IN SYNC WITH THE SPIRIT
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
A person N’sync with the Holy Spirit is a person that does not grieve the Holy Spirit. What does it mean to grieve the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit lives in us so what we need to be aware of is that wherever we are, the Holy Spirit is there. If the Holy Spirit is in every place that we are in then the next thing we have to be conscious of is that what we see, what he hear, what we do, and everything that occurs around us is experienced by the Holy Spirit within us. So we then have to ask ourselves whether our actions are either in alignment with Him or not because when we are not in alignment with Him we grieve Him.
If we choose to hate we are grieving Him. If we choose to steal, we are grieving Him. If we choose to speak poorly of others, we grieve Him. If we sin, we are grieving Him.
To continually grieve the Holy Spirit through a lifestyle that is not reflecting of Christ is the art of silencing the Holy Spirit. When we consistently choose to grieve Him, that silences Him so that we begin to be desensitized to sin. To be insensitive to sin is a scary thing because our moral compass or the ability to truly discern from right or wrong is no longer under the guidance of God but the world. If the world is our guide then we will often time find ourselves on the opposite side of God and that is the scariest thing of all. We the church who proclaims ourselves as the followers of Christ must always check ourselves if we are truly following God or not. A quote from a pastor that I don’t know too well said something very savage about our times but was said to expose us to the reality of things so that we can change. He said that, “What we see as good is blatantly evil in the eyes of God.” What is he saying? He is saying that when the world is the captain of our moral compass, we will justify actions and thoughts that are ok in the world but is blatantly or clearly evil when compared to God’s standards.
Today let us ask ourselves if what we excuse is what God excuses and truly turn away from worldly to heavenly standards for the standards we live by will manifest those realities.
TIPS AND TRICKS
Watch your mouth!
“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are member of one another… let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
We say this a lot, YOUR WORDS HAVE POWER! Think of your words as keys that open doors. If you see the end of the passage above, it says that our words are for building up and that it is a grace to those who hear it. Our words are keys that can either open doors of grace over people or curses. Our words can either encourage and activate a destiny or blessing over someone or open doors of curses and oppression. Be careful on how you speak for as God spoke the universe into existence, we too who are created in His image have the power to speak a type of reality in our lives and those around us.
Watch the anger!
“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil...Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”
Anger is such a powerful emotion because even righteous anger that is good can be corrupted. The devil feasts upon anger and so are you providing a buffet menu to him today or nah? Even righteous anger and all other forms should be let go of before the LORD and pray that the LORD may bring about His justice on the earth. In Christ we choose to give up the right to hold onto anger but seek solutions through love and restoration. Anger whether justified or not has a high potential to corrupt the one holding it. It is best to not hold on to it!
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Simple in explanation but hard to do so therefore let the Holy Spirit in you guide you as you do in accordance to His will.