Quotes and Bill Johnson clip

“The only people who get upset with you setting boundaries are the ones who were benefiting by you having none.”-Toby Mac

“Living your life only for yourself and your own pleasures is a great way to destroy it.” - Me

“When we base our significance off the acceptance of others we limit our identity to their capacity to love.” - Gabriel Lopez

“Training people that sin will hurt them is better than training them that God will hurt them when they sin.” - Miguel Que

“Christians who feel they have their lives all together live a mediocre Christian life.” - heard Bill Johnson quoted as saying this

“Force your lies to sit there and watch you worship. Just don't be surprised if they get up to leave before you’re finished.” - Gabriel Lopez

“When you learn that a person’s behavior has more to do with their own internal struggle than it ever did with you, you learn grace.” - Unknown

“The difference between unforgiveness and forgiveness depends on whose blood brings you peace. The blood of your enemy or the blood of your Savior.” - Gabriel Lopez

I also encourage you to watch Bill Johnson on the Holy Spirit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=WItXH6Ahv4Q&fbclid=IwAR14gavi6MIusUbxUdPrfZqOLsdUB2rdFBZi_zcMBUyAAeTQYroLWc36NVQ&app=desktop

Friend's blog

I regularly run teams to Philippines to do outreaches where Jesus has healed and saved many thousands over the years. I like the perspective of my friend Macey on what these trips are like: https://10000reasons.blog/2019/04/03/receive/?fbclid=IwAR33Ck9PDG_Ih6QW-ORFcZ55OBMWepLkzLb6eIgGjzvMBBluM5qRk1FJ8ss

Thoughts...

In the name of not having a formula for healing, i see people throw away healing principles that would work and help them out.

Having something you're trying to prove is a sign that you don't know who fights your battles for you.

If you seek His face, you'll hear His voice.

Church was never meant to be a place for people just endlessly confess the same sin without the hope of freedom.

You're not empowered if you're waiting for someone else to open the door for you. You are empowered if you serve right where you're at .

Quotes

The more people give God glory and praise for the good He does in their lives, the more people feel peace, rest, and trust in Him for the future. The more we internalize what happened as being about ourselves, the more pressure we feel to keep something up that we never did in the first place!

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If you want to live surrendered to God instead of consumed by your circumstances, it won't work very well to live surrendered to someone you aren't living closely connected to!

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Healing ministry was meant to be transferable/multiplicatable. See Luke 9:1-2, 10-9, etc.

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“There is no compassion for evil, it doesn’t exist. When we force ourselves to embrace someone else’s agreement with evil because it is the “nice thing to do,” we empower evil in their life and violate ourselves.” -Mike Maeshiro

Quotes

Do you have an unexpected problem? Regard it as an opportunity to depend on the Lord and learn something new. - Mark Rapley

“It is not wise to take inventory of the fruit of our lives while we are in the twilight moments with little time to change the outcome of a life lived. [Don’t wait that long!]” -Mike Francen

“Love God more than ministry”-Don Clowers

“What you do for God can never replace the time you spend with God.” - Joyce Meyers

“If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to build theirs.”-Tony Gaskins

“The fire of God brings commitment to the cause.” The fire of the world seeks the comfort and acceptance of man.” -Mike Francen

Another fun testimony...

I am walking down the street in Manila (Philippines) a couple of days ago and I see these folks sitting at a shrine on a street corner. Immediately, when I looked at the one man, I felt something leap on the inside of me. I knew it was the Holy Spirit. I tried to figure out what God wanted with this man but I didn't hear anything per se. So I dropped off my laundry at my friend's house a block away and then came back. Sometimes I feel bold but sometimes I feel chicken. This was a chicken moment. I felt a little weird going up to them when they were doing something already so I stood near by and played with my phone for a second. The one man noticed me and yelled out to me. I started chatting with them and asked if any of them had any pain or problem in their body. They all did - elbow, back and another problem. They all were improved from the first prayer but not perfect yet. After two prayers for one and 3 for the other two all of the pain left their bodies.

I then shared how every Filipino knows that Jesus died on the cross but many don't know why. It was because we all have done bad things and this keeps us separated from God. But God doesn't wanted us separated. Jesus took the punishment of what we have done wrong to be forgiven. So I ask them if they would like to turn from what they have done wrong and make Jesus their God. They all did and then prayed after me: "Dear Jesus - please forgive me for what I have done wrong. Give me strength to turn away from the bad things I have done. I make you my God." You know you can do this too if you haven't before...

Testimony

I had a great weekend in Ifugao and Isabela, Philippines. This was one fun highlight, though. My old power bank quit working and I needed to get another one. So I go to the shopping mall in Roxas, Isabela, and as I am looking to buy one, I hear the Holy Spirit tell me to share the Gospel with the worker. So I ask the 5 employees of the shop to come together and ask who needs a healing. They all do - 2 sore throats, a bad back, a headache, and a painful wrist. After a quick prayer for healing, 2 are improved and 3 are the same. I tell them we need to persevere. After the second prayer, most of them are either completely healed or radically improved by the Lord. I start sharing the Gospel with them all, but the worker who was helping me originally needs to help a new customer. So the other four employees pray to repent of what they have done wrong and make Jesus their God but I still missed the first one who the Spirit prompted me to share with. So I go back to her after she is done helping the customer and she too prays to make Jesus her Lord and Savior.

Thoughts

If you think your gift is about you, you’ve missed the point.

Pride in the revelation of what you already know can keep you from being able to live it out. For example, some of those that 5 years ago emphasized how well they had tolerance are now some of the least tolerant people towards political leaders they disagree with. 
Empowerment to live out what we know to be true comes more from the Spirit than the intellect.

To contemplate...

When Calvinists focus on whether something is or isn't God's will based on what happened when they prayed, it is a failure to understand that God's will often includes human involvement. We have a personal relationship with God through Jesus - and God wants to work in relationship with us to accomplish His will! Ananias in Acts 9 was just wanting God to sovereignly stop Saul without his involvement. But God wanted to work through him! God's way to accomplish his will can often involve more than a "if it be thy will" prayer!

The church many times sees healing ministry, witnessing, and Holy Spirit ministry as something for those with great character and good theology as some sort of reward for having been disciples. However, Jesus picked people with major character flaws (like Judas, Peter, James, and John) in Luke 9:1-2 to be empowered and saw Holy Spirit ministry as one more aspect of their discipleship process. 

If you take too much credit for what God does through you, it can create an orphan spirit where you depend too much on your resources instead of His! 

God First!

Removing idolatry (meaning anything we put in front of God) from a believer’s life is as much about putting God first as removing the idol. Simply removing the problem alone doesn’t solve the problem as much as simply create a vacuum.

Some thoughts for today...

If the messages of your church are to simply get people through the next week, then your people may start to reduce God by only believing for that. But so much more than that is available in the abundant life Jesus gives!!

If you make decisions based off of whoever can tell you emotional stories to manipulate your feelings instead of truth and facts, you can easily be deceived and have a mercy gift not grounded in reality.  Stories, truth, and facts are all important.

When you want the reward without embracing the process you become a target for the victim mentality. - Erik Frederickson

The only secure place for one's value/self worth is found in the One that does not change! If value is based on what a person will spend for something... well, you have been bought with the life of Jesus on the cross. There is nothing more valuable than that!

"In his 1942 devotional Abundant Living, E. Stanley Jones, Methodist doctor and missionary to India, writes: The early Christians did not say in dismay: "Look what the world has come to," but in delight, "Look what has come to the world."
They saw not merely the ruin, but the Resource for the reconstruction of that ruin. 
They saw not merely that sin did abound, but that grace did much more abound.
On that assurance the pivot of history swung from blank despair, loss of moral nerve, and fatalism, to faith and confidence that at last sin had met its match." - Alberto Cordero

If people make healing ministry difficult in their minds it will become difficult in their experience.

(if no quote by it, it is from me)

Some different thoughts...

If you think the essence of Christianity is fighting for what you think you are entitled to instead of serving, you might have missed how Jesus did royalty as the Son.

If you hate people that are full of hate then you have just become what you were against.

I wonder how many breakthroughs would come quicker if Christians didn't take credit (or discounted it) in the past for how God had previously answered prayers.

When one's prayer life gets past all of the regular things they say, ask God for, and/or ask forgiveness for - after that is the place that real relationship of getting to know someOne starts.

Lying and stealing epitomize the orphan spirit of distrust.

Thoughts

Seeing people get healed on any amount of a consistent basis is not a random fluke but has much more to do with what one believes about God, themselves, and the sick person while ultimately depending on His grace. Jesus made healing ministry something that could be replicated in Luke 9 & 10; not a random aberration.

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If one learns thankfulness towards God instead of taking credit for what He empowered us to do, it will be far easier to believe for Him to show up next time!

What's going through my head...

What if the Believer's life is not so much about me working hard to do spiritual things but about Him flowing through me to do what I can't?

And if one is wondering how to access that... then maybe that is where religion stops and relationship starts!

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It works better to not focus all your spiritual energy on trying to defeat the one who is already defeated, but to focus more on the One who did the defeating!

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Some don't want to confess to another their struggles due to shame... but it is actually confessing to healthy others that helps to bring freedom from shame!

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If ministry gets put in front of God, ministry suffers. If God is put ahead of ministry, ministry naturally occurs as a byproduct of connecting with God's heart for people and acting on it.

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If we do not give testimonies of what God can do because of false humility, it can cause others to not get breakthrough because they don't know what is available.

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What if the primary part of a relationship with God is not trying to get stuff out of Him but falling in love and being loved by the King of the Universe?

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Working hard to try to make something spiritually happen can be a really poor substitute for trusting Jesus to do what we can't.

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If you focus on stewarding and your responsibilities overly much, you may fail to realize the best way to steward is to keep God as your source and partner with Him!

Some more thoughts...

What if the Believer's life is not so much about me working hard to do spiritual things but about Him flowing through me to do what I can't?  And if one is wondering how to access that... then maybe that is where religion stops and relationship starts!

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Some may call a behavior legalism. But for another it may actually be safeguarding their heart to avoid distraction so they may keep the main thing the main thing!

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And from other people:

"It is tremendously poor theology for the light to hide until the darkness takes over and then God pulls the light out of hiding to get them off the planet... the purpose of the light is to be sent into the darkness with the revelation that the light shines forth in darkness... the light is productive based on how bright the light is not based on a lesser amount of darkness." - Damon Thompson

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"Christian myth #127: If something is from God it will only be fun and easy to do :)." - Kristen D'Arpa

Some thoughts...

A person who is living their life predominantly for themselves will have a lot less meaning/purpose than one who is seeking first the kingdom. Living for self is an empty and unsatisfying way to go...

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Jesus was very content to empower people and let them grow personally in the process of using gifts; they did not have to become perfect to get access to gifts. If someone has to have perfect character to operate in healing, then why did Jesus send out very imperfect disciples in Luke 9?
If someone has to be baptized in the Holy Spirit to operate in healing, than why does Luke 9:1-2 with the disciples occur before Acts 2?
Of course Spirit-baptism and character are important, but I don't think God likes us restricting Him and what He is allowed to do through us and disqualifying ourselves when He qualified us with the Great Commission!

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False humility blocks multiplication. If everything good is reduced to giving glory to Jesus, no one else can be taught into the same breakthrough. But if a person can share HOW the Lord did it and what God did in and through them in the partnership, then multiplication/impartation has a much better chance of taking root in the other. If one is really seeking first the kingdom, false humility can be the enemy to kingdom expansion.

Church and Culture

Jesus and his disciples didn't constantly re-evaluate their values simply because culture didn't agree. If one is constantly trying to conform/change the Bible/truth to current culture in the name of loving people, perhaps they are living a different model of "love" than Jesus, the disciples, or about anyone else in the Bible did. Elijah, Jeremiah, Jesus, etc. sure would have had much less persecution if they would have done this instead!! When the church values an easy life over holding to truth is when they will likely never have that easy life due to the bondage that the lies they believe have put them in!