“The worst place to be is where the Holy Spirit has been.”– a quote by Chip Grinnell quoting someone else
Many times we are afraid of offending other people. It can be easy to worry more about what other people think than what God thinks. The worst thing we can do is grieve the Holy Spirit. God is a gentleman. He will not push His way into our hearts.
Scripture records times when the sin of the people became so great that God removed Himself from their presence. This even happened to the Holy Temple.
In churches today, leaders should be more concerned about offending God and causing His anointing to be removed than making people uncomfortable. The same goes for our private lives and public careers.
The pain of losing face and peer pressure is nothing compared to living in a place where the Holy Spirit has been. This means the Spirit left because our actions grieved Him. This is a place where there is no life, just the stench of death.
Christians should never take God for granted or the joy of His presence and Spirit. We should fuel the fire. The Apostle John warned in Revelation about the danger of losing our first love. Jesus warned the church of Ephesus, “Repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove the candlestick out of his place, except thou repent” (Revelation 2:5).
Consider this teaching by Jentezen Franklin at Fire on the Altar: