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18 Encouraging Quotes from Supernatural Power for Everyday People

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18 Encouraging Quotes from Supernatural Power for Everyday People

“I am firmly convinced that too many Christians spend most of their lives trying to carry out their everyday routines in their own strength.” Jared C. Wilson

Jared C. Wilson is coming to Australia to speak at the Oxygen conference in June. When he tweeted that his new book was available on Kindle for $0.99, I got reading.

There have been a number of helpful books about the Holy Spirit in recent years. “Forgotten God” by Francis Chan and “Jesus, Continued…” by J.D. Greear are both excellent.

Supernatural Power for Everyday People: Experiencing God’s Extraordinary Spirit in Your Ordinary Life is another great resource – here are 18 quotes from the book to give you both a taste and some encouragement:

“When Christians live sluggish Christian lives, it’s not because they don’t have enough of God but because they have too much of themselves. Because, in actuality, it is impossible for any true Christian not to have enough God.”

“Too many of us spend our Christian lives waiting on something big to happen, completely oblivious to the fact that the biggest thing that could ever happen to us already did, and it’s more than enough.”

“When we relegate our intentionality with God to a minute fraction of our time, it’s no wonder we feel distant from him during the times we happen to be thinking about him and lack power during all the other times. Whatever we focus most of our conscious time on will invariably dominate the way we think and feel.”

“The Spirit is speaking to us through his Word when we go to listen, and the Spirit is helping us pray when we go to speak to God. Your time in the Bible is the primary means by which the Holy Spirit empowers you to live your life.”

“Hearing from God through the Bible is bigger than simply discovering some religious guidance or personal pick-­me-­ups for the week. It involves hearing the secret workings of heaven set loose in the everyday stuff of earth.”

“This realization of dissatisfaction is a severe mercy from God himself. It is a mercy because the worst thing that might happen to us is to be completely content and happy apart from experiencing the power of God.”

“We all ought to beg the Spirit to make us dissatisfied when we are distracted from God and neglecting our worship of him.”

“The Father says, “I want these ungrateful rebels, these rotting spiritual corpses, to have everything that pertains to life and godliness.” So the Son says, “Well, then, I’ll call them into my glory and excellence.””

“To become a partaker of the divine nature is to discover how delicious the grace of God in Christ really is and—this is important and crucial and a natural consequence of tasting God’s goodness—losing our taste for the things of the world.”

“The problem with the cultural advancements around us isn’t necessarily that everything is convenient, comfortable, and casual, but that our routine swimming in these things acclimates us to convenience, comfort, and casualness, none of which are conducive to the life of discipleship that is abiding in Christ. Following Jesus just isn’t convenient, comfortable, or casual. It is crucifixion.”

“While the spirit of the age calls us to bigger, better, and more, the gospel of the kingdom leads us to empty ourselves, to find fulfilment in forgoing.”

“You will not be able to say “No, thanks” to everything that belongs to the world if you are not already full as Jesus was filled with the joy of communion with God.”

“When we realize that our cup has been filled already by the Holy Spirit working through the gospel of Jesus, we begin to see ourselves more as need-meeters than need-takers.”

“In consumer culture, faith just becomes another add-on, customized and personalized for our own needs and tastes. We see this in everything from church programming to Christian product marketing. We see it in the proof of our lives, which keeps us on a track of self-tailored spirituality yet barren in the fruit of the Spirit.”

“What is it that you and I need in both the storms of life and the ordinary boredom of life? Not good advice and not inspirational pick-me-ups. No, we need power. We need real power.”

“We don’t find our strength in the stuff of the world; we find it in the work of the Spirit. But to be filled with the Spirit and learn this supernatural contentment, we must often be emptied by the Spirit of all else that might satisfy.”

“This is perhaps the chief way the Holy Spirit comforts us in our afflictions. He reminds us of what Christ has done for us. And this is not because the Spirit is at a loss as to how to encourage us. He’s not like our well­meaning friends who like to spout cheap inspirational clichés and lame pick­me­ups, mainly out of their own discomfort at our pain. He knows the biggest help we could ever get is from the power of the gospel.”

“Nothing the Spirit gives us or does for us is meant to culminate in our own glory. Even when he is comforting us, strengthening us, guiding us, and enlightening us, he is doing so that we might better magnify Christ.”

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