Resisting God

It is probably safe to say that we all occasionally (or persistently) battle resentment and bitterness over injustices and mistreatment- deserved or undeserved- that we have experienced in life. The world seems to be an increasingly darker and more evil place; and it can become difficult to believe we can do anything about it. I was battling this feeling during a morning devotion; here are a few things I learned:

  1. The more we resist God, the easier it becomes to keep on resisting him. Isaiah 55:6 says, “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near.” We are not guaranteed that we have time to delay by resisting his will for us. This verse conveys a serious sense of urgency that should not be ignored. Additionally, Hebrews 3: 8-9 states, “Do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me …where your fathers tried Me by testing Me.” Hardened hearts toward the Lord make it easier to resist (strive against) Him, which is the opposite of submitting to His will and commands.
  2. Believers must not grieve or quench the Holy Spirit. To grieve means to distress, make sad, or cause sorrow. Ephesians 4:30, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit by [whom] you were sealed on the day of redemption” (the day you were redeemed by Christ through faith). 1 Thessalonians 5:19, “ Do not quench the Spirit…”. Literally quench means to extinguish or cause to go out; in effect, it is diminishing the Holy Spirit’s exercise of His power in us.

The Holy Spirit allows us to be able to experience and understand God on a supernatural level.

Isn’t it amazing and sobering that we can interfere with this wonderful process simply by being stubborn and resistant to the point of grieving and quenching the Spirit?

More tomorrow on this subject…