Good morning Beloved church, it is truly a joy and privilege to see all of you. Thank you so much for taking out your time, I pray that God will truly bless all us as we spent time together worshipping God and listening to His words.
Today we shall continue our book study from Thessalonians, our text for today is 1 Thessalonian 5:19.
“Do not quench the Spirit” this is our text for this morning.
The root word for “quench” which means “to extinguish,” “to put out” or “to go out.” It also refer to putting out fires, sparks, or the putting out a lamp.
Church the day we repent our sins and received Christ as our Lord and saviour; The bible says Holy Spirit sealed us and He permanently dwells in us and He is working in our heart like a burning fire.
Knowing the works of Holy Spirit Apostle Paul Urge Thessalonian church that they should not Quench the Holy Spirit. This text is reminding all of us too that we should not quench the Holy Spirit.
To understand the text, “Do not quench the Spirit”, we shall ask four important questions.
- Who is the Holy Spirit?
- What are the works of the Holy Spirit?
- How believers may quench the Holy Spirit?
- What are the consequences of Quenching the Holy Spirit?
- Who is the Holy Spirit?
There are many misconceptions about the identity of the Holy Spirit. Some view the Holy Spirit as a mystical force or power.
Others understand the Holy Spirit as the impersonal power that God makes available to followers of Christ. These are wrong.
The truth is The Holy Spirit is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son and is of the same essence. Yet He is also distinct from them.
1. Who is the Holy Spirit?
- Holy Spirit is a person (He is the third person of Trinity).
Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, a being with a mind, emotions, and a will.
Holy Spirit thinks and knows (1 Cor.2:10).
Holy Spirit can be grieved (Ephesian 4:30)
Holy Spirit intercedes for us (Romans 8:26-27).
He makes decisions according to His will (1Cor 12:7-11).
2. Holy Spirit is God.
The Bible declares that the Holy Spirit is God. we know that the Holy Spirit is God because He possesses the characteristics of God.
For example, His omnipresence is seen in Psalm 139:7-8
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.”
Isaiah 11:2, the prophet describes the Holy Spirit this way. He says,
“He is the Spirit of the Lord, He is the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.”
2. What are the works of Holy Spirit?
a. Holy Spirit draws the unsaved sinner to Jesus.
Holy Spirit plays a primary role in transforming a person’s heart and bringing salvation to the individual.
It is the Spirit who brings conviction to the unbeliever and causes him to see the truth of the gospel in a clear light.
Those who respond to this conviction and place their faith in Jesus Christ receive eternal life and a new nature.
Holy Spirit unites the believer with Christ and places him in the body of Christ, the church.
He also unites the believer with Christ in His death, enabling him to live victoriously over sin.
As a church, our Primary role is to keep praying for the lost soul for their salvation and keep spreading the good news of Christ to all people around us.
b. Holy Spirit regenerates our human Spirits.
Regeneration which means The radical spiritual change in which God brings an individual from a condition of spiritual defeat and death to a renewed condition of holiness and life.
Titus 3: 5 says.
5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit moves an unbeliever and regenerate their heart to repentance and leads them into eternal salvation through Jesus Christ.
c. Holy Spirit Convict both unbelievers and believers.
8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment
An unbeliever cannot get saved unless they are first convicted by the Holy Spirit. It is through the work of Holy Spirit our sins were convict and we repent and turn our heart to the Lord.
For born-again believers, we all need the conviction of the Holy Spirit. so we can be shown the errors of our ways.
d.Holy Spirit sanctifies us in the Lord.
13 But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
Once you get saved and born again in the Lord, God starts to sanctify you and me, what He will do is consecrate and set us apart unto Himself. From there, He will want to transform us by the renewing of our mind, He will want to transform us into the image of His Son Jesus.
e. Holy Spirit helps us with our prayer life.
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Another major powerful ministry that the Holy Spirit has with each born-again believer is to help us with our prayer life with the Lord.
f. Holy Spirit guides us into all truth.
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.
He is our guide
g. Holy Spirit teaches us all things.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
He is our Teacher.
The Holy Spirit is doing an incredible by Illuminating the scriptures to all of us; bringing you and me into intimacy with God; showing all of us the glory of Jesus Christ, guiding you and me into God’s will; strengthening you and me for spiritual ministry, and service.
Holy Spirit purifies us, sanctifies us, cleanses us from all the pollution of sins toward the image of Jesus Christ.
3. How believers may quench the Holy Spirit?
By Neglecting the gift of Holy Spirit.
If we neglect the gift of Spirit, we will quench the Holy Spirit.
1 Timothy 4:14
Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
In Old testament there a prophet call Jonah, God told Jonah to go and warn and preach to the people of Nineveh for their wicked life.
But Jonah was afraid of Nineveh people and he ran away from his duty, God caught him in the middle of the sea, he was trying to escape to Tarsus, his sin was found, he was thrown in the ocean and the whale swallow him.
He was in a whale belly for 3 days God allowed him to live again. Remember church if we try to neglect our duty and responsibility and try to run away like Jonah, we will quench Holy Spirit. We should not stop the work of Holy Spirit in our life.
Let us not be like Jonah. (let us not run away from the task and the purpose God has given us in our life).
1 Cor.15:59 says,
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
By Disobedience to the word of God and living an unrepented life. How do we Disobey to the word of God?
by not reading the word of God,
by not applying the word of God, by living prayerless life,
by living an unfruitful life. By being worry and anxiety,
by not growing spiritually. by depending on our self and not God.
By being proud and not humble.
After living a sinful life, and when we do not repent our sins to God, our unrepented heart will quench the Holy Spirit.
Are you quenching the Holy Spirit by living a disobedient and unrepented life. If we are displeasing God lets repent our sinful behavior to God.
1 John 1:9 says,
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
- By being worldliness and living a life devoted to self and selfish hopes.
Bible directly confront us in 1 John 2:15-16.
1 John 2:15-16
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-comes not from the Father but from the world.
1.vision in life,
2. your wildest dream in life,
3. your career and
4. the things you are running after in life,
if all these things are alien to God’s will. You are going toward the wrong direction in life, your selfish ambition and your hope and your self-desire will Quench the Holy Spirit.
How are you maintaining life?
Loving God, serving God, worshipping God is controlling your life or
Worldliness, living a life devoted to self-desires and self-hope is controlling your life.
You know exactly where your heart is.
Scriptures is warning you and me in Romans 12:1-2 saying,
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. 2Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing, and perfect will.
4. What are the consequences of quenching the Holy Spirit?
1.God will not use us anymore.
We have great lesson from the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2:1-5. They Backslide from living God and God is warning them. Verse 2.
2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not and have found them false. 3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name and have not grown weary.
4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.
5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
God will never use us if we are habitually living in sin, a warning to Ephesian church is a great warning for all of us, they are working hard for God, they have perseverance, they didn’t tolerate wicked people, they know the false teachers, they endure hardship and working so hard for God.
But they have forsaken the first love. Means Jesus is not no.1 in their life, some other things have replaced their priority in life.
God is warning them to come back, if not He will remove lampstand which the spiritual gift in their life.
If God take away His spiritual gift, we will not be useful for God’s Kingdom. Our life will be useless and inactive.
Your life will be like a nice smartphone. Looks cool outside but did not work. What you will do with that kind of phone.
2.We shall sin both against God and our own souls.
When we quench the Holy Spirit, we sin against God and we sin to our own soul.
3.We will not bear the fruit of Holy Spirit.
God want us to bear the fruit of Spirit in our life.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
4.We will make the Holy Spirit grieve.
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
Church we have mediatated together four questions under the topic
“Do not quench the Holy Spirit”
- Who is the Holy Spirit? (remember Holy Spirit is a person and Holy Spirit is God).
- What are the Works of the Holy Spirit?
- How believers may Quench the Holy Spirit?
- What are the consequences of quenching the Holy Spirit?
Beloved church we should never quench the holy Spirit, this is a command from the scripture. Rather
1.We should lovingly allow the Holy Spirit to totally control our heart.
2.We should willingly allow the Holy Spirit to fill our heart.
3.We should bear fruits of Holy Spirit in our everyday life.
4.We should always walk in the Spirit.
May the Sweet Holy Spirit Guide you and teach you in every area of your life.
May the power of Holy Spirit be with you to fight and defeat all the power of Darkness.
May He empower you, equip you and use you to be a channel of blessing for all people.
May the fruit of Spirit, love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control flow out of your life and bring glory to our heavenly Father.