GRIEVING THE SPIRIT
“Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted” (Eph 4:30 MSG).
“All that we know of ourselves spiritually, all that we know of God, of Jesus, and of His Word, we owe to the teaching of the Holy Spirit. All the real light, sanctification, strength, and comfort we ever possess on our way to glory, we must ascribe to Him” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, March 19th).
“…the Spirit that God caused to live in us jealously yearns for us” (James 4:5 International Standard Version).
“Think of the grief of the Spirit of Love! Who can measure the anguish of His rebuffs, reproaches, and rejection. Love is sensitive. It shrinks from distrust, indifference and reproach. It yearns for love” Samuel Chadwick (ref#195, p 122-123).
“The Spirit though always the blessed occupant of the Church of Christ and of the individual believer, may not always be manifestly present. The prayerless, unholy, and trifling walk of a believer will cause Him to withdraw His sensible presence. The coldness, formality, worldliness, and divisions of a church will compel Him to withhold the plentiful rain or the gentle dew of His precious influence. He may be so disowned, dishonored, wounded, and grieved, as to retire behind the curtains of His secret glory for a while, leaving the scene of worldliness and strife to the curse and the reproach of barrenness” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, March 19th).
Oh FATHER, You have graced me with the HOLY SPIRIT. And I plead for more of His influences, not less. I remind myself it is my work to not interrupt His work.