Thursday, February 05, 2009

Uprising in my soul; inspirations from Erwin McManus

I just finished reading Uprising, A revolution of the soul, by Erwin McManus. Here are some notes from it, mostly direct quotes.

When you make God your primary passion, He transforms all the passions of your heart.
When God is not a part of our lives, we act as if WE are God; this explains why those who live life without God attempt to bring everything under their control.
While we strive to fill ourselves and remain empty, Jesus emptied Himself and lived fully.
Humility, Gratitude and Faithfulness = Critical triad
God in all of His power and knowledge and wonder, is more humble than any of us, is virtually beyond comprehension. The humility of God is His most overlooked and underappreciated virtue. He calls us to humbleness to reflect His divinity. This journey is violently counterintuitive.
Religion works and restrains our actions from the outside in, God always works from the inside out. What you see is what you get and who you seek to become. Everything in all of nature proves God’s integrity and because it’s all related, proves He’s relational.
When we are defined by integrity, we respond with moral courage. When we walk in righteousness, love what is right, when we live lives of integrity, we have nothing to fear at all. Courage is what integrity looks like when facing force of darkness and evil.
Integrity: Heart of God is joined in the heart of man.
When you fear God, you fear nothing else.
Integrity will not stand by and watch the wicked oppress the weak.
When we lack integrity, we use power to control.
When we lead with integrity, we use power to bless.
When you lust for power, you are its slave. When you live for others, you are a powerful servant of God. Pursue integrity, not power.
Be strong (fasten yourself) and courageous. Be strong and very courageous. Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified. Do not be discouraged, for the Lord you God will be with you wherever you go.
If Joshua absorbed through meditation the truth of God, he would be able to trust his intuition to fulfill God’s purpose. If he allowed himself to be shaped by God’s voice, then he would resonate with the voice of God when he spoke. If he would live to know God, he would know how God wanted him to live.
You cannot live this quest of honor without courage. If you respond to God’s call, it will require great things of you. You will be tested to the very core of your being. God will not save you from the fire, but in fact, throw you into it.
Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the absence of self.
Greed is a corrosive and endless wanting. And is one of the surest ways to corrupt your soul.
The opposite of greed is not poverty, but generosity.
You overcome selfishness with servant hood, and greed with generosity.
Gratitude nurtures wholeness, overwhelms us with love, moves us to generosity.
Lack of gratitude fosters perpetual brokenness. Gratitude is the healing ointment for brokenness.
Forgiveness unlocks gratitude and gratitude unleashes love.
Brokenness is often perpetuated by bitterness, which many times is justified. Bitterness always feels justified. It destroys every relationship.
Gratitude and forgiveness are inseparable, so are ungratefulness and bitterness.
Lack gratitude?= pessimism>cynicism>bitterness>depression>hopelessness>despair
Gratitude fuels optimism and inspires hope. When your heart is full of gratitude, life paints itself in far brighter and more vivid colors.
Only 1 of 10 healed lepers said Thank You.
When we are broken, we become an emotional black hole. No matter how much is poured into us, its light is absorbed and never finds its way back out.
We were created to bask in the unending and unconditional love of God. All that our souls long for can be satisfied in Christ.
Our wholeness is defined not by our ability to experience love but to exercise love.
Wholeness: one definition could be 51 %. Giving more than you take in every situation.
The depth and profound nature of love can only be known in the context of personal sacrifice for others.
The agenda of the generous is always to make a contribution; to give more than they consume.
Sweat the small stuff= faithfulness + trustworthy + perseverance = wisdom
God trusts us with His resources and then holds us accountable for what we do with them.
In the smallest of things, the deepest aspect of our character is shaped and developed.
Every wise person is marked by scars of perseverance.
John the Baptist doubt’s came as a result of Jesus’ inactivity on his behalf. He had to rely on the character of God. He is the God who calls you to the greatest level of sacrifice. Faith doesn’t always get you out of a crisis.
Faith is a confidence in God that results in faithfulness, which gives us power to persevere; we find wisdom and understanding on how to survive.
Faithfulness keeps your character from going bad. Perseverance is the ability to stand and thrive under pressure and the necessary link to wisdom.
Endurance encompasses a life that follows what God has asked even when it appears that there is no advantage in maintaining your course. Endurance holds onto the good.
It should not surprise us that great suffering can accompany a life entirely given to God.
We rejoice in our suffering knowing our pain is not without meaning. We persevere in the confidence that we are being transformed. Perseverance produces character, and character, hope, which is the ultimate gift.
When God tests our faith, the evil one attempts to destroy our faith.
Trials and temptations are not the punishment of God; they are the process of God.
Those who live enlightened lives have demonstrated a unique ability to learn from everyone and everything around them. A disciple is a lifelong learner. You can grow old and die a fool.
Wisdom is seeing how the dots are connected, it becomes the ability to see choice as cause, consequence and benefit as effect. The opposite is seeing our circumstances isolated from our actions, in which we abdicate personal responsibility. We want freedom to make our own choices, but expect God to make sure we don’t have to live with the consequences of them. God is not the Divine Pooper Scooper.
When we fear God, we fear nothing else. When the fear of God is absent from our lives, we become slaves to lesser fears. Your fears define the boundaries of your lives.