Squelching the Spirit
Marybeth Whalen

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17 (NIV)

“Lord,” I prayed, “Please help me to be mindful of your Holy Spirit. Please help me to live life aware that you are at work within me through the Spirit and not to lose sight of that fact today.” I finished my prayer ashamed to confess to God yet again that I had forgotten about the Holy Spirit. How could I forget something so important—so essential to my Christian walk? Instead, I had lived a life devoid of the power I had within me. This was foolishness at its finest and not one of my prouder moments.

Satan loves to trick us into living our lives mired in defeat and despair. He keeps us busy and distracted so that we lose our focus. When he is able to accomplish this, he can detach our connection to the truth of the Holy Spirit’s power within us. If we aren’t focused on it, then we can’t tap into it. Satan’s goal is to squelch the Spirit within us. He can’t have victory over the Spirit, but he can have victory over our flesh.

Armed with the knowledge of this fact, I have determined to be intentional about living life aware of the Holy Spirit’s presence. I am also trying to learn all I can about what that means. By reading the Bible, I learned that the Holy Spirit serves as my Comforter, my Counselor and my Controller. As my Comforter, He is an abiding presence whenever I feel lonely or rejected. As my Counselor, I can ask Him to supply me with wisdom or even to pray on my behalf when words fail me (Romans 8:26-27). As my Controller, He helps me control my impulses and guides my actions (Romans 8:13-14). For these things to happen, I can’t be lulled into passivity, nor can I be distracted into over-activity -thereby forgetting all about Him in the midst of my busyness.

How many of us know the passage that lists the fruits of the Spirit, yet feel defeated in these very areas: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control? So many Christians will tell you they don’t have self-control with their eating, or love for their spouse, or that they lack patience or peace in their home. Through prayer and intentional living, I am learning to experience the fruit of the Spirit. I have already been given these things, yet I don’t live that way! Jesus promised us that the Holy Spirit would be given to us permanently and that every believer would receive the Holy Spirit. We can stand on that and receive the blessings of the virtues listed in Galatians 5:22-23. Galatians 5:25 says, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

Have you been too busy or too defeated to remember the Holy Spirit? Have you forgotten that He is right there waiting to help you, to hear you, and even to hinder you if necessary? A life that is tapped into the Holy Spirit is a powerful, victorious life. It is a life that is a very real threat to the devil. It is a life that is there for the taking, step by step.

Dear Lord, please help me to be mindful of Your Holy Spirit in my daily life. Help me to live a victorious Christian life by relying on Him. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Do you know Him?

The Air I Breathe by Louie Giglio

Pierced By the Word: 31 Meditations for Your Soul by John Piper

For the Write Reason, Marybeth Whalen, General Editor


Application Steps:
Look up the verses that mention the Holy Spirit in your Bible and do a study on this part of the Trinity.

Reflections:
Do you experience the victory of relying on the Spirit in your life each day?
How can you be more intentional about doing so?
Is there a verse in particular that would be of help to you?

Power Verses:
I Thessalonians 5:19-22, “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold onto the good. Avoid every kind of evil.” (NIV)

2 Corinthians 1:21-22, “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (NIV)

2 Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (NIV)

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3 Comments:

Blogger Michael said...

About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I had been seeing a therapist [1994] on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff were very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th Sep 1994, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages [England & Australia]. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17].

Peace Be With You

Michael

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad to read your testimony, Michael. I praise the Lord for you and trust that God will use you and your testimony in a great and wonderful way. It was a great encouragement to me. As was this devotional about the Holy Spirit. It was great reminder and very, very helpful and comforting to me at this time. Thank you. May God bless you.

Anonymous Michele said...

The enemy is continuously at work, therefore we must pray continuously. My mind is Satan's only weapon against me, so it is imperative that I read the precious word of God. The Holy Spirit is the reason that I spare my life every time my mind says "I am better off dead" The Holy Spirit lovingly puts others before me knowing I am here on this earth for God's purpose, not my own, and in all I do, I do for my Lord Jesus Christ. So the death of me serves no purpose- thoughts of taking my life may be a lifelong thorn in my life as alcohol is to the alcoholic. But the thorns in my life protect the precious rose petals blooming for the Lord. And the thorns, that's all they are... just thorns. The Holy Spirit leads, guides and unifies the children of the Lord. "So rise and shine and give God the Glory"

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