When You Get Kicked in the Seat of Your Pants…(Tough, Trembling Words from Francis Chan…)

Few things surprise me anymore. You?

Spend enough time watching the morning or nightly news and the shock factor simply, and sadly, fades away. News stories fly at lightening speed, the more gruesome ones making breaking news. Crowds cheer when a victim gets kicked.

Let’s establish while there are some negative kicks in the seat of our pants, there are also some positive kicks in the seat of your pants. Neither are comfy scenarios, but…

I’m going to prove to you good kicks will make you a better, more effective believer.

Belgian Draft horse bucking while running in a fall pasture

Please meet my friend “Buck” in the above photo. He’s our “kicker” for today.

My goal today:

…to enlighten you to read any verse in your Bible, in a different manner.

My prayer:

…for us all to open our eyes and hearts differently when we open God’s Word.

Bible

How many of you have ever read writings by Francis Chan or heard him speak? He has the uncanny gift of preaching while kicking you in the seat of your pants. I’ve been known to veer in the opposite direction from him, knowin’ I was gonna get it.

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A few years ago, our Book Club read and discussed a powerful book of Francis’: Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God. (Danae Yankoski and Chris Tomlin are also contributors.)

crazy love

I warned our members this book was going to mess with them in a mighty way. The chapter on being lukewarm nailed me to the wall.

Revelation 3:16 warns, “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”

One of our very good friends, who at the time, happened to be the manager of the bookstore at our church, was so convicted by this book she and her husband put their home on the market. It quickly sold.

They got rid of a lot of their belongings (I benefitted from her books she was ridding herself of, thanks again Sara!), and moved to South Carolina to help with a start-up church. They moved into a neighborhood to be the salt and light of Christ, being true disciples.

Friendly neighborhood of townhouses.

I confess I thought they were a wee bit Crazy-Love-Cuckoo. Something in me, however, revealed I no more had the guts to do what they were doing than a man in the moon.

To throw myself under the bus one more time, I haven’t read any more by Francis until today. Somehow, he snuck into a book I bought unknowingly.

Oh, I can see the Lord smiling: “Gotcha!”

Francis, along with his inspiration from the Lord, has kicked me in the seat of my pants again. It’s my pleasure to try and kick all of us in the seat of our pants today! I promise, you’ll thank me. (Please hang in there….)

The book? PASSION: The Bright Light of Glory by Louie Giglio, with contributions from Francis Chan (I totally missed that!), Beth Moore, John Piper, Judah Smith and Christine Caine.

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Each of the sixteen chapters are talks given by these wonderful teachers from Passion conferences. They each pack a punch. They all revolve around Passion’s mantra from Isaiah 26:8 that says,

Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your truth,

We wait eagerly for You,

For Your name and Your renown

Are the desire of our souls.”

CHECKOUT www.268generation.com for more information about the Passion conferences as well as Louie’s church, Passion City Church, in Atlanta, GA:

www.passioncitychurch.com

Francis shows us Isaiah 66:2 –

“This is the one to whom I will look:

He who is humble

                             And contrite in spirit

                                      And trembles at my word.”

Ready to be kicked? …

Belgian Draft horse bucking while running in a fall pasture

(We’ll “get” to see “Buck” more than once, sorry…)

Francis asks, “Do YOU match the description of the person to whom God is looking?” (Humble, contrite in spirit, trembling at His Word???)

What does it mean to “tremble at God’s Word”? Francis says we’re to respond like this:

“Wow! That came from God! I just read words sent to me from God Almighty, from the Great I AM!”

Francis says, “When you view the Word of God like that, you realize:

How much you need to listen,

How much you need to act.

I want to beg you to read your Bible.

But that’s not all. I want to beg you to not just study the Bible, but to tremble at the very words of God.”

He continues, “Imagine trembling at everything in your Bible! With every page you turn, you maintain a sense that ‘I’ve just heard from the voice of God!”

Oh, we best repeat that: “I’VE JUST HEARD FROM THE VOICE OF GOD!!!!!”

Francis reminds us how Peter trembled at the Word of God in Matthew 17 (verses 1-8). Later, in 2 Peter, verses 16-25, Peter returns to that experience, when he heard God’s voice on the mountain. He says we’d “do well to pay attention” calling the Word “living and abiding”, with the beautiful climax echoing Isaiah: “The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.

Sun rays shining brightly in clouds

Francis says, “If we actually took God’s Word seriously on this point—if we trembled at His Word—then we could actually live out the grace that Peter talks about in 2 Peter 1:2 – “May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”

Ready to be kicked again?…

Belgian Draft horse bucking while running in a fall pasture

Round Two with “Buck”…

Francis asks us, “Is God’s Word formed in your life in such a way that people see grace and peace exuding from your life and wish they had your God?

Kicker incentive:

“From knowing Him,

From a relationship with Him,

If we are close to God and tremble at His Word, then these things will characterize our lives.”

Francis’ prayer is one for us all: “May you experience so much of God’s grace that everyone around you says,

‘Wow. I wish I had your God’.”

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Nough said.  I pray we’ve all benefitted from these kicks…

(If you haven’t been kicked enough, ha, be my guest and finish reading chapter five in Passion—The Bright Light of Glory. I didn’t reveal all….Mr. Chan, and the Lord, thankfully, aren’t thru’ with us yet. As my Uncle Bruno used to say, “You worry, I’ll be back!)

‘Til next time…

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11 responses to “When You Get Kicked in the Seat of Your Pants…(Tough, Trembling Words from Francis Chan…)

  1. Jane Chilton

    Ah yet again the Lord gives me a challenge kick thru your writings. I guess I should thank you both…😊! The part that got me was my attitude, awe, thrill, expectation & holy trembling of HIS Word! Oh Lord, change me! Thank you Elizabeth!!

    • Welcome home!!! Oh the SNOW….LT will be thrilled with a snow day. ha
      This post is something we all need on a daily basis, huh? Hope to see you soon. Will miss Wednesday unless there’s no school. I’ll call you later. Love youxoxoxo

  2. Tonya Anderson

    The jolt (or kick) that I needed but have to confess that I didn’t want…God’s hand was surely on you as you wrote this piece. Haven’t read anything by Francis Chan and sounds as though I should but almost afraid to…How scary but absolutely marvelous to be so crystal clear about God’s will for your life that you just up and sell your home, move and essentially begin a new life in obedience! And it matters not to you what others think because you know that God is leading your every step. WOW! Thank you

    • Hey Tonya! Thanks for your great comments. It was definitely a God-incident when I landed on that chapter by Francis Chan. Oh to be as bold as he is…one can pray! Ha. Have a blessed weekend! Hugs from KY…

      • Tonya Anderson

        Aletia has been a friend of mine for many years, and I am blessed that she shares your posts. I look forward to each one/1

  3. I really enjoyed this today, Elizabeth; it’s one of your best and appreciate you and your perspective on the books you feature. Francis Chan’s’ points are piercing; I just it’s time to read more of his. Thanks (I think).

    • Thanks, Bon Bon. I was back into reading the Passion book and don’t you know there’s ANOTHER chapter in it by Francis? May just have to “save” it a spell….LOL. See you soon!xoxoxo

  4. Elizabeth Jeffries

    Oh Elizabeth, I don’t know if I can take another of his books! The first 2 kicked me hard (ie, Beijing) and I’m shaking to think what this one will do!

    Ok thanks for the jolt!

    Xxoo Love Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Jeffries RN, CSP – Certified Speaking Professional CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame Certified Professional Talent Analyst Certified Professional EQ Analyst Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach, Author Louisville,KY USA w 502-339-1600 c 502-314-1178 http://www.tweedjeffries.com

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    • LOL…I know, he’s a tough one. He & his wife have a new book out on marriage that I bet is good. Haven’t been brave enough to buy it yet. ha Glad to have you back in the U S of A!!!
      Hugs xoxoxo

  5. LOVE this, Elizabeth. So Word-centered! Clearly, I need to get a copy of the book. Still thinking about the couple that moved to SC. Would I be willing to make such a radical move if God said “GO!”? Wow.

    • Hey there from the color chair where the color is baking on my hair, yay. I know what you mean about the move. Still kills me. Francis Chan kills me. The chapter by your friend Christine Caine is no walk in the park either. Louie Giglio is genius to put this info’ out there. IF one is brave enough to read it!!!! See you soon!!! Hugs xoxoxo