Sunday, July 26, 2020
“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies.” (1st Thessalonians 5:19 & 20) The command in these two verses; do not quench the spirit and do not despise prophecies, imply, by their form in Greek, that the Thessalonians were guilty of both.
Paul was warning that we must guard against dwindling revival fires. 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 compromise.
True spiritual fires dwindle. 1) when we allow the excitement of crowds and miracles to dull our ears to hearing the foundational truths of the Holy Spirit’s council; 2) when we look to the visitation of the Spirit to shore up weaknesses in the local fellowship rather than correct problems; 3) when we allow an attitude of pride and showmanship to distort the simplicity of God’s workings, and the visitation is reduce to a cleverly publicized event; 4) wen we fail to maintain the balance of the pastoral needs of the congregation, substituting the sheer energy or the meetings for shepherd care and faithful feeding of the sheep; 5) when we neglect to make disciples of the revival; 6) when we allow breakdown of authority and unity in the leadership team through prayerlessness, weariness, or functioning outside the boundaries of individuals’ gifting; 7) when we look to “professionals” to further the growth of the church instead of fostering the release of ministries that have bonded to the life and value system of the congregation; 8) when we lose the focus and object of loving worship by using “worship” as a means of stimulating desired responses in people; 9) when we allow the “busyness and excitement” of revival to take priority over vigilance in humble prayer and intercession, or 10) when we see revival as a way to advance a private local “kingdom” (congregation, rather than to benefit the whole body of Christ.) It is coming … keep ready.
You are loved, Pastor Don