And Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God. Ephesians 4:30

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What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 1 Cor 6:19

And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Eph 4:30

           If you had asked me what this meant a few years ago, I’d probably have some quick answer like- “don’t sin and therefore grieve the Spirit”. Honestly, I didn’t really understand it and the words sounded so old-fashioned to me, but when the Lord spoke this into my heart –“You have grieved the Holy Spirit”-  it crushed me and I  finally understood.

Let me explain:
                I decided, as the years have gone by, not to watch rated R movies (and I think I need to begin backing out of some PG13 ones also) I have been really convicted and as much as I really want to laugh with a good movie, I just say no.  This decision leaves me with little left to watch except for Veggie Tales and SpongeBob, if I’m lucky. Anywhoooo….. my husband really wanted me to watch  a certain movie with him.  I read the review- knew it wasn’t for me, but made a wonderful excuse for myself; “I’ll just watch it until the bad part, and then I’ll leave”.   So I’m watching this movie and the bad part comes along- it was so shocking and repulsive, I won’t let myself remember it again. However, there I sat and watched it , the same way I do with road kill- I don’t know why. I was disgusted. I got up from the couch and walked around the house to distract my mind from what I just saw.  I thought I was good.
            Later that evening, I found my way to my hidden prayer place in the house. I began to pray- but something wasn’t right. I prayed, but I felt like the Lord wasn’t there.  Lord, I prayed, where are you? I feel like you aren’t here. I feel like you aren’t listening to me. I feel alone and my prayers are going nowhere. Lord! Lord! I cried out, I knew something wasn’t right. As I wondered in silence a clear voice spoke into my heart: “You have grieved the Holy Spirit”  What! I, thought…. “but Lord, I didn’t want to, Lord, I didn’t mean to” and I heard “but you knew” and I argued back again, and I heard “but you knew” I was silenced. I felt horrible. I don’t think words can explain how I felt. Not only for doing something wrong, but that I had hurt His feelings and caused Him sorrow. The words cut right through me, and I knew I was wrong.
              I felt like I had hurt my best friend’s feelings. Here was someone who loved me, cared for me, puts up with my defects, watches over me, teaches me, had never done any wrong to me – and I had hurt His feelings. My spirit was crushed, what an awful feeling to grieve the Holy Spirit who lives inside me. He doesn’t tell us, “don’t get the Holy Spirit mad”, but not to cause Him grief and sadness with the way we live our life.

IT FELT LIKE I HAD HURT MY BEST FRIEND’S FEELINGS

 30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.

    Think and Meditate on Gen 6: 4-6:  The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.( KJV:And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart)

 

  Ephesians 4 teaches us to live a life pleasing unto the Lord: 

  1. Live a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God
  2. Always be humble and gentle
  3. Be patient with each other, allowing for each other’s faults because of your love
  4. Make every effort to keep yourself united in Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.
  5. Be wise, and don’t be tossed around with every new teaching
  6. Do not be influenced by lies people use to trick you into false doctrine
  7. Speak the truth in love
  8. Grow in every way to more and more like Christ
  9. Don’t close your minds and harden your hearts against the Lord
  10. Do not live for lustful pleasure and stay away from anything impure
  11. Throw off your former way of life which is corrupted by lust and deception
  12. LET THE SPIRIT RENEW YOUR THOUGHTS AND ATTITUDES’
  13. Put on your new nature, created to be like God- truly righteous and holy
  14. Stop telling lies
  15. Don’t sin by letting anger control you
  16. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry- for anger gives a foothold to the devil
  17. If you are a thief, quit stealing and use your hands for good hard work and give generously to others in need
  18. Do not use foul or abusive language.
  19. Let everything you say be good and helpful
  20. Let your words be encouraging to all who hear them
  21. Do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live
  22. Get rid of all bitterness
  23. Get rid of all rage
  24. Get rid of all anger
  25. Get rid of all harsh words
  26. Get rid of all slander and gossip
  27. Get rid of all evil behavior
  28. Be Kind to one another
  29. Be tender-hearted, gentle and merciful to others as the Lord is with you
  30. Forgive one another just as God through Christ has forgiven you

     God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives.  Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. 1 Thes 4:7-8

I’ll add a few more: 

  1. Don’t use God’s name in vain
  2. Don’t watch movies that you know are wrong
  3. Don’t listen to music that is not good for you listen to
  4. Make time for the Lord today, He wants to spend time with you
  5. Don’t ignore Him when He tugs on your heart to pray
  6. Listen for His warnings and obey
  7. Follow Him

  The Holy spirit is closer than a friend, He is our Comforter and our Helper 

And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. Ez 36:27

He is our Comforter, He is with us forever
 If
ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you. John 14:16-18

 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 1 co 6:19

   He teaches me and guides me into all truth

  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit tell you whatever will he receives from me.’ John 16:12-15

    Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned 1 Cor 2 : 12-14 

For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.  But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. 1 John 2:27, Luke 12:12 

So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. Acts 13:4

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Acts 20:28 

 He helps us pray

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.     
         
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Jude 1:20, Romans 8:5, 26-27

The Holy Spirit Keeps us Protected, and Sealed until the day of  Redemption;  Grieve not the Holy Spirit, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption
     Looking at the leaves in my backyard, I noticed a waxy cover or seal over each of them. Though the rains and storms come, the leaves are unaffected. That is what the Holy Spirit it like for us, He is our protector in storms. Though the trials of life may hit hard, He is always there to help us, comfort us and get us back on our feet. He is there when we are tempted, helping us find our way back. He has sealed us and marked us because we belong to our Heavenly Father.

 Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.  REPENT, BE BAPTISED AND ASK HIM ASK HIM

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

Think about:  Am  I listening to the Holy Spirit? Am I obeying? Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit evident in my life?

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and selfcontrol. There is no law against these things! Gal 5 :22   Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.  Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.  Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

SPIRITUAL GIFTS:

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.   A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.  To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said.  It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way

Let love be your highest goal!
But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy.  For if you have the ability to speak in tongues,] you will be talking only to God, since people won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit,] but it will all be mysterious. But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them. A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church.I wish you could all speak in tongues, but even more I wish you could all prophesy. For prophecy is greater than speaking in tongues, unless someone interprets what you are saying so that the whole church will be strengthened.1 Cor 14 

 

Today remember:  grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Amen.

The Gift of Teaching : Teach and lead others along God’s Path. (42 Biblical guidelines for teachers) Mark 6

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Guidelines for Teachers of the Word

   Are a teacher of the Word? Are you a shepherd to your flock?  It doesn’t matter if you teach or preach to millions, a few friends, or our own children- these words are for everyone . I went through some scripture to find out what the Lord expects of those who teach. There is much more than what I wrote here- but could take me years to compile the list. 

Remember  There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.  There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord.  God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other….. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
      Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.  And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?  Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?  But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

42 Biblical Guidelines for teachers

1. Teach the Lord’s ways and the way of righteousness.

2. Prepare your heart with all determination to seek Him ( Ezra 7)

3. Prepare your heart to do this and not to give up or quit.

4. Teach with God’s wisdom, not your own

5. Don’t teach from doctrines or the commands of Men (Matt 15:9, Mk7:7)

6. Teach others to observe all the things Jesus commanded us (love, mercy, forgiveness, etc)

7. Teach and Preach the Word of the Lord.

8. Teach these things that concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence and boldness. Don’t let anyone stop you-(Acts 28:31)

9. Teach every man in all (God’s) wisdom, warning every man that we may present every man perfect in Christ.

10. Teach and lead others along God’s path as a loving shepherd lead His sheep.Mk 6:34

11. Teach them of things to come Mk 8:31

12. Don’t stop teaching about Jesus Christ- don’t give up

13. Be blameless, trustworthy, and of good behavior giving often to hospitality.1T3:2

14. Teach others to teach- teach faithful men to teach. Commit the truth to these faithful men

15. Teachers must be gentle, patient and do not allow the teaching of anything ungodly.

16. Let the Lord’s commands be your constant guide Ps 119:99

17. Study the Word of god with all determination Ezra 7:10

18. Obey the Lord and His Words.

19. Teach His doctrines and regulations to the people.

20. Don’t miss the point of your purpose.

21. Don’t spend your time in meaningless discussions.

22. Your purpose in teaching this good news is to have all believers be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith

23. Always check your pride. Psalms 131 always helps me with this. When the enemy throws wrong thoughts and false ideas in my head- I fix my thoughts and don’t let it enter (Phil 4:8) BUT if I’m caught off guard and some ungodly pride tries to come in- Psalm 131 is my weapon and my sword. It always destroys and smashes any hidden haughtiness or pride that might have snuck in. I try to recite it before every prayer- this psalm is supernatural for me. It calms me down and gets me quieted down in my heart and mind preparing me before I go to the Lord. It calms my mind when my thoughts are racing and I feel wound up. It brings a quiet peace over me. Ps 131 is my secret weapon.

 Lord, my heart is not proud my eyes are not haughty.
I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp.
Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself,
like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk.
Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, put your hope in the LORD— now and always.
        One gift is not greater than the other. We are all part of one body.

24. Cling to your faith in Christ and keep your conscience clear. Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit with the things you allow yourself to see, hear, say or go. Be careful! Don’t let your faith get shipwrecked 1 Tim 1:19

25. Be Prepared for opposition- A time is coming ( and I believe it is here) when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear

26. Don’t preach for man’s approval

27. Don’t teach for man’s approval. Fear God.

28. Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive His approval

29. Work hard at telling others the good news.

30. Fully carry out the ministry the Lord has given you

31. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord

32. Keep a clear mind in every situation 2 tim 4:5

33. Endure Suffering

34. Stand up! Don’t quit! Your enemy wants to make you feel defeated and make you feel bound and held back- but you know you are NOT! You have the power of God living inside of you.

35. Stand up strong soldier for Christ – don’t get involved and tied up in the affairs of civilian life

36. Teach the Good News- that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David was raised from the dead.

37. Always be ready to share your faith

38. Know how to correctly explain the Word of Truth 2 Tim 2:11-13

39. Be kind to everyone (even difficult people)

40. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth, perhaps God will change their hearts. ( and remember: we do God’s work and He does the rest. Send out His Word, and He makes sure it does not come back void (Is 55) We pray for healing and He does the healing- Do what the Lord calls you to do and be confident in this :that He who began this good work in you will make sure it is carried on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil 1:6)

41. And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. Titus 2:7

42. Free those in captivity, set the prisoners free. Do the works Jesus showed us bringing all glory to God the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost. We must become less and less and He MUST BECOME MORE AND MORE.

Never give up! Run to Win! Dust yourself off and Keep on Keeping ON

      Be Strong in the Lord and the in the Power of His Might. The Lord wants you to be aware that your enemy the devil wants to destroy, discourage and make you feel defeated. You must remember the Power of God lives within you. You must continue on and be determined to never quit or give up!  Practice controlling your thoughts. If someone says something negative or mocks you- decide not to ponder on it. Practice Philippians 4:8 and Fix your thoughts, stay focused and stand strong.

     Remember what the great men of the bible went through like Jeremiah, Elijah, Isaiah – they certainly did not live an easy life.  I noticed that satan has certain targets, for example – Job- a goldly and innocent man, and Daniel- how the angel of Persia tried to interfere with Daniel’s prayers, and also Peter- Jesus told Peter that Satan had asked to sift him like wheat.

    Don’t find it a strange thing if you are not well liked, if you are mocked or hated. Never give up and Never quit!  Rejoice in your trials and tribulations  and count it all joy when you fall into various trials.

A challenge?
    And I venture this one thing more- if you are not suffering for the sake of the good news, enduring hardship, mocked, hated by the world or rejected in some way for your teaching or beliefs……. I wonder- is their something more the Lord has called you to do and you have not stepped out and obeyed?

If we don’t Love others we are just a bunch of noisemakers

 “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am both nothing.

“for the gracious hand of his God was on him for Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel” Ezra 7:9-10

 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.  In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. Titus 2:6-8

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:16-17

 Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Tim 4:13

2 John 1:9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.

Acts 5:42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.

 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us….if it is teaching, then teach. Romans 12