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The Forgotten Third: Developing a Relationship with God the Holy Spirit — Let’s Not QUENCH the Holy Spirit of God!

We are asking in these posts, how are we to relate to the Third Person of the Trinity? Some believers overemphasize Him while others overlook Him. Wanting a balanced view of the Third Member of the Trinity, we continue our study by asking, what does it mean to “quench” the Holy Spirit?

We read in I Thessalonians 5:19 —

Do not quench the Spirit. (NIV)

Other translations of this verse put it a bit differently: The NET Bible has “Do not extinguish the Spirit.” The Living Bible says, “Do not smother the Holy Spirit.” The CSB renders this verse as: “Don’t stifle the Spirit.” The CEB says, “Don’t suppress the Spirit” while the ICB has “Do not stop the work of the Holy Spirit.”

So, we are not to extinguish or smother the Holy Spirit. We can somehow stifle Him or suppress Him, stopping His work in and through us. The context of I Thessalonians 5:19 mentions prophesying and the Phillips’ translation renders the text as: Never damp the fire of the Spirit, and never despise what is spoken in the name of the Lord. By all means use your judgement, and hold on to whatever is really good, Steer clear of evil in any form. The Message says: Don’t suppress the Spirit, and don’t stifle those who have a word from the Master. On the other hand, don’t be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what’s good. Throw out anything tainted with evil.

So — what does it mean to QUENCH the Spirit of God? When the word “quench” is used in Scripture, it is speaking of suppressing fire. When believers put on the shield of faith, as part of their armor of God (Ephesians 6:16), they are extinguishing the power of the fiery darts from Satan. Christ described hell as a place where the fire would not be “quenched” (Mark 9:44, 46, 48). Likewise, the Holy Spirit is a fire dwelling in each believer. He wants to express Himself in our actions and attitudes. When believers do not allow the Spirit to be seen in our actions, when we do what we know is wrong, we suppress or quench the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). We do not allow the Spirit to reveal Himself the way that He wants to. (https://www.gotquestions.org/grieve-quench-Holy-Spirit.html)

The Challenge: How might you be quenching the Spirit of God’s fire in your life? Confess that — and ask Him to continue His good work in you.

Here’s a bonus summary of an article on this issue:

“Seven Ways We Quench the Holy Spirit” (Sam Storms)

1. We quench the Holy Spirit when we rely decisively on any resource other than the Holy Spirit for anything we do in life and ministry.
2. We quench the Spirit whenever we diminish his personality and speak of him as if he were only an abstract power or source of divine energy.
3. We quench the Spirit whenever we suppress or legislate against his work of imparting spiritual gifts and ministering to the church through them.
4. We quench the Spirit whenever we create an inviolable and sanctimonious structure in our corporate gatherings and worship services, and in our small groups, that does not permit spontaneity or the special leading of the Spirit.
5. We quench the Spirit whenever we despise prophetic utterances (1 Thessalonians 5:20).
6. We quench the Spirit whenever we diminish his activity that alerts and awakens us to the glorious and majestic truth that we are truly the children of God (Romans 8:15–16; Galatians 4:4–7).
7. We quench the Spirit whenever we suppress, or legislate against, or instill fear in the hearts of people regarding the legitimate experience of heartfelt emotions and affections in worship.
https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/seven-ways-to-quench-the-spirit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2019 in The Holy Spirit

 

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Quench Your Thirst! But For Your Sake Don’t Quench the Spirit!

This is Part 3 in our series on theologically quenching the Spirit of God.  FirefoxScreenSnapz459We saw in our 1st post that we may theologically quench the Spirit of God when we fail to be Berean believers.  That is, when we don’t test all we hear or read or see with the Scriptures, we are effectively disarming the Spirit of God.  We saw in Part 2 in our series that we quench the Spirit when we don’t listen to His speaking to us through other believers.

The third way we may theologically quench the Spirit of God is when —

III.  WE CONFUSE OUR IMPRESSIONS WITH THE SPIRIT’S SPEAKING THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD!

We read in I Thessalonians 5:   19 Don’t quench the Spirit, 20 don’t despise inspired messages. 21 But do test everything — hold onto what is good . . .

I was visiting a friend in Dallas a few days ago and, while I was waiting for him to finish work, FirefoxScreenSnapz466I stopped in at a local Starbucks.  As I began to work on my laptop, I noticed a dark-haired woman, maybe about 40 (always a dangerous thing to guess a woman’s age), packing up her things and getting ready to leave.

As she walked out of Starbucks, she gave me the following note:prophetic note

Now, I don’t know what you think of such things, but I’m not into words of prophecy or words of knowledge, so this took me a bit by surprise.

The note reads:  “Do not allow what you think you see & hear be the reality.  I am God & I work in ways you cannot see but it does not mean I am not working on your behalf.”

How should I respond to this note from a total stranger?  Had she just lost her job at a Chinese fortune cookie factory?  I did not follow her out the door or engage her in any way.  For some reason, she felt she needed to write me this personal note — to encourage me, I guess.

I don’t recall feeling particularly down.  In fact, my strong cup of Starbucks was doing a FirefoxScreenSnapz467pretty good job of bolstering my spirits!

I don’t find much in her note that troubles me.  I don’t see anything that is clearly contrary to Scripture.  But what does bother me a tad is that she thinks she was speaking God’s truth to me at that moment.  How would she know my situation without talking to me, asking me questions, seeing what I was going through or thinking?

I believe the Spirit’s primary way of speaking to us is through the written Word of God, the Bible. I am quite skeptical of those who think they are speaking for God when they don’t use the Scriptures.

We can quench the Spirit when we don’t listen to His speaking to us through other believers.  But we can also quench the Spirit when we follow our own instincts or impressions and believe we are speaking for the Spirit of God.

 Questions:

1.  Have you had a Christian speak to you in a way that made you think they were claiming direct revelation from God?  How did you respond?

2.  “The Lord spoke to me and told me to tell you” is not a new phenomenon.  Read over Job 4:12-17 and see how Job’s friend Eliphaz took this approach with Job.  How would you have responded to Eliphaz?

 

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2014 in I Thessalonians 5:19

 

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