Monthly Archives: December 2013

God Often Shows Us Our Life Missions through Burning Passions — A Quote by Winnie Banova in “Beautiful One”

[Regarding the story of the walk to Emmaus after Jesus was resurrected:] “This ‘vanishing act’ bothered me for quite some time. I asked, “’Lord, why didn’t You stay with them for a while and hang out? You labored with them all of that time. You were there, and they finally “got it,” but then You disappeared. You didn’t even hang out for dessert.’ Finally He helped me connect the dots. They were kept from recognizing Jesus on purpose—Jesus was teaching them a new form of communication. On their way back to Jerusalem, they were talking to each other and saying, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us? Were not our hearts burning when He was speaking to us?’ He was teaching them to recognize the burning of the Word in their hearts, and His burning passion in their spirits. Since Jesus was no longer going to walk around with them in His earthly body, they had to start learning this new communication system right away… Pay attention to those burning passions and desires, for you have no idea the places that they will take you to. As you follow their lead, you will find yourself doing exactly what God has called you to do.”

— Winnie “Co Co” Banova, Ch 4 of “Beautiful One”, ed. by Shae Cooke

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God Helps Us Love Him More Than We Could on Our Own — A Quote from François Fénelon in “The Inner Life”

“It is God’s love towards us that gives us everything; but the richest of his gifts is that we may love Him with that love which is his due. When He is able by his love to produce that love in us, He reigns within; He constitutes there our life, our peace, our happiness, and we then already begin to taste that blissful existence which He enjoys.”

— François Fenelon, “The Inner Life”, Kindle locations 26-28

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Learning to Like and Live in Who You Really Are — A Quote from Leanne Payne in “The Healing Presence”

“There are three blocks to discovering one’s true center. The first two have to do with the forgiveness of sin: either our failure to forgive others, or our failure to receive forgiveness from God. The third has to do with one’s own inner vision of oneself and the failure to acquire the virtue of self-acceptance…”

“Only the real ‘I’, shedding its illusory selves, can draw near to God. In His Presence, my masks fall off, my false selves are revealed. I stand stripped and naked before Him. To continually abide in His Presence is to have one face only – the true one. To draw near Him, therefore, is to find the real ‘I’ as well as its home, my true center. Prior to this, I am split; I walk alongside myself, I am egocentric, I am uncentered.”

— Leanne Payne, “The Healing Presence”, pp 82-83

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Faith Sometime Requires Commitment Before Having Outward Confirmation — A Quote by Elaine Heath in “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”

“Even if she [Phoebe Palmer] never felt any religious emotion for the rest of her life, she wrote, she resolved to walk by faith and ‘hold on in the death struggle.’ To demand an affective experience as proof of sanctification was tantamount to the sinful Pharisees demanding another sign in order to believe the words of Christ… Palmer would indeed feel religious emotion in the future, including the profoundly healing assurance of God’s love. She would come to experience the presence of God in numerous ways, including visions, dreams, and spiritual combat, and she would preach and teach with so much power that more than twenty-five thousand people would enter ‘the way of holiness’ through her ministry.”

— Elaine Heath, “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”, page 62

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