This May Be The Reason Why You Can't Break Through To God
"It is through our actions and reactions as children of God that we grieve the Holy Spirit. We grieve Him by what we do, by what we say, and by what we are. If the fruit of the Spirit is evident in our lives, then the Lord is well pleased; but if sin and self predominate, then the Spirit of God is grieved." - Everitt Fyordback
"When we grieve the Spirit, the unity of our relationship is broken with God and with our fellowman."
"The Holy Spirit desires that we be sensitive, both to Him and to sin. His Spirit within us causes us to be sensitive to the sinfulness of sin."
- both quotes are again from Everitt Fyordback
The Apostle Paul opened up the fourth chapter of Ephesians with these words - "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called" (Ephesians 4:1). Toward the end of the chapter, we find the command which says - "And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption" (Ephesians 4:30).
The question we must all ask ourselves is this - How do we walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called?
Paul answered that question in verses 2-3 when he said - "With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." In verse 15, he said - "But speaking the truth in love..." In verses 23-24, he said - "And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness" Lastly, in verse 32, he added - "And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
We can gather from these exhortations that "walking worthy" of God entails being humble and meek...forbearing other's faults and imperfections...striving for unity and peace in our relationships...speaking the truth in love...living righteously and holily...being kind and tenderhearted...and forgiving others.
These are all positive exhortations and commands for the Christian. But Paul didn't stop there. He also dealt with some negatives which the Christian must put an end to in his life - "...henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind......Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness...That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts...Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor...Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more...Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth...Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice..."
It's God's will that we "walk worthy" of Him in this world. Not to "walk worthy" is to do what Paul called - "grieving the Spirit." In fact, amidst all the negative commands he listed for the believer, this one was included as well - "And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption" (Ephesians 4:30).
What does it mean to "grieve the Holy Spirit of God"? "Grieve" is a love word. It is used in this sense when dealing with a friend or a loved one. In other words, only someone very close in relationship can be "grieved."
To "grieve the Holy Spirit of God" is to make Him sad or sorrowful... afflict Him with sorrow...burden, oppress, injure, harm, or hurt Him...or cause Him to suffer. What causes Him much hurt and pain is when a Christian begins to ignore His Presence, voice, and leading. The believer slowly goes back into his old ways, paths, or lifestyle. He indulges in the flesh, ceases to mortify sin, and becomes slack in walking in holiness. He gives way to any wrong temper...unholy word...and unrighteous action. This third Person of the Trinity becomes vexed with the believer's unholiness, lewdness, and filthiness and the spirit of the world once again pervading his life. He soon departs - causing the child of God to lose His influence.
"Grieving the Holy Spirit of God " is a serious sin - one to be avoided at all costs. It's not something to take lightly. If it's not instantly repented of and stopped, hardness of heart and spiritual darkness take place in the believer's heart. A state of insensibility sets in - blinding him from seeing his prevailing fallen state and preventing it from being felt - so that he would repent and change his ways.
What are some things that can be done to avoid this awful sin?
The Apostle Paul lists the necessary steps in Ephesians 4 -
Ephesians 4:25 says - "Wherefore put away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another."
Ephesians 4:26 says - "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath."
Ephesians 4:28 says - "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth."
- AVOID CORRUPT COMMUNICATIONS.
Ephesians 4:29 says - "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."
- AVOID UNHOLY DESIRES & WORDS.
Ephesians 4:31 says - "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice."
The Holy Spirit demands a cleansing of your heart, mind, and spirit so that your body may become His temple. He is the One Who causes you to be sensitive to the sinfulness of sin. He has a definite standard for a life of holiness. That standard requires that you rid your life of lying...dealing falsely...anger in all of its forms...stealing from God and your fellowman... being dishonest or creating false impressions...evil speaking, railing, brawling, abusive or loud insulting language...and unholy or licentious desires.
You need to know that "grieving the Holy Spirit of God" can hinder you from breaking through to God in your prayers. Hence, it is imperative that you study the list of sins which the Apostle Paul mentions in Ephesians 4 and avoid them at all costs.
The Holy Spirit is saying to you today - "Grieve Me no more."
May God Bless His Word.
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