Giving Place to the Devil and Grieving the Spirit
Neither give place to the devil.
Paul tells us to neither give place to the devil-after exhorting us not to
sin when we get angry. When you "give place to the devil" what does that mean? You grant or offer because you have the power
to receive or not receive, you allow and yield a place, in your mind, your time, your life, to the devil, to work against
your faith, by lying to your mind or planting seeds that will contradict the word of God. You give him place when you
don't shut him down and slam the door in his face every time he whispers condemnation and guilt to you. Every time he tries
to inject doubt and fear in your mind, and you don't remember the promises of God, but instead consider the lie of the enemy
being dumped in your mind, you give him place. You must be always aware his number one desire first and foremost is to steal
your confidence and faith in the promises of God. If he succeeds in stealing your faith, next he can reduce you to a cowering,
fearful unbeliever. If he does that, what's left for him to do but kill and destroy? By giving him place, you grant him license
to hinder your walk and life with Christ. The devil is a false accuser, he's a slanderer. He deceives, manipulates, and lies
to people. He knows how to stir up their flesh and provoke them to wrath, or wickedness. He does it through the mind. Through
the lust of the eyes, the pride of life, and world. He works in unbelievers who are not saved. He moves them against believers,
at times, by deceiving them into thinking a lie, and manipulates them into saying or doing something to injure or discourage
the believer, mentally.
Eph 4:30 And
grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Now, consider verse 30 very careful. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God
whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Can you grieve someone who does not care about you? I wouldn't think so.
The word "grieve" means to distress, cause grief, be in heaviness, be sorrowful, to make sorry. To cause pain of mind, afflict
or wound the feelings. To offend, displease, provoke, cause regret in another. To be in pain on account of an evil, to sorrow
or mourn. Now what can we do that would cause the Holy Spirit to feel this way-and remember if He dwells in you, he knows
you intimately. He knows every thought, feeling, everything.
If you don't believe God, if you don't trust God, in his
love and grace and mercy, but yet listen to the enemy-and let his lies hinder you-surely that would grieve the Holy Spirit.
Father, please forgive me. I'm guilty. If you behave in a manner that causes reproach on the Lord, that would grieve him.
He understands we are overcome at times by things. But if we are habitual-that is another matter. Are we habitually falling
into fear and unbelief? Insecurity with the God who tells us so lovingly in his word how much we mean to him? What a high
price he willingly and gladly paid? The Scripture says "it pleased him to bruise him" in Isaiah 53. God help us to be loosed
from this bondage, and confident in who we are...trusting what he says even more than what we see! Be mindful of the Scriptures
not the adversary's toxic lies. His grace is sufficient. His word is our consolation.
Heb 6:17 Wherein
God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
Heb 6:18 That
by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong
consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
Heb 6:19 Which
hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both
sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
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