God’s Word as our Primary Influence

I’m often asked why I include so many Bible verses in my books, and if I really believe it is necessary to do so. I quote Scripture frequently because God promises that his Word “will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). God never makes such a promise about my words or your words. I want my books to accomplish God’s purpose—and that will happen only if they remain faithful to his words.

In this minute-long video clip from an interview with Coach Joe Gibbs, I talk about the distraction of the many words in our world versus the Word of God:

Instead of God's Word being one more influence on us, God intends it to be authoritative over all other influences. I read it not simply as one more source of input, but as the Source and the authoritative standard by which I judge all other input.

That is why we must make an ongoing daily choice to expose our minds to Scripture, to meet with Christ, and let Him rub off on us. “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor. 3:18)

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Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries