“Receiving the gift”
Quench not the Spirit.
—1 Thessalonians 5:19
1 Thessalonians 5:12-22
Out of His goodness, God gives eternal life to His people through the power of His Word and Spirit. To that end, the Originator of faith is necessary when we open our Bibles, for it says, “Quench not the Spirit.”
Perhaps you are wondering how we quench the Spirit. Let me first ask you a question: Do you desire that the Holy Spirit live within you? You might answer, “Of course.” But how do you go about it? Do you ask the Spirit to live and work in your heart? We are masters in quenching the fire that the Spirit seeks to light within us. For example, how do you read and listen to God’s Word? How do you start your day? Do you give your utmost attention while attending worship services? What are your deepest desires?
If you answer these questions honestly, you will realize that we stand guilty before the Lord. We still have much to learn! It is such a miracle that God will have anything to do with you and me, especially since we are continually guilty of quenching the fire of God’s Spirit. And yet it is not too late to seek the Lord! Do not remain indifferent. The Lord hears the needy when they cry – pray that He will take away all the weapons of your rebellion.
How can you quench the Holy Spirit?