As I shared last time, I have just learned that Dan Mohler is one who preaches the gospel with great clarity of understanding and a refreshing purity of heart – he is so transparent! I like to transcribe key points of such messages so that I can meditate over them during my alone time with the Lord. For those of you who prefer to read excerpts instead of watching all the videos, I share my compilation of excerpts from four videos posted on YouTube of Dan Mohler ministering the word: Normal Christianity Parts 1, 2, and 3, and The Normal Christian Life. The excerpts are compiled into a semblance of order. Many are direct quotes, and some are slightly modified for easy readability. Be blessed!
Dan Mohler Ministering the Word – Excerpts From “Normal Christianity Parts 1, 2, and 3” and “The Normal Christian Life”
- I don’t have a Savior to save me from you; I have a Savior to protect me from myself so I can finally see you clearly.
- Jesus died to restore my destiny. He became what I was so that I could become what He is, what God created me to be, a son!
- [Something the Father told Dan as he was praying to have Jesus’ heart]: “My Son laid down His heart for those who despised and rejected Him. Get your heart in that place.”
- God doesn’t love you because of your performance, but because of who you are by what Jesus accomplished on your behalf.
- In the store of humanity, every human being has the same price tag. There are no barcodes, no greater of lesser value; every person is worth the blood of Christ, no matter how they are living.
- He didn’t buy out a bunch of sinners – He removed sin and bought out a bunch of sons and daughters. He’s the first-born among many brethren; we’re predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son. How shall He not give us all things to be conformed to His image?
- I’m a righteous tree and I’m destined to bear righteous fruit! An apple tree doesn’t have to think about producing apples! We bear righteous fruit because we’re a planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified. So I’m not trying to bear apples! I’ve been made righteous.
- When you know who you are then you don’t sell out so cheap.
- If any man come after me let him deny himself... Do you understand now? Because we were made in his image we can live in love!
- What if I don’t have to live for myself anymore, and can love you because I came from Him? You can’t break my heart, because my world doesn’t revolve around what you say about me – I put my trust in Him, nothing else. Let the old die, let the new man live. Be forgiven and free and wiped clean, holy, blameless and above reproach in His sight.
- Stop getting frustrated and losing your [true] identity; stop letting the state of another person decide who you are.
- The mindset must be changed. How do you put off the works of the flesh without getting into works? You separate it from your identity. “Father I thank You I’m not created for anger but for love and my heart is in agreement with You and I no longer am an angry man but I am a child of God because You saved me through the Son of God and You fill me with Your Spirit. Father I thank You that You have set me free, that I have been made new. Never again will I be a carnal man driven by the flesh! I am a man of God!”
- You cast down every vain imagination and thought, you beat it into obedience and hold it captive according to Christ. One of the biggest traps in the church is we think that we are everything we think and feel. Come on, it’s outside trying to get back in, trying to get you to sell out cheap when you’ve been bought at a such a high price. At that moment, praise God for having purified you, shout out your identity, and stand firm on that ground; do not let yourself be moved by deception.
- It’s a powerful place when you’re selfless. If we can grow in this thing, deny yourself without getting rigid and legalistic, it’s what we were created for! “Picking up your cross” is walking through every injustice against you and not letting it decide who you are – it’s overcoming evil with good. Never let sin against you give a right to produce sin in you: deny self, pick up your cross, and follow Him. He came to change us, not to make everybody treat us right. So that when they don’t treat us right, we respond like Him; that’s Christianity!
- It’s not about you changing your life; it’s about Him changing your heart, His love changing you and your motive changing, your reason for being changing.
- When our motivation is love (not ministry or money etc.) we correct people not because they’re wrong, but because they are more than what they think they are.
- Paul was beaten for preaching the gospel against legalism. Even today as you preach this you’ll hear, “Yah, but folks need to change.” We fail to start where Jesus finished – if we don’t start where He finished, we’ll try to accomplish something He already did.
- [Most Christians] are thinking they’re only as good as they performed. Teach them who they are, impart those truths. If your tree is identified by your fruit, the tree is always in question. But if your tree is identified by what He accomplished, you see your value and your potential through Him. Jesus is talking about tree, not fruit. [Transcriptionist: see Matt. 12:33-35] A good tree can’t bear bad fruit. Whatever you see yourself to be is what you see on your tree. So make your tree good and it’s fruit will be good. If you teach [a Christian] who they are, their fruit will be good.