Acts 7:51 (NKJV) “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.
Attitude to Avoid in Relating to the Holy Spirit
The word, stiff-necked depicts an attitude of stubbornness, and the word, uncircumcised describes lack of commitment and consecration. These are parts of the attitudes displayed by the children of Israel, in their relationship with the Holy Spirit in the wilderness.
The combination of these attitudes, spelt resistance to the leading and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Stephen is here correcting these attitudes, as he sees it being displayed by the Jews in the New Testament, in their response to the gospel of Christ.
The Bible says, “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. Although, this statement was not directed to believers in Christ, but to the Jews who are resisting the gospel, believers today can glean some useful lessons about the Holy Spirit from it.
Receiving the Best of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit can be resisted. The fathers have resisted Him, and the sons are here being corrected, because they are repeating their fathers’ error, by rejecting the gospel. Resisting the Holy Spirit does not guarantee the best of the Holy Spirit anytime, anywhere.
It takes submission to the leading of the Holy Spirit, to release the best of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does not move, wherever there is outright stubbornness to the things of the Spirit. Stubbornness of any kind quenches the fire of the Holy Spirit, in any gathering.
Stubbornness is a form of dishonour, and you cannot live in complete dishonour of God’s word and expect to enjoy the move of the Holy Spirit. Similarly, the Holy Spirit is hindered, where commitment is lacking, and consecration is missing.
It takes a committed heart and consecrated ears, to enjoy the voice of the Holy Spirit. Your love and longing for the voice of the Holy Spirit, must cause you to make certain decisions, about what you allow into your ears and your heart.
Father, circumcise my ears and heart, and let them be consecrated to You, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Let’s Talk About It:
How do you manage the prompting of the Holy Spirit?