Quench Not The Spirit

1 Thessalonians 5:19: “Quench not the Spirit.”

The Spirit: The Spirit is reference to the Holy Spirit of God who dwells within us. He seeks to urge us in right decisions and directions for our benefit and that God’s will should be done in our life. He seeks to teach us and to guide us into all truth and to remind us of these truths of God at the right moments. This is one way, that the Spirit, will move us and inspire us to make the right decisions and to go in the right direction. This is the way the Spirit will lead us in our lives.

Quench not the Spirit: Quench means to decrease or cause Him to lose His influence on our decisions and the directions we take in our life. We quench the Spirit when we choose to follow the flesh and are influenced by world, the devil and even our own thinking and emotions. The moment we give heed to the flesh we begin to quench the Spirit. Many promptings and suggestions of the Holy Spirit fail to produce what God desires because we walk in the flesh instead of the Spirit. Instead of quenching the Spirit, we are to yield ourselves unto God (the Spirit) as those who are spiritually alive from the spiritual death we were in before our salvation.

Individual and corporate: While reading this you probably were focused on the Spirit’s influence on the individual. However, 1 Thessalonians was written to the church of Thessalonica. This scripture is written not only for the individual but also for each church throughout the world. The church as a whole must yield to the moving of the Spirit and not let the flesh get in the way. Many times when decisions must be made in our churches and the direction of the church must be decided there are some who will be influenced by the flesh instead of by the Spirit. They will follow their own thinking and emotions or what someone else might say or do rather than following the Spirit. “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3). “The flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would.” (Galatians 5:17). This has caused many churches to miss God’s direction and make wrong decisions. The Spirit knows more and better than we do. May we let the Spirit lead us and not quench Him.