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Devotional - week of February 3, 2002


DON’T SMOTHER THE FIRE

Do not quench the Spirit.  1 Thessalonians 5:19

Throughout Scripture the word “quench” is used in reference to fire. The implication of the passage is that the Holy Spirit is a never-ceasing fire in us. However, it is possible for us to quench Him—and God commands us not to do so.

On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit inhabited and filled those in the upper room. God gave the appearance of tongues of fire to indicate what the coming of the Holy Spirit would do in and through the lives of those He had entered and filled.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other [foreign] tongues [languages], as the Spirit gave them utterance.  Acts 2:4

The fire within each of them resulted in the proclamation of “the wonderful things of God.”

Consider the following concerning Jesus:

For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for he giveth not the Spirit by measure.  John 3:34

The earthly ministry of Jesus was primarily a ministry of words. God wills the same for us.

Don’t quench the Spirit. Don’t obstruct the fire. Don’t block the flow of life-giving words from the indwelling Spirit.

But how do we hinder the flow of words and of life? And how do we remove the obstruction?

Our flesh obstructs the Holy Spirit. We remove the barrier by experiencing the crucifixion of our flesh.

James 3: 6 states, “the tongue …  is set on fire by hell.” Most of us can testify with regret of having that experience.

Let us testify of a tongue set on fire from heaven by continually releasing the fiery One Who abides within.