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This Week's Teaching: "Do not quench the Holy Spirit"
Scripture tells us not to quench the Holy Spirit's fire. That can apply to spiritual fervor or zeal, like being "on fire!" But most of us aren't trying to extinguish our enthusiasm about God. If anything we wish we had more, not less. So it doesn't make sense that Paul would warn us not to quench our enthusiasm about God.
There's another way to hear this that makes more sense. Rather than being "on fire for God," we can think of being "in the fire of God." Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would bring conviction about sin and righteousness and judgment. The Spirit's conviction is like a consuming fire, burning away what doesn't belong. The flames can be fanned through hardship, or prophecy, or even just an inner witness. It's tempting to put out the fire of conviction by downplaying it or resisting it. But when we learn to live in the fire, we experience the fullness of God in our lives!
Devote the next half hour to considering whether you are quenching the Spirit. Watch the teaching above with your bible in hand. Then ask God, "Show me any areas in my life where I am quenching your Spirit." And if he shows you anything, stay in the fire until you have been consumed by him.
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