Quenching the Holy Spirit

Psalm 94:16-22 NIV

“Who will rise up for me against the wicked?
Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?”
Unless the Lord had given me help,
I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’
your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.
Can a corrupt throne be allied with you—
a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?
The wicked band together against the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.
But the Lord has become my fortress,
and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.”

Who are The Wicked?

Who are the wicked? Who are the evildoers? They are those who walk (live) in sin and who do not walk (live) according to the Spirit of God. They are those whose lives are given over to the lusts of the flesh, to doing what their flesh desires, and whose lives are not committed to walking in obedience to the Lord. They are those who make a practice (habit) of sinning against God.

But, can they be religious people? Can they be rule followers, like the Pharisees? Can they be those who make an appearance of righteousness, but who are secretly engaged in wicked behavior? And, can they be those who make a show of righteousness while they condemn the righteous? Yes, they can. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day are prime examples of this.

Can they also be those who profess faith in Jesus Christ? Can they even be teachers of the word of God, and pastors and elders in the church? YES! If they are making a profession of faith in Jesus Christ but they are walking according to the flesh, daily or regularly and habitually yielding to the flesh, then they are evildoers, according to Scripture (Matt 7:21-23).

Can they also be those who deny Jesus by denying the working of the Holy Spirit in people’s lives? For, there are many religious people, some of them pastors, who deny the working of the Spirit of God in our daily lives, who say that God cannot speak to us in our minds, or in our spirits, from the Spirit of God, but only directly through the written word of God.

But who is it that quickens our minds to hear and to understand the Word of God? How do we understand the word of God? These things that are written in God’s word are spiritually discerned. It is the Spirit of God who speaks to us and who teaches us the word of God. And, he represents Jesus, for Jesus sent him to indwell us in the place of Jesus who went back to heaven.

[Lu 10:21; Jn 14:26; Jn 16:13; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:17-18; Acts 11:12; Acts 13:2; Rom 8:14; 1 Co 2:14-16; 1 Co 12; Rom 12; Eph 4]

Condemning the Righteous

So, a religious person who follows the rules and who maybe doesn’t lie, cheat, steal or commit adultery, can they be guilty of evil if they deny the Spirit of God who was given to us to teach us all things, and if they deny the working of the Spirit of God in people’s hearts and minds and lives?

And, if by doing so, they quench the Spirit, for they rebuke those who are listening to the Holy Spirit? And, by doing so they condemn the righteous?

Now, I know there are a lot of “Holy Spirit” movements out there that are not of the Spirit of God, but are of the flesh of man, and where they confuse emotions with the Spirit. I get that totally! But we don’t throw out the Holy Spirit just because people abuse the Holy Spirit, but that is what many religious people are doing.

If we are not being led by the Spirit of God, the Bible says, we are not children of God. But how can the Spirit lead us if we deny that he can even speak to us? He has to be able to speak to us, to quicken our minds and hearts, to convict of sin, to encourage, to strengthen and to equip us.

Denying the Holy Spirit

These religious people also deny the gifts of the Holy Spirit, or some of them, but they have no biblical foundation for denying the gifts of the Spirit. They have just decided to cut out the gifts they can’t control in the flesh. That is really what it comes down to.

So they end up gathering together against those who are walking in the Spirit, and who are following the leading of the Spirit of God, and who are instructing people in righteous, holiness and godliness, and this is largely because they are denying that God can speak to us through the Spirit.

But, if what they are denying is the Spirit of God, then they are working against God, and against the Spirit of God, and thus they end up being those who are banding together against the righteous and who are condemning the innocent (not perfect) to death.

I have had a few pastors condemn me for following the Lord with my life. So, I know what it feels like to be on the receiving end of that abuse. But the Lord was my support. He was my helper and my encourager. And, he kept pushing me to get back in there and to not let them discourage me.

Yet, if I believed God could not speak to me through his Spirit, and if I denied the gifts of the Spirit God has given me, I would be denying my Lord and his calling on my life, and I would be slamming the door shut in his face, and I can tell you with great certainty where that would have landed me.

So, what do the Scriptures teach on this subject? We are to test the spirits to see if they are of God, against the word of God, not against our own ideas of what the word teaches, and not against our own prejudices, and not against our own religious traditions.

“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.” 1 Thess 5:19-22 NIV

Oh, to Be Like Thee, Blessed Redeemer

Lyrics by Thomas O. Chisholm, 1897
Music by W. J. Kirkpatrick, 1897

Oh, to be like Thee! blessèd Redeemer,
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.

Oh, to be like Thee! full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wandering sinner to find.

O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer others to save.

O to be like Thee! while I am pleading,
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love;
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit me for life and Heaven above.

Oh, to be like Thee! Oh, to be like Thee,
Blessèd Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.

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12 thoughts on “Quenching the Holy Spirit

  1. I’ve been in both kinds of churches – spiritually dead on the one hand, and relying too much on emotions and/or miracles, on the other. To find the right balance based on the truth, we need the wisdom to discern, and James 1:5 tells us God will give it to us if we ask Him.

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    • Amen! Yes, he will, if we seek him with our whole heart. His word is truth. And, the Spirit leads us into all truth. We need both the written word of God and the Holy Spirit to lead us into truth and to direct us in the way God would have us to go.

      On one end they have the word of God, but they deny the Spirit, and often on the other end they follow what they think is the Spirit, but they are short on the word of God. Neither is correct. We need both the Word and the Holy Spirit leading & directing our lives.

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  2. I realised to my dismay that some church leaders don’t trust Holy Spirit in me & my fellows.

    My Bible doesn’t say: “Ascending He delegated elders to ration gifts differing so severely that no gifts = no differing”.

    The superficial dressing up differs between denominations, and between societies and movements, but I run into the same sad thing.

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    • Amittai, many church denominations have decided that certain gifts of the Spirit are no longer valid. Largely I think it is because of so many abuses of the gifts of the Spirit. It is hard for churches to manage them when people use them improperly. And, so it is easier for them to just write them off rather than to allow them and then have to manage them.

      Also, many people in churches and of church denominations are not true followers of Jesus Christ and so they don’t have the Holy Spirit living within them and so they don’t understand the Holy Spirit or how he works and so they don’t allow him to work because they can’t control him.

      Many pastors are living in sin, giving in to the lusts of their flesh, running their churches like businesses, following men, and looking to build earthly kingdoms and so they don’t want to scare people away, and so they also deny the gifts of the Spirit which they can’t control.

      But God makes a way for us to use our gifts even when denominations and organized religion does not allow for us. We just have to pray and ask the Lord to show us where he wants us and if we obey him, he will open the doors in his timing according to his will.

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      • Superficial gifts are promoted, and there is a strict divide of gifts. No-one is allowed to be concerned with the quality of apostling (which is supposed to be our heritage in God, not the contrivings of the jet setters). Youngsters are supposed to fall in with what the Chief Executives tell them about Scripture, old people likewise, singles likewise, people suspected of having wide experience of denominations likewise.

        I’m amazed by your last sentence because I thought there aren’t people any more who believe in prayer about such “not allowed” things. I feel divided between wanting to help in the way you describe, and wanting to debrief. Perhaps I should get God to help with both?

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      • Amittai, I have been rejected by most institutional church leaders/people, which is fine, because the Lord doesn’t want me in an institutional church, because it is not the true church, but man-made religion.

        Anyway, I used to minister in the institutional church, but the closer I grew in my walk with the Lord, and the further the church, in general, moved away from Scripture and away from pure devotion to the Lord, the more rejection I faced, and door after door kept being slammed in my face.

        So, I prayed for the Lord to lead me where he wanted me, and he let me know he wanted me on the internet, which is where I have now been since 2004, and daily since 2006.

        So, whereas the institutional church had no need of me, or so they thought, the Lord is using me here to spread his word. But this wouldn’t have happened if I had not faced all those rejections.

        But, instead of ministering to maybe 6 women each week, the Lord is having me share on the internet where people from all over the world can read what he gives me to write. So, sometimes God allows doors to close in our lives in one area because he has something better for us someplace else.

        So, just pray and ask him where he wants you, and what he wants you to be doing, and then just do what he says for the glory of God.

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