What does it mean to quench The Holy Spirit?

Hey y’all LeaFiore here again. I had someone ask me to do a video to follow my conscience and discernment videos on what it means to quench the Holy Spirit so I figured I would do a blog also. I am going to talk about what it means to grieve the Holy Spirit as well. So here we go…..

When we speak of the word quench there is some imagery that goes along with that. I picture a fire put out, extinguished, water poured on a flame. I think of someone beating down a fire with a cloth. Or an extinguisher being used to push back and put out a fire. I picture my mouth so dry and in need of water and that feeling of getting refreshed by it. 

The Holy SPirit is the third person of the triune Godhead he is who indwells all believers, he empowers us, emboldens us, convicts us, guides us, he helps us to worship God rightly and intervenes in prayers when we cannot rightly pray for ourselves. He has a huge role to which, due to time I cannot rightly speak to and about all of his active roles in us, through us and for us. 

So Let’s define quench 

to extinguish; to put out; as , to quench a flame. 

To still; to quiet; to repress; as to quench a passion or emotion

To extinguish; as to quench thirst

To destroy

To check; to stifle; as to quench the spirit

This goes right along with not listening to our conscience and effectively turning off our warning system right? It goes with not listening to our discernment and in turn warping it because we are telling it to shut up when it is trying to warn us of danger. When we quiet, still, or repress the holy Spirit’s work in our life we are effectively quenching it

When we look at our walk as christians there is generally a pattern that occurs for some if not most. A new believer has a new flame that is burning. They have the Holy Spirit and they generally want to share their new found sense of freedom and love and salvation with everyone. They haven’t had that quenched yet by people and their irritation, or anger at them speaking about God. Or being told they aren’t doing it right and they must do it differently. They have a childlike faith that knows no boundaries and wants to share it shouting it from the rooftops. There are many ways that we can go about living as christians, we can let our light shine for all to see, or we can put it under a basket and wait for others to peek in to see it. When we allow the Holy Spirit to flow from us we are doing the opposite of quenching him. 

Sharing our faith is hard. It is much easier to say we will live in a way that others can see Christ in us than to share Christ and his mercy and grace with the people around us. It doesn’t cost much to stay quiet and try to look pretty. It costs a whole lot more when you open your mouth and speak things that are likely to offend and sometimes hurt those we love. We have to share the bad news before we share the good news. We are all sinners and deep down we all know that we fail, that we do wrong, unfortunately we generally as humans believe that we are self righteous. That is to say that we are good enough or don’t need saving because everyone does the stuff we do and you aren’t as bad as that other guy. In order to help them they need to get a bit uncomfortable to see that they need a savior and it can’t be them. That is part of the job of the Holy Spirit. We have to allow him to embolden us and then we have to open our mouths and speak the truth because we love others enough to do so. 

I was in bible study last night and someone said that he heard a quote that stuck with him he said quote “my faith is personal but not private.”

That is something that I think everyone has a hard time with. Figuring out how to have a personal yet open faith. There are so many times we can choose to be led by The Holy Spirit to evangelize or we can quench him and shut him up keeping our faith private. Satan has done a great job at stigmatizing Christianity and effectively telling the world, sit down, shut up and keep your religion to yourself. We feel uncomfortable and uneasy sharing our hope that we have in Christ with others. It feels like we are doing something wrong or we don’t know how to go about it. 

I would say part of growing in The Holy Spirit and allowing him to flow through us in getting to know him better in the word. Better understanding God and salvation so that we are adequately equipped to do every good work that he has for us to do. The more we sit in not what people say about the word but the actual word itself, the easier it is to articulate it to others and the wider vocabulary we have for the Holy Spirit to remind us of while we are talking to others. 

When we evangelize it is spiritual warfare and we don’t go into battle unprepared and expect to do any good. We prepare for battle and we fortify ourselves beforehand. That is a huge part of why we sit in the word and pray. Unfortunately i really think a lot of people pray but don’t fortify themselves in the word. Or they just hope that because they read the Bible before they are ready for battle at a moment’s notice. When we neglect what God has told us, to study, to work out our faith with fear and trembling, to be ready, to keep oil in our lamps and persevere we are effectively quenching the spirit. I cannot live a spirit filled life if I neglect to feed myself. We get weak and lethargic from lack of spiritual nourishment. Now that doesn’t mean you don’t have the Holy Spirit if you aren’t in the word, it simply means that you are stunting your growth. That you are quenching him and his work in your life since he speaks to us as we intake the living word. It is a huge way that he speaks and if you want to hear God I would say get in the word. 

Another thing that was talked about was a response from Penn Gellet, Penn from Penn and teller talks about being prostelized or preached to. He said how bad do you have to hate someone if you think they could spend eternity in hell and you don’t try to warn them? That is coming from an atheist. He sees the importance of us living out our worldview to the fullest. And I think he sees it in a profound way that so many Christians don’t. I know so many people who say that you should be quiet and not try to share your faith with others because you could make them uncomfortable. They say that we should just live and love them and they will see Christ in us and I am not saying they cant see Christ in us I am simply saying they cant get saved simply because we love them and look christian. Jesus shared the gospel. The disciples shared the gospel. Every spiritually healthy example that we have from scripture shared the gospel and did so with immense love and boldness. That is the opposite of quenching the spirit. They are allowing the spirit to flow through them as living water. 

When we live a life in submission to the Lord, we follow his example. We follow the guidance of The Holy Spirit and we do things that aren’t always easy. We can’t follow our peace, as some people teach, because it isn’t always peaceful. We can’t do the things that seem right to us because we have a faulty guidance system and need to calibrate it to the Word of God. But when we know what God says and we don’t do it even though we can feel the leading of theHoly Spirit we are quenching him in us.

I think that is a great way to look at our walk.  We have a personal faith that we alone are responsible for. We are responsible for what we do to help it grow or if we just sit stagnant. But it isn’t a private matter. We are told to shout it from the rooftops. To know what we believe and why in order to share the hope that we have with the world around us. We are to take every thought captive to the obedience of christ. We are to destroy speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God. We are to fan the flame and let the light of Jesus shine for all to see. 

The Holy Spirit is who helps us to understand scripture. He emboldens us to speak the truth of God to a world hostile to him. He empowers us for the works that God created us to do. He works inside of us to help us and guide us and nurture the faith growing inside of us. He helps to sanctify us so that we can look more like Christ, act more like Christ and be able to walk this earth sharing the hope that we have with the world. When we keep hold of something he is trying to get us to be free from we are quenching him. When we do the things that we know we ought not to we are quenching him. We are desensitizing ourselves to his pull and sway in our lives and instead of being easily led we have to be steered with a bit in our mouths. 

If we look at the definition of quench we can see that if we have the Holy Spirit working in us and we choose to not listen and not be guided by him we are in fact quenching him. When we looked at the conscience and discernment we saw that The Holy Spirit  uses our conscience and grows us in discernment. These are ways that can help us to better live the life God intended for us. 

When we know that we are supposed to do something and we don’t, we are going against our conscience and possibly the Holy Spirit. When we justify things that we are convicted of and do them anyway we are stifling or suppressing his work in us.

When we look at 

Ephesians 6:16 it says

in addition to all take up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16

That makes me think, how often do we shield the Holy Spirit from working in us?

If we want to do some battle, engage in spiritual warfare then we must first start with shielding ourselves with faith, by allowing The Holy Spirit full control in our lives. We need to give all of ourselves to him and not quench him or hold him back in areas that we don’t want to let go of. We need to be in our bibles and searching the scripture so that we can understand God and what he wants from us. We need to be in prayer whether it is in asking him for help, guidance, strength, wisdom, or whatever else we need. We need to be thankful for everything. 

By spiritual disciplines, being in the word, in prayer and so forth we are building up our shield of faith. God is using those times to equip us for battle. But by not doing these things we are in fact stifling the growth of the holy Spirit’s work in us. We are not allowing him to grow us and shape us. 

The Holy Spirit is a fire that dwells inside us. Of course this is a metaphor, he is actually the third person of the trinity but he can be likened to a fire dwelling inside us. He wants to shine through us in our actions and attitudes. When we don’t allow him to work in us and we do what we know we ought not to; we suppress or quench him. We need to allow him to be expressed in our lives. To be seen and to shine through us. 

In my podcast on the Holy Spirit the third person of the trinity, I talked about his personhood and in it we looked at how you can grieve him. To say that you can grieve the spirit is to show that he has emotion. 

To grieve means; to give pain of mind to; to afflict; to wound the feelings. 

To inflict with pain on

To make sorrowful; to excite regret in

To offend; to displease; to provoke. 

When we live like the world we grieve the Holy Spirit. When we live for the flesh and live selfishly we are living in a way that saddens him. When we have anything that we put above him it is idolatry and you provoke him. When we lie, are angry, bitter, jealous, when we steal and curse, when we are sexually immoral which encompasses a whole host of things, we are acting in a way that goes against who God made us to be. It goes against Jesus’ teaching and it saddens or grieves the Holy Spirit. Who is in lock step with the other two persons of the Triune Godhead since they in fact are three persons in one being. 

When we quench the Holy Spirit we are hindering our own spiritual growth. When we grieve him we are doing things that are harmful to us and to others even if we don’t see it. We are making him displeased, we are probably offending him since we are saying we are followers of Christ and instead living like the enemy. Which is really what taking the Lord’s name in vain means. We are exciting regret in him. They both stunt our spiritual growth and upset God. They both make it harder for us to mature and sadden him. You can quench what is good in your life as well as what is bad. When we know that we should not do something but we keep on doing it we are quenching the good and growing the bad. When we decide that we aren’t going to allow things in our lives that God says are not good we are stifling the bad, we are quenching it. My friend Wendi says If you don’t want the weeds to grow in your life, don’t water them. And its really true. Just look at Philippians 4. It says we are to dwell on the things that are good and our and right and true and lovely. Which at the same time means we should not have anything to do with what is the opposite of those. What does light have to do with darkness.

We don’t want to stoke the flame of the flesh, it already burns hot and bright. We need to quench the flesh. Stifle the flesh, war against it and overpower the sin in our lives and at the same time allow the Holy Spirit to be stoked and fanned so that he has full rule over our entire selves. Psalms 42:1 says

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God.”My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God? ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭42:1‬-2 ‭NASB1995‬‬

My soul pants for God and The Holy Spirit quenches my thirst. If I then repress him I continue with a parched soul. When we sit in the word searching God’s ways and spend time in prayer we are refreshed and our parched souls are quenched makes me think of not being drunk by wine but being filled with the Spirit. John 7:37-39 says

“Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ ” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” ‭‭John‬ ‭7:37-39‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬
“Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.””And John 4:13-14 says

We can quench our thirst for God, being refreshed by him but we should never quench his work in us. His hope springs eternal and we should embrace his correction, his love and his guidance. I pray that you allow The Holy Spirit to flow abundantly through you like springs of living water to those around you. 

Hopefully that was helpful.

Love you all

Until next time get in the word, 

have quiet time with the Lord 

and ponder all that he has revealed to you!

By Take me to Eternity

I am a God fearing mother of two. A wife to a wonderful husband. A crafter of junk. A baker. And anything the LORD puts in my path.

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