When we hear the word “quench,” we tend to think about being thirsty. To quench our thirst, we have a drink of water. But technically, the word quench means “to extinguish”, or “to put out.” Ok, so I guess I do want to extinguish my thirst, but when it comes to our life in the Spirit, our relationship with God through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we definitely don’t want to quench that. The problem is, we can and tend to do it without thinking.
We might not intend to quench the Spirit but we can actually snuff out the Spirit’s fire by not paying attention to God’s commands and guidance. The Spirit is quenched when we don’t seek His leadership. He is quenched when we substitute genuine worship with programs, traditions, and religious ritual. He is quenched when we stop rejoicing, praying, and consciously giving thanks to God.
Let’s keep the fire going. I’ll be teaching from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 where the Apostle Paul warns us, “Don’t quench the Spirit.”