Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Quench Not the Holy Spirit

 Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5 v 14 - 23: "Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

15  See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
16  Rejoice evermore.
17  Pray without ceasing.
18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
19  Quench not the Spirit.
20  Despise not prophesyings.
21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22  Abstain from all appearance of evil.
23  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

 In order to be a blessing to the Holy Spirit, the above list in Thessalonians gives us a quick run down of do's and don't's.  It starts with warn the unruly; don't seek vengeance; quench not the Spirit; despise not prophesying; abstain from all appearance of evil.

Unruly people are disobedient, rebellious, angry,  headstrong, proud, arrogant, bullying, loud, hurtful, and hypocritical.  We need to warn them to repent of this type of behaviour because it grieves the Holy Spirit.  It also reveals that they are carnal, fleshly Christians because if they knew Jesus and He was in their hearts, they would be changed into His likeness.

This is seen in the other items on the list.  Comfort and support the weak, rather than belittling and making jibes at them.  Be patient, kind and loving to all people.  Rejoice, pray and give thanks.

Abstain from the appearance of evil.  Evil disguises itself in many ways to distract us and lead us into temptation.  Learn to recognize the disguise that tripped us before and rather abstain from those things we know the Lord Jesus would frown on.   

We can let a bird land in our hair, but don't let it build a nest.  Thoughts that encourage us in wrongful activities are not sin.  We can shoo those birds from our hair, but if we entertain them they make a nest.  This will lead us into sin and become a problem.  Rather abstain from things that offend.  It's called self-control.

Ephesians 4 v 26 - 32: "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27  Neither give place to the devil.
28  Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
29  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."

Another list, this time in Ephesians, on the good, bad and ugly things that make up our lives.  

Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby you are sealed.  The Holy Spirit has sealed us in a spiritual cocoon to protect us against the devious plans of Satan.  Being bitter, angry and malicious tears away this covering and we end up in self-condemnation and needing to make right with people and God.  If we do not discipline ourselves, the Lord will chastise us to get our attention.

Would it surprise us to know that this pandemic was sent by God to chastise us for our indifference to His salvation, love, gifts, mercy, patience, miracles and blessings?  He sent us to our rooms for months at a time with the fear of death lurking around every corner.  We have never washed our hands every twenty minutes before.  Our world has never been sanitized in the streets before.  We have to cover our mouths with masks as a reminder to choose our words carefully.  And we have not humbly submitted either.  He is checking every response to know how we really believe.

Psalms 24 v 3 - 4: "Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
4  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully."

Do not give place to the devil.  We have full power and authority over him but he tries desperately to keep us ignorant of it.  If we wake up to how he manipulates our circumstances then we can contain him.  Bind those demons in Jesus' name.  Stop them in their tracks.  Command them to back off.  Guard the family against terror, nightmares, hijackings, theft, rape, kidnapping.  Pray for them daily covering them with the Blood of Jesus.  

Satan cannot cross the bloodline of Jesus.  Just as the Angel of death could not touch the Hebrews homes on the night of the Passover.  The blood of lambs was painted on their doors.  Every Egyptian lost a firstborn that night.  The Israelites lost no one but gained freedom from 400 years of slavery.

The Blood sets us free.  It stops the devil in his tracks.  If we are born again we are washed in the Blood.  We need to know how strong we are, how protected and safe we are in Jesus Christ.  God loves us to be bold and strong against our enemy.  He backs our faith with His Presence.

So lets check our lives today and see if we can improve our faith and our fight against evil.  Let's make sure of our salvation and that we are properly born again.  Otherwise the Blood of Jesus is ineffective on our behalf.  The unsaved do not have divine protection.  They are like the ones who missed Noah's Ark.  These are the choices free will gives us.  Ark or Flood?  Which choice would grieve the Holy Spirit?

If we quench the Holy Spirit, or stop Him from doing what He wants to achieve in and through us, He departs until we repent.  Many people have rejected His gifts as being 'not for today' but they are just as relevant now as on the Day of Pentecost.  If we want the Holy Spirit we must accept Him fully and without reserve, anything less is an insult to the Trinity.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, we never want to grieve the Holy Spirit as He is precious to us as our Teacher, Comforter, Helper and being the anointing on our lives.  We ask forgiveness and repent of ever quenching the Holy Spirit or rejecting His gifts.  We know how to please Him and we will do all those things diligently.  Father, please restore the Holy Spirit to us now.  In Jesus' name. Amen.