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STOP GRIEVING THE HOLY SPIRIT......For without Him you cannot manifest the fruit!

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You Need the Holy Spirit

People in darkness seek power because they know that if they have dark power, they can control people who have money and influence, even to the level of Presidents of nations.  And here we are believers grieving the Holy Spirit, our source of power.

The Christian life is a life of Warfare, where you do not need to offend anyone before they attack you.  We are in a battle where the devil could use your own relative to hurt you or even kill a person.  In a life of warfare, no christian should be ignorant or complacent for the devil goes about like a roaring Lion, looking for who he might destroy. 

We are called to be good soldiers of the Lord Jesus Christ and "to war a good warfare." so believers should should know the devices of the devil, a merciless foe, wicked and terrible.  The bible warns us to be sober and vigilant so we can discern when the devil is trying to deceive us - 1 Peter 5:8

Our Enemy

Satan is called "the prince of the power of the air" because he and his fallen angels now inhabit the atmosphere above the earth.  We may not see him with our physical eyes, but they are there causing pains, frustration and failure in the lives of people. 

He causes fear on every side.  He uses people close to us to attack us, so we think it is the relative, NO.  It is the devil himself.  For this reason the bible warned us that it is not flesh and blood we are fighting, but the devil with his host of demons. Ephesians 6:12   Though he uses your relative, the real enemy is the devil.  This is why you must be wise to resist anyone the devil is using against you.  Remember that Jesus resisted Peter, when the devil entered Peter and spoke through him.

His  Works

1. Satan deceives people by making them think that every one is living in sin

2. Satan's object is to destroy people. The Lord Jesus said that he was "a murderer from the beginning." Satan has many ways of destroying people, but his main weapons are deceit and lies, therefore  have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.- Ephesians 5:11

3. Satan hinders the work of God. When the gospel is preached, Satan is there to spread doubt and unbelief in the minds of those who hear it.

4. Satan tempts Christians to commit terrible sins and feel undisturbed. He uses money and pleasure in the world to turn peoples' heart away from God and from doing His will. He deceives many with lies and keep them away from seeking to live holy and righteous before the Lord.  Many are born again, but they do everything the unbelievers are doing without any sense of guilt...the devil is wicked!

Why We Need the Holy Ghost

Satan is an adversary, who is clever, crafty, deceptive and merciless (1 Pet. 5:8). Satan knows our weakness and exploits them against us. He is an expert in playing back past events to keep people in bondage of what they did in the past.  The bible may be silent about his power, it did mention his craftiness, subtlety and deception. The devil uses clever designs and subtle ways to deceive people and lead them away from Christ.

The agents of darkness worship Satan and seek power from him to manipulate and influence more people into perdition, wrong doing and destruction, which is the ultimate purpose of Satan.  They know that almost everyone love success, good life and pleasure, but not everyone can afford what they desire, so they use money as a tool of mass destruction in cunning ways.

Some years back, I was discussing with a close relative in the village about a matter.  This old man immediately fell into a trance and after a while, he opened his eyes and told me that what I told him was true.  He confirmed what the Lord had shown me in Abuja.  Believer must rise up and seek the power of God, which is the Holy Ghost, who ironically lives in us as believers, but we grieve Him with our weaknesses, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, prayerlessness and unbelief.  

The idea that Satan has no power is a demonic deception the devil has cleverly brought into the church to limit peoples quest for spiritual gifts and power. That is why in many places, people leave the church to visit a herbalist seeking for help. They feel hopeless about the troubles they are facing and how to go about it. It is for this same reason that people are today turning Prophets to tin gods, thereby reducing their power and grace when they continue to praise them, instead of hailing the Master Jesus Christ.  

If this generation will turn to Jesus Christ en-mass, they must see the manifestation of His glory.  That is what I stand for and will continue to work for. I stand for healing, deliverance, restoration for people in Prison, people under the bondage of Satan.  I believe in miracles and will continue to witness miracles in my life and ministry till our Lord Jesus Christ returns.

Believers must stop grieving the Holy Spirit, who is our source of power. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ, the Commander of God's Army, our guidance and source of spiritual gifts and power.  Why should we seek the power of God, or better put why should we live right?.

We need the power of God for so many things, including:
1. To live a righteous and holy life of Christ.
2. To do miracles, signs and wonders in the name of Jesus Christ
3. To teach and preach the Word and for soul winning 
4. To contend with the devil and destroy his works
5. To end your christian journey well.

The devil has no power, when a believer is living right according to the word of God. That is because you come under the power and authority of heaven.  It means you have submitted yourself to the authority of God and the bible says when you submit yourself unto God, you can resist the devil and he will flee.  Without obedience to the Word and submission, no devil will flee at your command.

The devil is only restrained by the Word of God and the spiritual warfare we challenge him with. This is why we say that without Jesus in a life, such a life cannot stand the power of darkness for one minute.   The people preaching that the devil has no power forgot the ordeal of JOB in the hand of Satan, the moment God allowed the devil to test Job. The devil immediately invoked all kinds of disaster and mishap on Job and within the same day, he lost all he had - all his children, cattle and investments, all was gone in a day.

The truth is that Satan has power that cannot stand the name of Jesus Christ. God knows all these and that's why He gave us spiritual weapons to counter the arrows of the enemy.  Because the weapons of spiritual warfare is available to all of us, whosoever the devil attacks and he refuses to fight back, sorry such a person could be killed by the enemy,  

Spiritual battles are fought and won for us through the help of the Holy Spirit.  He opens our eyes of faith to see the plans and agenda of the enemy and gives us instruction on how to overcome the enemy and have victory.  It is therefore, very counter productive for a believer to grieve the Holy Spirit, our comforter, Helper and Commander. 

Here are some of the behaviour and conducts of believers that grieve the Holy Spirit and hinder their walking in power.

1. Sin. When we habitually sin, we come under Satan's authority, and he has legal rights over us until we repent. That is why Jesus said, "'The ruler of this world is coming, and has nothing on Me'" (John 14:30). Jesus was without sin, so the devil could not get a foothold in His life.  Sin puts man in bondage, but the devil will cleverly speak to people mind not to worry, as everybody does the same thing.  This is the clever device of the devil to keep people in bondage of such sin as they will see themselves committing the same sin again and again, the moment they accept that lies.

2. Prayerlessness.  Jesus, our Master is an example of a prayerful christian. He prayed all the time and at time isolate himself in a mountain to pray unto God and in James 5:16, the bible declares, "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.".  His prayer were fervent and effective and He succeed in His assignment and today, we are blessed because of His success.

Prayerlessness grieves the Spirit of God because many things the Lord has ordained for us, may not reach the hands of many who cannot pray. In Luke 18:1, Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up and in  Ephesians 6:18, we are admonished to pray in the Spirit all the time. Prayer must be to God in the name of Jesus Christ. Prayer should be fervent - daily and without season.  

The effectual and fervent prayer of the saints availing much means that the saints - You and me cannot afford not to pray - for in our prayer, we exercise some authority to bring things to pass. So, if the righteous does not pray fervently, many of his needs will not be met., God is no respecter of persons.

3. Disobedience to the Word of God -  This is the same as rebellion. Rebellion grieves the Holy Spirit because when you do not obey and do the Word of God, you are not under the authority of heaven, rather that person comes under the authority of Satan, the enemy. If we are rebellious toward our parents or the authority of our church, we won't have much authority over the evil one as rebellious children.  

Many who walk in rebellion are children of the devil, though they go to church, should they die, the devil will claim their spirit, God forbid!. But, when we obey the word of God and do what the word says, we are blessed above our imaginations. The promises in the word and all the blessings becomes our. When we obey the word of God, we come under the  authority heaven and when we are under authority, we can resist the devil effectively.

4. Telling Lies. This is sin and I decided to mention it separately because the bible says all liers are sons and daughters of the devil. In Psalms 101:7 the Lord says that he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my presence. Lies can disqualify all your good works in the kingdom. The devil deceive people to tell lies easily without knowing the consequences of lies - It turns you to the devil, separates you from God's presence and authority and with that, the devil can easily devour such one.

5. Carnality.  This can simply be described as walking in the flesh and obeying the laws of the flesh which is pleasure seeking, pride, quest for money and fame and all the sundry vices like drunkenness, fornication and adultery, anger, stealing, cheating etc. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, 

As long as you are walking in the flesh, you cannot command anything to happen.  You can speak, but you can be sure nothing will happen because you are in rebellion, the powers of darkness will not answer to you.  A canal believer is powerless.

6. Unbelief. Unbelief is a serious sin. It is a sign of lack of faith and the bible says in Romans 14:23 that whatever is not of faith is sin. The book of Hebrews also calls unbelief sinful: "See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God" (3:12). Unbelief is so serious that Jesus could not do many miracles because of the people's lack of faith (see Matt. 13:58).

Unbelief is faithlessness.  It is simply a tragedy for a believer, son/daughters of God not to believe God.  Without faith, we cannot please God and we cannot receive from Him. The worse part of unbelief is that without faith in God, there is fear on all sides.  A believer without faith is full of fear of sickness, failure and rejection, fear paralyzes us and keeps us from receiving all that God has in stock for us.

Children of God, let us all make a vow to live right, no matter the situation we face and to remember to love the Lord and our neighbours.  I don't know where you are today. I don't know the challenges you are battling, remember we are in transit on earth, ambassadors on earth and that heaven is our home.  

Remember, there will be another fellowship in heaven and I want to see you there.  Obey the word of God and be guided by the Holy Spirit and your life will glorify Him, Jesus Christ our Saviour.  

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