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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS



19Do not quench the Spirit.

5: 19   By warning us not to “quench the Spirit,” Paul means that we should not ignore or toss aside the gifts the Holy Spirit gives. Here, he mentions prophecy (5: 20); in 1   Corinthians 14: 39, he mentions speaking in tongues. Sometimes spiritual gifts are controversial, and they may cause division in a church. Rather than trying to talk about the issues, some Christians prefer to smother the gifts. This impoverishes the church. We should not stifle the Holy Spirit’s work in anyone’s life but encourage the full expression of his gifts to benefit the whole body of Christ. The Holy Spirit speaks to us by convicting us to do what God wants, warning us to flee temptation, and helping us to discern the truth. Ignoring these inner promptings stifles, or quenches, the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. Not acting on these spiritual gifts in your life or keeping someone else from exercising their gifts can hinder God’s work at a particular place and time. Trust the Lord, discern your spiritual gifts, and use them to build up the body of believers around you.Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible.

Do we actually hear the HOLY SPIRIT as he is talking to us??? Then do we act on his gentle nudges?? WE SHOULD!!! But in doing so are our actions used for selfish reasons or are they used to build up the WHOLE BODY of beleivers?? Unfortunately humainity wants us to do things that make us appear to be something or have motives that are productive for us and not all beleivers!!

ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and make sure you are listening to the HOLY SPIRIT and acting in accordance to GODS will not our own!! by RICHARD DEAN BROOKS

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