Yesterday we stopped at Ephesians 5: 18 addressing the issue of being filled with the Holy Spirit. That’s where our life in the Lord should begin. Salvation is the beginning, but walking out a Spirit-filled life is how we produce. Here’s what I found afterward:
The entire Chapter 5 of Ephesians is about living as children of the Light, which starts in Chapter 4, actually. The first place Paul speaks of subjecting the Light of Jesus to is:
- Our Minds: “Put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds.” (Ephesians 4: 23)
- Our Mouths: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4: 29)
Kingdom-minded believers renew their minds and hearts with the Word of God.
We are instructed, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4: 30)
So what grieves the Holy Spirit? God tells us in the next verses: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4: 31-32)
Every worldly characteristic is mentioned here! Read the entire book of Ephesians. God goes to great lengths to tell us what we should not engage in.
So, back to my original question. What grieves the Holy Spirit? It’s that small three-letter word: SIN.
If we want to operate as a vessel of honor, carrying the fire and glory of God, then we have to allow the purging of the Holy Spirit.
We cannot carry the pure love, fire, and glory of God without yielding to the Holy Spirit, who convicts us of sin by bringing truth. That’s why He is called the Spirit of Truth. Jesus told us, “When the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority; but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore, I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16: 13-15)
How can we receive what the Holy Spirit wants to give or say to us if we don’t yield to Him?
Kingdom-minded followers know the importance of yielding to the Holy Spirit.
Yielding to Him opens the door for completeness. John the Baptist baptized with water, Jesus baptized with fire. Theologians indicate that fire could be upcoming judgment, but it could also be the fire of the Holy Spirit that sent the disciples into the world to share the gospel of the Kingdom.
The church was ignited when the fire of God fell! It takes just a spark to ignite or set in motion. He is more than a spark, He’s a consuming fire.
Lord, we need your Holy Ghost fire once again! We need to experience all that you want us to receive. You have consecrated us to be set apart, to be sanctified, as vessels that reflect your image who carry your glory! Renew our unbridled love, that is not restricted but unlimited making room for all.
As I write this, I see a horse that is bridled, directed, and controlled, needing someone to hold the reins as his race is run.
Then I see another horse, unbridled, looking free as it was created to be standing on the shore of an ocean enjoying the gentle breeze.
Lord, help us recognize how much we have been forgiven, causing us to exhibit your unbridled and unconditional love. Holy Spirit, only you can release that through us as we are oozing the fire and Glory of God’s love. Let us see Jesus coming back on His white horse, unrestricted, unbridled, with His name written “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords.”
I propose to you that His horse will not be bridled, for He rules and reigns.
KINGDOM PRINCIPLE: Holy Spirit fire fuels and ignites the gospel of the Kingdom.