One of the things that I love most about this book so far is the liberation and empowerment that I have received from it. Pastor Jim continues to show us that "we as God's people have all the equipment we need" (pg 122).
No frills. No gimmicks.
How AMAZING is it that we don't have to worry about what our lineage before us did or didn't do in order to have the life God intends for us? (pg 108)
How WONDERFUL is it that we are not held responsible to "bind" the enemy, but instead we are to learn to resist him? (pg 110)
How AWESOME is it that we don't have to travel to distant locations to receive the touch of God? (pg 114) That boldness lies within us!
Pastor Jim says, "the responsibility lies with us."
"If we simply avail ourselves of his promises, we will see him do things we could never ask or think, just as he did in the New Testament."
PRAISE GOD! We. Are. Equipped. Just as we are. Right this second.
"....for the Bible tells me so:"
Hebrews 3:20-21 ESV- "Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Colossians 2:6-7 ESV- "Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving."
Matthew 28:20 ESV - "Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
James 1:5 ESV - "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him."
Thank You, Jesus. Thank You for being so tangible, available, ready, patient, and for trusting us with Your ALWAYS available Spirit. Help us to pray with boldness, to expect Your goodness, and to help carry out Your right and perfect plan for this world. Amen, Amen, Amen!