Week 3: Day 5
June 24, 2022, 8:00 AM

Experience, Expect and Engage the Holy Spirit
Week #3 - The SPIRIT of LIFE
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:16)

DAY FIVE
Don't Quench the Spirit
1 Thessalonians 5:19

To grieve the Spirit is to do something sinful that hurts the  Spirit and diminishes the controlling influence of the Spirit in your life.

To quench the Spirit is to put a lid on the Spirit. It is to resist what the Spirit wants for you. It is to say no to the Spirit. An extreme case would be Jonah in the Old Testament, who ran from his missional assignment.

We may quench the Spirit out of fear, or due to ignorance and misunderstanding. We may be turned off by inappropriate and wrong things others do in the name of the Spirit.

By the way, there are many distortions, imbalances, and unspiritual things done in the name of the Spirit. The Apostle Paul had to deal with distortions and fakes in his day. We need to be rightfully on guard against excesses and deviations. But we cannot allow those things to put us in a resistance mindset.

Instead, along with a radical openness to the work of the Spirit, we need discernment and carefulness. Because of the distortions, evangelicals have generally been at least a little too cautious about the Holy Spirit. Be open to the powerful presence of the Spirit.


PRAY: Jesus, give me a spirit of wisdom and a spirit of power. Give me whatever you want to give me. Use me however you want to use me. Guide me and send me wherever you want to send me.

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