It Is Finished (book review)

It Is FinishedDavid Wilkerson was a gentle man (yes, I did intend for that to be two words). The best definition I’ve heard of gentleness is “strength under control,” and that certainly describes Rev. Wilkerson’s words in It Is Finished: Finding Lasting Victory Over Sin.

Pastor Wilkerson’s words carry all of the weight and authority of an Old Testament prophet crying out, “This is what God says!” But his message is delivered with the lovingkindness of a gentle shepherd. Rev. Wilkerson is hard on those things that keep Christians at a distance from God, but loving on those at-a-distance Christians.

It Is Finished is a series of eleven sermons delivered by Pastor Wilkerson just prior to his death. They deliver a powerful message of God’s redemptive love from a man who was constantly learning what that love really meant. He shares his own personal struggles with feeling accepted by God’s love, and then presents a hope-filled message for all of us to accept the Holy Spirit’s invitation to enter into greater intimacy with our loving Heavenly Father.

These sermons are easy to read and will lift your spirits to new heights in God. I recommend this book to all Christians, but especially to those who struggle with feeling accepted by God.

I am a Chosen Books book reviewer.

Binitarians

BinitariansI love this insight from Dick Brogden regarding too many Christians’ view of the Holy Spirit—

“Often our heads become stumbling blocks to our hearts. We cognitively admit that the Holy Spirit is a Person in the triune Godhead, but we live as functional binitarians. Comfortable with Father and Son, we are not quite sure how to interact with the Spirit….” —Dick Brogden

The promise of the Holy Spirit’s help for those who desire to follow God with all of their hearts permeates the entire Bible. Passage after passage in both the Old Testament and New Testament tell of the incredible life-altering, heart-molding, stronghold-breaking, love-creating, Christlike-empowering of the Holy Spirit.

How sad when we try to put the Holy Spirit in a box! 

“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as My Father promised….” —Jesus

“…You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”Peter

“But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses….” —Jesus

“Now we have not received the spirit that belongs to the world, but the Holy Spirit Who is from God, given to us that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly bestowed on us by God.”Paul

“But you have received the Holy Spirit, and He lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what He teaches is true….” —John

I pray more and more of us will move from binitarians to full trinitarians!! 

Please join me next Sunday as I continue our series called Come Holy Spirit.

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