The problem is we drag our feet when it comes to participating in what is really God's will, God's way. We have our own will and frankly, most of the time, we simply think it is no big deal; we know, in our heads, that He knows what we are doing. However I think we minimize the whole "grieving the Holy Spirit" situation. We are not tender any longer because we think more of our wants, than focusing on how we hurt others, otherwise we would see how unloving, ungodly and sinful we are almost 24/7.
In Galatians 5 we are advised to walk in the Spirit so that we will not carry out things which are not loving in the eyes of God, toward one another. If we cannot submit ourselves to the Lord, then we are submitting our selves to sin; It really is that simple. Of course we are not damned to hell if we are saved; but we sure will be grieving the holy spirit. Yet the holy spirit perseveres in loving kindness towards us by the power of God anyway. Christ came, suffered and died that the spirit might come to help us. Christ is in heaven now, but the holy spirit has settled right down in our muck! This I think best represents LONG...Suffering...
Out from our darkness, His light shines forth, as best we will allow it. His voice is calling out within our darkness, imploring and empowering us to do as Romans 12 encourages us to do: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Can we begin to prove what the will of God is.......that which is good, acceptable and perfect?
"He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us"?
In chapter 12 of Romans we are warned: the night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Think about a few things: Most of us know when we are covering up the mouth of the holy spirit, sitting on Him so He cannot run us out of a situation or dragging him grieving along as we do things, which are neither holy, lovely or pure, around or toward other person. When we say we are a Christ follower and desire to be used by God, for His glory, we must stop doing anything which we would not do, or say, if we could see Him (as He is) right here with us. Even the thoughts we have, the conversations in our mind, we deceive our self forgetting that the Holy Spirit is right there comprehending everything!
Let me end today with these passages from James Chapter 4:13-17: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
My prayer for each of us is that we consider how we feel when we are grieved, humble ourselves by asking His forgiveness for our multitude of grievances toward Him, the gift of His holy spirit, and then thank Him for allowing us another opportunity to show love to His Spirit, asking that the holy spirit teach us how to show Him preference. I pray that we will quickly turn our faces toward Him, submit all our thoughts, actions and will for today and tomorrow, as we pray for all our efforts and communications with others to be proof as to what His will is on earth as it is in heaven.
In my opinion That would prove something mighty for His glory.
With Love, in Christ,
© 2015 by Candace Huffmaster
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