May 18, 2017 by Will Maule

5 Crucial Ways We Quench The Holy Spirit In Our Lives

As Christians, the work of the Holy Spirit should be one of the key elements of our everyday life of faith. But too often, we quench the work of the Holy Spirit through misguided and sinful decisions. How can we ensure that keep the Spirit flowing through ever part of our lives? Well, we can avoid certain things, and can pray for the empowering presence of God to be with us every day. J. Lee Grady at Charisma describes 5 ways we quench the Holy Spirit.

1. We ignore the Holy Spirit. "Many churches today make no mention of the Spirit. He is, as author Francis Chan says, the "forgotten God." We play it safe by focusing on Jesus and salvation—yet we forget that Jesus talked incessantly about the Spirit. And it was Jesus who told His followers that they must be "clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:49). We are not being faithful to Christ if we don't take people into the deeper waters of the Spirit that He Himself promised."

2. We limit the gifts of the Holy Spirit. "There are thousands of churches in this country that teach that the gifts of the Spirit no longer function. Even though the apostle Paul said, "Do not forbid speaking in tongues" (1 Cor. 14:39) and "Do not despise prophecies" (1 Thess. 5:20), speaking in tongues and prophecy are off-limits—along with healing and miracles."

3. We misuse or abuse the gifts of the Holy Spirit. "We Pentecostals and charismatics have sometimes quenched the Spirit more than evangelicals who deny His power. We have whacked people to the floor or waved our sportcoats in the air to prove our "anointing," manipulated audiences with mood music, used fancy titles to fake apostolic authority and manufactured counterfeit miracles to con people to give in offerings."

4. We misrepresent the Holy Spirit. "How often have we heard, "Thus says the Lord," or "God told me this," when the Spirit had nothing to do with the message we cooked up on our own. When we give the Spirit credit for messages that did not originate from Him, we take the Lord's name in vain."

5. We divide the Holy Spirit. "When the apostle Paul corrected the Corinthians for quenching the Spirit, he addressed sexual sin and the abuse of spiritual gifts. But first He challenged them on the way they were treating each other. "Has Christ been divided?" he asked in 1 Corinthians 1:13. We grieve the Spirit when we judge each other, build walls, divide ourselves racially, follow personalities or create camps according to doctrine."

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