1 Thessalonians 5:19 ESV
To quench something is to put it out in a deliberate way. Paul uses the image of a fire, Do not quench the fire of the Spirit in your lives, in your coming together as a church do not quench the Spirit, in the midst of persecution and suffering don’t put out that fire, keep it burning.
There are a number of ways you can put out a fire, one by loads of water poured over it or just let it die out by not adding fuel.
So how do we quench the Spirit in our lives. Again like a fire any number of ways. It can be unconfessed sin in our lives, it could be a critical spirit, it could be the way we treated someone wrong and our refusal to put all those things right. There is I believe a big one we so often overlook and it is that of saying NO to God.
How do this work? Well, maybe God prompted you to do something, go somewhere and you said “Not now, maybe later, that’s for someone else, it wasn’t the right time, or the right place”.
Here’s the thing as a follower of Jesus over the years I’ve seen. Jesus not only says “follow me” but he also has a way of placing us in situations and places where we feel out of our depth and a sense of inadequacy. Why? To take us a new level of trust and dependence in Him and stretch us.
I’m reminded of the worship song Oceans when it says
“You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand”
As someone who likes to be in a level of the control, the unknown frightens me but it’s there in oceans deep He is with us.
Jesus asked Peter three times, Do you love me? Do you really love me? Peter, how much do you really love me? Peter got the point. If that love for Jesus is there, the answer every time is like Isaiah “Here am I Lord” or Samuel “speak Lord for your servant hears”. There is nowhere He can not take you if that love for him is there. He will take you beyond what you can imagine if you will lay it down on the altar again and say “Yes Lord, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord”.
Draw that line the sand today.
“Do not quench the Spirit.”