Frustrated by Using God

Frustrated by Using God

When we see our time management through the lens of scripture, we realize that we’ve got the Holy Spirit to empower us.

Imagine the good that could come in our life through the Spirit’s power. Imagine the Holy Spirit’s activity doing away with procrastination, overcommitment, sloth, frantic busyness, misplaced priorities, and guilt from wasted time.

What a breath of fresh air that would be.

But perhaps some of the reasons you’re frustrated with your time stewardship is because you’re trying to use God instead of allowing him to use you.

The Misguided Magician

Why would we want the Spirit’s activity in our life anyway?

Is it because you want help dealing with your issues? You feel inadequate and you want to do better?

In Forgotten God, Francis Chan points out the problem with that:

“Do you want to experience more of the Holy Spirit merely for your own benefit? When the answer is yes, then we are no different from Simon the magician, who tried to buy the Holy Spirit’s power from the apostles.”


The Holy Spirit is not some electric force that we harness. He’s God in us, working to achieve his purposes in our lives.

We are to be led by the Spirit, not the other way around.

So take a moment and think: Why do you really want the Spirit’s activity in how you manage your time?

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  • Kari Scare

    I’ve been thinking along this line with regard to reading the Bible. Up to fairly recently, I’ve read Scripture looking for what I needed at the moment and getting frustrated over not finding it. I’m realizing I need to approach Scripture open to what God has to say to me. I’m learning to be led… to LET the Holy Spirit lead instead of fitting Him in where T see application.

    • Loren Pinilis

      Wow, Kari. That’s a powerful perspective. It’s so subtle how we tend to want to do the leading.

  • TCAvey

    I enjoyed Forgotten God by Chan. It was a good book, thanks for reminding to check my motives. God is so good. I should want more of Him simply because of who He is, not what He can do for me or add to my life. His blessings are a bonus of having a relationship with Him.

    • Loren Pinilis

      It’s really convicting to think about our similarities to these “biblical sinners” that we all condemn – and then we see the same heart in us!

  • Bill (cycleguy)

    Loren: saw you over at Kari’s blog. I thought you had given up blogging! Was looking for the date on this but can’t find it. Hope you are doing well.

    • Loren Pinilis

      Doing great! The date is probably a long time ago, haha.