Paul summed up chapter 6 in Ephesians 4:30, “Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit.” How do we grieve Him?
When we act according to what seems good to us, we get into trouble.
1 If you have put up security for your neighbor,
if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
2 you have been trapped by what you said,
ensnared by the words of your mouth.
We all do it. Something looks like a sure thing, so we act on it–then, we find out that it’s NOT such a good thing! Check this out:
22 Then all of you came to me [Moses] and said, “Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to.” 23 The idea seemed good to me; so I selected twelve of you, one man from each tribe. Deuteronomy 1:22-23
We find in Numbers 13:1-3 that God honored Moses’ decision and even told him who to select from each tribe (that way, Joshua and Caleb were among them). But, it was NOT a good idea and came back to bite them big time. In fact, it kept them from going into the Promised Land and they wound up wandering in the desert until that entire generation died out (except for Joshua and Caleb).
When we are lazy and don’t take the time to read and pray, to sharpen (our spiritual tools) and sand (away rough spots in our personality), we open ourselves to all kinds of grief. The Spirit within us calls for us to have perpetual fellowship with Him with bursts of intense sessions of fellowship and teaching. We are NOT God, therefore, for us to be our own god and call our own shots grieves Him and quenches the flame inside us.
Grieve- to distress, to create dissonance, to burden.
What we should be striving to do is to delight Him:
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.
The other word that Paul uses concerning the Spirit is “quench,”: “Do not quench the Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19
Quench- Restrict, extinguish, stifle, restrain, put out the fire.
All of these meanings reflect what happens when we are not obedient to His call to spend special and deliberate time with Him. The verse we use a lot for evangelistic purposes was actually written for Christians. When applied to us, it takes on a whole new perspective:
20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat [commune*] with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20
What we DON’T hear about is the verse BEFORE it:
19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.
Today, let’s sincerely seek Him. Let’s allow Him to make the micro-adjustments to our lives (a form of repentance) to allow our righteousness and holiness to shine forth from the inside out. Let’s do verses 20-21 (in today’s chapter) and watch verses 22-24 happen for us!
Abba, I DO want to keep Your commands and to not forsake that which I know to be true, which is that YOU live in my heart and You have the words of life! I pray that I will always bind them to my heart and fasten them around my neck. I know that if I do, then You will guide me as I walk, will watch over me while I sleep, and will speak to me when I awake; Your commands will be a lamp (unto my feet), and Your correction and instruction will be a way of life for me. When I walk in step with You, I will be able to avoid the traps of Satan–or come through them like Daniel. You are AWESOME, LORD! Amen.
*Commune- Holding something in common, mutual participation, intimate fellowship, dialogue