Good afternoon readers. I am super excited today. Today I graduated from college. Took me a while to do it, but I can finally say I am a college graduate. On another note, we are a little over half-way done with Francis Chan’s Forgotten God. Today we will be covering Chapter 5.
I like what Mr. Chan says in the beginning of this chapter. Serving God and living faithfully can become a constant guilt trip of “trying harder” and “doing better next time.” Can you relate with that? I know I can. Several times in my life, I have felt like I have been a failure by not living up to people’s expectations. Being insecure in what I do, and in relationships is something I deal with often. Insecurity in our personal lives can hinder the relationship we have with God. How?
Mr. Chan says it perfectly here.
Our upbringings definitely can create challenges for us. Some of us have wounds so deep that we wonder if we’ll ever be able to trust. Perhaps we’ve subconsciously taken the failures from sinful human relationships and imposed those shortcomings onto a perfect God. Now uncertainty creeps into your relationship with God.
It is the Holy Spirit who keeps us from this path and gives us confidence so we can enjoy intimacy with our Creator. Though I do not believe God gives us His 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.
Wow! That is a true and powerful statement!
In the Bible, Galatians 4:9 teaches us to destroy the strongholds of earning and insecurity.
But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?
In Galatians 4:6-7, Paul says this:
“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father’, so you are no longer slaves, but God’s children; and since you are his children, he has made you also heirs.”
Paul also writes to the Romans in Romans 8:15-17 –
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs— heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
After reading this, you may feel that you are totally in touch with the Holy Spirit. That is awesome! Maybe you are reading that and thinking that you really don’t experience that kind of closeness with God where you are crying out to Him.
In the next post, I will go over two potential obstacles that Mr. Chan says to consider:
Comfort and Volume.
Until next time readers, God Bless!
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