HOW CAN WE AVOID GRIEVING THE HOLY SPIRIT?
We can choose to keep God’s commandments and to lead a disciplined life. There are so many verses, let me just show you a couple. Turn to Romans 8—this is probably the best part of the Bible to mine out truth about the Holy Spirit. And this is what I want on your heart as we commune at the Lord’s Supper this morning. When we grieve and quench the Holy Spirit it immediately impacts the key areas of our Spiritual life. Romans 8:2 says this: When we sin, we must confess the sin immediately and repent of it, changing our minds and our behavior to conform to God’s statutes.
As we ask the Holy Spirit to lead us and help us on a daily basis, we have His help in our Christian walk. He keeps our footing sure. He gives us the courage to withstand temptation.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT IS QUENCHED?
When we grieve (Ephesians 4.30) and quench (1st Thessalonians 5.19) the Holy Spirit there is an immediate impact upon THESE 7 KEY AREAS OF our lives:
Romans 8:2 for the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
We immediately lose our power to say no to sin. It is kind of like— you get out of your home area and your cell phone doesn’t work. You can have it on but it doesn’t work. Look at verse 12, here’s another thing that happens in Romans 8.
Romans 8:12,14 therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 14 for as many as are led by the spirit of God, these are sons of God.
We have spiritual confidence when we walk in the holy spirit. But when we grieve and quench him, as the bible says, the righteous are as bold as a lion but the unrighteous run when no one is even chasing them. The scriptures say we instantly feel a lack of spiritual boldness in our lives. If you are afraid to speak up for Christ, to witness, to testify, to share your hope in Christ with someone, the valve has been shut by you. You have either not listened, not followed or intentionally repeatedly sinned and shut that valve off because it takes away our confidence. It takes away our victorious life in Christ. Look at verse 16, here is another one–
Romans 8:16 the spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of god,
we start feeling like we aren’t even saved.
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