1 Thessalonians 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit.
Haven’t you noticed as a Christian you have a free will?
You can say no or yes to anything.
God is asking you to participate and you can say “yes or no” to whatever comes your way. You might do it in church, you might do it when you read your bible, you might do it when you hear a word through prayer. We either adopt it… or we try to stand up in the river. We build damns to stop the river don’t we? Sometimes, we jump ship whatever it is…we go as far as “we want” to grow with God. And then along the way we find ways to stop or disrupt God’s work. The bible calls that “quenching the spirit” ringing out the sponge.
The NIV says, “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire.”
How do we do that?
Well, the more I say “no” to God, and the more I say “Yes” to my old life, I quench the spirit. The world wants us to follow our heart, or go with our gut, or we do what “feels good.” But that’s not a good judge of right and wrong is it?
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick
Romans 8:7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God
Our natural inclination is to stand up.
Riding the river doesn’t feel natural to us because we don’t like feeling helpless and not in control.
We’ll come back to that idea later….