Eternity is Now in Session … A Review

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John Ortberg has asked an important question that all of us need to consider: “What if salvation isn’t mostly about getting us into heaven but about getting heaven into us?” (p. 7).

In Eternity Is Now in Session, Ortberg examines the meaning of salvation in light of eternity.

This book arrived from the publisher two weeks before I was scheduled to teach on John 3. I devoured the book, rereading passages and highlighting key thoughts. God’s timing is always perfect! I used quotes from this book in the teaching. Continue reading Eternity is Now in Session … A Review

Unwrapping Lazarus, a review

Unwrapping Lazarus: Freeing the Supernatural in Your Life

Dr. Pete Carter’s job description is “to bring hope wherever I am.” Unwrapping Lazarus: Freeing the Supernatural in Your Life beckons the reader to unwrap the bindings of traditions and learned religion in order to open our lives to the great and precious promises and possibilities that God has for His children–to live in freedom to experience intimacy with God.

“… let us understand that the resources of the Kingdom of heaven are at our disposal–and that our Father in heaven is more than happy for us to use them. … It is time to heal the sick, set people free, raise the dead and enjoy the goodness and greatness of our Father.”

Carter asserts that the church has shifted its focus from Jesus and the Kingdom of heaven to the sin of its people.  This shift has the church doing the work of the Holy Spirit, convicting the world of sin.

“The normal Christian life is one filled with the Spirit and experiencing miracles.”

Healings and miracles follow Dr. Carter’s ministry at North Kent Community Church in the United Kingdom. The church has established a School of Supernatural Ministry.

As a physician, Dr. Carter has seen his patients healed through his medical practice and through the miraculous work of God.

I know that the Lord heals and works miracles today. The Lord miraculously healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome on November 21, 2010, confirmed by my doctor. There is no cure for fibromyalgia. I had no hope; medicine was not working.

Before I was healed, the Lord took me on a two-year journey to unwrap my bindings of taught religion and traditional thinking, so that I could be free to experience God’s healing touch. Through Dr. Carter’s words, I relived that journey. Thank you, Dr. Carter for making that so real.

Throughout the book, Dr. Carter speaks of the freedom that the Christian can experience if she will only recognize and remove the limitations that she has placed upon God.

However, Dr. Carter writes that he knows that the reader may not agree with all that he writes, and he urges the reader to pray, study the Bible and think through what he has written, in other words be good Bereans. Thank you, Dr. Carter for this teaching.

The focus of the book shifts from miracles and healings to “falling over, laughing, crying, much joy, people so intoxicated by the Holy Spirit that they found themselves incapable of walking.”

Many such strange things happened in our church. We had to open our minds to the new things that God was doing. … I recall one of our members “swimming” across the floor, breaststroke style if I remember rightly. When asked afterward what he had been doing, he said that the Lord had invited him to swim in the river of God.

Dr. Carter writes of hosting a team from the church where the Toronto Blessing started. “It was holy chaos.”

The Bible says

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. 1 Corinthians 14:33

Dr. Carter has written a hope-filled book that has practical teaching for today. However, gold dust, floating feathers, and “holy chaos” have been sprinkled throughout some of its chapters.

My response: Unwrap the bindings that limit God, but wrap your mind in the Word of God, so that you are free for God to work in your life.

 I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.

My prayer for you

Father, thank You for Dr. Carter and his passion for spreading hope to Your children. Fill him with Your perfect wisdom and truth. Fill us all with Your wisdom and truth as we unwrap the bindings of our thinking, consume Your Word, and experience the freedom that You have for us. We love you, Lord.

Surrender all, possess your inheritance, your healing

I surrender all

Look! For so many years I have been serving you, and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a kid that I might be merry with my friends; but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with harlots, you killed the fattened calf for him.

My son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. Luke 15:29-31

Jesus told a parable to demonstrate His statement, “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10 It was the parable of the Prodigal Son.

The younger son demanded that his father divide his wealth between the two sons and give the younger son his portion, instead of waiting until the father died.

The younger son left the family and squandered his wealth. When he found himself in a pig pen longing for what the pigs were eating, he realized that his father’s servants were better off than he was, and he decided to return to his father and ask to become a servant.

The father saw the son in the distance and ran towards him, embracing and kissing him. The father put a robe and ring on the returned son and called for a party.

The older son heard about it and confronted the father.

Look! For so many years I have been serving you, and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a kid that I might be merry with my friends; but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with harlots, you killed the fattened calf for him. Luke 15:29-30

That would be my retort.

My son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. Luke 15:31

The older son already had the fattened calf. He could have killed the calf and celebrated with his friends any time, but he did not take advantage of what he had.

Heirs of the Inheritance

  1. God’s children are heirs of His kingdom. Both sons were heirs. The younger son chose to leave the father, take his monetary inheritance with him and squander it. The older son chose to stay with the father, work in the estate, and build it.
  2. In His presence, God’s children can possess all that the Father hasThe older son worked hard for the Father, serving him. The older son does not speak of the joy of remaining with the Father, of experiencing his inheritance.

Possessing the Kingdom

Before the Lord healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, I meditated on these Scriptures and wondered about my inheritance.

Was my inheritance a life filled with pain and fatigue?

What if I were like the older son in the parable, thinking of my life with the Father as a life of hard work and service rather than basking in the presence of the Father?

But we had to be merry and rejoice,  for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found. Luke 15:32

The younger son spent his inheritance, but he began to live  when he realized his hopelessness and returned to his father, asking to be treated as a servant. That’s when the celebration began, and he entered into the joy of the father. He surrendered all.

Broken, destitute, empty. No hope within the younger son, himself.

No hope within me. The doctors could no longer help me, I had run out of magical cures and ideas of what I could do to make myself better.

The Father healed me when I came to Him as a completely broken woman, telling Him that all I wanted was more of Him, more of His presence.

In His presence is fullness of joy, the fullness of the inheritance of the kingdom.

My prayer for you

Heavenly Father, may we enter Your Presence with abandon. We want to possess all that You have for us. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit and guide us as we serve You with gladness and joy.

Won’t you share how you are possessing your inheritance in the Kingdom of God?