Day 39 - walk with the Holy Spirit
In your own words ask God to help you hear and understand what He’s saying through His Word, and give thanks for the Holy Spirit that is empowering you to walk with Him after this devotional is done. Then read these verses (out loud if you are able).
Ephesians 4:30 (ESV)
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Acts 5:3-4 (NLT)
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. 4 The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!”
Acts 7:51 (NLT)
51 “You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you!
1 Thessalonians 5:17-20 (NIV)
17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt
The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force in the world, but rather God who we can have personal relationship with. Just as in any other relationship, we can sin against the Holy Spirit. These four passages describe specific ways that has happened and/or is possible.
We can grieve the Spirit. To grieve someone is to bring sorrow to their heart. It implies that we have intimacy and relationship with the Holy Spirit which can lead to sorrow based on our choices. The Spirit is grieved when we sin.
We can lie to the Holy Spirit. How much Ananias gave was not the issue. It was what He said about what He gave. He implied to others that He had given everything when He was actually keeping some for himself. The passage says that the money was his to do what he wanted with it, but to lie about it was to lie to Holy Spirit.
We can resist the Holy Spirit. To resist something is to oppose it. It happens when we bring our energy and effort to bear in order to say no to something or go in the opposite direction. When God pours out His Spirit on us, it is not by force that we are empowered to live as He desires. We can resist the Spirit and instead choose to say yes to our own desires and miss out on what God has for us.
We can quench the Spirit. When you quench a fire you put it out. To think that we can do this to the Holy Spirit is a terrifying thought. When we continue to resist, ignore or disobey the Spirit, we experience the consequences of that, and part of the destruction it brings in our lives is that it diminishes our ability to experience closeness with the God who loves us. When the Spirit within us should have been fanned into a flame, our choices instead quenched the fire of the Spirit’s power and influence in our lives.
Is it hard for you to see the Holy Spirit as someone you have a personal relationship with? Are there any ways you are grieving, lying, resisting or quenching the Spirit today?
Invite the Lord to show you any ways you are opposing the work of His Spirit in your life today. It is a grace of God to reveal that to you. Thank Him for speaking into your life. Confess your sins to Him and thank Him for His forgiveness and grace. How is the Lord inviting you to say yes to His Spirit? Say yes to Him and spend some time praising God for His great love for you.