As Paul writes his final instructions to the saints at Thessalonica, he included a very short but very strong admonition; “Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19). The word “quench” simply means “to extinguish a fire”. God had done a special work in and through the Thessalonians and Paul was in a way reminding them that it was the Spirit who had done that work (see 1:6).
We are like them and need to be reminded that God’s initial work in us was the fire of the Holy Spirit (see Luke 3:16). The tendency is to forget the importance of His work in us. Fleshly desires, self-centeredness, worldliness, and distractions of a hundred million types subtly work in us and before we are aware, the fire of the Spirit is quenched and we do not even realize we have silenced His voice.
It is time we WAKE UP AND REKINDLE HIS GIFT IN US! I believe this same concern was behind Paul’s words to Timothy; “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands,” (2 Timothy 1:6). God wants to accelerate His work in these days and He can only do that if we are willing to let the fire of His Spirit remove hindrances and enlighten our hearts with the truth and principles of God’s Word! Will you be His instrument to accomplish His purposes?
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