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Word of the Week: “Strong” (9 of 84)

The Word of the Week, drawn sequentially from the 72 Precious Words (later expanded to 84 Precious Words) released in a local perfecting conference from 4/29 to 5/10 is below:


STRONG


From The Conference Handout…

Scriptures: Neh. 8:10b, 12; Psa. 119:28; 1 John 2:14; Isa. 12:2; Isa. 40:31; Eph. 3:16-18

Footnotes: Isa. 12:23; Isa. 40:311; Num. 18:101; Eph. 3:163; Eph. 3:165; Eph. 3:166

Hymns: 782, 350, 662

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Pray Over These Key Verses…

Neh. 8:10b: And do not be grieved, for the joy of Jehovah is your strength.

Neh. 8:12 And all the people went their way to eat and to drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.

Psa. 119:28: My soul melts because of grief; / Strengthen me according to Your word.

1 John 2:14: I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong and the word of God abides in you and you have overcome the evil one.

Isa. 12:2: God is now my salvation; / I will trust and not dread; / For Jah Jehovah is my strength and song, / And He has become my salvation.

Isa. 40:31: Yet those who wait on Jehovah will renew their strength; / They will mount up with wings like eagles; / They will run and will not faint; / They will walk and will not become weary.

Eph. 3:16: That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man, 17 That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be full of strength to apprehend with all the saints what the breadth and length and height and depth are.

Read Some Helpful Footnotes…

Isa. 12:2, note 3: Strength and song both indicate experience. When God’s salvation is experienced by us, it becomes our strength, and eventually it will be our song, our praising.

Isa. 40:31, note 1, par. 1: To wait on the eternal God (v. 28) means that we terminate ourselves, i.e., that we stop ourselves with our living, our doing, and our activity, and receive God in Christ as our life, our person, and our replacement. Such a waiting one will be renewed and strengthened to such an extent that he will mount up with wings like eagles. He will not only walk and run but also soar in the heavens, far above every earthly frustration. This is a transformed person. This chapter leads us to a comparison between Hezekiah, a godly man who was still in the old creation (chs. 36—39), and a regenerated and transformed person in the new creation.

Num. 18:10, note 1: Signifying those who are spiritually stronger (cf. 1 Pet. 3:7). The enjoyment of Christ makes us stronger, and this affords us the capacity to enjoy Christ in a stronger way (cf. Eph. 3:16-18).

Eph 3:16, note 3: The apostle’s prayer in 1:15-23 was that the saints would receive revelation concerning the church. Here in vv. 14-21 his prayer is that the saints would experience Christ for the church. This requires us to be strengthened into our spirit.

Eph 3:16, note 5: The Father strengthens us from within through the indwelling Spirit, who has been with us and in us since our regeneration.

Eph 3:16, note 6: The inner man is our regenerated spirit, which has God’s life as its life. In order that we may experience Christ unto all the fullness of God, we need to be strengthened into our inner man. This implies that we need to be strengthened into our spirit through the Holy Spirit.

Sing These Hymns…

Hymns #782 (stanzas 3,4 and 7)

3.Thru Thy Word and by my prayer
In the spirit touching Thee,
Lifted high my spirit is,
Strengthened shall my spirit be.

4.Make my spirit strong I pray
Others’ spirits to revive;
Lift my spirit high and free,
Others’ spirits then may thrive.

7.Lord, have mercy, from above
May Thy Spirit breathe on me;
Then my spirit will be rich,
Strengthened and refreshed by Thee.

Hymns #350 (stanzas 1, 2 and 4)

1.My goal is God Himself, not joy, nor peace,
Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God;
‘Tis His to lead me there—not mine, but His—
At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.

2.So faith bounds forward to its goal in God,
And love can trust her Lord to lead her there;
Upheld by Him, my soul is following hard
Till God hath full fulfilled my deepest prayer.

4.One thing I know, I cannot say Him nay;
One thing I do, I press towards my Lord;
My God my glory here, from day to day,
And in the glory there my great Reward.

Hymns #662 (stanzas 2 and 4)

2.“On toward the goal!” Press on!
The eyes that are a flame
Are watching thee, what then are men?
What matter praise, or blame?

4.“On toward the goal!” Press on!
Blind, deaf and sometimes dumb
Along the blood-marked, uphill way,
Hard after Christ, press on!

Continue Steadfastly In The Ministry…

The saints are strong because the word of God is abiding in them (1 John 2:14b). When a man has an empty stomach and is hungry, he will surely be weak; there is no possibility that he will be strong. But if he eats, his strength will return, and he will be strong. For you to be strong today, you need to be fed with the word of God. Without the word of God, it is impossible for a person to be strong. (Messages Given to the Working Saints, Chapter 6, Section 3)

[Ephesians 3:16] also says that we are strengthened into the inner man. The inner man is our regenerated spirit with God’s life as its life. It is our spirit regenerated by the Spirit of God (John 3:6), indwelt by the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:11, 16), and mingled with the Spirit of God (1 Cor. 6:17). In order to experience Christ unto all the fullness of God, we need to be strengthened into the inner man. This implies that we need to get into our spirit, where we can be strengthened through the Holy Spirit. It is very difficult to remain in the spirit. We all are accustomed to going out from the spirit, not to going into the spirit and staying there. According to my experience, I can testify that I am not inclined to stay in the spirit. Because it is so easy for me to get out of the spirit, I am still learning to remain in the spirit. Whenever we stay in the spirit, we are strengthened; but whenever we go out from the spirit, we are weakened. Have you ever noticed how easy it is for your mind to wander when you are praying? When you are not praying, you may not think of certain things. But when you begin to pray, you may suddenly find your thoughts dwelling on one thing and then another. You may even make a fast trip to another part of the world. This is the reason we need to be strengthened into our inner man. The more we are strengthened, the more the parts of our inner being are brought back into the spirit, into our inner man. (Life-Study of Ephesians, Chapter 32, Section 2)

The church life is constituted of those in the pattern of the Apostle Paul. We all need to follow Paul in receiving the revelation in our spirit and in being strengthened into our inner man. When Paul bowed his knees to the Father, he was so strong in his inner man that nothing could shake him or disturb him. Because his whole being was in his spirit, nothing outward could trouble him. We also need to be strengthened to such an extent that nothing will be able to carry us away from our inner man. Furthermore, we need Christ to make His home in our hearts so that we may be wholly occupied and possessed by Him.

When we were saved, Christ came into our spirit. Now we must give Him the opportunity to spread Himself throughout all the parts of our inner being. As we are strengthened into the inner man, the door is opened for Christ to spread in us, to spread from our spirit to every part of our mind, emotion, and will. The more Christ spreads within us, the more He settles down in us and makes His home in us. This means that He occupies every part of our inner being, possessing all these parts and saturating them with Himself. As a result, not only do we receive the revelation, but we also are filled with Christ. Then wherever we may go, we shall be the apostles, the sent ones, and the prophets, those who speak for Christ. (Life-Study of Ephesians, Chapter 32, Section 3)

References

All verses and footnotes are taken from the The Holy Bible Recovery Version.

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