• Does Jesus Make a Difference in your life?

    Does the fact that you are a Christian make a true difference in your life? So many Christians today live normal lives with just a bit of Jesus in them. Just enough Jesus so as to not make us look weird. Just enough Jesus so that he will not interrupt our lives. But if Jesus is who he said he is surely this is something we need to radically correct. If our lives are truly changed by what Jesus did on the cross surely our lives should show this difference.

    As you know, I have been reading Francis Chan’s book Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit. (This will be the last time I blog about this book I swear!) read what Chan says about living life with a bit of God added in:

    “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.”

    It is a challenge to live lives that are truly shaped by Jesus. Are you living the type of radical life that Jesus demands?

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  • Has the Holy Spirit Made a Difference in Your Life?

    I have been reading Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan. If you have never read any of Chan’s books they are always very easy to read as well as being very hard hitting.

    In the book Chan is getting us to reconsider how much of a force the Holy Spirit is in our lives. Here is the section that has challenged me the most:

    “You are most likely familiar with the “fruit passage” in Galatians 5, which says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (vv. 22–23 NIV). You may even have the list memorized. But look over those traits right now and ask yourself if you possess each to a supernatural degree. Do you exhibit more kindness and faithfulness than the Mormons you know? Do you have more self-control than your Muslim friends? More peace than Buddhists? More joy than atheists? If GOD truly lives in you, shouldn’t you expect to be different from everyone else?”

    They are great questions aren’t they? If God, in the person of the Holy Spirit, resides in us shouldn’t we be more like God? Shouldn’t we exhibit the Fruits of the Spirit more?

    What Fruits of the Spirit do you want to see made more manifest in your life?

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