Thursday, 25 September 2008

George Warnock -Ongoing illumination of the Spirit into vaster expanses of Truth and Glory

"May God, therefore, give us guidance by His Spirit to see and understand and contemplate wondrous things out of His Word--the entrance of which giveth light to such as are in darkness, and the appropriation of which giveth understanding to the simple, wisdom to the foolish, and illumination to the blind. We care not for established creeds or doctrines or theological disputes, nor for the marginal notes we find in our various expository and reference Bibles.

God has spoken, and that is sufficient. If Christians are content to abide by the revelation they have received at the hands of great men of the past--let them be content. But God is now leading His people onward and upward to higher heights, to greater depths, to vaster expanses of Truth and Glory than the saints have ever enjoyed or appropriated in the past. Therefore we fix our hopes and our eyes upon the God of increasing revelation, even on Him who is ...Able to ...Exceedingly ...Abundantly ...Above all ...That we ask ...Or Think ...According to the power ...That worketh in us."

George Warnock, "The Feast of the Tabernacles."

Monday, 22 September 2008

Bill Johnson on the Purpose of Miracles

"One of the major functions of miracles and supernatural living is to offer immediate, irrefutable proof of what God wants to happen on earth. It demonstrates who God is by showing what His reality looks like".

Bill Johnson - "The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind" - Destiny Image, Shippensburg (2005) - (p34).

Bill Johnson on the Normal Christian Life

"I have come to see that the normal Christian life means miracles, spiritual intervention and revelation. It means peace, joy, love, a sense of well-being and purpose - all these traits that ellude so many Christians. Written into the spiritual DNA of every believer is an appetite for the impossible that cannot be ignored or wished away. The Holy Spirit, the very Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us, making it impossible for us to be content with what we can only see, hear, touch, taste and smell. Our hearts know there is much more to life than what we perceive with our senses; we are spiritually agitated by the lack of connection with the realm of the supernatural".

Bill Johnson - "The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind" - Destiny Image, Shippensburg (2005) - (p31).

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Word and Spirit

"These two; "the Holy Spirit"; "the Word of God". We must never seperate them and if we ever do we shall go astray. Some people put their emphasis only on the word. These are the intellectuals. "Ah" they say, "nothing matters but the ties on theology and doctrine". As a rsult they may become proud of their own great knowledge. They may get the admiration of others who join in with them, but this is nothing but a little mutual admiration society. Nobody is converted, nobody is convicted. Heads packed with knowledge and understanding - useless! "Word only" you see".

Dr Lloyd-Jones - "Authentic Christianity - Volume 2 (Acts 4-5)" - Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh (2001) - (p84).

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Unction in Preaching

"Preaching is in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. And a man has to realise after he has prepared his sermons, that however perfectly he may have done so, that it is all waste and useless unless the power of the Spirit comes upon it and upon him. He must pray for that".

Dr Lloyd-Jones - "Revival" - Crossway Books, Wheaton (1987) - (p124).

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Bill Johson Clarifying the Difference b/t the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit and the Outpouring of the Spirit

"Scripture teaches that every believer receives the Spirit as the seal and down payment of our full inheritance, which is God Himself. (Eph. 1:13-14; Rom. 8:11,15 ) We are heirs of God and have the wonderful privilege and joy of being His dwelling place. The indwelling presence of the Spirit comes about at our conversion, when the Spirit of resurrection brings our spirits to life, just as He breathed into Adam's nostrils in the garden and he became a living being. In the lives of Christ's disciples, we see this take place in John 20:22, when Jesus met with them, "breathed on them and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit.'" But at His ascension, Jesus told these same people that the Holy Spirit was going to come upon them. The Holy Spirit was already in them, but He was going to come upon them with power in order to make them witnesses. As the word outpouring suggests, this promise is fulfilled as the Spirit of God comes upon His people like rain. In such seasons God permeates all we are and do with deluges of Himself. This heavenly invasion of God into our lives is God's first answer to the prayer Jesus taught us to pray: "Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10). Paul taught us that the "kingdom of God is .....righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Romans 14:17). That is, the kingdom of God is in the Holy Spirit. When He is poured out on us, the King's domain becomes manifested in our lives. This kingdom first creates heaven on earth in the "earth" of our lives, which enables us to mature as co-laborers with heaven in order to bring transformation to the earth around us. Thus, the outpouring of the Spirit deals directly with God's destiny for humanity. The purpose for which Christ accomplished salvation for mankind was just this, to put us right with God so that He could rest upon us, creating a people who could co-labor with Him to bring heaven on earth."

Bill Johnson - "Face to Face with God. The Ultimate Quest to Experience His Presence."

Monday, 8 September 2008

Rob Rufus on Ephesians 4 Ministries

"As soon as a pastor/teacher culture begins to control the church, then the apostolic and prophetic is lost".

Rob Rufus - "Session 2" - 'Word and Spirit Conference with Dr Michael Eaton' - 8 July - 11 July 2008, Cape Town South Africa - hosted by Joshua Generation Church