Thursday, July 21, 2016

Day 3 - A Christian Cannot Sin

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 194 
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
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What a title for today’s writing by Michael…it automatically draws some sort of response by everyone who sees it.  The question is: what is your response?  Do you initially believe “a Christian cannot sin”???  Let’s take a look at what Michael has to say, then speak our belief.


Day 3

A Christian Cannot Sin

No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. –I John 3:9

I really enjoy I John as the great book of abiding. If we are in Him, we will see exactly Jesus flowing from us. If we are not in Him, we will fail. We will have times when we are not abiding, and in those times He is greater than our sin. As we abide, His anointing is teaching us; we actually will not need a teacher (I John 2:27). I cannot say that I have ever surprised an abiding Christian with a truth he did not know.

Those that are born of God cannot sin! Do you sin? Does this mean that you are not born of God? No! Let me explain, for this passage has tripped up more than one believer. As a Christian you cannot sin; that is a fact. You do not believe me. Well, let me explain it this way. I say to the five-year-old boy, "You cannot drive a truck." Is my statement true? Yes! He cannot drive a truck. Later, the boy gets in the truck, inserts the key, turns the ignition, and moves the truck forward until it runs into a tree. At that point are you ready to admit that the boy can drive? No! Even though he has been turning the wheel, starting the engine, and accelerating the truck, we all agree that those actions alone do not constitute driving. He is not going to get his driver’s license any time soon. In the same way the Christian cannot sin. Oh, he may get in the seat and display the right actions, but he cannot go anywhere with it. Nothing is done properly, and we will not give him a license verifying that he is a sinner.

A woman told me that she was thinking of having an affair, of becoming an adulteress. I exclaimed, "You cannot!" "Who will stop me?" she wanted to know. I explained that I was not going to stop her, but the seed of life in her, Jesus, would never let her become an adulteress. "You may go through the actions, but you will not be able to get your license as an adulteress. You will never be comfortable doing that.” Although she did initially proceed down that road, she turned back. Her outer life could not maintain its stance against the Christ that dwelt within her.

Struggle reveals that a believer cannot sin. It really stinks to have one’s heart condemn him. One day the believer wakes up and says that it is just not worth it, and then he finds that Jesus is greater than the heart. Beautiful.

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Michael points to the seed of life, Jesus Christ, within each Christian that works to prevent the Believer from sinning.  Truth is: the real person of a Christian is Jesus Himself.  His Life IS our life.  And Jesus cannot sin.  So, it is truth to say “a Christian cannot sin.”  And the Bible does not call a Christian a sinner…only a saint.  Yet every Christian still has some “flesh” that can sin, but it is not the real person.

Thank God that as a Christian our outer life (flesh) cannot maintain its stance against the inner life, Christ, that dwells in us.  The heart of Michael’s writing is that if sin is present in our life for a time, it cannot prevail.  Jesus IS greater than anything that presents itself against Him.  Amen.



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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Day 50 - Claiming Your Heart

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 193
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
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Without question, the “heart” of man is one of the most important “parts” that we all should be concerned with, be totally aware of, be constantly “in touch with.”  Do you know “what” and “where” your heart is located???  And in this day’s writing, Michael presents some very interesting aspects of what the heart is involved with…



DAY 50

Claiming Your Heart


Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. –Hebrews 3:12


Problems are common to mankind. Jesus Himself, having the body of a man, living in a man's world, and relating to others, makes an obvious statement, "In the world you have trouble." Yes, problems do exist. However, we must remain mindful that problems can never become our primary focus.
           
In Matthew 17:1-9, the writer relates to us that Jesus took with Him to the high mountain Peter, James, and John. When Moses and Elijah appeared, Peter exclaimed, "I will build three tabernacles!" Of course it made sense to Peter to build one for each of the three, for Moses represented the law, Elijah the prophets, and Jesus grace and the new covenant. Peter made the mistake of equating the three. Immediately a cloud overshadowed them and the voice proclaimed, "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; hear Him!" The disciples fell on their faces, Jesus touched them, the cloud departed, and only Jesus remained.
           
The highest part of a man's being is his heart, made only for one to occupy, that one being Jesus! If Moses and Elijah were not allowed to tabernacle on an equal plane on the mountain with Jesus, then should He have to share space in our hearts with our failures, our past, our mates, our children, other church members, sickness, or our financial situation? Many suffer from a crowded mountaintop; too many things occupy the place that only Christ is to possess.  He is, in fact, King of the mountain, and once we give anything equal standing with Christ, no matter how good it appears or how great was its value in the past, a cloud will immediately overshadow our spirits. We will sense defeat, anger, frustration, and fear. The enemy will whisper that in order to get rid of the cloud, we must focus on all those things that bring the cloud; they must be resolved. However, the Holy Spirit whispers the opposite: Forget what brought the cloud, focus anew on Christ, and light and life will return. Not until we fall to our faces, yielding to the voice proclaiming, "This is my Son," will the cloud and our spirits lift.

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Michael tells us once more that it is our “focus” that dictates so much to our life.  If you have ever been present at one of Michael’s workshops or conferences, you are very familiar with his “hand” illustration…problems on one hand, Jesus on the other.  Every man makes choices all day long, every day, as to “which hand” to look at…(one in front of the other…one dominates our vision/focus).

Isn’t it beautiful to think that the “cloud” AND “our spirit” will LIFT when we look to Jesus!  The “cloud” goes away, and “our spirit” becomes our light and life.  Amen!



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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Day 106 - Freedom From Religion Is Freedom From the Kingdoms of Man!

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 192 
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
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This week America celebrates another Independence Day.  And yet it seems the “freedom” we once enjoyed has been diminished.  In fact, many “freedoms” have actually disappeared.  Michael points out that this is what happens when we are focused on “religion or man’s kingdoms” as our freedom.  For too many, “religion” has become a bondage instead of a freedom…read on as Michael explains…



DAY 106

Freedom From Religion Is Freedom
   From the Kingdoms of Man!

And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.” But there were some of the scribes sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said to them, “Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Arise, and take up your pallet and walk’?” --Mark 2:5-9


Men are kingdom builders, and kingdoms need subjects. We are raised to be subjects when told such things as, “You do not have to respect the President but you must respect the office of the President.” This may be translated to mean, “Whatever you do, you are not to come out from under our kingdom! What would a kingdom be without subjects?” Kingdom builders must offer something, for if they cannot, the subjects might go elsewhere. Now, kingdom builders never give anything of substance. All things of substance are hoarded for themselves. They merely give something with the appearance of substance in order to keep the subjects interested and loyal.  

Religion is a kingdom with leaders who must keep devotees in subjection. Out of necessity they must give something that cannot be attained elsewhere. Remember, it will only be the appearance of getting something; the followers never really get anything except more bondage. Every man everywhere knows he has sinned and fallen short. Deep within is a fear of the consequences. The Scribes and Pharisees were offering forgiveness, restoration, and freedom. The catch was that adherents had to jump through all of their hoops, and no matter how many were jumped through, they were always able to produce one more. The vast majority of people, wanting what was promised, continued to be in subjection. The kingdom went on until Jesus appeared on the scene, and in one little sentence He destroyed it all. He brought “whosoever will” out from under subjection. The sentence referred to is this: “My son, your sins are forgiven!” Jesus did not say, “will be,” or “keep trying,” or “check with me next week,” “complete your memory work,” or “take a little more time in prayer.” No, “Your sins are forgiven!” No hoops, no bondage, and no need for dependence on the kingdom of man! No more religion! Religion was destroyed at its basic foundation. Man is to be in bondage to no religion. Jesus has forgiven him and has given what others promised in exchange for devotion and servitude. Man is free! We belong to no kingdom but His.  

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Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



In real freedom there are NO “what if’s.”  Nothing can take away real freedom.  Nothing.

I was told when I was young…work hard, buy a house and some land…they bring you much happiness and freedom.  Then a “what if” reared its ugly head: “what if” I don’t pay my property taxes???  No matter how much I PAID for the land and house, I really don’t OWN them…they really aren’t mine…the government will come take them IF I don’t pay my property taxes.  Yikes!  The kingdom of man has got me!

And then I found out one day, “religion” offers NO REAL freedom.  There is always a “what if” somewhere.  Some say “one simple” sin can take away one’s freedom.  Some say that it is a “certain” sin that takes away one’s freedom.  Some say a “given number” of sins can take away one’s freedom.  But, in the end, the WHAT IF is when one sins according to some “hoop” they needed to jump through, and their freedom is taken away.

NOT WITH JESUS!  Well, amen!  Yet, how is it that we have the words of Christ eliminating “religion” and “man’s kingdoms” and the teaching of both is still prevalent today?  Michael’s text today is a prime example of “religion” and the “kingdoms of man” being one and the same.

Jesus Himself told us: “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in My word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:31-32, 36…bold words, my emphasis)

I love truth.  I love Jesus.  I can enjoy saying: “Jesus is all I have, Jesus is all I need, and Jesus is all I WANT!”  HE is real freedom. 

Thank you, Michael, for making this point so clear!



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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Day 171 - It Is A Relationship

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 191 
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
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I have observed for over 25 years that most Christians really don’t know HOW to have a “relationship” with Christ due to the breakdown of family relationships, even in Christian homes, which has led to most not knowing WHAT a relationship really is.  If someone doesn’t “know” WHAT a “relationship” is, how can they know HOW to have one?  And fellowship is out of the question…



DAY 171

It Is a Relationship


This is the day the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it. --Psalm 118:24

A friend was sharing a very painful experience from his past. His father had become ill and was in need of constant attention, so he went to his father’s aid and daily took care of his every necessity until the day of the father’s death. However, the son was vexed by the realization that the reason he was caring for the father was that he knew that as soon as the father died, he would receive the inheritance. He said that it would have killed his father to know the true motive behind his son’s service. Serving the dying parent that raised, nurtured, prayed for, and worried about the child simply for a monetary reward was not the relationship the father desired, though I suspect that same story could be told over and over again.
           
Often we hear something like this: “You must persevere in Christianity for the reward. Yes, life is miserable, but keep heaven in mind. Keep attending the meetings, doing your devotions, and studying the Bible, for in the end you will receive the reward of heaven.” However, there is no mention of a relationship. John 15 - 17 makes it quite clear that a relationship is available for us today. God desires fellowship with us today. Much is said in Scripture concerning today. “Today if you hear His voice” (Hebrews 4:7). What a pity if we serve with only the reward in mind, when the very fellowship of God is our reward now.


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Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



Michael draws our attention to one of the most basic, fundamental aspects of life as a Christian…”It is a relationship.”  Not a religion, not a set of rules, not a role we are to play, not a reward system for “doing good.”  Being a Christian begins with becoming a Christian…a birth, a spiritual birth.  It is amazing how often this truth becomes lost in all the discourse about life as a Christian.

Every birth establishes a relationship.  If a person is not born into a family, there is no relationship.  There may be relations…how one relates (acts or responds) to another, but in every relationship there is the foundational standing that one is the family member of another.  I am a Christian simply because I have been BORN into God’s family.  No one, or no action of mine, can change that.  Whether someone proclaims me to be a “good” family member or not has nothing to do with whether I am a family member or not.  But man cannot stand for things to be that simple.

Has Michael pointed out perhaps the greatest deceit the enemies of God have played upon Christians???  …the reward vs the relationship?  the activities vs the access?  the future vs fellowship (today)?  Michael draws us to READ John chapters 15, 16, & 17 again…and to look for the fellowship that is available to us TODAY, because of our relationship in the Family of God.  Hallelujah!  Amen!

What could Heaven hold for us, the children of God, compared to walking with Him today?



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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Day 92 - Fathers Who Lead

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 190
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
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Father’s Day is this coming Sunday, June 19.  There is a great need for biblical fatherhood in this day and time.  It seems incredible that media messages could overshadow biblical directives, especially concerning leadership in the family.  Is that what has really happened?  Michael draws attention to something that has been going on since the Garden of Eden…



DAY 92

Fathers Who Lead

Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? –Hebrews 12:9

Throughout history we can identify some who were born into the position of leadership and others who were chosen to lead. However, the Bible indicates that in the family, every man is commanded to lead. The world, by contrast, has taught that the family is ruled by the wishes of the majority. All types of media have subtly spread the impression that children should be consulted before making decisions and that the wife need only submit to the husband if he is in mutual submission to her. Accepting these diluted definitions of leadership has produced a generation of Christian fathers who are what might commonly be called passive dads. The father is not to rule through consensus; he does not take the counsel of children. Rather, he seeks God for guidance, which he will find in every situation. Leadership inherently involves followers, who will always have high expectations of a leader, and rightfully so. When we submit to a leader we desire that he be better than us, for our identity becomes intertwined in his. If we submit to a righteous man, then our self-esteem goes up, we feel good about being his servant, and we even see the glory of being subjected to him. We admire and appreciate him as well as desiring his direction, with the hope that he might lead us to the place where he is, for obviously he knows the way and is respected for it. When he asks of us things that we do not understand, we obey, trusting that somehow it will benefit us. Therefore, the two most frustrating things to a follower about a leader are when he cannot be respected and when he will not lead.  

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Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



The words that grab my attention the most in Michael’s writing are these: “Accepting these diluted definitions of leadership.”  Ever since the garden, the devil has been testing God’s people over and over with the same old question: “Yea, hath God said…?”  Changing the definitions of critical words simply challenges and changes things God HAS SAID, and God’s people have allowed biblical directives to fall by the wayside.

This has also enabled the world to teach different and false ideas (humanism…humanistic philosophy) which have been accepted by default of the changed definitions.  There are even many Christian leaders who teach false ideas thinking they are biblically correct.  The concept of a “passive dad” being acceptable in Christianity is unacceptable.  The idea that one is not a leader if no one is following is unacceptable.  The man in a household is THE leader simply because God has said so.  Following the man’s leadership is a choice of obeying God, and not simply choosing to follow his leadership.

Michael points out three crucial issues for Christian husbands and fathers:
1. GOD says every man is commanded to lead his family.
2. The man is to live a life so as to be respected.
3. The man is to BE the leader of his family.

And Michael points out the beautiful aspects of submitting to a righteous leader.

This Father’s Day, it is time for a revival among Christian men, to stand up and lead.  Families and churches are crying out for such.



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NOTICE: another blog on Michael Wells’ book, Sidetracked In The Wilderness, called Getting Out of the Wilderness.  You can access by logging onto www.leemcchristianministries.blogspot.com


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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Day 122 - Got a Word?

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 189
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

Notice:  this email is part of a BLOG, called Living Life With a Capital “C”Why a blog?  So that many can receive these thoughts in an easy manner. 


This is a beautiful day’s writing…drawing our attention to something we should give thought to, if not great emphasis for the sake of being able to witness to Christ when speaking to others about our relation with Him.  Have you ever given this any thought???




DAY 122

Got a Word?

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you . . . –John 14:27

Sadhu Sundar Singh had one word that kept him at the feet of Jesus, something that every Hindu seeks, in vain, to find. It is the Hindu word for peace. In Jesus he had found peace. When questioned about his faith by the Hindus, he would often say, “Peace, peace, where else could I go for peace but Jesus?” An old man God worked through to bring Christ to the remote area of Eastern Nepal had a different word. His word was revelation. Jesus had brought him revelation, knowledge of the heart instead of the head, something that could only be found in Christ. Upon being beaten and left for dead for preaching, he would not surrender his calling to do so or acknowledge any but Jesus. His reason: “Where else would I go for revelation?” I was traveling with one of my Indian teachers, told him of the two men, and asked what significant word he held dear. Without hesitation he said, “Because! Because He went down, I have gone up. Because He died, I live. Because He experienced hell, I will experience heaven. Simply because. The word because is keeping me near.” So what is your word?  What is the word that keeps you at the feet of Christ? My word is welcome. I remember being in His presence, and there was so much going through my mind; I was thankful, I had been forgiven, and I appreciated all that He had done through me. Before I could say a word, He spoke that word to me: “Welcome.” I did not have to say a word; I was welcome! Everything was okay! Then He said it a second time, “Welcome,” but the meaning was different. He was welcoming me into His presence, into participation with His Son, and into the revelation of His Son. Again, I was welcome! It is a little word that means so much to me. He is happy to say, “Welcome,” to me. “Welcome” keeps me at His feet. When I asked Betty, she had one word, with. He is always here with us to the end of the age, and He will never leave nor forsake us. Because He is with us we have everything. There are many words that believers have sent me. What is your special word? 


Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



First of all, simply highlighting Michael’s and Betty’s and two other’s “words” in yellow does not mean I am making their words less important than having Sadhu Sundar Singh’s word highlighted in green…  His happens to be “the word” that I first gave to a minister at a church back in the late 70’s when asked why we were visiting his church: I told him I was looking for some “peace.”  Unfortunately, I didn’t find any “peace” at that church, mainly because I didn’t find Jesus there.

But, I am pleased to read of Michael’s sharing the different words from a couple of Saints from all around the world, as well as his and Betty’s, that speak of just how a word can minister to each believer’s heart.  And that there can be perhaps innumerable words for the innumerable number of believers all around the world.

Of course, all this got me to thinking of “my special word”…  Well, amen.

My thoughts led me to conclude that different words have been “my special word” as the years have progressed since I first became Born Again.  The first word back in 1980 was “forgiven.”  I could almost add the word “thankful” that my sins had been forgiven…it was quite a revelation to find the Truth of God’s forgiveness.  But, soon after, “identification” became a major revelation…who I was IN Christ!  “Excited” became my daily expression.  For perhaps 15 years those two words (identification and excited) dominated my life.  And I was in “full-time ministry” already for most of those years.

But, then, we met Michael Wells and “abiding” became our mantra.  Barbara and I became “empowered” by all of the truths involved in being a branch on the Vine!  The most empowering thing was that life as a Christian became all about Him, and not us!  Which led to another stage, “grace” & “grateful.”  Grace being that of recognizing it truly is Him and not me that is living this Life.  Grateful being the result of acknowledging His doing and me not having to do.

So, why so many words, instead of that “one special word”???  I guess it is like that old preacher joke: “hand a preacher a mic and you won’t get a ‘word’…you will get a sermon!”  This preacher couldn’t come up with just one word!!!



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NOTICE: another blog on Michael Wells’ book, Sidetracked In The Wilderness, called Getting Out of the Wilderness.  You can access by logging onto www.leemcchristianministries.blogspot.com


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P.O. Box 633244    Nacogdoches, Tx 75963                                936-559-5696

Friday, May 27, 2016

Day 124 - Grieve Not The Holy Spirit

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 188
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

Notice:  this email is part of a BLOG, called Living Life With a Capital “C”Why a blog?  So that many can receive these thoughts in an easy manner. 


Just as Michael speaks all the time about our rising and falling with our “definitions,” he points out here that we can do likewise by faulty understandings.  There are several truths to be gleaned in Michael’s writing of Day 124.  Wonder if you have ever considered them…



DAY 124

Grieve Not the Holy Spirit!

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. --Ephesians 4:30-32

Why are we not to grieve the Holy Spirit? Many have taken this passage to mean that they can push the Holy Spirit to the place where He will either leave or God will severely punish them. However, we must first look at why the Holy Spirit is given. Acts 9:31, “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.” The Comforter is technically a Helper. John 14:16, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever,” and John 14:26, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” So, then, how does the believer grieve the Holy Spirit? Simply by refusing His help.

Often I have had the unpleasant experience of “helping” someone learn the computer. I must admit that most of the time it has been a grievous experience, for, out of necessity, the person learning must be at the keyboard, the control center. The problem is that he is always asking questions, and then before I can suggest the answer, he starts moving the mouse all around, madly clicking here and there and already creating a problem much worse than if he had done nothing. He wants help but does not want help, and I am grieved. I am the helper there to make his life easier, but to the extent that he refuses to listen, his life will be less than productive and he will know nothing. I was there for his good, not my own, and if he does not listen, I am grieved for him but have not cut him off. The same is true for our children. As parents we are helpers. However, if our young ones refuse to listen and go their own way, we are grieved for their sake. The Holy Spirit only tells us the things that will make us happy; if we follow, the Holy Spirit is not grieved. It is a difficult concept, but sin no longer hurts Jesus; He already died for the sin of all men. We are not to sin because sin hurts us, and when we are hurt, the Helper is grieved. Therefore, to be happy and not grieve the Helper, do the following, Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”  

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



It has been my experience as a pastor to see very few Christians ever giving thought to whether or not they are “grieving the Holy Spirit.”  Most of them because they do not think they have committed a “big” enough sin that qualifies for that.  To even think of “refusing the Spirit’s help” is not even what most Christians would consider as something that would grieve the Spirit.

The “difficult concepts” are those that keep us from experiencing God.



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