The Holy Spirit is a person. A very, very sensitive person at that. He gets grieved or hurt easily.

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

The scary thing is that we never know at the time that we grieve the Spirit. Samson was seduced by a woman named Delilah and lost his hair and anointing. The Bible says that when Samson jumped up to fight, only then did he realize something was wrong: “But he did not know that the Lord had left him” (Judges 16:20). That verse scares me to death because I have learned the same thing! When you grieve the Holy Spirit-whether by losing your temper, lusting, or speaking about someone in an unflattering manner- you may feel nothing at the time. In fact it, almost always seems right at the time.

But what happens is this; when you grieve the Holy Spirit, He slips away without you knowing. Unlike the gentle dove who remained on Jesus (John 1:32), he unobtrusively flutters away. The Holy Spirit leaves no hint that He has done that. The goal of spirituality is partly to close the gap between the moment when we observe the manifestation of the Spirit and our actual affirmation of it, as David did, so likewise must we learn to close the gap between sin and repentance.

In other words, how long does it take to tell that grieving the Spirit is precisely what I did?
David had reached the place in his spiritual pilgrimage where he recognized in minutes if not seconds when he grieved the Holy Spirit. Study his life, and you will see times when he succeeded greatly in listening to and obeying the Spirit.

Then there were times when he should have listened and obeyed, but failed miserably. Jeremiah 12:7-13 speaks of the time when a believer leaves sweet fellowship with God. Primarily he is speaking of leaders and pastors, but it applies across the board. When you leave sweet fellowship, there is a need to return to the Holy Spirit so the dove does not fly away again.

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    • Rosan Bynum

      Brady,
      I live in Paragould, AR. I’ve heard you speak many times when I was taking my kids and other kids to camp at Cedar Glades in Imboden, Ar. You have been used by God in a mighty way. You just finished a revival at Immanuel Baptist Church in Warren, AR (where I grew up). My mother and my mother-in-love both attend that church and they both spoke of what a gifted speaker you were. I listened to a few of your messages on H2o live and they blessed my soul. I want to selfishly ask you to pray for my family.God called our son, Kyle, home three years ago this March 17th.He was 27 and left two babies behind. The hurt is still so real but God’s Grace has carried us through. He set under your preaching many times at church camp and at Marmaduke First Baptist in revivals. (He was married to April Bridges, the daughter of Bro. Kim Bridges, pastor at MFBC).Thank you for touching his life, my daughter’s, mine as well as so many others across our nation. I wish you and your wife the very best.

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      • bwh2o

        Rosan,
        Thank you for the kind words! What a small world! I certainly will be praying for sure, especially as you approach the 27th. I can’t imagine the pain you guys feel.

        Please keep me posted!

        bw

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