Take Care Not to Grieve the Holy Spirit
- Date: August 24, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Let no corrupt word out of your mouth go forth, but what is good unto the needful building up, that it may give grace to the hearers and make not sorrowful the Holy Spirit of God, in which ye were sealed to a day of redemption.” (Ephesian 4:29-30)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
We want to guard against allowing the enemy into our midst. "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying…." Edifying, building up, always building up. Is that natural to you? Is it that quick? Is that which comes out of your mouth constantly just to make other people big and to bless others? To build them up in other people's eyes, to let the fruit of the Spirit manifest in our lives just naturally? We speak upon people with gentleness and kindness and meekness and temperance and faithfulness toward the body, toward brothers and sisters. What is it that is coming out of your mouth? What is it that's coming out of the hearts? John 17 says that when people look upon the church and they see the union and the harmony and the love that we have one for another, John 17 goes on and says, "and it's by this that people will know that I have been sent by the Father." Think about that. We have been praying for God to give us hearts of compassion for the lost. We've been praying, "Father, send forth laborers into the harvest." Let us be touched with the feelings of the infirmities of this community. Jesus looked upon the fields that were white unto harvest and He was moved with compassion, and we have been saying, "Father, give us compassion for the lost." But how can that happen until we have compassion one for another.
As he goes on in Ephesians, he tells us, "Anything less than words that edify, anything less than that which ministers grace to the hearers." When you leave a conversation, is everybody blessed? Had you talked about anything that has to do with other brothers and sisters in the body? Have you built them up, have you made them big in the eyes of the person you are speaking to? This is what he is admonishing us here to do, that you might minister grace to the hearers. Anything less than that-look at the next verse-grieves the Holy Spirit. Now, we want the Holy Spirit to come in here and show Himself mighty. We are believing God for miracles, miracles of transformed lives, people being regenerated, the greatest of all miracles; amen? We are saying, "God, draw people into this place and let them encounter the love and mercy that You have shown them through Your great work of redemption. You died for them, You were made sin with their sin so that You could impart righteousness to them, and cause them to be accepted in the Beloved." We want to see that miracle here. It doesn't happen when the Holy Spirit is grieved. There are people here in our midst that need miracles.
As we seek Father, we're crying out, not just that we can have a harmony in our midst, but that we can have the Holy Ghost power in our midst, that we could be a church that is being conformed to the image of Jesus. "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God…Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another…" (Ephesians 4:30-31). Look for ways to minister grace to the hearers. Make it your purpose that when people leave your presence, they are going to be built up. Hallelujah! "Everybody that we discuss in this conversation will be built up because I'm full of the Holy Ghost and I minister grace to the hearers." "[Be] …tenderhearted, forgiving one another [and then that powerful phrase that we've all become so familiar with, even as God] even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." It's very simple. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you! Pretty simple. Grieve not the Holy Spirit.