WE ARE ABSOLUTELY DEPENDENT UPON THE HOLY SPIRIT. We depend on Him for life, light, wisdom and sanctification. Without His presence, power, and operations, we are ignorant, carnal, and dead. We should therefore be very careful not to grieve or dishonour Him. We do so when we neglect, slight, or make any improper use of God's holy word; when we entertain hard thoughts of God, or low thoughts of the Lord Jesus; when we mind the things of the flesh and not of the Spirit; when we trifle with or indulge in any sin; when we slight His promptings, abuse His gifts, and give heed to Satan, the world, or the flesh. When we grieve Him, He suspends His operations, and we find no help in duty; we grow cold, carnal, and indifferent; we taste no sweetness in spiritual things, and the ministry of the word becomes dry and lifeless; the Bible becomes a sealed book; there is no power in prayer; no gratitude for mercies received; our Christian service becomes a burden. O grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, by whom ye are sealed unto the day of redemption; but sow unto the Spirit, and ye shall reap life everlasting!
Return, O holy Dove, return,
Sweet messenger of rest!
I hate the sins that made Thee mourn,
And drove Thee from my breast.