Read: Acts 5:1-6 (KJV)
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy
Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many
infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the
things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they
should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the
Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying,
Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
Bible in One Year: Numbers 3, Jeremiah 14:13-22
One of the attributes of the Holy Spirit that confirms to us that He is a
person is that He can be grieved. Indeed, the Holy Spirit can be abused
to the point of being grieved. At this point, He can decide to show His
Almightiness like the other two personalities of the Godhead. This is
the reason why Apostle Paul admonished us not to grieve the Holy Spirit
of God (Ephesians 4:30)
There are many reasons why it is dangerous to grieve the Holy Spirit.
One of such reasons is located in today’s memory verse. We are sealed
unto the day of redemption by the precious Holy Spirit in our lives.
This seal serves as a covering that shields us from the activities of
Satan and his cohorts. If you make your Covering annoyed to the extent
that He deserts you, in that case you will be left without a shield
protecting you against evil spirits. This is very dangerous because we
cannot pass through this world of evil as pilgrims without the
assistance of the Holy Spirit. Another reason why it is dangerous to
grieve the Holy Spirit is that His wrath could be very devastating. The
story in today’s Bible text confirms that no man can withstand His
wrath. Ananias and Sapphira his wife grieved the Holy Spirit and they
were punished by death. What did they do to grieve the Holy Spirit? They
lied to Him. Many so-called believers would regard this as a “simple
lie”, but it was enough to grieve the Holy Spirit, and He struck them
dead. Cooperating with a liar can also grieve the Holy Spirit as in the
case of Sapphira, Ananias’ wife. It is dangerous to keep company with
liars because the same punishment meted out to the original liar would
be received by the accomplice. In times past, Christians used to be
persecuted in various establishments because they would not cooperate
with liars who would get to work at 10 a.m. but register 7 a.m. as their
resumption time. Today, some Christians are doing worse, even in Church
Rebelling against the Lordship of the Holy Spirit over your life is
another way through which He can be grieved. When you get to a point
where you refuse to take instructions from the voice of the Holy Spirit
within you, then you have rebelled against His Lordship. The Bible in Isaiah 63:10 says,
“But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.”
Beloved, let us heed the admonition of Paul and desist from grieving the Holy Spirit by all means.
Prayer Point: Father,
please pardon me in anyway I have grieved Your Holy Spirit, and give me
the grace never to do so again until I see you in glory.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A.
Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God,
one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the
President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.
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