This post will cover the first section of Chapter 4 of Francis Chan’s Forgotten God. So far we have looked at why we need the Spirit, what we are afraid of, and the theology of the Holy Spirit. Taking what we have learned from those chapters, lets look into Why We Want Him.
Mr. Chan asks some thought provoking questions in this chapter.
Why do you desire the Holy Spirit’s activity in your life?
Do you want to experience more of the Holy Spirit merely for your own benefit?
In the Bible, it tells the story of Simon the magician. He tried to buy the Holy Spirit’s power from the apostles. Find out more about Simon the magician here. Peter responded in Acts 8:20:
“May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!”
I highlighted the next couple sentences that Mr. Chan writes. You can find it on page 84.
The Holy Spirit is not a commodity to be bought or traded according to our individual wants, whims, or even our felt needs. We absolutely cannot have this discussion about the Holy Spirit without calling our motives into question.
We will continue Chapter 4 at a later date.
Before I leave you, here are some questions to think about till next time.
- Why do you want the Holy Spirit? Is it for power? Is it for your own betterment and purposes? Or is it because you want to experience all that God has for you? Is it because you love the church and desire to be a better servant to your sisters and brothers?
- Why do you want the Spirit? Are your needs greater than your pursuit of God?
Until next time readers, God Bless!
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