Do Not Quench The Spirit
“Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
“Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. Brethren, pray for us.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19-25
There are those who seem to think the Bible is divided into denominational sections where each group picks and chooses what they agree with and ignores the parts that don’t fit their theology. Their perception may be all too realistic but the truth is the Bible is the Word of God, all of it, and the Body of Christ is subject to the whole counsel of all of it. No part of it is more superior to any other, and there are no superfluous portions.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…” 2 Timothy 3:16
Therefore, none can be perfunctory or dismissible by us who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord.
We hear little or nothing today about quenching the Spirit. Yet many are doing just that every day. How often have we perceived a thought or idea to speak or do something that we know is right and that is the will of God for that moment and we suppress the thought or ignore the impetus by rationalizing that it’s not that big a deal or the circumstance is not right as we measure rightness, or we are embarrassed at the idea of calling attention to ourselves or any number of rationalizations to justify our inaction?
How often have we heard a prophetic word, a hard, not easily understood, saying or penetrating convicting truth that we know is from God and we sense an inner witness that it is undeniably the voice of God speaking to us that we need to heed and affirm by taking a more Godly posture in our interactions with the culture, but for the sake of our reputations or fears or some false sense of our unworthiness we do nothing to advance the Kingdom of God? We choose to retreat to our “safe” place of silence, thinking if we don’t do or say anything the evil one will not notice us, we won’t make waves and we will avoid conflict. But that never succeeds.
When we suppress the leading of the Holy Spirit to take action for the sake of God’s Kingdom we quench the Spirit. When we resist expressing the passion of our hearts in worship we quench the Spirit. When we fail to respond to the impetus to show kindness, speak comfort, exhortation, encouragement, praise or admonition to others in a timely manner we quench the Spirit. When we fail to give generously and with simplicity, we quench the Spirit.
All of these are easily corrected. How? Just do it! When we feel an urging to do or say something good, do it and do it quickly, don’t hesitate or put it off. When we put things off, too often we forget and the moment passes when we could have been God’s hands and feet to reach across the aisle, across the street, across the nation, indeed across the world to touch a life for Heaven’s sake.
“…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17
“For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.” 1 Corinthians 4:20
The kingdom of God will come on the earth as we release the Kingdom of God from within us.
“…nor will they say, “See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21