How to Avoid Quenching the Holy Spirit

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The Holy Spirit is one who Jesus said he would send to be with every Christian (John 14:16). His coming on the day of Pentecost marked the beginning of Christianity (Acts 2:1-4). The end of Christianity will come when He will take all true Christians home with Him at the rapture. 

Without the Holy Spirit, there can’t be Christianity and without his influence in the life of an individual, he can’t stand firmly on his Christian convictions. 

The Holy Spirit is given to every Christian at the point of his salvation (Ephesians 1:13). This is the indwelling of the Spirit, and it’s permanent and different from the baptism of the Spirit. 

So many saved Christians are unaware that the Holy Spirit still lives in them but quenched.

Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:19 warned Christians in the body of Christ against quenching the Spirit. Quenching the Spirit has to do with limiting his influence in our lives. This is done when the Christian still indulges in secret sins or does not fully follow and carry out the directions and leadings of the Spirit.

The scriptures say the body of every Christian is the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 6:19). A temple is a large building with space. In like manner, our body house the Holy Ghost and should have space to freely move and express himself. 

Refusal to give the Holy Spirit freedom to influence our lives is like limiting him to just a single room in the temple of our body. With this, his influence and actions cannot be seen in us.

Sin limits the Holy Spirit to limited space in you. He does this himself to protect you because if he operates fully in you while you still live in sin, you will be consumed quickly by the forces of darkness. The evil one cannot touch you only if you stay away from sin (1 John 5:18).

The fire of the Holy Ghost cannot burn in us when we live in sin. Sin is like the water that quenches the fire.

The Holy Spirit is not instantly quenched. He is grieved by our sinful actions. He convicts and urges us to repent to restore our relationship with him. Refusal to repent grieve him continuously till he is eventually quenched and become inactive in us (Ephesians 4:30). 

Though the Holy Spirit may live dormant in the body of a believer, he can be quickened when we courageously repent and forsake our sin (Romans 8:11-13). We must rededicate our lives to prayer, the word, and fasting and with this, you will be alive in the Spirit again. 
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