Wednesday, May 10, 2023

DO NOT GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT

Broadcast 3660
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Eph 4:30 (AMP) And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God's own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin).

There was a time in my life that I was walking in suspicion and fear. I would simply conjecture something in my mind about a particular person and start suspecting the person, not even wanting to shake hands with the person or get close. I noticed that each time I did this, the Holy was grieved and it affected my experience of His grace. It took long for me to accept that walking in such suspicion was a sin. It was a sin because it was not born out of faith but out of fear (see Rom 14:23). Acknowledging that my suspicion was a sin meant that I confessed that sin.

Many of the sins Christians fall into are a result of weakening faith. The righteousness of God in us is revealed as we walk from faith to faith. When we walk outside of faith, we are bound to walk in unrighteousness and the Holy Spirit is displeased. Remember that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6).

When a Christian confesses his sin, he is not informing God about his sin (God already knows); he is acknowledging that what he did is wrong and is repenting from doing it. If your son keeps doing a particular wrong thing that grieves you, you will stop being grieved when he acknowledges that that thing he does is wrong, and repents from doing it.

Go into today knowing that the Holy Spirit is pleased with your faith. Ask the Lord to help you always walk in faith and please Him in all regards (see Col 1:10).
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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