Here are some quotes I have collected:
When we can see the Savior ’s face without a veil between, then temptation has no power over us, for all the glittering gems that sin can offer by way of pleasure are eclipsed in tender brilliance and Divine attraction by the heavenly Pearl of Joy in the dear Savior which we posses! From Spurgeon’s “How to Become Full of Joy” Sermon #3272
Next ones form this vid:
“It’s not impressive to be a good law keeper. What is impressive to people is sacrifice. Because sacrifice in the cause of love looks like you have a treasure different from the world”
“Paul uses that strange phrase. Sorrowful. Yet always rejoicing. That’s my life as a pastor…there is never a day in my pastoral life where I am not sad. Ever. That’s how many people we have got. Somebodies always broken. Someone is always in the hospital. Some marriage is always in trouble. Some kid is always breaking his parent’s heart. Two saints are always niggling at each other. Always, there is never a day when you are not sad. And rejoicing. In it. Because you have a great reward, and he is working it all together for good.” Piper
“The key to living an unwasted life, a life that counts, is doing the kinds of deeds, Oh, there are 10,000 of them, that will flow from a heart embattled by difficulties and resting in the supreme value of Jesus Christ. My great reward. ” Piper
When Steve Jobs was asked if his children loved of the ipad. He replied
“They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” Steve Jobs
“every evening Steve made a point of having dinner at the big long table in their kitchen, discussing books and history and a variety of things. No one ever pulled out an iPad or computer”. Walter Isaacson Steve Job’s Biographer
From a great book “Ministering Healing” by Jack Moraine:
“You don’t need great faith for healing; you need just enough faith to be obedient and to pray”.
I like that one because it puts faith within reach. The amount of faith is quite small but it’s like a relay switch. A small current in one part of a circuit flips a switch that joins up a path way for a massive current to flow in another part. It is my conviction that if someone asks for prayer and I am willing to pray for them, then all the faith needed is present. God does the healing. It does not require great power or skill from us. We flick the switch. He provides the power.
Note this interesting dynamic in faith: If I concentrate on my faith and the amount of it required, my faith actually goes down. If however, I realise how little faith is required to achieve some great enterprise, then my faith actually increases. Its not the amount of faith that matters, it’s the greatness of God’s desire and power to accomplish something that makes the real difference. That’s probably one of the reasons Jesus said you only need faith the size of a mustard seed to command mountains to be uprooted and thrown into the heart of the sea (something even Yoda would struggle to do).
Of course all that has to be in tension with the fact that Jesus does actually say to his disciples that they could not heal a boy because of their lack of faith. He does that in the verse before talking about grains of mustard in fact (can’t help seeing the parallel between Yoda teaching Luke the force by lifting his space ship out for the swamp and Jesus healing to boy…) . Now this is a puzzle because I would have thought that Jesus disciples would have had a lot of faith. He had sent them out and they have come back rejoicing because they were able to heal so many. What happened in this case? Was it because it did not happen straight away. I suppose their faith could have been propped up on their experience rather than in God’s will and power. That would make sense as to root your faith in God rather than past results probably requires prayer which is what Jesus says they need to do.
Anyway here is another quote:
“if you can’t minister healing you can always minister love”
Heidi Backer and Bill Johnson say a similar thing. And one final quote form the book:
“When you pray for people on a consistent basis there are a lot more people healed than when you don’t.”
John Wimber said “don’t tell me God doesn’t heal until you have prayed for 1000 people”, or something like that, implying that if you pray for more some will eventually start to get well. One of the Bethel guys said a similar thing. Something like “Keep praying for people and eventually God will have to back you up.” Not that God is at all reticent but that logically there is no way you can pray for people in Jesus name and not see results. His name is just to precocious and powerful.
One of the reasons I like twitter is that if you follow the right people you get a daily source of great quotes. When I see a good one I jot it down. Each time I get 10 or so I will splurge them in a blog. Here’s the first lot from a few months ago (actually looking at them again they are not all from twitter but most are):
The most important thing in communication is to hear what is not being said. Peter Drucker
He did not die to make men savable, but to save them. CHSpurgeon
If we can trust the sufferings of Christ for our sake then we can trust Christ when we suffer for His sake. TozerAW
Dads: Bedtime stories mean more to your kids than you will ever know. PJ_Smyth
Jonathan Edwards says that a lack of external expression in worship can actually destroy Christian community and devotion. “Some bodily worship is necessary to give liberty to our own devotion; yea though in secret, so more when with others . . . ‘Tis necessary that there should be something bodily and visible in the worship of a congregation; otherwise, there can be no communion at all.” from desiring god blog.
Any area of life that does not have an expectation of good is under the influence of lie. Bill Johnson
Neither the length nor eloquence of your prayers causes God to answer. God responds to faith. See Mark 11:24 RickWarren
When electricity was first discovered, it was considered by most observers to be an amusing novelty. Few people could conceive of the potential of the power of electricity to drive industry and light whole cities. When people speak with Other Tongues it is a sign of the unspeakable potential of the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God will permeate our entire ministry, if we let Him. Agreed? REINHARD BONNKE
I’m not moved by statistics. That’s yesterday. Today and tomorrow belong to me. All I’m moved by is what God has said his will is. The pattern that Jesus gave us. Jesus healed everyone oppressed by the devil. He never once said “I’d like to heal you but the father is using this to make you a better person.” Bill Johnson
I am living in denial. I deny the devil the right to influence my life! Bill Johnson