Are You Accountable?

We hear a lot about accountability these days but what does it really mean?*

noun: accountability


  1. the fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility.”their lack of accountability has corroded public respect”

Who are you accountable to:

  • Employer
  • Spouse
  • Friends
  • Parents
  • City/County
  • Ministry
  • GOD!!!

How are you doing in these relationships? My guess is that you are lacking in at least one of these areas.

This morning I read something that rocked my world.

Quench Not The Spirit By Oswald Chambers

Quench not the Spirit. — 1 Thessalonians 5:19

The voice of the Spirit is as gentle as a zephyr, so gentle that unless you are living in perfect communion with God, you never hear it. The checks of the Spirit come in the most extraordinarily gentle ways, and if you are not sensitive enough to detect His voice you will quench it, and your personal spiritual life will be impaired. His checks always come as a still small voice, so small that no one but the saint notices them.

Beware if in personal testimony you have to hark back and say — “Once, so many years ago, I was saved.” If you are walking in the light, there is no harking back, the past is transfused into the present wonder of communion with God. If you get out of the light you become a sentimental Christian and live on memories, your testimony has a hard, metallic note. Beware of trying to patch up a present refusal to walk in the light by recalling past experiences when you did walk in the light. Whenever the Spirit checks, call a halt and get the thing right, or you will go on grieving Him without knowing it.

Suppose God has brought you up to a crisis and you nearly go through but not quite, He will engineer the crisis again, but it will not be so keen as it was before. There will be less discernment of God and more humiliation at not having obeyed; and if you go on grieving the Spirit, there will come a time when that crisis cannot be repeated, you have grieved Him away. But if you go through the crisis, there will be the psalm of praise to God. Never sympathize with the thing that is stabbing God all the time. God has to hurt the thing that must go.


Think if it this way…unless we are fully abiding in Christ ,we are grieving the Holy Spirit and therefore bring discipline on ourselves instead of the blessings that God had planned for us.

Read that again. We are accountable to Jesus for EVERY thought, EVERY word & EVERY deed. How does this change your perspective?

Father God,

I pray that each person who reads this post (or the original devotional) is drawn to you in a supernatural way today. May each of us become completely accountable to Your will. And may all our actions draw others to you as well.

Please bring healing to any relationships that are strained or broken due to lack of accountability.

Today, my desire is for your light to shine through me in undeniable ways. I am your humble servant.

In the Precious & Holy Name of Jesus,


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*Oxford Languages


  1. I have had the frustrating experience of watching someone become alienated from the church and slip back into sin because of an unwillingness to be accountable. As the proverb says, “Pride goes before destruction…”


  2. These are great truths. It’s easy to let everyday living dull our awareness of how we live. When we live with the mindset of being accountable for every thought, word, and action, it will alter how we go about our daily lives. thanks for these thought-provoking words, Barbara!

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