Do Not Quench the Spirit
Baptism with the Holy Spirit and with Fire
Do not quench the Spirit
I Thessalonians 5:19
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.
What is the baptism of fire?
Do not quench the Spirit – The Spirit is a fire. It is a fire with which Jesus baptizes His children. You can quench this Spirit. You should not do that. If you do not quench the Spirit, the Spirit will control and consume you so that your life will be totally the Holy Spirit within you.
Rom. 12:1-3 – place your body on the altar – Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the fire on the altar to consume and burn your life out for God. You place your body and life on God’s altar and God’s Holy Spirit will be the fire that will make your offering and sacrifice wholly acceptable to God.
When I am tried I shall come forth as gold – gold is tried in the fire. When God has tried us we will come forth as gold – all sin and dross removed.
When your life is consumed by the Spirit of God there is none of you left. It is all God. His Spirit is all there is about you. His Spirit is all you care about. Your life is the life of the Spirit of God in you.
Do not quench the spirit. Jesus lived with passion. The Holy Spirit in us, His children, gives us passion. We live with passion.
• Passion to do right.
• Passion for the Truth.
• Passion for the Kingdom of God.
• Passion against sin and wrong.
• Passion for God.
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is the shield of faith that will quench the fire darts of the wicked. Either the darts of fire will get you, or else you will quench those darts with the Holy Spirit fruit of faith that you have not quenched. You must fight fire with fire.
Our God is a consuming fire, for good or for ill. Either God’s fire will consume the sin in your life or His fire will consume you for your sin and disobedience and lack of love for Him.
Of Jesus it was said – “the zeal of thy house has eaten me up.” Is something eating you up? Is something consuming you? What is eating you up? What is consuming you.? Something will consume you. What will it be. Will it be self and self aggrandizement? Will it be worldly pleasures of various sorts? Or will it be God?
Jesus shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.
The fire is the passion of the Spirit that lives in you.
Do not quench the Spirit!