You are on page 1of Search inside document This book is dedicated to the many people who are seeking, searching, and struggling to find and walk a consistent road of faith in their Christian lives. I ampersonally indebted to himfor spiritual strength, and for insights I have received fromGod through this great Christian pastor. I was ministering to his huge congregation in Seoul, Korea, when we received a telephone call that our daughter was tragically injured in a horrible traffic accident in Iowa. Accompanying us to the plane as my wife and I left in haste was our dear friend, David Yonggi Cho, prayerfully supporting and sustaining us.
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David Yonggi Cho. Therefore I have chosen to record my thoughts on a chapter by chapter basis. All bible verses quoted are taken from the Amplified translation Introduction In this book Dr. He states that the physical world exists in three dimensions only in simple terms height, depth and breadth but that a fourth and greater dimension encompasses these. This is the dimension of the spiritual where the supernatural occurs. The fourth dimension can be seen manifested within the three dimension of the world when supernatural occurrences those that operate out with the laws of nature take place.
Cho explains that as people we are made up of three parts: the body our physical self ; soul emotions and personality and spirit the part of us that can communicate with God and understand spiritual things. Cho believes that Christians need to be as comfortable operating in this spiritual dimension as we are in the three physical dimensions.
Although these principles were not new to me at the time of reading this book I feel particularly challenged by this statement. I am comfortable operation in this spiritual dimension but to be equally comfortable I would have to be constantly aware of things that are happening in the spirit just as I am constantly aware of my physical surroundings.
I feel that I defiantly do not have this level of awareness yet butI know that I would be much more effective in bringing His kingdom into my circumstances if I did. I hope that by finding new ways to seek Him I will gradually gain a greater awareness of the spiritual dimension which surrounds me. Preface Dr.
This church has one of the largest congregations in the world. The most recent statistic I have been able to find states that in the church membership was over one million people. Cho was raised in a devout Buddhist home but became a Christian as a teenager while suffering from tuberculosis. After contracting the disease Dr. Cho was told that he had no hope of survival and despite many Buddhist prayers his condition showed no improvement.
Shortly after this a young Christian girl began to visit him regularly and speak to him about Jesus. Cho was eventually touched by her compassion for him and agreed to convert. However it was not until after she gave him her Bible and Dr. Cho began to read the Gospels that he accepted Jesus and began a personal relationship with Him. Cho was healed of his condition and began to attend bible school, which eventually led to his becoming a pastor.
I believe that the most significant part of this story is that Dr. Later in the book Dr. Although anyone who has a personal relationship with Christ will love Him to a greater or lesser degree I believe that Dr. Chapter 1 — The Spirit and You The main idea of this chapter is that understanding of the fourth dimension comes from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a person and by developing a more intimate relationship with Him our ability to not only understand but operate within the fourth dimension will be increased.
Cho explains that during the time of the Old Testament God mostly operated in His role as Father, ruling over the people as their king, whereas during the time of the gospels God spoke almost exclusively in the form of the Son, Jesus. After Jesus ascended into Heaven came the age of the Holy Spirit who has been sent to guide us and to reveal the nature of God to us by communicating with our spirits.
Cho exhorts the reader to develop closer fellowship with the Holy Spirit by acknowledging his personhood. Not simply waiting for His promptings but inviting Him into all aspects of our lives. He states that we come to reflect the character of those we spend time with and so spending time with the Spirit will give us greater insight into the nature of spiritual things.
In this chapter Dr. Cho also describes the principle of incubation — the creative process of focusing on and confessing that which we desire to see fulfilled. The dictionary defines fervent as: having or displaying a passionate intensity.
While I love to pray, I do not think that I had previously understood the importance of maintaining a passion for the things which I am praying for. I believe that the natural result of a lack of passion will be that I cease to visualise and confess my desire as it will no longer be at the forefront of my mind.
Without including these important steps I will not be able to fully complete the process of incubation and so will significantly hinder my ability to affect the spiritual dimension and see my desires fulfilled. Cho starts of the chapter by describing in more detail the three parts of man and states that none is more important than the other.
These stages are God wants to direct our lives by His Spirit Before being born again man is incapable of understanding spiritual things Once man has this understanding he must differentiate between the works of God and the works of Satan both of which are of the spirit Only after developing the spiritual senses in this way will the believer be able to understand mature things The spiritually mature are characterised by restoration and not by destruction This idea of being able to differentiate between the work of the Holy Spirit and demonic spirits comes from 1 John see below and is discussed in some detail by Dr.
This [nonconfession] is the [spirit] of the antichrist, [of] which you heard that it was coming, and now it is already in the world. Cho uses this verse as evidence that anything which the Holy Spirit can do can be counterfeited by the Devil. He explains that these people have learned to tap into their fourth dimensional power but are doing so out with the authority of Christ. As it clearly states in the verses above we are able to discern when someone is operating under the anointing of the Holy Spirit because they will always glorify Jesus and not themselves.
Dreams and Visions Dr. Cho goes on to explain how dreams and vision are an extremely important part of how the Holy Spirit speaks to us. This year one of my main goals for Pioneer is to break out in prophetic ministry. I believe dreams and visions will be a major part of this.
As such I gained many valuable insights from this portion of the chapter. Cho states that the more you focus on something the more you will begin to reflect it in your personality, character or actions. Although I was familiar with this principle I had not considered the implications for dreams and visions — namely that negative thinking will inhibit your ability to envision the things of God because your mind will begin to lean towards negative thoughts and emotions.
Thus your faith for good things will be undermined. I think that this is a particularly importance principle for me to remember because I become easily stressed over small things in my life. This stress will hinder my ability to hear the Holy Spirit clearly and thus operate in my prophetic gifting. I now realise the importance of guarding my thinking against stress and breaking it of my life as soon as it begins to manifest. I intend to regularly plead the blood of the lamb over my mind and thoughts to help guard against negative thinking patterns.
Chapter 3 — The Renewing of the Mind This chapter is entirely based on Romans Do not be conformed to this world this age , [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed changed by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
Cho looks in some depth at how the human brain functions and how this can give us insights into consciousness, will, desire and creativity. Much of the science discussed in this chapter is already very familiar to me and so I did not really gain any new insights from it. The Rock church was built by the brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen in It is built on a prime location within the city which had remained undeveloped due to a huge rock outcropping that could not be removed.
Timo and Tuomo had the inspired idea to build the church into the rock rather than try to remove it. When I researched this church I expected to see an artificial structure build inside the rock outcropping, instead the church is build around and into it!
This is a photograph of the inside of the Rock Church I love this visual demonstration of the principle that we do not overcome obstacles in our lives by simply removing them but by creatively incorporating them into our solutions.
He says that this exchange includes creative strength. I had always thought that God could inspire creativity but I had not fully understood that He should be the driving force behind all our creative endeavours. From now on I intend to seek His creative strength, as well as emotional, physical, etc, when I am faced with what appear to be immovable obstacles.
Cho focuses on how are words have creative power and how that power can be used to influence the spiritual dimension. He speaks about how James — For we all often stumble and fall and offend in many things. And if anyone does not offend in speech [never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature. He goes on to explain that our words are affected by our emotions, the people we spend time with and the things which we dwell upon or imagine.
It is a sign of maturity when a person is in control of his words. The main point that I gained from both this verse and Dr. Instead we must use our words to control our circumstances. Cho then goes on to look at how the ideas of speaking, thinking and words in general were expressed in the original Greek writings of the New Testament. As I am currently learning Biblical Greek this was obviously of great interest to me. This is a clear indication that in Greek culture the concepts of speaking and thinking were closely related.
This relationship between our thoughts and our words is more explicitly stated in Matthew — For out of the fullness the overflow, the superabundance of the heart the mouth speaks. This is actually very significant because as co-heirs with Christ we have the same authority that He did and thus our words can have the same level of impact on the spiritual dimension!
Later in the chapter Dr. However in the New Testament it is only used in two cases: when Simon prophesies over baby Jesus in the temple and when John the Baptist is moved by the Holy Spirit to begin his ministry.
Understanding this has really brought home to me the idea that prophesy and prophetic ministry are dynamic activities and are as much about acting on the words God gives as sharing them with others.
Cho focuses on the forces that motivate our behaviour. The dictionary defines motivation as: the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. Cho goes on to explain that as Christians we have access to motivational forces which are outside of our physical world but contained within the spiritual dimension.
Cho contrasts natural human love which is motivated by duty or sympathy with Love of God which is motivated by the Holy Spirit. Love of God is not based on an emotional reaction but is an act of will induced by the presence of the Holy Spirit inside of us.
Love of God often involves emotional feelings and so engages our soul but it is birthed in our spirit. This idea of love as an act of will is reflected in the language of the New Testament.
Ancient Greek has three different terms which were used to describe love. The full meaning of this form of love is explained by Paul in chapter thirteen of his first letter to the Corinthians see 1 Corinthians Paul defines this love as a fruit of the Spirit, yet both chapters twelve and fourteen of 1 Corinthians are concerned with gifts of the Spirit.
Cho argues that this dedication of a whole chapter to love is not because it is more important than the spiritual gifts but because it should be the fundamental motivation for their use. He believes that only when we are motivated by love will our focus be solely on glorifying God and not on ourselves or the form that the gifts take.
He concludes that if we are motivated by Love of God then we will have greater breakthrough in our use of spiritual gifts because we will be operating from a place of having given over our will to the Holy Spirit. I believe that this will be another key factor in developing my prophetic ministry this year.
I want to develop a greater awareness of what my motivations are when attempting to move in the prophetic and to spend time seeking greater intimacy with the Holy Spirit so that I can fully give over my will to Him.
I think that this will mostly be achieved through prayer and spending time in His presence but it is also my intention to research further what it means to be fully indwelt by the Spirit and how this affects the use of his gifts, particularly prophecy.
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Early life[ edit ] Cho was born on February 14, , in Ulju-gun, now part of Ulsan metropolitan city. He graduated from middle school with honours. Subsequently, he enrolled in an inexpensive technical high school to learn a trade. At the same time, he began frequenting an American army base near his school, and learned English from soldiers whom he befriended. He mastered English quickly, and became an interpreter for the commander of the army base, and also for the principal of his school. Raised initially as a Buddhist ,  Cho converted to Christianity at the age of 17, after a beautiful girl visited him telling him about Jesus Christ , before he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Believing that God had called him to the ministry, Cho began working as an interpreter for the American evangelist Ken Tize.
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