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I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing. Ezekiel 34:26

 

 

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There are things we can do that will grieve the Spirit.  If we do not daily seek Him and cooperate in following where He leads us, our Christian experience will weaken.

God doesn’t force.  When we receive the baptism of the Spirit, He will have a greater impact in our life.  We will feel His prompting more strongly.  He will be daily putting the desire in our heart to obey God.  He will call us to study God’s Word and to pray more.  The Spirit will cause us to begin loving righteousness and hating sin.  However, we are always free to disregard His prompting.  When we do this we begin the process of “grieving,” or “quenching,” the Spirit.  Paul gives practical advice in many portions of Scripture on how to avoid doing this.  These practical counsels to the believer on living the Christian life are intended to help us maintain the fullness of the Spirit in our lives.  Two examples of such counsel are found in the following Bible verses:

“And that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in righteousness and true holiness.  Therefore, putting away lying, each one speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.  ‘Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.  Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph. 4:24-32).

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.  See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.  Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thess. 5:14-19).

Paul knew that the Spirit of God dwelling in believers would be prompting them to do the things listed in these verses.  If we refuse to yield to His prompting, though, we will be in danger of grieving and quenching the Spirit.

If you find that you have grieved the Spirit, don’t become discouraged!  Ask God to forgive you, and He will (1 John 1:9).  Then ask God in faith to fill you anew with His Spirit, and He will do that, too (Luke 11:13).

David knew God’s mercy.  He had committed the sins of adultery and murder.  He had walked away from the prompting of God’s Spirit in his life when he committed these terrible acts.  Yet when he was convicted of his sin by the Spirit, he turned to God in prayer.  Note especially these words:

“Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your generous Spirit” (Ps. 51:9-12).

When we find that we’ve been slipping away from God we must not let another moment go by without confessing our sin, accepting God’s forgiveness, and claiming the promise of the renewing of the Spirit in our lives just as David did.  Then we will be strengthened once again in the “inner” man to be victorious over Satan:

“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:16-19).

We serve a wonderful God.  When we have failed Him, let us remember:

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy.  He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.  He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.  For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him” (Ps. 103:8-13).

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17 thoughts on “What If I Have Grieved The Holy Spirit–What Next?

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  3. th ank you for these words. i feel as though i greived the spirit long ago. and am but a empty shell,but after being uplifted with reading this i feel there is hope. i do fear for my soul. i am scared that since i have been without the spirit for so long that how can i list my sins?there are so many and i know i do not remember them all and if i did i could never list them all. and i fear that god does not hear my prayers anymore. so i ask you to please pray for me and lift my name up for me to the father that my soul may be restored. and if by chance i never was saved that the father will make it so.

  4. Sandra, I just stumbled onto this blog and felt compelled to respond your honest and transparent comment. I too have felt (from time to time that my sins), patterns of sinning and general flakiness as a Believer in Jesus has disqualified or somehow kicked me out of fellowship with the Lord. As I have grown in the Word, I have come to realize that my own self-condemnation has allowed the enemy to whisper continuous lies to my soul about my position with my Father. See our Father sees what Jesus did on the cross when He gazes on us. He sees Christ’s perfection! The enemy does not want us to know that. He is the ultimate liar, and that is where the battle must be fought. In this battlefield for my mind, I have learn a key aspect to walking in the power of the Spirit. I must KNOW who my Daddy is and what the power of the cross has accomplished in my life to break the chains of bondage (sin).

    Like Wayne said above, “when we find that we’ve been slipping away from God we must not let another moment go by without confessing our sin, accepting God’s forgiveness, and claiming the promise of the renewing of the Spirit in our lives just as David did. Then we will be strengthened once again in the “inner” man to be victorious over Satan” If I have a regenerated heart (meaning I have confessed my sin and invited the Lord Jesus to be the master over my life, and my desire is to follow Him), then I must TRUST HIM and BELIEVE that NO SIN will ever separate me from His love. He loves us. That concept was hard for me to get because my earthy father did not love me and my concept of a father’s love was warped from childhood.

    But God, in His great love for us, has given us His Holy Spirit, His Truth to apply into our spirits and transform and conform us into kingdom people. “…but whenever a man turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” 2 Cor. 3:16-18. It is not the detail by which we confess our sins, but the heart of the matter that touches the Lord. God sees our heart, and when we are humble and surrendered God sees that! He has given us a way to walk free in Him. And are sins are cast as far away as the east is from the west… (gone from His memory for good!). Mercy always triumphs over judgement. I have lots of resources in developing your spirit through the Word of God, and if you are interested, I’d like to share with you. Feel free to contact me at gracepraying@msn.com May our Lord richly bless you Sandra ♥, Grace

    • Grace ( what a beautiful name) thank you for your reply, i really needed to hear this today.I am under attack from satan from all angles.I am afraid that i may never get back to where i need to be with God. I fear for my soul . yes i would love some resoures
      thank you for feeling compelled to reach out to me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. May God bless you. I would love to hear from you again.

      • Hello Sandra, I somehow missed this reply and so very so troubled for the delay… however, we know that the Lord’s timing is always right on, so I can trust that He’s got you covered by His grace and mercy… I thank the Lord for sisters and brothers out in cyberspace who are pressing in to the Lord and allowing His Spirit to cleanse and restore us. It is a process sister! Please trust that what the Lord (HE IS DOING IT!) began in You, He will be faithful to complete and perfect. You are seen by God as perfect Sandra. Did you realize that? When He gazes upon you, He sees a perfect spotless bride.; You are covered by the blood of Jesus and His righteousness has become your garment of praise!

        I think we all struggle with comprehending that the Lord God is our Father. Our Papa. Our Abba. He loves us with His love, agape love. It is difficult to understand His love, but as we focus our attention and affection upon Him, He will begin to transform our hard-hardheartedness. He is replacing our heart of stone with a heart of flesh and today I must tell you this: He is asking you to return to Him, your First Love. Get yourself plugged into a prayer group. A REAL prayer group, with saints who follow hard after Jesus Christ. Dive into His Word, and start praising Him like there is no tomorrow. He is worthy of all our praise and worship and He is searching for those who worship Him in spirit and in truth. Please either add me on facebook so we can communicate, or email me at gpowers@stonegatejourney.com. Press into Him Sandra, for He loves you so!!!! Your sister in Yeshua, Grace ♥

  5. Hi Praisies be our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I have difficulties right now as I was ordained as an evangelist my husband walked out on me a couple of years ago. I have fallen victim to sexual sin and have asked God to pls forgive me for aim charged with the sins in which I commit , again finding myself committing such an act, has caused great bearing on my ability to believe that there is grave punishment upon me, pls help me understand there are consequences which we receive as leaders of the gospel of Christ I have grieved the Holy Spirit by committing such act and I’m trying hard to understand my emptiness is a lonely place to be right now. I ask God for restoration and a renewal of the Spirit, will I actually be punished? Can I be renewed? Pls help this hurt so bad!!

    • Sweet sister Vanessa, I hear in your writing that your heart is broken and please know I am praying for you! There is wonderful news. God is a God of restoration. His long arm of grace and mercy to us stretches and stretches and stretches… He never grows tired of pouring out His compassion and love into a broken and contrite child. Please know that you are on the right path. Honest assessment and confession of sin is the first step. It is part of the repentance process.

      Often times anointed and ‘called’ saints are targeted by the enemy and without thoroughly understanding spiritual warfare, we get blindsided by our own humanity (flesh) and miss the enemy’s subtle attacks. So yes, you have failed and so has every other person who has a flesh! Especially evangelists, who have a strong voice to share the Gospel…the enemy hates. You are in good company sister, with many anointed who have fallen (but allowed the Lord to lift them back up!!!), but even more importantly you are in a broken place and that is where the REAL miracles begin! Hallelujah!

      God will restore you as you fall down before Him, cry out to Him and humble yourself. Is pride at the heart of your troubles? Well then, confess it and lay it down. ::-) You can be assured that when we confess our sins (repent) that He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. YAY. But we must learn to walk in forgiveness, and His truth about us. Begin to ask the Lord how He sees you… (don’t mistake the enemy’s lies with the Lord’s kind and loving voice)… please read what I wrote to Sandra today (above this post)… that may encourage you! Sister, press into the Lord your God and let Him lift you up. I will continue praying… add me on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/gracepraying?ref=tn_tnmn) or email me at gpowers@stonegatejourney.com Have a bless and glorious day in Jesus’ great and ABUNDANT love for you. ♥ Sister Grace

  6. A couple of years back, I quenched the holy spirit and have not been at peace since then. I walked away from a nursing career that God, I knew in my heart, wanted me to pursue. Throughout the course of my nursing education, he was there encouraging me in ways I had never experienced before. But I didn’t follow through. Instead, I allowed my interest in other career choices to take precedence over what God wanted. I am a rationale man, I know and felt God wanted me to work as a nurse. The position he provided was the right one. In short, I blew it. I made a vow that if I became a nurse, I would serve the poor. Having broken that vow, I found myself unemployed and trapped on welfare for the last five years. The Holy Spirit is no longer with me and I feell as if death is at my doorstep. I’ve pleaded with God, but there is only silence. I’ve ruined my life and I’m scared that what happened to Saul, will also happen to me. Please pray for me. Pray that at least God will not allow me to fall into the total disgrace that Saul experienced. I know that God is good, but I feel as if I have exhausted my relationship with him. At the age of 55, I’m lost. Please pray for my soul.

    • You are not lost my brother!! God loves you with an everlasting love! Jeremiah 31:3
      God will restore you in spite of your mistake.
      Please read and apply 1John 1:9
      Sometimes silence is God’s way of instructing us. The psalms will encourage you very much.
      Isaiah 8:17 I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him.
      Psalms 62:1    For God alone my soul waits in silence;
      from him comes my salvation.

      Psalms 62:5    For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
      for my hope is from him.

      Psalms 69:3 I am weary with my crying out;
      my throat is parched.
      My eyes grow dim
      with awaiting for my God.
      I am indeed praying for you my brother!! Trust in God alone!! Romans 1:16-17
      Salvation is your by simply believing in Jesus!! John 3:16

  7. My dear brother Jose Bernal-Lopez, I so loved what Wayne wrote to you regarding God’s love for you. I am picking up on an honest heart of humility in your writing, and that is a great place to be! None of us really understands the love of the Father for His children. Try not to get bogged down in complexity (the enemy likes confusion and complexity, while Jesus teaches truth and simplicity). When I was reading your post, the Spirit impressed upon me that you have been listening to the voice of condemnation concerning your decision(s). Because you are a rational man, you have not been able to forgive yourself for your decision, and this has opened the floodgate of condemnation from the enemy.

    It is imperative that you come to fully understand the schemes of the enemy and most importantly what God’s forgiveness really is. I recommend you watch the following video from the “Hearing from God” series by Jamie Winship. You can follow up at the website for subsequent teachings about listening to the voice of God and not the enemy…

    Please know Jose, that God loves you and when we come before Him with humility, in repentance, and cry out for His forgiveness, He always offers grace, mercy and love (forgiveness) to us and full restoration of His Spirit working within us is restored (sometimes to an even greater degree because of our new found humility, and lack of trust in ourselves 🙂 Please know that I am praying for you. May the Lord bless you today Jose, to walk in freedom from condemnation and His great love for you! ~ Grace ♥

  8. Hello Everyone. I need prayer please. I’ve hurt the Holy Spirit one to many times. The Lord put me through a real important test on June 14th. The Holy Spirit talked to me as clear as day. I only followed through with a part of the test because of sin and disobedience . I’ve had no peace and little sleep.. I love the Lord, Jesus and Holy Spirit. I’ve asked for forgiveness. I need another chance, I’m afraid he is sick of my name. He’s given me chances but I need another.
    Would you please lift my name up for forgiveness?
    Thank-you so much
    Patricia

    • If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:9

  9. Simply trust in Jesus!! He will save you no matter what!! Jesus will cast out all fear if you let Him. Simply believe in Jesus with all your heart!! Jesus loves you!!!
    See: John 3:16-17, 1John 4:17-19, 1John 5:11-13

  10. Luk 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
    Luk 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

    If jesus, the son of god, left this behind for us to follow as an example, how much more shall he forgive. The Pharisees questioned jesus once and jesus cried an said, he who is thirsty let him come and drink, and from your belly shall flow
    Rivers of living water. God bless!

  11. Greetings in Jesus name!!

    I’ve loved the above article and conversations there after. Lets remember that God is love and He always desires the best for us. The enemy is the opposite.

    God bless u all

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