In our Wednesday night home group we have just finished a study on 1 Thessalonians. One of the closing verses of this book is 5:19. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire.
This verse affirms that all people who have come to faith and trust in Christ have been given the Holy Spirit to be their guide and companion in the Christian adventure. However, the suggestion is that it is possible to put out, dampen, smother or extinguish His flaming influence in our lives. This does not mean that He will totally leave us and so we lose our salvation entirely, but it does mean that He will withdraw, become remote and distant from us, no longer guiding, prompting and directing us to walk in a way pleasing to God.
This withdrawal of the Holy Spirit, this dampening of the flame, may be the result of neglect of spiritual things or disobedience to what God has clearly said, or even neglect of bible reading and prayer.
I, for one, want to know God’s best in my life and in no way do I want the Holy Spirit’s fire to be snuffed out or dampened. I am sure you are the same. Let’s ask God to show us if we are inadvertently doing something that may be causing Him to withdraw or become silent in our lives that we may be the best we can be daily for Him.
Eph 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.