MEDITATING ON SCRIPTURE
“…to pursue holiness with discipline, we must do more than hear, read, study or memorize Scripture. We must meditate on it” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p99).
“One cannot stress too much the necessity of reading and meditating upon the Book…the Word of God is not like any merely human book. There is a spiritual as well as an intellectual element in the apprehension of it….Therefore, we must always avoid mere knowledge for the sake of knowledge, but must allow the Spirit of God to make personal application of the Word to our own lives….God’s Word is intensely practical” Alfred Martin (ref#260, p123).
“Meditation of Scripture is a discipline” Jerry Bridges (ref#192, p170). “We must choose to meditate instead of thinking about other things, or listening to the radio, or watching television. We simply have to decide which end of the influence continuum we want to live on and take steps accordingly” Jerry Bridges (ref#192, p171).
“It is not necessary that we should discover new ideas in our meditation. Often this only diverts us and feeds our vanity. It is sufficient if the Word, as we read and understand it, penetrates and dwells within us” Dietrich Bonhoeffer (ref#28, p83).
“Can we ever know positively that our understanding of Scripture is entirely correct?…we cannot. But we can know positively whether we are seeking God’s truth in a manner that glorifies Him” Carol J. Ruvolo (ref#228, p132).
“’Lord, my sweetest privilege is obedience to Thee; my highest freedom is wearing Thy yoke; my greatest rest is bearing Thy burden…” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, Nov 22nd).