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The Cross is Not Self-Applied

15 Dec

Jesus did not nail Himself to the cross. Christians who are trapped by this counterfeit are constantly talking about their weaknesses. If the devil finds us uninterested in evil, then he’ll try and get us to focus on our unworthiness and inability… In my own pursuit of God, I often became preoccupied with ME!… Repeated phrases such as ‘I’m so unworthy,’ become nauseating replacements for the declarations of the worthiness of God.

Bill Johnson

When Heaven Invades Earth, Treasure House, 2003, 147

The Terrible Master

13 Oct

When we submit the things of God to the mind of man, unbelief and religion are the results. When we submit the mind of man to the things of God, we end up with faith and a renewed mind. The mind makes a wonderful servant, but a terrible master.

Bill Johnson

When Heaven Invades Earth, Treasure House, 2003, 47

Learning by Doing

28 Sep

This generation is a generation of risk takers. And not all the risks taken will be seen as real faith. Some will come to light as steps of foolishness and presumption. But they must be taken just the same. How else can we learn?… While I don’t want to honor presumption or error, I do want to applaud passion and effort. Our obsession with perfection has given place to some of our greatest blemishes… People who refuse to step out and be used by God become the critics of those who do.

Bill Johnson

When Heaven Invades Earth, Treasure House, 2003, 179

The Unseen Kingdom

22 Sep

That which is unseen can be realized only through repentance. It was as though He said, ‘If you don’t change the way you perceive things, you’ll live your whole life thinking that what you see in the natural is the superior reality. Without changing the way you think you’ll never see the world that is right in front of you. It’s My world, and it fulfills every dream you’ve ever had…

The God who put the gold in the rocks brought His Kingdom with Him, but left it unseen.

Bill Johnson

When Heaven Invades Earth, Treasure House, 2003, 38-9

Mystery Is Normal

19 Sep

Mystery should be a continual part of your life. You should always have more questions than answers. If your encounters with God don’t leave you with more questions than when you started, then you have had an inferior encounter… It would help all of us a great deal if we had to walk out of a few more church services, scratching our heads, wondering what just took place.

Bill Johnson

The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind, Destiny Image, 2005, 72

That Wasn’t Me

21 Jul

When the enemy brings up a sin from your past, he is talking about something non-existent. It’s completely legal for you to say, ‘I didn’t do that. The person who did that is dead. This person has never done that.’ Either the blood of Jesus is completely effective, or it’s not effective at all.

Bill Johnson

The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind, Destiny Image, 2005, 111

Bigger Than His Book

8 Jul

It’s the lack of power encounters that lead to a misunderstanding of God and His Word. Experience is necessary in building a true knowledge of His Word…

God does as He pleases. While true to His Word, He does not avoid acting outside of our understanding of it. For example, He’s a loving God who hates Esau… He’s the bright morning star who veils Himself in darkness. He hates divorce, yet is Himself divorced (Jer. 3:8). This list of seemingly conflicting ideas could go on for much longer than any of us could bear. Yet this uncomfortable tension is designed to keep us honest and truly dependent on the Holy Spirit for an understanding of who God is and what He is saying to us through His book…

The Bible is the absolute Word of God… Yet it does not contain Him. God is bigger than His book.

Bill Johnson

When Heaven Invades Earth, Treasure House, 2003, 92

God’s Not the One Who’s Late…

2 May

If Jesus is sleeping in your boat, it’s not because He’s waiting for you to wake Him up with your wailing or earnest prayers. It’s because you have divine purpose…

Some teachers teach that God likes to wait until the last minute to intervene and show His sovereignty. They think that’s His cute and clever way of showing He was in control the whole time. You hear people say, ‘God’s never early or late, but He’s always right on time.’ But God doesn’t work that way. If He always intervenes at the last minute, it’s often because we didn’t use the tools we’d been given in the first place.

Bill Johnson

The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind, Destiny Image, 2005, 103

A Map or a Tour Guide

28 Mar

In reality, the Bible is a closed book. Anything I can get from the Word without God will not change my life… When I treat the Bible as a road map, I live as though I can find my own way through my own understanding of His book. I believe this perspective of scriptures actually describes living under the law, not living under grace. Living under the law is the tendency to desire a list of preset boundaries, and not a relationship. While both the Law and Grace have commandments, Grace comes with an inbuilt ability to obey what was commanded. Under Grace, I don’t get a road map… I get a tour guide – the Holy Spirit…
Revelation that doesn’t lead to a God encounter only serves to make me more religious. Unless Scripture leads me to Him, I only become better equipped to debate with those who disagree with my way of thinking… How can I protect myself from the pride that comes from knowledge, even when it’s in the Bible? I must be certain that it takes me to Jesus!

Bill Johnson

When Heaven Invades Earth, Treasure House, 2003, 93-4

No Battle Wounds

16 Mar

When a light is turned on, darkness doesn’t resist. There is no debate. It doesn’t stay dark for a few minutes until light finally wins. On the contrary, light is so superior to darkness that its triumph is immediate. The Holy Spirit has no battle wounds. He bears no teethmarks from the demonic realm fighting for preeminence. Jesus is Lord. Period.

Bill Johnson

When Heaven Invades Earth, Treasure House, 2003, 73.