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Grieving the Holy Spirit

5. Rejected: Hebrews 3:7-9.

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness, Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years.

6. Striven With: Genesis 6:3-4.

And the Lord said,”My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

After studying these scriptures, prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit to tell you the ways in which you have grieved, resisted, quenched, rebelled against, rejected, and striven with Him. If you are sincere in your request, He will tell you. Write His reply in detail and study it. In this case, as in all others where you are seeking guidance and instruction, the internal answer you receive should be put to the test of Scripture, i.e: Command the “voice” speaking to you to acknowledge that “Jesus Christ has come in the flesh” or get out of your mind. I John 4:2,3. The Holy Spirit will not be insulted by your request; it is He who commanded the procedure as a safe-guard against your being deceived. Do it! Examine your list carefully. Humble yourself before the Holy Spirit’s rebuke and repent of your sin. If left unconfessed, any unrepented sin will “insulate” you from His companionship and obstruct the release of His power through you. It is too high a price to pay.

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“Relating to the Holy Spirit” reprinted here from Charles Carrin Ministries monthly newsletter, Gentle Conquest (January 2016). Used with permission.

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Category: Spirit, Winter 2019

About the Author: Charles Carrin, D.D., has served the body of Christ for over 65 years. Educated at University of Georgia and Columbia Theological Seminary, he denied, in belief and practice, the contemporary ministry of the Holy Spirit until a personal crisis opened his eyes to what he had been missing. He is the author of Spirit-Empowered Theology (Chosen, 2017), The Edge Of Glory: Receiving the Power of the Holy Spirit (Creation House, 2002), Sunrise of David Sunset of Saul: A Message to the Church in the End-time (1985, 2014), On Whose Authority?: The Removal of Unwanted Scriptures (Burkhart Books, 2014), a revival novel with Dorothy Easley: Island in the Sun (Xulon, 2010), and a contributor to Word Spirit Power: What Happens When You Seek All God Has to Offer (Chosen, 2012) with R.T. Kendall and Jack Taylor. Today his ministry centers upon the visible demonstration of the Spirit and imparting of His gifts. Read his biography at

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