Quenching the Spirit
1 Thessalonians 5:19
1. A Fire That Is Started
a) A Fiery Love for Jesus
b) A Flaming Zeal for Souls
2. A Fire That Is Suppressed
a) A Disobedient Life
b) A Distracted Life
c) A Defiled Life
3. A Fire That Is Sustained
a) Perpetual Fire
b) Protected Fire
1. There is the old story of a church that caught on fire and everyone was rushing to the church to help put the fire out, even the town atheist. The pastor said to him, ''I have never seen you at church before.'' The atheist replied, ''I have never seen the church on fire before.''
2. John Wesley said, ''Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.''
3. The disciples said after spending time with Jesus, ''Did not our hearts burn within us'' (Luke 24:32).
4. Paul told Timothy to ''stir up the gift of God that is in thee'' (2 Tim. 1:6). The verb ''stir'' literally means ''to fan the flame.''
5. We often use the expression ''being on fire for God.'' Believers need a holy fire burning in their hearts. However, the fire that I speak of is more than worked up enthusiasm. It is a fire created in our heart by the Holy Spirit.
6. In 1 Thessalonians 5:19 Paul states simply and straightforward ''Quench not the Spirit.'' The word ''quench'' literally means to extinguish a fire. Behind the word is the idea of a fire burning in the heart of a Christian. Understanding that image, let's think about the matter of quenching the Spirit.
7. First, think with me of:
1. A FIRE THAT IS STARTED
1. Our text implies a fire that is connected to ''the Spirit.'' This is a fire burning in the heart of a believer that has been ignited by the Holy Spirit. The fire that burned upon the altar was a fire that was ignited by the Lord (cp. Lev. 9:24). In Isaiah 4:4 the Holy Spirit is referred to as the ''spirit of burning.'' In Isaiah 10:17 He is spoken of a ''His Holy One for a flame.'' When the Holy Spirit came on the ...
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