Pilgrim’s Progress

I NEED to read Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan asap.  But until then, here is a beautiful quote.  It is when at the gates of Vanity Fair, Christian meets a man who entreats him and his companion:

“Let the Kingdom be always before you; and believe steadfastly concerning things that are invisible.  Let nothing that is on this side of the other world get within you; and above all, look well to your own hearts, and to the lusts thereof, for they are deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.  Set your faces like a flint; you have all power in heaven and earth on your side.”

Dr. David Powlison says, “Christian passed through Vanity Fair bloodied but purer in heart.  He remembered, amid hard combat with world, flesh, and Devil, the Celestial City which was his destination, and the Lord Jesus who beckoned him to life.”

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5 thoughts on “Pilgrim’s Progress

  1. It’s been a long while since reading Pilgrim’s Progress…will have to do so again. Wouldn’t it be great if a Director like Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) could be true to the book and make it into a movie…sometimes I need the visual aspect of learning. My favorite line tonight is, “believe steadfastly concerning things that are invisible.”

  2. Mmm, yes, it’s a classic. Mom, that’s a great idea about turning it into a film. You should write P.Jackson about it! Seriously! And I also am a visual learner, I think. Imagery in stories always strike my heartstrings.

  3. “Let nothing of this side of the other world get within you”. Is that the same as “Love not the world neither the things that are in the world”? A difficult task, for even if we turn around to look, we may be sent on a detour and not even realize it.

  4. Yes, only by the grace given us through Jesus Christ are we able to be “not of this world.” Fortunately, the Lord does not abandon or forsake us…so if we do begin to move toward a detour…

    “He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber…the LORD will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (Psalm 121: 3, 7-8). Praise Him.

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