Why are so many people living a Spirit-less life? Yesterday we seen that many are just SIMPLY AREN’T AWARE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
But there is also a second reason.
SOME RESIST THE HOLY SPIRIT.
“You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Acts 7:51
Some people are simply resisting the Holy Spirit. I am sure we have all had times, when, the Holy Spirit has prompted us, (if you are a believer), when He has led us to do something, and we have said, “Oh, I don’t want to do that!”
There are times when we’ve been going about do something that is not right and the Holy Spirit convicts you; “Don’t do that, that is the wrong thing!” But, we say, “I want to!” So, you push the Holy Spirit away. Other times the Holy Spirit prompts us to do something good; give something to bless someone else, pray for someone, call someone and you push that away and say, “I don’t want to do that!”
We can resist the Holy Spirit for so long, that our hearts become hardened to the gentle promptings of the Spirit of God.
Some of you may say, “Well, I am not sure the Holy Spirit really prompts me, or moves me, or speaks to me.” It could be that you have resisted the Holy Spirit so often your hearts have become hard. I have learned through failures, to try very hard not to resist when I feel like the Holy Spirit is prompting me.
How do you know if it’s the Holy Spirit prompting you verses your own thoughts?” Well, because I’m selfish in nature, if there is something benefitting me, I tend to think that is probably me, my own thoughts. If there is something that doesn’t benefit me, it benefits others and brings glory to God, I just make an assumption, that is the Holy Spirit. If I am being convicting not to do something that I really know is wrong, I assume that is the Holy Spirit. If I am feeling led to do something that is going to be a blessing to others, I just assume that is the Holy Spirit. If it’s not, I do something good, then the worst thing that happened was, I did something good
Far too often and far too many people are resisting the Holy Spirit. He leads us not to do something and we do it anyway. The Holy Spirit prompts us to do something, and we say “I don’t want to do that!” Well, you can actually grieve the Holy Spirit, and your heart can become hardened.
It’s like if you have a friend who invites you to food every Saturday, but every Saturday you give another reason why this week, you can’t make it. Eventually that Friend will stop inviting.
Holy Spirit is a gentleman; he will not push himself on you. If you resist him long enough, your heart might grow so hard that you don’t recognize the promptings of the Spirit of God.
Why are so many people today living a Spirit-less life? Some are not aware. Others have become so skilled at resisting the Holy Spirit.