Bible/The Word/Scripture

  • Bible's Central Theme
  1. The one, unifying theme unfolding throughout the whole Bible is that for His own glory, God has chosen to create and gather to Himself a group of people, who will live in His eternal kingdom, to praise, honor, and serve Him forever, and through whom He will display His wisdom, power, mercy, grace, and glory. To gather His chosen ones, God must redeem them from sin. The Bible reveals God’s plan for this redemption, from its origin in eternity past to its completion in eternity future. All covenants and eras are secondary to the one continuous plan of redemption. 

  2. There is one God, who is Creator and Lord. The Bible is one book. It offers one plan of grace, recorded from its initiation in Creation, through its fulfillment in Christ, to its completion in Revelation. The Bible is the story of God’s redeeming His chosen people for His glory. - From the book "MacArthur's Quick Reference Guide to the Bible," Section "Introduction to the Bible" from the Olive Tree Bible Reading Software .
  3. According to 2 Timothy 3:16: "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God ..." It takes five English words, "given-by-inspiration-of-God," to render one Greek word which literally means "God-breathed." As the breath of a man is in each word he utters, so that words become the vehicles of his thought, so the breath of God is in the words of Scripture. Some 2,600 times the Old Testament writers claim that their words are the words of God; over 500 times the New Testament writers do the same. The Bible is God-breathed.
    Equally remarkable is the economy of words used by the Holy Ghost in imparting God’s thoughts in human language. In classical Greek there are 97,921 words; in New Testament Greek there are only 5,857 words. Of all the words available to Him the Holy Spirit deliberately left unused 92,064 Greek words as unnecessary for His purpose. He ignored 94 percent of the Greek vocabulary. Yet with that small percentage of words He wrote down for us the sublimest stories, the grandest truths, the greatest concepts ever penned. Surely that is a wondrous thing about the Book of God. - From the John Phillips Commentary Series Psalm 119:18
  4. John 15:7 - If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  Ray Stedman writes of this passage, “When our Lord says: Abide in me he is talking about the will, about the choices, the decisions we make. We must decide to do things which expose ourselves to him and keep ourselves in contact with him. This is what it means to abide in him. We have been placed into Christ by the Holy Spirit. Now we must choose to maintain that relationship by the decisions we make—decisions to expose ourselves to his Word in order to learn about him, and to relate to him in prayer wherein we converse with him. Decisions to relate to other believers in Body Life experiences; that is, bearing one another’s burdens and confessing our faults and sharing in fellowship with one another, wherein we learn about and see Christ in one another. All of this is designed to relate to him—Abide in me. If we do that, we are fulfilling this active, necessary decision of the will to obey his Word, to do what he says, and to stay in touch with him.” - From the commentary on John 15:7  from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) from John Montgomery Boice.
  5. The Word It is a sword (Ephesians 6:17). "The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double- edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). But the Word does not do this unless it is in the hands of the Spirit and he is penetrating and dividing. The Word calls, but the Spirit draws- not severed from the Word, but working in it and by it. - From commentary on 1 Peter 1:2 from Crossway Classic Commentary 1 & 2 Peter. 
  6. The Bible is intensely practical, and one of the reasons God gave it to us is so we’ll be better prepared to deal with life’s problems and temptations.  All too often we respond to these in ways that don’t reflect Christ…when we do that, Satan is the winner and the cause of Christ suffers. - From page 341 of “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  7. God’s Word is unlike any other word. It is alive. Jesus said, “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” When God speaks, things change. Everything around you — all of creation — exists because “God said it.” He spoke it all into existence. Without God’s Word you would not even be alive. James points out, “God decided to give us life through the word of truth so we might be the most important of all the things he made.”

    The Bible is far more than a doctrinal guidebook. God’s Word generates life, creates faith, produces change, frightens the Devil, causes miracles, heals hurts, builds character, transforms circumstances, imparts joy, overcomes adversity, defeats temptation, infuses hope, releases power, cleanses our minds, brings things into being, and guarantees our future forever! We cannot live without the Word of God! Never take it for granted. You should consider it as essential to your life as food. Job said, “I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.”
    - From the "Day 24: Transformed by Truth reading from “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren.
  8. The Word of God - We may be sure that any questioning of the Word of God is Satanic in its origin.  Whether the doubt comes from a group of atheists, from secular educators, or from theologians, its source is always the same.  Satan can never win any victory, even the Pyrrhic one, over the Christian who holds to the Word of God.  “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it and are safe” (Proverb 18:10), and the Word of the Lord is a citadel even stronger than the name of God, for it is declared that the Lord has magnified His Word above His name (Psalm 138:2). - From pages 87 and 88 of the book Invisible War by Donald Grey Barnhouse. 
  9. Furthermore, in addition to prayer, it is crucial that new believers spend time reading God’s written revelation of himself—the Bible. The Bible not only forms the foundation of an effective prayer life, but it is foundational to every other aspect of Christian living. While prayer is our primary way of communicating with God, the Bible is God’s primary way of communicating with us. Nothing should take precedence over getting into the Word and getting the Word into us. - From Resurrection: The Capstone in the Arch of Christianity by Hank Hannegraft.
  10. 2 Timothy 3:16 - All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
  11. Unlike the textbooks that we write, God’s Word is perfect, flawless, and complete. Because human language changes, we require new translations of God’s Word; but the Word of God never needs revision or improvement. “Restore” is the same word used in Psalm 23:3 and means “to revive, to give new life.” The Word of the Lord not only has life (Acts 7:3; Heb. 4:12), but it also imparts spiritual life to all who receive it (1 Peter 1:23), and it sustains life as well (119:25, 37, 40, 88, 107, 149, 156, 159). - From commentary on Psalm 19:7 from the BE Series Commentary by Warren Wiersby.
  12. Psalm 119:20 - My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.  When we are saved, the Lord does something to our soul. He does something to our nature. He puts His own nature in us, and that new nature responds to the drawing power of the Word of God. God’s Word brings our chaotic, disorderly lives into line. We take on the characteristics of the Word of God, and the mysterious power residing in this Book is imparted to our own lives. - From commentary from the John Phillips Commentary Series by John Phillips.
  13. Everything God wants for us can be found in the gospel (Scripture, Bible).   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 1, 1:14-15,  pg. 30
  14. God has given us His Word; it stands as the only infallible rule of faith and practice. Our lives are tested by its truth.  All of our thoughts and philosophies are tested by the Word of God.  If we find a human thought that is opposed to what is set forth in the Bible, we say that the human thought is in error.  If we find that the human thought is in agreement with what is set forth in the Bible, we say that the human thought is truth.  Every little particle of human thought must be judged by the entire revelation of God’s truth.  But the Bible stands as the final court of appeal. - From page 27 of the book Let me Illustrate by Donald Grey Barnhouse.
  15. The Word is the only thing that is powerful enough to do what is required in the hearts of fallen men and women if they are to be saved. Nothing else can do it. The Word is God’s tool. It is, as the author of Hebrews writes, “living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (4:12). Compared to this the words of men are next to nothing. Luther knew this. On one occasion he said, ‘We must make a great difference between God’s word and the word of man. A man’s word is a little sound, that flies into the air, and soon vanishes; but the Word of God is greater than heaven and earth, yea, greater than death and hell, for it forms part of the power of God, and endures everlastingly” (Table Talk, xliv). - From commentary on John 17:9 from the Boice Expository Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  16. One of the things that sets the Bible apart from all other books is its ability to predict the future accurately. It contains hundreds of prophecies. It foretold accurately the birth of the Lord Jesus in Bethlehem, described His career, and gave many details regarding His death, burial, and resurrection. It foretold His death by crucifixion, that He would be betrayed by a friend, that He would be offered vinegar to drink, that people would gamble for His clothes, and that He would be in the tomb for a total of three days and three nights. - From the commentary on James 4:14 from John Phillips Commentary Series (27 volumes) by John Phillips.
  17. That Satan is at work against the Word of God is also brought out by our Lord in His parable of the sower.  He announces that He Himself, is the sower, and that the seed is the Word of God.  As soon as it is sown, the enemy comes along and seeks to snatch away the seed which has been scattered.  It is the Garden of Eden all over again, and in this phase of the battle Satan has partially succeeded.  Beginning with Eve, he has gained the point to the extent that multitudes of people have been detached from the only source of spiritual life, the Word of God.  Thus, with their defense destroyed, they are open to all attacks and are sure to be defeated. - From page 88 of the book Invisible War by Donald Grey Barnhouse.   
  18. Spiritual truth comes from God.  People devise myths and deviations from that truth.  We need to study the Scriptures and continually learn the contents of faith.  We lose a "good conscience" when we allow our own "myths" or interpretations to supplant true faith.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 1 pg. 154-155.
  19. Conscience tells us that we ought to do right, but it does not tell us what right is - that we are taught by God’s Word. - H. C. Trumbull - From page 273 of Turning Points with God by David Jeremiah.
  20. When interpreting a verse or paragraph in the Bible, there are three contexts that must be remembered to arrive at the intended truth: - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 2 pg. 176.
    1. 1) the immediate context of the paragraph or verse,
    2. 2) the surrounding context of the book or letter, and
    3. 3) the encompassing context of the entire Bible.
    4. No teaching will contradict any other part of the Bible, because it contains the harmonious counsel of God.  Certain verses or passages may amplify or extend the range of understanding of particular themes or ideas, but they will never contradict the foundations of the Scripture.
  21. The Bible is the protocol book for life - for all we do. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 3:14-15 pg. 191.
  22. The Word of God is powerful (Heb 4:12); creates change (Isa. 55:11); is essential for life (Deut. 8:3).  Too often our familiarity with the Bible causes us to forget that these written words contain the very breath of God - his wisdom and intelligence, yearnings, energies, strategies, and humor.  The Bible is a bit of the mind and personality of God laid open for us. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 4:13 pg. 208.
  23. Reading the Bible has a purifying effect upon the heart and mind.  As you read, the Holy Spirit will enlighten the passages for you. - From page 167 of Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  24. The Word in the hand is fine, the Word in the head is better, but the Word in the heart is what transforms us and matures us in Christ (119:11; Col. 3:16-17).  
    The Word is a light (119:105) and a mirror (James 1:22-25) to help us see ourselves, search our hearts (Heb. 4:12), and recognize and acknowledge our sins. “By the law is the knowledge of sin” (Rom. 3:20; 7:7-14). “Secret sins” are those we don’t even see ourselves, “sins of ignorance” we don’t realize we’ve committed. - From commentary on Psalm 19:12-14  from the BE Series Commentary by Warren Wiersby.
  25. Every believer needs to be a student of Scripture, guarding biblical truth in his or her own life.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 1,  pg. 273. 
  26. Sanctification comes rather from seeking always and increasingly to have the Lord Jesus Christ exalted in our lives. And the way to do that is by discovering what he desires of us and for us in his Word. - From the commentary on John 17:17 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  27. The Bible is not a collection of stories, fables, myths, or merely human ideas about God.  It is not a human book.  Through the Holy Spirit, God revealed his person and plan to certain believers who wrote down his message for his people (2 Peter 1:20, 21).  They wrote what God wanted them to write.  Scripture is completely trustworthy because God was in control of its writing.  The words are entirely authoritative for our faith and lives.  The Bible is "God-breathed."  Read it, and use its teachings to guide your conduct.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 3:16 Note 3:16, page 2203.
  28. The whole Bible is God's inspired Word.  Because it is inspired and trustworthy, we should read it and apply it to our lives.  The Bible is our standard for testing everything else that claims to be true.  It is our safeguard against false teaching and our source of guidance for how we should live.  It is our only source of knowledge about how we can be saved.  God wants to show you what is true and equip you to live for him.  How much time do you spend in God's Word?  Read it regularly to discover God's truth and to become confident in your life and faith.  Develop a plan for reading the whole Bible, not just familiar passages.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Note 3:16-17, page 2203.
  29. Some would suggest that we must trust in conscience. But conscience is an unsure guide. At best, conscience tells us that we should do right when we know the right. But it does not know what is right unless the light of God’s revelation shines upon it. One writer compares conscience to a sundial, which is made for the sun just as conscience is made for God’s revelation. In the light of the sun a sundial may give pretty good time. But suppose it is consulted by moonlight. By moonlight it may indicate that it is ten o’clock when actually it is three in the morning. Again, by using a candle or a flashlight the sundial may be made to tell any hour one desires. It is reliable only when the light of the sun shines upon it. In the same way, the conscience is useful only when the light of God shines on the human soul from the pages of God’s Book, the Bible.  - From the section, Informed by Scripture from the commentary on John 19:12 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  30. In our zeal for the truth of Scripture, we must never forget its purpose - to equip us to do good We should not Study God's Word simply to increase our knowledge or to prepare us to win arguments.  We should study the Bible so that we will know how to do Christ's work in the world.  Our knowledge of God's Word is not useful unless it strengthens our faith and leads us to do good.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 3:17 Note 3:17, page 2203.
  31. We neglect the Scriptures at our own peril.  Through them we gain the ability to serve God and others.  The Scriptures not only point the way; through the mysterious union of God's Word and faith. they give us the ability to serve.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 3:17.  pg. 307. 
  32. Psalm 119:24 - Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.  It is better to seek the counsel of Solomon than of Dr. Spock and his kind when it comes to raising our children. All these people can give us is the wisdom of this world but Solomon can give us wisdom from on high. It is better to seek the counsel of Moses than Darwin when it comes to the origin of life. All Darwin can give us is supposition, theory, and ever-changing guesses. Moses can tell us what really happened. It is better to seek the counsel of the Bible than The Wall Street Journal on the kinds of investments to make with your money. All Barron’s can give us is advice on how to get a 15 percent increase on investments; the Bible tells us how to get 10,000 percent (a hundredfold). It is better to go to the Scriptures than to a psychiatrist with our guilt, depressions, frustrations, anxieties, and inhibitions. A psychiatrist can identify, perhaps, the source of the problem; yet if he is ignoring "the law of sin" he is often wrong even then. The Scriptures not only diagnose our problems, they can transform our personality.  - From the commentary on Psalm 119:24 from John Phillips Commentary Series (27 volumes) by John Phillips.
  33. God requires spiritual knowledge and godly conduct from those who claim his salvation.  The Bible remains the supreme authority for life.  It has the power to convict and transform and the authority to correct and discipline.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 3  Principals - pg. 308.
  34. Christians must continue to study the Scriptures, prayerfully seeking its discipline and guidance. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 3  Principals - pg. 308.
  35. Luther believed that the Bible was God’s Word and that it was about Jesus. Consequently, whenever he approached the Bible, he knew from the start who was speaking in it and what its theme was.
     It would be good if all who pretend to teach the Bible in our day had a similar insight and conviction. Unfortunately, they do not. Instead of reading the Bible as the Word of God, many read it as the words of Isaiah, Matthew, John, Paul, or even “Second Isaiah,” “the Deuteronomist,” “Q,” or some other supposed source. Instead of seeing the Bible as a book about Jesus, they see it as a collection of works with varying and sometimes even conflicting themes. As a result, the Bible does not make sense to such people, and they find it confusing. Moreover, they often also fail to believe it and in the Christ presented in its pages. Failing to believe in him, they miss salvation.  - From the section, “Scripture Fulfilled in Christ’s Death" from the commentary on John 19:23-24  from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  36. God's message diagnoses the needs of our hearts and points us to a solution. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1784.
  37. Because God's message is alive, active, sharp, and discerning, those who listen to God's message can enter his rest. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1796.
  38. Ultimately God, speaking through the Holy Spirit, is the author of all Scripture. Because he is the author, he speaks to us through the content of Scripture.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1977.
  39. To write Scripture, God worked through human beings. David may have spoken the words, but the authority of God lay behind them. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1979.
  40. God's Word is alive, powerful, and penetrating. It diagnoses our needs and points us to God's power. It discloses the condition of our hearts. It demands our obedient response.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4, at location 2011.
  41. There were three elements to their spiritual immaturity. First, they were slow to learn (v. 11). Second, they had failed to rise to the level of instructing others (v. 12), needing again to learn the elementary truths of God's word (v. 12). Third, they needed to develop the skills to distinguish good from bad and to follow the good (v. 14). They had dabbled so long in mediocrity that they had become content with this level. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 2166.
  42. People are compared here to grass and flowers that wither away. We are mortal, but God’s Word is eternal and unfailing. Public opinion changes and is unreliable, but God’s Word is constant. Only in God’s eternal Word will we find lasting solutions to our problems and needs. - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) - Study Bible Notes on Isaiah 40:6-8.
  43. God's Word speaks to the needs of people who stumble and bungle through life. We must not omit practical application for struggling Christians as we expound the theology of Scripture. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 5,  at location 2211.
  44. God's Word itself was a foundation strong enough for our trust and confidence. When God added an oath to his Word, the addition made the promise even more certain. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6, v. 6:13 at location 2847.
  45. Paul's exhortation to followers of Jesus Christ was to "continue in the faith" (Acts 14:22). "The faith" (in which we are to continue) is the word of God. Paul later called it "the word of His grace." Since God's word is permeated with His grace, it is able to do glorious things in our lives.   - From the DBD for 12/3 as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac.
  46. Clearly John believed, as did the other writers of the New Testament, Martin Luther and the vast host down through history who followed in their train, that the Bible is God’s Word about his Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. It is where we meet him, learn of him, believe in him, and grow into the fullness of the faith. Through a study of the Word this happens. Without it, none of these things take place. - From the section, “Four Prophecies" from the commentary on John 19:23-24  from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  47. The means whereby this is affected are pointed out: the word of truth, that is, the gospel, as Paul expresses it more plainly, 1 Cor. iv. 15, I have begotten you in Jesus Christ through the gospel. This gospel in indeed a word of truth, or else it could never produce such real, such lasting, such great and noble effects. We may rely upon it, and venture our immortal souls upon it. And we shall find it a means of our sanctification as it is a word of truth, John xvii. 17 - From the Matthew Henry Commentary as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac  - in the Book of James, Chapter 1, v. 18.
  48. We believe that the Bible is not an account of human efforts to find God, but rather an account of God’s effort to reveal Himself to humanity. It is God’s own record of His dealings with people in His unfolding revelation of Himself to the human race. The Bible is the revealed will of the Creator of all of humanity, given to His creatures by the Creator Himself, for instruction and guidance along life’s paths. - From the book's section: I: The Heart of the Bible, The Bible is God's Word. from "Halley's Bible Handbook, Classic Edition by Henry Halley.
  49. Many statements in the Bible are expressed in ancient thought forms and ancient language forms. Today we would express these same ideas in a different form and in modern language rather than in the language of ancient times. But even so, the Bible contains precisely the things God wants mankind to know, in exactly the form in which He wants us to know them. And to the end of time, the “dear old Book” will remain the one and only answer to humanity’s quest for God. Everyone should love the Bible. Everyone should be a regular reader of the Bible. Everyone should strive to live by the Bible’s teachings. The Bible should have the central place in the life and work of every church and every pulpit. The pulpit’s one business is the simple teaching of God’s Word, expressing in the language of today the truths that are expressed in ancient thought and language forms in the Bible. - From the book's section: I: The Heart of the Bible, The Bible is God's Word. from "Halley's Bible Handbook, Classic Edition by Henry Halley.
  50. The whole Bible is built around this beautiful story of Christ and around His promise of life eternal to those who accept Him. The Bible was written only that people might believe, and understand, and know, and love, and follow Christ. Christ, the center and heart of the Bible, the center and heart of history, is also the center and heart of our lives. Our eternal destiny is in His hand. Our acceptance or rejection of Him as our Lord and Savior determines for each of us eternal glory or eternal ruin—heaven or hell, one or the other. The most important decision anyone is ever called on to make is to settle in one’s heart, once for all, the matter of one’s attitude toward Christ. On that depends everything.  - From the book's section:The Heart of the Bible:  2: Christ is the Heart and Center of the Bible,  from "Halley's Bible Handbook, Classic Edition by Henry Halley.
  51. Psalm 1:1-3 summarizes the blessings of obedience. Those who meditate on the Law of the Lord will be like a "tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever he does prospers."  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - James I v. 25  at location 6404. 
  52. If you don't read the Word and memorize the Word and meditate on the Word daily and delight in the Word and savor it and have your mind and emotions shaped by the Word, you will be a weak Christian at best. You will be fragile and easily deceived and easily paralyzed by trouble and stuck in many mediocre ruts. But if you read the Word and memorize important parts of it and meditate on it and savor it and steep your mind in it, then you will be like a strong tree planted by streams of water that brings forth fruit. Your leaf won't wither in the drought and you will be productive in your life for Christ (see Psalm  1 ). - From the Sermons of John Piper, January 2, 2000, "Christian Living Means Living on the Word of God” 
  53.  Reading Soaked in Prayer - I said that the Word of God, soaked in prayer, is the substance of the joyful project of Christian living. One of the reasons I say "soaked in prayer," is that so much of the Word of God is prayer. Psalm  77 is prayer. If you are going to read it authentically, you read it as prayer. You pray it. I think this is the way all Scripture should be read. We read it in the presence of God. We read it as read before God and to God. We read it as praise to him or confessions to him or questions to him or pleas to him. God is always listening to  his own Word in our mouths or in our minds and watching what we do with it. He cares what we do with it. So we should be aware that he is listening to our reading and should acknowledge to him that he is there and that we want him involved in the reading: helping us understand and helping us believe and receiving praise and thanks and petitions and complaints and cries and questions. The Word that we live on should always be prayer-soaked. It should be Godward reading. - From the Sermons of John Piper, January 2, 2000, "Christian Living Means Living on the Word of God” 
  54. The gospel reveals the glory of God. According to God’s Word, he is the sovereign Creator of all things. He knows all things, sustains all things, and owns all things. He is holy above all. He is righteous in all his ways, just in all his wrath, and loving toward all he has made. - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 434.
  55. People are spiritually dead, just as those corpses in the cemetery were physically dead, and only words from God can bring them to spiritual life. - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 459.
  56. God-centered, Christ-exalting, self-denying gospel.  - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 592.
  57. While the goal of the American dream is to make much of us, the goal of the gospel is to make much of God. - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 671.
  58. Proverbs 4:22 -  For they are  life to those who find them, and healing to all their  flesh.  - The keeping of the Word will be life to those who find it (see verses  4 , 10 , 13; 3:18). Some medicines are good for one part of the body, some for another. This is good for the body and the soul. We will enjoy vigorous health as we feed on this heavenly manna. We will not then bear our religion as our cross, as a cumbersome appendage. We will not drag our Christian duties around with us as if they were chains. Godliness will be a joy for us. The spirit will be aglow. The mind will be enriched with divine wisdom. The heart will be established with gospel grace. - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  59. “The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). God’s Word is alive, and if you’ll let it, it will cut through anything you face. So don’t just read the Bible; let the Bible read you. - From location 1260 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  60. Like dough that needs an ingredient to make it rise, the Bible requires our faith in order to be activated in our lives. Faith serves as the catalyst that enables us to take the necessary steps of obedience as we follow God and listen to his Word. - From location 1266 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  61. Reading the Word only out of a sense of duty is like trying to make dynamite without nitroglycerin. It simply won’t ignite. When we don’t have faith, or we don’t bring it to our encounter with the Word, then we view it in a flat, lifeless way that many would say feels “boring.” - From location 1271 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  62. No word that God speaks, when it becomes a revelation to you, will lack the power for its fulfillment. There’s nothing in the Bible that, when it becomes an “oh, now I get it!” moment, lacks the power to actually happen inside you. - From location 1304 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  63. Faith activates the Word. How do you grow your faith? Revelation activates faith. And how do you get a revelation? Meditation on Scripture activates, or is the means to, revelation. - From location 1308 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  64. We’re told, “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it. . . .” Chew it, swallow it, regurgitate it, and chew it some more so you can get all the flavor out. And when should we be doing this? “. . . day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8, emphasis mine). - From location 1323 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  65. If we want the Bible to be revealed, then we need to commit to meditating on it. - From location 1327 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  66. The psalmist tells us that blessed are those who “delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night” (Psalm 1:2, NLT). They don’t “join in with mockers” who scorn God and his Word (verse 1). He goes on to say that people who respect God’s Word are like trees firmly planted by a stream of water, whose leaves never wither. Whatever they set their hands to will prosper. - From location 1341 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  67. When you’re in doubt or uncertain, when you’re confused or frustrated, turn to Scripture. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). When you give the Bible the authority it deserves, then it will speak into your life with clarity and certainty. You will go from reading words on the page—logos—to having ongoing “aha!” moments, or rhema. - From location 1344 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  68. We must make our relationship with the Bible part of our everyday lives. We are to be in the Word every day, not out of duty or to feel better about ourselves, but because doing so gives us room to meditate, which is the pathway to revelation and faith. The Bible is not a once-a-week, Sunday kind of book. It’s not even a morning devotional book, but instead it’s like food, something you and I need every day. Something to be devoured and digested, chewed on and chewed some more. - From location 1348 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  69. Accept the Bible’s authority, make it an ongoing part of your everyday life, and then put it into practice. Live it, do it, practice it. When God’s Word says to love, put it into practice. When it says to give, give. James tells us, “Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves” (James 1:22, NLT). - From location 1367 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  70. Our goal should be to take the living Word and plant it into the world around us. Into our relationships and our work. Into our classrooms and our cubicles. Into our kitchens and our bedrooms. Into our bank accounts and our bill paying. Everywhere. - From location 1370 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  71. The Bible is not a normal book. Its contents aren’t just text on a page. Those words contain the supernatural power to attain their own fulfillment. The Bible has breath in it, the God-essence that makes all the difference in the world. If you want to experience transformation in your life, if you want to live a vibrant adventure instead of spin circles in the doldrums, read your Bible and notice how it propels you forward. - From location 1374 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  72. The Word of God is the fulcrum upon which the lever of prayer is placed, and by which things are mightily moved. God has committed himself, his purpose, and his promise to prayer. His Word becomes the basis, the inspiration of our praying, and there are circumstances under which, by importunate prayer, we may obtain an addition, or an enlargement of his promises. - From location 919 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  73. The Word of God is made effectual and operative by the process and practice of prayer. - From location 932 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  74. The Word of God is a great help in prayer. If it be lodged and written in our hearts, it will form an outflowing current of prayer, full and irresistible. Promises, stored in the heart, are to be the fuel from which prayer receives life and warmth, just as the coal, stored in the earth, ministers to our comfort on stormy days and wintry nights. - From location 937 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  75. The Word of God is the food, by which prayer is nourished and made strong. Prayer, like man, cannot live by bread alone, "but by every word which proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord." - From location 939 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  76. Unless the vital forces of prayer are supplied by God's Word, prayer, though earnest even vociferous in its urgency, is in reality flabby, vapid, and void. The absence of vital force in praying can be traced to the absence of a constant supply of God's Word by which to repair the waste, and renew the life. He who would learn to pray well, must first study God's Word, and store it in his memory and thought.  - From location 941 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  77. Look, for a moment, at another of Gods great promises, and discover how we may he undergirded by the Word as we pray, and on what firm ground we may stand on which to make our petitions to our God: "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall he done Unto YOU." In these comprehensive words, God turns himself over to the will of his people. When Christ becomes our all-in-all, prayer lays God's treasures at our feet. - From location 962 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  78. 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.
  79. To know God's will in prayer, we must be filled with God's Spirit, who makes intercession for the saints, and in the saints, according to the will of God. To be filled with God's Spirit, to be filled with God's Word, is to know God's will. It is to he put in such a frame of mind, to he found in such a state of heart, as will enable us to read and interpret aright the purposes of the infinite. Such filling of the heart, with the Word and the Spirit, gives us an insight into the will of the Father, and enables us to rightly discern his will, and puts within us, a disposition of mind and heart to make it the guide and compass of our lives - From location 975 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  80. The Word of God, be it remembered, is impregnated with the Holy Spirit. And just as there is a divine element in the words of Scripture, so also is the same divine element to he found in all true preaching of the Word, which is able to save and convert the soul. - From location 1006 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  81. Prayer invariably begets a love for the Word of God, and sets people to the reading of it. Prayer leads people to obey the Word of God, and puts into the heart which obeys a joy unspeakable. Praying people and Bible-reading people are the same sort of folk. The God of the Bible and the God of prayer are one. God speaks to man in the Bible; man speaks to God in prayer. One reads the Bible to discover God's will; he prays in order that he may receive power to do that will. Bible-reading and praying are the distinguishing traits of those who strive to know and please God. And just as prayer begets a love for the Scriptures, and sets people to reading the Bible, so, also, does prayer cause men and women to visit the house of God, to hear the Scriptures expounded. - From location 1008 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  82. In reference to Psalm 119 - Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee. Here the psalmist found his protection against sinning. By having God's Word hidden in his heart; in having his whole being thoroughly impregnated with that Word; in being brought completely under its benign and gracious influence, he was enabled to walk to and fro in the earth, safe from the attack of the evil one, and fortified against a proneness to wander out of the way.  - From location 1025 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  83. He who would have a heart for the reading of the Bible must not-dare not-forget to pray. The man of whom it can be said, "His delight is in the law of the Lord," is the man who can truly say, "I delight to visit the place of prayer." No man loves the Bible, who does not love to pray. No man loves to pray, who does not delight in the law of the Lord.  - From location 1030 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  84. Here, let it be said, that no two things are more essential to a spirit-filled life than Bible-reading and secret prayer; no two things more helpful to growth in grace; to getting the largest joy out of a Christian life; toward establishing one in the ways of eternal peace. The neglect of these all-important duties, presages leanness of soul, loss of joy, absence of peace, dryness of spirit, decay in all that pertains to spiritual life. Neglecting these things paves the way for apostasy, and gives the evil one an advantage such as he is not likely to ignore. Reading God's Word regularly, and praying habitually in the secret place of the most high puts one where he is absolutely safe from the attacks of the enemy of souls, and guarantees him salvation and final victory, through the overcoming power of the lamb.  - From location 1035 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  85. Psalms 119: 41- 48 - Vs. 41- 48. Lord, I have by faith thy mercies in view; let me by prayer prevail to obtain them. And when the salvation of the saints is completed, it will plainly appear that it was not in vain to trust in God's word. We need to pray that we may never be afraid or ashamed to own God's truths and ways before men. And the psalmist resolves to keep God's law, in a constant course of obedience, without backsliding. The service of sin is slavery; the service of God is liberty. There is no full happiness, or perfect liberty, but in keeping God's law. We must never be ashamed or afraid to own our religion. The more delight we take in the service of God, the nearer we come to perfection. Not only consent to his law as good, but take pleasure in it as good for us. Let me put forth all the strength I have, to do it. Something of this mind of Christ is in every true disciple. - From Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary Psalm 119:41-48 
  86. The Bible is our prayer book and we’d be amiss to neglect its riches. The Bible is full of language lessons so we might enjoy Word- enriched prayer. It’s the key to finding God’s will when we pray, providing balance and meaning. Great themes abound—God’s holiness, wisdom, faithfulness, sovereignty, love, and mercy—all of which beautify our praises, adorn our intercessions, embroider our petitions, and give weight and significance to every supplication.  
    Most of all, using the Word of God in prayer is about as close as we can get to the Living Word, the Lord Jesus. If we’re going to pray in his name, it makes sense to speak in his language.
    - From the book" Speaking God's Language" by Joni Eareckson Tada  by Rose Publishing.
  87. Charles Spurgeon was a noted leader who literally “prayed” the Word of God. He expressed,
  88. “Every promise of scripture is a writing of God which may be pleaded before him with this reasonable request, ‘Do as thou hast said! ’ The Creator will not cheat the creature who depends upon his truth; and far more, the Heavenly Father will not break his word to his own child.” - From the book" Speaking God's Language" by Joni Eareckson Tada  by Rose Publishing.
  89. Whatever our outward condition is we must not cool in our affection to the word of God, nor let that slip out of our minds; no care, no grief, must crowd that out. As some drink and forget the law (Prov. 31: 5), so others weep and forget the law; but we must in every condition, both prosperous and adverse, have the things of God in remembrance; and, if we be mindful of God's statutes, we may pray and hope that he will be mindful of our sorrows, though for a time he seems to forget us. - From Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary Psalm 119:83 
  90. Quicken and deliver me according to thy word of promise (v. 154), for I do not forget thy precepts (v. 141). The more closely we hold on to the word of God, both as our rule and as our support, the more assurance we may have that we will be rescued in due time.- From The New Matthew Henry Commentary Psalm 119:154. 
  91. Psalm 119:160 - The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.  
    1. God's Word is true (v.160). The truth of God's Word is a vital lesson for the psalmist to have learned, or for anyone to learn, so it is not surprising that it figures strongly in these last stanzas. We find it in verse 142 (your law is true), verse 151 (all your commands are true), and verse 160 (all your words are true).
    2. Have you learned how true, how utterly trustworthy God's Word is, even when everything and everyone around you proves false and untrustworthy? Spurgeon wrote,
    3. The ungodly are false, but God's word is true. … God's word has been true from the first moment in which it was spoken, true throughout the whole of history, true to us from the instant in which we believed it, true to us before we were true to it. … The Scriptures are as true in Genesis as in Revelation, and the five books of Moses are as inspired as the four Gospels. Neither in the book of revelation nor of providence will there be any need to put a single note of errata. The Lord has nothing to regret or to retract, nothing to amend or to reverse. 
    4. The Bible was as true for your grandmother and grandfather as it is for you. The same Word that speaks truthfully to you spoke truthfully to poor tillers of the soil in England two hundred years ago and to martyrs standing against the cruel persecutions of imperial Rome or the church's own terrible Inquisition in the Middle Ages. - From the Boice Expositional  Commentary Series: Psalms - Delight in God's Decrees:Part 13 - Psalm 119:153-168.
  92. Psalm 119:162 - I rejoice at your word  like one who finds great spoil.
    1. The pleasure David took in the word of God. He rejoiced that God had made such a revelation of his mind, that Israel was blessed with that light when other nations sat in darkness, that he himself was let in on understanding it and had experienced its power. He took pleasure in reading it, hearing it, and meditating on it, and everything he met with in it was pleasant to him. He had just said that his heart trembled at Gods word, and here he declared that he rejoiced in it. The more reverence we have for the word of God, the more joy we will find in it.
    2. 2. How deep that pleasure was — as one that finds great spoil. This envisages victory over an enemy. It is through much opposition that a soul comes to the point of rejoicing in Gods word. But besides the pleasure and honor of a conquest, there is great advantage gained from the plunder of the battlefield, which adds even more to the joy. We become more than conquerors (Ro 8: 37), that is, inexpressible gainers, from the word of God.- From The New Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible in commentary on Psalm 119:162.
  93. Psalms 119:98
    1. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me.
    2. Find a person whose Bible is falling apart and you will find some one who's life isn’t!
    3. Philippians 4:6- 7: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  - Prayer Coach - For All Who Want to Get Off the Bench and onto the Praying Field by James L. Nicodem
  94. The Bible not only forms the foundation of an effective prayer life but is foundational to every aspect of human living.  While prayer is our primary way of communicating with God, the Bible is God’s primary way of  communicating with us.  Nothing should take precedence over getting into the Word and getting the Word into us. …..  If we do not regularly feed on the Word of God, we will suffer the Spiritual consequences.  - from L-I-G-H-T-S On Your Path to Reading the Bible For All It’s Worth by Hank Hanegraaff of the Christian Research Institute.
  95. Joshua 1:8:Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.” 
  96. If we read the Bible as carefully and as regularly as we read the daily papers, we would be as familiar with and as well informed about God as we are about our favorite player’s average during baseball season! - From page 147 of the book “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franlin Graham with Donna Toney. 
  97. Every day, there will be poisonous, bitter herbs placed in the pot of your mind perhaps through the media, through conversation, through education. What can we do? Head for the hills and go to a monastery? No, because we’ll bring our mind with us. Pick out the poisons and fight against them? No, because that would be a losing battle. We are to do what Elisha’s men did. We are to pour in the meal of God’s Word daily. As the meal goes in, the poison dissipates. Evil imaginations begin to shrivel in the light of God’s Word.It is the Word of God that counteracts what is dangled before us all day long by this world’s system. As the Word goes through you, there is a cleansing that takes place. Baal and Ashteroth, Mammon and Moloch—the gods of intellect and sensuality, money and pleasure—are rendered helpless by the Word. Therefore, stay in the Word, gang, and make it the number one priority of your life—not just to gain theological information, but to gain much- needed spiritual nutrition. - From commentary on Ezekial 8:12 from Courson’s Application Commentary by Jon Courson.