When We Experience This, We Will Begin to Wonder…

We have been chosen, grafted, adopted into the family of God.  And now that we are a part of the family, the Spirit causes us to call out “Abba! Father!”  Remember that Abba is the most intimate form for referring to a father.  It is like saying “Daddy”; it connotes a deep level of familiarity and intimacy.  As God’s Spirit speaks to our hearts, we can call out to God as our Abba.  We will begin to experience this intimate relationship more deeply than we ever thought possible, so much so that we will begin to wonder, Does everyone feel this loved by God?

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 112

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This is How to Experience Intimacy and Relationship

I don’t know exactly what it will look like for you to be still before the Lord.  But I do know that no matter what your personality, it is a spiritual discipline to be still, to listen, and to cut out the distraction and din of our world.  And as we practice this stillness, this waiting, this being, it is then we can experience deep intimacy and relationship with the Holy Spirit.

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 109

Let Me Ask You a Simple Question

Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as the “Helper” or “Comforter”.  Let me ask you a simple question: Why would we need to experience the Comforter if our lives are already comfortable?  It is those who put their lives at risk and suffer for the gospel (Philippians 1:29) who will most often experience His being [close] (Matthew 28:20).  Though this verse is true for all believers (of course God is always with us), if we are never alone or feeling like we need Him, how much do we care or need to know that God is with us?

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 107

Are These Empthy Words for You

In Galatians 4, Paul explains the difference between a slave and a child.  His desire was to ensure that the Galatians were enjoying the rightful privileges Christ earned for them on the cross.  Many of us would say that we are children of God, but are these empty words for you?  Can you say with confidence – from the depth of your being – that you know God and are known by Him?

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 106

This Is An Undeniable Benefit

Though I do not believe God gives us the Holy Spirit solely for our personal benefit, it is undeniable that one of the greatest aspects of being in relationship with the Holy Spirit is the intimacy, security, and encouragement He brings us.  It is then we can serve God as a beloved child rather than a stressed-out, guilt-ridden slave.

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 104

This is Our Purpose for Living, This is Our Hope

And like our Savior, who poured  out His life and blood so we have a reason to rejoice, we were made to lay down our lives and give until it hurts.  We are most alive when we are loving and actively giving of ourselves because we were made to do these things.  It is when we live like this that the Spirit of God moves and acts in and through us in ways that on our own we are not capable of.  This is our purpose for living.  This is our hope (Romans 5:5).

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 96

If You Are Still Alive on This Planet…

It is true that God may have called you to be exactly where you are.  But it’s absolutely vital to grasp that He didn’t call you there so you could settle in and live out your life in comfort and superficial peace.  His purposes are not random or arbitrary.  If you are still alive on this planet, it’s because He has something for you to do.  He placed us on this earth for purposes that He orchestrated long before we were born (Ephesians 2:8-10).

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 87