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! )

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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 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

You can quote me on that (part 5)

Here are some more quotes I have picked up recently:

I don’t play the piano to prove that I have fingers. Yes, of course, I have fingers, but I play the piano because I love music. Jesus doesn’t set the captives free and heal the sick to prove anything. HE DOES IT BECAUSE HE LOVES US. Understood? REINHARD BONNKE

The most incomprehensible things about the universe is that it is comprehensible Albert Einstein

God said it, I believe it, that settles it. Smith Wigglesworth

The human capacity for guilt is such the people can always find ways to blame themselves. Page 17 Stephen Hawkins “The Grand Design”

Satan trembles when he sees, the weakest Saint upon his knees William Cowper

The Cross of Christ is the biggest Plus-Sign. For example: I alone am lost. But I + Jesus equal a child of God. I alone am weak. But I + Jesus equal more than a conqueror, etc. Okay? Be blessed. REINHARD BONNKE

There are no crown bearers in heaven that were not cross bearers on earth. Spurgeon

I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Napoleon Bonaparte

Favourite Twitter Pseudo Motivational phrase of the day: ‘Don’t be needy, be succeedy!’ lexloiz

Whatever u intend to do with your life -do it NOW. “Don’t boast about tomorrow; You don’t know what will happen” Pr.27:1 RickWarren

I love your presence (part 2)

I have tones of notes from my time at a recent healing conference with the guys from Bill Johnson’s church  but at this point I am just blogging the main things that have stuck in my heart.

The first was that I caught a desire for more of the presence of God as an experiential reality and have been enjoy it ever since. The second was grace. Not salvation grace as such (I have been blessed to be in a church for over 10 years that emphasizes grace in such a great way) but power grace. They didn’t use that term but I don’t know what else to call it (gifts of the Spirit is a good biblical term for it!). Interestingly, before I went, a few quotes from Reinhard Bonnke had stuck in my head. This man, who is seeing amazing miracles, says this:

Power! That is the essence of the gospel. A powerless gospel preacher is like an unwashed soap salesman. Singing ‘There is power, power, wonder-working power in the precious blood of the Lamb,’ and then having to fast and pray for a month to get power does not add up. Appropriate the power of the Gospel by faith. It works. REINHARD BONNKE

There is a temptation to think we need to pray for hours, fast for days and speak in tongues continually in order to see the sick healed. That, says Bonnke, is not true and can even be undermining to the glory of the gospel. By faith we apply God’s power to situations. It’s so easy for a zealousness for God’s kingdom to stall if we rely on our own works to provide the power.

The two main speakers at the conference were Joaquin Evans and Josh Stevens and both seemed to effortlessly heal and get words of knowledge. They emphasized that it was God’s presence that brought healing, not their own efforts or merit. Time and time again they would say “God’s healing such and such a thing” and sure enough he was. If anyone prayed it was only for a few seconds and in a very relaxed way, and then many people discovered that they were healed. Simple as that. When they testified to being healed more people got healed simply by hearing the testimony.

Jesus does say “this type only comes out by prayer” but that seemed to be the exception rather than the rule, and in any case, he didn’t say “by hours of prayer“. If we pray for ages thinking God will be impressed, or motivated by our dedication we have moved into works based ministry.

Matt 6:7   “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. (ESV)

This passage points away from ritual to relationship. Both Joaquin and Josh (just found Josh’s blog http://kingdomrevival.wordpress.com/ and another one but not sure whos http://everydayrevival.org/) said that their passion was for the presence of God and that by perusing it they had stumbled into miracles and healing and words of knowledge. They emphasized that prayer and time with God was not a duty but a delight for them. Obviously there is a place for discipline, but if you are asking “how long should I pray for?” you have missed the point of it by a mile. It’s like asking how much time do I have to spend with my children for them to grow up psychologically healthy. Their psychology is not the main issue, love and relationship is. I spend time with them because I love them and want to be with them for their own sake not primarily for some goal I want to achieve, all be it a good one. In any case the goal of producing healthy secure children is best fulfilled by loving them as an end in itself. Someone once said ‘putting first things first makes second things best’. If I love them just for some end goal it will probably backfire anyway. In the same way I want to love God for the sake of it. I want to delight in him and his love for me for the pure joy of it. I want to know and dwell in his presences because it’s the best place to be right now even if it never achieved anything in the future. Power is the overflow of prioritizing his presence.

One final thing before I re-read and type up my notes is that we went out on the streets to share God’s love with people. I plucked up courage to speak to a few people and learnt a lot in the process. I trust God will use what I did although it’s hard for me to see right now how! It was scary but as Josh kept saying “on the other side of your biggest fear is your greatest breakthrough”. That was all the encouragement I needed.

You can quote me on that (part 2)

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Don’t you just love “quotes”! Here are some more I have collected:

Life on earth is just the first letter of the first sentence in the first chapter of the great story God is writing with your life. MaxLucado

Who I am in Christ is amazing. Who Christ is in me is the real story. It is beyond amazing. billjohnsonBJM

Sin is like a cat at the door – in before you know it. ” Sin shall have no dominion over you.” In Jesus Name. Reinhard Bonnke

Too often we are Christians by assumption, manipulation or instruction, rather than Christians by regeneration. A W Tozer

Other men pursue good and it flies from them… but goodness and mercy follow the people of God and they cannot avoid or escape it. Flavel

Power! That is the essence of the gospel. A powerless gospel preacher is like an unwashed soap salesman. Singing ‘There is power, power, wonder-working power in the precious blood of the Lamb,’ and then having to fast and pray for a month to get power does not add up. Appropriate the power of the Gospel by faith. It works. REINHARD BONNKE

If everyone who believed in miracles but didn’t have them pursued God until they got them there would be no anti-healing movement. Bill Johnson

Media approval is better than being ignored. It’s a kind of love. Independent newspaper article about children of rock star dads

Matthew 13 is probably the Bible’s most comprehensive chapter on the Kingdom of God, where Jesus paints multiple pictures to teach us about how his kingdom advances – seed, yeast, treasure in a field, a fine pearl, and a fishing net. Many years ago I remember hearing David Devenish refer to this as a “depressingly encouraging” portion of Scripture, because, as you shall see, the good guys definitely win in the end, but sometimes victory is slower and more costly than we might anticipate. PJ Smyth.

Kingdom advance is often costly (he sold everything he had)
Kingdom advance often involves disappointment (some seed got taken away and some new plants got choked)
Kingdom advance often has small beginnings
PJ_Smyth (me in brackets)

Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth tweets A friend of Phil Moore