“The flesh morally considered is the tendency in our nature to self-gratifying behaviour. It’s not somebody else living in you – it is you behaving in a self gratifying manner”.
Ern Baxter – “Decline and Death of the Head and Shoulders Man” – King and His Army Series – Lakes Bible Week 1975
Thursday, 29 November 2007
Monday, 26 November 2007
"God's plan for the earth is like a huge bulldozer that keeps on moving - crushing, working, plowing and moving until ... His ultimate goals and plans are established in the earth".
Bob Mumford - "The Prophetic Voice" - New Wine Magazine February 1981 - CGM Publishing - (p29)
Saturday, 24 November 2007
"Aren't you tired of church being a Mask Ball? Some people attack everything because they are afraid of control - of losing it! People who have been hurt by Pharisees in the past will take off their masks very slowly when they feel they are in a safe, secure environment of grace. But if a Pharisee comes in and rubbishes the prophecy they brought or the step of faith they made then that mask will go back on for a very VERY long time. DON'T LET THE PHARISEES RAPE YOUR PEOPLE. Don't be nice to the Pharisees! Jesus wasn't!".
"Resurrection is more than a doctrine - but victory of life!".
"If you don't get angry with legalists then you haven't seen grace".
"The Pharisees don't really know God so are uncomfortable when His glory shows up and so will try and make you look stupid with words of "wisdom" and the voice of reason. Pharisees will shoot arrows of witchcraft into the open hearts of prophets and so prophets have begun to close their hearts to protect themselves. But they can't hear God as well when they do that!".
"If you lose heart you will set out to lower the Word of God to your experience but God wants us to raise our expectations to the promise of His Spirit".
"We have no gifts of the Spirit - not one -but the One inside us has all gifts - miracles, healings, utterance gifts - tongues and prophecy. A river of life streaming from within us! You can have all nine fruits of the Spirit so why not all nine gifts of the Spirit? The fruit of the Spirit are not your fruit just as the gifts of the Spirit are not your gifts!".
"Flesh" has 12-13 different interpretations in the Bible and depends on the context. The NIV translates "flesh" as "sinful nature" and it is a misinterpretation. In the context of Galatians - "flesh" means "human effort under law" as opposed to "resting in grace".
"You can have many messages on grace but until the life-giving Spirit breaths on you, you will not truly believe it".
"Obedience is not the basis of your confidence before God. If you are in first Adam then you cannot backslide out through good works! Just so if you are in the last Adam then you cannot backslide out through unrighteous acts!".
"Self-righteousness does not lead to holy living but to idolatry".
"Law demands perfect righteousness from you but grace gives perfect righteousness to you!".
"Jesus did not come to make immoral people moral but dead people live".
"Thinking won't raise the dead - only drinking will. The bigger the miracle required the more we must dial down on the flesh and let Him dial up His power".
"You can know the whole Bible but if you don't have divine encounters then you are nothing but a walking Pharisee".
"Unity doesn't bring the glory - the glory brings unity".
"Holy Spirit-inspired preaching brings about an encounter with God that demands a verdict and produces a changed life based on revelation, faith and love, not cold obedience to external rules".
Terry Virgo - "Spirit-inspired preaching" - from Terry Virgo's blog - downloaded Saturday 24th November 2007 - 14:30.
"The battle is on for the church to really believe the Bible, the Word of God. The battle is on to believe that God still saves, heals and delivers today. The battle is on for the Gospel - for the church to guard and proclaim the timeless truth of the finished work of the Cross. The battle is on and the battle is fierce, but in the midst of all the compromise and deception God is raising up a truly apostolic church. This church is the church through which the King of kings is going to minister his life-changing touch in ever-increasing measure.
This church is the church through which revival will come to the nations."
Mark Stibbe - "One Touch from the King" - Authentic, 1997, p94
Monday, 19 November 2007
"For some people it seems easier to "die for the Lord" than to live for Him. Those who have a perverted understanding of the Cross glory more in death than they do in life. They fail to see that the point of the Cross is resurrection, not the grave".
Rick Joyner - "Combating the Spirit of Religion" in "Freedom from the Religious Spirit" - C Peter Wagner (ed) - Regal Books, California (2005) - (pp44-45).