Yet they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he turned and became their enemy and he himself fought against them. Isaiah 63:10
We turn again today to this critical tenth verse of Isaiah 63. The rebellion of God’s people and their consequent estrangement from God set the stage for all that would follow. God’s severity was a prelude to His mercy and an absolute necessity if His people were to wake up and return to Him.
Isaiah says the rebellion of His people grieved God’s Holy Spirit. That is exactly what we are warned against in the New Testament. Have you grieved the Holy Spirit through rebellion against God? Are you living in a way that pleases Him and seeks to bring Him honor in all that you do? It is not perfection we are seeking…rather, we are seeking the Perfect One!
Lord, help me to understand how easy it is to begin to drift away…allowing my own desires to supplant what You desire. Forgive me when I have grieved Your Holy Spirit. I confess my sin, bow before You in repentance, and bring all that I am under the precious, atoning blood of Jesus. I set You before me Lord, choosing through the power of the Holy Spirit to seek You with all my heart.
–adapted from HeartCry for Revival devotional 2011 by David Butts, author of The Devil Goes to Church: Combating the Everyday Attacks of Satan
Praise the God of everlasting kindness (Isa. 54:8). Thank him for exercising kindness, justice, and righteousness—and for delighting in them (Jer. 9:24). Confess any unkind deed or word or thought that has hurt another person. Commit yourself to bearing the fruit of kindness by the power of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Ask God to add kindness to your faith (2 Pet. 1:5-7).
Pray that your kind attitude will attract unsaved friends and coworkers to the Lord. Ask God to create natural opportunities for you to share your faith.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin