Isaiah 63:10, “But they rebelled, and vexed his Holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.”
The Holy Spirit is involved in the new creation as He was in the Genesis creation. Before God said, “Let there be light,” the situation was dark, empty, and in desperate need of order. Then came the transforming influence of the Spirit of God upon the scene and changed everything. Likewise, before the light of the gospel shines into the heart of a sinner, there is darkness, emptiness, and lack of purpose. Thank the Lord that, when someone is born again by the Spirit of God, “he is a new creature; old things are passed away, and behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17).
We have on our side the most powerful source of assistance in the universe as believers because we have the Person of the Holy Spirit. As the third Person of the Trinity, He uses His emotion, will, and personality on our behalf. These can all be used for our benefit and assistance. He is very involved in the daily life of believers, guiding, comforting, strengthening, and producing peace. The same Holy Spirit who is vital to the success of our Christian life can be vexed, and it is possible to rebel against Him. When we vex Him, He ends up working against us, and as a result, nothing lasting happens in our lives, regardless of how much effort or work we perform. In Isaiah chapter 63, we find an example of people against whom the Holy Spirit was turned as their enemy. He fought against the work of their hands instead of blessing it. He hindered them instead of helping them. He resisted them because they had resisted Him. There are a few precautions we should heed that pertain to our relationship with the Spirit of God.
Beware of vexing the Holy Spirit.
The word “vex,” according to Webster’s 1828 dictionary, literally means “to irritate; to make angry by little provocations.” In order to maintain a close relationship with our Helper, the Holy Spirit, we must realize that it is not just the large sins that offend God. The little areas cause Him grief as well. The Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul revealed to the church at Ephesus the little areas that vex Him. After the command in chapter 4 verse 30, “grieve not the Holy Spirit of God,” are mentioned the many minor areas that offend God. “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice” (Ephesians 4:31). Many Christians are content with the level of their Christian life simply because they are not committing any major sins against the Lord. Have you compromised in some small area of your lifeor neglected some small duty? If so, the Holy Spirit is vexed, and He desires you to get this right with Him today.
Beware of seeking power or position rather than the Holy Spirit’s power.
God desires to promote those who are in a right relationship with Him, as we maintain a pure heart and right priorities. Success can get in the way of our fellowship with the Spirit if we allow it to. Don’t seek for position or power as a substitute for the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is full of examples of people that God promoted because they focused on their relationship with God. Joseph was set apart as “a man in whom the Spirit of God is” (Genesis 41:38). God promoted Joseph to a great position of influence and usefulness on a worldwide level. Joseph never sought that. He just focused on his relationship with God, making sure He did not vex the Lord. Are you more focused on the advancement of your position or your relationship with the Spirit of God? Put Him first and let Him take care of your position.
Beware of ignoring those through whom God’s Spirit speaks.
God often spoke through a prophet or a spokesman in the Bible to communicate His message to the people. In fact 413 times we find the mention of the word in Scripture. God’s Spirit would use these men to foretell events to come. The prophet Micah was such a man, who stated, “truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob their transgression, and to the house of Israel his sin” (Micah 3:8). The same Spirit that spoke prophetically then through His prophets now speaks practically through His chosen men. God has placed Pastors over his children as undershepherds to communicate His directions, His promises, and His warnings. We cannot say that we are in a relationship with the Spirit of God and be in a wrong relationship with God’s prophet or God’s preacher. Are you right with the man God has blessed you with to lead you, feed you, and meet your needs?
If we will forget the things that are past, and get thoroughly right with God, the Spirit will flow again unhindered in our lives. What would it take to get thoroughly right with God? If we would avoid vexing Him, seek His help in everything, and follow those whom He has placed over us to lead us, we could walk in sweet fellowship with the greatest Partner one could have! Will you heed the precaution of the Spirit today?