Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Books, Books, Books.

Sadly, I do not have enough time in my day/night to read all the books I would love to, but I'm trying my best. I currently am working on a stack of 14 medical theme books and 9 mission/prayer/biography themed books.

I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon outside reading a 320 page book from Revival Literature by Ron Owens. It was a very good book and a nice reminder of what happens when we have true faith.

Notes from the book:

Manley Beasley Man of Faith- Instrument of Revival.
By: Ron Owens

Here are some good quotes:

"When the glory of the Father is the goal of every prayer,
When before the throne of heaven our High Priest presents it there,
When the Spirit promts the asking and the pleading heart believes,
Then, yes then we know for certain he who's asking will receive."

"You can have as much of God as you are willing to pay the price for." ~ Manley Beasley

"The mark of a godly man, or church, is that everything they do is God-initiated."
~ Manley Beasley

"Faith is the substance of what you are looking for before it has even arrived.
God says it, that settles it, so go act upon it and you'll have a faith that's alive.
To get in on what God has promised His children depends on some action from you,
A faith that is living is more than just trusting, it's doing what God says to do.

It's not enough just to say you believe it if you don't intend to obey.
God has so clearly revealed in His Word how He wants us to live every day.
You'll find that you don't have to wait until heav'n to get in on what God has for you,
As you dare to step out in faith you'll discover what God says He'll do, He will do."

"Revival is God revealing Himself to man in awe-full holiness and irresistible power. It is such a manifest working of God that human personalities are overshadowed and human programs abandoned. It is man retiring into the background because God has taken the field. It is the Lord making bare His holy arm and working in extra ordinary power on saint and sinner."
~Arthur Wallis

Faith has three elements:

  • Intellectual Faith
  • Emotional Faith
  • Volitional Faith

Intellectual Faith-

"This is the kind of faith that blieves God can do anything and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. We believe that God can do anything."

See: Matthew 9:29

"If faith is just believing that God can do a particular thing, then why is He not doing what you believe He can do? Could it mean that your faith is incomplete?"

(Satan also believes this)

Emotional Faith- not real faith

"Sadly, that is about as far in the walk of faith that a lot of people go. They know intellectually. Their emotions desperately desire. But neither of these in or of themselves moves God into action."

Volitional Faith- act as though it has already happened.

God has given us a will.

"... God waits on us to act on His revealed truth because faith is acting on the Word of God. I must not only believe He can meet a need; I must begin to act as though I might not be able to see it, feel it, smell it, taste it, or hear it. I must begin acting as if it is so, when it is not so, in order for it to be so, because with God it already is so." Trust God.

Philippians 4:19 (God HAS solved my problem)
Matthew 21:22- True belief is acting on God's revealed truth.
Luke 17:14- The lesson here is that only when their will moved them to obedient and believing action God granted their request."

"At the time of suffering it may seem that God is hurting you, but when you have passed through that valley of suffering and are able to look back, you see the benefits of it all. You literally forget the pain." ~ Manley Beasley

Jesus lived a life of:

  • Submission - John 4:32-34
  • Renunciation - John 5:30
  • Faith - John 6

    .....more notes coming later. :)

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