1 Thessalonians 5:19 (ESV) “Do not quench the Spirit”
Romeo and Miller were discussing while driving home after a Church meeting when suddenly Miller began to sing and pray in the Spirit. Because of this, he couldn’t continue with the ongoing discussion. “Did you know I was offended when you suddenly started singing and praying instead of continuing with the discussion?” Romeo asked after some minutes. “Oh, sorry! I didn’t mean to be rude, but I needed to respond to the prompting I got in my spirit”, Miller responded.
Miller chose not to quench the Spirit. You quench the Spirit when you refuse to respond to His promptings.
In Acts 8:29 (KJV), The Spirit said unto Philip, “Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.” He responded instantly; he did not quench the Spirit. Peter, on the other hand, would have quenched the Spirit when he responded, “not so, Lord” (Acts 10:14) to God’s instructions except that he eventually obeyed God and went to Cornelius’ house.
Many are quenching the Spirit today because they have not learned to respond to God’s promptings within them. This has been the reason for many failures, disappointments, sicknesses, and even untimely death.
In Isaiah 30:21(ESV), the Lord says, “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”
The Spirit has been given to us as a guide (John 16:13), whenever we refuse to respond to His speakings and promptings, we miss our way.
Go into today determined not to quench the Spirit by choosing to respond to every prompting you get from Him.
Prayer: thank you Lord for giving the Holy Spirit to me as a guide. Help me to always hear, listen, and obey Him. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James
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