Do not quench the Spirit. —I Thessalonians 5:19

There are some things that are good to be quenching. When a person is very thirsty it is wonderful to be able to quench that thirst. It is good also to quench a rumor being floated around. There are times when fires need to be quenched like the present wildfires in California.

But there is one quenching we are told not to do. Yes, it is a command. We are told not to quench God’s Holy Spirit. Do not hinder His desire to work in us and through us. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” (I Corinthians 6:19-20).

Ananias and Sapphira were judged by God because they “lied to the Holy Spirit” and did not lie “just to human beings but to God” (Acts 5:3-4). Stephen was stoned to death for challenging the Sanhedrin of being “just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!” (Acts 7:51). “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Are you and I yielding to God’s Holy Spirit in our lives or are we quenching Him, resisting Him and hindering Him from working in and through our lives. Disobedience does this. May we obedient and yielding!

Dear Father, may I be yielding to Your Holy Spirit. Oh, that I would not quench Him. May I live in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus my Lord. May it be so!

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