About a year ago Traci and I read Crazy Love with our community group at Grace. That book has radically changed our perspective on so many things, specifically missional living and living below our expected means. I just finished The Forgotten God. Another great eye opener.
This book is very insightful about the Holy Spirit and the lack of our acknowledgment of Him in the modern church. In typical Francis Chan fashion he was helpful to bring common, overlooked Christian circle issues into the light. Instead of boring you with my opinions and nonsense I thought I’d let the book speak for itself. Here are a couple of excerpts I found helpful:
Jesus Himself said to His disciples, “It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7). So Jesus is basically telling His disciples, “Yes, I was with you for three and a half years, but it is better that I leave you and the Holy Spirit comes to you.”
I don’t want to keep crawling when I have the ability to fly.
I think the fear of God failing us leads us to “cover for God.” This means that we ask for less, expect less, and are satisfied with less because we are afraid to ask for or expect more.
Do you believe you exist not for your own pleasure but to help people know the love of Jesus and to come fully alive in Him? If so, then that will shape how you live your life in the place where you are.
Why would we need to experience the Comforter if our lives are already comfortable?
I am indwelt by the Holy Spirit. And because of this reality, stress and tiredness and impatience do not have to define my day.
I think a lot of us need to forget about “God’s will for my life.” God care more about our response to His Spirit’s leading today, in this moment, than about what we intend to do next year… It’s easy to use the phrase “God’s will for my life” as an excuse for inaction or even disobedience”
Some people encounter Jesus and say, “Sweet! Jesus, do You want to join the party of my life with this sin, that addiction, this destructive relationship, and we’ll just coexist together?” But repentance means saying, “Sweet Jesus, You are the best thing that has ever happened to me! I wan to turn from all the sin and selfishness that rules me. Help me to walk away from the enslaving, worthless things of life.”
I don’t believe God wants me (or any of His children) to live in a way that makes sense from the world’s perspective, a way that I know I can “manage.” I believe that He is calling me to- and all of us- to depend on Him for living in a way that cannot be mimicked or forged.
While it is true that we are humans like everyone else, it is also true that we are humans with the Spirit of God dwelling in us. Yet, whether consciously or not, we essentially say to God, “I know You raised Christ form the dead; but the fact is my problems are just too much for You and I need to deal with them by myself.”
…it is a profound reminder that God delights in showing up when His people are in desperate need of Him, because that means no one else can steal His glory.
As for me, I am tired of talking about what we are going to do. I am sick of talking about ways we can be radical and make sacrifices. I don’t wan to merely talk anymore. Life is too short. I don’t want to speak about Jesus; I want to know Jesus. I wan to be Jesus to people. I don’t want to write about the Holy Spirit; I want to experience His presence in my life in a profound way.