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Your Spiritual DNA

29 Mar

God is our Father, and we inherit His genetic code. Every believer has written into his or her spiritual DNA the desire for the supernatural. It is our predetermined sense of destiny. This God-born passion dissipates when it has been taught and reasoned away, when it’s not been exercised, or when it’s been buried under disappointment.

Bill Johnson

When Heaven Invades Earth, Treasure House, 2003, 81

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Dead to Sin

15 Feb

It’s easy to see my weakness, my propensity toward sin, and my inability to be like Jesus. Confessing this truth requires no faith at all. On the contrary, to do as Paul commanded in Romans 6:13, to consider myself dead to sin, I must believe God!…

Apart from Christ, we are unworthy. And it’s true that without Him we are nothing. But I am not without Him and I never will be again! At what point do we start thinking of our worth through His eyes?… Wouldn’t it honor Him more if we believed that He actually did a good enough job in saving us, and that we are really saved?

Bill Johnson

When Heaven Invades Earth, Treasure House, 2003, 148-9

Fought and Won

11 Jan

Many believe His power exists only to help us overcome sin… Doesn’t it seem strange that our whole Christian life should be focused on overcoming something that has already been defeated? Sin and it nature have been yanked out by the roots. Many constantly call out to God for more power to live in victory. What more can He do for us? If His death wasn’t enough, what else is there? The battle has already been fought and won.

Bill Johnson

When Heaven Invades Earth, Treasure House, 2003, 110

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