The Dampened Spirit

Quench not the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:19

At times it has been said to me during my Christian journey we should not quench the Spirit of God. Often it is said regarding external circumstances and situations. Therefore it has never held much truth for me; in the sense that I have been in congregations during a service and a baby might cry and the usher hurries to assist and says, “We do not want to quench or hinder the Spirit.”

Once during a service when devotion was taking place I really had a need to excuse myself to the ladies room. When I arrived at the exit the usher informed me that I could not go out, because if the doors were opened I’d usher out the Spirit and the Spirit would be in effect quenched. (I never visited that congregation again.) Figuring a god whose going in and coming out of an edifice could be hindered  by the whims and efforts of mere men was not the God I believe. I believe God is omnipresent and that nothing can change His attributes. Obviously I do not believe that God my Creator can be confined or jailed by doors or within walls. One of our greatest failings is when we attempt to humanize God.

God as I have come to know Him is limitless and ALL sufficient (I AM the GREAT I AM). He is uncontainable.

Even as I write this, Chris Tomlin sings “Indescribable” in the deepest part of my being:

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God
The scripture describes the undefinable God who we Love:
Job 37:22-24 “Out of the north He comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome Majesty. The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in His justice and great righteousness, He does not oppress. Therefore, men revere Him, for does He not have regard for all the wise in heart?” Job 42:1-3 Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. [You asked,] ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.
God is Sovereign.  He is in control of all things and supreme over all things.  No one is more powerful than Him and He answers to no one.  He has no beginning and has no end Psalm 90:2.
Keep in mind that what I write in this blog is how I have come to know and believe God. Certainly I am NO teacher.  Yet I digress lest you should misunderstand my point. Truly I believe the Scripture: Quench not the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:19  In reading it I see that it speaks to what quenches the Fire of the Spirit as it burns within us. Paul admonishes us to be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus. 
My personal experience on this journey with Christ has been just that. When my joy wanes, my prayer life suffers or something occurs that I over look God’s Grace which is more than sufficient; the Spirit within me is dampened or the Fire is not ABLAZE; It is a few flickering flames and at times it has been only small embers barely burning.
This is what I mean when I say it is an internal quenching and not external. The Spirit burning internally within us is the place we have a choice, we can choose to give God authority over our lives where our living, moving and being is certainly in Him or we can choose our own understanding. Externally we serve a God Who is UNCONTAINABLE!

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