times do we suffer in silence, so let’s have a look how we affect the Holy
Spirit, and it’s all because of us.
1.Blasphemed by the presumption of man (ie us)
2.Insulted by the pride of man
3.Vexed by the disobedience of man
4.Resisted by the unbelief of man
5.Tempted by the insincerity of man#
6.Quenched by the prejudice of men
7.Grieved by the frivolity of man
1)Blasphemed by the presumption of man (ie us)
Math 12:31“..Therefore I say to you, every sin and
blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the
Spirit will not be forgiven men.Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven
him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him,
either in this age or in the age to come..”
has to be one of the clearest of messages from God that there ever was. Let me
ask this then who has heard of these phrases … For Christ Sake … Lord above …
Jesus H Christ … Heavens above. All
these and many more besides, we hear when something goes wrong. I get really
mad when I hear the Lords name being taken in vain.
They said to Jesus, “this fellow casteth out
the devil by Beelzebub” Jesus said back to them, “I casteth out devils by the spirit of God..” Therefore the
attributed this spirits work to the work of the devil, and so blasphemed the
intend to ask politely, when hearing ‘His name in vain, for whoever speaks this
way to refrain, most of the time, will stop and apologise. For those who don’t,
I ask for Heaven Father to forgive them for they know not what they do.
2)Insulted by the pride of man
Hebrews 10:29, we read of those who too much pride in their hearts…“. .Of how much worse punishment, do you
suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot,
counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing,
and insulted the Spirit of grace? .” The thing is to, deny the
divinity of Christ and the preciousness of the Blood, is to despise the
testimony of the Holy Spirit and to insult him to His face. Or, in street
slang, you stand in front of the person you wish to slander, and give them the
bird. (this is where the person would make a fist, but leave only the middle
finger up). I have to say this is a foul thing given to anyone. There are very
few who would do this for fear of retribution from those whose name is taken in
This particular verse opens up my message
1 Corinth 11:29 “. .For he who eats and drinks in an
unworthy mannereats and drinks judgment to himself,
not discerning the Lord’s body. .”
If you eat like a dog, soon you will be wild without a care. That’s why
if you wish to NOT have a potty mouth, you will need to change the company you
keep. An athlete, those at the top, who always seem to win gold medals, eat
drink and sleep what it takes to stay at the top of their chosen sports. If you
have a potty mouth, you need to surround yourself with like-minded Christians.
3)Vexed by the disobedience of
This is and old word, one that is not used regularly today. Words used
those days seem somehow to mean different. Example :- ‘Gay’ it used to mean you
were happy, or of good cheer. Now ‘Gay’ means, you are of the persuasion in
liking those of the same sex as you, although this word still means
happy/cheerful, but just not what you firstly thing of when someone is called
Isa 63:9/10 “. .In all their affliction He was afflicted,
And the Angel of His Presence saved them;In His love and in
His pity He redeemed them;And He bore them and carried
themAll the days of
rebelled and grieved His
Holy Spirit;So He turned Himself against them as an enemy,
And He fought against them. .”
Psl 73:21 “. .Thus my heart was grieved,and I
was vexed in my mind. .”
that comes up that links both texts is that of ‘aggrieved’. So they were not
happy with their lot, hence ‘aggrieved’.
All that He (Lord God) asks is for us to obey Him, turn away from sin,
because God’s compassion knows no bounds as for gives ‘all’ our transgressions
for our Lords love for us is far deeper than we could fathom.
think of this, redeemed ones rebelling & vexing
the Holy One. How often, when He reveals some unexpected ugliness within,
instead of being thankful for the discovery, our proud heart rebels and refuses
to confess what is wrong with us. Thus the holy Spirit is vexed, hence the Holy
one is unable to release His blessings and graces, how stubborn is our pride.
4) Resisted by the unbelief of
Acts 7: 51“. .You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears!
You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.
careful of the ‘wisdom we impart to our Children, and those whom look up to us.
We must take control of one of the smallest muscles in our whole body.
Heb 3: 19“. .So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. .”
really saying is ‘what is there not believe’? In doubting the word of God, the
Spirit of God is resisted why? Because for the word of God is his sword.
was 20yrs old, I had thoughts and feelings about being the Church. May be these
feeling started some 10yrs before, when I was a cub scout. Time and time again
I refused Gods call on my life. May be I was not on my knees yet. Now I have Faith as I believe with all of my
4)Tempted by the insincerity of
Acts 5:1/9 “. .But a certain man named Ananias,
with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. 2 And he kept back part of
the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a
certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has
Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of
the price of the land for yourself? 4 While it
remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own
control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to
men but to God.” 5 Then
Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear
came upon all those who heard these things. 6 And the young men arose and
wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him. 7 Now it was about three hours later
when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 And Peter answered her, “Tell me
whether you sold the land for so much?” She said, “Yes, for so much.” 9 Then Peter said to her, “How is it
that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of
those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they
will carry you out. .”
Sums up ‘insincerity’, you have to have the
morals of dog poo, to fully get it. I apologise for the bluntness of the afore
mentioned. You have to be deranged to lie because in the end you are always
caught out, tripped up. I covered about lies to yourself as well as and in ‘Mental Attacks’. Tell me, why would you
even think, let alone to actually try to lie?
V3 But Peter said … “Ananias
why has satan filled your heart to lie? … Peter can see as clear as day
that he is lying to the Holy Ghost. He has gone great to break down Ananias’
lie to Mary to try and to show how futile this would be.
V5“. . Then
Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear
came upon all those who heard these
things. .” The pressure he put himself under, that was
not bad enough, but he levelled the pressure with others. The pressure was
avoidable, if he heeded the word from Peter. A man is guilty of this when
pretends to his brethren/friends that he is wholly devoted to God, whilst at
the same time indulging in his secret sin.
Psalms 51: 10
“. .Create in me a clean heart, O God, And
renew a steadfast spirit within me. .”
1Thes 5: 19“. .Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. .”
clearly see here (and it still happens today) that what is forbidden here is a
very common sin … Eph 4:30
“. .And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by
whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. .” … This
one treats with indifference the message of God. Though you have to wonder,
because the messenger is not after our hearts.
someone can comment to this quandary …
“Why is that we can seemingly have it/a good
thing, do we
knowingly do some wrong/forbidden-fruit mess it all up?”
to have this inherent to destroy all the good around us.
1 Thes 5:20/22 “. .Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test
all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every
form of evil. .”
another verse I find myself reading that tells us in plain English to those who
read these words God leaves no room for misunderstanding. By ignoring His
warnings is to stand face to face with God, set fire to His words (the Bible),
and laugh into His face whilst you do this.
7) Grieved by the frivolity of
Eph 4: 30 “. . do not grieve the Holy Spirit. .”
part of v30 is just a small part of the grievance, which this solemn
exhortation lies between these other verses which show the full point that was
being made here.
Eph 4 29/31 “. .29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth,
but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the
hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy
Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and
evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tender hearted,
forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. “
simply WOW. If you kept using the Lords name in vain, and I turned to you and
said ‘Please don’t use the Lords name as part of your swearing’. But you
ignored me and just carried on, do you not think I’ll be upset/grieved? Do you
not think then, that the Holy Ghost is not grieved, just because He is not
stood in front of you?
Christ is grieved by the unprofitable conversation of us Christians, He is also
grieved because He wishes to teach us
how to profit, how amaizing is He. Though He cannot join in non-profitable
talk, much less in evil speak. If the Holy Ghost cannot afford to be trivial,
then why are we. Everyone should put a watch (not the one you wear on your wrist),
but a Guard/Century, be put at the door to our lips.
I’ll leave you with
parting thought ….
“Men filled with
the Holy Spirit are usually of a solemn
(Or taming the mind to receive the finished works
To ‘Tame’ : To bring under control something that
is out of control & wild.
Why as Christians is it important to have
control of our mind? This is our gateway to Jesus, and He is going to give us.
We must guard our mind as this is our ‘arcana’ of Faith.
Stop the Press – Hold the Phones
# Important Fact Revealed below #
At some point in our growth as Christians
the penny will drop, and you’ll figure out …the only… weapon the
devil has is that of …suggestion… and nothing else,
because Jesus stripped the devil of everything else, he has NO weapons of
Ps 236:4 “. .Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For
You are with me. .”
He (the devil) will sow a tinny seed of
‘suggestion’, then sit back and laugh at us as we self-destruct. Then what do
we do, we give him all the glory, for doing nothing.
Next time you find yourself going into a tail spin, imagine him sat in the
corner laughing at you loudly, don’t let him see you cry, NO. Instead, smile
praise the Lord Jesus. Treat him like a bully, when he can see that he can’t
get to you he (the devil that is), will move on to someone else.
Remember, Be strong as Christ Jesus is with us
If you find yourself being knocked down
often remind yourself of the verse … Ps 138 :7
“. .Though I walk in the
midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my
To win this war we need to give a lot of
attention … give attention to my words (Prov
4:20) … What are we giving our attention too? Why are we so easily lead astray?
Here below are some tips I hope are of use …
·Become constantly aware of what we are thinking.
·Constantly check what we think.
·Always be aware of what’s going on in your mind.
… Our mind is a fertile ground that is
always receptive of .. suggestions .. from the devil. The
devil never pinned down ‘Adam & Eve’, he never had to beat them up either
to eat from the forbidden tree.
The devil was (and still is) sneaky- under
handed and is downright crafty. The devil got them thinking about and obsessing
about the tree, till they could only think of the one tree in the whole Garden
of Eden they were not to eat from.
#You cannot be
tempted with everything you don’t think about#
If the devil is going to tempt you, he going
to have to get you thinking about, how much you must have it, your life is not
complete without it.
Phillioians 4:8“. . Finally, brethren, whatever things are true,
whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just,
whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are of good report. .”
Think only of a thing of good report, and
virtue, and of those things Jesus promised. Because of the volatile society we
live in, it says it’s OK to let your minds wonder of sinful thoughts.
THIS:- Turn off your radio: stereo’s: iPod/Mobile phones, NOW. Come to a state
of prayer then see how long it takes before some thought other than what you
are praying about distracts you.
Who can truly say ‘what is it the devil
knows about the power he has over you?’ When in fact he has none. The devil would have all non-believers that
Bile says; ‘God helps those who help
themselves’. WRONG When actually it was (former USA President) Benjamin Franklin, that said this.
You should be aware of who is leading you,
and who is not. The only way to recognize this is to be in your Bible, so you
know when the leader makes it about them, and not God.
When the Goodness & Graces of God we
will find blocked, why would this be? Well it is because we don’t have held
aloft our shields of faith. I hear ask why do we need these for? They are used
to fiery darts. In what form can we recognise these? They will come at you in
the suggestion of our accuser.
Phillipians 4:13 “. . I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me. .”
to say to many of us have, instead of holding aloft, our shields, have it
leaning on our leg or worst have it lying on the ground. Now your shield is
wondering if you know how to use it? Hence why we are covered in fiery darts all
over, may be now is the time to learn how to use it more effectively.
FEAR: Is really just an
accusation, told to us from
an early age, which has us believe, that actually the
lie, when in
fact it is truth.
Math 10:13 “. .Do not fear therefore, you are of more
value than many sparrows. .”
been stood here for a very long time, just waiting for us throw the accuser out
of the way so ‘His glory can come into our lives and shine.’ We all need to be
ready to respond to the devil…
the devil tells you your too weak…
You respond saying “I am strong’
When the devil tells you you’re defeated…
You respond saying “I am
Victorious over you”
really can’t let what the devil says/does go seed, you need to send a flood in
to flush out his bad and rotten seeds. Otherwise they spread and infect everything.
Lastly remember this …. You must on a regular basis flush out or batting all
the rotten seeds out of the park.
“. .I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, and heard
my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, and
set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He
has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and
fear, and will trust in the Lord.
Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor
such as turn aside to lies. Many, O Lord my
God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done;
And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I
would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be
Sadly, all to often we hear, ‘Your God must be very cruel, to this person suffer
this way’. I would then say, may be it is because, our Lord almighty
has a reason for keeping disabled/ill. It may not be the answer they are
looking for, but the best I can say at that moment. There is no one answer, let
alone God’s reasoning.
This conversation far more than you would
think/like. I actually have a confession, I do have to wonder myself from time
to time, and more so when our Heavenly Almighty Father is not forth coming to help
comfort with a reply.
In life it seems that we are always waiting,
waiting for that special person to come along, waiting for that perfect job to
come along, or to tell you are hired.
is it that we always to be waiting these days? Waiting for that special person
to come along, waiting for the perfect job. When waiting always feel like an
eternity, (as the saying goes ‘ a watched kettle never boils). Often whilst
waiting that eternity feelings often lead to being impatient, and these feeling
are left unchecked then they will lead to us being out of control with
anger/frustration. Also if these feeling are unchecked then welcome to
We all are waiting for something, today what
are you waiting for? Might it be. . .
may be, like the birth of you baby
oIt could be those
all important test results
I know some of you don’t want to praise our
Lord Jesus, as you can’t see what to be joyful about, and just don’t feel like
being joyful, because you think you have nothing to be joyful about. OK then,
let’s say anticipating that holiday you paid for since last year. Give praise
for the job you have, as it has given you the means to pay for your holiday, as
there are many people can’t afford to.
There are many things to give praise for,
green lights – that make your journey easy and swift: your partner give you a
kiss and wishing you a good day, are you now thinking of other things to give
thanks & praise for?
On the other hand you could be waiting upon
those exam results? May be it’s waiting for your partner to come along* for you
to share your life with. Now is the time to praise the Lord.
(* For those of you that don’t know how I got to meet my wife, one day
soon I will share my testimony with you)
Psalm 27 : 13 &
14 “. .I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the
goodness of the Lord In the
land of the living. Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on
the Lord! .”
I heard a prayer recently that went something
like this. .
It is hard to
wait Lord, sometimes waiting takes a big
toll on me, and in the midst of waiting
and yearning, I forget to praise you, help me to remember you whether
I’m waiting for something good or something potentially painful. Teach me
patience and the gift of resting in your goodness; also help me fix my eyes
always on you.
I’m sure that discouragement does not
discriminate, it does not matter which Country you come from, even though some
seem to suffer more than other. For when evening falls across the land and a
hush comes over the night. You’re getting ready for bed, we all have our
rituals we go through each night, like wash your face & clean your teeth;
letting the dog out; making sure all the doors and windows are locked (such is
the world we live in); alarms are armed.
Discouragement comes in many guises, it may
be a family feud that been going on for years, or a physical ailment (of which
I bear witness to some in my own family down the years), or maybe it can be a
career path that has left you somewhat down and deflated. Maybe you
discouragement comes from a recent that has also left you somewhat down and
Oh dear, we have all felt discouragement at
one time or another. The Question now is what are going to do with it? It’s all
too easy to wallow in the discouragement and turn your face away from hope.
That sort of apathy is not of the Lords thinking. However it plays/delivers you
right into the devils hands, of which the devil is now laughing as now all your
attention is on him, instead of on our Saviour. So instead of worrying on
things we need not…..
Psalm 31 : 9/10 “. .Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in
eye wastes away with grief,Yes, my soul and
my body!For my life is spent with grief. .”
I know many of have felt this way, with some
of you going through these, even right now. If you are, before we go any
further, stand up (no I mean it this will only work if you participate), now
shake your arms, go on; now shake your legs; now give your body a good shake.
OK, now sit down again and continue reading. Having shaken off that old
feeling, now it’s time for a new attitude. I want you to now stand again
(please bear with me), and read the following out loud….
Psalm 31; 14/17 “But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And
from those who persecute me.Make Your face shine upon your servant; Save me for Your mercies’ sake. Do not let me be ashamed, O Lord, for I have called
Our enemies want us to give up the good
fight, and look down cast all our days to come. The devil is sleeked, and wants
nothing more than for us trip up, and lying face down in the dirt. He will use
every trick up his sleeve to keep us there. It’s time to put on those work
boots on, because no matter how discouraged we may feel there is always hope
for a better and brighter tomorrow.
In Romans 5:5 …it clearly says that this
hope does not disappoint us. God’s love has already been poured out into our
“. .Now hope does not disappoint, because the
Love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the
Holy Spirit who was given to us. .”
You may not feel a lot of love right now.
You not even see victory ahead of you, may not even be sure what you can do to
change things, or may not even have things planned out either, yet. You may not
know what can be done to change things around. The thing is YOU don’t need
things all figured out yet. Just lean on the One who is the writer of your
unique life’s story. Our Lord will use ‘all-this-disappointment’ you’re
feeling, and turn it all around for the good. Always remember when you’re down,
the good times are just around the corner.
When hope is in your heart and the unfailing
love of God on your side, you can overcome every obstacle in your path, as God
is with you were ever you go.
I read this next segment that brings this
short sermon to a conclusion …..
As we gather around the Bible
for the last of the C’s (Condemn – or to put down), let’s take a closer look at
our inner selves, but, it will only work if we are brutally honest with
KJ Job 9:20“. .If I justify myself, mine
own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me
NKJ “. .Though I
were righteous, my own mouth would condemn me; Though I were blameless,
it would prove me perverse. .”
Message “. .Even though innocent, anything I say
incriminates me blameless as I am, my defense just makes me sound worse. .”
…so you see (no matter the version), it does not matter to us, that we
weave a tangled web of lies and deceit. How does Job put it again? Ahh yes…
Job 15 : 9 “. .Your own mouth condemns you,
and not I;Yes, your own lips testify against
A lesson to be learned I
think. Gird yourself there are days of trial ahead, times of debt, as well as a
barrage of abuse lay ahead. Take heart though, and listen. . Psalm 109 :31
“. .For He shall
stand at the right hand of the poor,To save him from those who condemn
…so no matter what we going through, He is always with us
James . . .tells to be weary
of the tongue, as it can destroy a man, as quickly as it
can build them up. But, with great desolation it destroys not for just a day
but this time a life time, without leaving a scar.
James 3 :2 “. .or we all stumble in many things. If anyone
does not stumble in word, he is a
able also to bridle the whole body. .”
Perfect!! Let’s just pause a while and
reflect, the word (perfect) comes from ‘teleius’ meaning: to that which has
reached its end. Or, that is finished and complete.
of ‘controlling your body’ …. Who can honestly say that they have full
control over their. Legs – moving forward; side wards; moving backwards;
stepping up & down? Yes? Great. OK then what about your arms, able to move
and bend then; making a circle in the air? Yes? Great. (Please bear with me a
little longer’ all will be made clear). Right, now for our bodies, can you bend
and twist them at will; all with in your capabilities? Yes? Fabulous Whilst you
have control can you get them moving all at once? Thinking of all the joints and muscles etc. Your
moving at the same time, why is it that we are unable to control one of the
smallest moving parts of our bodies, I’m talking of the Tongue.
Let’s say you have hurt or broken your arm.
But, no worries, because it will heal up, and once healed there will be no
scar. Because of this you think no more of it. As a child, who remembers this
saying from the playground? “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never
hurt me”. When really the saying
should go like this “…and names will for ever cripple me…”
The tongue will leave no scars for you to
see on our face. But let me tell you, if it can leave scars, they would leave
nasty ones that don’t heal and last your life time.
So bridal your tongues
Monitoring every single word we speak, it
seem’s cumbersome at first, but it will serve to advance righteousness in your
I was told of a very successful businessman
who would take up to 10-15 mins answer a question. When he was asked why he took
this length of time to reply. His answer was “because he wanted think
carefully”, not just give a ‘knee-jerk’ answer but the right reply, hence the
reply was right one.
Proverbs 12 23“. .A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools
proclaims foolishness. .”
Did you catch that, the businessman had no
revelation, the answer is there for all to see… “A
prudent man conceals knowledge” … so before rushing in like mindless
fools, STOP, take a step back, and think before we open our mouths.
is something I have not done in many years. But given the 3 parts this comes
in, as well as weight of the content. This study was meant to push &
stretch you, even trip you up, in a way that will make you better &
Luke 6: 38“. .Give,
and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and
running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you
use, it will be measured back to you. .”
This can work both ways, if you continually
give; are kind; generous; so it will be given unto you. But, if you lie, steal,
swear, so it will be given unto you! So much so it will make your head spin.
You will become a bitter & twisted person, and you’ll never trust anyone
again, what a sad and lonely life that would be.
If we go back one verse, will see the vain
of the 3C’s. . . . Luke 6 37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged.
Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. .” . . . I should not have to say much more than what Jesus (no
less) has already said.
OK, we all can comprehend what
happens when the bridal is taken out from our mouths, we guard not the word we
speak . . . Mathew 12; 34/37 “. .Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil,
speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man
out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.But I say to you that for every idle word men
may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.For by your words you will be justified, and by
your words you will be condemned. .”
So next time, when you want to exercise
!your right” to . . Criticise ~ Curse ~ Condemn . . “. .for out of the abundance
of the heart the mouth speak. .” … Please then from this moment on lets reframe
from opening our mouths before we swear/Curse. On finishing I shall leave this