#5537 – Descending & Remaining

Good morning people who learn to walk continually in the Holy Spirit.

John 1:32-33 NKJV And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’”

When the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus, He did not leave Him. Everything that Jesus did, He did in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus modelled what it was to live with the Holy Spirit in mind.

We are seeing the Holy Spirit descend on people more than ever. It is glorious! People are having deep encounters with God in this season of increased revival in the church. Hallelujah!

As wonderful as this is, my prayer goes beyond the Spirit descending. My prayer is that the Spirit remains on people. I know that this is His desire, therefore, I believe that there is a holy responsibility on us to live with the Spirit in mind.

Ephesians 4:30 NIV And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

The Holy Spirit will remain on us if we do not grieve Him. This is an important point to note. And the apostle Paul plainly states some of the things that grieve the Holy Spirit. I want to leave you with this long passage today as you seek to be people on whom the Spirit remains.

Ephesians 4:17-32 NIV So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.