QUENCH NOT THE SPIRIT

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“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed.”
1 Corinthians 12:1 ESV

Apostle Paul made the above statement in our anchor scripture when he was teaching the Corinthian church about order in the practice of spiritual things.

The word “uninformed” here, which is “ignorant” in some versions, can also mean “to ignore”. Therefore, it is as dangerous to be uninformed about spiritual things as it is to ignore them.

Paul also instructed in 1 Thessalonians 5:19 that the church should not quench the Spirit. Although the Holy Spirit is the fullness of God in you, it is possible to stifle or suppress the move of God in your life.

This is not a desirable state to be in as a believer. Therefore, it will be wise to discern when you are slowly slipping into it.

One of the signs that you’re quenching the Spirit is when you find yourself being indifferent to spiritual devotion. To uphold discipline in your devotion, you may have put certain structures in place to make sure that you study your Bible, pray, evangelize, and fellowship with other believers as often as possible.

When you are intentionally letting go of these structures, you should take heed. When the things of God don’t excite you as they used to, it’s a sign that you should buckle up and take action.

As much as our walk with God is not based on feelings or excitement, joy in these activities help us gauge our spiritual vital signs.

Think about some important things in the natural aspects of your life. You have probably stayed up all night to study for an exam or meet a deadline at work. It was not easy but you kept at it. How much more premium should you place on the things that will count for eternity?

If you find that you are quenching the Spirit, you can make things better. The first thing to do is to reassess your priorities and your actions will follow in that direction.

See prayer as a means to be aligned with God’s will, a convoy to fulfill purpose and an avenue to fellowship with God.

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” – Colossians 3:1-3 ESV

Your mind will not set itself. You have to be intentional about placing it on things with heavenly value. As you set your affections, your actions will follow in the same direction.

“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:11-12 ESV

DO THIS: Write out the reasons why your walk with God should be taken seriously and let it stir you up to pray better today.

There shall be no Bible reading plan today. This is so that you can catch up, just in case you are lagging behind.

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