Through meditating over the oscillations of my fervency for Christ, I was reminded of the start of my faith-hood. To my heart was drawn memories of absolute shameless passions to proclaim the message of eternal life to the lost! What vivacity vented from my livelihood! At any time might slip from my lips some God-glorifying phrase! Where did that go I pondered. Shocked I became as I recalled an event that started the trek of destroying my devotion to being sensitive to the Spirit of God.
While on a youth trip in Texas, we were walking in Walmart. Needing some supplies for a theme park, we were goofing off all night. However, as I accompanied my brethren, my heart was feeling soar. It begged for an outlet for the gospel to gush from! Then, while walking through the check out, some people were marked out in my heart. Pierced by their outward expressed depravity, my soul was ravaged to implore them unto eternal life through Christ! So, looking to my youth pastor who was with us, I prompted him, “hey B., we should go talk to them about Jesus.” Would you believe me if I told you his response was, “No, I don’t believe we should share our faith with strangers in public unless a serious prompting from the Spirit comes our way.” I was so detrimentally shattered to speak up “but what about my prompting?” I know now, that was the beginning of my indoctrination to quench the spirit and let that be overridden with fallen logic.
I now see the need to never quench the Spirit. We must stay sensitive to his speech as though he were in labor ready to give birth to life at any moment! He is quick to invest, so we must rest in his rings of speech. I pray that you begin to lend your ear to him. Now, ask yourself, in your past, have you ever been trained up by one who told you to quench by their actions or doctrine? May God have mercy on those who cause the little ones to stumble! So, now I see, that we must deliberately establish a boldness in following his footsteps and train our children to do the same! Who knows, we might be mistaken for Jesus in our absolute obedience.
Listen to these words written by Oswalt Chambers:
The voice of the Spirit of God is as gentle as a summer breeze— so gentle that unless you are living in complete fellowship and oneness with God, you will never hear it. The sense of warning and restraint that the Spirit gives comes to us in the most amazingly gentle ways. And if you are not sensitive enough to detect His voice, you will quench it, and your spiritual life will be impaired.
Do not quench the Spirit.
—1 Thessalonians 5:19