1 Thessalonians 5:19 & Ephesians 4:30
When the word “Quench” is used in the scripture, it is referring to “suppressing fire” or “extinguish” or “to go out”. The word was used to refer to putting out fires or lamps.
We see the advent of the ministry of the Holy Spirit manifested by fire in Acts 2:3, and this fire can be put out in in our lives if we are not careful. Similar to how we “quench” fire by pouring water on it, the fire of the Holy Spirit in one’s life can be suppressed and eventually extinguished by the way we live our lives. On the way to quenching the Spirit in our lives, the first stop is that we grieve Him. The enemy of the Holy Spirit is Sin, and when we live our lives contrary to the will of God, or when we live sinful lives, we grieve the Holy Spirit, and an unrepentant lifestyle will cause the fire to be eventually quenched.
Every Christian must know to never grieve the Holy Spirit of God! Any believer that wants to live a successful Christian life must learn to befriend the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit is actively working and moving in a believer’s life it is easy to see souls saved and lives transformed. Likewise if there is a lack of traction in seeing people come to Christ and witnessing transformed lives, it may be time to befriend the Holy Spirit as He may not be actively at work in one’s life. The secret of ALL Christian success is the Holy Spirit.
There is an authority in the voice of a believer who is filled and walking in the power of the Holy Spirit. In the book of Acts 19:11-17, the seven sons of Sceva tried to use the name of Jesus but had no Holy Spirit authority to produce the desired results. When the wind of the Holy Spirit is not moving the believer becomes an ordinary person. The Holy Spirit, in both Old and New Testament times is the catalyst for the supernatural. Examples – Judges 16:18-21, 2 Kings 3:11-16. Likewise, when He departs, miracles cease. Psalm 74:9, Zechariah 4:6.
What can stop the wind of the Holy Spirit from moving; or rather what can quench the Holy Spirit? Below is a list of a few key reasons why the believer quenches the flow of the Holy Spirit in their lives, and this is by no means an exhaustive list.
Pride will cause the Holy Spirit to be quenched in one’s life. Instead of moving with you, God begins to resist you. –James 4:6, Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 16:18. A common example of pride is the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, whom God had to humble by causing him to live on grass for 7years! Remember, it was Pride that caused Lucifer’s downfall. Don’t let it stop you from enjoying the riches of the fellowship of the Holy Spirit in your life!
Sin will quench and grieve the Holy Spirit fast! Sin is the enemy of the Holy Spirit. The two are contrary to one another. A lifestyle of sin will quench and grieve the Spirit to the extent that you will no longer have a sense of God in your life, and your life will not be a witness of the faith you espouse.
When you do not spend quality time with God, how do you expect the Holy Spirit to lead you, especially when you need Him the most? Let us not be too busy to spend time with God and the one who does the work in our lives, the Holy Spirit.
Lust of the Flesh:
One of the greatest challenges facing the believer is the lust of the flesh. Our flesh is busy pulling us in the opposite direction to the flow of the Holy Spirit, and he who fails to control his flesh cannot be Christ’s. Galatians 5:16-26, Romans 8:1-14. It is important for the Christian to exercise self-control. 1Corinthians 9:24-27. Continual indulgence in the lust of the flesh will harden our hearts and bring us to a state of “deafness”-we will no longer hear what God is saying.
A Christian’s material prosperity should be tied to their spiritual prosperity 1 John 2:15-17, 3 John 2. God wants to prosper his children, however the moment “things” begin to have a hold of you, the Holy Spirit will begin to withdraw from leading you. Again this calls for self-control and patience in the life of a Christian. You have to make a choice between a Holy Spirit led life and a life controlled by materialism.
A life led by the Holy Spirit is a life of peace, joy and exploits. The fellowship and leadership of the Holy Spirit in our lives is something every child of God must pursue for effective Christian living. We are not meant to live this Christian life devoid of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Let us therefore make every effort to fan into flames the fire of the Holy Spirit in our lives for effective Christian living and ministry.
By Pastor Nkhosana Chongo