“The Believer's Relationship With the Holy Spirit Pt. 1”
Ephesians 4:30 NKJV And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
I. Understanding our dependence on the Holy Spirit
- The degree to which Christians are like Christ depends, to a large degree, on their awareness of and dependence on the Holy Spirit of God.
- The Christian life is not just improbable without the Holy Spirit, it is impossible!
- A Christian's manner of life either grieves or does not grieve the Holy Spirit of God.
″Christians are appointed to live every moment of their lives with the Holy Spirit of God. Life for them is a moment by moment vital union with One who is infinitely holy. Sin, therefore, in a Christian, is the very opposite of any true manifestation of the Spirit in the life.″—Lewis Sperry Chafer
II. Adopting actions that please the Holy Spirit.
Grieve ″lupeo″ =to distress to be sad
Anthropomorphism =attribution of human characteristics, emotions, and situations to God
When the Holy Spirit is grieved by our actions, it means He is offended by them, without being distracted by them.
Three steps every Christian can and should take:
- Pursuing a life of obedience that includes a proper view of sin.
1 John 1:5-7 NKJV This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
- Confessing of all known sin and praying for revelation of unknown sin.
Exodus 29:4 NKJV ″And Aaron and his sons you shall bring to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and you shall wash them with water. Exodus 30:17-21 NKJV Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 18 ″You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base also of bronze, for washing. You shall put it between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar. And you shall put water in it, 19 for Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet in water from it. 20 When they go into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to the Lord, they shall wash with water, lest they die. 21 So they shall wash their hands and their feet, lest they die. And it shall be a statute forever to them—to him and his descendants throughout their generations.″
1 John 1:8-9 NKJV If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- Learning to consistently ″Walk in the Spirit″.
Galatians 5:16-26 NKJV I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
- Why is the carnal Christian less likely to sense or desire the leading of the Holy Spirit?
- What sin or sins are you tempted to see as less offensive to God? What one or ones have you heard others list?
- Why do you think God would make living the Christian life impossible without the work of the Holy Spirit?
- What grievous sins (actions or lack of action) on your part has the Holy Spirit made you aware of in the past and more recently? What did you do in response?
- What are some practical steps we can take to ″Walk in the Spirit″?