Day 26 – Don’t resist the Holy Spirit

Acts 7:51-60 (NLT)

“You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you! 52 Name one prophet your ancestors didn’t persecute! They even killed the ones who predicted the coming of the Righteous One—the Messiah whom you betrayed and murdered. 53 You deliberately disobeyed God’s law, even though you received it from the hands of angels.” 54 The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen’s accusation, and they shook their fists at him in rage. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 56 And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!” 57 Then they put their hands over their ears and began shouting. They rushed at him 58 and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.

When it comes to the Spirit of God, it is best not to resist Him like these folk did way back in the day – our lives become much better off when we don’t. Not that He would make our lives miserable, rather, He tries steering us away from misery. He just knows what is best. He knows certain choices we make, will only turn out bad and negative attitudes we cop will only lead to hurting others, so He attempts to steer us clear of those. The Joy of a Spirit-Filled Life is knowing we have God the Spirit helping to guide us through life. Let’s then not resist His gentle nudging and if He has to squeeze our hands a tad tighter in order to get our attention, let’s not yank our hand back in rebellion.