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Psalm 119. “Thy Word”


By Alex, 2022-05-25

It may surprise you to learn that “Thy Word” is mentioned thirty-six times in Psalm 119. Which accounts for one fifth (or 20%) of the entire Psalm. 

[Word: אִמְרָה (fem. אֶמְרָה), “spoken word” or “commandment”.]

“Thy Word” is central to the Psalm 119 and, therefore, of very great importance to the Psalmist. On a numbers of occasions the Psalmist also uses the phrase “quicken me according to Thy Word”. The Hebrew writer says, “For the Word (Logos) 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. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” (Heb. 4:12-13).

The Word (Logos) of God is living (quick) and powerful. The Word (Logos) of God is God (John 1:1). Everything that was made (created) was created by Him (John 1:3).

It is essential therefore, that we hear His quickening Word. It is essential also that we preach His quickening Word - that when we open our mouths to preach, His living Word is uttered by us. Because “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word (ῥῆμα spoken) of God.” (Rom. 10:17) “…and how shall they hear without a preacher.” (Rom. 10:14)

The Psalmist frequently (on eight occasions) uses the phrase “accordIng to Thy Word.” How he trusted in the Lord’s Word, the Word of God. Clearly his faith was most truly in it. Mary believed the word of God that was brought to her by the messenger, who told her, “with God nothing shall be impossible.” Her response was, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word”.

For the Word of God to be effectual it must be spoken forth out of a pure heart, and a sanctified life. A vessel of honour that is fit for the Master’s use. (See II Timothy 2:21-22)

This is what the Church of Jesus Christ needs right now - sanctified people bringing the Word of God; in prophesy and preaching. The life-giving Word of God, untainted by men and the world, creating faith in the hearts of those who hear.

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Into the Light


By Alex, 2022-05-07

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Never think that because our sins were forgiven that they are covered; they are not. Covering of sin was an Old Covenant dispensation until the time of reformation (Heb. 9:10). Rather sin is now out in the open because "light is come into the world" (John 3:19), and we must come to the light - “for that which makes manifest is light”.

Fellowship with the Father and with His Son is a moment by moment walking "in the light as He is in the light", whereby we are washed in the blood of the Lamb from all sin and unrighteousness. Such is a state of utter reliance and dependence on the ”once and for all” sacrifice of Jesus Christ. If for one moment we step out of the light, we walk out of fellowship and into the darkness of sin, where there is neither cleansing nor covering.

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One with the little flock I rest


By Alex, 2022-04-21

Weary of all this wordy strife,

These notions, forms, and modes, and names,

To Thee, the way, the Truth, the Life,

Whose love my simple heart inflames,

Divinely taught, at last I fly,

With Thee and Thine to live and die.




Forth from the midst of Babel brought,

Parties and sects I cast behind;

Enlarged my heart, and free my thought,

Where'er the latent truth I find,

The latent truth with joy to own,

And bow to Jesus' name alone.




Redeem'd by Thine almighty grace,

I taste my glorious liberty,

With open arms the world embrace,

But cleave to those who cleave to Thee;

But only in Thy saints delight,

Who walk with God in purest white.




One with the little flock I rest,

The members sound who hold the head.

The chosen few, with pardon blest

And by th' anointing Spirit led

Into the mind that was in Thee

Into the depths of Deity.




My brethren, friends, and kinsmen these

Who do my heavenly Father's will;

Who aim at perfect holiness,

And all Thy counsels to fulfil,

Athirst to be whate'er Thou art,

And love their God with all their heart.




For these, howe'er in flesh disjoin'd,

Where'er dispersed o'er earth abroad,

Unfeign'd, unbounded love I find

And constant as the life of God

Fountain of life, from thence it sprung,

As pure, as even, and as strong.




Join'd to the hidden church unknown

In this sure bond of perfectness Obscurely safe,

I dwell alone And glory in th' uniting grace,

To me, to each believer given,

To all Thy saints in earth and heaven.




Charles Wesley

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The Will of God


By Alex, 2022-04-12

Jesus was in the centre of God's will during His entire life, and still is. If He is in us He will direct us into the very centre of God's will for us; but He must take us to the Cross in order to get us there (Galatians 2:20).

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John 11:40


By Alex, 2022-02-24

“If you will believe you shall see the glory of God”.

This promise specifically referred to the raising of Lazarus from the dead (John Chapter 11). It is the promise of Him who not only raised the dead, but was raised from the dead. If we will believe, we too will see the glory of God. The resurrection power of God has not diminished. Jesus declared,

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25-26)

Do you believe this?

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God out of his everlasting love did appear unto us, according to the desire of our hearts, who longed after him; when we had turned aside from hireling-shepherds’ tents, we found him whom our souls loved; and God, out of his great love and great mercy, sent one unto us, a man of God, one of ten thousand, to instruct us in the way of God more perfectly; which testimony reached unto all our consciences and entered into the inmost part of our hearts, which drove us to a narrow search, and to a diligent inquisition concerning our state, through the Light of Christ Jesus. The Lord of Heaven and earth we found to be near at hand, and, as we waited upon him in pure silence, our minds out of all things, his heavenly presence appeared in our assemblies, when there was no language, tongue nor speech from any creature. The Kingdom of Heaven did gather us and catch us all, as in a net, and his heavenly power at one time drew many hundreds to land. We came to know a place to stand in and what to wait in; and the Lord appeared daily to us, to our astonishment, amazement and great admiration, insomuch that we often said one unto another with great joy of heart: ‘What, is the Kingdom of God come to be with men? And will he take up his tabernacle among the sons of men, as he did of old? Shall we, that were reckoned as the outcasts of Israel, have this honour of glory communicated amongst us, which were but men of small parts and of little abilities, in respect of many others, as amongst men?’ And from that day forward, our hearts were knit unto the Lord and one unto another in true and fervent love, in the covenant of Life with God; and that was a strong obligation or bond upon all our spirits, which united us one unto another. We met together in the unity of the Spirit, and of the bond of peace, treading down under our feet all reasoning about religion. And holy resolutions were kindled in our hearts as a fire which the Life kindled in us to serve the Lord while we had a being, and mightily did the Word of God grow amongst us, and the desires of many were after the Name of the Lord. O happy day! O blessed day! the memorial of which can never pass out of my mind. And thus the Lord, in short, did form us to be a people for his praise in our generation.


Francis Howgill (1618–1669)
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Shaken but not stirred


By Alex, 2022-02-18

See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.

Hebrews 12:25-29

The powers that be are being shaken and have been since Christ was crucified. You may recall that as a consequence of Jesus’ death, many [Old Testament] saints where made alive and rose from the dead (Matthew 27:50-53). Those saints no doubt heard the “voice” that speaks and rose from their graves (see John Chp. 11). The sacrificial death of the Lamb of God not only made it possible from those who believe in Jesus Christ to be saved from sin, but the resurrection of that Lamb now enthroned above every name that is named, far above every principality and power, exerts His authority over His enemies - “… this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.” Hebrews 10:12-13.

Jesus has all authority in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28:18), and He is exercising that authority right now, and will until “he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.” I Corinthians 15:24. 

The question is - are we hearing Him that speaks from heaven? Are we seeing the removal of those things that can be shaken? But more importantly, are we in that kingdom which cannot be moved? 

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Sanctification?


By Alex, 2022-02-18

”Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called” Jude 1:1

“Sanctified by God the Father…”

Jesus prayed,
“They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.” John 17:15-19.

What does it mean to be sanctified?  “Sanctify” (ἁγιάζω hagiazō) means to make holy, and comes from ἅγιος hagios; sacred, pure, blameless, most holy. ἅγιος is also the word translated saint, therefore a “saint” is someone who is sanctified. The word donates something or someone who is uniquely “set aside” for a specific purpose, as the golden vessels were in the sanctuary under the Old Covenant. They were made and set aside for the ministry of the sanctuary (Hebrews 9:1-2).

Jesus prayed that His disciples would be “set aside” for God’s purpose in this world, into which they would soon be sent. And Jesus “set aside” Himself for that same purpose.

How was that accomplished? “Through sanctification of the Spirit” (II Thessalonians 2:13, I Peter 1:2), that is to say, through the Spirit of God making them holy, setting them aside uniquely for the purpose of God. For Jesus’ disciples that occurred on the Day of Pentecost, when they were baptised with the Holy Spirit. And what was true for them is true for all God’s chosen vessels - they are sanctified by baptism with the Holy Spirit. That is why Jesus sanctified Himself.

“…you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8).

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