Quench Not The Spirit

How do we quench God’s Spirit? I believe one way we quench the Spirit is by having an ungrateful attitude. An ungrateful heart is not likely to be open to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. One way we  can cultivate a spirit of gratitude is by taking note of God’s gifts in nature, the blessings we receive through friends and family, and most of all the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

 Quench not the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 KJV

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The Sabath Principle

Whatever our circumstances, God set aside for us a day to worship Him and celebrate life in His presence. That’s the Sabbath principle. That’s what the Lord had in mind when He gave us the commandment about the Sabbath day. When Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday, believers began the practice of worshiping their risen Lord on what is now the first day of the week. What makes Sunday special isn’t  just the fact that we go to church, or share a meal with family or friends, or church activities It’s about something deeper and more meaningful. What make Sunday special is that it’s a holy day for Christians. God wants us to take one day out of our week and use it to worship Him.

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Exodus 20:8

Fruit of The Spirit

God’s Spirit within us produces fruit. For this fruit to mature it also needs light and water. The light of God’s Word and the nurturing water of the Holy Spirit. Paul listed nine results of the Spirits work: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self control. What a wonderful world this would be if we all possessed these characteristics!

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23  HCSB

Way of Life

Some people seem to believe that whatever comes in life, good or bad, joyful or sad,  must be endured without question or feeling. Others think that eating, drinking, and seeking luxury is the ultimate goal of life. Our days are filled with opportunities and obstacles. That’s the way of life. Yet when we secure our faith in Christ, we have available His strength to cope and to know joy even in stressful times. Are you secured in Christ?

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NKJV

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Somebody to God

We aren’t some happenstance of time, plus fate, plus chance. We’re are not the product of some arbitrary, mechanistic evolutionary process. On the contrary, each of us is the personal , specific, creation of God, and we bare His distinctive sacred image, even though marred by the fall into sin. We should respect all of God’s creation, but we must reference each human life. Each human bearing His divine image is of unique value to our Heavenly Father. God never created a nobody everybody is a somebody to God.

 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27 KJV

Private Confession

Confessing our sins to God requires that we first identify them to ourselves, and that can be painful. We may also come to see actions we need to take in regard to people who have sinned against us. As we acknowledge our sins, not only does God forgive us, but He also desires to help us not to repeat those sins again and again. We grow spiritually through the process. In His model prayer Jesus went a step further, linking the importance of private confession to God  forgiving others for the wrongs they do us. Do you make a regular practice of acknowledging your sins to God and asking Him for forgiveness and cleansing? If not today would be a good day to start.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Psalm 51:3  NKJV

Open Windows, Open Doors

Open windows, open doors. The relationship here is worthy of consideration. Worship comes before work. Prayer proceeds programs. The one who worships God and prays to Him will never lack for opportunities to work. Windows doors; both open. We open the windows God opens the doors. Remember however, that the opening of doors for effective service does not mean exemption from suffering, difficult problems, and adversaries. But if we keep the windows open, the Lord Jesus Christ is committed to seeing that doors are not shut. And the things that happen to us will turn out for the spreading of the gospel.

I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Revelation 3:8  KJV