“Anyone who speaks evil things against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. His guilt will last forever.” (3:29 NIRV)
The Holy Spirit is the still, quiet voice of God that we sometimes hear. This voice differs from our everyday thoughts.
We can control our thoughts, which are perfectly clear and occur directly in our heads.
By contrast, the still, quiet voice of God speaks to us infrequently. It seems to occur just outside of our heads, and it is usually very difficult to hear clearly.
Why should we never deny the Holy Spirit?
Remember–God knows everything (1 John 3:20). When God decides to speak to us through the Holy Spirit, God might be giving us an important fact that we don’t know.
Might . . .
We must also remember that God enjoys toying with us. God’s still, quiet voice might be giving us a true fact, or it might be giving us a “red herring” (i.e. a false lead).
In any case, we MUST listen carefully. Then, we need to decide–true fact or false lead?
The CEO of Gun Company A “accidentally” fell to his death from a 6th-floor hotel window.
About one year later, I was researching Gun Company B. I had already visited the company three times, collecting corporate documentation and asking questions.
However, the Holy Spirit spoke to me, “Go again”.
What?#! Does God want to see me make a pest of myself?
Repeatedly, I heard the still, quiet voice say “Go again”.
Finally, I made an appointment to speak with the Director of Strategic Planning.
During the meeting, I gained a piece of information that told me the truth about the death of Gun Company A’s CEO . . . he was pushed from the window.
A Shocking Discovery
During a visit to an Arab country, I read a few novels related to Islam.
In Christianity, speaking evil against the Holy Spirit is the only unforgivable sin.
Can you imagine my utter surprise when I learned that Muslims believe judgment after death depends upon how well we listened to God’s still, quiet voice during life?