Author: Roberts Liardon
Genre: Christian, Non-Fiction
How I came about the book
I was gifted a hardcopy by a sister from my campus fellowship more than eight years ago (and only got to complete it this year 🙈).
Somehow I expected the book to be “deep” (with lots of biblical rhema and theological stuff), so I was surprised by how easy to understand it was.
A very candid, eye-opening and practical read.
PS: If you don’t want to hear the truth don’t read this book!
(If given the chance, I’ll share every single lesson I highlighted. But no spoilers, okay?)
⁃ The Spiritual life is a COMMAND and not a suggestion.
⁃ Lessons won’t do you any good unless they are acted upon.
⁃ Majority of us christians lead substandard spiritual lives. We rely more on our senses and feelings than the Holy Spirit’s leading.
⁃ All things begin with GOD. In the beginning, God created…So God should always take the priority in all things.
⁃ The price for a life in the spirit, is OBEDIENCE. You must be willing to pay this price day and night. You either receive God’s instructions or reject them!
⁃ Sin and Glory do not mix. Sin must give way for God’s glory to be manifest.
⁃ No sin can be hidden from God. It’s foolishness to try to do so.
⁃ If you are not growing in the spirit, you’re sliding back. There’s no neutral ground.
⁃ God wants us to live, but we must continually choose life everyday.
⁃ To live below what God expects of us is to be disrespectful of him. To not make use of the provision he has made available for us is to be disrespectful of him.
⁃ A strong spirit is not a gift, it’s something you have to discipline yourself to build.
⁃ The outward anointing is good but strength of character is better.
⁃ Joseph and Samson were both called of God, anointed of God and known of God. Sadly that’s where the similarities ended, because one developed his spirit while the other didn’t.
⁃ When there’s a strong anointing and a weak spirit, you have a schizophrenic Christian life.
⁃ Your body has no conscience, it only has wants. The body mainly craves for three things: Sex, Food and Comfort.
⁃ Anointing does not resist the devil. You can be anointed and still fall into temptation.
⁃ You need a strong spirit to control a weak flesh. If you don’t tell your body what to do, your body will tell you what to do.
⁃ The ANOINTING demonstrates the great power of God through us, while our CHARACTER demonstrates the transforming power of God in us.
⁃ Whatever degree you go into God’s word is the degree to which it will provide you with strength and understanding. If you go in shallow, you’ll live superficially. If you go in deep, you’ll live like a STRONG christian.
⁃ It is whatever is in you that manifests when pressure comes. If there’s no word in your heart, you are going to sin against the Lord.
⁃ The word cleanses, regenerates, renews, strengthens and builds.
⁃ If you think you’re too busy to pray, remember the devil is also busy, seeking whom to devour.
⁃ We were created to be led. If God’s Spirit isn’t leading you, something/someone else is. You never stop following, you just change guides.
⁃ God never leads you into anything that is second-rate, he always want what is the best for his children at all times.
⁃ God never has a PLAN B. With God you can put all your eggs in one basket.
⁃ We are responsible for developing our spirits to the point where we can hear God for ourselves.
⁃ If you want to be supernatural, you must learn to be led.
⁃ God is not a violater of the human will. He respects it. The devil however loves to violate the human will and that’s why he takes men captive.
⁃ Your will is the door you decide to close or open. It is your ability to choose.
⁃ The goal of the enemy in the battle for your soul is your will.
⁃ God always tells us what to do but gives us the freedom to obey or disobey.
⁃ You don’t need to be educated to be a great tool in the hands of God. Education is only a means to an end, it is not the goal. Christ is.
⁃ You don’t need to be more EDUCATED to be more OBEDIENT. The opposite is true for many people.
⁃ Imaginations are good but can become monsters, if they are not submitted to God.
⁃ If we are not free from the past, we cannot live in the present or reach for the future.
⁃ A carnal Christian is a person who has a born again experience but is not living it. A person who is born again but lives in the flesh does not scare the devil.
⁃ If you meditate on God’s word long enough you’ll notice a change in your thinking pattern.
⁃ Your body is the vessel through which the gospel is carried to the nations.
⁃ Your body is your responsibility, what it does or does not do, is your responsibility.
⁃ If you leave your body to itself, it’ll do what it wants, when it wants, with whom it wants without feeling guilty.
⁃ The first requirement to being led by the Holyspirit is spiritual hunger. It makes all the difference.
⁃ There has to be a deep yearning for more of God deep down in your spirit regardless of whether he ever does a miracle or not.
⁃ If you do not hunger after the things of God, when the things of God do come, you won’t recognize them.
⁃ Hunger causes you to go to the furthest point to get satisfied.
⁃ People who are hungry don’t ask where the food came from. They just eat.
⁃ Just as Physical hunger recognizes physical food, Spiritual hunger knows spiritual food.
⁃ Spiritually hungry people are spiritually aggressive people. If you are not aggressive enough, then you’re not hungry enough.
⁃ Christianity was born of the spirit and operates on spiritual principles- principles that transcend the laws of the natural universe.
⁃ A person who lives in the spirt knows spiritual principles and uses spiritual weapons.
⁃ To walk in the spirit means to take authority over situations. When you’re caught between a rock and a hard place, don’t touch it in the natural, learn to touch it first in the spirit.
⁃ When you operate in the world of the spirit you can control natural circumstances for the glory of God.
⁃ Your future depends on your knowledge and ability to be operate in the spirit on behalf of your family, career, society and church.
⁃ In the realm of the spirit everything hinges on FAITH in God.
⁃ You never get to the point where you have too much faith. You can always use more.
⁃ Religion is the enemy of faith. It is having a form of godliness but denying its true power. Religion chokes faith by trusting in the seen rather than the unseen.
⁃ Faith is expectancy. It’s released by our words and actions. Faith does you no good unless it’s used.
⁃ The person who lives by faith radiates expectancy, you hear it in their voice; you see it in their countenance; you sense it in their presence. The faith of the believer has a tinge of excitement to it.
⁃ It is the nature of a believer to believe. To live is to believe, to believe is to live.
⁃ We don’t need to be mature or deep in the spirit when we approach God; we only have to be real.
– Buddha was. Mohammed was. But Jesus is. He lives even NOW.
⁃ God’s word speaks to us in the present. The Bible is a living book.
⁃ Carnality and Spirituality are realms of life. You can’t get rid of either one, but the one must dominate the other.
⁃ If you live by the flesh, the natural laws of the universe will have power over you. Facts will direct your decisions, Fear will influence what you do, Feelings will dictate how you react to circumstances.
⁃ Walking in the spirit is a CHOICE, a conscious decision- not an anointing.
⁃ Living in the spirit doesn’t mean you become weird or spooky. You simply become spiritually minded.
⁃ The more spiritual you are, the more relatable you should be. Spirituality is attractive. The Holy Spirit draws people. His presence attracts them.
⁃ Praying in tongues strengthens your spirit. But you don’t have to pray loud for you to pray strong.
⁃ You can’t live in the realm of the spirit without encountering devils, but the devil is no match for a believer who walks in the spirit.
⁃ Just because you’re jumping for joy now doesn’t mean you won’t have war tomorrow.
⁃ Like Prayer, Praise is a WEAPON of warfare.
⁃ We are not in an imaginary world, the world of the spirit is REAL.
⁃ With the Holyspirit, the proof usually comes after the fact.
⁃ God never shows you anything for your entertainment. Everything he tells/shows you is for a purpose.
⁃ However God deals with you, be confident that he does deal with you and rejoice in it.
⁃ When God shows you danger, he does it in a sense of warning- not a sense of fright. You will never be left without a sense of his security and peace.
⁃ It is better to follow God’s written word than to wait for a prophetic word. When you can hear God by yourself, you don’t need someone else to tell you what God said.
⁃ The Holyspirit flows to the degree we let him. He is a gentle spirit.
⁃ Never make a decision on a fleece, else you’ll get fleeced.
⁃ Obedience carries a high price tag. It requires that you deny yourself daily.
⁃ Life in the spirit is an EVERYDAY ADVENTURE that gives you power, protection and authority.
⁃ The world needs the message of truth. Every child of God must play his or her part in spreading it.
⁃ To live a life outside the spirit is to live a mediocre life.
Like I earlier stated, this is a very practical book that forces you out of your comfort zone. The lessons are of a lifetime and I need to keep coming back to them, so I won’t forget.
Who should read this book?
Everyone who didn’t come to this LIFE to play (pun intended).
To the new believer curious about life in the spiritual realm.
To the growing believer willing to pay the price for obedience.
To the mature believer who wants to deepen his/her walk with God.
Have you read this book? Please share your experience.