Me without YOU

The Importance of the Word

By David P. Ward

Ephesians 4:18-21

The Message (MSG)

The Old Way Has to Go

17-19 And so I insistóand God backs me up on thisóthat there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. Theyíve refused for so long to deal with God that theyíve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They canít think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, addicted to every sort of perversion.

20-24 But thatís no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everythingóand I do mean everythingóconnected with that old way of life has to go. Itís rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of lifeóa God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.

Psalm 1:1-4

The Message (MSG)

1 How well God must like youó
you donít hang out at Sin Saloon,
you donít slink along Dead-End Road,
you donít go to Smart-Mouth College.

2-3 Instead you thrill to Godís Word,
you chew on Scripture day and night.
Youíre a tree replanted in Eden,
bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
always in blossom.

4-5 Youíre not at all like the wicked,
who are mere windblown dustó
Without defense in court,
unfit company for innocent people.


Psalm 119:105

King James Version (KJV)

105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.




Psalm 119:105

The Message (MSG)

105-112 By your words I can see where Iím going;
they throw a beam of light on my dark path.
Iíve committed myself and Iíll never turn back
from living by your righteous order.
Everythingís falling apart on me, God;
put me together again with your Word.
Festoon me with your finest sayings, God;
teach me your holy rules.
My life is as close as my own hands,
but I donít forget what you have revealed.
The wicked do their best to throw me off track,
but I donít swerve an inch from your course.
I inherited your book on living; itís mine foreveró
what a gift! And how happy it makes me!
I concentrate on doing exactly what you sayó
I always have and always will.