We have both of those things mentioned specifically in the scriptures. Ephesians 4:30 says, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Then, 1 Thessalonians 5:19 tells us to “Quench not the Spirit.”

To go against the leading of the Spirit would be to resist Him and His guidance. To disregard the leading of the Spirit would be to quench Him. So, in other words:

* TO DO what the Spirit tells you NOT TO DO would grieve Him.

* TO NOT DO what the Spirit tells you TO DO would quench Him.

Notice the precise language of these verses. The Holy Spirit is a divine PERSON. He is not just an influence or a force, He is a person. He is part of the Holy Trinity comprised of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He can be grieved and He can be quenched. To do either would be to go against the will of God and is SIN. It the Spirit should lead you to stay away from certain places or people and you do it anyway, you disobey Him and grieve Him. If the Spirit should lead you to serve the Lord by speaking to someone about their need of salvation and you refuse, you disobey Him and quench Him.

The Lord Jesus, before sending the Spirit into the world had this to say in John 16:13-14, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” As believers on the Lord Jesus Christ, we are dependent upon the Spirit of God to open the Word of God to us, revealing precious truths that we just cannot get on our own. He will guide us. He will take the things of God and reveal them to us. If we grieve or quench the Spirit, we are robbing ourselves of the wonderful benefit of His leading.

Even when we pray, we should wait upon the Spirit to show us what to pray. We read in Romans 8:26, “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (NASB)

Who does the Holy Spirit lead? EVERYONE who has put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation has the Holy Spirit within. Romans 8:14 tells us, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

Who does the Holy Spirit indwell? Again, EVERYONE that is saved has the Spirit dwelling in him. 1 Corinthians 3:16, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” What a marvelous thing we have! As believers, we have the Holy Spirit of God living inside each one of us to lead us into all truth, to lead us in our prayers, to guide our words and actions, and to minister to our every need. May we not grieve Him or quench Him. May we be obedient to His leading. (257.6)