“Quench not the Spirit.” (1st Thessalonians 5:19)

How many of us have ever really thought about this scripture, “Quench not the Spirit!”   Quench — extinguish, burn out, put out, switch off, turn off, smother, douse.  For our purposes I think quench might mean ‘turn off’ or ‘douse’.

The Spirit of God is the Heavenly Promise sent from Jesus to guide us in all things pertaining to life and godliness.  He resides within us, praying for us and guiding us.  If you are born-again and if you are connected to the vine, walking ‘in the Spirit’ (Galatians 5:16-18), and walking in His will, the Holy Spirit is both your Counselor and Comforter. 

How do we quench the Spirit?  We quench Him when we are in sin.  Ephesians Chapter 4 in comparing our old life with our new life names a few things that will quench the Holy Spirit:  lasciviousness (lewd, lustful acts, lustfulness, wantonness, unrestrained sexual behavior), greed, lying, anger, theft, corrupt communication, bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour (shouting, yelling), and evil speaking.

When the Holy Spirit takes up residence within a believer, He brings with Him gifts that God expects us to use to further His purposes on Earth.  These gifts are supernatural graces Christians need to fulfill the mission of the Church.  Sometimes referred to as charismatic gifts, they are:  a word of knowledge, increased faith, gift of miracles, prophecy, discernment of spirits, diverse kinds of tongues, and interpretation of tongues.  1st Timothy 4:14 tells us “Neglect not the gift that is in thee …” and 2nd Timothy 1:6 reminds us to “… stir up the gift of God …”  In other words, put your whole heart, mind, body and soul into the work of God using the gift(s) of the Holy Spirit.  TO NEGLECT YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS IS TO QUENCH THE SPIRIT OF GOD.

We don’t want to become dry bones.  “And He said unto me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, ‘O Lord, thou knowest!’ (Ezekiel 37:3).

“He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?  And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost” (Acts 19:2).  In the early church we see believers (those who believed that Jesus was, in fact, the Messiah, the Son of God) who, the apostles laid hands on, praying for them to receive the Holy Spirit.  This ‘second’ baptism (Luke 3:22, Acts 1:4-5, Acts 2:1-4) was necessary for the fledgling church to walk in the might and power of the Spirit as effective witnesses to all nations.  Although the Holy Spirit resides in every born again believer, there is a total surrendering of self that must be done to enable the Spirit to work in you bringing forth the gifts [of the Spirit] as they are needed in order to witness and uplift the Body of Christ.  Achieving this ‘surrendering of self’ is between you and God, it is something that you can seek and pray for.  But saints, only someone who wants to immerse themselves in the things of God, to be used by God, no matter the cost, should pray for this special grace. 

Quench not the Spirit!  There are millions and millions of lost people on earth.  Lost with no one telling them that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  Be filled with the Spirit and fulfill the great commission, we have been given talents, don’t bury them, use them.


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