1 Thessalonian 5:19: “Quench not the Spirit.” Strong’s defines the Greek word for quench as ‘to put out’, ‘suppress’ and ‘extinguish’.
The Holy Spirit given to us when we were called and subsequently believed CAN BE a very powerful and active force in our lives, as indicated by the Post “Feel The POWER!!”. As well, we have the ability to bear those wonderful, Holy fruits (literally ‘fruit’) of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23. Even further, it CAN BE our Comforter/Advocate as shown in John 14:26 and also lead us into “all truth” as promised in John 16:13.
The key operative words here are obviously ‘can be’. The choice is up to us. That is why Paul could tell Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:6 to “stir up the gift of God” within himself (Young’s Literal). Paul also told Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:14 to “be not careless of the gift in you”.
The ‘flesh’, along with a lack of faith, is shown throughout the Scriptures as being the major factor in prohibiting us from fully and joyfully benefiting from our reservoir of unimaginable blessings when it wins out over the Spirit (Romans 7:14-25 and others). At any given moment, we are either serving one or the other.
We are serving the ‘flesh’ when we are engaged in any activities specifically forbidden by God. These not only include the more obvious ones such as lying, stealing, drunkenness, adultery/fornication, etc. but the more subtle ones: gossip, greed, worrying needlessly, being overly attentive to life’s daily chores and functions (Matthew 13:22), thinking vain and useless thoughts….and the list goes on. Individually and collectively, they serve to ‘extinguish’, ‘put out’ and ‘suppress’ the glorious workings of the precious Holy Spirit that resides in our hearts.
On the other hand, when we are disposed to that which is of God and Christ Jesus the Holy Spirit can bless us beyond anything imaginable (Ephesians 3:20-21). Regimented Bible study, church attendance, charitable works and dutiful/obligatory prayer, no matter how often performed, will NOT help much either UNLESS they steer us toward looking to the Father and Jesus on a continual moment by moment basis in all our waking moments. Please reference the Posts “Bible Study Is Good…”IF…”BUT”…” and “Practicing The Presence Of God”.
Not that rewards should be our primary motive is doing God’s will but Hebrews 11:6 does remind us that “to those seeking Him He becomes a rewarder”. Bearing the “fruit of the Spirit” is an AWESOME reward, I would say!
There will obviously still be difficult and trying circumstances but we will be able to find JOY even in these times as Paul did time after time after time in his afflictions and suffferings. Nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord” (Romans 8:39).
Later, in Christ.