“Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21)
How do we quench the Holy Spirit that is inside of each of us? How do we extinguish the Spirit of Truth that leads us, guides and gives us spiritual discernment? There is only one way and that is through sin. Sin separates us from God and His Holy Spirit.
To stay in the Spirit we need to fear God and depart from evil. It’s as simple as that. Fear God, show Him reverence and piety, follow God’s will and the pathway of righteousness. Do not sin, do not sin and do not sin. And if you do go straight to God and repent. Ask for forgiveness of your sin regardless of how grievous it is or how hopeless the situation may appear to be. This gives the Holy Spirit free course in you to comfort, educate and guide. This allows, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16).
The Holy Spirit is a gift sent by God in the name of Jesus.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26).
Quench not the Spirit for not only is it sent of God but is our comforter and teacher of all things.
“Despise not prophesyings”. This is much more than dealing with foretelling or forth telling. “Prophesying” is simply preaching and teaching the word of God. It is expounding upon the prophets of the Bible and the words and wisdoms they held. It is truth, God’s truth as spoken through man. It is the word of God, not to be despised no matter how much the word may hurt.
God’s word needs to be embraced.
“My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:1-6)
And finally we are to, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” The Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Thessalonians made a statement, a direct command to “prove”, to try, to test ALL things, including the word of God itself. Examine the word of God and those that preach it. Remember, even the devil himself quoted scripture to Jesus during the great temptation.
Hold “fast” to that which is pure and true. Jesus is the truth (John 14:6). It is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18), the Holy Spirit quickens us, the words that Jesus speaks are spirit and they are life (John 6:63) and “the truth of the Lord endureth for ever” (Psalm 117).
Quench not the Spirit