Tuesday, February 15, 2011

It's expensive

"The life that Jesus led was not an aberration or a temporary statement of God's solution for humanity. He started something that we are to complete. Jesus said, "As the Father sent Me, I send you” (John 20:21). It's not complicated; it's just expensive. It costs us everything," Bill Johnson.

Thank you everyone for the prayers and encouragement in the question of attending ministry school in September. I am realizing more and more that everything is fading. It fades because we were actually made for Christ's love. We fit perfectly in His hand of grace and His heart of perfect love.

"King David was known for killing Goliath in His youth. Yet there are at least four other giants killed in Scripture—all killed by the men who followed David, the giant killer. If you want to kill giants, hang around a giant killer. It rubs off" Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth.

So I am going to BSSM to be a giant killer, to fill my mind with the Word, to direct my heart to what God thinks about his children, and to bring the promises of God from heaven to earth.

Isaiah 60:
1“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the LORD rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

I'm holding onto that promise. Jesus declares "the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you," Matthew 13:11

"Everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other," John 15:15-17.

And so, let us pursue love, with the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. May we arise and shine. Though it costs us our lives, God's glory will triumph.


  1. This is amazing Amanda! Like so inspiring. Like you have no idea. I just want heaven to come to earth. The Spirit of the sovereign Lord is on you, now go and host Heaven on Earth:)

  2. Amanda,

    So awesome that you are listening to the call that Christ has given all of us.

    So encouraging to see! :)

  3. "And so, let us pursue love, with the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. May we arise and shine. Though it costs us our lives, God's glory will triumph." Glorious, thank you Amanda.

  4. how exciting to be in the center of God's will for your life! i'm inspired by your willingness to pay the price. i want to serve Jesus and be a vessel for His use and i want to be comfortable. the two shouldn't coexist. thanks for reminding me of the "cost".

  5. Awesome! So excited for you on this new journey! I have decisions to make right now too...and it's encouraging to have read your last few posts, and have seen your process and your pursuit of the Lord. Your passion for Him definitely flows out of you...it's such a light! I'm excited to continue getting to know you :)

  6. God will really be glorified in the commitment that you have made! And your desire to trust in the Lord is contagious.

  7. I'm excited for you and can't wait to see how the Lord works in your life as you go to ministry school!

    Also your post theme of arise reminds me of this song by one of my favorite artists: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCwkvt6scsY (Don't pay attention to the video)

  8. This post is a great reminder... Sometimes Christ can get so watered down so that we don't "scare" people away and so it can be easy to forget especially when there are so many distractions.

    I'm so excited for you and can't wait to hear more about your journey to come!

  9. Wow. God uses the passions of our hearts to guide us into the things he has for us. I'm excited for you.

  10. I haven't know you for that long...but from what I have seen so far...I knew that this was the choice that you would make. Your passion for God shines so bright and He is going to use your willingness to chase after Him with your whole life! I am soo excited to see what God does in and through your life during this journey!

  11. Suuper excited for you Amanda! Can't wait to keep reading your blog and get to know you more!

  12. that's sick you decided to go! exciting :)

  13. i like this decision. i think it suits you well. very well. :)

  14. So excited for you going up to Bethel, its an awesome place. I have a few friends that went there for school and gave back so in love with Jesus! Its going to be such a great chance to grow in Christ and make life long friends.


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