Mountain Moving Monday: Quench

Monday, February 15, 2016

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

Word Study: Quench

The original meaning of quench in this verse is taken from the Greek word, Sbennumi (sben-noo-mee), which means to extinguish, go out.

Let’s look at the word quench in the scripture above to see how it applies to our lives.

Even the most well behaved children can slip into mischief when their parents are out of sight. There was once a group of siblings, aged 15, 11, and 10, whom the parents trusted to behave as they ran a quick errand around the block.

Mischief began: false alarm calls to 911, swinging the cat in the air by its tail, and putting on makeshift capes and pushing each other out of trees. During this sibling-scheme fest, the middle child decided to throw lit paper airplanes into a trashcan…inside the house! She would make an airplane, light it, and toss it in. Just as they were lighting the 3rd plane, the parents pulled back into the driveway. The oldest said to hurry and blow out the flame before tossing it in, but this time it didn’t go out and all the previous half-burnt paper airplanes caught fire in the can. The youngest ran to fill a jar with water and he tosses it in right as their parents are walking in the door. The room is filled with smoke and though the fire was extinguished, the evidence of the fire manifested itself.

In the 1st century, the Holy Spirit signified a fire or a flame:

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire and it sat upon each of them; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost…” Acts 2:3-4.

I remind you to fan into the the flame the gift of God, which is in you.” 2 Timothy 1:7, NIV – The King James version says, “stir up the gift,” which denotes stirring up embers of a fire.

In Thessalonians 5:19, the Holy Spirit signifies a flaming fire, which may be quenched - extinguished or put out. So how does the fire go out?

A life that displeases God quenches His Spirit.

When we give in to temptations, when we allow our anger to dominate us, when we refuse to be at peace with others, or when we neglect to publicly share Jesus, we’re erecting mountains that extinguish the Spirit. Sinful actions or neglecting to stir up the gift of the Spirit hinder and halt His work in our lives!

Unlike the fire in the trashcan that needed to be put out, the fire in our souls needs to burn forever.

We can move the mountain of quenching by allowing the Holy Spirit to influence our hearts to do right. We’re sure those children knew in their hearts that what they were doing was not the right thing, because they waited for the parents to be out of sight to engage in the behavior. Do we sometimes find ourselves getting into mischief thinking the Father is out of sight?

Our God sees us at all times and expects us to be on our best behavior; not to be perfect, but to give the Spirit His rightful place in our hearts. If you’re filled with mischief there may be a mountain extinguishing the Spirit’s fire in your life.

Ask yourself:

1. Has my zeal gone out? (Romans 12:11 – “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”)
2. Has my love for God been doused with a cold heart? (Romans 5:5 – “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”)
3. Has my spirit failed? (Psalm 143:7 – Answer me quickly, LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit.”)

Until the Spirit is honored, cherished, and sought there will be no improvement in your life. You will always be on your last ember. If you don’t want your fire to go out, move the mountain that’s quenching it.

Prayer Reflection: 

Dear God, sometimes I find myself, like a careless child, getting into mischief. I call on you with false alarms by praying amiss. I twirl and turn people’s worlds upside-down versus being gentle and caring. I jump carelessly into situations that you want me to avoid. I can think of so many occasions where I attempted to get away with doing wrong, not realizing, you saw my every move and knew my every thought. God forgive me for quenching your Spirit and throwing water on the flame that you want to burn with passion and zeal for you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

2 Timothy 2:15 ☺

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