1 Thessalonians 5:19 says “Quench not the Spirit.
Acts 7:51 says’ You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!
One of the ways that is very prevalent is in our churches across the world. We are constantly quenching the spirit when it comes to our services. During praise and worship, when the body of Christ comes together the Lord promised to be in our midst. Praise and Worship sets the atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to come. But what happens is we put the fire out by resisting that great move of God because in today’s church services we have this man-made agenda that church must end by lunch time.
I have seen these things in my church as well as other churches I have visited.The Lord’s spirit is moving in the congregation and just as fast as the spirit is moving someone will walk up to the microphone and start with announcements. How does one really go from worshiping to announcements?
What churches are and have done for a long period is turning God off in our services, they treat the Spirit like a water facet; turn on when needed and then turn off when you’re done. You can’t turn God on and turn Him off, He doesn’t work like that.
Another area in which we quench the spirit is in our daily lives. God is positioning you and we don’t follow His lead, we rather take the lead. We ignore the wisdom that God sends us all because we don’t understand what God is doing. We quench the spirit when we refuse to ask for understand, scripture clearly tells us to ask for it. We quench the spirit when we don’t discern, we say I don’t need to discern things. The bible says do not treat prophecies with contempt, but test all things. Hold fast to what is good and abstain from every form of evil.
When I was a young girl going to church with my mother and siblings, church was not this get in and out by lunch time. We spent hours in church, I can remember like it was yesterday how the people were singing, dancing, crying and worshiping Jesus. We would have service at 11 am and when we got out of church it was 3pm. And if it was communion Sunday we will be there till 4pm.
There are some churches that I do believe that are not run by a time clock. There’s a church that I visit from time to time, it reminds me of when I was a young girl. Their service starts at 10 am and it’s over at 2pm. I do believe in my heart that when we quench the spirit we are literally hurting ourselves. We miss whatever God has for us at that moment.
My heart aches when I see the church doing this. Hurting people come to church and the last thing they don’t need is our foolishness. Now let me clear this up, even when the people of the church quenches the spirit, God will move in a person’s life in spit of others ignorance towards the Spirit.
I ask myself, are people really that native to the Spirit of God? Do they not having a relationship with the Spirit? Or is it that they just don’t care? But what ever the reason is it has to be stopped. We have got to stop quenching the Spirit in our lives and in our church services. And it has to start with each of us. Start today by following the Holy Spirit.
Our main problem is “Time” we are a culture consumed with time. We fear “time” and that is why we aren’t where we should be. When are we going to start obey God and get out of this wilderness mind-set? Are you going to continue to be like the Israelites who wander in the wilderness for forty years?
You think you’re getting away with it now, but a day is coming and we all will give an account and what will you say then? No one will stand with you on that day not even the church.