Let’s Not Gain Mere Knowledge

May we not merely gain knowledge.  Instead, as we learn, may we grow and confess and change more into the people we’ve been created to be by the power of the Holy Spirit, who dwells within us (Romans 14:17).

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 157

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Unfortunately, This is Not a Description of Today’s Church

The church is intended to be a beautiful place of community.  A place where wealth is shared and when one suffers, everyone suffers.  A place where when one rejoices, everyone rejoices.  A place where everyone experiences real love and acceptance in the midst of great honesty about our brokenness.  Yet most of the time this is not even close to how we would describe our churches.

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 152

What Response Does You Life Get From Others?

When I live by my own power and strength, relying solely on my natural talents to see me through, then people naturally praise me for how I am living.  But when I am living in a way that requires me to depend on the Holy Spirit, people respond by praising my Father in Heaven.

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 150

He Was Just Like Us

My favorite verse is quite possibly James 5:17.  Don’t keep yourself from praying desparately and courageously for the Spirit to work in your life simply because you are not the prophet Elijah.  As the verse says, Elijah was a human being with a nature like ours.  He was just like us.  The key thing about him?  He prayed fervently.

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 149

Instead of Mustering More Willpower…

Instead of mustering up more willpower, let’s focus our energies and time on asking for help from the One who has the power to change us.  Let’s take the time to ask God to put the fruit of His Spirit into our lives.  And let’s spend time with the One we want to be more like.

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 148

A New Way of Considering the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5

You are most likely familiar with the “fruit passage” in Galatians 5:22-23, … You may even have the list memorized.  But look over those traits right now and ask yourself if you possess each to a supernatural degree. 

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 146