18. Do not quench the Holy Spirit

Last time we focused on the fruit of the Spirit and we saw that it was His fruit to be displayed through us, not our fruit that we need to try and display. He is the One living within us, our job is mainly to provide Him the access to work through us. Our problem most of the time is that we are trying so hard on our own and making so many mistakes that we grieve Him and do not give Him the chance to work. That is why Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:19:

"Do not quench the Spirit."

Quench in Greek means to extinguish. So Paul is asking us here, please do not live in a manner that will extinguish the workings of the Spirit in your life. His Spirit wants to work mightily through you, He wants to change your life as well as the lives of those around you, but you need to allow Him to and live a life open to His workings. Paul describes this in Ephesians 4:30-5:1:

"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore be imitators of God as dear children."

Be imitators of God, copycat God, and be like Him in every aspect. As we have discussed it is possible and it is what God wants us to do. It grieves the Holy Spirit when we lie, it grieves Him when we watch movies that do not please Him, and it grieves Him when we say we are Christians but we deceive our fellow brothers. He is sad when we rush after money like a god. It really makes it difficult to work through us. You see we are His representatives and when He works through us in mighty ways, He wants us to display His characteristics too. Imagine He works with healing powers through us, but we yell at others, we cheat and we get upset if we do not get our own way. Will that honour Him? Will people start to think that that type of behaviour is okay, because they see how God works through you with healing power?

I believe God can and does use anyone, no matter where they are on their spiritual journey. But I truly believe that God's main aim is that everyone grow in maturity and represent Him in a mighty way. I believe that He wants people to be open and to allow Him to just flow through. He wants mature sons of God, representing Him. Then we will start to see unprecedented miracles. Then we will see His Spirit performing mighty deeds. The main reason that we haven't seen much of it in the past decades is not because God hasn't been moving, it is because people haven't been open to His leading. God wants revival, He wants people on fire for Him. Please open yourself up and allow Him to move. Stop extinguishing the fire that can change the world. This world is in desperate need of a Saviour. Allow Him to make an impact on this world through you.

Father I want to make You proud. I want to be an open vessel for You to use. Mould me and shape me as the perfect one for Your plan. Thank you for the opportunity to present You to this world. Amen

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