You can quote me on that (part 10)

A few more quotes that caught my attention> I thought I’d add a few comments about them this time:

Parents: Shouting to make your children obey you is like using the horn to steer your car, and you get about the same results. PJ Smyth

(me – I totally agree. I don’t think I have ever shouted at my kids)

Faith is the eye to see the unseen. Physical optics are not the instrument to see God. He is a Spirit. Human eyes are too weak to discern “the invisible God, the King eternal, immortal, invisible” (Col 1:15; 1 Tim 1:17). We have to deal with Him as He is. “He who comes to God must believe that He is…” (Hebrews 11:6). Trust Him. REINHARD BONNKE

(me – I can see God healing people with the eye of faith. I just know he is going to. “Seeing is believing” is actually more true of the eye of faith than the natural eye.).

Whatever poison Satan produces, God turns into medicine for his elect Calvin.

( me – I love this way of putting it. One of my top 10 favorite words is “superintend”. What some intend for evil, God intends for good. God works everything for the good of those that love him. I was with someone recently who is facing some great health challenges with this truth deep in his heart. It’s so true!)

Dads: a recent survey says that Dad’s spend 3 mins per day talking to their kids and 3 hrs watching TV. PJ Smyth

(me – I’ve been keeping track of how I spend my time this week and was pleasantly surprised at how much I have been able to spend with my family. I live with a constant desire to be with them more so it felt like much less.)

Parents: Tell your kids: I love you when you are good. I love you when you are naughty. I love you all time. PJ Smyth

(me – more great advice. I never want to miss an opportunity to tell them how much I love them.)

If the great things of religion are rightly understood, they will affect the heart. Jonathan Edwards

(me – my brother told me this quote many years ago and I have never forgot it. These last few months though have seen an increasing experience of it.)

We may speak very boldly and very positively when we speak in His name. If you have any doubt about what you are going to preach, do not preach till you have gotten rid of your doubts. If you have smoke in your room, do not ask your friend in—enjoy it yourself if you like it, but, until the chimney has been swept and the air has been purified—do not invite visitors. Doubts about this doctrine and that had better not be brought forward by us—we certainly cannot expect to do any good by what we, ourselves, do not believe! We must preach that which we are sure is true because we dare set the hand and seal of Christ to it as the very Truth of God which He has made us to know by the effectual working of His Holy Spirit. Spurgeon on preaching truth

(me – When I preach I want to stir faith through a confident conviction in the truth. That’s why I agonise for hours over each small point of doctrine. If I am nor sure I read and pray until I am or step back until I am confident of the bigger picture. I like blogging as I can be more exploratory in my communons. )

Royalty is my identity. Servanthood is my assignment. Intimacy with God is my life source. billjohnsonBJM

(me – I love these short pithy statements by  Bill Johnson. I’m off to enjoy intimacy with God right now! )

You can quote me on that (part 8)

The book of proverbs is like an ouster bed with each short pithy statement containing a precious pearl of wisdom (Prov 8:11). One of the proverbs says that  many advisors make victory sure (Prov 11:14) so its good to hear what others have to say. I have been panning for nuggets of wisdom on twitter over the last few months so here is another batch for you to look at.

Until the Bible begins to talk to us, we really have not been reading it. TozerAW

Success is not defined by what you achieve but by who you serve simonholley

Everything Jesus said was meant to be an IMPLANT. “Let the Word of God dwell in you richly”. Peter was well prepared for his walk on the water, because he had said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? YOU have the words of eternal life” (John 6,68) Get the WORD inside of you. God bless you. REINHARD BONNKE

It is blessed to eat into the very soul of the bible until, at last, you come to talk in the Scriptural language CHSpurgeon

Old-fashioned believers could give you chapter and verse for what they believed; but how few of such remain! CHSpurgeon

Josh Harris

Unforgiveness is a symptom of gospel-amnesia. HarrisJosh

CREATION cost God nothing. He spoke and it stood. But our SALVATION cost Him everything – His only begotten Son. And He did it. YES HE DID IT. Are we grateful? REINHARD BONNKE

It’s almost impossible for you to pray and not cause something to stir in the heavens. – Bill Johnson

If you meet with a system of theology which magnifies man, flee from it as far as you can. CHSpurgeon

God looks at a church’s SENDING capacity, NOT seating capacity : How many are mobilized for mission?-Purpose Driven Church RickWarren

You can quote me on that (part 7)

More quotes gleaned mainly from twitter. Most of these are not just things that I thought were cool, or cleaver, or interesting but things that impacted me, resonated deep within me and left me changed (Not so much the last one though which is just an eye brow raiser).

It’s a mockery to God to think I could lay hands on the sick had have nothing happen. Bill Johnson

It’s going to take the ages to come for you and me to know the surpassing greatness of his riches to us simply because we believe. Bill Johnson

C S Lewis

Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done-C.S.Lewis

Paul wants our faith (our deep conviction) to rest in the power of God (1 Cor2:5). That’s more than just head knowledge. It is experiential. JulianCAdams

Some of the most honoured servants of God in evangelism have been extremely ugly men. Let me commend that to you as a study. Lloyd-Jones.

“It’s all about becoming a generation that can authentically display who Jesus is”
“If you want to know what God’s like, look at Jesus”
“He’s in you as a river, not a lake”
“Sometimes we pray in the place of obedience..prayer is important but it’s never to substitute obedience… He said heal the sick”
“Never go to bed at night without blood on your sword”
Bill Johnson

RickWarren Loved this bumper sticker: “If you love Jesus, tithe! Any fool can honk.”

It takes more than competency to make an effective ministry team — it takes chemistry. You have to like those u work with. RickWarren

If people are not healed I will not supply a rationale so that all those around me remain comfortable with the void. I pursue healing till it comes or the individual goes to be with the Lord. (Heaven touches hearth page 115). Bill Johnson

I think it was Bill Johnson who said “when you tell God you love him he puts it on speaker phone”.

If my theory is wrong God should correct the Universe, so beautiful it is Einstein

You can quote me on that (part 6)

Here are a few more quotes I quite liked:

Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. There was no one there. MaxLucado

You cannot really believe in this great salvation without feeling something. LLoyd-Jones

Richard Dawkins was asked in a guardian interview “What problem do you hope scientists will have solved by the end of the century?”. He replied the problem of human consciousness.

As a father, I’ve never regretted making time to spend with my daughters. But I have regretted not doing so. Dads, let’s do it while we can! MaxLucado

Leaders: The emphasis is CHARACTER more than GIFTING, and on BEING rather than DOING. Once we BE we will DO well. PJ_Smyth

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence…Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. BearGrylls

When we pursue kingdom principles above His presence we are seeking a kingdom without a king. billjohnsonBJM

No one cares how quickly Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel. RickWarren

When it comes to The Bible ignorance is not bliss. Greg Haslam

One man filled with the Holy Spirit is better than a hundred committees, which, ‘keep minutes but lose hours.’ When God so loved the world He did not form a committee, but sent His Son, and His Son sent the Spirit. Christ said that believers are the light of the world, but it needs the Holy Spirit to switch them on. Plugged in? Be switched on. REINHARD BONNKE

Focus on what God is doing

Just listened to some more helpful stuff from Bill Johnson:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quqJaA2TPS4&feature=related

John the Baptist was given great revelation that Jesus was “the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world“. That is rich truth right there! It’s like the whole OT came right into focus for him. But later in prison as he sits there confined in the dark he begins to wonder. If Jesus is the Messiah how come he isn’t getting him out of prison. How come John who had such a key role in recognising Jesus is now out of action. What kind of Messiah leaves his messenger to rot? He sends messengers to ask Jesus if he is really the Messiah.

Jesus sends them back to report what they have seen and heard. He doesn’t give them a lecture on the OT and how he fulfils it, although I guess he could have. He just says “look the lame walk, the blind see and the good news is preach to the poor”. He is basically saying “Look what God is doing”. Get John’s attention back on what God is doing rather than what God is not doing.

Focusing on what God is not doing can cause you to slip into unbelief and even cause you to be offended with God. “God can’t be loving if he isn’t doing this thing right here”.How can God be good if he doesn’t sort this?”. It’s easy to get offended when we focus on what God isn’t doing. One person gets healed but we can focus on all the people who are not yet healed and think God is uncaring and unloving.

Not only do we need to focus on what he is doing now but we need to focus supremely on what he has already done in Christ. He has given up his son to death on a cross so that our sins can be forgiven, so that we can be adopted into his family, so that we can have eternal life. He has paid the ultimate price to give us every spiritual blessing in Christ. He true offence was our rebellion and disobedience which through the love of God has been removed.

Having said all that there is a right way to focus on situations where God doesn’t seem to be working just yet. In fact it’s essential that we spot them and call out to God for his kingdom to come there, and step into them ourselves to bring his presence into them.

You can quote me on that (part 3)

12th Oct 2010 You can quote me on that (part 3)

Just stumbled across a blog about unnecessary quotation marks! Check out http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com/if you want to see more. The following quotations marks are, however, very  well placed around the flowing pearls of wisdom:

The story of your life is the story of a long & brutal assault on your heart by the one who knows what you could be & fears it. John Eldredge

You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him Teresa of Avila

Evil can wound, but it cannot win. KayWarren1 (Kay Warren)

God will never, never let us down if we have faith and put our trust in Him. He will always look after us. Mother Teresa

If you think you’re too big for a small task, you’re too small for a big one. See Luke 16:10 RickWarren

Miracles are God’s dinner bell for salvation (said to Nathan Morris by someone)

salvation and healing go hand in hand when you preach the gospel Nathan Morris

Ultimately, it’s not what you know that shapes your life, but what you worship. RickWarren

There is this rug called the sovereignty of God and we simply sweep everything we don’t understand under it. I could jump of this building and die and some would say God intended it for a purpose. No, God had nothing to do with it. Bill Johnson

The Greek New Testament has two words for the will of God. One is fixed. ie Jesus is coming back. But the other is like in Peter where is says God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Jesus Christ is the will of God. Bill Johnson

Mission24 conference (part 1)


I went to a conference last week run by Mission 24. Had a great time and found the teaching really helpful, especially the stuff on authority as I have been thinking about that a lot recently and am going to preach in it in a few days time. Here are some of my notes from Chris Overstreet’s talks:

  • Chris (who seems a very bold, confident out going guy) felt the embarrassment, and the thoughts of passersby, when he stepped out for Jesus, and prayed for people but he persevered through it.
  • If you fear man, man will become your master
  • It is dangerous to believe and not to live it out
  • He believes strongly in learn one, do one, teach one. Apparently that’s what the medical community live by. It goes double for discipleship.
  • Believe, live, impart
  • Mark 1:15 The kingdom of God is at hand. You need to repent (change / transform your thinking)  to see this fact
  • Rom 14:17 The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
  • 1/3 of the kingdom if joy!
  • If you are not moving in joy, you have forgotten your salvation
  • Mark 6:33 Seek first the kingdom and his righteousness (which is your identity)
  • knowing you are 100% forgiven is the corner stone
  • righteousness produces peace and joy.
  • Rom 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel..in it the righteousness of God is revealed…
  • Paul knew no shame even though he had persecuted the church. Killed and imprisoned believers. Stood by watching Stephen stoned.
  • The gospel is God’s one step program for freedom
  • Revelation says we are kings and priests.
  • We need to know we are sons, forgiven, as if we had never sinned. This leads us into a lifestyle.

I’ll blog more notes later.

I also listen to some more Bill Johnson on the way to and from the conference (which was miles and miles away) but obviously I couldn’t make detailed notes! Here are some vague recollections.

  • Jesus says “I will be with you” when he gives his disciples an important task
  • I noticed a link between the oppressed and the blind. in the Isaiah passage Jesus quotes at the start of his ministry. It weaves together sickness and injustice.
  • As you go teach. The active very is teach not go. The emphasis is on teaching not going. Its not saying go to places and teach but as you inevitable go make sure you teach.
  • He mentioned the powerful  anointing that was on Bob Jones. Not sure if thats the Bob Jones who founded the religious university or the Bob Jones who part of the Kansas City prophets.
  • He mentioned God’s generals again. I must get that.
  • There is such a things as an umbrella of anointing. When you are around anointed people you can operate in their anointing. I have noticed that. He says David’s men were good at defeating Giants. (apparently there where only three giants around, David got one and his men got the other too). I wonder if it would be right to say that Jesus disciples operated under the umbrella of Jesus’ anointing. Now of course we are all anointed by the Spirit but still the principle might hold in some way.

There was so much more but I can’t remember it. May have to listen to the CDs again.