1 Thessalonians 5:19 - How To Avoid Quenching the Holy Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:19 - How To Avoid Quenching the Holy Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:19 (NKJV) Do not quench the Spirit.


1 Thessalonians 5:12-22: Various Exhortations. [Remnant SB]


   When spiritual directives such as Paul gives us here confront 
us--always be joyful, always be thankful no matter what happens - our 
natural response is, "That's impossible!" We tend to feel inadequate and 
unable to please God. How can we rejoice in tragedy, pray when we are 
otherwise occupied, or be thankful in times of adversity? The key is in 
Paul's next words: "Do not stifle the Holy Spirit." 
   The purpose of our existence is not simply to be "good" 
people. God has laid hold of and redeemed us for the purpose of forming 
us into his likeness as we walk through the experiences of this 
life with him. We are to become a dwelling place for his Spirit. Our 
challenge is learning to let him do the impossible through us! He is using 
everything in our lives to teach us that apart from him we can do nothing 
but through his Spirit we can do all things, even rejoice always, 
pray without ceasing, and give thanks in everything. 
   LORD, help me to understand that you are truly causing all 
things to work together for my good this very day. I want to be 
obedient to what your Word asks of me. I cannot do this on my own. But in 
your Spirit's power, I can do what you tell me to do. May you be my 
joy, and enable me to be aware of your presence with me continually 
in Jesus. [Praying Through The Bible By Fuller re 1Th. 5:16-19] 


   The God of all power and strength has put His Spirit within 
us - a Spirit who can sway hearts, inspire heroic acts, raise the 
spiritually and physically dead into new life, perform supernatural 
miracles, and bear supernatural fruit. As a member of the sovereign 
Trinity, there is no limit to His power. Even so, according to the Word 
this Spirit breathed into His people, He can be stifled.  
   How? By resisting Him. By functioning out of our assumptions 
or principles instead of by His unpredictable leading. By refusing 
to go with His flow because we have an agenda or a program. By 
living in a way that's decidedly out of line with His character. There 
are so many ways. Whenever we wonder where He is and why He doesn't 
seem more powerful in our lives, one of those ways is probably the 
   Do not stifle the Spirit. He is all-powerful, but He prefers 
to work with us and through us, not over us and around us. When His 
movement is flowing and we decide to assert our own agenda rather than 
His - even when ours is a good agenda that we believe is God's will 
- the flowing ceases. He works powerfully when we respond to Him, 
not when we attempt to manipulate His response to us. The only way 
not to stifle Him is to listen attentively to Him, heed every prompt 
He gives, and depend on Him for the outcomes. Anything else is 
human, fleshly effort.  
   Hear His heart: "When you depend on Me - in faith, without 
worry, and without assuming your own plans are the right ones - I am 
free to work. I love that dynamic between us. That's how our 
relationship flows as it should. Seek that alone, and you will experience 
   Spirit, I want to experience You. Forgive me for living by 
principles and not by relationship with You, for assuming my best-laid 
plans are Yours, and for not depending on You. I invite You to flow 
through me and from me freely. [The One Year Experiencing God's Presence 
Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 


   We cannot prevent God from accomplishing His work in the 
world around us, but we can quench His Spirit in our lives. God has 
given us the freedom to withstand the Holy Spirit's activity in our 
lives. When we ignore, disobey, or reject what the Spirit is telling 
us, we quench His activity in us. The prophet Isaiah described the 
result: "Hearing you will hear and not understand, and seeing you will 
see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. 
Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes have closed, lest they 
should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should 
understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them" (Is 6:9; 
Mt 13:14-15). 
   When you sin, the Holy Spirit will convict you of your need 
for repentance. If you habitually ignore Him and do not repent, your 
heart will grow hardened to God's Word. If the Spirit speaks to you 
about God's will for you, and if you refuse to take action, a time 
will come when the Spirit's voice will be muted in your life. If you 
continually reject the Spirit's promptings, a day will come when you no 
longer hear a word from God. If you repeatedly stifle God's word to you 
so that you are no longer sensitive to His voice, He will not give 
you a fresh word. Be wary of resisting the voice of the Spirit in 
your life. You may not always be comfortable with what the Spirit is 
saying to you, but His words will guide you to abundant life. 
[Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby re 1Th. 5:19] 


   Francois Fenelon urges, "Leave everything in God's hands 
without looking at tomorrow. Often what you imagine to be so terrible 
and unbearable is not so bad when it actually happens."  
   Isn't that the truth! We fret about what will happen to us - 
and to our loved ones, and to our country and the world - but when 
we look back, we realize how much of our fretting was needless. Bad 
things do happen, yet worrying changes nothing except to disturb our 
peace and drain our spirits.  
   Fenelon advised a friend, "I know you want to see the road 
ahead rather than trusting God. Leave everything in his hands without 
looking at tomorrow. Walk humbly with God."  
   He also gave this deceptively simple yet powerful advice: 
"Find out what God expects of you in any given situation and stick 
strictly to doing that."  
   Each of us might well ask on a particularly challenging day, 
"What does God expect? How can I stick strictly to doing that?" In a 
family crisis, at work or school, at a party or church service, or on a 
long trip, what does God expect? How can I focus on doing strictly 
   When we focus as Fenelon advises, it frees us from all sorts 
of confusion and the feeling - so common today - of being 
overwhelmed in our electronic world.  
   We often hear that the way to find peace is to "live in the 
moment." That's true if the moment is centered on Christ.  
   In the same way that Jesus advises us to consider the lilies 
and the birds when worried, Francois Fenelon brings the practical 
and the spiritual together: "All moments are in God's hands. Give 
yourself as completely as you can to God. Do so until your final breath, 
and he will never desert you."  
   Heavenly Father, I'm often anxious about what might happen in 
the days ahead. Help me to trust you. Fill me with praise for all 
you have done, all you are doing now, and what you will do in the 
future. [The One Year Book of Encouragement by Harold Myra re Psa. 
119:11, 14] 




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