Gods group thoughts for 5/22/2013 “Don’t Grieve the Holy Spirit”

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Ephesians 4:30And do notgrieve the HolySpirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  (NKJV)

It was a combination of 3 things that has led to my writing today about the Christian grieving the Holy Spirit…  I listened to Dr. Charles Stanley’s audio sermon for 5/20/13, titled…“The Danger of a Hardened Heart – Part 1, found at…    http://www.intouch.org/broadcast/audio-archives   Listen and be blessed !!

I came across the following scripture verse in my Q/T reading this morning…Romans 2:15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselvestheirthoughtsaccusingor else excusing them (NKJV)

These reminded me of a sermon made by the REV. C.H. Spurgeon, titled…“Grieving the Holy Spirit”…made way back on October 9th, 1859…  I have read this several times over the past few years; and it is always blesses me for the time spent learning from this godly man…      Here is the link for this sermonhttp://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0278.htm

It’s truly amazing at how the human heart and today’s churches seem to be in the same dire situation they were over 150 years ago !!  I am going to give you excerpts from Spurgeon’s amazing sermon…  And I pray that all readers would either read this rather lengthy sermon now, or bookmark it, for a time when they can read it from beginning to end…

Here are a few important parts, and I quote“Now, the purport of my sermon, this morning, will be to exhort you not to grieve the Spirit; but I shall divide it thus:—first, I shall discourse upon the love of the Spirit; secondly, upon the seal of the Spirit; and then, thirdly, upon the grieving of the Spirit

From the first part, he writes… My brethren, we can well remember how the Spirit was wont to strive with us. We went astray from the womb speaking lies, but how early did the Spirit of God stir up our conscience, and solemnly correct us on account of our youthful sins. How frequently since then has the Spirit wooed us! How often under the ministry has he compelled our hearts to melt, and the tear has run down our cheeks, and he has sweetlywhispered in our ear, “My son, give me thy heart; go to thy chamber, shut thy door about thee, confess thy sins, and seek a Saviour’s love and blood.”

And this…We have brought down upon us the eyes that look upon the universe. All this we have done, not by our own strength, but by the might and by the power of the Spirit, and seeing he has so sweetly enabled us, though we have sooftenforgotten to thank him; seeing that he has so graciously assisted us though we have often taken all the glory to ourselves instead of airing it to him, must we not admire his love, and must it not be a fearfulsin indeed to grieve the HolySpirit by whom we are sealed?”

Oh my friends, when I think howoften you and I havelet the devil in, Iwonder the Spirit has not withdrawn from us.

“I am afraid, dear friends, we are toomuch in the habit of talking of the love of Jesus, without thinking of the love of the HolySpirit.”

And this from REV. Spurgeon’s part 3… the grieving of the Spirit…  If we commit sinif we openly bring disgrace upon our religion, if we temptothers to go into iniquity by our evil example, it is not long before the HolySpirit will begin to grieve. Again, if weneglect prayer, if our closet door is cobwebbed, if we forget to read the Scriptures, if the leaves of our Bible are almost stuck together by neglect, if we never seek to do any good in the world, if we live merely for ourselves and not to Christ, then the Holy Spirit will be grieved, for thus he saith, “They have forsaken me, they have left the fountain of waters, they have hewn unto themselves broken cisterns.”

“Now suppose the Holy Spirit is grieved, what is the effect produced upon us? When the Spirit is grieved first, he bears with us. He is grieved again and again, and again and again, and still he bears with it all. But at last, his grief becomes so excessive, that he says, “I will suspend my operations; I will begone; I will leavelife behind me, but my own actual presence I will takeaway.”

“And when the Spirit of God goesaway from the soul and suspendsall his operationswhat a miserablestate we are in. He suspends his instructions; we read the word, we cannotunderstand it; we go to our commentaries, they cannot tell us the meaning; we fall on our knees and ask to be taught, but we get no answer, we learn nothing. He suspends his comfort;”

“Now, he takes from us all spiritual power. Once we could do all things; now we can do nothing.”

“The Lord has withdrawn himself, his light, his joy, his comfort, his spiritual power, all are gone.”

“And now, in conclusion, there may be some of you here who have lost the visible presence of Christ with you; who have in fact so grieved the Spirit that he has gone. It is a mercy for you to know that the Spirit of God never leaves his people finally; he leaves them for chastisement, but not for damnation. He sometimes leaves them that they may get good by knowing their own weakness, but he will notleave them finally to perish. Are you in a state of backsliding, declension, and coldness? Hearken to me for a moment, and God bless the words. Brother, stay not a moment in a condition so perilous; benoteasy for a single second in the absence of the HolyGhost.”

Search out for the sin that has grieved the Spirit, give it up, slay that sin upon the spot; repent with tears and sighs; continue in prayer, and neverrest satisfied until the Holy Ghost comes back to you.”

I must end Spurgeon’s sermon here…  There is much more I would have liked to post…  It is important to note that the Holy Spirit never leaves the Christian…  But He will take a back seat when we sin, or take back control from Him…  I was in this sad state of affairs for quite some time…when I had taken back control from the Holy Spirit…   My peace, my joy, and my ability to understand scripture were gone…until I pleaded with the Lord on my knees…to take back control of my pitiful life…   From that day on, almost 4 years ago (Praise the Lord !!)…I have done my best to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), by staying acutely aware, and responding to the Holy Spirit’s guidance for my life…  Sins must be confessed on a continual basis (1 John 1:9); and feeding daily from the Word…along with constant prayer, and a commitment to regular attendance at a Bible teaching and preaching church…have been what has helped me in my personal walk with the Lord… 

Without the Holy Spirit in total charge of my life…I would be absolutely worthless as a servant of the Lord, in my own meager strength…

Heavenly Father, I pray that all readers would take the time to listen to the audio sermon by Dr. Stanley, and read REV. Spurgeon’s eye opening sermon…  Help all of us Lord, to live for You…as we do our very best to try not to grieve the Holy Spirit…  I pray for this perfect piece and the fullness of Christ for all of our lives that only You can provide, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen… 

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

 

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