|“Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil” –1 Thessalonians 5:19-22
As I did my morning devotions today, these verses really stuck out to me, especially verse 19, “do not put out the Spirit’s fire.” “What did Paul, Silas, and Timothy mean when they said this?” I asked myself. Then it dawned on me that they were exhorting the Thessalonians in their worship to God. Many people didn’t and still don’t realize how easily it is to quench the fire of the Spirit. We can do this by doubting the power of the Spirit or by rejecting it, by being distracted by other people or things, or even by exalting ourselves higher than the Spirit.
When the fire of the Spirit within us has been quenched, we become more vulnerable to ploys of the enemy and it becomes almost impossible to fight back against sin. So brethren, please do everything you can to ensure that you keep that fire burning. Be mindful of the things you say and do, the places you go, the people you associate with, and even those things that you do not do (like fasting, praying, etc).
When you hear prophecies from people of God, test them, but don’t treat them with contempt. God speaks to us through different measures and it is important for us to hold those prophesies in high regard after we have tested them (according to God’s standards in his word and the discernment of spiritual leaders) and seen that they are of God. Hold on to good and avoid every kind of evil (people, places, things, discussions, etc)
God is yearning to fill you to overflowing with his Spirit, but you have to make sure that you keep the temple (your bodies) as holy as possible. After his Spirit has inhabited your body, do whatever it takes to keep him there. The Bible gives clear and concise directions on how to do this, so read it and live it.
In conclusion, “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”
Stay blessed and spread the word.