Soul Food for Friday: Quotes about the Power of the Bible

God’s Word builds and transforms lives. At my church, we don’t call them sermons but messages from God’s life building word. Check out this week’s Soul Food for Friday for quotes on the Bible. Most of all, take time to not only read God’s Word, but to daily live it.

“A Bible that’s falling apart probably belongs to someone who isn’t.” — Christian Johnson

“Whoever seems to have understood the Scriptures in such a way that he does not build up that double love of God and neighbor, has not yet understood.” — St. Augustine

“The Bible is not a book that you can open and say, ‘Now, Lord, put some magic into my soul that will open up the meaning of this book.’ There is only one way really to understand the Word, and that is through wrestling with the circumstances and happenings of life.” — Oswald Chambers

“Why has the Spirit caused you to pause on these words? The pause is more than mandatory space for God to speak. It is the place where discernment is evoked in you. In other words, the pause alerts you to pay attention to something that is about to manifest itself. And that ‘something’ is critical to your journey and your formation.” — Dave Fleming, Leadership Wisdom from Unlikely Voices: People of Yesterday Speak

“Because I am a Christian, therefore, every day in which I do not penetrate more deeply into the knowledge of God’s Word in Holy Scripture is a lost day for me. I can only move forward with certainty upon the firm ground of the Word of God. And, as a Christian, I learn to know the Holy Scriptures in no other way than by hearing the Word preached and by prayerful meditation.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Americans’ Bible knowledge is in the ballpark, but often off base.” — Barna Research Group

“The Bible is easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.” — Soren Kierkegaard

“To meditate on Scripture is to allow the truth of God’s Word to move from head to heart. It is to so dwell upon a truth that it becomes part of our being.” — Greg Ogden, Transformational Discipleship

“Every time we open the Bible, let’s stop and pray, whether for fifteen seconds or fifteen minutes, asking the Spirit to teach us. When I read the Bible, I want God to talk to my soul.” — Jim Cymbala, Spirit Rising

“So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children began to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year.” — John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States

“The Christian is prepared to say, ‘I don’t like the sound of this, … but if this is what it really means, I’m going to have to pray for grace and strength to get that into my heart and be shaped by it.'” — N. T. Wright

“If I were the devil I should broadcast doubts about the truths and relevance and good sense and straightforwardness of the Bible … At all costs I should want to keep them from using their minds in a disciplined way to get the measure of its message.” — J. I. Packer

“The more I read, the more I see. Connections get made. Lights go on. God speaks. Often, when I am facing some difficult or puzzling situation, God reminds me of a Scripture passage I have read. And it makes all the difference.” — Ann Spangler, Praying the Names of Jesus

“The Bible is the guidebook to the heart of God.” — Cynthia Heald

“The Bible is the place where God bears His soul.” — Mark Batterson, Primal

“The Bible is God’s autobiographical account of his personal rescue mission to restore a lost world through his Son. Every very contributes to that message. The Bible is not a pep talk. It is good news.”  — Dane Ortlund

“The business of the believer with his Bible open is to pray, ‘Lord, give me the meaning and spirit of your word, while it lies open before me; apply your word with power to my soul, threatening or promise, doctrine or precept, whatever it may be; lead me into the soul and marrow of your word.'” — Charles Spurgeon

So what quotes feed your reading and application of the Bible to your life today?

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