“And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4:30)
When you spend time with God, you get to know His ways as well as His Word (assuming you are reading His Word). More than that, you develop sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. You eventually get to know His ways to the extent that you sense when you are about to grieve Him.
Have you ever wondered why the Holy Spirit was represented as a Flying White Dove when Jesus was Baptised it the Jordan river? see Matthew 3:16
I did a personal study last year and discovered this. Pigeons and Doves are in the same family, however they are not the same! You can train a pigeon; you cannot train a dove. The pigeon can be domesticated; the dove is a wild bird. A pigeon is belligerent; the dove is loving. A pigeon is boisterous; a dove is gentle. A pigeon will mate with more than one pigeon; the dove mates with only one dove for life.
I beleive that the pigeon represents the counterfeit spirit – strange fire. The dove represents the Holy Spirit Holy Fire. I reckon there are services where people imagine that the Holy Ghost came on the church, but when you get to the bottom of it, you discern it may be pigeon religion. Strange fire. Personally, I think it is an absolutely wonderful experience when authentic Holy Spirit comes down in great measure in church, “Holy Fire”. Unfortantally it appears to be happening less and less because in the these times (the end times) the Holy Spirit is grieved.
It can be so easy to grieve the Spirit. For example, It happens when the church body is divided over the color of the carpet in the sanctuary, or It can even happen when people are on the way to church. They shout to each other as they drive into the parking lot. Then they worship as if nothing is wrong and wonder why there is no sense of God. It can happen as a minister prepares his sermon and he has not sought the Lord. It can happen at any moment.
The problem is, when we grieve Him, we don’t always realize we did it! We may find out later. If you have walked with Jesus a long time and are in His word daily. You more then likely to sense the wings of the dove flapping and ready to fly off—and you stop yourself!
So, if you want to have a lively, real, unfeigned and constant relationship with God, His Son and the Holy Spirit, you must get to know God’s ways. One of the ways of the Holy Spirit is that He is sensitive—like a dove.
“Nothing is worth grieving the Holy Spirit.”
Heavenly Father, I come to You Lord with a repentant heart for all the times I have greived You. Please cover me with Your Holy Spirit Lord and help guide me in Your ways Lord. Keep me from my fleshly self Lord. Help me continue to be in Your Holy Word so that I can recognize how to not do wrong, and correct me with Your Spirit when I do. I Love you Lord…In Jesus’ prescious name. Amen.
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