Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:19
1 Thessalonians 5:19 quench not the Spirit – extinguish, repress, check, stifle, still, quiet, and destroy. Here’s one of these places where our spiritual cliches come under attack. Haven’t you said before that God is in control? Well, if God is in control, why is God telling you not to hinder His work? Because you and I are the very ones that hinder His work.
This verse tells you the Holy spirit is currently working. He is not an inactive spirit. He is not on standby. He isn’t waiting on orders; God’s holy Spirit is presently at work and moving in a certain direction. Where is he working so you’re not trying to put out a fire that doesn’t need to be put out.
Wet blanket over the Holy Spirit’s work
His work in grace
- John 16:7 if I go not away the Comforter will not come unto you
- The Holy Spirit can be quenched when we find comfort elsewhere
- Find comfort in the old life. Simon Peter did. After he was told there was a transition coming and I’m going to send you the Comforter in John 14 & 16.
- Making sure your faith never gets uncomfortable. How? Decisions based on feelings.
- Temptation looks like relief.
- Temptation looks like satisfaction
- If you do it just this once, you won’t ever have to do it again.
- Allow the Holy Spirit to comfort you which means look for the relief, for the comfort to come from Him.
- Holy Spirit will comfort you when mistreated or the perception of injustice. If you’re thin skinned, you’ve quenched the work of the Spirit as Comforter.
His work toward the guilty
- John 16:8-11 Reprove the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment
- The Holy Spirit can be quenched when we neglect preaching
- Preaching of hard truths – no one will know if you don’t do it.
- Temptation also looks like compromise.
- Don’t quench an impulse or an opportunity to preach hard truths.
His work as guide
- John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
- I’ll listen when I want to listen. As if the Holy Spirit only speaks when you’re listening. How much guidance have you quenched because you weren’t paying attention when he was speaking?
His work as a gardener
- The fruit of the spirit is a result of walking in the spirit. It’s interesting that fruit is singular while there are nine descriptions of it. So it would be like taking an orange, which is a fruit, and describing nine ways. It’s orange, sweet, acidic, vitamin C, round, delicious, citrusy, etc.; all descriptions of the same fruit.
- Fruit is produced by a new spiritual walk (Galatians 5:25)
- If we live in the spirit, which we do if we are saved because our lives are now hid with Christ in God (Colossians 3:1-3).
- Romans 8:1, 4-9. Your walk is spiritual. You cannot make heads or tails out of what you naturally see. Everything must be interpreted through the lens of the Spirit of God.
- Fruit is destroyed by the old man (Galatians 5:26)
- The Holy Spirit is the guide into all truth. Being led by the truth yields to fruitful lives. However, these are the reasons Christians disobey the truth (Galatians 5:7)
His work as a gift giver
- God’s gifts given to benefit the body
- 1 Peter 4:10 – Gifts are not ends in themselves.
- Outer working of the Holy Spirit given so others would benefit.
- It’s how you’re connected to the body. 1 Corinthians 12:18
- It’s how you channel God’s blessing
- Your gift is how the Lord will fill and empty you. Romans 12:6. It is how you are connected to the body.
- God’s gifts can be neglected according to 1 Timothy 4:14
- God’s gifts need to be exercised according to 2 Timothy 1:6