It Leads People to Use Jesus, Not Love Him

Let me be blunt: The prosperity gospel is a lie.  God does love to give gifts to His children, and He delights in our successes.  But the greatest prosperity is not driving a new car; it is knowing Him and having a life that brings glory to Him.  Preaching a message that says if you come to Jesus, He will make you rich is not only wrong, it leads people to idolatry rather than faith.  It leads people to use Jesus, not love Him.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 182-183

It’s Not About You…

At the end of the day, God’s power is not primarily about victory over your particular situation.  It’s about the glory of His name on earth.  Sometimes He does that by giving you victory over an obstacle; other times He does that by letting you suffer to show a watching world that He is better than anything else on the earth.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 182

Praying Means Asking Repeatedly

You may not have gotten your answer yet, so keep asking.  The whole analogy of knocking Jesus uses in Luke 11:9 reinforces this idea: you don’t rap the door once and wait.  Knocking means to hit repeatedly.  Praying means asking repeatedly.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 179

What To Do in the Midst of Unasnwered Prayer

What do you do when you are asking for great things according to God’s compassion and you don’t seem to be getting an answer?

  • Keep asking.
  • Understand that God often accomplishes His good plan through our “unanswered prayers”
  • Never stop believing
  • Abide in Jesus

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 179-186

How God Feels About Us is Forever Established in the Gospel

Just because God doesn’t answer your prayer the way you think He should doesn’t meean that He is any less compassionate or any less in control.  It doesn’t even mean you missed the will of God in what you were asking for…

The question about why God allows tragedy, evil and suffering are worth a book unto itself.  But how God feels about us, and how He relates to us, has been forever established in the gospel.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 178

Hudson Taylor on the Call for Missionaries

We have to do with One who is Lord of all power and might, whose arm is not shortened that it cannot save, nor His ear heavy that it cannot hear; with One whose unchanging Word directs us to ask and recenive that our joy may be full, to open our mouths wide, that He may fill them.  And we do well to remember that this gracious God, who has condescended to place His almighty power at the command of believing prayer looks not lightly on the bloodguiltness of those who neglect to avail themselves of it for the benefit of the perishing…

In the study of that divine Word, I learned that to obtain successful workers, not elaborate appeals for help, but first earnest prayer to God to thrust forth laborers…I had no doubt but that if I prayed for fellow-workers, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, they would be given.  I had no doubt but that, in answer to such prayer, the means for our going forth would be provided, and that doors would be opened before us in unreached parts of the Empire…The sense of bloodguiltiness became more and more intense.  Simple because I refused to ask for them, the laborers did not come forward, did not go out to China: and every day ten thousands in that land were passing into Christless graves.

– Hudson Taylor

as quoted by Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 173-174