1 Thessalonians 5
19 Do not quench the Spirit.
20 Do not despise prophecies.
As I read verse 19, I come to understand that I, as a human being, am able to quench the Holy Spirit’s work through me in His church. As you know, to quench something is to put it out like extinguishing a flame, blowing out a candle, and so forth. The Holy Spirit is the light, the torch of God who lives in every believer. Ephesians 1 makes this very clear. But when we reject the Word of God, compartmentalize sin, refuse to reconcile with each other before the setting of the sun, live un-submitted lives and essentially live in rebellion to the Spirit led Word of God, we shut off the work of the Holy Spirit in us and through us.
When a Christian quenches the Holy Spirit they will then lose the joy of the Lord, the peace of Christ, and anticipation of the fellowship of the church. If they continue in rebellion to God (for all sin is rebellion to God, do not call it any less) they will make excuses for their powerless lives, change churches blaming the church, try to put themselves in positive spotlights of human service, and more. But until sin is confessed and reconciliation with God and man is sought, the Holy Spirit will still be quenched in their lives.
Then Paul admonishes us to not despise prophecies. These two admonitions go hand-in-hand for when we reject the Word of God we quench the Spirit of the Word. When we accept the Word of God and receive clarity of the Word from the Holy Spirit His light shines both in us and through us. Only Christians who live in submission to the Holy Spirit according to the clear teachings of the Word of God know the fullness of joy and peace and the power of God in and through their lives.
Confession of sin is a wonderful release of the binding chains and the reigniting of the Holy Spirit’s light in our lives. Commit to daily and even hourly confession of sin so that God’s holy light can consistently shine in and through your life.
This Sunday I will be brining the fourth Sola of the Reformation: the teaching of Justification comes from the Scriptures alone. This is vitally important as we face Satan’s constant attacks on the Word of God and on its clear teachings of eternal salvation.
We do have a men’s prayer breakfast this Saturday at 7:30 at Denny’s.
If you want concert tickets for Sunday’s concert please contact me today and I will set them aside for you.
Pray for Steven and Rachel. Steven has prepared the Glee Club for this concert and the sole director for it. Rachel is really uncomfortable in her pregnancy and could really deliver any time. Pray that as God unfolds His timing we would know how to work through these details.
Have a great day in the Lord,