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Overview SUBTITLE: How To Release The Hidden Power Of God In Your Life
How to release the hidden power of God in your life. God desires for us to live in victory as a lifestyle. Bill shares the tools God has placed in his spiritual "arsenal" which not only strengthen, but equip every Christian to achieve great victory, releasing and establishing God's dominion on earth. In order to strengthen ourselves in the Lord, Johnson says, we must stop waiting for outside circumstances to line up with our dreams. Instead "we must give thanks, rejoice and pray as He prays, meditate on His promises and testimonies, and associate with people of faith." Doing this continually and intentionally will effectively strengthen the believer in the Lord.
Publishers Description It's about the absolute need to know how to minister to yourself. There is a "selfless" emphasis in the Body of Christ that actually works against the gospel ndash; people believe that anything to do with self is sin. Not so. If I don't take care of my walk wi
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More About Bill Johnson
I am a fifth generation pastor on my dad’s side of the family, fourth on my mom’s. My three children are now the sixth generation of pastors. I grew up in a very good Christian home and had a fear of God, and while I never lived in out-and-out rebellion, neither was I a passionate follower of Jesus. The thought of becoming a pastor never once entered my head.
In 1968 at the end of my high school years I moved from the LA area to Redding, California where my parents became the pastors of Bethel Church, and in 1970 the Holy Spirit began to move powerfully in our church community.
It was around this time that Mario Murillo would come and visit our church and speak about being absolutely abandoned to Christ. One Saturday night, alone, I finally said yes to God – the absolute yes. For me everything changed that night.
I was invited to pastor Mountain Chapel in Weaverville, California, in 1978 and I accepted only on the basis that this assignment was from the Lord, that I would be sent out from Bethel Church in Redding, and that I would still be able to come under the supervision of my dad who continued to pastor the church in Redding.
We served in Weaverville for 17 wonderful years.
During this time the presence of God was so strong on us as a church family that we extended our times of worshiping and glorifying God but in those first years we saw few miracles despite praying for many.
My greatest breakthrough in ministry came after attending two conferences in 1987 put on by John Wimber. I realized I needed to “put a demand” on what I believed – my risk factor had to line up with the boldness of my beliefs. As I did this there was an immediate change in my ministry and we began to see healing and miracles increase.
We moved back to Bethel Church in Redding in 1996 after the leadership there unanimously supported my one condition : I was born for revival and would pursue revival – this was not negotiable.
The outpouring when we started to minister at Bethel began almost immediately, although in seed form, yet grew rapidly and we began to see many healings including multiple cases of cancer healed.
Healings and miracles have become normal today and I rejoice in this.
Many visit Redding weekly, hoping that God will touch them. I am happy to report that many leave well and whole. But many others leave in the same condition in which they came. I refuse to blame God for this, as though He has a purpose in their disease. While Jesus did not heal everyone alive in His time, He did heal everyone who came to Him. His is the only standard worth following.
SPANISH BIO: Bill Johnson y su esposa, Beni, son pastores de la iglesia Bethel en Redding, California. Bill es pastor de quinta generacion con una herencia rica en las cosas del espiritu. Juntos sirven en una creciente Red de iglesias apostolicas que atraviesan lineas denominacionales y permiten construir relaciones que ayudan al liderazgo a caminar en la pureza y el poder. Sus tres hijos, junto con sus conyuges, estan involucrados en el ministerio a tiempo completo.
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Good overall idea, but scripturally unsound Apr 30, 2010
Bill Johnson has a great idea but his habit of attempting to form doctrine from the Psalms, some of which are quoted out of context, leads to a few scriptural inaccuracies. A quick example would be his use of Psalm 119:99 which in the NASB states, "I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation." Bill Johnson states plainly that King David's strength is coming from reading testimonies of God's previous miracles. The verse however uses the exact same word, in english and greek, that's used in Exodus 31:18. "When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the Testimony, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God." Obviously testimony has a different meaning in these passages than a written account of God's great deeds. Because much of the following chapters hinge on that one pivotal scripture, much of the book loses its credibility.
The overall theme of this book is great, however I don't believe that any doctrine which is not supported by scripture, no matter how noble in its intention, should be supported by the body of Christ.
great resource when needing encouragement during difficult times Feb 12, 2010
As always Pastor Bill's wisdom, revelations from the Lord and His humble loving way of delivering a message that anyone from a new Christian to a mature Believer can ponder and apply to their own lives. His passion to know God intimately is inspiring.
God's Love and Wisdom and Power Feb 8, 2010
This book is truly what pleases God and strengthens God's people. I am truly thankful to my Lord for His great servant, Bill Johnson. God anointed me with His great love and power through this book and it brought a real change to my life.
Another Bethel Great! Jan 18, 2010
I find it amazing that Bill keeps pouring out more and more great books - this one is great... get a copy for yourself - and for your friends!
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Refreshing Christian Encouragement. . Oct 24, 2009
One can't read this without being strenthened and encouraged in all areas of one's life. It is biblically correct and chanlanging and confronting. Well written.