There are a few verses that come to mind when considering a believers relationship with the Holy Spirit. First and foremost I am reminded of the promise I received due to JESUS’S sacrifice on calvary’s cross.
Ephesians 1:13a New King James Version (NKJV)
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
Beyond the gift of the Spirit comes our engagement with Him. Just like Jesus we so often accept the parts we like and reject the parts that make us uncomfortable. Here are two ways that are mentioned that we can reject or suppress the Spirit’s activity in our life.
1.) We either quench the Spirit
1 Thessalonians 5:19 New King James Bible (NKJV)
19 Do not quench the Spirit;
2.) Or we grieve Him:
Ephesians 4:30-31 New King James Version (NKJV)
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
In an attempt to not do one, I have found that so many believers end up accomplishing the other. It’s so easy to set your face like flint and make serving the Lord such a priority that you forget who you’re serving in the process. Let me explain it this way. Have you ever set a goal to work out, start a diet, commit to spend more time with the kids, really invest yourself at work, making a greater commitment in your attendance at church, only to find that other areas began to suffer? I believe this happens. We get focused on what we do instead of WHO God has made us in CHIRST JESUS and it aborts the process of true freedom in Him thus preventing us from ever really living in the fulness of who He has made us to be.
Don’t make what you do the summation of who you are. The summation of who you are is what JESUS did for you. What He did for you is die so you can receive the HOLY SPIRIT. So receiving the HOLY SPIRIT IN FULL not IN PART is essential to a truly victorious Christian life here on earth. How we interact with this GIFT (Holy Spirit) shows our appreciation for all that JESUS went through and the price He paid to ensure we have it.
You may be saying to yourself. “What do you mean by that Shawn?” Let me ask you a question. Which would be better? Would it be better if you QUENCHED the Spirit or if you GRIEVED the Spirit?
QUENCHING THE SPIRIT is rejecting the power of God. It’s trusting more in the temporal and less in the supernatural.
GRIEVING THE SPIRIT is refusing to walk with character. It’s accepting the grace of God but rejecting His holiness and refusing to walk in it. A grace that saves you but doesn’t make you holy is not grace at all. Romans 6:14
The reality is you can’t choose one over the other. Listen… I’m just as tired as you are of seeing people without character, or GRIEVER’S, attempting to walk in power. It’s nauseating really and gives people the wrong impression of who God is and what He stands for. However, I want to remind people that we are all sinners saved by grace trying our best to walk this thing out. So give them a break. At least they’re trying.
On the flip side of this conversation there are the QUENCHERS. Those who strive to live a life of character but die without walking in power. Why are we not as equally offended at the church for WALKING IN CHARACTER but REJECTING THE POWER? I don’t hear much about this in the church. I hear a lot about this outside the church. People who are far from the Lord know something doesn’t quite jive when your only claim to fame is… I’m moral. “Yah, well a lot of people are moral… and some in other religions are way more ethical and moral than you as a Christian. So what does JESUS do that every other religion or just good old determination wouldn’t do for me if I never trusted in JESUS at all?” Good question. And one that can be answered by a life fully submitted to the Holy Spirit and His FULL work in our lives.
Let me just end this by saying both are equally important and essential if our prayer is going to be for thy kingdom to come to earth as it is in heaven. You can not be someone who is GRIEVING or QUENCHING the spirit and expect to change your area of influence for God’s kingdom. Salvation can be yours but the flow of anointing is blocked when we GRIEVE or QUENCH the Spirit. Take some time today and allow God to speak to you. Are you walking in the power of the Spirit? Are you walking in holiness (character and characteristics of Christ)? If not, ask the Holy Spirit to help you make adjustments in your life so you can be used in a way that HIS KINGDOM CAN FLOW THROUGH YOU, TO THE WORLD AROUND YOU, SO THE WORLD MAY HEAR THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS.