DON’T QUENCH THE SPIRIT
1Th. 5:16-23 ¶ Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ¶ Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. ¶ Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I am not sure what part of this verse many modern, trendy preachers don’t understand. It seems to me that many churches are designed exactly for that purpose, to quench the Holy Spirit. First of all the amount of time in worship is limited.
“We don’t want to worship too long, people may get nervous and something may actually happen.”
The song selections are a dead give-away;
“Never ever sing songs of an intimate nature, The Holy Spirit may actually fall.”
Then of course there can be no pauses in the flow of the service, someone may actually feel impressed to give a tongue or a prophetic word. If someone actually gets touched in one of the services and makes a noise, they have to be taken out quickly before too much damage is done. Yep, sounds to me like the decently and in order thing has actually backfired to the point where the services have become way too predictable.
Another scripture that has been pretty much ignored recently is this,
Acts 2:17-18 “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy.”
It sounds to me that we should be living in the season of the Holy Spirit. Rather than putting obstacles in the way for people to move in the Spirit, maybe we should be teaching on these things and providing an atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to move. Extended times of worship, waiting (even in silence) in His presence, and praying corporately in the Spirit would provide the needed atmosphere to experience more of His power in our church services.
Then there is this other troubling scripture,
1Cor. 14:18 ¶ “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;”
Paul prayed in tongues, he prayed in tongues a lot. You see, the more you pray in the heavenly language, the more familiar you will become with the spiritual realm. The more familiar you are with the realm of the Spirit, the easier it will become for you to actually be used by the Holy Spirit in His spiritual gifts. So what are we to do? Rather than quenching the Spirit we should be stirring up the gift of God. This is Paul’s word of encouragement to his young disciple Timothy.
2Tim. 1:6 “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”