From Pretense to Power, Crumbs #4 Instructions for Living

interstate highway

“Reading Psalm 119 is too often like watching scenery along an interstate highway. You glimpse lots of things, but you mostly remember the long drive.”  Rob Campbell

                costume           “Perhaps it’s impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.” Orson Scott Car, Ender’s Game


“When we commit ourselves to the pursuit of holiness, we need to ensure that our commitment is actually to God, not simply to a holy lifestyle or a set of moral values … offer yourselves to God, and in doing that commit yourselves to the pursuit of holiness in order to please Him.”
― Jerry Bridges, Holiness Day by Day: Transformational Thoughts for Your Spiritual Journey

               Jesus washing feet           “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matt. 21:27


 “That is the work of God. It is your living faith in the adequacy of the One who is in you, which releases His divine action through you.”  Major W. Ian Thomas


“According to Holman’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary a succinct definition of biblical obedience is “to hear God’s Word and act accordingly.” Eerdman’s Bible …

mind control

“If we want the Word of God to have authority in our life, there is only one way – obey it. If we want the Holy Spirit to have authority in our life, there is only one way – Obey Him. If we always obey impulses of fear or doubt or resentment, what will have authority over our minds? Fear, and doubt and resentment.”
Tom Marshall

“So Psalm 119 is actually not about the topic of getting Scripture into your life. Instead, it is the honest words that erupt when what God says gets into you. It’s not an exhortation to Bible study; it’s an outcry of faith.” Rob Campbell


2 Responses to “From Pretense to Power, Crumbs #4 Instructions for Living”
  1. harriett salley says:

    I have just read psalm 119 again in the Message Bible. It is a wonderful trasnslation in every day language. thanks for giving us a change to reread it! I know several people I would like to talk to about it! the Message Bible had a way I think I could copy it and make a little booklet our of it! I am thinking I will make the brisket I ruined last year again this year. Are you up for that?!?!?

    • So glad you enjoyed revisiting Psalm 119. So did I. You’re right; The Message does have a way of driving home the point in a practical sense.

      The brisket sounds great. We’ll talk further about the plans. Looking forward to a good time with great friends. 🙂

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