Happy Birthday Bishop Dag! And 6 Quotes From Quiet Time   Leave a comment

Happy Birthday to the most anointed, creative, dynamic, and exciting pastor I know. (Photo credit: First Love Church)

Happy Birthday to the most anointed, creative, dynamic, and exciting pastor I know. (Photo credit: First Love Church)

To Bishop Dag Heward-Mills,

Words can’t really describe what you mean to me and to many people. Your belief in and obedience to Jesus Christ has led many to taste and see that the Lord is good. You inspire me to use any and every gift and talent I have for the Lord, because you have done it tirelessly. Your consistency and conviction has inspired me in every facet of my life.

I pray the hand of the Lord will be good upon you, that He will give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, and that He will build a hedge of protection around your family and incredible ministry. 🙂

Now then… As it is Bishop Dag’s birthday, there’s no better time to share some quotes from one his books and of my favourites: Quiet Time. You might be asking, ‘Richard, that’s nice and all… But what the heck is quiet time?’ That brings me to the first quote:

“Quiet time is time you spend with God alone. If anybody were to ask me what the greatest secret of my relationship with God is, I would say without any hesitation that it is the power of the quiet times I have with Him every day.”

Think about this – Bishop Dag has an huge worldwide ministry with many sermons, books written, church buildings built, pastors trained and thousands of souls saved. He has accomplished more than many people have in a lifetime. And yet… He says his greatest secret is quiet time with the Lord. If that doesn’t make you want to have some quiet times… I don’t know what else to tell ya.

The most important time of the day - time with the Lord.

The most important time of the day – time with the Lord.

How do you have a quiet time with God then? Fortunately, here are 7 Steps to having a quiet time from the book:

“Step 1 – Pray to Begin Your Quiet Time
It’s time to give the Lord praise and worship for His goodness.
Step 2 – Read a Passage from the Bible Expecting God to Speak to You
Step 3 – Meditate (Think Through and Soberly Reflect on What You Have Read)
Step 4 – Move into Deeper Bible Study and Make Further References to Things That Strike You during Your Quiet Time
Step 5 – Use Your Bible Reading Guide
You will benefit from anointed teachers whose ministry will help you to grow.
Step 6 – Write Down Whatever the Lord Tells You
Step 7 – Now Spend Time Praying to the Lord.
During the prayer time, God will speak to you through His Spirit.”

That’s how it’s done. Try it – your devotion to God will increase!

One of the best things about Quiet Time is that it is a introduction to apologetics. The definition of apologetics is ‘reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.’ To reach some people with Jesus and even for your own level of faith, you will need to know how to defend what you believe with plain facts and information.

In Quiet Time, Bishop Dag’s chapters on The Origin of the Bible and Why The Bible Is Superior to Every Other Book break down how the Bible came into existence, why no other books are added to it, and why we can be confident in it. These chapters will answer a lot of nagging questions about the Bible to a growing believer in Christ. Take this quote as a sample:

“An important truth you must not overlook is that the Church did not create the Canon or the books that we call Scripture. The Church simply recognized the books that were inspired by God and publicly approved of them.”

This is explaining why the books of the Bible are what they are. It is important to know that not every spiritual book was inspired by God. That brings us to the Apocrypha, which Bishop Dag also talks about:

“Divine authority is not claimed by the apocryphal authors; and by others it is virtually disowned.”

Many quotes from the Apocrypha are included in the Bible. Also included reasoning as to why the Apocrypha is not worthy of being scripture, including historical inaccuracy, and the owners openly saying they don’t know why they wrote their books. (Therefore, they’re not divine.) People have tried to confuse me on evangelism before with books in the Apocrypha, but that can never happen now thanks to this book!

“The Bible is superior in the fact that it is the most reliable historic document of all time.
There are more than 5,300 known Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. Add over 10,000 Latin Vulgate and at least 9,300 other early versions (MSS) and we have more than 24,000 manuscripts copies of portions of the New Testament in existence today.”

Many people say that the Bible has been changed over the years and use that to discredit the Word of God. But Bishop Dag points out that still in existence is around 24K of manuscripts from the times of the Bible’s writing. Does that sound like a book you can’t trust?

“You need to write down the things God says to you. I have a book in which I write the things that God shows me. Sometimes I am surprised at the many revelations and instructions that the Lord has given me.”

When you have your quiet time, you must write down the scriptures you have studied and what you have learned. God will speak to you and instruct you for your life. I have had quiet times and needed exactly what I learned in a matter of days, if not the same day.

This book is amazing. I wish I had the time or energy to reproduce the entire book for you… just purchase the book and learn at the feet of one of God’s greatest teachers of this generation. Bring understanding to your life of why the Bible is God’s chosen anthology and the greatest book of all time, worth defending until the end by reading this book.

Oh, and don’t forget to have your quiet time. 😀

Purchase this book and other great Bishop Dag Heward-Mills books at:

Dag Heward-Mills books

Amazon.co.uk

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Posted 14th May 2015 by ukrichardwalker in Books

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