Saturday, September 18, 2010
The Forgotten God
Here are some quotes from Francis Chan’s The Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit, David C. Cook, 2009:
“God created feelings. Sure, like anything else, they can be misused and abused. But the intent and purpose of feelings came from God. Since he created emotions, why is it difficult to believe that he himself has emotions? The Spirit is grieved when there is a breach in relationship, whether it be relationship with God or relationship with other people. When we are disunified, unloving, hateful, jealous, gossipy, etc., that is when we grieve the Spirit of God. And since he is the creator of emotions, I believe that the Spirit grieves more deeply than we can even understand … I pray for the day when believers care more about the Spirit’s grief than their own. In fact, I pray that some of you readers would be broken over the grief you’ve placed on the Holy Spirit. So broken that you actually put down this book and work to resolve any conflicts you have with other believers. ‘If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all’ (Romans 12:8).” (72, 76)
Here are some of things according to Chan that should be present in your life if the Spirit dwells within you:
1. The Spirit helps us speak in precarious situations.
2. The Counselor teaches and reminds us of what we need to know.
3. The Spirit enables us to witness to others.
4. The Spirit empowers us to put to death the mis-deeds of the body.
5. The Spirit gives us an adoption to be God’s children.
6. The Spirit convicts us of sin.
7. The Spirit brings us life and freedom.
8. By the Spirit we abound in hope.
9. We are given a manifestation for the common good in community.
10. We exhibit the fruits of the Spirit.