A Delicious Donut
by Noah Hefley
May 15, 2021
In 1 Thessalonians 5:19 the Apostle Paul serves us one of his delicious donuts—okay, not really—actually one of his “do-nots.” He wrote, “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire” (v.19). The KJV says, “Do not quench (extinguish) the Spirit.” This is to say “Don’t put out the fire of the Holy Spirit’s influence and inspiration in your life.” Fire speaks of warmth, power and energy. Jesus said in Luke 12:49 that He came to bring fire on the earth. So one of the reasons He came was so we could experience the warmth, power, and energy of the Holy Spirit in us.
The Holy Spirit lives in us to fire us up spiritually, but at times we quench the Spirit. Sometimes when the flame of the Holy Spirit ignites our spirit, we throw a wet blanket over the fire.
For example, have you ever felt the prompting of the Spirit to spend time in private or public worship and you ignored for some selfish reason? Or have you ever had a sense that you need to do something good for someone? Perhaps God brought someone to your mind, and you had a thought, “You know, I should call or email that person and just let them know I love them and appreciate them.” That was the Holy Spirit prompting you to encourage that person. If you ignore that prompting, you are quenching the Spirit. Or have you ever had a prompting to help someone in some way who is in need—to perform some act of kindness? But then you think, “Nah. Never mind.” Guess what? You just quenched the Holy Spirit. Have you ever felt a prompting to share your faith with someone? And you ignored that impulse? Indeed, that was quenching the Holy Spirit.
Dear Christian—the Holy Spirit lives in you to encourage you and empower you to live the life Jesus purchased at Calvary for you. He will get you fired up to serve Jesus! So whatever you do, “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire” (1Thessalonians 5:19). That’s a delicious Do-not to chew on today…
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