Summary: responding to the move of God’s Spirit in our lives
Intro: one of the symbols of the Holy Spirit in scripture is the dove. The dove is a symbol of gentleness, which means the Holy Spirit doesn’t force His way into our lives, but we must respond to the moving of the Spirit. Tonight, I would like to give you some of the responses found in the Word of God.
Responses to the Spirit of God
What made David the great King of Israel was his sensitivity to the Spirit of God. David wanted a clean heart, a clear conscience and God’s Spirit working in his life. He clearly states, take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Take away my crown, take away my throne, but never take Your presence from my life. We must respond in this same way, the Spirit of God in our lives must be priority one.
Here are some ways people respond to the Holy Spirit.
I. Ignorance—Acts 19:2---we haven’t even heard there is a Holy Spirit. In our society today, this is a common response. Many people don’t even sense their need of the Spirit of God working in their lives.
Ill) years ago I invited a friend to a youth coffee house service, and I told him that the Spirit of God was moving during the worship times. He asked me, will I catch it? Many people, like these in Acts, have no understanding to the working of the Spirit of God.
a. many people don’t realize the Person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God, and He dwells in us. What an awesome thought that God lives within us, know ye not that ye are temples of the Holy Spirit—I Corinthians 6:19
b. many people don’t realize the power of the Holy Spirit—
ill) the first church I pastured was in Warrior Alabama. We had a man named Charley Sawyer who told me an amazing story about his father. During the depression, if you missed a day of work at the mines you could be replaced by someone on a waiting list. So people just didn’t call in sick. He said, his dad was full of the Spirit of God and power. On Sunday night people from all over the county would stop by their house and his dad would pray for them. He relayed how there would be lines of people at their house and every one of them would be healed and make it to work the next day.
II. Quenching the Spirit—I Thessalonians 5:19—quench not the Spirit.
a. pouring water on the fire-many times people will sense the Spirit of God moving in their lives but will quench the Spirit. They will shut out the touch of God.
b. Won’t allow the Spirit to remove things—stitches—people quench the Spirit because they feel it would be too painful to allow the Spirit into certain areas of their heart.
III. Grieving the Spirit—Ephesians 4:30—the Holy Spirit is very sensitive and when we do anything that displeases God, the Spirit of God within us is grieved.
Ill) years ago Charles Finney did a crusade and there were no good results the first night. He went into town to see posters that proclaimed him to be the greatest preacher in the world. He tore down all the posters and the next night revival took place. When the Spirit is grieved He will take flight.
a. anything contrary to God’s Word will grieve the Spirit.