Thoughts on "Forgotten God" (Francis Chan), Chapter 2 - "What Are You Afraid Of?"
There are a lot of thoughts that are rather meaningful right now.
What AM I afraid of?
- deeper things that I don't need to go into here.
What I know is that a life of following Christ requires me to relinquish my fears. Pursue truth and...be prepared to be wrong.
Chan asks, What if God doesn't "come through?" Do we ask for less, believe less, trust less - because we're "covering" for God, just in case He doesn't come through if we ask for something bigger?
Do I ask for a stone, because I don't trust Him to provide bread?
Do I ask, trusting, for what Christ promised that the Father would deliver - the gift of the Holy Spirit? What would that gift look like, and am I willing to have it look like THAT? (whatever "that" might look like?)
And am I willing to take a closer look at the difference between what God has promised vs. what I want to be true?
DO I WANT THIS?
Giving up control? Trusting the Holy Spirit to mold me, stripping away selfishness, fear, distrust?
Do I want this?
How am I willing to respond (change) if my beliefs about the Holy Spirit change? Do I desire truth over acceptance?
How do I (not so much "if I") allow the perceptions of others to affect my relationship with Christ? How do I allow them to affect how I view the Holy Spirit?