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Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You by J.D. Greear
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“Looking back, I see now that I’ve come to know God more in the pastures, and wildernesses, and white spaces, and valleys than I have on the mountaintops.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“God doesn’t need you! Never has. Never will. For anything. Ever.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“The Spirit points to Jesus’ words and works, not his own (John 16:14). In fact, there is a certain irony in how the Spirit operates; whenever he is really present, you are not thinking about him, you’re thinking about Jesus.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“This means that when someone claims to be filled with the Spirit and yet spends most of his time talking about his own experiences with the Spirit, you have reason to doubt whether he really is filled with the Spirit. When the Holy Spirit speaks through someone, you tend to forget about the person speaking. You don’t even really think about the Holy Spirit. You find yourself thinking about Jesus.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“Fullness of the Spirit and depth in the gospel are inseparable, and one always leads you to the other.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“The Spirit inside of us is greater than even Jesus beside us.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“God steers moving ships — ships driven by the winds of worship, gratefulness, love to God for what he’s done, and compassion for those he cares about.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“The vibrant Christian life is a union of clarity in the Word and openness to the Spirit.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“Knowing he engraved my name upon his heart engraves his mission upon mine (Isa. 49:15 – 16).”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“In Scripture, the word of the gospel and the power of the Spirit always go together.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“biblical knowledge apart from the Spirit is impotent.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“The same Spirit who moved in Nineveh and in the Great Awakening still fills the church today. The same power that brought Jesus back from the dead still animates our preaching. People are not “more spiritually dead” today than they were in the days of Jonah or the days of the Great Awakening. There are no degrees of deadness, or any such thing as “mostly dead” (apologies to The Princess Bride). Every conversion to Christ requires the same, glorious miracle of resurrection, and God has not lost his ability to raise the dead. We’ve simply lost confidence that he will do it on a large scale.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“The apostles understood the church to be a movement birthed by the mighty, rushing wind of the Spirit of God. Is that how you see your church? Most people today see the church as an institution, a place to go to, or something to sit through. How did that happen?”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“Many Christians, you see, function as deists. They act as if God rules from the heavens and has spoken in his Word, but does not act on earth or move in their souls — at least in any way that they can sense those movements.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“if we’re in a season where the harvest simply is not coming, the last thing we should do is abandon the only thing that can produce faith.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“Where the gospel is not cherished, the Spirit will not be experienced. And, on the flip side, where the Spirit is not sought, there will be no deep, experiential knowledge of the gospel. The two always go hand in hand. Jesus said, “The words I have spoken to you — they are full of the Spirit and life” (John 6:63, emphasis mine). Spirit and Word, inseparably united.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“God’s call to radical generosity begins with the good news that he doesn’t need us!”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“Prayers that start in heaven are heard by heaven.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“We have an enemy who works 24/7 to open up the wrong doors for us, and then give us “peace” about going through them! Every open door should be viewed through the lens of Scripture and in the counsel of godly wisdom.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“What if the lack of divine activity in those places had nothing to do with “unwillingness” in God’s heart, but unbelief in yours?”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“When it comes to the voice of God, the Scriptures are in a class all by themselves.17 God is always speaking clearly and reliably there. Want to hear the Spirit? Open your Bible.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“Scripture spends more time focused on the type of people we should be and less on the specifics of where and what we do. When you become the kind of person God wants you to be, you will do what he wants you to do. Nearly every time we find the phrase “the will of God” in the Bible, it refers to the shaping of our moral character.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“The Bible contains not only records of what God has done, but invitations for us to believe in what he will do. (There are, of course, some”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“If you want to be led by the Spirit of God, then devote yourself to the Word of God.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“Not every believer gets called into full-time vocational ministry, but we each should think about our careers in terms of God’s global mission.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“Another reason God often leads us through dark, silent valleys is that he wants to purify our hearts. Why do we want to be close to God? Is it because of what he gives us, or is it simply because we want him? What is more valuable to us: God or his blessings? Sometimes God withholds everything from us except his promises in order to make us ask ourselves, “Is this — his promise — enough for me?”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“reticence of the Spirit that cannot be converted into openness. For these reasons one feels helpless, inadequate, and unworthy to write . . . about the Spirit. — Bernard Ramm Several years ago, a college friend and I dove into unpacking what the Bible taught about various”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“God’s call to radical generosity begins with the good news that he doesn’t need us”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“The apostles understood the church to be a movement birthed by the mighty, rushing wind of the Spirit of God.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
“Perhaps your “holy discontent” will not lead to a lifelong calling. As far as we know, Goliath is the only giant David ever killed personally. Sometimes God moves us to be involved in situations for a particular season.”
J.D. Greear, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You

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