Focus: And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, He has identified you as His own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. – Ephesians 4:30 NLT
Could I be bringing sorrow to God’s Spirit by the way I live? I’m told that I am a temple of the Holy Spirit and that I am to glorify Him, the Spirit of God, with my body and that true worship of Him is presenting my body as a holy sacrifice. And that following the Spirit that I received from Yeshua (Jesus) means I should deny myself and take up my cross and follow Him.
Do I glorify God, worship Him, and deny my fleshly desires or do I justify to myself why its okay to feed my mind with things that are not pleasing to Him – such as TV shows, movies, books, and teachings? These things that do not bring me closer to God but actually lead me further from Him.
What about the things I feed myself with physically? Should I be concerned with foods that are full of chemicals – that actually, destroy my body from the inside out? Should I participate in exercise programs that teach me to focus on myself and finding answers within my own consciousness instead of the Word of God?
Could these be forms of spiritual warfare? Would satan be trying to use these things to take my focus off of God?
Whatever I do I should do it all to the glory of God. I should focus on things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable.
In following posts, I will focus on the things mentioned here (in more detail) that could be grieving the Holy Spirit.
I’ll leave you with this verse:
“Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us.” – Hebrews 10:29 NLT