Bill Johnson… (on certain topics)

…on Serving

Jesus is the Lamb of God on the throne, for eternity. The “Lamb” is the servant, the suffering one. If Jesus chose to be the “Lamb” to get his dream—which is you—then how can we think we will fulfill our dreams any other way, other than serving? Servanthood is the best way, the greatest step forward, towards our dreams.

When you know who you are, you look for chances to serve. When you look for chances to rule, that means you don’t yet know who you are and what you carry. Continue reading “Bill Johnson… (on certain topics)”

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Eric Johnson… (on certain topics)

…on Submission

Be quick to submit. Learn servanthood.

It’s important for you to learn how to serve someone else’s vision that doesn’t match Bethel’s (or wherever you’re used to) — signs and wonders are not the only expression that God is moving. We often come out of Bethel having a narrow view of what it looks like when God is moving. I want a broader view and idea of what it looks like when God’s moving. The big picture is, all streams merge into a river; the problem is when the stream thinks it’s a river.

Get rid of your agenda the moment you leave school. You might “die”—but Joseph had to die, and Daniel had to die… You must learn to serve someone else’s vision. Both Joseph and Daniel served kings who were, by many standards, evil. They had committed mass murder or genocide and/or declared themselves “god,” forcing people to bow down to their image. Yet, God placed these two men in the perfect positions to influence their leaders, and they both carried a heart attitude to serve their kings well and see them prosper.

Sometimes we just need to say, “I don’t agree with that, but I will serve it and I will submit.” We don’t need to agree to submit. Agreement is not a prerequisite of Submission. God commanded us to submit to our leaders (even imperfect ones… for there are no other types of leaders), so that means choosing to pursue honor and relationship over being “right” and doing things “my way.”


…on Leadership & Feedback

In an environment where there’s a lot of trust, there are more diverse leaders (not just “yes” people). You need to value diversity if you want to be the leader God has called you to be. Trust allows people to speak up. And there’s an understanding that disagreement is not an attack on their character. (Trust is established when there is commitment to one another.)

All the members in Abraham Lincoln’s administration were his opponents in the election.

I meet with a leadership coach 1-2 a year. It’s about developing a Culture of Feedback, from top (your leaders), side (your peers), and below (those you lead). It’s not easy, but there’s value in it. Welcome others to speak into your life.

The hardest areas for feedback are the areas I am the most confident in. I need to learn to “re-translate” their feedback into “they are trying to make me better” instead of “they are wrong,” and try not to get very defensive.

“I have friends and people in my life that I’ll call when I need feedback.” Try to surround yourself with the right people. They may not be a ton, just a couple. Their ages should be varied—not all peers. Don’t just call them when you’re in trouble but also when you’re doing well.

If feedback comes without a context and without understanding the dynamics of the circumstances, then it won’t carry as much weight. But if someone knows what they’re talking about, then the smart thing is to just listen and don’t defend yourself.

Even when you feel misunderstood and insecure, just say “Thank you for your feedback. I’m going to go away and think about it.” I won’t act out of my insecurity.

How to Transition to New Leadership Well:

  1. Clarity.
  2. Communication.

Don’t let time and space get in the way of communication, meaning don’t allow lots of time and space go by without communicating. It’s always better to facilitate clarity with good communication, as soon as possible. This helps the transition process.

Also, if you are transitioning into a new leadership position, don’t try to fill anyone else’s shoes. You have to have your own shoes. Sure, there are similarities but you are unique in your own right. (Just as Eric Johnson’s preaching style may be similar to his dad’s, he is also different and doesn’t feel the pressure to fill his dad’s shoes.)

“Stop trying to be the most talented. Just try to be the most available.” Stop trying to be so serious. Just stop trying so much. Enjoy life. Just be available. Take risk. We are more trained than the disciples were—we have more information than they did, and they changed the world. There’s nothing worse than a cranky, upset Christian. Love life to the fullest. Take major risk. The most powerful thing a leader can do is to display a love for living.


From Eric Johnson’s Q&A session at BSSM second year last week

Healing: Releasing Life not Powerlessness

Healing: Releasing Life not Powerlessness

Last week, I attended a Bethel Healing Rooms meeting for students interested in being part of the ministry teams. I expected to hear a reiteration of Bethel’s main core values when it comes to healing , e.g. healing is the right of every believer, God wants to heal you (it’s not about what you’ve done but what He’s already done), and, of course, nothing is impossible for God.

Indeed, they covered all those bases, but they also touched on a topic that I thought was very interesting. I have heard them teach about this before but never expounded in as clear a way as they did that day.

The issue that I’m talking about is the issue of forgiveness (or dealing with unforgiveness) as a prerequisite to healing.

I don’t necessarily agree or disagree with either side of this issue. I’ve heard many testimonies of people being healed after they were willing to repent of their unforgiveness. I just want to share Bethel’s perspective on the matter, and I think they have a really good point.

At Bethel, they specifically instruct their healing teams NOT to ask the person they’re praying for if they have any unforgiveness that might be preventing them from being healed.

The reason for that is based on this fundamental rule: Don’t project your powerlessness on the person you’re praying for. When we feel powerless, we feel the need to shift the “blame” of the situation–from ourselves (being unable to heal the person) to the person’s unforgiveness as the reason they have not been healed.

The fact of the matter is, it’s not about our ability to heal them in the first place. It is God’s. If the person is not being healed, we do not have to make up a reason for their lack of healing. As Bill Johnson puts it:

“Guard yourself from creating theologies around disappointment and unanswered prayers, to insulate yourself from the pain.”

Many times in Church history, Christians have felt the need to create theologies around their experiences of “no breakthrough” and disappointment (thus, the doctrine of cessationism was created).

If someone is not healed after you pray for them many times, just step back and say, “Okay, I quit. Holy Spirit, what are you doing here?” Don’t strive. Give it to the Lord and continue believing that He is the Healer. This is the tension of faith that we must be willing to live with as believers.

Now, let’s take a look at the ultimate example for healing ministry in the Bible–Jesus. No where in the Bible does Jesus tell someone to sort out their issues before he healed them. That’s an eye-opener, isn’t it? The truth is, unforgiveness can prevent someone from being healed… but it doesn’t prevent us from healing them, because, remember, it’s not about what they have done but what God has done for them that counts.

Faith has a voice, and it’s voice is never condemning. It always releases life.

Finally, the key to healing is focusing on JESUS, not focusing on our problems. Therefore, it’s not a good idea to get the person you’re praying for to become “introspective” (that includes, breaking generational curses). We don’t want them to focus on inside them but to focus on the Answer, because the Answer is always greater than the problem, just as light is always stronger than darkness. And as we all know, darkness is just the absence of light.

My Journey Back to Bethel

September 14, 2015

It’s week 2 of school. Monday night, and I am sitting at a Starbucks because the electricity has gone off at my apartment. It is time to tell my story. Just as the ongoing power outage has forced me out of my place of comfort, so this past summer has been to me like a dark tunnel that ultimately left me scrambling for the light and propelled towards a deeper discovery of God and myself.

If you are wondering why I am at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM) right now, for my second year—even though I had recently announced that I was not coming back—then this blog is to help clear up the confusion. If you’re just here for the story, well then, enjoy.

But I must give fair warning: If you have a perception of me as this perfect Christian girl, who loves the Bible, has never doubted God and always has great faith, you will be sorely disappointed. I’m learning not to care about your disappointment. I did struggle for a bit, wondering if I should even post this, but at the end of the day, I’d rather not base my decisions on fear. So here it goes: Continue reading “My Journey Back to Bethel”