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May these powerful Bill Johnson quotes inspire you to connect with God. Bill Johnson is a 5th generation pastor at Bethel Church. 

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Bethel Church in Redding, CA has changed a lot over the years and I have watched this beautiful home grow into an amazing influence all around the world. They have countless ministries that have reached thousands of hearts through God’s Word. From Jesus Culture to Prosperous Soul to Bethel Music, Bethel Church is a powerful place for many. 

A fun fact that a lot of people may not know about me is that I went to ministry school called Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM) well before it became a global ministry. I lived in Redding, CA for 6 years and had the incredible honor in serving in leadership while calling Bethel my home. 

Although ministry and leadership were powerful experiences, I have also gained life changing relationships, discovered who I was and what I wanted to do with my life. This season at BSSM allowed me to explore what it looks like to love Jesus and develop my own personal relationship with Him on a level that revolutionized my hope in God. 

One of my life heroes is Bill Johnson. His humility and willingness to share what he has learned over the years has enhanced so many elements of my life spiritually, relationally, and mentally. 

His passion for God and compassion for people is contagious the moment you meet him. He is a beautiful human being that has impacted my life in more ways than one and I wanted to share some of the inspiring things this man has spoken over the years. 



“Royalty is my identity. Servanthood is my assignment. Intimacy with God is my life source.” -Bill Johnson

“He inhabits the praises of His people.” -Bill Johnson

“Jesus did not command us to pray for the sick. He commanded us to heal them.” – Bill Johnson

“You cannot hold God hostage (to your questions). He doesn’t owe you an answer. If you want the peace that passes understanding, you’re going to have to give up your right to understanding. It’s called trust.” Bill Johnson

“When Jesus spoke peace to a storm, it sat down. He had peace, because He rested in conflict. He did so by releasing what was within Him until it redefined His environment.” -Bill Johnson

“Jesus doesn’t talk about his interaction with the holy spirit, He illustrates it.” -Bill Johnson

“I celebrate Him as the healer, as the promise giver who never lies.” -Bill Johnson


“When we pursue kingdom principles above His presence, we are looking for the kingdom without a king.” Bill Johnson

“The mind is either at war with God or it is being renewed. There is no middle ground.”  Bill Johnson

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“People often come to me and ask me to pray for them, that they would discover God’s will for their life. I already know God’s will for their life – heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out devils, cleanse lepers. They say, ‘Yes, but I need to know if I should be a schoolteacher or a missionary.’ I say, ‘Well, just pick one, and then heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out devils, cleanse lepers.’ Or they will say, ‘I just don’t know whether I should be married or should be single.’ I reply, ‘What do you want to be?’ ‘I really want to be married.’ ‘Then get married… and heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out devils, cleanse lepers.”  Bill Johnson, Manifesto for a Normal Christian Life


“In my own pursuit of God, I often became preoccupied with ME! It was easy to think that being constantly aware of my faults and weakness was humility. It’s not! If I’m the main subject, talking incessantly about my weaknesses, I have entered into the most subtle form of pride.” Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth

“My life reflects what I see with my heart.” Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth Expanded Edition: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles

“To follow Him, we must be willing to follow off the map—to go beyond what we know. To do so successfully we must recognize His presence above all.” Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth Expanded Edition: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles

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“It was a costly key for Him to purchase, and it’s a costly key for us to use. But, it’s even more costly to bury it and not obtain an increase for the coming King. That price will be felt throughout eternity.” Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth

“To give witness is to “represent.” This actually means to re-present Him. Therefore, to re-present Him without power is a major shortcoming. It is impossible to give an adequate witness of God without demonstrating His supernatural power.” Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth Expanded Edition: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles

“Doesn’t it honor Him more when His children no longer see themselves only as sinners saved by grace, but now as heirs of God? Isn’t it a greater form of humility to believe Him when He says we are precious in His sight when we don’t feel very precious?” Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth


“Gifts are free, but maturity is expensive.” Bill Johnson, Spiritual Java

“A culture of honor is celebrating who a person is without stumbling over who they’re not.” Bill Johnson

“Anyone who knows who God made them to be will never try to be someone else.” Bill Johnson, Hosting the Presence: Unveiling Heaven’s Agenda

“Sometimes our breakthrough begins when we refuse to be impressed with the size of our problem.” Bill Johnson

“If you don’t live by the praise of men you won’t die by their criticism.” ― Bill Johnson

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“You rarely will lead people corporately where you haven’t been privately.” -Bill Johnson

“Everything we do in life, our success, is determined by our relationship with the Holy Spirit. Everything is connected.” -Bill Johnson

“The gates of your greatest breakthrough are formed from your greatest struggles.” -Bill Johnson


“We rule with the Heart of a servant, But we serve with the heart of a King.” Bill Johnson

“If you make history with God, He’ll make history through you.” -Bill Johnson

“Complaining proves nothing but that you can hear the voice of the Devil” Bill Johnson

“The fruit of the spirit are the artistic expressions of God to enhance the believer.” -Bill Johnson

“The Holy Spirit lives in every believer.” -Bill Johnson

“When we go through that veil of opposition and live from kingdom response, that’s where the promotion comes from.” -Bill Johnson

“Don’t let your past dictate your future.” – Bill Johnson

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“Jesus didn’t accomplish everything so that you could accomplish nothing.” – Bill Johnson

“What happens in creativity is we learn what others have accomplished and we learn to give unique expression of our own gift.” -Bill Johnson


“Worship leading requires that you have your own time with the Lord so that when you start leading, you can have one eye on the Lord and one eye on your people.” -Bill Johnson

“Give him things that are so raw and so honest that they wouldn’t mean anything to anyone else.” -Bill Johnson

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“Worship comes out of our response to His worth.” -Bill Johnson

“We’ve been designed as a resting place for the spirit of God. In doing so, we change every environment that we walk into.” -Bill Johnson

“Your shadow will always release whatever overshadows you. As we give place to the spirit of God, you will find continually that you will change and shift environments.” -Bill Johnson

“You become like whatever you look at, whatever you worship.” -Bill Johnson

“Peace in the kingdom is not the absence of someone, it’s in the presence of someone.” -Bill Johnson

“The whole point of ministry is to release His presence that doesn’t come back to you. We are not just brokers of a message, we’re carriers of His presence.” -Bill Johnson

“When we disappear as leaders, we are actually doing what we were created to do– to worship in spirit.” -Bill Johnson

“I have the opportunity to give God honor during my moments of weakness.” -Bill Johnson

“Entering into a situation as a worshiper changes the equation.” -Bill Johnson

Bethel is still my “home away from home” if you will. I still have a huge soft spot for all the scriptures on god’s power that is shared from this church and love that I get to say this was one of the most pivotal experiences of my life. 

Whether it be from sermons by Bill Johnson or Jesus Culture worship, many of my core values expressing Prayer Points and Marriage Goals have been influenced by my time in Redding, CA. 

What are your favorite Pastor Bill Johnson quotes? Do you have a favorite book by him?

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