O/W/R - Section 5

  1. Our life is found in giving ourselves for the sake of others in the church, among the lost, and among the poor.  - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 350.
  2. Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?” Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”  He was speaking to devoutly religious people who were deluded into thinking they were on the narrow road that leads to heaven when they were actually on the broad road that leads to hell. According to Jesus, one day not just a few but many will be shocked—eternally shocked—to find that they were not in the kingdom of God after all. - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 564.
  3. And it is folly too, for if we fail to abide in Christ, we forfeit the two great blessings that are promised to us. The first is fruitfulness. Is it really wise to be fruitless? Does it make sense to be unproductive in the Christian life when we could actually be highly productive to the blessing both of ourselves and those around us? No true Christian can ever agree that this is a wise course of action. The second great blessing is the privilege of answered prayer. It is interesting that Jesus speaks of that explicitly in verse 7, saying, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” These are the two great spheres of blessing for those who abide in Christ—fruitfulness and the privilege of answered prayer. It is toward that divinely appointed sphere of operations that each who belongs to Christ should aspire. - From the commentary on John 15:7  from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) from John Montgomery Boice.
  4. The gospel demands and enables us to turn from our sin, to take up our cross, to die to ourselves, and to follow Jesus. These are the terms and phrases we see in the Bible. And salvation now consists of a deep wrestling in our souls with the sinfulness of our hearts, the depth of our depravity, and the desperation of our need for his grace. Jesus is no longer one to be accepted or invited in but one who is infinitely worthy of our immediate and total surrender.  - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 579.
  5. That gift of grace involves the gift of a new heart. New desires. New longings. For the first time, we want God. We see our need for him, and we love him. We seek after him, and we find him, and we discover that he is indeed the great reward of our salvation. We realize that we are saved not just to be forgiven of our sins or to be assured of our eternity in heaven, but we are saved to know God. So we yearn for him. We want him so much that we abandon everything else to experience him. This is the only proper response to the revelation of God in the gospel.  - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 586.
  6. I pray that we will be a people who refuse to gorge our spiritual stomachs on the entertaining pleasures of this world, because we have chosen to find our satisfaction in the eternal treasure of his Word. I pray that God will awaken in your heart and mine a deep and abiding passion for the gospel as the grand revelation of God.  - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 596.
  7. The question for us, then, is whether we trust in his power. And the problem for us is that in our culture we are tempted at every turn to trust in our own power instead. So the challenge for us is to live in such a way that we are radically dependent on and desperate for the power that only God can provide.  - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 649.
  8. What Jesus is saying, though, is that God our Father delights in this. He delights in giving us himself. He puts his very power in us so we might have all we need to accomplish his purposes in this world. This is the heart of Jesus’ promise to his disciples in John 14, the promise that precedes his promises about the Holy Spirit: “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”  - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 838.
  9. “If you love me, obey my commands” (John 14:15). “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me” (John 14:21). “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teachings” (John 14:23). “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love” (John 15:10). “You are my friends if you do what I command you” (John 15:14). The point is obvious. We must keep Christ’s commands if we are to be Christ’s disciples and grow in his love.  - From the commentary on John 15:8-11 in the section on Obedience in“God Glorified … In You" from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  10. The book of Proverbs warns about curses that come upon those who ignore the poor. The prophets warn of God’s judgment and devastation for those who neglect the poor.  - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 1513.
  11. According to Jesus, you can tell someone is a follower of Christ by the fruit of his or her life, and the writers of the New Testament show us that the fruit of faith in Christ involves material concern for the poor.3 Caring for the poor is one natural overflow and a necessary evidence of the presence of Christ in our hearts. If there is no sign of caring for the poor in our lives, then there is reason to at least question whether Christ is in our hearts.  - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 1524.
  12. Proverbs 3:28 - A little given in time of need is more than a larger amount when the needy moment has passed. We should cultivate the habit of being sensitive to the needs of others, putting ourselves in their place. We should not only do good but be prepared to do good (Titus  3:1; 1  Timothy  6:18). The Gospel presents every neighbor to us as a brother or sister who needs our help, who is to be loved and cared for in the same way that we look after ourselves (Leviticus  19:18). Why are we so slow to acknowledge this? May the Lord deliver us from our selfishness and mold us to his own image of love and mercy. - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  13. Jesus challenges his followers to remain faithfully obedient until his return and to use their gifts to minister to the needs of fellow believers. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary "Matthew" by Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber, page 409.
  14. We can study the details of biblical prophecy from now until Jesus comes back, but prophecy is not about studying future details.  Its main purpose is to challenge us to live well in the present.  The Bible gives us a glimpse of the future to motivate us in the present.  Jesus was teach us that there is a vast difference between investing and spending your life.  Most Christians just spend theirs.  Jesus is disgusted with such passive disobedience.  He wants us to invest our lives in the kingdom of the future.  The primary purpose of biblical prophecy is to motivate us to holy living here and now. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary "Matthew" by Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber, page 415.
  15. To follow Jesus is to make big commitments to listen, obey, testify, and  believe. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary "Luke" by Max Anders and Trent C. Butler, II. Commentary, Main Idea, page 121.
  16. Discipleship - Discipleship is a call to faith in Jesus - a call that leads to devotion to the Word of God above all other priorities.  A person does not become a mature disciple in a few days or weeks.  A mature disciple devotes a lifetime to listening to God's Word, retaining that Word in his heart, and continuing throughout ife to listen to the Word so that it becomes more and more a part of life. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary "Luke" by Max Anders and Trent C. Butler, Luke 8 - IV. Deeper Discoveries, B. Falling Away from Jesus (*:13-14,18),  page 133.
  17. What does bearing the cross mean for us today?  Self-denial.  Quit looking for miracles and healing.  Quit centering your attention on things that enhance and please you.  Focus on Christ.  Let him create a daily relationship with you.  Find out what he wants you to do every day.  Do it!  Do not expect to win popularity contests, fame, fortune, or success.  Be ready to suffer the rejection pain and death he suffered.   His lifestyle leads to that.  Only as you lead this lifestyle can you learn who the Messiah really is.  Only this lifestyle leads to eternal life in heaven.  Take up your cross and follow him to the death.  Then you will find he is the life.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary "Luke" by Max Anders and Trent C. Butler, Luke 9, II. Commentary, D. Commitment Described:  Self-Denial to the Cross (9:18-27), page 146.
  18. Genesis 18:19 - Like Abraham, I should direct my children and my household after me to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just.
  19. What is the biblical wisdom that the psalmists speak of so frequently? First, wisdom calls for a response. The invitation is open to all (34: 11- 12; cf. Prov 1: 8- 9; 2: 1- 3: 10). Regardless of age, social standing, or gender, whether Jew or Gentile, God expects the response of love and submission to him (49: 1- 3). Those who devote themselves to a loving response may have to undergo fatherly discipline: "It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees" (119: 71). Out of the brokenness of heart, the godly learn wisdom; and out of gratitude they seek wisdom. The way of wisdom demands total commitment: "Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart" (119: 2; cf. vv. 3, 10). Since God is greater than any treasure, the love for God demands the ultimate sacrifice-- total loyalty and discipleship: "I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches" (119: 14; cf. vv. 20, 127).
    1. Second, wisdom opens the door to living in the imitation of God, the Great King over all creation. Creation unfolds the manifold wisdom of God. Everything coheres in him and through him. Because he is one, there is one way of living in coherence in this world: the way of God. The way of God is shown throughout the Psalms but may be illustrated by reference to Psalms 111 and 112. In Psalm 111 the psalmist sets forth the way of God. The "way" (derek) of Yahweh is seen in the variety and magnificence of his works (111: 2). They frame the world of human experience, as the Lord maintains order in his world (111: 3). He is also generous like a father toward his creation, bestowing on it grace, compassion, and provision (111: 4- 5; cf. 145: 9). He cares much for all of his creation, but so much more for his covenant people who respond to him as wise children (111: 5b- 6)! They are the object of his particular love, communion, and blessing (111: 7- 9). He has revealed his way in creation, redemption, and written revelation. He looks for those who respond properly to his presence (111: 10). - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App in Psalm 1:6.
  20. According to Psalm 112 the wise are like their heavenly Father. The wise imitate God as they establish Yahweh's way on earth as their divinely appointed sphere of operation (112: 3). Their works are established as they show compassion and are gracious (112: 4- 5, 9). They are steadfast (112: 6- 7) and successful (112: 8- 9). They live in in harmony with God's order. Childs rightly observes: "The call to an obedient response which involves honesty, charity and peace is grounded in the prior acts of God" (OTTC, p. 216).  Third, the way of God evidences itself in submission to divine revelation. The Book of Psalms opens with this distinctive way of living in the freedom of divine revelation: "But his delight is in the law of the LORD, /and on his law he meditates day and night" (1: 2; cf. 37: 31). This seems to be a paradox. The godly is free only when he serves God: "I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free" (119: 32; cf. v. 45).  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App.
  21. This attitude toward God's revelation is never separate from a love for the Lord: "Praise the LORD. /Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, /who finds great delight in his commands" (112: 1). "Fear" (yir'ah) denotes an attitude of submission and openness to divine instruction. The wise man is not alone. While he shuns the godless way of life, he treasures fellowship with the godly (119: 63).  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App.
  22. Fourth, the wise are blessed by the Lord. He rewards them in this life and in the life to come (1: 3, 6; 119: 1- 2, 38, 68, 88; 127; 128; 2 Tim 4: 8). He does good to them by delivering them from evil (119: 17; cf. Matt. 6: 13), by fulfilling his promises (119: 123), and by removing the wicked from the earth (1: 6; 119: 119). The aged psalmist of Psalm 37 encourages the godly to keep life in focus, especially in duress. Trust in the Lord overcomes anxiety and bitterness of heart. Further, God's promises are true and will come true! Hence, he encourages the suffering saints to trust in the Lord and to do good (37: 3).  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App.
  23. The aged psalmist of Psalm 37 encourages the godly to keep life in focus, especially in duress. Trust in the Lord overcomes anxiety and bitterness of heart. Further, God's promises are true and will come true! Hence, he encourages the suffering saints to trust in the Lord and to do good (37: 3).  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App.
  24. Obedience, moreover, is faith in action, and is the outflow as it is the very test of love. "He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me."   - From location 689 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  25. Obedience is the conserver and the life of love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. What a marvelous statement of the relationship created and maintained by obedience! The Son of God is held in the bosom of the Father's love, by virtue of his obedience! And the factor which enables the Son of God to ever abide in his Father's love is revealed in his own statement, "For I do, always, those things that please him."   - From location 690 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  26. The gift of the Holy Spirit in full measure and in richer experience, depends upon loving obedience: If ye love me, keep my commandments, is the master's word. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. - From location 693 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  27. "If ye he willing and obedient, ye shall eat the fruit of the land." Obedience opens the gates of the holy city, and gives access to the tree of life. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates, into the city.  - From location 695 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  28. The spirit which prompts a man to break one commandment is the spirit which may move him to break them all. God's commandments are a unit, and to break one strikes at the principle which underlies and runs through the whole. He who hesitates not to break a single commandment, would-it is more than probable-under the same stress, and surrounded by the same circumstances, break them all.  - From location 700 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  29. In principle, obedience to God is the same quality as obedience to earthly parents. It implies, in general effect, the giving up of ones own way, and following that of another; the surrendering of the will to the will of another; the submission of oneself to the authority and requirements of a parent. Commands, either from our heavenly Father or from our earthly father, are love-directing, and all such commands are in the best interests of those who are commanded. God's commands are issued neither in severity nor tyranny. They are always issued in love and in our interests, and so it behooves us to heed and obey them. In other words, and appraised at its lowest value-God having issued his commands to us, in order to promote our good, it pays, therefore, to be obedient. Obedience brings its own reward. God has ordained it so, and since he has, even human reason can realize that he would never demand that which is out of our power to render.  - From location 709 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  30. Obedience is love, fulfilling every command, love expressing itself. Obedience, therefore, is not a hard demand made upon us, any more than is the service a husband renders his wife, or a wife renders her husband. Love delights to obey, and please whom it loves. There are no hardships in love. There may be exactions, but no irk. There are no impossible tasks for love.  - From location 715 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  31. God's commands are not grievous. Their ways are ways of pleasantness, and their paths peace. The task which falls to obedience is not a hard one. "For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."  - From location 719 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  32. Thank God, it is possible for every child of God to please his heavenly Father! It is really much easier to please him than to please men. Moreover, we may know when we please him. This is the witness of the Spirit-the inward divine assurance, given to all the children of God that they are doing their Father's will, and that their ways are well-pleasing in his sight. - From location 722 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  33. God's children are under obligation to obey him; disobedience cannot be permitted. The spirit of rebellion is the very essence of sin. It is repudiation of God's authority, which God cannot tolerate. He never has done so, and a declaration of his attitude was part of the reason the Son of the highest was made manifest among men: For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  - From location 726 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  34. While God commands, he at the same time stands pledged to give its all necessary strength of will and grace of soul to meet his demands. This being true, man is without excuse for his disobedience and eminently censurable for refusing or failing to secure requisite grace, whereby he may serve the Lord with reverence, and with godly fear. - From location 733 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  35. Through prayer and faith, man's nature is changed, and made partaker of the divine nature; that there is taken out of him all reluctance to obey God, and that his natural inability to keep God's commandments, growing out of his fallen and helpless state, is gloriously removed. By this radical change which is wrought in his moral nature, a man receives power to obey God in every way, and to yield full and glad allegiance. Then he can say, "1 delight to do thy will, 0 my God." Not only is the rebellion incident to the natural man removed, but a heart which gladly obeys God's Word, blessedly received. - From location 736 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  36. Obedience can ask with boldness at the throne of grace, and those who exercise it are the only ones who can ask, after that fashion. The disobedient folk are timid in their approach and hesitant in their supplication. They are halted by reason of their wrong-doing. The requesting yet obedient child comes into the presence of his father with confidence and boldness. His very consciousness of obedience gives him courage and frees him from the dread born of disobedience.  - From location 747 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  37. To do God's will without demur, is the joy as it is the privilege of the successful praying man. It is he who has clean hands and a pure heart, that can pray with confidence.  - From location 750 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  38. "The Christian's trade," says Luther, "is prayer." But the Christian has another trade to learn, before he proceeds to learn the secrets of the trade of prayer. He must learn well the trade of perfect obedience to the Father's will. Obedience follows love, and prayer follows obedience. The business of real observance of God's commandments inseparably accompanies the business of real praying.  - From location 753 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  39. An obedient life helps prayer. It speeds prayer to the throne. God cannot help hearing the prayer of an obedient child. He always has heard his obedient children when they have prayed. Unquestioning obedience counts much in the sight of God, at the throne of heavenly grace. It acts like the confluent tides of many rivers, and gives volume and fulness of flow as well as power to the prayer chamber. An obedient life is not simply a reformed life. It is not the old life primed and painted anew nor a churchgoing life, nor a good veneering of activities. Neither is it an external conformation to the dictates of public morality. Far more than all this is combined in a truly obedient Christian, God-fearing life.  - From location 759 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  40. If you have an earnest desire to pray well, you must learn how to obey well. If you have a desire to learn to pray, then you must have an earnest desire to learn how to do God's will. If you desire to pray to God, you must first have a consuming desire to obey him. If you would have free access to God in prayer, then every obstacle in the nature of sin or disobedience must be removed. God delights in the prayers of obedient children. Requests coming from the lips of those who delight to do his will reach his ears with great rapidity, and incline him to answer them with promptitude and abundance. - From location 764 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  41. Always, God puts the emphasis upon obedience to his commands. Obedience to them brings blessing, disobedience meets with disaster. This is true, in the Word of God, from its beginning to its close. It is because of this, that the men of prayer, in Scripture, had such influence with God. Obedient men always have been the closest to God. These are they who have prayed well and have received great things from God, who have brought great things to pass.  - From location 764 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  42. He who would pray, must obey. He who would get anything out of his prayers, must be in perfect harmony with God. Prayer puts into those who sincerely pray a spirit of obedience, for the spirit of disobedience is not of God and belongs not to God's praying hosts. - From location 778 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  43. An obedient life is a great help to prayer. In fact, an obedient life is a necessity to prayer, to the sort which accomplishes things. The absence of an obedient life makes prayer an empty performance, a mere misnomer. - From location 780 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  44. Loving obedience puts us where we can "ask anything in his name," with the assurance, that "He will do it." Loving obedience brings us into the prayer realm, and makes us beneficiaries of the wealth of Christ, and of the riches of his grace, through the coming of the Holy Spirit who will abide with us, and be in us. Cheerful obedience to God, qualifies us to pray effectually. - From location 793 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  45. True praying, he it remembered, is not mere sentiment, nor poetry, nor eloquent utterance. Nor does it consist of saying in honeyed cadences, "Lord, Lord." Prayer is not a mere form of words; it is not just calling upon a name. Prayer is obedience. It is founded on the adamantine rock of obedience to God. Only those who obey have the right to pray. Behind the praying must he the e doing; and it is the constant doing of God's will in daily life which gives prayer its potency, as our Lord plainly taught.  - From location 801 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  46. Not every one which saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say unto me in that day, 'Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?" And then will I profess unto them, "I never knew you; depart from me, ye that worketh iniquity."   - From location 804 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  47. Obedience to God helps faith as no other attribute possibly can. When obedience exists,-implicit recognition of the validity, the paramountcy of the divine commands-faith ceases to be an almost superhuman task. It requires no straining to exercise it. Obedience to God makes it easy to believe and trust God. Where the spirit of obedience fully impregnates the soul; where the will is perfectly surrendered to God; where there is a fixed, unalterable purpose to obey God, faith almost believes itself. Faith then becomes almost involuntary. After obedience it is, naturally, the next step, and it is easily and readily taken. The difficulty in prayer is not with faith, but with obedience, which is faith's foundation.   - From location 816 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  48. The lack of obedience in our lives breaks down our praying. Quite often, the life is in revolt and this places us where praying is almost impossible, except it be for pardoning mercy. Disobedient living produces mighty poor praying. Disobedience shuts the door of the inner chamber, and bars the way to the Holy of Holies. No man can pray-really pray-who does not obey.  - From location 823 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  49. Prayer, coupled with loving obedience, is the way to put God to the test, and to make prayer answer all ends and all things. Prayer, joined to the Word of God, hallows and makes sacred all God's gifts. Prayer is not simply to get things from God, but to make those things holy, which already have been received from him. It is not merely to get a blessing, but also to he able to give a blessing. Prayer makes common things holy and secular things, sacred. It receives things from God with thanksgiving and hallows them with thankful hearts, and devoted service. - From location 967 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  50. Doing God's will, and having his Word abiding in us, is an imperative of effectual praying. But, it may be asked, how are we to know what God's will is? The answer is, by studying his Word, by hiding it in our hearts, and by letting the Word dwell in us richly. "The entrance of thy word, giveth light." - From location 973 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  51. Continually, without trifling. God must be served in a constant course of obedience every day, and all the day long. [2.] For ever and ever, without backsliding. We must never be weary of well- doing. If we serve him to the end of our time on earth, we shall be serving him in heaven to the endless ages of eternity; so shall we keep his law for ever and ever. Or thus: "Lord, let me have the word of truth in my mouth, that I may commit that sacred deposit to the rising generation (2 Tim. 2: 2) and by them it may be transmitted to succeeding ages; so shall thy law be kept for ever and ever," that is, from one generation to another, according to that promise (Isa. 59: 21), My word in thy mouth shall not depart out of the mouth of thy seed, nor thy seed's seed.  - From Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible in commentary on Psalm 119:43-44
  52. We must never shrink from any duty, nor let slip an opportunity of doing good, for fear of the reproach of men, or their revilings. The traveller goes on his way though the dogs bark at him. - From Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible in commentary on Psalm 119:51.
  53. Those that are derided for their adherence to God's law may comfort themselves with this, that the reproach of Christ will prove, in the end, greater riches to them than the treasures of Egypt.  - From Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible in commentary on Psalm 119:52.
  54. "I had the comfort of keeping thy law because I kept it." Note, God's work is its own wages. A heart to obey the will of God is a most valuable reward of obedience; and the more we do the more we may do, and shall do, in the service of God; the branch that bears fruit is made more fruitful.  - From Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible in commentary on Psalm 119:55-56.
  55. Psalm 119:59-60 - When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies; - 1. He thought on his ways. He thought beforehand what he should do, pondering the path of his feet (Prov. 4: 26), that he might walk surely, and not at all adventures. He thought after what he had done, reflected upon his life past, and recollected the paths he had walked in and the steps he had taken.  What do I owe? What am I worth? "I thought not on my wealth (as the covetous man, Ps. 49: 11) but on my ways, not on what I have, but what I do:" for what we do will follow us into another world when what we have must be left behind. Many are critical enough in their remarks upon other people's ways who never think of their own: but let every man prove his own work. 2. He turned his feet to God's testimonies. He determined to make the word of God his rule, and to walk by that rule. He turned from the by- paths to which he had turned aside, and returned to God's testimonies. He turned not only his eye to them, but his feet, his affections to the love of God's word and his conversation to the practice of it. 3. He did this immediately and without demur (v. 60): I made haste and delayed not. When we are under convictions of sin we must strike while the iron is hot, and not think to defer the prosecution of them, as Felix did, to a more convenient season. When we are called to duty we must lose no time, but set about it to- day, while it is called to- day.   - From Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible in commentary on Psalm 119:59-60.
  56. Psalm 119:98 Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. - By studying and practising God's commandments, and making them his rule, he learnt to behave himself wisely in all his ways, 1 Sa. 18: 14. 2. He outwitted his enemies; God, by these means, made him wiser to baffle and defeat their designs against him than they were to lay them. Heavenly wisdom will carry the point, at last, against carnal policy. By keeping the commandments we secure God on our side and make him our friend, and therein are certainly wiser than those that make him their enemy. By keeping the commandments we preserve in ourselves that peace and quiet of mind which our enemies would rob us of, and so are wise for ourselves, wiser than they are for themselves, for this world as well as for the other.  - From Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible in commentary on Psalm 119:98.
  57. Psalm 119:115 - Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my God. - Those that resolve to keep the commandments of God must have no society with evil- doers; for bad company is a great hindrance to a holy life. We must not choose wicked people for our companions, nor be intimate with them; we must not do as they do nor do as they would have us do, Ps. 1: 1; Eph. 5: 11. - From Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible in commentary on Psalm 119:115.
  58. Psalm 119:161 - My heart stands in awe of your words. - How he kept to his duty nevertheless by the fear of God: They would make me stand in awe of them and their word and do as they tell me to, but my heart stands in awe of (trembles at) thy word. I have decided to please God and be faithful to him, no matter who is displeased and falls out with me. Every gracious soul trembles at the word of God, at the authority of its precepts and the terror of its threats. For such people, nothing in the power and wrath of humans appears at all formidable. We should obey God rather than human beings (Ac 5: 29), and make sure of Gods favor even if we come under the displeasure of the whole world (Lk 12: 4 – 5). The heart that trembles at Gods word is strengthened against the temptations that arise from persecution. - From The New Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible in commentary on Psalm 119:161.
  59. Psalm 119:153-168 - Profession Without Practice How little obedience there is, even in strong Christian circles! I suppose that is why Jesus spoke about obedience so directly toward the end of the Sermon on the Mount (Luke's version). Jesus had been followed by many people who made a verbal profession of discipleship. They called him Lord, which meant that they were calling him their master and themselves his servants. But they were also disregarding his teaching. Jesus showed the contradiction by asking pointedly, Why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say? (Luke 6: 46). He was teaching that he is not our Lord if we do not obey him; and if he is not our Lord, then we do not even belong to him.  Isaiah said the same thing in words Jesus later referred to when he was teaching his disciples: The Lord says: These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me  (Isa. 29: 13). Jesus also used this text to reprove teachers of the law who made a profession of adhering to Gods words when actually they were obeying only man- made regulations. He called them hypocrites and blind guides (see Matt. 15: 1–14; cf. Mark 7: 1–16).  In the Epistle of James:   Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does (James 1: 22–25).  Faith without obedience is worthless, even contemptible, yet it is common. One writer says, Open sin, and avowed unbelief, no doubt slay their thousands. But profession without practice slays its tens of thousands. - From the Boice Expositional  Commentary Series: Psalms - Delight in God's Decrees:Part 13 - Psalm 119:153-168.
  60. What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? ROMANS 6:1–2 NIV - If God will forgive us when we sin—no matter what we do—then why bother trying to be good? All we need to do is ask for forgiveness, and He’ll grant it, won’t He? So why try to avoid sin? But the Bible tells us that this kind of thinking makes a mockery of God’s forgiveness and grace. It makes a mockery, too, of Jesus’ death on the cross, for Christ died not just to forgive us but to free us from sin. The Bible says, “Sin shall not be your master” (Romans 6:14 NIV). When we keep on sinning without ever attempting to turn from it or restrain it, it is because we are still sin’s slaves. Never forget that sin is God’s enemy—and Satan’s friend. Sin is so serious that it caused Jesus Christ to leave Heaven’s glory and come into the world to die as the final and complete sacrifice for sin. Don’t take sin lightly. Repent of it when it rears its ugly head and, with God’s help, cast it out of your life.  From the Kindle book: Hope for Every Day: Morning and Evening Devotions by Billy Graham. - December 6th morning reading titled "Don't Cheapen God's Grace.”
  61. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. PSALM 37:4 NIV - It’s not wrong to enjoy something, as long as it’s good and honorable. God may even have gifted you in certain ways, and it would be wrong to deny those gifts. But always commit your motives to Christ and seek His will in everything—even in things you enjoy. - From the Kindle book: Hope for Every Day: Morning and Evening Devotions by Billy Graham. - December 7th morning reading titled "Serving with a Pure Heart.”
  62. We often expect quick changes in our lives and quick victories over sin. Our journey with God is a lifelong process, however, and the changes and victories may take time. It is easy to grow impatient with God and feel like giving up hope because things are moving too slowly. When we are close to a situation, it is difficult to see progress. But when we look back, we can see that God never stopped working. - Comments from the Life Application Bible NLT regarding verse Jos. 11:18.
  63. Righteousness and blamelessness are not to be equated with works- righteousness nor with perfection. It is the joyous expression of love to God for all his mercies. It is a response of gratitude. The psalmist is not saying to God, "Look what I have done for you," but he says, "Lord, I love you so much that I make every effort to please you.” - From the Expositor’s Bible Commentary by Frank E. Gaebelein - Psalm 18:20-24 .
  64. Loving God with our whole hearts, and loving our neighbor as ourselves—this is our primary calling as Christians. Yet love is only one of the virtues God wants us to have. If we ignore the other virtues—such as joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22–23)—our life will be unbalanced and incomplete. - Graham, Billy (2012-06-12). Hope for Each Day Morning and Evening Devotions (p. 388). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. 
  65. I will remind others to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to slander no one, to be peaceable and gentle, and to show true humility toward all men. (Titus 3:1-2)
  66. I will do all things without complaining or arguing, so that I may become blameless and pure, a child of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom I shine as a light in the world, holding fast the word of life. (Philippians 2:14-16)
  67. I will take heed not to practice my righteousness before men to be seen by them. Otherwise, I will have no reward from my Father in heaven. (Matthew 6:1)
  68. May I not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all my heart. May I not turn aside to go after worthless things which do not profit or deliver, because they are useless. (1 Samuel 12:20-21)
  69. Now the works of the flesh are evident:sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self- control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires -(Galatians 5:19-24)
  70. Life Lesson: Joshua 23:1 - 24:33 - We must resist the temptation to sin and live in loving obedience to God.  What’s the cure for selfishness? - From Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible Notes: Inspirational Applications for Living Your Faith.
    1. Get your self out of your eye by getting your eye off your self. Quit staring at that little self, and focus on your great Savior.
    2. A friend who is an Episcopalian minister explains the reason he closes his prayers with the sign of the Cross. “The touching of my forehead and chest makes a capital ‘I. ’ The gesture of touching first one shoulder, then the other, cuts the ‘I’ in half.”
    3. Isn’t that a work of the Cross? A smaller “I” and a greater Christ? Don’t focus on yourself; focus on all that you have in Christ. Focus on the fellowship of the Spirit, the affection and compassion of heaven. (From A Love Worth Giving by Max Lucado)
    4. Application - Have your abundant resources kept you from depending on God? Have you lost your grip on God’s help? Focus on a special need that only God can meet. Seek His help today.
    5. Likewise, we must decide whom we will serve. Will we forsake everything false and turn wholeheartedly to Jesus? Will you decide to serve the true and living God? If so, what idols must you first forsake? - Graham, Billy (2012-06-12). Hope for Each Day Morning and Evening Devotions (p. 393). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. 
  71. There is no time like the present to begin building—or rebuilding—your life on the foundation of Christ and His will for you. He loves you, and He knows what is best for you. Don’t be satisfied with anything less than His will for you—for His will is always best. - Graham, Billy (2012-06-12). Hope for Each Day Morning and Evening Devotions (p. 407). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. 
  72. The Lord my God wants me to fear Him, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, and to serve the Lord my God with all my heart and with all my soul. (Deuteronomy 10:12) - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 5065-5066). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  73. Whatever I do, whether in word or in deed, I will do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:17) - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 5070-5071). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  74. Only what is built on the solid foundation of Christ will last. Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24 NIV). Are you listening to God’s Word and putting it into practice every day? - Graham, Billy (2012-06-12). Hope for Each Day Morning and Evening Devotions (p. 423). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. 
  75. Proverbs 18:9: Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys. One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys. Observe the affinity of the different principles and workings of corruption. The sluggard and the prodigal belong to the same family. The man who hid the Lord's talent was equally unfaithful as the person who squandered his goods (Matthew 25:25; Luke 16. God gives talents not only to enrich, but to use. And whether those talents are selfishly neglected or carelessly thrown away, the wicked servant is condemned to outer darkness (Matthew 25:26- 30).  Servant of Christ, let your Master's life be your pattern and standard. He was equally fervent in his daily work and in nightly prayer. Follow him in his work, and you will be honored with his reward (John 12). - From the Crossway Classic Commentary - Proverbs by Charles Bridges in the OliveTree Bible app.
  76. Someone has wisely observed that the only Bible some people will ever read is the one they see demonstrated in the life of a Christian. In other words, the way we live often speaks far louder than our words. - Graham, Billy (2012-06-12). Hope for Each Day Morning and Evening Devotions (p. 435). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. 
  77. Don’t ever take God’s judgment lightly—and don’t ever take sin lightly. God doesn’t take them lightly. The proof is that they cost His dear Son His life. - Graham, Billy (2012-06-12). Hope for Each Day Morning and Evening Devotions (p. 440). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. 
  78. Proverbs 18:17: Guard against a self-justifying spirit. Cultivate a spirit of self-distrust. Judge as if you are under God's eye. In sincere prayer lay yourself open to his searching out of your secret sins. - From Crossway Classic Commentary - Proverbs by Charles Bridges.
  79. Psalm 19:7-11 - It's not just knowing the Word, but rather our deeds in living the Word.  It is not in hearing or in knowing the judgments of the Lord that there is great reward. It is in keeping them that there is great reward.  - From Courson's Application Commentary by Jon Courson.
  80. Psalm 19:14 - Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. - Let out thoughts and words be acceptable to God. 
  81. Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). Daily surrender—that’s the key to daily victory. - Graham, Billy (2012-06-12). Hope for Each Day Morning and Evening Devotions (p. 470). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
  82. What you do with Christ here and now decides where you shall spend eternity. - From page 123 of “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
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