That which is born of the flesh is flesh,
and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Do not marvel that I said to you,
“You must be born again.”
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.
So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
(John 3:6-8 ESV)
(FROM THE PUBLISHER: While His Own Heart Ministries received an uncorrected proof of Jesus in Me for review and does endorse the book, we are in no way receiving compensation for any coverage of it from the author or her publishing team.)
This week, His Own Heart Ministries continues its look at Jesus in Me, the soon-to-be released book from Christian author/teacher Anne Graham Lotz.
As we stated last week, we’ve chosen to share quotes from Jesus in Me with readers both because the book’s content is spiritually rich and also because the content offers some great follow-up application to our recent series, The Chaos Chronicles. Hopefully, you’ll also remember from that series that the Holy Spirit plays a pivotal role in equipping us to respond with God-given authority to the cultural chaos encountered by Christ-followers today. If not, a review is available here.
Since an ongoing relationship with the Spirit is so imperative to taming the chaos we discussed, His Own Heart is diverging from its usual writing pattern between now and the end of this month. As Anne Graham Lotzso aptly discusses in Jesus In Me– due out from WaterBrook & Multnomah on October 1 – an individual simply cannot tame chaos alone. The harder we try to fight cultural chaos, in fact, the more likely we are to be consumed by the chaos.
It’s a blunt statement, but it’s also a true statement.
And because Jesus in Me does such a great job of spelling out not only the importance of your relationship with the Holy Spirit – but also the how-to’s of developing and maintaining that relationship – we’re publishing some of our favorite points that Lotz as well as her peers make in the book.
PLEASE NOTE, however, that what you read here in our posts barely scratches the surface of Anne’s teaching in the book. We do, therefore, encourage you to read Jesus in Me for yourself, take its wisdom to heart, and prayerfully implement it into your life.
“Have I ever made wrong, unwise decisions? Oh my, yes! The unwise ones seem to loom so large in my memory that if I’m nott careful, I can feel swept downward into a death spiral of self-flagellation. Especially because I know better than to make a decision without dependence on the Counselor.”
“Can God redeem the messes that are the consequences of our unwise choices? Yes, He can! Absolutely! But we still have to endure the pain and suffering and sometimes tangled web of complications that such a choice inflicts. I have endured many sleepless nights, sobbing into my pillow, because of my unwise choices that have harmed those I love.”
“…Life is somewhat like the trees on the ridge. When the winds howl, bearing down with intensity during times of pressure or persecution, suffering or sickness, trouble or turmoil, disease or disaster, attack or agony, either we can fold up in a fetal position, whimpering in self-pity, or we can get a grip on the Holy Spirit, who, in a unique way, strengthens us on the inside as we lean on Him.”
“What have I learned from my right and wrong choices?I have learned, and am still learning, to lean hard on the Counselor. Proverbs 3: verses 5 and 6 encourages us: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” I must lean on Him in utter dependency as I intentionally, specifically, and personally ask for His counsel, claiming James 1:5: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
“Listen to me! The best advisor, the best business manager, the best life coach, is the Counselor. He is available 24-7. Without charge. Do you need direction? Discretion? Discernment? Deliverance? Talk to your counselor. Pour out your heart. Be honest, transparent. Lean hard on the One who is Jesus in you.”
“Multiple times God has told me He would strengthen me through the howling winds of hardship. In Jeremiah [1:18-19] He clearly warned me that people would fight against me but that He would make me an iron pillar. Through Isaiah [41:10-12] He told me that people would rage against me and oppose me but that I was not to be afraid because He would strengthen me. He encouraged me from Revelation [3:7-13] that if I would endure patiently and with humility, He would make me ‘a pillar in the temple of my God.’”
One of the intriguing aspects of the Holy Spirit’s name in … John 16:7 [AMP] is Standby. This conveys the revelation that [He] can be relied on either for regular use or emergency. When we find ourselves in the midst of a crisis, the Standby is ever-present to help us. His role is confirmed and underscored by Psalm 46:1: ‘God is our refuge and strength; an ever-present help in trouble.'”
– Copyright 2019, Carole Anne Hallyburton. All rights reserved.
(Interested in learning more about Jesus in Me? Access pre-order information and see Anne’s Gift Bundle here.)