Did we, the 21st century church in America, forget God the Father? No. Generally speaking, I think the church hasn’t forgotten God the Father at all. What about God the Son? No, I think we remember God the Son too. Which God did we forget then? Oh, yeah. That’s right. That third one. That Spirity one. That supernatural one. The Holy Spirit.
Having read the Scriptures outside the context of contemporary church culture, you would be convinced that the Holy Spirit is as essential to a believer’s existence as air is to staying alive. You would know that the Spirit led the first Christians to do unexplainable things, to live lives that didn’t make sense to the culture around them, and ultimately to spread the story of God’s grace around the world. There is a big gap between what we read in Scripture about the Holy Spirit and how most believers and churches operate today. In many modern churches, you would be stunned by the apparent absence of the Spirit in any manifest way. And this, I believe, is the crux of the problem.
Francis Chan, Forgotten God
The previous quote sums up my feelings over the past couple of months. While the all believers are given the Holy Spirit when they accept Christ, many Christians these days do not utilize very well the gifts of the Spirit. Why? Because most churches don’t teach the congregations how to utilize the gifts of the Spirit. I’ve long been wanting to post something about what the Holy Spirit has been showing me these past couple months, I just haven’t known where to start. Hopefully, soon, I’ll be able to write more about it. I will say this though: my life will never be the same. The Holy Spirit is powerful. The Holy Spirit is in us (believers.) And the Holy Spirit is offering us empowerment so that we would glorify Him in incredible, impossible, supernatural ways.