Wisdom from Jim Cymbala

This week my husband and I had the opportunity to sit under the teaching of Jim Cymbala, pastor of the 16,000-member Brooklyn Tabernacle in Brooklyn, New York. 

While I'm confident many blog posts will spring from the wisdom he shared with us, I thought I'd give you an appetizer of sorts, a brain dump of some Cymbala's challenging and convicting words. 

Pull up a chair and enjoy the feast.

"We have to be strong in the Lord. Weakness gets us nowhere--except attacked."

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power (Eph. 6:10).

"God treasures nothing so much as he treasures faith."

Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith let it be done to you" (Mat. 9:29).

"Feelings are the biggest enemy to faith."

We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).

"Faith is understanding God's promises and believing they're true."

"We must live in the Word of God to overcome negative feelings."

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).

God gets to decide what sin is, not us.

Sometimes when God leads us, it's totally illogical.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," says the Lord. (Isa. 55:8)

"Not every good thing is God's thing."

"I don't want to go anywhere God doesn't want me to go, even if it's a good place."

"When you don't know what to do, don't do anything. Just wait."


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  1. Wisdom from the Word while we live in a weary land. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You're most welcome, Jennifer. Thanks so much for reading today.

  2. Good stuff! Thanks for sharing. I recently finished reading his book, "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire." It was convicting and encouraging.

    1. You're right, Pat, that one rang the bell of my heart, too. It reminded me that if we have a little God, we have big problems. A big God? Small in comparison to his greatness and power. Thanks so much for stopping by today.
      Blessings to you! Lori


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