"We are the ones who have distanced ourselves from God and then we've blamed him for the distance." - Jason Upton

"Any area of a person's life that is not under the influence of hope is under the influence of a lie. Hope is the atmosphere in which faith grows." - Bill Johnson

"The passion-driven worshiper will always accomplish more than the purpose-driven worker. The first is motivated through friendship and intimacy, the second through fear and responsibility. The Ephesian church was filled with those who persevered and toiled but left their first love. Paul, on the other hand, commends those in Thessalonica for their labor of love." -David Ravenhill

"Several paradigm shifts take place in our hearts as we embrace this promotion [from servant to friend in our relationship to God - see John 15]. First, what we know changes, as we gain access to the heart of the Father. His heart is the greatest resource of information we need to function successfully in all of life. Jesus paid the price of our access to the Father, thereby granting us the freedom that comes from the truth we gain through that unlimited knowledge of His heart. Liberty is found in this phase of the promotion.

Second, our experience changes. Encounters with God as an intimate are quite different from those of a servant. His heart beat becomes our heartbeat as we celebrate the shift in our own desires. The realm of His presence becomes our greatest inheritance, and divine encounters our greatest memories. Personal transformation is the only possible result from these supernatural experiences.

Third, our function in life radically changes. Instead of working for Him, we work with Him. WE work not for His favor but from His favor. In this position He entrust us with more of His power, and we are naturally changed into His likeness more and more.

Fourth, our identity is radically transformed. Our identity sets the tone for all we do and become. Christians who live out of who they really are cannot be crippled by the opinions of others. They don't work to fit into other people's expectations, but burn with the realization of who the Father says they are." -Bill Johnson Dreaming With God p. 25