God created humanity with a burning need for love. That’s why you’re sitting there needing love. If you didn’t need love, you wouldn’t need God. In fact, that’s why you were created with needs, period. God is the supreme authority figure who has the market cornered on being able to supply all our needs. Thus, He created a bunch of people who have a ton of needs. This way, some of us would recognize our need and turn to Him through Jesus to get our needs supplied His way. God spells relief J-e-s-u-s.”
Lifetime Guarantee, Harvest House, 1993, 18
Needless to say, maturity doesn’t occur in one giant leap, but through a process: ‘But we all… are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18). Notice it’s ‘from glory to glory,’ not ‘from garbage to glory.’ You are already holy in Christ…
Just as an oak sapling does not get oakier as it matures, neither does a new creature in Christ get holier, more forgiven, more accepted, etc… Of course, a Christian can just as surely ‘walk after the flesh’ and develop character that is completely contrary to his true nature.
Lifetime Guarantee, Harvest House, 1993, 202
Are Christians truly a holy people, or are we trying to become a holy people?…
As an oak sapling grows, it doesn’t get any ‘oakier.’ Oak is oak. It simply matures into what it is, a full-grown oak tree… It’s not a ‘from-to’ situation with us. We are a holy people. Now let’s get on with acting like who we are.
Lifetime Guarantee, Harvest House, 1993, 181-2
Unless they can feel something, they have difficulty accepting it as reality. The Word of God never says, however, that anyone will feel saved. It says things like, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved,’ not feel saved… The Lord has no interest in strengthening your fleshly pattern of being controlled by your emotions… At times, He’ll give you all the zingy feelings you can handle, but He will not permit you to build a tabernacle there. Sometimes it’ll feel as though He’s gone to Mars for a summer vacation… But has he left you in those times? No. How could he do that? Your earthsuit would fall over and die if He left, because He is your life. Your job is to keep believing He has everything under control.
Lifetime Guarantee, Harvest House, 1993, 146-7
Act as though you’re dead to sin’s thoughts coming to you. How does a dead man response when you try to stimulate him? He doesn’t! He just sits there!… This is a faith (belief) position taken by the mind and will. God said that I am dead to sin but alive to God in Christ (see Romans 6:11-13), so I will choose to act as if I’m dead to sin by acting as though Christ is living through me in this situation… ‘Gee, Lord, those are interesting bricks on the post office. I wonder how many there are under each window? Yes, there are seven. Isn’t that interesting.’…
You say, ‘Come on, Gillham, what a dumb story! Let’s move on to some illustrations of claiming the abundant life. Get on to the story of when you went to the big meeting at the convention center and saw a guy’s leg grow a quarter of an inch and then everybody swung on the chandeliers.’… The abundant life is being able to spend Saturday morning mowing and bagging grass for your wife without getting resentful over it. That is the abundant life for me. That’s victory over the flesh.
Lifetime Guarantee, Harvest House, 1993, 109, 137
Now, what if you would simply act (by faith) as if Christ were expressing His life through your personality and earthsuit to bypass the flesh and speak loving, encouraging, tender words to your wife and children. What if you act (by faith) as if Christ were using your arms to reach out in love by giving them a hug or pat on the back? You would be acting as if Christ actually were your life. You would be acting like something is true that is true, wouldn’t you?
Lifetime Guarantee, Harvest House, 1993, 136
God’s definition of a hypocrite: Pretending to be what you are not. Satan’s definition of a hypocrite: Acting contrary to how you feel. The devil’s definition of a phony is based totally on the condition of our emotions. If you buy into it, you will never be able to walk in your true identity in Christ!… The majority of counselors major on how people feel, and if their techniques make the counselee feel better, they pronounce him ‘better.’… We determine truth by what God says, not by the state of our emotions.
Lifetime Guarantee, Harvest House, 1993, 135