Do not ignore Holy Spirit

Embracing the Holy Spirit: Our Divine Helper

DAILY DEVOTIONS

9/20/2023

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Do not ignore Holy Spirit

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26

God has provided us with a divine Helper in the form of the Holy Spirit. The question we must ponder is whether we are actively listening to His guidance or unknowingly ignoring His presence in our lives.

Have you ever considered that you might not hear from God because you have stopped listening to Him? It's a possibility worth pondering. As believers, sometimes we might not fully experience the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit because we have distanced ourselves from Him.

In the Bible, there's a powerful story in Acts 5:1-11 about Ananias and Sapphira. They sold property but lied to the Holy Spirit about the money. They ignored the Holy Spirit's guidance to be truthful. As a result, they faced serious consequences. This story shows us the importance of not ignoring the Holy Spirit's direction in our lives. It teaches us that honesty and following the Spirit's guidance are vital in our relationship with God.

In the New Testament, Jesus promised the coming of the Holy Spirit as our Advocate and Helper (John 14:16-17). In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit's presence is seen in various instances, like empowering judges and prophets for God's work.

Where we are standing, as followers of Christ, we are called to be beacons of His light. To do this effectively, we must trust in Him and actively listen to the Holy Spirit's guidance. Self-reflection and evaluation of our obedience to the Spirit's promptings are necessary.

Jesus emphasized the importance of the Holy Spirit as our Teacher and reminder of His teachings. In John 16:13, He said, "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth." We are instructed to listen to the Holy Spirit's guidance.

We can see the biblical warnings, repeatedly ignoring the Holy Spirit can lead to spiritual distance from God and His purposes. The Bible warns against quenching the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19) and grieving the Spirit (Ephesians 4:30), which can hinder our relationship with God. Grieving the Spirit means making the Holy Spirit sad. When we sin or act against God's ways, we hurt His feelings and miss out on the good things He offers. Quenching and grieving the Spirit both happen when we prioritize our selfish desires over love, faith, and closeness to God. Both actions keep us from fully experiencing the blessings God has for us.

In a world filled with diverse teachings, it's crucial to ensure that we and our children are learning and living by God's Word. We must not ignore the Holy Spirit's guidance as we navigate life's challenges.

In John 14:26, we can see that, the Holy Spirit is our helper. God gave us this gift to help us grow. He's the same Spirit who points out our mistakes but also loves us completely. He's the one who makes us feel guilty but also offers us grace and a fresh start. Pay attention to the Holy Spirit. Notice when He's showing you where you have gone wrong. When we realize He wants what's best for us and follow His guidance, our relationship with God becomes deeper. God knows we're not perfect and will make mistakes, but, like a loving parent, He corrects us so we can find the life our hearts truly desire.

Let’s prayer. Heavenly Father, we come before you with hearts open to the guidance of your Holy Spirit. Forgive us for the times we have ignored His gentle promptings. Help us to be attentive listeners, eager to follow His leading in our lives. May we be beacons of your light, reflecting your love and truth to the world. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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