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Don’t Quench Him

1 Thessalonians 5:19 (ESV) … “Do not quench the Spirit.”

This verse is a caution against dousing water on the fire of God’s Spirit: Do not put out the Spirit fire. This can happen in any heart when the Holy Spirit is stifled, allowing thoughts or actions which are contrary to the character or practices of God. The fire of the Spirit is suppressed when he is rejected, when his convicting power, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8–11) are ignored. We douse the Spirit’s influence in our life through doubt, we drench him with anger, we drown his power with immorality.

The Holy Spirit himself cannot be put out. He is God. We can, however, stifle his work in our life. We quench the Spirit, or grieve him, when we do not reach for those attitudes and graces which are peculiarly his—love, joy, and peace (Gal. 5:22–23). The Spirit’s fire is quenched when his presence is ignored or his guidance and conviction in our hearts are suppressed and rejected.[1]

[1] Larson, K. (2000). I & II Thessalonians, I & II Timothy, Titus, Philemon (Vol. 9, p. 75). Broadman & Holman Publishers.

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