Monthly Archives: September 2014

You Don’t Know How Powerful You Are — A Quote by Matt Sorger in “Power for Life”

“Your power far exceeds that of Superman. For you have the Greater One living on the inside of you, enabling you to do the unimaginable. But you must first see and know the hero God has created you to be, and that starts by knowing the Hero who already lives in you.”

— Matt Sorger, “Power for Life”, Kindle location 235

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Biblical Heroes Inspire Us to Focus on Our Call and Not Give Up — My Verse for Sun, Sept 28 (Heb 12:1)

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

God Invites You to ‘Co-‘ with Him — A Quote by Leif Hetland in “Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes”

“You are God’s crowning achievement, His masterpiece. You were fearfully and wonderfully made. You were also purposefully made. You are here for a reason — to bear God’s image and to establish His heavenly Kingdom here on earth. You are a co-creator with Him, a co-ruler with Him, and a co-lover with Him. He has hand-picked you to expand the boundaries of Eden. He has chosen you to dance in step with the Trinity — embracing those around you and bringing them into the circle where the family of God loves one another, rejoices in one another, and lives in harmony with one another.”

— Leif Hetland, “Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes”, Kindle location 1275

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Don’t Blame, Instead Look to God for the Answer: Lessons from Jesus Healing a Blind Man in John 9

I love the story of the blind man in John chapter 9, and how Jesus healing him reveals a beautiful heart. But what I would like to focus on in this story is how Jesus responds to the question his disciples ask at the beginning of the story — who sinned, that he should be born blind? We read in John 9:3, “‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life'” (NIV).

golem-318509_640I am lately finding too many Christians interested in cause and effect. I suppose that knowing a cause for something might teach us a lesson that we can avoid the undesirable outcome. But in this unredeemed world we live in, stuff happens. It is not always possible or even helpful to place the blame. The question of greatest importance, perhaps, is once the stuff happens, what are we going to do about it? The one that gets asked a lot, and is also important, is where was God when the stuff was happening? The latter question most of the time isn’t important in figuring out the solution, but is keenly important if the answers we come up with actually hinder our ability to walk closely with God.

In this story, Jesus skips the root cause question entirely. He does not want to turn this into a cause and effect story. What Jesus sees is a man in need, and through His ministry to the man, he receives his physical sight, and is born anew spiritually — getting spiritual sight, too. I really love this whole story, because the man who was healed can see the hypocrisy of the religious leaders when they question him about how he was healed and he recognizes that truth is the last thing they are looking for. I feel sorry for him that he underwent such interrogation, and all he did to deserve it was get healed and tell the truth about what he knew. Yet he seems to come out stronger as a result, more determined to walk the path of truth, and able to recognize that Jesus was indeed from God.

Bad things happen in life — even to us. The devil wants us to blame God. Faith tells us to trust God’s character to being loving, kind, compassionate, faithful, and trustworthy. While the bad things seem to put us on a path that we would not choose for ourselves, God often has plans that require us to stretch beyond our comfort zones. And yes, for a while, it seems like only darkness is present. But as Jesus enables our spiritual eyes to open, we see that God never abandoned us, and if we keep looking, we see how he turns the evil around so that not only are we blessed (Romans 8:29-39), but we will be able to minister powerfully to others (2 Corinthians 1).

Godly Character Allows God to Trust Us with Power — A Quote by Matt Sorger in “Power for Life”

“Ask yourself the question, ‘Can God trust me?’ This is why the harnessing process to develop strong, godly character is so important. The more He can trust us, the more He will give us because He knows we will be able to carry, sustain, and then release His power through our daily lives without endangering ourselves or those around us.”

— Matt Sorger, “Power for Life”, Kindle 247

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Be Prepared to Suffer Physically, Then You Will See Victory Over Sin — My Verses for Sun, Sept 21 (1 Pet 4:1-2)

“Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.” 1 Peter 4:1-2 (NIV)

There are Deep, Deep Places to Go in Contemplative Prayer — A Quote by John Crowder in “Ecstasy of Loving God”

“There is a deeper place on the journey that the mystics of old simply called the prayer of union. In this third stage, I become so absorbed in His glorious presence that I can no longer tell where I end and He begins… You are no longer distracted with interpreting a vision or trying to understand a Scripture. He shows up, and you are undone. It is deeper into simplicity.”

— John Crowder, “Ecstasy of Loving God”, Kindle locations 3072, 3075

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Angelic Protection for Those Who Dwell with God — My Verses for Sat, Sept 20, 2014 (Ps 91:9-11)

“If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge,’ and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Psalms 91:9-11 (NIV)

If the Life of Faith Isn’t any Fun, Re-evaluate — A Quote by Leif Hetland in “Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes”

“The Christian life you’re living, the Christian God you’re serving, the Christian things you’re doing. Is it any fun? By fun, I don’t mean that you’re in a perpetual state of euphoria. I don’t mean that you’re always up, always in a good mood, always the life of the party. What I mean by the question is this. Do you love it? Is it your passion? Do you get joy from it? Does it give you life? And does it give life to those around you?”

— Leif Hetland, “Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes”, Kindle location 1911

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