Every “born again” believer has the Holy Spirit (Galatians 4:6)
However, not all believers are “filled” with the Spirit….. to be continuously “filled” requires continuous commitment to holiness of living and self-denial… therefore a person could be “filled” at one point (Acts 4:31) and “not-filled” at other times during their lives… and a person may experience several “fillings” during their life… or none at all (if they are carnal).
Grieving the Holy Spirit is a sin, and comes about because a believer is consciously allowing evil in their heart or life. (Ephesians 4:30 – 31)
Quenching the Holy Spirit is a sin, and comes about through an act of disobedience.(1 Thessalonians 5:19)
The correct attitude is to judge our sin (whether a single act or an ongoing attitude)…. ask for forgiveness… and then “put it away”… the Holy Spirit gives you the power to do this.
It is important to understand and believe that you do indeed possess the power in you (through the Holy Spirit) to:
1. Control you thoughts
2. Control your body
Therefore you have no excuse for your sinful behaviour (thoughts, words or actions)… you are actually responsible for it… and you are expected to deal with it through the power of the Holy Spirit within you.
Prayer for Today:
Loving Heavenly Father, you allow us to do whatever we want… but we should be wanting to do your will…. if we are not, please lovingly bring us to the place of willingness by showing us that your ways are really the best for us…. we thank you for saving us and we trust you to mould us and make us into what you want us to be…. in Jesus name, we pray… Amen.