Sunday, November 24, 2019
“Do not quench the Spirit.” 1st Thessalonians 5:19. This verse is telling us that we need to guard against dwindling fires. Revival fires wane for various reasons. Sometimes the purposes of God have been fulfilled as believers have been quickened to evangelism and new outreaches have been birthed and carried out.
Other times, genuine revival can be cut short and the fire of the Holy Spirit quenched through unrealized compomise. True spiritual fires dwindle when:
- When we allow the excitement of crowds and miracles to dull our ears to hearing the foundational truths of the Holy Spirit’s counsel.
- When we look to the visitation of the Spirit to shore up weaknesses in the local fellowship rather than correct problems.
- When we allow an attitude of pride and showmanship to distort the simplicity of God’s workings, and the visitation is reduced to a cleverly publicized event.
- When we fail to maintain the balance of the pastoral needs of the congregation, substituting the sheer energy of the meetings for shepherd care and faithful feeding of the sheep.
- When we neglect to make disciples who would have multiplied the effectiveness of the revival.
- When we allow breakdown of authority and unity in the leadership team through prayerlessness, weariness, or functioning outside the boundaries of individuals gifting.
- When we look to “professionals” to further the growth of the church instead of following the release of ministries that have bonded to the life and value system of the congregation.
- When we lose focus and object of loving worship by using “worship” as a means of stimulation desired responses in people.
- When we allow the “busyness and excitement” of revival to take priority over vigilance in humble prayer and intercession.
- When we see revival as a way to advance a private local “kingdom”, rather than to benefit the whole body of Christ.
You are Loved, Pastor Don