Sobering Thought

Posted: October 21, 2009 by Rich Landosky in HSM, MSM, The Journey
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I’ve just started reading Francis Chan’s latest book, Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit.  Chapter One hits with a question that is a sobering.  Take a look at these words and allow them to sink in a few minutes.

And this is the question I just can’t get around:  If It’s true that the Spirit of God dwells in us [Romans 8:9 — You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ] and that our bodies are the Holy Spirit’s temple [1st Corinthians 6:19-20 — Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.], then shouldn’t there be a huge difference between the person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him or her and the person who does not?

This may be a silly illustration, but if I told you I had an encounter with God where He entered my body and gave me a supernatural ability to play basketball, wouldn’t you expect to see an amazing improvement in my jump shot, my defense, and my speed on the court?  After all, this is God we’re talking about.  And if you saw no change in my athleticism, wouldn’t you question the validity of my “encounter”?

  1. msmucker says:

    Hi! I just finished “Forgotten God” and have wrote up some discussion questions on my site: I’d be happy to hear your thoughts, dig a little deeper into Chan’s book, and consider its implications for our lives.

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