#2 We quench the Spirit by refusing His control. (continuing from yesterday)
In Ephesians 5:19-21, the Bible tells us what a Spirit-filled or controlled person is like. His mouth is filled with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. He sings in his heart to the Lord. He continually gives thanks to God for everything.
He willingly submits to other believers. He is filled with, controlled by and yielded to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
Do you ever feel prompted to pray? Do you ever feel led to say something specific, to give a witness of Jesus Christ? Do you ever feel moved to help someone out or give to someone or some need? Sure you do. To be controlled by or filled with the Spirit is to not suppress or quench those promptings but to obey them.
#3 We quench the Spirit by refusing His course.
In today’s verse, Paul uses the phrase “walk in the Spirit” to refer to the overall course or direction of the mature Christian. The context lists a number of characteristics of immature Christians. Paul is telling us not to act like that, to stop living to please the flesh. Therefore, we quench the fire of the Holy Spirit when we refuse to grow up spiritually.
We are to follow His course and avoid the world’s course at all cost. Here is the truth, if you follow the world’s direction, you will crash and you cannot control the injuries that will be realized from such a crash. It is always better to follow the leading and direction of the Holy Spirit