March 17, 2007

Attitudes Towards The Holy Spirit

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 3:25 pm

The following outline is taken from This Day With The Master by Dennis F. Kinlaw. The devotionals for March 13-16 cover these topics.

Do not grieve the Spirit

What makes it possible for someone to be living in intimacy with God and then to lose that intimacy? Kinlaw says, “It is a matter of inner attitude, which determines all personal relationships.” And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30). The Good News translation says, “And do not make God’s Holy Spirit sad.” Is there anything in my life that would make the Holy Spirit sad?

Do not quench the Spirit

“Quench not the Spirit” (1Th 5:19). What does it mean to quench something? The tells us that quench means “to put out (a fire, for example); extinguish.” As Christians we can have the raging fire of God in our lives…but how quickly and easily that fire can be extinguished. Kinlaw says, “A fire is quenched when water is poured on it. Sin is the ‘water’ in our lives that grieves the Spirit and puts out the Spirit’s flame. Is your life white-hot with the fire of the Spirit? Or have you let the fire be put out?” Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:27 “Don’t give the Devil an opportunity” (HCSB). Am I doing anything in my life that would give the Devil an opportunity to tempt me or cause me to sin? We must guard every part of our life so the Devil doesn’t have an opportunity to trip us up.

Do not resist the Spirit

You stiff-necked people with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are always resisting the Holy Spirit; as your forefathers did, so do you” (Acts 7:51 – HCSB). Kinlaw paraphrases what Stephen had to say to the Pharisees, “Boys, you are careful about the outside, but you are without the internal reality. You are deaf to God’s message and empty of His Spirit. You are just like your ancestors. You too have resisted the Holy Spirit.” Kinlaw goes on to give us the typical progression away from God that often can happen, “Once one begins to grieve the Spirit, the next step is to quench the Spirit’s voice, and ultimately resistance to the Spirit of Jesus takes up residence in their heart unless one repents.” Am I as “on fire for God” as I was five years ago? Am I hotter or colder?

Do not insult the Spirit

Hebrews 10:28-31 says, “If anyone disregards Moses’ law, he dies without mercy, based on the testimony of two or three witnesses. (29) How much worse punishment, do you think one will deserve who has trampled on the Son of God, regarded as profane the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and insulted the Spirit of grace? (30) For we know the One who has said, Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, and again, The Lord will judge His people. (31) It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!” (HCSB) Kinlaw asks this question, “How can we as Christians ensure that we never insult the Spirit?” He gives us the answer by referring to a policy the Pharisees had called “fencing the law.” The Pharisees didn’t ask, “How far can we go before the Law is broken?” No, they instead set a hedge around the Law so they would never risk breaking it. Have I set some boundary lines to protect me against insulting the Holy Spirit? Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 7:10-11 that a godly sorrow will bring repentance and a careful way of living. “Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation…what carefulness it wrought in you.”

Kinlaw summarizes this study with these thoughts…

“We must focus our attention on not grieving the Spirit. If we never grieve him, we will not quench him. If we never resist him, we will not insult him. If we do not grieve the Spirit, we will live in a personal, vital, loving, living, believing relationship with him that will make our lives full of his blessing, his joy, his peace, his power, and his fruitfulness.”


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