“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. (1Thess 5:16-22)
Read the commands of God in the scriptures above! This is my duty before God: I must rejoice always, I must pray in faith without interruptions, in everything I must give thanks, I must believe all prophetic utterances that come from God’s true messengers, I must test all things and all spirits so that I can hold fast to what is good and be able to refuse every evil spirits and theirs utterances. This is what I have to do!
But this is an impossible task for any believer, no matter how old he is. How then can I do all these things? On my own, it is just impossible! I need the Holy Spirit! I need to be filled daily with the Holy Spirit!
The danger is that, in the process, I may be tempted to quench the Holy Spirit. This quenching is like putting off a fire. Be careful! There are two types of fire! With the shield of faith I am supposed to quench the fiery arrows of the devil and not the Holy Spirit’s fire. But sometimes, the believers get confused and ignorantly quench their very life!
To quench the Spirit is a sin only the believer can commit. No unbeliever can be guilty of quenching the Spirit. This is because they do not know and they do not have the Holy Spirit within. Think about this!
In the natural, a fire needs three things to start and to continue burning: oxygen, fuel and heat. These have to be in the right mixture for the fire to burn. A fire can be prevented or extinguished by removing any one of the elements in the fire triangle. For example, covering a fire with a fire blanket removes the oxygen and can extinguish the fire. If you do not add more wood, the fire will slowly quench. Also, the fire needs heat to continue burning. If you blow a candle with cold breath, the candle will go off. But a bush fire has enough heat around not to be quenched by somebody blowing cold on it.
Spiritually speaking, God ignites the fire, the zeal, the passion to know Him and to worship Him. Man cannot start the fire of the Holy Spirit in the heart. Man cannot become born again by his power. But man can quench the Spirit by neglecting the means of grace: the study of the Word of God, prayer, corporate worship and service in the house of God. Internally, the fire can be quench from acts of disobedience, desire to go back to the world, pride, lust and other sins. If he is a child of God indeed, he will not lose his salvation. But he will lose the joy of his salvation, the passion to freely worship God for who He is; the desire to witness to others about his salvation and the zeal to do God’s work. If the Spirit is quenched, the backslider will lose the rewards promise to them who faithfully serve God. And that is indeed a great loss! Another lesson is this: the greater the passion for Jesus, the more difficult it becomes for the external factors of circumstances and evil attacks to prevail against a child of God! You start like a candle but become an inferno to the glory of God and to the defeat of the devil!
Finally, this is a call to come back to the Cross! Child of God, you need to come back to the pure and simple love for Jesus! Repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ! Pay the price for maturity! There is nothing better to do on earth than to serve God! I am a witness for Christ! I am a servant for Christ! I confirm these words to be true! Let the fire burn! Child of God, come home!
(In the picture you see is a ‘prophetic’ fire that our church did at Jesus Mega Party Warri, 2013)