Monthly Archives: July 2013

Wisdom on How to Begin Practicing Silence — A Quote by J. Brent Bill in “Holy Silence”

“So how do you begin the practice of holding silence? One way to begin is to start by either sitting or lying down; whichever is more comfortable and appropriate… Then close your eyes and take a deep breath. Inhale and exhale slowly. Then do it even more slowly. It will seem forced at first… Feel your body gently rise and fall as you inhale and exhale.”

“As you breathe, listen for the voice of the Spirit. Even listen for your own voice. What are you saying to you? What is God saying? Don’t expect to hear or sense something immediately. This isn’t something that happens after one or two breaths… Relax into silence.”

“If you’re having a hard time focusing on the silence, you might want to use a word or verse of Scripture or a prayer. Think about the various names given to Jesus — Emmanuel, the Word, the Light, Prince of Peace, Morning Star, and the Good Shepherd. For many of us, the first steps we take into the world of silence are through the words of prayer. I used the Lord’s Prayer…”

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The Cross Was Only Part of the Plan: Jesus was Resurrected to Reign — My Verses for Wed, Jul 31 (Eph 1:20-22)

“He raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet.” Ephesians 1:20-22a (NIV)

Love Frees Us to Evangelize with New Motivation — A Quote by Mike Bickle in “The Pleasures of Loving God”

“Sacrifice is not the primary consideration for those who have been touched by the romance of the gospel, whose hearts are stirred by the beauty of God and who have a deep reality of love for God. Instead, such believers are caught up in the privilege of abandonment. Their primary reward is the power to love. Their reward is to feel and receive love, and then to reciprocate it by the power of God. They carry this reward within their hearts… The Great Commission will move from a work paradigm of sacrificial labor to a love paradigm, an act of devotion of a lovesick bride. In this new paradigm, we carry our reward in our hearts because the first commandment [love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength] is first.”

— Mike Bickle, “The Pleasures of Loving God”, p 51

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Call Out the Masterpiece You See in Others — A Quote by John Burke in “Mud and the Masterpiece”

“Jesus not only pictured this Masterpiece in every encounter, he called out the Masterpiece. He pointed out the true identity of people that God wanted to reveal by chipping away everything that wasn’t the image he imagined. We must learn to do the same… God wants his followers to call out the valuable uniqueness God created, so people will identify with their Creator…”

“Think of all the ways to call out God’s image in those who don’t know Christ by complimenting those who govern well as they manage others, or acknowledging those who do their work with excellence, or encouraging those who take seriously the justice and integrity God created them to display, or telling those who care about the earth that their desire is God honoring. This simple calling out of the Masterpiece can begin the process of a person identifying with the God of Jesus.”

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There is Great Joy in God’s Presence, but Seek God for God, not for Joy — A Quote by Jeanne Guyon in “Intimacy with Christ”

“God uses my enjoyment of inward prayer, and of His presence, to draw me away from myself to Him. Yet if I become too attached to seeking these wonderful feelings and attempt to retire continually to enjoy them, God becomes jealous.”

— Jeanne Guyon, “Intimacy with Christ”, p 134

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Glory to be Revealed — A Quote by Francis Frangipane in “The Days of His Presence”

“The world will see the Lord Jesus Christ accompanying His church in profound displays of glory. Great power from God shall seek out and rest upon those who are choosing now to humble themselves before Him… The praying, hungering church of Jesus Christ is about to enter a season of extraordinary manifestations of God’s glory.”

— Francis Frangipane, “The Days of His Presence”, p 17

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Christians Need Revelation Regarding Their Hope, Riches, and Power — My Verses for Sat, Jul 27 (Eph 1:18-19)

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:18-19a (NIV)