“do what Jesus did” part 2

Some more highlights from Robbie Dawkins great book “Do what Jesus did”

Ability and Availability

“God’s gift to us is ability; our gift to God is availability” p27

Kingdom of God

He quotes George Ladd describing the Kingdom of God as “the sovereign rule of God, manifested in the person and work of Christ, creating a people over whom he reigns, and issuing in a realm or realms in which the power of his reign is realised” p55

disappointment and discouragement

The key issue in the battle for healing is how we cope with disappointment and discouragement:

“God wants to heal. I know many of us have struggled with the question “I prayed for someone, but they weren’t healed. Does that mean I shouldn’t pray for healing?” It’s a question I can relate to, having prayed for thousands and thousands of people, and having seen many thousands walk away unhealed.  …let me mention here that we don’t have control over the results. ..results aren’t for us. Many times I’ve prayed for someone because I know God wants to heal, but since nothing immediate happened, I’ve had to walk away with no idea of the result. Time after time, however, I’ve heard reports back of amazing healings or changes that have taken place hours or days after we prayed.” p124

“Discouragement is not a natural emotion we simply cycle through. It’s one of the only ones Scripture consistently commands us to resist: “Be strong an courageous”. No not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). With every battle you face, the biggest thing I would say is stick with it. Keep praying. Don’t give up. Continue to contend. You’ve got to make the commitment that you won’t get discouraged. Declare, “I’m going to pray, but I’m not going to get discouraged. I’m not going to get disillusioned and think that God doesn’t love me”.    p182

Taking risks

 “If we take the risk and go for something 100% of the time, we’ll probably get it right about 80% of the time, …we need to pursue God encounters like a hunter pursues its prey.” p 79

“Notice that God didn’t tell him to dig a trench or pour in the water. This was Elijah turning up the risk.” p224

The meatiness of miracles

“[Miracles, healings and resurrections] are not just the icing on the cake, but the blind seeing and the lame walking are literally and figuratively the meat and message of the kingdom.” p177

 

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