It is the ultimate duty of every Christian to yield themselves fully to the power and working of God’s Holy Spirit. I know that various believers interpret that power and working in different ways. But whatever it means to you, I do think that we will spend our lives learning to yield. Perhaps even being blind to the areas where we have refused to yield.
Refused to yield? That sounds rather stubborn and rebellious. Yes, it does. It is. I confess it. To fail to follow God’s leading is to say to God that you know better and He will be assured of this when you have followed your own path for a while. Then we wake up in the pig pen and wonder why our rebellious road led us there.
1 Thessalonians 5:19 says”Quench not the Spirit” (ASV). The HCSB says, “Don’t stifle the Spirit.” The Amplified Bible elaborates, “Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the [Holy] Spirit...” An associated idea could be Ephesians 4:30, “And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit...”
I wish that Apostle Paul had elaborated further upon this terse command. Perhaps only God can reveal to us the ways that we have stifled His Spirit in our lives.
Have we resisted the urge to pray for someone or at certain times?
Have we insisted on our rights to the detriment of others who may be struggling?
Have we said to the lost world that even though the Spirit is convicting them of sin we have no interest in befriending and teaching them?
Are we falling short in living lives characterized by love?
Do we spend more time in misery than we do joy?
Are we in inner turmoil and distress rather than a peace that passes understanding?
Does anger rule our personality while patience is in short supply?
Do we feel it is acceptable to be rude online, or in person, when someone has failed to show kindness to us?
Have we bought into the lies of the media and our culture and regarded goodness as weakness? Faith as ignorance? Gentleness as an invitation to be taken advantage of?
Is self-control a matter of wishful thinking?
In Galatians 5:22 we find these ‘fruit of the Spirit’ listed. They remind us that we have a lot more yielding to do. We can make self-assured statements about being saved and sanctified but if we are not yielding in these areas we remain a people who quench the Spirit.
Galatians 5:25 Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit.
I encourage you to pray about areas that you may be quenching the Spirit and begin to let go of your resistance. Your most persistent sins are the areas to start with. They are security blankets provided by the Enemy. Replace them with the truth of the Spirit and see how He begins to move and operate in ways that you previously thought unlikely.
I liked THIS POST about some ways we quench the Spirit.
Thanks for reading,