Jesus Christ is perfect theology. (Bill Johnson, youtube video, “Bringing Heaven to Earth”)
What is wrong with a Christian who possesses no spirit of prayer? No power with God? He is an infidel. (Charles Finney, “Power from on High” Chapter, the Spirit of Prayer)
The training of the disciples was the presence of Christ. (Andrew Murray, “The Secret of Christianity”)
The Gospel always gives life to the receiver and death to the giver. (Jackie Pulinger, youtube video “Go”)
It is our privilege and duty to live above innocent amusements. (Charles Finney, “Power from on High” chapter Innocent Amusements)
Entertainment is the devil’s substitute for joy. The less joy you have the more entertainment you need. (Leonard Ravenhill, audio messages)
The more man reaches for material things on the outside the more he points to his bankruptcy on the inside. (Leonard Ravenhill, audio messages)
I would rather feel contrition of heart then be able to define it. (Thomas A. Kempis, “The Imitation of Christ”)
If a commission from an earthly king is considered and honor. How can a commission from a heavenly King be considered a sacrifice? (David Livingston)
The only thing that pleases God is what He does Himself. (Robert Gladstone, audio message “In the Light of Eternity”)
Anti-Christ is not only that which is opposed to Christ, but that which is seeking to be something like Him, yet not Him. (Art Katz, audio message “And they Crucified Him”)
Nothing is more likely to lead to error or heresy than the focus on part rather than the whole. (David Ravenhill, audio message “Worship”)
The idolatrous religions are those that give you a small measure of religious satisfaction yet allow you to retain the Lordship of your own life. (Art Katz, audio message “And They Crucified Him”)
Beloved, for the sake of a lost and dying world, pay any price, get God’s power and set the prisoners free. (John G. Lake, Dr. Michael L. Brown told me that was his favorite quote)
There are a thousand parts of our hearts that need softening a thousand times a day. (Smith Wigglesworth, “The Wigglesworth standard”)
We will get to doctrinal differences once we have exhausted the riches of Jesus Christ. (Frank Viola, audio message “Essential Ingredients”)
Now is the time where we either seize the moment or look back with ever lasting shame that we missed it. (Dr. Michael L. Brown, audio message, “Holy Desperation”)
Can you sit and watch t.v. while your family goes to hell? (David Wilkerson, audio message “A Call to Anguish”)
If God removed His Spirit from the Church today 90 percent of church activities would continue on. (Leonard Ravenhill, audio messages)
Why do you call me Lord but do not do what I say? (Jesus Christ, Luke 6.46)
One of these days we will get sick and tired of the spiritual bankruptcy that we live in and the joke that our lives often are and we will get serious with God. (Dr. Michael L. Brown, audio message “John G. Lake” Giants of the Faith series)
Never let the means of worship eclipse the object of worship. (David Ravenhill, audio message “Worship”)
You want to know how to know Christ? Put everything else away and go after Him. (Robert Gladstone, audio message “Crucified with Christ”)
As the earthly tabernacle was the copy of the heavenly so the Christian is to be the copy of the Christ. (David Popovici, text message 11.06.09)
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is determined by one principle alone; total loss of self. (Watchman Nee)
You can go to hell with the “gifts of the Spirit” but not the fruit of the Spirit. (David Popovici, phone conversation 11.10.09)
Never assume someone is right with God. (Stephen L. Hill, Revival 1999)
Christ’s cross is Christ’s way to Christ’s crown. (William Penn, No Cross No Crown)
Anyone who is not bowed down beneath the cross has yet to see it. (Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Eveneing Devotional)
We have substituted organizing for agonizing and equipment for endowment. (Leonard Ravenhill, audio messages)
…we should represent religion as it really is-as living above the world, as consisting in a heavenly mind, as that which gives an enjoyment so spiritual and heavenly as to render the low pursuits and joys of worldly men disagreeable and repulsive. (Charles Finney, Power from on High, chapter Innocent Amusements)
It is so hard to see when my eyes are on me. (Keith Green, song “I Pledge My Head to Heaven)
Humility is the blossom of which death to self is the perfect fruit. (Andrew Murray, Humility chapter Humility and Death to Self)
It is a sad stumbling block to the unsaved to see professing Christians seeking pleasure or happiness from this world. (Charles Finney, Power from on High, chapter Innocent Amusements)
Give therefore place for Christ and deny entrance to all others. (Thomas A. Kempis, Imitation of Christ)
We slander God by our very eagerness to work for Him without knowing Him. (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest)
The problem with Christians is not that they don’t love Jesus, it is that they don’t love only Jesus. “Solomon, loved the Lord but…”(Eric Gilmour)
Every seemingly small compromise serves to remove us that much further from the Spirit of Truth until the holy dove departs, and we go on, not even realizing that He has left. (Art Katz, The Spirit of Truth)
The lack of obedience in our lives breaks down our praying…Disobedient living produces extremely poor praying. Disobedience shuts the door of the prayer closet. It bars the way to the Holy of Holies. No man can pray-really pray-who does not obey. (E. M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer, Prayer and Full Surrender)
Do not we rest in our day too much on the arm of the flesh? Cannot the same wonders be done now as of old? Do not the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth still to show Himself strong on behalf of those who put their trust in Him? Oh, that God would give me more practical faith in Him! Where is the Lord God of Elijah? He is waiting for Elijah to call on Him. (James Gilmour)
Be sure to look to your secret duty; keep that up whatever you do. The soul cannot prosper in the neglect of it…It is secret trading that enriches the Christian. Let prayer be the key of the morning and the bolt at night. The best way to fight against sin is to fight it on our knees. (Philip Henry)
the unalterable basis of an open heaven is a grave, and a crisis at which you come to an end of your own self-life. It is the crisis of real experimental identification with Christ in His death, not now for your sins, but as you. Your open heaven depends on that. (T. Austin Sparks, “The School of Christ”)
God can depend on consecrated men. God can afford to commit Himself to those who have fully committed themselves to Him in prayer. He who gives all to God will get all from God. Having given all to God, he can claim all that God has for him…The prayer life and the consecrated life are intimate companions. They are Siamese twins, inseparable. Prayer enters into every phase of a consecrated life. A prayerless life that claims consecration is a misnomer, false, counterfeit. Consecration is really the setting apart of oneself to a life of prayer. It means not only to pray, but to pray habitually, and to pray more effectively.
It is the consecrated man who accomplishes most by his praying. God must hear the an wholly given up to Him. God cannot deny the requests of the man who has renounced all claims to himself and who has wholly dedicated himself to God and His service. This act of the consecrated man puts him on praying ground and pleading terms with God. It puts him in reach of God in prayer. It places him where he can get a hold of God, and where he can influence God to do things that He would not otherwise do. (E.M. Bounds, “Essentials of Prayer” chapter Prayer and consecration)
Christianity is not a change of life but an exchange of life.(Eric Gilmour)
Christian, what have you to do with sin? Has it not cost you enough already? Burnt child, will you continue to play with fire? When you have already been between the jaws of the lion, will you step into his den a second time? Have you not had enough of the old serpent? He poisoned you once. Will you play near the hole of the viper and put your hand upon the cobra’s den a second time? Oh do not be so foolish! Did sin ever give you any real pleasure? Did you find solid satisfaction in it? If so, go back to your old drudgery and wear the chain again. But sin never did give you what it promised to bestow. Rather, it deluded you with lies. Do not be snared again. Be free and let the remembrance of your ancient bondage forbid you to enter the net again. Sin is contrary to the designs of eternal love. God desires your purity and holiness. Do not oppose the purpose of your Lord. Christians can never sin cheaply. Transgression destroys peace of mind, obscures fellowship with Jesus, hinders prayer and brings darkness over the soul. Therefore, do not be the slave of sin. (Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening)
“We know one thing about a man heading down the road with a cross. He is
not coming back.” (A.W. Tozer, The Best of Tozer)
“Sensuality is the greatest hindrance in the world to Martyrdom. To face
martyrdom, a Christian must first have crucified lesser affections. He who
is overcome by little degrees of pain will hardly consent to lose his life.” (Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living)
“God will forgive you but time will never forgive you.” (Leonard Ravenhill)
“We say, “Just confess the Lord and you are in!”
He says, “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom.”
We say, “Just pray this prayer and it’s done.”
He says, “If anyone would come after me he must deny himself, take up his
cross and follow me.”
We say, “Just come to the alter it will only take a minute!”
He says “make every effort to enter through the narrow door.”
Who do you think is right?” (Doctor Michael Brown, “How Saved Are We?”)
Any “revelation” from Scripture that doesn’t lead me to an encounter with the person of Jesus Christ, only makes me more religious and equips me to argue with those who disagree. (Bill Johnson, audio messages)
“In the presence of the Lord is fullness of Joy and pleasure forever more.”
His presence in our lives is everything. His presence is our distinguishing factor. Israel was just another nation without the presence of God. They would have been destroyed without God fighting for them. Moses wouldn’t go without His presence. Gideon as one man would deliver the nation because of the presence of the Lord. The prophets stood in the presence of the Lord. John’s revelation was in the presence of the Lord. His presence is everything.
David said, “the nearness of God is my good (Psalm 73.28),” and “Better is one day in your house than thousands elsewhere… (Psalm 84)”
When the ark of the presence was at the home of Obed-edom everything flourished in his life (2 Sam. 6). So it is with knowing God; the flourishing of your life will be in exact proportion to the attention you give to His presence in your life. Only when His presence is the center-piece of our lives, can He make our lives His masterpiece. “Never let anything get bigger in your consciousness than the awareness of His presence… (Bill Johnson).”
Why is this? Because His presence empowers you to obey, and obedience brings nothing but blessing (Duet 28). Jesus said, “Come to me…I will give you rest (Matthew 11.28).” Isaiah 64 shows us that the Holy Spirit gave them “rest” in the wilderness from which “He lead them.” The leading of the Holy Spirit is in the place of rest. This rest is a place of transcendence above efforts and striving. It is the ceasing of striving. “Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46.10).” It is the ceasing of your Adamic outflow that enables His Divine inflow. Jesus said, “…but the Father who dwells in me, does His works.” This is rest. Man ceasing from his own initiative and resting in the empowerment of the Holy Spirit within him; yielding to His direction and life. This is the end of your own efforts and the beginning of divine enablement.
Jesus said, “I do nothing on my own initiative (John 8.28).” Evangelist David Popovici said to me one day, “our job isn’t to try to become love, but rather to be filled with Him who is love, power, peace and infinitely more.” The totality of a life laid down is the ignition of this divine rest. We don’t stop going after God to rest, we press into Him who is rest to find rest. Rest is spelled, J.E.S.U.S. The tree doesn’t focus on bearing fruit, but on receiving the sap. We cannot pin fruit on the tree. It will just fall off. It must issue out of an inward connection. This inward connection is cultivated in no other place than spending time with God. Waiting in His presence for His voice to enter and quicken us with a revelation of Himself.
“Law” can be seen as a life focused on fruit, while “Spirit” can be seen as sap focused living. This is the higher life. “The mind set on the spirit is life and peace (Romans 6.4).” This is Christianity. Anything else is just another religion; an adherence to principles and efforts for outward modification without an inward transformation. Bill Johnson said, “to desire kingdom principles without His presence, is to desire His kingdom without the King.” In no other religion does one’s God enter into him and perform the works through him. Our character in God is measured by our ability to surrender to Him. One man said it like this, “the greatness of a man’s power is measured by his surrender.” Our ceasing to be is our greatness, for it makes that man a channel of God’s life.
Spending time with God is the training ground for spiritual life. You learn to hear His voice. You learn to feel His impressions. You begin to experience His heart. You sharpen your vision. You get aligned with His thoughts. This is the absolute heart of life in God. Without this time of diligently entering His rest you will die! The gospel taps you into this rest, but you have to be diligent to abide therein. Hebrews 4 shows us the divine paradox of diligently entering His rest. The rest is then laid out as trust (absolute surrender to Jesus) and obedience (the only outflow of such a disposition). It is as simple as salvation. Colossians tells us, “as you received Him, so walk in Him.”
Leonard Ravenhill said it like this, “a man first collapses in the prayer closet.” Meaning, if a man has fallen in his life, he first failed to fall on his knees for strength. E. M. Bounds said, “the devil trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees.” Why? Because he knows that he has gone to “fetch strength against him.” I tell you that, “praying men stop sinning and sinning men stop praying (Ravenhill).”
David told us to “Wait upon the Lord.” He also showed us that the secret to supernatural strength in God, is waiting on God (Isa. 40.31;Psalm 27.14).” The rest is entered by those who diligently come to Jesus to wait on Him. The rest is the Spirit. The Spirit of God leads and guides, strengthens and enables. So much so that Paul said in Galatians chapter 5, “if you walk in the Spirit, you will not gratify the desires of sinful nature.”
The Greek word that Jesus used to describe the Holy Spirit has many meanings. Jesus said, “The Comforter will come.” This word means, partner, teacher, leader, guide, advocate, strengthener, stand by, helper, intercessor, comforter and counselor.
What confidence! He knew the rest. He knew that it was above efforts and striving. He knew that in the rest, there is only victory. It is the place of hiding “under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91).” It is the place of which David said, “oh God, My Strength (Psalm 18.1).” “You are my hiding place (Psalm 32.7). Prayer is the air of the Christian life. “When we cease to pray we quench the Spirit. When we quench the Spirit we cease to pray (Benny Hinn).”
The revolution of prayer in the Christian life is a major evidence of the infilling of the Spirit.
“Spending time with Jesus is number one. Don’t ever forget that (David Hogan)!”
“To be much for God, we must be much alone with God (Leonard Ravenhill).”
Spending time with God is your sap for fruit and your air for breathing. It is your heart of victory. It is your power for living. Without it, you will die just as sure as a fish out of water. You will become more and more worldly. You will lose your sense of conviction. You will lose sight of your spiritual purpose. You will begin to ooze the poison of the first Adam instead of the life of the last (1 Cor. 15.45). You will cease to find all your satisfaction in God and by default seek satisfaction elsewhere.
“The Kingdom of God is within you.”
The inward surrender of fixed and sustained full attention upon God in waiting and worship is the only way into the presence of God. David said, “To you I lift up my soul (Psalm 143.8).” His mind, will and emotions laid upon the altar unto God. As a cup could never be filled as it spins on the table so our spinning souls must get still before God for Him to flow into us. Madame Guyon said, “God dwells in absolute stillness.” There is no other place in which to meet Him. Just because you are quiet doesn’t mean you are still. Stillness is the soul laid upon the altar of God in worshipful whole-hearted fixation upon God Himself, anticipating the impartation of His life-giving words into your Spirit. This is waiting. We know very little about what is going on while we are on the earth, it is imperative that we are led by the Holy Spirit in prayer. He knows what is going on. Listen to Him. You will not hear Him in any other place than worship, waiting and whole-hearted attention.
Some use music, a certain prayer or phrase or some kind of aid to focus completely upon God. Once you are fixed upon God you must be sure to sustain your full attention upon Him in worship, not necessarily with words, but definitely with a whole-hearted surrender of love toward Him. This will cause you to become aware of His nearness that is always with you (Hebrews 13.8). This is the base for all of what God wants to accomplish in your time with Him. Here is the dispensing of the most vital nutrients for Spiritual life. His inflow of peace beyond all understanding and complete fulfillment in the most vulnerable parts of man is the overwhelming satisfaction that transcends anything else that exists. This is where the Scriptures will come alive. In Luke 24, it was only in His presence that the word of God revealed Jesus. “He expounded to them…” The presence of God is the key to the Scriptures because they are locked until He opens them.
From this base of an inward setting of yourself upon Him, prayer becomes a powerfully rich experience, both of your hearts releasing to God and His guiding you by His Spirit in seeing the desires of His heart. Prayer will come alive. And there is simply nothing like it. Nothing touches its caliber of fulfillment and life. You can really tell when a man has touched God in prayer. He becomes addicted to the experience of God in prayer.
It is here that He gives you to drink from the river of His delights (Psalm 36.8). Just as a man cannot drink from the river while he is moving, so the soul must stop its activities if it is to ever drink from this wonderful fulfilling river of God that He has granted us unlimited access to. But stopping is only the beginning. Because worship must transcend expression and become reception or it is of little value. No amount of external contact with the river can quench the inward thirst of the soul. We must drink.
Waiting in His presence is renewing and faith building as you cease your outflow and subject yourself to His lead. It is this submission that releases you from the bondage of your own thinking. It makes you a subject and not the leader, respecting the Holy Spirit as the leader. We must be, “led by the Spirit.”
I know this one thing. Without His presence I don’t stand a chance. Neither do you. It is not God’s plan. He wants everything to hinge upon Him. The oneness of God and man! This is God’s desire. Worship; the inward fixation sustained upon God in the worship of total surrender waiting upon Him and His voice is the divine melting of the soul of Man into the Spirit of God.
Editor’s Note: Guest article from David Popovici of FIRE School of Ministry: Chicago.
“Christ in you the hope of glory.”
We are deeply entrenched in sin, within the chaos of this present evil age, to the extent that our minds and hearts are dominated by the pleasures of life and desires for other things. All the while, the devil sees no distinction between the sinful-wasteful son, who despises his inheritance (while on his knees in the midst of the pig trough) and the religious-biblical scholar whose head is vastly larger than his heart.
What has been the desire of God from ages past?
What is the triumph of this Gospel that has kept joyous smiles on the faces of men while facing their death?
I believe the answer to both of these questions the same, namely, Christ in you the hope of glory.
Both sin and religion keep us from knowing God. From garments made of fig leaves to towers built to the heavens, mankind’s attempts to reach and please God have fallen miserably short.
The reason we are in famine on this side of the cross and the New Covenant, is simply because we have not looked upon Him deeply enough. God’s plan for man far exceeds the bettering of our lives now. God is not interested in making you a better person, seeing that you are predisposed to self-centered humanistic living, but rather, He is pleased in filling you with Himself.
Whether the arrogant and pompous or the depressed and suicidal, the issue is this: man can’t get past himself. He is born with his back to God, and is merely breathing to death.
Jesus said to Peter, “flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in Heaven (Matt 16).”
It was only after Peter had eyes to see Jesus, that he could see himself as God had called him to be, “I will give you the keys of the Kingdom….”
In order to truly understand anything, we have to have a revelation of God. God has fully revealed Himself for all to see in the Man Christ-Jesus. He is the exact representation and express image of God and His nature.
“Jesus Christ is perfect theology (Bill Johnson, Bethel Church in Redding, CA.).”
All arguments and debates on God are met at the roadblock of the Gospels. Throughout time God had revealed Himself by His mighty acts, through His holy prophets and even the revelation of His names, yet never before has He fully revealed Himself as He has today in His Son Jesus. All other faiths deviate from Full Gospel preaching at the same point, “Who do you say that I Am?”
I am convinced that God dwelling in man was and is the greatest miracle of all time. The Word of God calls Jesus the last Adam. The man who came to reverse the curse placed on us because of the first Adam, by becoming a curse for us to bring us back to God.
He is not just the Savior from sins; he has forever become the perfect mediator and prototype man.
Jesus Christ is the prototype man!
The Incarnation was never meant to be a one-time event, but to be perpetuated in the lives of all who would repent and receive His Holy Spirit by faith.
We need a radical change of our definition and perception of God and ourselves! Jesus said, “unless a man is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of Heaven.” Paul, when praying for the Ephesian believers, prays that God would give to them the Spirit of wisdom and revelation and open the eyes of their heart, in order to know Him better and consequently, to know what they have been called to be (Ephesians 1.18); a revelation of God and in turn a revelation of what God has made us. “Jesus doesn’t call us for what we are. But because of what He makes from us (Reinhard Bonnke).”
God will not just hold us accountable for what we were, but for what we could have been in light of the Cross and Pentecost.
“…There exists a draft by the hand of God of what our lives could have been…find and live near to that divine original (D.M.Panton).”
It is these two events that divide the New Testament from the Old.
The Cross forever separates you from your own will and this world. Paul said, “I am crucified to the world and the world to me…”
Pentecost imparts Him into you like nothing else can. Madame Guyon said, “the more we posses Him the more we posses His traits.”
Jesus said when speaking on the parable of the Sower, “Do you not understand this parable, how will you understand any of the parables.”
The parable of the Sower, sowing the word of God, is the most radically fundamental parable of all parables. Its end goal is seen in the parable of the mustard seed, which is small until it uproots all other plants/trees that challenge its pre-eminence.
What does that mean?
The Word of God when applied by radical obedience and single-mindedness will put to death in our hearts all that challenges His Lordship. All this is in view of God’s predetermined plan to produce in us the image of His Son (Romans 8.29). Paul travailed in prayer for it.
“My children with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you (Galatians).”
Martha was distracted and bothered by so many things and all the while, the Creator was in the room. But Mary sat listening to the Resurrection and the Life. We stop the process of growth when we disconnect from the vine, and we disconnect from the vine when we no longer come to Him and allow His Words to abide within us and ultimately rule us.
We become what we behold. It is as we behold (as in a mirror) the glory of the Lord that we are transformed into that same image, and from glory to glory (1 Cor. 3.18)!
God did not sow His Son to reap servants. He sowed His Son to reap sons.
Christ is the firstborn among many brethren (Romans 8.29). God is bringing many sons to glory (Hebrews 2.10).
And the tragedy in the church today is that His bride is either disqualifying herself by her wasteful and selfish living, or by the fact that she has educated herself into unbelief. Both are blind, wretched, poor and naked in the eyes of Him with whom we have to give an account.
We must return to the Cross and Pentecost, everything else is humanism!
When a man is confronted by the cross, he is exposed and naked, because in front of Him lies The Perfect One. It is because of sin He remains unrecognizable, but when that man repents and receives The Savior, he receives the right to become a son of God (John 1:12). In turn, it is when this man looks deep upon the Resurrected and Victorious Lord that he meets Him, in His occupation, as the one who “will baptize in the Holy Spirit and Fire”.
And then that same man now receives the ability to act like a son (by the Holy Spirit).
Adam came and produced a race of sinners; Jesus came and produces a race of sons (Romans 8.11).
The separation between the first Adam and the last Adam is the dripping cross and a flame of fire.
The Question I ask you is this…where do you currently stand?
The answer to your question is exactly what your heart is staring at.
The Spirit of God in a human body is what makes you a Christian; and in your pilgrimage on earth you are to become like the Son, and to whatever degree that you become like Jesus, to that degree you are glorified and remain forever.
The eyes of the heart see best in prayer, fasting and the meditation of His Word, and still these things cannot become a substitute for obedience.
Jesus calls all His disciples to be fishers of men. He never called unto Himself a monastic movement but men who find their purpose in Luke 4:18-22.
Today we have perfect programs but pathetic people. God never asked for our towers of Babel, they impress only man. He said, “I am the light of the world” and then told His disciple that they were to be also.
“God did not call us to merely reflect the light, but to be light.” (Bill Johnson, Bethel Church, Redding CA)
The world is not in need of better or more educated preachers who have relevant messages, but men who have become the message.
God called Ezekiel to be a prophet, which by definition means “a borrowed mouth.” In Ezekiel 3:1-4, God feeds Ezekiel the scroll that was to define his life and calling, and after he eats it, it fills his inner man and then, he is commissioned to “go, stand and speak!”
Jesus, in the same way, tells the crowds that unless they eat His flesh and drink His blood they cannot be His disciples. A more offensive picture might not be possible to a religious Jew, especially since the Law clearly states that the life lies in the blood. But it is clear, that offending people was the least concern of Jesus, since He knew what mans greatest need was; the Life of God. He said I came to give you Life and Life in abundance, not mere human existence as they knew it, but (Zoë: Greek) the God-Life.
The Angel in Revelation gives John a scroll to eat which in turn becomes his calling and message to the church. Jeremiah could not hold in the word, which burned in him like a fire. So we know that Jesus calls all of His disciples to follow Him and it is He that makes them fishers of men. He makes us, fishers of men.
The command remains to GO, and to give Jesus to the world. But a man can never “go” until he has first “come” unto Jesus in fullness.
The Great Commission remains the stewardship of the Church of God. Christ likeness is utmost devotion to the Father and the laying of your life down for men.
The last thing this world needs is more professional preachers. The world needs living epistles written by the Spirit of God and read and known by all men. This is the divine outcry of our generation.
Christian extremism that is marked by radical and holy obedience to God, supernatural love and demonstrations of power, signs and wonders is the only product that God will stamp as “SPIRIT FILLED.”
Anything else is a joke and only provokes the world to more mockery. Let everything else burn, I want to know JESUS and become like JESUS!
It is easy to ask the question…
“Where is the God of Elijah?”
It is harder to answer…
“Where are the Elijah’s of God?”
Where are they? I am not talking about echoes that merely parrot doctrinal truths, but men who have been absorbed into Him and now are His message in the earth.
What separates us from every other faith in the world?
It is the living, tangible presence of God. If we lose that, we lose everything!
Men with no fish are not fishermen; you can call them something else, but don’t call them fishermen. Whatever office you might be called to or gifted in, it is to set the captives free. Freely you have received; freely give.
“Beloved for the sake of a lost and dying world, pay any price get God’s power and set the prisoners free.” ~John G. Lake
Man must swallow the message. It is not until it goes through your insides, that it can take effect on you. Only then will you start to look and sound like that which you ate. Ministry is no longer a burden; but the outflow of the inflow of God into your life.
God’s will remains the same; His union with you is His goal. When He comes and increases in you, then you decrease and die. And it is only then that He can be lifted up in you so that He might draw all men unto Himself.
“One of these days we will get sick and tired of the spiritual bankruptcy that we live in and the joke that our lives often are and we will get serious with God.” ~John G. Lake
The world out there is not waiting for a new definition of Christianity but a new demonstration.
“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. “ (1 Cor. 2.4,5)
Demonstration: “the action of showing the existence or truth of something by giving proof or evidence.”
The Gospel is not a verbal argument for the existence of God. It is above all things a demonstration of God Himself. It is the evidence of who He is in His love and power.
I believe “LOVE AND POWER” evangelism is the only evangelism that there is. The reason is simple; we don’t want the faith of individuals to rest on the cleverness or wisdom of our arguments but on the demonstration of God’s love and power. We seek to embody these things to the world, first of all in our lives, and then in our outreaches.
Love is the greatest demonstration of power that there is; in Christ’s love He went to the cross, and through His death He destroyed the power of the enemy.
Power is the undeniable demonstration of God’s love. We have seen men who have little to no belief in God encounter Jesus when their torn ACL was completely and supernaturally mended before their eyes. In that moment, there is nothing that a man can say other than, “God is love.” For they had done nothing to earn the privilege of being supernaturally healed, but His care for them was extended to them even in their rebellion and ignorance.
Love still holds the key to His power, and His power showcases His love; love and power embody the gospel of Jesus Christ.
BE IN LOVE
“Do everything in love” (1 Cor. 16.14).
We ought to have no agenda but to love. God’s agenda has always been to love, His reaching out to humanity reaching its climax in His Son, Jesus Christ. 1 Corinth 13:1-8 states, “Without love we are nothing, love never fails.” So let us drop all other agendas and expectations we may have, in order to be free to simply love people.
We are bound by our agendas and drained by our expectations, but love is freedom, for it is not something to do, but be. Let us focus on the love of God and let love melt the hearts of men. Even if they don’t receive the gospel that day, they will never be able to shake off the fact that we loved them and told them of His irresistible love.
Jesus did not come to shame sinners but to save them. Evangelism is spreading the good news of Jesus’ salvation of our souls from sin, which is the greatest expression of love. So how empty is the testimony of God’s love if it be void of love itself? Love’s presence during evangelism shows that we not only believe, but also care that men are literally walking toward an eternal fire. God’s word says, “the fruit of the Spirit is love,” (Galatians 5) and “for the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5.5);” therefore, the result of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives will be love. We should never forget that God makes men like Jesus, and Jesus laid His life down for others.
Love is best defined as “selflessness,” since “greater love has no man than this, that He would lay down His life for His friends” (John 15.13). This is why “Perfect love casts out all fear ” (1 John). Fear is based out of self-consciousness, and love is being conscious of others before ourselves. We are slaves to fear to the degree that we love our lives, and to the degree that we love our lives, we will fail to be witnesses; we will simply be restrained by fear and self-interest from the love that makes us true witnesses. Our Christianity is silent to the degree that we love ourselves. But if we will allow the Holy Spirit to be a constant presence in our lives, His love will expand in our hearts and self-consciousness will burn away. God will be free to extend His hand to the world through us. Love is the goal. Love is the incentive. Love is the inspiration. Love is the power. Love is the gospel. Love never fails.
WALK IN POWER
When God made it possible for the Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead to live in you, He made powerlessness inexcusable.
Jesus did not leave us powerless. He never desired us to go without power. To do God’s work we need God’s power. There is no witness without power. A good news without power is not good.
The power of the Holy Spirit is for the preaching of the gospel (Isa. 61.1). It is for the delivering of the captives (Acts 10.38). The gospel is the “power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1.16. Paul shows us that he was not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God. Many people are ashamed of the gospel because they have never seen it as the power of God. To see the gospel as the power of God will destroy this shame.
A demonstration of power forces a decision by those who witness it, because it shows God to the individual in an undeniable way. We see the sick healed on the streets, and it is such an arresting moment in the individual’s life. Even in their shock, they are stuck with the evidence that God has just touched them. Even if they are not sick, we seek to pray for them in an attempt to usher the presence of God into their hearts. As they sense He who is the desire of the nations, they break internally. Power is irreplaceable.
Without power we can end up as phony as the door to door salesmen whose products do not work when he is asked for a demonstration. Power is God coming into the lives of men. What love! Power is love. Power is the gospel. Power is the demonstrated presence of God.
Eric Gilmour is an Associate Editor for Voice of Revolution, overseeing Revival & Evangelism.
“If any man would come after me let him deny himself take up his cross and follow me.”
Christianity is not a religion, it is a revelation that brings transformation. It is the switching of kingdoms. From one rule to another, “out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2.9).” There are only two rules or governments, God’s rule and everything else that is not God’s rule. We leave the management of our own lives and enter into His management of our lives. The good news is that He saves us from our own rule, and everything we deserve from being our own ruler.
Our lives are to be “living sacrifices (Romans 12.1-2).” Leonard Ravenhill said, “the only true freedom is to live in bondage to Jesus Christ.” “You are not your own you have been bought with a price (1 Cor. 6.20;7.23).”
God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that whoever places his trust in Him would posses eternal life (John 3.16, my paraphrase).” Faith is the essence of everything in God. Faith is this; the absolute refusing to trust in yourself and the casting of yourself totally upon Him. It is the Cross! Faith and the cross are inseparable. They are synonymous. Why? Because the resignation of yourself is the death, and that total surrender is true saving faith. This faith of death is the ignition of divine life! The gospel isn’t turning bad men into good men, but making dead men come alive(Ephesians 2.1). This is divine life; Christianity is not a change of life but an exchange of life. We become men in whom the Spirit of God dwells. We are no longer human, we are supernatural. We are the new race in the earth (1 Cor. 10.32). The Holy ones consecrated unto God and inhabited by God!
His love has wonderful benefits. “Forget not His benefits, who forgives all our iniquities and heals all of our diseases (Psalm 103.3).” What wonderful effects of Salvation; “Surely our sicknesses He Himself bore…by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53.3-5).” Everything that is not perfect health in your body was put upon Jesus at the cross. “Sickness is to the body is what sin is to the soul. It is already paid for by Christ Himself…every law that applies to salvation applies to healing (John G. Lake).” “God cannot choose not to purchase your healing, He already bought it (Bill Johnson).” He is not questioning, if He will buy your healing for you, He already bought it. It is God’s will to heal everyone, every time at all times. Some of the effects of the atonement are cleansing from sin, power over sin, healing from sickness and power over sickness! The fullness of His love is not just shown to us in the suffering of His death for us as a substitute, but also in the realization of all the effects of that death. He entered into every part of man and reversed the poison of death that Adam’s rebellion had set in motion. The end goal of everything is for us to be just like Jesus. He is “bringing many sons unto glory…(Hebrews 2.10)”. The cross is the only instrument that He uses to fashion us into His image.
Eric Gilmour is an Associate Editor for Voice of Revolution, overseeing Revival & Evangelism.