"And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption." Ephesians 4:30 (NLT)
This verse should be a verse we should commit to memory for the simple reason it describes the Holy Spirit as a person. Ephesians 4:30 shows us the Holy Spirit can be grieved by our actions. For me, a red flag went up! As a self-professed child of God, I wanted to know how I caused God grief.
I don’t want to cause grief, but this sinful nature thing is dogging me at every turn or I don’t believe who God is in my life. This brought me to understanding what faith is. I took a look at 1 Peter 1:7. It says this.
"These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world." I Peter 1:7 (NLT)
In other words, a trial is a verification of one’s faith. Our faith is put to the test daily, and how we respond to these daily trials tells us about our faith. For me this is where the rubber meets the road. I looked back at how I responded to different trials and it convicted me about “lip service” faith. I had to ask the Lord to forgive me when I read this verse but I WAS READING God’s Word when I was convicted. The more you read God’s Word, the conviction will happen with greater frequency in and outside your study. The Spirit residing inside of me responded and convicted me. I take the wisdom of the conviction, repent and move forward through obedience. This bolsters the operating power of the Holy Spirit in my life.
Questions to think about:
1.) Are you reading God’s word daily? (Matthew 21:16 Acts 13:15)
2.) There are two nations warring inside of you, who are you supporting? (Galatians 5:17)
3.) How do we not grieve the Holy Spirit?
First, we need to have the right starting point. We need to realize that we don’t have the ability to obey God in the first place. That leaves us to rely solely on the Holy Spirit to obey God...really!
As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous— not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God.
All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” Romans 3:10-12 (NLT)
I think that gives us a good starting point for the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. The revelation of just how lost we are helps us to humble ourselves in order to be changed. Christ is the epitome of humility and obedience. Jesus gave us 33 years of living in this sinful world without sin in order to pay for our salvation. God knew we didn’t have a fighting chance without Him so He provided us the best help we could ever have…the Holy Spirit! In the following verse, Jesus our Lord and Savior explains the importance of the Holy Spirit. I chose the Amplified version of the Bible to give us a better understanding of the text.
"However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you]." John 16:7 (AMP)
How many of you, after being saved, went back to your old ways? How was that experience? For me, it was horrible! I felt out of place and everything happening in and around me made me feel uncomfortable. Eureka! Conviction! That’s how the Holy Spirit works! The Lord begins the process of conforming us to the image of his Son. This happens through the power of the Holy Spirit. Do you remember me saying I was reading God’s word when conviction came? Conviction and guidance become louder and more prevalent in your life the more time you spend in Bible study and prayer. We have the power to live victorious lives for God…we just need toact on our faith and flip the switch.
"By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence." 2 Peter 1:3 (NLT)
Posted on Tue, November 27, 2012
by Scott Stevenson