Category Archives: Favorite Quote

Confidence from God’s Love Overcomes Fear of People — A Quote by Mike Bickle in “Loving God”

“A focus on Jesus ultimately leads us to an increased knowledge of His heart of affirmation for us. This is absolutely vital. As important as human affirmation is, it is woefully inadequate without God’s affirmation of us. When we are secure and confident in God’s love, we grow out of our fears related to how people receive and treat us.”

— Mike Bickle, “Loving God”, Kindle location 828

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Pray for Someone by Seeing Them Wrapped in God’s Light — A Quote by J. Brent Bill in “Minding the Light”

“Now I’m not a very good formal pray-er — I don’t do well at closing my eyes and reciting prayers. I’ve always found it hard to set a regular time each day to pray. But I can think passionately about people and their lives. So I do. I begin by imagining them wrapped in God’s loving Light. That’s how I pray — maybe something like that will work for you.”

— J.Brent Bill, “Mind the Light”, Kindle location 1134

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A Fresh Way to Read Your Bible — A Quote by Antonio Baldovinos in “Relentless Pursuit”

“The Bible is so much more than words or instructions for life, although it certainly is that; He is releasing His fragrance, His heart’s very own passion to us as we read. These words are meant to touch our hearts, transform us, and move us into greater realization of His love and a continual encounter of truly knowing Him. We are meant not just to take in the words, but to take in His aroma of love and drink in His nearness.”

— Antonio Baldovinos, “Relentless Pursuit”, Kindle location 216

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Affirmation Changes Lives — A Quote by Brennan Manning in “Furious Longing of God”

“Lodged in your heart is the power to walk into somebody’s life and give him or her what the bright Paul Tillich called ‘the courage to be.’ Can you fathom that? You have the power to give someone the courage to be, simply by the touch of your affirmation.”

— Brennan Manning, “Furious Longing of God”, Kindle location 1044

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God Especially Calls the Least among Us to Know Him Deeply — A Quote by Brennan Manning in “Furious Longing of God”

“‘The invitation to union is extended not only for Christians of iron will, austere seekers of God, those who preach the gospel and get doctorates in theology. It is not reserved for those who are well-known mystics or for those who do wonderful things for the poor.… [It is for] those poor enough to welcome Jesus. It is for people living ordinary lives and who feel lonely. It is for all those who are old, hospitalized or out of work, who open their hearts in trust to Jesus and cry out for his healing love.'”

— Jean Vanier, as quoted by Brennan Manning, “Furious Longing of God”, Kindle location 668

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People were Designed to Sacrifice out of Love — A Quote by Mike Bickle in “Loving God”

“God designed the human soul to be passionate and committed. This is the only way that we can function to our fullest. Without abandonment to God, our hearts sink into restlessness, boredom, and frustration. We must have something in our lives that is worth giving everything up for. God intended our souls to be fascinated with Jesus. Our highest development and greatest fulfillment lie in worshiping and serving Jesus with all our heart… IF WE HAVE NOTHING TO DIE FOR, THEN WE HAVE NOTHING TO LIVE FOR.”

— Mike Bickle, “Loving God”, Kindle location 333

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Experience the Light of God Within — A Quote by J. Brent Bill in “Minding the Light”

“Before Friends called themselves Friends they referred to themselves as the ‘Children of Light.’ They warmed to the spiritual idea of the immediacy of Christ’s presence preached by a young man named George Fox. He spoke of ‘Christ within’ each person, a presence he called the ‘Inner Light.’ That’s based on John’s saying that ‘the true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world’ — referring to Jesus as the true Light. From Fox’s preaching and their reading of the Bible, the early Quakers understood Jesus to be the Light of the world. They referred to Christ as the Inner Light alive inside everybody. They also chose the name ‘Children of Light’ because they wanted people to know that they were walking in the Light of God. Their name came from John’s Gospel that says, ‘While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become [children] of light.’ They wanted to be known as women and men whose faith grew from a direct spiritual encounter with the living Light of Christ. They believed this Light was present in every spiritual seeker as an inward guide and teacher. So they invited others to experience the Light.”

— J.Brent Bill, “Mind the Light”, Kindle location 292

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You are Foolish if You Do Ministry and Neglect Intimacy — A Quote by Antonio Baldovinos in “Relentless Pursuit”

“In the busyness of our lives, many things distract, deter, and pull for our attention and affections. In the parable of the wise and foolish virgins (see Matt. 25:1-13), we see the emphasis on the need to have a continual, recurrent cultivation of our relationship with Jesus. In this parable we must heed the warning not to become one of the ‘foolish’ virgins by neglecting to cultivate intimacy with God… The foolish took their lamps, which represent ministry; yet they took ‘no oil.’ They pursued ministry to people instead of acquiring and maintaining the oil of intimacy with God… The wise virgins ‘took oil’ in their lamps, as well as the vessels themselves. The ‘oil’ speaks of the presence of God that touches our hearts. So, we see that the wise virgins also did ministry, yet they maintained the oil of intimacy…”

“We are exhorted to go and buy oil for ourselves. This is a costly process that no one else can do for us. We cannot have someone else’s intimacy with God. We cannot earn this; yet there is a price to pay. The question is: How do you buy oil? The answer is you invest your time. It takes time to minister to Him to obtain your own oil. The reward far outweighs anything we could ask, think, or imagine. What we are searching for to satisfy all our inner longings is found in one thing: true intimacy.”

— Antonio Baldovinos, “Relentless Pursuit”, Kindle locations 219-234

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Look to God to Satisfy Your Deepest Desires, Not Your Mate — A Quote by Gary Smalley in “I Promise”

“If I expect something other than God to fill me, I feel frustration, worry, and other negative emotions. But as soon as I redirect my affections toward God, He begins filling me with the gifts that come from His Spirit… God placed deep within you an affinity for a connectedness with… It is in relationship with God that you and I find meaning, purpose, significance, completeness, inner power, peace, joy, and a relational sense of belonging. In short, there is no dream, need, aspiration, or anything else that you will ever desire that He can’t meet. Period. Why? Because the almighty God of the universe created us in His likeness with the express purpose of having us know and connect to Him so intimately that we become more and more like Him…”

“Your promise to be filled with God helps your mate. It takes the pressure off of him to be the one who must meet many of your needs. The pressure of having someone depending heavily on you for something you can’t ever fulfill can be devastating… We are not designed to meet the deepest needs of each other. To depend on others for what God only is meant to supply puts impossible pressures on a relationship. Your mate can’t live up to that kind of expectation, and to continue to expect such fulfillment will only cause disappointment.”

Gary Smalley, “I Promise”, Kindle location 1408-1415, 1502-1503 1508

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Honoring Your Mate Requires Action — A Quote by Gary Smalley in “I Promise”

“Honor is not really honor until it is expressed and demonstrated. Those positive emotions for your mate that you hold in your heart must somehow find their way out through your mouth… You honor your wife by treating her as if she were the most valuable creature on the planet. You honor your husband by treating him as if you were the luckiest woman in the world for snaring him… This means you are attentive to her needs or sensitive to his moods. It means that you continually put your mate first and seek the best for him in all situations.”

— Gary Smalley, “I Promise”, Kindle locations 459, 496, 498

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