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07/16/2012

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The Holy Spirit Hurt


"Then Peter said, Ananias, how is it that Satan has filled your heart so that you have lied to the Holy Spirit" (Acts 5:3).

To our shame, we have more than likely done some ugly things to those that we love the most. Hurting the ones we love is about as bad as it gets. The only glimmer of hope lies in the strength of that love, and the willingness to forgive. To emphasize how real the Holy Spirit is, we must understand that He can be hurt. Here in today's verse, we see that Peter is accusing a man of lying to the Holy Spirit. A few verses later, Peter accuses his wife, Sapphira, of testing the Holy Spirit. The real Holy Spirit can suffer the slight of being lied to and tested. Just before Stephen was stoned, he said to his accusers; "You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: you always resist the Holy Spirit" (Acts 7:52). These men did this by resisting the message and persecuting those who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is hurt when He is resisted. When the apostle Paul writes to the Ephesians he says; "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption" (4:30). Through a willful neglect, the Holy Spirit can be made sorrowful. Lastly, we will add insult to all of these injuries of the Holy Spirit. If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of truth, the writer of the Book of Hebrews tells us what we do to the Holy Spirit. "How much more severely do you think a man needs to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot......who has insulted the Spirit of grace?" (10:29). The Holy Spirit should never suffer insult! H has been given to us for a positive reason. We should love His presence, and never want to hurt Him....

Have a great start to your week....Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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