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1 Thessalonians 5:19 (KJV) “ Quench not the Spirit. “
Commandment: Do not put out the fire of the Holy Ghost in your life!
To quench is to
douse a fire, and the Holy Spirit is likened many times as
the fire of, and is the power source in us that empowers us to walk in
the will of God and do the works of God.
Don’t throw cold water on
someone else who is operating under the power and fire of God!
Do not throw water on
yourself from doing the same thing by resisting the move of the
Spirit and smothering it out.
That fire is power, and that
power is to bring the manifestation of God through our lives…
both in fruit and in spiritual gifts.
Don’t throw cold water on that power source of God in your own life or
in the lives of others.
The second half of 1 Thessalonians 5 is in context with the rest
of the book as the way that we are to live and walk as believers to
“hot” or “fervent”
in the Spirit and the power of God, so that we shall be
lights in this dark world and be ready when Jesus calls the church out
Up to this point, we have
been told how to treat others and God in the commandments:
12-13 tells us to recognize
those who work in the ministry and esteem them and the work.
14 tells us how to deal with
those who are
high maintenance, low impact believers who are troubled
– to warn the lazy and disorderly;
to comfort the discouraged ones who
feel like giving up; and to
help hold up those who are weak or sick.
15 tells us that we must
treat those who mistreat us well and
overcome evil with good.
16-18 talks about our relationship with God.
16 tells us to rejoice
evermore and live in the
joy of the Lord that comes from the Spirit.
17 tells us to have a
prayer in our hearts at all times and to be people of
18 tells us to be
thankful in every thing, and that this is the
will of God.
When we fail to walk this way, then we are disobedient to God and that
does QUENCH THE SPIRIT.
SELF-WILLED BELIEVERS ARE WEAK
CHRISTIANS WHO ARE CONTINUALLY QUENCHING THE FIRE OF GOD IN THEIR
LIVES, AND KEEPING THE POWER TO OVERCOME AWAY!
We quench the Spirit when we know to do good and we know to follow the
Spirit, but we follow the lusts or desires of our flesh instead.
This is an act of pride.
the proud. When we follow the Spirit and obey the Word of
God and flow with God, then we are humbling ourselves to Him or making
our will into His. He gives that person more grace.
Romans 8:14 (KJV) “ For as many as are led by the Spirit of God,
they are the sons of God. “
4:6 (KJV) “ But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God
resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. “
James 4:17 (KJV) “ Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and
doeth it not, to him it is sin. “
To walk as
a true child of God takes following the Spirit in life. That
will make the fire of the Spirit burn
brighter in us, and as the pillar of fire by night to the
wandering Children of Israel, we will be led to our own promises from
You cannot help but be blessed if you walk in the Spirit.
We walk in the Spirit so that we do not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
THE ONLY WAY TO NOT FALL INTO THE SINS OF THE FLESH IS TO
WALK IN THE SPIRIT. When we go our own way and the
Spirit is quenched, sin is not far behind.
Galatians 5:16 (KJV) “ This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall
not fulfil the lust of the flesh. “
the Spirit is one of the four major sins that you can commit against
the Holy Spirit.
Lying to the Holy Spirit
Blaspheming the Holy Spirit
Quenching the Holy Spirit comes from
disobeying the Spirit and doing things your own way, or
out of fear literally rejecting the move of the Spirit.
When we try to put out the influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and
we go our own way, then we are smothering out the fire of God in us and
making ourselves lukewarm The
Spirit is what makes us fervent in our faith.
And when we rebel against the Spirit and walk
in the flesh instead of the Holy Spirit, then we smother out His fire in
QUENCHING the Spirit
Spirit if there is not repentance for the quenching.
See, the Holy Spirit is a person (not an “it”), and only a person can be
“grieved” as in
Ephesians 4:30 (KJV) “ And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye
are sealed unto the day of redemption. “
the Spirit can include resisting the Holy Spirit when He wants to move
through you in spiritual gifts such as prophecy, etc. He can
be quenched when you knowingly
rebel against God’s Word ignoring the conviction of the Spirit
and doing what your flesh wants to do anyway. You can quench it in
when you oppose what the Spirit is doing (such as moving in spiritual
gifts) through others. It is rebelling against the Holy
Spirit and throwing water on Him.
TOO MANY TIMES, CHURCHES GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT!
There are far too many churches who are terrified of a real spiritual
manifestation of God through spiritual gifts,
quench the Spirit in their fear.
This will cause a church or Christian to
There are others who walk more in man’s traditions than the Word of God
so legalistic that they depend more on
fleshly works than the work of the Spirit within them. This
will put out the fire of God in a church just as easily.
It is wrong.
Ultimately, when a person or church gets into a pattern of resisting the
they wind up
being a real hindrance for the work of God. And they
and backbite those others who are flowing in the Spirit
and being used of God because they are not doing it man’s way.
Acts 7:51-52 (KJV) “ 51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and
ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do
ye. 52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and
they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One;
of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: “
The devastating consequences that come with that is that we quench the
operation of the Holy Spirit in our own lives. That means
that the Spirit slows down or stops producing the
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT within us,
and that is what gives us the abundant life in Christ.
See, we need that fruit of the Spirit to enjoy the abundant life that
Jesus promised that he would bring to us.
John 10:10 (KJV) “ The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill,
and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might
have it more abundantly. “
Galatians 5:17, 22-25 (KJV) “
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the
flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other:
so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance:
against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ's have
crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in
the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. “
See, the first thing that happens
when we quench the Spirit is that we put out these things in our
lives. Therefore we will not have love or peace or joy and patience
or gentleness or faith, etc. being produced in us and we become
THE PROCESS OF
BACKSLIDING AND BECOMING LUKEWARM:
Quench the Spirit by
doing it your own way ~ following flesh (temptation might
Fruit of the Spirit is
slowed radically since the Spirit is being
smothered (QUENCHED) in your life
The Fruit keeps you walking in the Spirit, and
that keeps you from sin
Real sin begins
and you grieve the Holy Spirit
The fruit disappears
completely and misery sets in as chastening increases
You move from lukewarm to a lifestyle of
This is the first step in chastening, which God the perfect Father will
do when we begin to stray.
the Spirit is the first step in straying.
Hebrews 12:6-8 (KJV) “ 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and
scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God
dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father
chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are
partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. “
We must repent (as the Church at Ephesus was called to do when they lost
their first love of Jesus), and stir up the gift that is within us as
Paul exhorted Timothy when this occurs.
Revelation 2:5 (KJV) “ Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen,
and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee
quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou
Timothy 1:6 (AMP) “ 6 That is why I would remind you to stir up
(rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the
[gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you by means of the
laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination]. “
Thessalonians 5:20-22 (KJV) “ 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all
appearance of evil. “
actually connected to the bridge verse about not quenching the Spirit.
This is important in these last days that are prophesied by God’s Word
to be a time where your sons and daughters would prophesy, and prophecy
is so feared and hated in too many churches.
Acts 2:16-21 lets us know that the hallmark
of the last days is your sons and daughters prophesying.
1 Corinthians 14 tells us that we can prophesy and edify one another,
but let another stand aside and judge. The balance is to not despise
prophecy, but to judge and prove it.
WE MUST BALANCE IT ON THE SCALES OF THE WORD OF GOD, for it is a surer
word of prophecy.
Today, there are
in the church where one group talks about (1)
new revelations and leads people
away from the true Word of God with
And the other extreme is the groups that (2)
fear spiritual gifts and claim (though there is no
biblical backing for it when taken in context) that
spiritual gifts no longer operate
so that there is no prophecy given
BOTH OF THESE IMBALANCED VIEWS ARE
AND THE BIBLE DOES NOT BACK THEM.
This is the age of spiritual
gifts moving through the called out ones… the church.
Young or old or male or female does not matter, for God will
operate spiritual gifts (especially prophetic ones) in the last days.
We are in the last days. It began at the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2,
and will continue until the rapture (catching away of the church).
THIS IS A HALLMARK OF THE LAST DAYS ACCORDING
TO JOEL AND ACTS.
It is from the Holy Spirit, and denying or despising it
is quenching the Spirit.
We are to abstain also from every form of
evil. This is to keep you out of trouble. The word in KJV
for appearance can mean just as easily “kind” as in different kinds or
forms. In other words, Stay away and don’t have part of any and every
kind of evil.
Ephesians 4:27 (KJV) “ Neither give place to the devil. “
Romans 12:9 (KJV) “ Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that
which is evil; cleave to that which is good. “
Every form of
evil is by its very nature the enemy of God. Evil is
the rebellion and rejection of God, and we are to abstain or have
nothing to do with every “form” or kind of
Thessalonians 5:23-24 (KJV) “ 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.
he that calleth you, who also will do it. “
them the blessing of sanctification from the God of peace.
Now, this is a pivotal verse for understanding
how that we can obey all the commandments given so far. If we
want to please God and be ready and walk in the light of Jesus Christ
and be ready, then we must not walk according to the world and our own
way, and quench the Holy Spirit.
We are given supernatural power by God in this by the
the whole person by the God of peace.
He keeps us from His wrath by setting us aside for Him and bringing the
works of God in our lives that we are kept in His peace.
ARE ABLE TO OBEY GOD’S COMMANDMENTS BY GOD’S HELP
The word sanctify is used here.
It shows that God is doing a work in us to be able to walk in the
= Greek hagiazo, which means to make something
“holy”, and set it aside for
service and use by God. It is the making something holy that is now
dedicated to God so that God can fill it and use it. It is setting
VERSION BIBLE has a wonderful illustration given
Witness Lee. I will offer an amended version of it here
from memory. Sanctification like “Tea-ification”:
trials of life and prayer moves the Word and the Spirit within us,
and the Holy Spirit blends Jesus Christ in us more and more within
us and changing us from glory to glory more into the image of Jesus
as stirring the tea in tea-ification makes the water into tea,
SANCTIFICATION blend Jesus into us so that we become the
image of God.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV) “ 18 But we all, with open face beholding
as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image
from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. “
God wants to transform you more and more into the image of Jesus Christ
through the blood of Jesus, and the Word of God, and the things that He
allows to come up in our lives.
Spirit is stirring Jesus into more and more into our lives saturating us
with the holiness and personality of Jesus Christ! We are a work in
We never need to grieve the Holy Spirit and hinder the work of God in
our lives. We can walk according to these commandments and treat other
well even when they do not treat us well, and become true worshipers of
God and walk in thanksgiving and the power of
the Spirit if we submit ourselves to God and allow the Holy Spirit to
reveal Jesus in us. That is sanctification, and it is God pouring His
holiness in us!
We will live the abundant life of Christ and know the fullness of the
Kingdom of Heaven in us when we live that way, and Jesus will be the
Lord of our lives! It’s a good life, and in fact, it is the only real
life that is abundant with the good things of God.
Copyrighted © 2007 by James Dale
Voice of the Watchman Ministries
Ministered at the Cawood Church of
God on October 14, 2007
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