THE SPIRIT AND THE WORD

Scripture Reading: I Thessalonians 5:12-22

“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” (I Thessalonians 5:19-22)

We are never alone. We have the Holy Spirit living in us, who will give us guidance and strength. But, we must be careful not to quench the Spirit. We must make a deliberate effort at the outset of every day to recognize the Holy Spirit’s presence within us. We are to look to Him as teacher, guide, sanctifier, and the giver of assurance concerning our standing before God.

The Holy Spirit reveals God’s will to us. He enables us to understand the deep things of God — “But God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God…We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who comes from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us” (I Corinthians 2:10,12).

The Spirit assures us that we are loved and accepted by our heavenly Father. It is this inward assurance that gives us the power to live a fruitful and meaningful life. But we must not quench the Spirit; we must not put out His fire in us. Quenching the Spirit means that we fail to listen to Him and that we fail to believe Him.

We must not separate listening to the Spirit from the listening to God’s Word. We are to pay attention to God’s Word — “Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”

We must read and meditate upon God’s Word daily. We are not treat the Scriptures with contempt. We are not to ignore what the Scriptures reveal to us, or refuse to submit to the authority of the Word of God over every aspect of our lives. We are to test everything to see if it is in line with the truth of God’s Word. When we do these things, we are able to hold on to what is good and we are able to avoid what is evil.

O Spirit of the Living God, I know that You dwell in me. My body is Your temple. May I be sensitive to Your promptings and guidance; enable me not to quench Your work in my life. I thank You for the Word of God. I know that You are the Author of it. Enable me to obey its teachings and submit to its authority over my life.

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