Quotes

I've been reading a book called Enough is Enough by a guy I met named Dave Carlson. It is a very interesting book. Anyway, here are some quotes from it...

"Many books have been written on overcoming fear and pride, removing offense, bitterness, and unforgiveness in the Christian life. Sometimes we become so involved with “working” to be set free from different curses and a hardness of heart that we fail to see that what is right in front of our face: How can Christians hold in their hearts any bitternss or offense toward another when their hearts and souls are filled with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ? They cannot! …We are not abiding in His divine presence. We desire for God’s glory and power to be manifested in our lives, but we contingue to ignore Him throughout the day. We find ourselves so caught up in this world that we neglect the Father who adores us beyond understanding. We are told to count it all joy when we fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of our faith produces patience (James 1:2-3). When we place our faith and trust in the love of the Father, we find a place of rest where we can abide in peace and joy." (p. 91)

“We are called to produce good fruit for the Kingdom of God, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. The ability to produce quality fruit hinges upon our ability to find a sustained level of consciousness of Jesus in our lives. The moment we realize the truth of the power of Christ, our spirits, souls, and bodies enter into a place of rest where doubt and fear cannot exist. It is then that the fruit of the Holy Spirit is released to grow abundantly. Holiness becomes a life-centered desperation for the Father’s touch.” (p. 83)

“A pastor once said that the anointing experienced on ministry trips in other countries is no greater than the anointing found here in the United States. The only difference is that the manifested glory of God is in the measure of desperation from the people being ministered to. Our desperation and hunger for the promises of the Kingdom of Heaven enable us to pull into our existence and experience the glory and power of the Holy Spirit… Blessed are the poor in spirit, Jesus was saying for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. He explained that those who received an outpouring of God’s glory and power were the desolate, the desperate, those poor in spirit and hungry for a touch of God. It was through their broken spirit that the Kingdom of Heaven was released into manifestation in the physical realm.” (p. 81)

“The process of establishing holiness in our souls and bodies is about “getting” the truth of the Holy Scriptures into the depths of our consciousness that we may begin to live out the promise of the New Covenant. Holiness is not what we do, but who we are. Holiness is no longer about the law; it’s about the treasures of our hearts. No longer are we a part of this world. Holiness is a rest in the truth of the Word of God and a trusting in God to be faithful to His promise. Holiness brings a person closer to the heart of God and allows man to experience the Father’s glorious presence. All our thoughts, perceptions, and focus must be on the Kingdom of Heaven and all that it provides. Holiness is about getting our focus off this world and anchoring it securely, and permanently, onto God.” (p. 72)

“The irony of Christianity and the fulfillment of the desire of our hearts lies in our ability to completely surrender to the Father’s will. We prosper when we come to the complete understanding that it is not us who prospers, but He who has empowered us to prosper.” (p. 41)