Christian, Consider This Truly Amazing Fact…

Third, the Holy Spirit is eternal and holy.  We read in the gospel of John about Jesus’ promise to His disciples that the Spirit will be with them forever (John 14:16; other references: Hebrews 9:14; Romans 1:4, 5:5).  But consider this truly amazing fact:  Because the Spirit is holy and dwells in us, our bodies are holy sanctuaries from God’s vantage point.  Too often we disdain our bodies as the source of sin and our fallenness; yet they are precisely where God the Spirit chooses to dwell!

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 70-71

He Is Not a Lesser God

Second, the Holy Spirit is God.  he is not a lesser or different kind of being than God the Father and God the Son.  The Spirit is God.  The words Spirit and God are used interchangeably in the New Testament (Acts 5:3-4).  In these verses, we see that Peter explicitly refers to the Holy Spirit as God.  This is vital to remember.  When we forget about the Spirit, we really are forgetting God.

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 70

Are You Brave Enough to Pray This Way…

God wants us to listen to His Spirit on a daily basis, and even throughout the day, as  difficult and stretching moments arise, and in the midst of the mundane.  My hope is that instead of searching for “God’s will for my life,” each of us would learn to seek hard after “the Spirit’s leading in my life today.”  May we learn to pray for an open and willing heart, to surrender to the Spirit’s leading with that friend, child, spouse, circumstance, or decision in our lives right now.

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p.

Is the Holy Spirit an Indistinct “Power” or “Thing”?

First, the Holy Spirit is a Person.  He is not an indistinct “power” or “thing”.  Often I hear people refer to the Spirit as an “it,” as if the Spirit is a thing or  force that we can control or use.  This distinction may seem subtle or trivial but it is actually a very serious misunderstanding of the Spirit and His role in our lives. (John 14:17; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14).

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 70