Putting out the Spirit’s fire…who? You? Let’s see…

If you’ve ever sat in front of a campfire, you’ve felt the heat! It’s flames can burn very bright and hot. But what happens if someone keeps throwing water on the wood?

Initially, it will only dampen the heat of the flames. But if the person continues to throw water on the flames, eventually that water WILL quench, smother, or put out the fire altogether.

Has the Holy Spirit been speaking to your heart? You know what I mean…tenderly directing you to do something?

Have you obeyed Him and done what He has nugged you to do? Or have you, like I have in times past, kinda ignored Him?
Let me help you with that today. I want to encourage you to:

  • Zoom in on the Holy Spirits leading.
  • Open your heart when He is speaking to you.
  • Be used by Him in big or small ways.
  • Take God up on moments when He wants to pour His power through you.
  • Jump when He says JUMP!
  • Not throw water on the flames until you quench the Spirit!

1 Thessalonians 5:19 says:

Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the [Holy] Spirit. (AMP)

See the word, “quench”, in this verse? It means to extinguish, smother, suppress, douse, put out, snuff out. It often means to extinguish a fire by dousing it with water. In some places in the Bible, it means to evaporate or to dry up. Yikes! I don’t want that happening to you!

Instead of blocking out the little impressions your heart and head feel when the Holy Spirit is trying to tell you something and dousing the flames, it’s time to say, “Yes, Lord, I’ll do what you tell me to do. I’ll have that tough conversation you want me to have, I’ll go to the neighbor who needs to be invited to church, I’ll do whatever you ask me to do.”

Know what’s going to happen if you do life like this?

You’ll start putting fuel back on the fire again!

Every time you say, “Yes, Lord,” you’ll be juiced! You’ll be stoking the coals and you’ll cause the Holy Spirits fire to burn even brigher in your life.

I know it’s scary to jump on what the Holy Spirit sometimes promts us to do.

Sometimes we are afraid of what may happen if we do. But I want to encourage you to just do it. Just take a chance. Take God up on how He wants to use you.

He will never fail you or let you down. And God’s big enough to fix your mistakes, there’s really no corner he can’t back you out of.

So, what have you got to lose? Nothing, right?

Get out there and let God use you today to set someone free…. all because you are determined to do what the Holy Spirit asks you to do.

Pray this with me:

God, help me to quickly move when the Spirit of God prompts me or speaks to my heart about doing something. I don’t want to throw water on the flames of the Spirit in my heart. From today on, I’m making a choice to quickly obey, but I need your strength to do this. Thank you for filling me up with brand new courage to step out. I’m going to leave the results up to you. I know we’ll do great things together. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Is it God Speaking to You or the Devil? How to Tell
Some people can’t tell whether it’s the devil or God speaking to them, but wouldn’t it be great if you knew how YOU could tell the difference? Read on and I’ll show you!

I was at a restaurant called, “Pollo Tropical” one time, and I noticed a lady sitting at a nearby table all alone. She was minding her business eating her Tropi-chops. I wanted to mind my business and eat my Tropi-chops! But guess what? God was speaking to me…and he wanted me to say something to her.

He said, “Just tell her I love her.”

That’s it. Just one line.

I didn’t want to! He said again, all I want you to do is, “Tell her I love her.” That’s it. So I started to wonder…. is this really God speaking to me or is it the devil putting this thought in my head? After all, if I approach this lady and tell her, “God said…” She might think I’m crazy.

So I’m sitting there arguing with God and myself. And I said, “What if this is the devil telling me to do this?” Then God said to me in a deep inner way, “Do you actually think the devil would ask you to tell someone God loves them?”

Hmm, probably not!

What I learned is that even if it’s not God’s voice, but it’s a good thing, just do it anyway, cause 9 times out of 10 if it is a good thing – it’s God’s voice.

Because I sat there so long, the lady got up and left. I lost my chance to encourage her and let her know God cared. All because I took too long trying to figure out if it was really God speaking to me.

Remember, according to John 10:10, the devil’s M.O. is to kill, steal, and to destroy. So, if what you hear is killing, stealing, or destroying in any way, then it’s not God.

If what you hear is:

  • doubt
  • unbelief
  • discouragement
  • fear
  • failure
  • evil

It’s the devil.

God NEVER talks about: 

  • doubt
  • unbelief
  • discouragement
  • fear
  • failure
  • evil

If you feel that God is speaking to you, and the thought is loving, positive, kind, full of mercy, or grace, it’s probably God. Measure the thought against what you know about God. Does the thought agree with his character? If so, it’s probably God, so go with it!

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