It is very important when putting out a camp fire that you put it out all of the way and leave no glowing embers, for they can reignite with a good wind. The best way is to pour water on it.

However, that is not true in matters of the spirit.

There are some in the pulpit today who are watering down the Word of God. Have you noticed that many preachers today do not talk of hell or judgment, or even sin? Granted, the world today is different than it was many years ago. People do not just walk into a church because it is expected of them, or because there is nowhere else to go, or even because there is a special service.

Before we get too hard on those in the pulpit, let’s look at ourselves with a microscope.

Many of us quench the Spirit as well. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 says: Do not quench the Spirit.

When we feel like we should go talk to a person about our relationship with the Lord, or just tell them God loves them, and we don’t because people might look at us differently, we have quenched the spirit.

We care more about what others think of us than what the Lord of all creation thinks of us, and sadly, all of us have done that at one point or another.

But thank God, we serve a Savior who loves us unconditionally and accepts us with all of our failings.

May we not be a believer who quenches the Spirit of God, but faithfully follows Him no matter what.

by Pam Rehbein

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