Christian Verbs :: Q is for Quenching

To quench is to put out or extinguish and we are asked to take up the shield of faith (above all) wherewith we shall be able to quench (put out) the fiery darts of the devil. It is however, important to recognize that we do not put out the fiery darts (trials and temptations) but instead we need to merely take up the shield of faith, that protects us against these darts. It is also important to recognize that we ought not to quench (put out) the Holy Spirit of God that dwells in us (1 Thessalonians 5:19). For when we quench the Holy Spirit, the flesh that is at war with the Spirit triumphs and makes us sin that leads to death, trampling the Son of God and nullifying his sacrifice (Hebrews 10:26-29). So as Christ Ones we ought to quench the fiery darts and also quench not the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 6:16 (KJV)
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

1 Thessalonians 5:19 (KJV)
19 Quench not the Spirit.

Quench not the Spirit

1 Thessalonians in Chapter 5 counsels that we ought not to quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). In other words, the Fire of the Holy Spirit must not be put off. How can one put off the Holy Spirit? By walking according to the flesh for the flesh is at war with the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-18). Apostle Paul writes for that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. (Romans 7:15). We can all empathize and relate with Apostle Paul. Many times we do things willfully that we dont want to and dont do things that we have to, and in that manner, we grieve the Holy Spirit God. So what can we do to not grieve or quench the Holy Spirit? We can submit to the will of God, mortifying our selfish desires and we can walk accordingly to the Holy Spirit; and we can earnestly pray with a sincere heart as King David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me…” (Psalm 51:10-12)

Romans 7:15 (KJV)
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

Psalm 51:10-12 (KJV)
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right [steadfast] spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free [generous] spirit.

Galatians 5:16-18 (KJV)
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (KJV)
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Fire – releasing, refining and renewing Spirit

The next element in our series is Fire.

When the Hebrew men, known more commonly by their Babylonian names, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnance, the fire had no effect on them but the bonds that tied them were loosed and Nebuchadnezzar the king exclaims that he sees four men walking in midst of the fire and the form of the fourth was like the Son of God (Daniel 3:25).  When Samson came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arm became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands (Judges 15:14). Again, a demonstration of the presence of God releasing bondage and interestingly in both instances, God presence has to do with fire.

On the day of Pentecost, the outward expression of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit was tongues like as of fire (Acts 2:3-4). When Jesus opened the scriptures to the two on the road to Emmaus, they said to one another, did not our hearts burn within us? (Luke 24:32).

And as a fire is not effective, when quenched, Paul warns us to Quench not the Spirit, the Fire of God (1 Thessalonians  5:19). The Spirit of God refines and purifies us to righteousness (Malachi 3:2-3).  The Spirit of God is THE ELEMENT, the FIRE that not only burns away the chains/ropes that hold us in bondage, but also warms the hearts of those who listen to the Son of God to have a renewed relationship with him.