INFLUENCE OF SCRIPTURE
“Our convictions and values will come from society around us (the world), or they will come as our minds are renewed by the Word of God. There is no third option” Jerry Bridges (ref#192, p167-168).
FATHER, like no other book Your words change my very nature. Externally I conclude, by the actions of the HOLY SPIRIT, that the Bible is unique in that every book in it agrees with every other book in it. I also grasp the internal evidence. I feel in my reading that it is Your Word explicitly. The HOLY SPIRIT too, brings this to me. (ref#189, Dec 14th)
“The human task of thinking about God on the basis of his Word is the place where God ‘grants understanding.’ It is a gift….(Prov 2:2-6)” John Piper (ref#220, p285).
“…the word of God…performs its work in you who believe” (1 Thes 2:13 NASB).
“Many can bring the Scriptures to the mind, but the Lord alone can prepare the mind to receive the Scriptures” Charles Spurgeon (ref#34, Jan 19th PM). “…the Holy Scriptures cannot be penetrated by study and talent is most certain. Therefore our first duty is to begin to pray, and to pray to this effect that if it please God to accomplish something for His glory—not for yours or any other person’s—He very graciously grant you a true understanding of His words….You must, therefore, completely despair of your own…ability and rely solely on the inspiration of the Spirit” John Piper (ref#220, p291).
“The Word of God…is the weapon that God designs to use in penetrating the kingdom of darkness and gathering the children of light…His whole redemptive plan for the universe hangs on the success of his word…” John Piper (ref#220, p222). “The great design…is to reveal the love of God to His people, and thereby recover their love to God, that they may love Him again who first loved them” A.W. Pink (ref#269, p128).