“Quench not the Spirit.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:19
The emphasis we’ve placed on prayer, your responsibility therein and the things of the Spirit in general are not undue. They are necessary.
As believers, our emphasis should be reflective of the apostle’s emphasis. They laid the foundation. We must continue in it.
“Quench not the Spirit”, our anchor text reads. By inference, the text makes staying fervent our responsibility. It also calls for our action and creates the possibility that the fire of the supernatural within us can be quenched.
However, what is the meaning of this instruction?
Is Apostle Paul saying that the Spirit whom Jesus proclaimed would be in the believer until the end of the age can be extinguished? Emphatically no!
He is speaking about the manifestation of the Spirit- the impact and influence of the Spirit. He is informing the church at Thessalonica and us by extension, that the Spirit’s influence can be quenched.
How? You may ask. He mentions what will be our first point in the next verse. He says “Despise not prophesyings” (1 Thessalonians 5:20).
It’s simple. Don’t despise prophecy. Don’t make light of spiritual gifts. He is not oblivious of excesses in the use of it, and so he makes a case for it by instructing us to “prove all things, and hold fast to that which is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
Instead of blatantly refusing it, test the spirit behind a manifestation and embrace the good.
Another way by which the manifestation of the Spirit can be quenched is by being lackadaisical in your walk with the Lord.
Our fervor depends on fellowship with the Lord. If you don’t fellowship with Him via the word, prayer or communion with other saints, you’ll be pouring water on the fire in you.
Lastly, we quench the fire of the supernatural when we entertain false teaching. Therefore, we must guard our hearts!
Dear believer, fan the flames of the supernatural today by taking heed to these instructions.