There is a great need in the church for Spiritual Fathers who are getting and sustaining breakthrough in the Spirit. We need to hear from mentors who have a solid history in God and are passionately pursuing a One Pursuit lifestyle that we can pull from.
‘For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.” 1 Cor. 4:15
I asked Bill Johnson to give us some of his insight on a M1P life. What is working for him and what advice he had to pass on to you. He was gracious enough to do so.
Bill is the Lead Pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, CA which is now established as an Apostolic Center influencing many churches and ministries from around the world.
Bill’s thoughts are always concise and thought-provoking. Read them over and pray into each one.
I hope this will be one of many interviews from Bill and others on M1P. Enjoy.
Q: Why is it so vital to develop your own personal history in God?
Bill: It’s only by developing our personal history can we know the difference between theory and true knowledge/experience. We need the latter in times of crisis.
Q: What are some of the practical things you do in cultivating a history in God?
Bill: Pray about everything – look to the Word for answers – cultivate a trust for the issues of life. I keep God’s promises before me continuously and give Him praise before the answer comes.
Q: What are a few simple steps you would recommend for people to begin developing their own history in God?
Bill: Keep a record of God’s promises that have been made personal – given to you by God, either directly or through a trusted leader.
Q: What are some things to watch out for that can hinder someone from developing their history in God?
Bill: We hinder the process by carrying our own agenda. Those who need significance will often bow to the urgent and be pulled away from the process.
Q: Any last thoughts?
Bill: Have fun. Always have fun! ☺
I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
What do you think about some of the things Bill shares? What is currently working for you? What advice would you offer M1P readers about developing a history in God?