DO NOT GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT – Part I

Dearest Holy Spirit, as we walk in Christ Jesus, We remember of Your beautiful presence in us and that U are grieving because of many sins that we commit, let us look to God in mercy and seek forgiveness for grieving Your precious heart. In Jesus name Amen.

Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter;  but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”—  because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.” – Mark 3:28-30

Once we begin the beautiful walk with Lord Jesus to guide, mentor and mould us, Lord sent His Spirit – the beautiful Third Person of Trinity to dwell in us, after the Resurrection Jesus breathed the Spirit in the disciples. Today again Jesus is the One who breathes His Spirit in us that we may be directed  in the right way.  But, Jesus prayed the prayer that He won’t leave us as Orphans but would send a Helper to help us and prayed to God the Father on our behalf and the Lord Father in His great mercy allowed the Holy Spirit to dwell in our midst.

Holy Spirit is the One who makes the Word of God alive for us, He teaches and exhorts. He edifies and comforts. He comes to those hungry and thirsty for Truth, Holy Spirit convicts and corrects. He came to reveal JESUS CHRIST, to Glorify the Son of the Living God.

But, we believers often have grieved Him –

We grieve Him when we do not do the things He nudges in our heart to do and much more. Let’s see through the Bible how the precious Holy Spirit can be grieved and let us forsake the sin of grieving Him. For continuous grieving can turn into Blasphemy. When Holy Spirit came – we all know He came, because He comes like a rushing mighty wind and fills us and we know He is in us… we are new creation. The Word is alive, everything is new now, however when He leaves – it’s so quiet we don’t even know He left. I pray that Father in Heaven will melt each and every heart as they read for His name sake. 

WHAT GRIEVES THE HOLY SPIRIT –

1. LYING – Do not lie when it’s difficult to speak the Truth, do not deceive your self – by ignoring the Truth. Therefore, putting away lying, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. – Eph 4: 25 NKJV. God expects us to speak the truth.For any form of lying, however light it may seem when you utter it – is from enemy. The source is satan. Lying is darkness, and God has no share in it, so we shouldn’t . Learn to be honest. God exhorts us by commanding us to put away LYING. Do not lie to anyone. Treat your neighbour as yourself. If you do not like to be cheated neither does the other one! So, apply what you are expecting from others. 

2. WRATH OF FLESH – due to what ever reason , a quarrel, argument has occurred – pray and seek forgiveness from God for self and forgive those that have grieved you. Be angry and do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your wrath – Eph 4:26 NKJV, don’t wait for the person to forgive, when you come in prayer – forgive that person and let God be in control. Let God be exalted. Don’t let the sun go down on your wrath – meaning don’t sleep in anger, don’t let the matter be. Put it off! You release yourself from hatred and anguish of heart before the day ends. God even doesn’t approve of cold wars! Humble and forgive. Speak out the matter openly and do not have secret feeling! Speak the hurt, pain caused. 

3. DO NOT INVITE THE DEVIL – satan has a lot of ways to entice and tempt us, but we have a greater One in us than he that is in the world. Look unto the Lord and not to satan. –Do not give place to the devil – Eph 4:27. A habit that appears harmless and which you know isn’t the will of God later turns out to be a snare. Check what are you doing that grieves Him. Do not rush through the confession of sins, take time and confess one by one and apply the Blood of Jesus against every sin committed and ask the Lord to release His Blood and strengthen you through His Good Spirit to overcome the sin. Rebuke the habit, renounce it in Jesus name. 

4. DON’T STEAL – God saved the thief on the cross, who asked Him to remember him when the Lord would enter the paradise. where ever you are, Seek forgiveness and you will be touched by Him. Be not a stealer of joy, happiness, let that habit die ! Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labour – Eph 4:28, 

5. LET NO CORRUPT WORD COME OUT – the words that comes out either brings death or life. The choice is ours, how do you speak to someone unpopular, when you are not in church or with church elders and members. How do you speak to family, spouse, children, strangers, friends, poor and needy. It is in these moments that we are really tested. When NOBODY IS WATCHING! . Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. – Eph 4: 29, the psalmist says about Jesus – grace is poured upon your lips – Psalm 45:2.

6. DO NOT GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT – when we do what He doesn’t want us to do, He is grieved. He is grieved when we don’t obey His voice, when we don’t listen to Him. When we neglect Him, neglect reading the Word, neglect prayer and don’t fellowship. Grieving is when He weeps over our sins, when we reject a man or woman of God and mock His servants. Don’t joke about servants of God. He grieves when we resist Him. He grieves when we enjoy sin and the pleasures of this world above the call of God. He grieves when we ignore GOD. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption – Eph 4:30

7. HOLDING ON TO ANGER, HURT AND PAIN – God is our comforter and Healer. It is the work of God to heal us of every wound of past and fresh. The walk in Christ Jesus is not one where it’s a rosy road ahead , like tales from story books that we grow up with imagining and full of fantasy. God said the path to life is narrow and few strive to enter in. Many times people and church may not understand you, there will be false accusations at you and rumors or things that you haven’t done – you have been blamed for. The person you trust walks away, betrayal, etc. – thus our heart is hurt and we have wounds and we create a invisible wall between God and us and do not allow God to heal and help us to come out of darkness.

You read the Bible , you pray, you sing praises and you help the poor, needy, you are active member of church – still you are not whole. Still there is no joy, happiness, no answers, no wisdom and understanding. Why? Because you are not honest to God about yourself. You are not allowing Him to touch you where He wants to. Until then – you are on your own – Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, calmor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice – Eph 4:31. God want us to be like Jesus and who said it was easy to be like Jesus. Everyday He was persecuted and the nearer He came to crucifixtion = more snares were laid, let all your pain be released at the feet of God, Jesus died on the cross to set you free! Be free from emotional bondages

To be continued… 

Love

Sugi 

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