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This Week We're Looking at Quench
After I’ve gone for a good walk or high intensity workout, I am thirsty. My body needs to be replenished and I long to be filled with the refreshment of water. Once I drink the water, my energy is restored and my body is back in balance. Just like our natural bodies long to be quenched of thirst, our souls long to be filled with the Holy Spirit and the lasting things of God.
Webster’s dictionary defines quench as "a means to satisfy one’s thirst by drinking."
In the spiritual sense, quench means to put out or stop the move of the Spirit when believers are gathered. There are several examples in the Bible where the people of God were not able to hear from Him but the Spirit of the Lord showed up.
In Numbers 11:2, Moses prayed to God on the Israelites behalf because they complained about not being able to hear from God. When the Israelites were desperate, "Moses prayed to the Lord, and the fire died down.” In 2 Kings 22:17, God was angry with the Judeans for forsaking Him and worshipping other idols.
What if we longed to be filled or satisfied with the things of God like we long for water after exercise? To be replenished, nothing will stand in our way. If we are honest with ourselves, there are many things that stand in our way of connecting with God, and hearing from the Holy Spirit.
I Thessalonians 5:19 states, “Do not quench the Holy Spirit.”
While we do face the above barriers that attempt to keep us from connecting with God, there is good news! In Christ, we have weapons to fight against distractions and become victorious in listening and moving forward with the Holy Spirit. God’s Word, prayer, and praise are the most powerful weapons that we have to grow closer to God and move with the Holy Spirit.
Let us not allow the enemy or ourselves to quench the many ways in which God is moving, directing, and guiding us. Ephesians 6:16 states, “Extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Move forward in faith and utilize the tools and resources that God has given you to accomplish your God given purposes.
Today, I invite you to renew and recommit yourself to seeking God through prayer, meditating on God’s Word, and minimizing distractions as you grow closer to Him. Do not let anything quench your desire to mature in God.
Kirstyn Mayden is a Christian blogger who writes devotionals that empower and equip believers in their everyday lives.
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