Francis Chan‘s new book, Forgotten God, is a challenge to rediscover the Holy Spirit and the power of walking with Him on a daily basis. He has a unique way of writing – it’s enjoyable. Some quotes from the book:

If I were Satan and my ultimate goal was to thwart God’s  kingdom and purposes, one of my main strategies would be to get churchgoers to ignore the Holy Spirit.

I can’t say exactly what will happen when you admit that you can  never fully know or experience enough of the Holy Spirit yet choose  to seek Him regardless. I know only that when you surrender fully to the Spirit, Christ will be magnified, not you (John 16:14).

When it comes down to it, many of us do not really want to be led  by the Holy Spirit. Or, more fundamentally, many of us don’t want  to be led by anyone other than ourselves.

The truth is that the Spirit of the living God is guaranteed to ask  you to go somewhere or do something you wouldn’t normally want or choose to do.

So, if you say you want the Holy Spirit, you must first honestly ask yourself if you want to do His will.

So, really, 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?

I think a lot of us need to forget about God’s will for my life. God  cares more about our response to His Spirit’s leading today, in this  moment, than about what we intend to do next year. In fact, the decisions we make next year will be profoundly affected by the degree to which we submit to the Spirit right now, in today’s decisions.

We forget that we were never promised a twenty-year plan of action; instead, God promises multiple times in Scripture never to leave or forsake us.

The key is that He never promises to reveal these purposes all at once, in advance.

Nowhere in Scripture do I see a “balanced life with a little bit of  God added in” as an ideal for us to emulate. Yet when I look at our churches, this is exactly what I see: a lot of people who have added Jesus to their lives. People who have, in a sense, asked Him to join  them on their life journey, to follow them wherever they feel they  should go, rather than following Him as we are commanded. The  God of the universe is not something we can just add to our lives and keep on as we did before. The Spirit who raised Christ from the  dead is not someone we can just call on when we want a little extra power in our lives. Jesus Christ did not die in order to follow us. He died and rose again so that we could forget everything else and follow Him to the cross, to true Life.

What I am saying, though, is that instead  of thinking and telling people they are crazy when they feel like  the Spirit is leading them into something that doesn’t necessarily make sense to us, we should join them in the discernment process. Instead of discouraging people, we should pray for more insight and  boldness. Instead of deadening people to the Spirit’s leading with our words and our actions, we should celebrate and join the Spirit’s movement in and through them!

Are you walking with the Spirit? Are you living each day seeking His control? This book was a challenge to truly practice what we often talk about – being filled with the Spirit. Ask Him to fill you – and He will!

  1. Mark S. on Thursday 29, 2009

    All I can say is that I have found Francis Chan’s books to be challenging (in a good way). I haven’t quite finished Forgotten God yet but I have found it (as well as Crazy Love) challenging me to grow and have a more radically sold out all in relationship. I often wonder how much more we could do for God and the miraculous things He could do through us if only we were really and totally “all in” and had the faith of 1/2 a grain of mustard seed (how many half mountains have you moved?). I am sad to say that I do struggle with the all in aspect and pray that God forgives me for my failure and that He continues to help me to grow.


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