Due to the fact that I did not originally come up with this stuff, I would like to give credit where credit is due. The thoughts written below are my take on the book “Forgotten God” written by Pastor Francis Chan. If you would like to learn more about this subject matter, I suggest that you buy the book and read it for yourself and not merely trust my interpretation. Thank you Francis for all of your hard work and devotion to our King!
For the sake of your time and my time in writing this blog, I’m going to make this short and sweet!
Who is the Holy Spirit?
For our relationship with the Holy Spirit to be correct, we need to have a good theological view point to view God as He has revealed Himself in Scripture.
Think about it this way: Theology helps us see God as He intended us to see Him and interact with Him in a proper manner. Or, to put in another way, our theology affects our methodology. Or, still yet another way, what we think affects what we do.
1) The Spirit is a Person not a force that we can wield. He has real feelings and desires for us to interact with Him as a person.
2) The Spirit is God and deserves to have the proper authority in our lives.
3) The Spirit is eternal and holy. The Spirit is here to stay, never to leave us, and He is far different from anyone that we will ever meet.
4) The Spirit has His own mind, and prays for us. The Spirits will is not our will and He cannot be led- He does the leading. The Spirit prays for us when we are praying out of God’s will.
5) The Spirit has emotions. Emotions are not weakness, but a gift that God created. Therefore, we can grieve the Spirit when we are not unified, spiteful, jealous, and selfish. Do you care if you offend God?
6) The Spirit is all-powerful, all-present, and all-knowing.