And Grieve NOT the Holy Spirit by the way you live, the way you act and the words you say . Ephesians 4:30

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 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption

This is a verse that I don’t hear often, but how many of us consider the Holy Spirit within us before we speak, act ? or think?  watch a movie? read a book? gossip? or before we treat someone badly?

As the world starts to run down the wide and easy road to destruction, I want to warn you of the dangers of grieving the Holy Spirit and falling off God’s path for your life. When God showed me I had grieved His Holy Spirit, I felt like I had hurt my best friends feelings. I suddenly understood how important the Holy Spirit was to me. I had always relied on God’s Holy Spirit, I knew He was always with me but I decided to ignore the right thing to do and go my own way. When I realized how this made the Lord feel, I was saddened. God had giving me His guiding , comforting and wisdom filled spirit who was always with me and helping me and I took this great gift, by ignoring the Holy Spirit, I counted Him as nothing.  That’s what is going on the world today. Many of us believe, but we count His Son Jesus as nothing. Many consider what he did for us as.. nothing because so many go their own way and don’t live the life we are commanded to live in Christ. The Lord told me that many count His life as nothing, especially those who live for their own lustful desires. You may call yourself a believer but if you go your own way, for example seeking Mediums, calling on the dead or mixing witchcraft into your life, you count his life as nothing.

Let’s go over what we know from Scripture about the Holy Spirit: 

  1. The Holy Spirit gives us power to be witnesses to Jesus Acts 1:8
  2. Fills our heart and gives us gifts Acts 2:2-4, Luke 11:13
  3. It is only through Jesus that we receive the Holy Spirit John 20:21-23, 1 Thes 4:8
  4. The Holy Spirit teaches us and helps us when we need to speak Luke 12:12, John 14:26, 1 Cor 2:13
  5. He brings God’s word to our remembrance John 14:26
  6. The Holy Spirit bears witness with the Father and the Son, the three are one. 1 John 5:7
  7. Hebrews 6:4-6  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,  and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,  if they fall away to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.
  8. Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,  not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,  that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
  9. The Holy Spirit seals us with God’s promise, our guarantee of our inheritance  Eph 1:13-14
  10. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit of God dwells within believers – and we are not our own 1 Cor 6:19
  11. Lying to the Holy Spirit is a dangerous thing to do. Acts 5

 When I think of the Holy Spirit, I’m always reminded of Isaiah 11:2:  And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord menora And that verse always reminds me of the 7 lamps. Each fire representing each of the 7 Spirits listed above. When I look at this with verses, I believe there is an order of growth in the Spirit. We know the Fear of the Lord is the beginning of all knowledge, so knowledge comes next. It’s in the same order as the verse from Isaiah above. First Fear of God, then knowledge, then might, counsel, understanding, wisdom and the Spirit of the Lord. Maybe I’m right, maybe not, but I have more verses that might prove it.

While I’m writing about the Holy Spirit, there is something I want to share. I’ve debated sharing it for year because no one else has written anything on it and I don’t know anyone else who has experienced this, but I experienced the great wind of the Holy Spirit.  I was going to put it as a full post, but I think this is the perfect place . It was early morning and I was waking up out of a dream. An older lady walked up to me and I was excited to speak to her even though I had no idea why she was walking up to me. She got close and very seriously she said “Many people are confused in bible studies today, you must  show them your…… at that point I was awake and as her words …”you need to show them your… I heard the word ‘instep’ and at the exact same time, a great and mighty – and powerful rushing of wind went through me. It was loud – just as if it were a great tornado going by. Honestly, words can’t  describe it. Maybe that’s why I’ve debated writing about it. No words can describe it and it was a moment I’ll never forget. I was terrified, holding on to everything around me, not realizing that the wind wasn’t touching my physical body. To explain the force… if it was an actual wind, I would have been blown through the walls of my house. It felt as if I was under a great waterfall, like the strongest part of Niagara falls – a great rushing wind went through me. I remember squinting my eyes and holding on as I felt the force starting at my head and down to my feet. In an instant it was done, suddenly I was different and so was my mind.  I could see -actually see the shape -that God had changed my mind. I remembered the verses:

” Then he opened their minds to understand” and ” suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting”

 

What’s my point today? Well, I want you to know how much God loves you. I want you to know that God’s Spirit, who lives in you – has a love for you greater than anyone on earth can have. You have a best friend, you have someone who cares dearly for you and wants to help you, guide you, teach you, comfort you and guide you along the best pathway for your life. You must start to live according to Gods ways and get out of the lukewarm state of existence so many live in. We hurt God’s Spirit when we turn our backs on Him. Things you may not consider, like the books you read or the movies you watch. It’s true. The Holy Spirit is grieved/hurt when you don’t follow God’s way and allow yourself to fill your mind and heart with lust, pride, anger, immorality and anything else you know you shouldn’t be doing. Watching a movie I knew I shouldn’t watch was a lesson for me. God told me I had grieved His Holy spirit by allowing myself to be entertained by such filth. I argued back with God and told Him I didn’t mean it, but He reminded me that I knew – before the movie started that bad things would be in there. I had no idea that I could grieve God’s Spirit like that. That means watching shows that you know God wouldn’t approve of are something you need to stay away from. Popular movies like 50 shades of grey – that is not for you. Movies are full of lust, immorality, witchcraft, murders and abusing the names of God and His Son. Perhaps we are so used to is, perhaps our consciences have been so seared that we don’t realized what we are doing.

 Consider your ways. In Jerimiah, the Lord says “Stop, look, ask and go down the old path”

Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’

Haggai 1:5 Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts;Consider your ways.

Haggai 1:7 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways

Consider your thoughts: 

 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:8

You have more control over your thoughts than the devil wants you to know. His method of attack are those fiery darts which are thrown straight into your mind.

 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Ephesians 6:16

If you don’t watch yourself, those lies, those untruths, those twisted ways will fall into your heart and soon become part of your life. It’s time to wise up. Fix your thoughts on what is true, righteous and worthy of praise. What are you letting yourself think about? Did you notice if you think about it long enough, it ends up coming out of your mouth. Fix your thoughts. Also, stop the worrying, fear and anxiousness. No where in the bible does it tell you to worry about tomorrow or be anxious. In fact, we are told to be anxious for nothing.

Matthew 6:34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

AND DON’T BREAK THE WEAKEST REED! Here’s another way we grieve God’s spirit: breaking the weakest reed. Consider this verse In Isaiah and Matthew 12:20

I have put my Spirit upon him.     He will bring justice to the nations.  He will not shout     or raise his voice in public.  He will not crush the weakest reed     or put out a flickering candle.     He will bring justice to all who have been wronged.  He will not falter or lose heart     until justice prevails throughout the earth.     Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction.

   This verse in Isaiah is describing Jesus but it’s also a lesson for us today.  Sometimes in our rushed lives and self centered ways, we don’t stop to consider other people. We raise our voice, we yell, belittle others, easily angered and impatient. Sometimes we can lash out at someone in haste  and really hurt them without realizing it. The bible tells us that some of us use our words as swords to hurt others. You may not realize it, but the person you were so impatient with or the person you treated badly may be suffering inside.  It doesn’t matter if you are right or wrong – what matters is that you treat others with love. Don’t crush the spirit that’s already broken, don’t put out a flickering light of a wounded soul. For God will bring justice on all who have been wronged. Treat others with love, apologize for hurting those you’ve hurt. Hurting others hinders your prayers……

Why do you boast about your crimes, great warrior?     Don’t you realize God’s justice continues forever?  All day long you plot destruction.     Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor;     you’re an expert at telling lies.  You love evil more than good     and lies more than truth. You love to destroy others with your words, you liar!

  Those are strong words aren’t they? That’s why it’s called the Sword of the Spirit:

 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

9 thoughts on “And Grieve NOT the Holy Spirit by the way you live, the way you act and the words you say . Ephesians 4:30

  1. What a powerful Word and dream .it would seem that you had an in filling of the Holy Spirit. Keep me posted as to what else He’s showing you.

  2. One of my kids has seen “the fiery darts of the wicked one”. They really are a dart, and they are on fire, just as the word describes. When my son seen this, he watched as satans minions tried to send such fiery darts over the hedge of protection that was all around us, and God’s angels surrounded us and had their silver and gold shields held up above us, thereby protecting us from such darts. We were very thankful that the Lords Jesus had sent His angels to protect us, for we knew that each of those fiery darts was an attacking ‘thought’ from the wicked one…

    • I was so thankful you shared this, did I respond? I don’t know and don’t see my comment. I also saw the fiery darts, I prayed to understand discernment
      and I was able to see that these darts are exactly as the bible says they are. I saw them coming at the mind – the thoughts full of blasphemy and everything that
      was against God. I immediately knew that the intention was to get the wrong thought swirling in one’s mind until it was dumped into he heart – like bad water in
      a well and out if would come the issues of life.

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  4. I have a question. I am a senior in highschool and for my AP Literature class (I love it, but its extremely challenging) we have to read/watch many novels or movies and analyze them, but most of the material is produced or written by people in the occult (Frankenstein by Mary Shelly or Time of the Ancient Mariner by her husband for instance). Would this material grieve the spirit? What we are exposed to academically, aside from in the world, is full of undercover occult origin. Did the Holy Spirit give you any insight as to that matter?

    • Yes, that is why I took my children out of school and decided to homeschool.
      As a student, you really don’t have a choice but to pray about it. Ask God for wisdom and be courageous about your faith.
      You can be a shining light wherever God places you. In college, I had to read things that went against my beliefs, so consider this your training ground. Perhaps voice your opinion in class and in your writings. It’s your right.
      Also take an extra step to study the authors- Edgar Allen Poe- for instance. His works are a little demented and strange but when you look at his life and his sadness, perhaps you can understand him and his writings better. You could point out why they wrote these things. There’s also a lot of study in the greek gods -some people think they were demons. Why would the things they did ruin society? There’s lots of ways around this.
      Do all you do as if you are working for the Lord. Rise up and be the best at what you do. Ask God for wisdom and He will generously supply you with it.
      Good for you for considering this and your heart. God bless you in your work!

  5. Years ago, when my oldest son and his father were having a battle of words in our kitchen, I closed my eyes and saw in my mind’s eye a demon hoovering between my son and my husband. The demon was on the side of my husband, which was sad, because my husband claims to be a Christian. The demon looked ancient, with brown, leathery skin, and he had a quiver of the fiery darts on his back. He had a very evil grin on his face, and was also holding a dart in his hand. He also had a pointed long tail shaped like a dart and had wings as he was ‘hoovering’ in his own evil realm. My son was going through some hard trials in life, and his father was contributing to the angst my son was experiencing. This is what can happen when an older Christian has pride in their own life and do not help those who are struggling. At one point my husband had said ‘He’s no son of mine!’ I was praying in the Spirit the entire time. Today, my son is a very strong Christian. I am not so sure about my husband’s strength in the Lord. He has a lot of head knowledge about being a Christian, or acting like one, but it is from the heart that we serve the Lord, not through religious knowledge. We need to pray against this type of so-called worship, as it only serves to blind the eyes of those who chose their own way through subjecting the ones who are struggling where Satan can get a wedge in to discourage those who really need help. It was spiritual abuse which my husband and the demon where using against my son. So let’s continue to quench the fiery darts of the wicked, through prayer, as they can come from even the closest members of a family, sad but true.

    • Thank you for sharing this , I needed to be reminded of this spiritual war and I’m sure your words will help others also. Thank you

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