blood of the Lord was shed,
And His body broken to give them. bread,
If we eat our morsel alone!”
–Archbishop Alexander
“Where is Abel thy brother?” (Gen. 4:9).

~L. B. Cowman~

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The Believer’s Part in Remaining Spirit-filled # 10


 

Life On The Highest Plane

The Word of God is the Medium in Regeneration


The Word of God is a Mirror to Reveal


James 1:23-25, “For if any man be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

A mirror reveals the personal appearance of the one who looks into it. The Bible is just such a revelation of man. In it we see the human heart mirrored exactly as it is in the sight of God. We have in the Word full-length portraits of the natural, the carnal and the spiritual man. As one studies the Bible he finds himself; mirrored in the lives of men and women who lived centuries ago he sees himself. In the covetousness of Achan, the backsliding of David, the despondency of Elijah, the avarice of Jacob the falsehood of Ananias and Sapphira, the denial of Peter, the self-righteousness of Saul of Tarsus and the jealousy, unbelief and self-seeking of the disciples, he looks into his own sinful heart and his own wayward life. The Bible takes the covering off the inmost spirit and unveils its secret thoughts and motives. it shows us to ourselves as we are. But it does not stop there. It unfolds to man’s vision the Perfect Man. He “Beholds as in a glass the glory of the Lord” for in the Word God gives “The light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Then the Bible challenges him, who has seen himself as he is and as he may become, to act upon the vision, to become a doer of the Word in order that he may be conformed to the image of Christ.

The Word is Water to Cleanse and Refresh

Ephesians 5:25-26, “Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word.”

John 15:3, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.”

Psalm 119:9, “Wherewith shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to the Word.”

Walking as pilgrims through a world reeking in sin we are in constant contact with its defilement and in constant need of cleansing. In olden times the priests, who were cleansed by the blood at the brazen altar, still needed the washing of water at the laver to make them fit for the worship and the work of the tabernacle. So we, though cleansed from the guilt of sin through the blood of the Living Word, yet need daily the washing by the water of the written Word. The Christian’s life is kept pure and clean only in the proportion to which the Word of God is hid in the heart and applied to the life.

Water also refreshes. Countless Christians could testify to the removal of weariness of spirit, discouragement of soul and even exhaustion of body through a quiet hour of meditation upon the Word.

The Word of God is food to nourish and delight. The Word is milk for the newborn babe, it is strong meat for the spiritual adult; and it is honey for the spiritually-minded.

1 Peter 2:2, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”

Hebrews 5:14, “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

Psalm 9:10, “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”

The man who feeds upon God’s Word will become strong; the one who neglects it will be dwarfed. Both stature and strength are gauged by the quality of spiritual food eaten and assimilated. Wherever you find a spiritual anaemic the reason is improper food.

The Christian who is improperly or insufficiently fed is the prey to all kinds of spiritual disease. He is powerless to resist temptation, blind to discern error, helpless to overcome sin. He is open to all the deceiving devices and subtle strategies of the evil one. He not only makes no progress but he cannot even hold his own and lives a flabby, inconsistent, dishonoring life before the world.

The Christian who is not entering into new possessions of God’s grace, love and power through new conquests of the Word is living on the stale manna of some moldy experience or musty testimony. The new nature is starved because forced to exist on denatured emotions and devitalized vocabulary, “He feedeth on ashes” instead of “the Bread of life.” Christ knew that the only food upon which the new nature could thrive was the Word of God. In His High Priestly prayer He said to His Father, “I have given them thy Word” (John 17:14).

~Ruth Paxson~

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The Priority of Relationship


 

Revelation 2:1-7

Ephesus was the home of a tremendous ministry. Despite harsh persecution, the church planted by Paul endured opposition, spread the gospel, and was quick to challenge false prophets. But 30 years after the apostle left, John’s revelation included a stern warning for those believers.

Imagine how the words of Revelation 2 must have struck the Ephesians when they read them. After complimenting their service to the gospel, Christ said, “But I have this against you . . .” That phrase was no doubt extremely disconcerting. The Lord warned them that they had left their first love. In other words, all of their work was being done with wrong motives.

Christ called the Ephesians to remember their love for Him and their delight in His salvation. Service is no substitute for an intimate relationship, but modern believers continue to fall into this subtle trap. The commendable things that we do count for nothing unless they stem from a vibrant personal connection with God. Our work can’t be effective or fruitful unless He is in it.

In fact, God is more interested in you and your personal relationship with Him than in a thousand lifetimes of good works. He desires to be the satisfaction and delight of His children so that their service is a result of loving devotion.

There are plenty of wrong reasons to labor for the kingdom. However, God is satisfied only with service motivated by love for Him. He wants those with selfish intentions to return to their first love. In that way, hearts and minds can be renewed, and service to the Lord will be more fruitful.

~Charles Stanley~

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The Believer’s Part in Remaining Spirit-filled # 9


The Believer’s Part in Remaining Spirit-filled # 9

 
Life On The Highest Plane

The Word of God is the Medium in Regeneration

But spiritual knowledge comes through just one channel. The Word of God is the divinely-appointed medium of revelation. The entrance of God’s Word giveth light. Life and light come from the same source.

Psalm 36:9, “For with thee is the fountain of life; in thy light shall we see light.”

Psalm 119:130, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”

Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”

In the Word of God the Christian finds the revelation of everything needful for salvation, sanctification and service. All that the Father intends His child to know regarding his spiritual possessions, privileges and responsibilities He has revealed in the Bible. The clear revelation of Himself, His will, His way and His purpose is all in the Word.

John 15:15, “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”

Ephesians 1:9, “Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself.”

The man who gives himself to daily thought and prayerful meditation on God’s Word possesses a degree of spiritual perception out of all proportion to his intellectual capacity or attainment, judged from the standpoint of things natural.

The Word of God is the Medium of Renewal

Even the spiritual man has no resources in himself. He is in daily need of replenishing. “The spiritual blessings, which are given to him according to the everlasting covenant, are all treasured up in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Once we have begun to draw nigh to God, we must continue to draw nigh. It is both a necessity and a delight. A necessity because we are still as dependent on the creative, supernatural influence of grace … Such pensioners are we of the divine bounty, daily and hourly we must be recipients of His gifts and of His power. Peter imagines he has a stock of courage and loving loyalty in himself; but sad experience teaches him that his nature is feeble and selfish; that not he, but Christ in him, is rock … We have nothing in ourselves; our sufficiency is of God.”  The spiritual man never ceases to feel his utter dependence upon God.

God provides for his renewal. The man who is saved by the truth of God’s Word is also sanctified by it. The stature and strength of the spiritual man will be in exact proportion to his faithful continuance in the Word of the Lord. The study of God’s Word is the divinely-appointed means of spiritual culture; the divinely-ordained method of spiritual growth.

John 17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

John 8:31, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.”

A careful study of the Scriptural names of the Word of God will reveal God’s intended use of it in the renewal of the Christian life.

~Ruth Paxson~

(continued with # 10)

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