Do not quench the Spirit
I Thessalonians 5:19
This is a verse that has often puzzled me. How does a person quench the Holy Spirit, and why would a person want to do that? I was thinking about this verse recently. I am pretty sure that most of the quenching is done in ignorance. Since we don’t know what would quench the Spirit’s working in our lives, we don’t know when it happens. By the way, that is a dangerous position to be in spiritually. We really need to know what will cause us trouble spiritually, so that we can avoid it.
One thing that will quench the Spirit’s working in our lives is excusing ourselves because we are human. Making comments such as “I’m not perfect” or “I am only human” help us to put aside the Holy Spirit’s working in our lives. Just as a candle snuffer puts our the flame, thinking in this manner essentially says to God, “Your Spirit cannot work in my life. I am not perfect. I am too human.” Yet that is exactly why God sends His Spirit to us when we trust Him for salvation. The Holy Spirit’s job is to make us more Christlike and less sinful. Because of the Holy Spirit, we do not need to sin; we do not have to sin; we have no business sinning.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in My name,
He will teach you all things,
and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
And He, when He comes, will convict the world
concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;
concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;
and concerning righteousness,
because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me;
and concerning judgment,
because the ruler of this world has been judged.
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit,
if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.
If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin,
yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body,
you will live.
Romans 8:9a, 10 and 13b
do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit
who is in you, whom you have from God,
and that you are not your own?
For you have been bought with a price:
therefore glorify God in your body.
I Corinthians 6:19-20
May we allow the Holy Spirit to have complete control of our lives and not carelessly stifle His work in our lives.