Following your desires is a cinch to quench God’s Spirit

An employer doesn’t want you to follow your desires, but to obey his instructions. The same with God. Putting your desires above God’s desires is called quenching the Spirit. If you continually put your desires above your employer’s desires (or above God’s desires), you’ll lose your position and be unemployable. Every time you obey your desires instead of God’s desires for you, you quench the Holy Spirit and set Him on the bench.

When we look to our desires for direction, we quench the Spirit. Anytime we ignore, hinder, resist, or interfere with what God is doing, we also quench the Spirit.

Too many people quench the voice of God but amplify the allure of their desires. Christ-followers are called to quench their ungodly desires, but not to quench God’s Spirit.

Every time we disobey God’s command to be led by the Spirit, the Spirit is quenched. When we ignore or resist what God’s telling us thru our conscience, the Bible, or His inner voice in our heart, we quench His Spirit.

Passively sitting through a preset church service every Sunday has trained Christians to follow programs instead of God’s Spirit. Quenching the Spirit is the main cause for the many divisions in Christianity. Unity in the body of Christ requires that we connect heart-to-heart with and obey the living Jesus. As long as we merely talk about Jesus, but neglect to actually hear and obey Him, Christians will remain divided and divisive.

To temptation
To do what the voice
Of wrongful desires
Fans their embers
Into flames.

Putting your desires first
Is always a cinch
To quench
God's Spirit!
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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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