As we saw yesterday, there are hindrances to the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. Yesterday we looked at what it means to quench the Holy Spirit. Today we will consider the sin of grieving the Holy Spirit so that we can avoid such attitudes and actions that hinder His work in our lives (see Ephesians 4:30). We grieve the Holy Spirit by sinning. We grieve the Spirit by blatantly choosing to disobey God’s desires.

Consider a believer who lies, cheats, or commits adultery—all the while knowing that the Word of God clearly says this is a sin. And he does this not once, but repeatedly. That believer is grieving the Holy Spirit.

There is one solution to the sin of grieving the Spirit, and that is the act of confession. God tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Confession and forgiveness of sin remove the barrier between us and the Holy Spirit. Confession requires self-judgment. According to 1 Corinthians 11:31, “[I]f we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment.” Before we can or will confess, we must first recognize that what we are doing is wrong. We must say, “I admit to myself that I am in error before God,” before we can arrive at the place of saying to the Lord, “I admit to You, Lord, that I have sinned.”

Prayer: Father, help me not to grieve Your Spirit. Help me to admit to myself and to You when I have sinned. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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